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  • Austin Krajicek Wins French Open Men's Doubles Title, Becomes New World Doubles No. 1

    Austin Krajicek Wins French Open Men's Doubles Title, Earns World Doubles No. 1 Ranking 

    Clervie Ngounoue and Tyra Grant Win French Open Girls' Doubles Title 

    American Austin Krajicek won the French Open men's doubles title today with Croatian Ivan Dodig and on Monday will become the new world doubles No. 1.

     Krajicek and Dodig defeated the all-Belgian team of Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen on Saturday, 6-3, 6-1, to give the 32-year-old Krajicek his first major doubles title. Krajicek is the first American to win the Roland Garros men’s doubles title since Ryan Harrison in 2017 and it's the sixth time in the last 30 years the French Open men's doubles championship team has featured an American: 


    2023 - Austin Krajicek

    2017 - Ryan Harrison

    2013, 2003 - Bob and Mike Bryan

    1994 - Jonathan Stark

    1993 - Luke and Murphy Jensen

     A Tampa native who lives in Dallas, and the 2011 NCAA doubles champion at Texas A&M, Krajicek is the 20th American to rank No. 1 individually in doubles since the inception of the ATP Doubles Rankings in 1976. All 20 Americans to rank No. 1 played collegiate tennis in the


     2023 - Austin Krajicek (Texas A&M)

    2022 - Rajeev Ram (Illinois)

    2003 - Bob and Mike Bryan (Stanford)

    2002 - Donald Johnson (North Carolina)

    2000 - Alex O'Brien (Stanford)

    2000 - Jared Palmer (Stanford)

    1994 - Jonathan Stark (Stanford)

    1993 - Patrick Galbraith (UCLA)

    1993 - Richey Reneberg (SMU)

    1992 - Kelly Jones (Pepperdine)

    1991 - David Pate (TCU)

    1990 - Rick Leach (USC)

    1989 - Jim Pugh (UCLA)

    1989 - Jim Grabb (Stanford)

    1985 - Ken Flach (SIU-Edwardsville)

    1985 - Robert Seguso (SIU-Edwardsville)

    1982 - Peter Fleming (UCLA/Michigan)

    1981 - Stan Smith (USC)

    1979 - John McEnroe (Stanford)

     Clervie Ngounoue, a 16-year old who is the No. 1-ranked junior in the world, and Tyra Grant, 15, ranked No. 29 among juniors, became the eighth and ninth American girls to win the junior doubles title at the French Open, after defeating Alina Korneeva and Sarah Saito (JPN), 6-3, 6-2, on Saturday.


    On Sunday, Taylor Townsend, 27, is competing in her second major doubles final ('22 US Open) since giving birth to her son, Adyn, in 2021. She and Canadian Leylah Fernandez will play Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) and Xinyu Wang (CHN). A win would mark the first major doubles title for Townsend, who is projected to rise to No. 5 in the world doubles rankings, where she would join No. 3 Jessica Pegula and No. 4 Coco Gauff to give the U.S. three women in the Top 5 of the doubles rankings for the first time since the week of August 13, 2012.


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  • Jessica Pegula to Join Coco Gauff on U.S. Billie Jean King Cup Team in Delray Beach

    Mike Lawrence / USTA


    Jessica Pegula to Join Coco Gauff on U.S. Billie Jean King Cup Team for 2023 Qualifying tie vs. Austria in Delray Beach


    February 22, 2023 – Top-ranked American and world No. 3 Jessica Pegula is confirmed to join world No. 6 Coco Gauff on the U.S. Billie Jean King Cup Team set to compete in a 2023 Qualifying tie vs. Austria April 14-15 at the Delray Beach Tennis Center in Delray Beach, Fla. 


    Pegula would be the highest-ranked player to compete for the U.S. Billie Jean King Cup Team since No. 1 Serena Williams in 2015. Pegula and Gauff together would give the U.S. team two players ranked inside the Top 6 on the same squad for the first time since the 2005 World Group First Round, when No. 1 Lindsay Davenport and No. 4 Serena Williams featured for a U.S. squad that defeated Belgium, also at the Delray Beach Tennis Center.


    Pegula reached the singles final at the WTA 500 tournament in Doha, Qatar, last week, and won the doubles title there with Gauff. Gauff is currently ranked No. 2 in doubles and Pegula No. 4.


    The U.S. team will feature a total of 4-5 players. The final team nominations will be made by March 13.


    The Qualifier is a best-of-five match series that begins Friday, April 14, with two singles matches. Two reverse singles matches and a doubles match will follow on Saturday, April 15, with an amended Saturday schedule possible if one nation clinches victory in the third or fourth singles match.


    Tickets are on sale to the general public via Ticketmaster.com. Visit usta.com/billiejeankingcup for more information.

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  • OCRF's 18th Annual Super Saturday

    On Saturday, July 25th the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund held their 18th annual Super Saturday event in Water Mill, NY. Hosted by Donna Karan and Kelly Ripa, the annual event is a daylong fundraiser complete with a designer garage sale, kids' carnival, and luxury raffle. Some of the designers with heavily discounted merchandise included: Donna Karan, DVF, Vince, Henri Bendel, Marc Jacobs, and Brooks Brothers (who were selling merchandise for $10 a piece in the event's last hour!) 

    In addition to shopping,  guests enjoyed a braid bar from PRIV, messages, and make up touch ups from Tre'StiQue. New York and Southampton hot spot Sant Ambroeus catered the event providing food and gourmet treats all day. 

    OCRF and QVC united once again for “QVC Presents Super Saturday LIVE,” a live, on-site broadcast which offered viewers nationwide the chance to purchase premier fashion, beauty, jewelry, accessories and home items for half the suggested.

    by Angeli Kakade

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  • Starlight Night at Citi Field

    The Starlight Children’s Foundation hosted its 12th Annual: Starlight Night at Citi Field

    Published on June 25, 2014 by Melissa Kalloo

    Yesterday marked the 12th anniversary for Starlight Night at Citi Field which was held at the Bullpen Plaza in Flushing, New York. This amazing charity brought more than 300 seriously ill children and their families together for one magical night at the NY Mets game. Last night, these children created memories that would last a lifetime.  

    What better way to watch the game between the New York Mets and the Oakland Athletics, than at the stadium itself! Thanks to the New York Mets who made this night possible by donating nearly 900 tickets in their “Big Apple” section, which put the biggest smile on these children’s faces. This was their night!

    The magical night started off with a huge barbecue in Bullpen Plaza. The delicious food was sponsored by ARAMARK. You name it they had it, from hotdogs to burgers, buffet style! The children and their families were able to grab a plate, sit and mingle together. The barbeque was filled with happy children running and playing with each other. The one thing I love most about Starlight Children’s Foundation is everyone is like one big family; they all knew each other and welcomed new comers like myself with open arms. This was the place to be!


    The children had a fun-filled night ahead of them! There were many activities for them before the game. While they got their face painted, they played with clowns and had ice cream. Mr. Met made his way greeting guests and took a beautiful group photo with the children. These little cutie pies strike many different poses for photographers. Talk about good sports!


    I had the pleasure of speaking to a friendly little girl name Cassandra who is part of the Starlight Foundation. She has been with the foundation for two years. During my little interview with her, I asked her “What does she look forward to most at this event?” Cassandra’s response was “I like meeting new people and the Mets wives are really fun and the actual game is really fun”. This event is what these children look forward to the most. They are able to interact and make new friends. The one message Cassandra wanted to share to other children who are going through similar situations is, “Don’t give up and you’ll make it through because you’re just like everyone else and you’re YOU!” I think having such amazing opportunities for these children helps them become role models for others.


    I also had the honor of speaking to Michele Hall-Duncan who is the Director of Children’s Services for Starlight Children’s foundation. She was able to tell me a little more about the foundation and who was going to be at the event tonight. Starlight Children’ foundation serves children in the tri-state area. There were 370 people that came out last night to support the foundation.  One of the programs that they have is the “Starlight Escapes Program” which hosted last night’s event. The kids had the opportunity to meet former baseball player Rusty Staub. They were able to get his autograph and take photos with them.


    The children also had the opportunity to meet some of the NY Mets wives. The wives were super friendly, they chatted with the parents while taking photos with the kids. They even signed baseballs for them. Just amongst some of the wives, NY Mets #5 David Wright’s wife Molly Wright was in the house; which made it her second year at Starlight Night at Citi Field. The NY Mets really made a lot of dreams come true last night! 


    Now let the game begin! The “Big Apple” section of the stadium was reserved for the children and their families. The seats were so great, the kids felt like they can actually touch the baseball players. As each baseball player made their way to the field, the kids were cheering for their favorite players. Now this is the way to watch a baseball game!


    On a daily basis, these children face such challenging medical journeys in their lives. This amazing event was created for them to really just be a kid, plus it makes a great story for them to share with others at school today. Starlight Children’s Foundation, the NY Mets and the many sponsors of last night’s event made it all possible!


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