We are very blessed in our area to have the Sarasota Open Tennis Tournament. It is a $100K tournament for professional tennis players chasing dreams to be the best they can be.
This year Federico DelBonis won. He was able to get to Winners Circle as he played brilliant tennis all week long. He is ranked 88 in the world. The best tournament of his life was 2 years ago at a Challenge tournamanet in Hamburg, Germany; when he beat Roger Federar, who was #1 in the world. All the points he accumulated in Sarasota will help him move up in rankings.
It was quality tennis at Lakewood Ranch Tennis Center. I must commend all the people at the tennis center involved in this event including Paul Letterman, who heads up the tennis center and Tony Driscoll, organizer and promoter, who did a great job bringing in 1st rate tennis players.
It was a wonderful opportunity to see some young kids who are the future stars of tomorrow. Two rising stars in particular were Jarred Donaldson and Frances Tiafoe. They are absolutely going to make a big impact in the tennis circuit. They are 17 years old, from the US and have a brilliant future.
I love tennis and to have quality tennis in our backyard is terrific.