Lil’ Mo Tournament

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History and Tournament Structure

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 In 1977, the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation created a junior tournament called the “Little Mo,” affectionately named after Maureen “Little Mo” Connolly.  In 1953, “Little Mo” became the first woman to win the Grand Slam – winning the four major tournaments (Australian, French, Wimbledon, and US Open) in one calendar year. She is still the only American woman and the youngest (age 18) to have accomplished this magnificent feat.  The first ‘Little Mo” tournament was held for players who lived in Dallas and, later, expanded to include players from all over Texas. 

In 1998, the “Little Mo” expanded to a national level, and the “Road to the Little Mo Nationals” began.  This year-long, fun circuit of competitive tournaments begins in the spring with the “Little Mo” sectionals, then regionals in the summer, and nationals in the fall.  The tournaments are a unique, one-of-a-kind competition for young players at the sectional, regional and national level.  Players compete against others who are born in the same birth year (8’s play 8’s, 9’s play 9’s, 10’s play 10’s and 11’s play 11’s). 

 The sectional tournaments are non-sanctioned, singles only, and played with the yellow ball for each age division. If desired, a green dot ball division can be offered for 8’s, 9’s and 10’s in addition to the yellow ball. The 8 sectional quarterfinalists from each age division will advance to the regionals; only yellow ball divisions are able to advance to the regionals. There will be four regional tournaments in the summer: Georgia (East); Texas (South); California (West); and Illinois (North). 

 Upon the completion of the four regional tournaments, the 4 semifinalists from each age division will advance to the “Little Mo” Nationals.  The Nationals will have a prestigious draw of 16 in each age division, and the winner of each division will be crowned “Little Mo” National Champion.  The Nationals are held in October at the Austin Tennis Academy in Austin, Texas.

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