Thursday, June 3, 2010

Haitian native Olivier Sajous won Florida-US Open Tennis Championship on Wednesday

Plantation, Fla., resident and Haiti native Olivier Sajous, and 15-year-old Jan Abaza of Deerfield Beach will represent the USTA Florida Section at the men's and women's US Open National Playoffs, where they will vie for a spot in the qualification draw for the US Open. Sajous and Abaza won their respective championships on Wednesday at the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The 23-year-old Sajous recorded a tight 6-3, 7-5 victory over Bollettieri student Christopher Klingemann, while Abaza overcame a difficult start to defeat Bradenton's Di Zhao 6-2, 6-0.

Both players have engaging personalities and interesting back-stories. Sajous was born in Haiti, and his family was there during the recent earthquake disaster, in addition to surviving a kidnapping and ransom plot. Finances are tight for the aspiring pro, who is in demand for Haiti's Davis Cup team, even though the federation offers no financial support, or a solid No. 2 player to help his country advance.

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