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2016 ASICS Easter Bowl To Award $10,000 In Travel Grants - (03/29/2016)

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- The ASICS Easter Bowl will award $10,000 in travel grants in the form of vouchers for airline travel and hotel expenses at this year’s ITF event taking place April 2-10 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, tournament director Lornie Kuhle has announced. 

Celebrating 49 years, the ASICS Easter Bowl has a rich history as a proving ground for aspiring junior tennis players on the pathway to professional tennis and college scholarships.

Kuhle announced his plan to help offset the brutal cost and financial expenses parents must endure to raise a junior champion. The provision of travel grants is one of the ways in which the ITF ASICS Easter Bowl assists these top juniors in making a transition from junior tennis to the collegiate or professional game.

“Throughout the entire world governments financially support their youth in their sports development,” Kuhle stated. “How else could Spain, France, Argentina, Russia, Serbia and China develop such great players? The United States is the only country in which all of a junior player's early development comes from private resources."

This is why the ASICS Easter Bowl and Raymond Moore have announced that there will be special awards given to this year's finishing top 16 players in the Boys and Girls ITF Championships. Raymond Moore, a former ATP Professional and South African Davis Cup player, is supporting these awards.

The $10,000 in travel grants will be awarded evenly in the boys’ and girls’ ITF divisions beginning in the round of 16. The grants will take the form of vouchers for airline travel and hotel expenses.

The travel grants will be awarded as follows:

Winner                         $750

Finalist                         $750

Semi-finalist                $500

Quarter-finalist            $325

Round of 16                $150

Kuhle emphasized, “This is not in any way to be construed as prize money. No cash will be distributed to the players. These grants are not based on performance and are based on extended expenses that families and players incur because of rising hotel and return airfare rates that occur when players reach the latter stages of the tournament."

Nearly every top U.S. player to win a Grand Slam over the past 50 years has played in the ASICS Easter Bowl. The last American male to win a Grand Slam back in 2003, Andy Roddick, won the Boys’ 16s ASICS Easter Bowl in 1998. 

CiCi Bellis, 2014 U.S. National Girls’ Champion, Noah Rubin, 2014 Wimbledon Junior Champion, Frances Tiafoe, 2015 U.S. Junior Champion, and Taylor Fritz, 2015 U.S. Open Junior Champion, are all recent veteran winners of the ASICS Easter Bowl.

The financial burden of what it takes to get these players to this level of achievement is sobering.

Noah Rubin's father, Eric, quoted in a Bloomberg News interview, stated that, "The total cost for attending tournaments reached about $40,000 a year. “That’s after-tax money,” said Eric Rubin. “That means the first $80,000 of my income goes to that.”

Indeed. A Washington Post 2014 feature on Frances Tiafoe estimated roughly $400,000 has been invested in the 16-year-old's career through scholarships at the Junior Champions Tennis Center and aid from the USTA. That's necessary because his parents simply can't afford the expenses or even go see him play in tournaments.

The British Lawn Tennis Association estimates it costs about £250,000 ($385,000) to develop a player from age 5 to 18.

In addition to live streaming the ASICS Easter Bowl again this year, Kuhle also announced the tournament’s new mobile app, which can be found in both the Apple iTunes store or at Google Play. Search “Easter Bowl” to download the app.

For more information or to request an interview, contact: Lornie Kuhle by email at: EKuhle@aol.com

 

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