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Jordan wins Sportsmanship Award

imagejpeg_2   Spartanburg's Phillip Jordan headed to the Boys 12s National Championships in Arkansas with hopes of bringing home a gold ball.  While he fell short of a national championship, Phillip returned to South Carolina the tournament's Sportsmanship Award winner as determined by tournament staff and officials.
   Phillip is coached by his father, Cornelius Jordan, at the Country Club of Spartanburg.  Cornelius’ role as a tennis coach goes beyond helping his players win matches, however.
   "Winning is very important but being able to walk off the court with your integrity is most important," Cornelius says.
   Phillip’s summer and fall will continue to stay busy with tennis, as he prepares for Southern Junior Cup and Bullfrog Tournaments.  Phillips says he looks forward to the team atmosphere that comes with Southern Cup. 
No matter where he is playing, Phillip is sure to take his good sportsmanship with him, a part of his game that has been shaped by his whole family.
   Phillip says, "My mom has always taught me and having a good attitude and be nice to everyone." 

Sportsmanship is of the utmost importance in all junior USTA SC programs, including tournament play, player development trainings, Jr. Team Tennis, NJTL and schools tennis.  For more information on how you can help us identify outstanding sportsmanship within our junior programs, please contact Jessica Amick ( for Junior Tournaments, and Michelle Campanella ( for all other programs.