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Kim Ezzo, 14, has a busy year of tennis



Published: Thu, June 23, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



YOUNGSTOWN -- Kim Ezzo, who will be a junior at Ursuline High, is ranked No. 2 by the USTA in northeast Ohio in the girls 14-year-old division.

She will represent the city of Cleveland at this year's International Children's Games in Coventry, England, July 6-11. More than 1,500 athletes representing 60 cities from 40 nations will compete in the games.

Ezzo began competing in tennis tournaments at the age of eight. She was ranked No. 1 as a 10-year old and won seven straight USTA titles.

She won Division II sectional singles titles as a freshman and sophomore at Ursuline.

Last year Ezzo was invited to participate in a charity tennis event with Andy Roddick and Brian Vahaley in Atlanta.

Ezzo continues to compete in midwest USTA tournaments, including Ohio and Michigan.

She qualified for the Midwest USTA girls 16 closed tournament in Indianapolis, which starts Saturday.

Ezzo, who celebrates her 15th birthday Friday, has posted a 29-9 record so far this year in USTA events.

She has played in six tournaments, winning titles at the Chagrin Valley girls winter indoor championships (16-year-olds) and the Spring Junior championships (18-year-olds) at the Boardman Tennis Center.

Ezzo made it to the finals in two other northeast Ohio tournaments and also played in a national tournament, beating a girl from Florida and another from Illinois.

She reached the quarterfinals at the NEOTA midwest qualifier in girls 16 competition at Canfield June 4.




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