2019 USTA FL “Bobby Curtis” 16s & 18s Sectional Doubles Championships
Action Concludes with Boys' 16s
October 7, 2019
The 2019 USTA Florida “Bobby Curtis” 16s & 18s Sectional Doubles Championships concluded Monday, as the boys’ 16s draw was the lone carryover into the third and final day of the event. The team of Santiago Cardenas (Orlando) and Zamaan Moledina (Delray Beach) was the sixth and final pairing to capture a divisional crown.
For Sunday’s recap highlighting the other five winning pairs, click here.
Originally slated to take place in September but postponed by Hurricane Dorian, the Championships are now being played over two weekends. Competitors in the 16s and 18s age divisions took to the courts Oct. 5-7 while tandems in the 12s and 14s will get their shot at Sunshine State glory Oct. 19-21.
Listed below are the six championship duos in the 16s and 18s.
Boys’ 16s: Santiago Cardenas (Orlando)/Zamaan Moledina (Delray Beach)
Boys’ 18s: Gabriel Diaz (Rockledge)/Colin Tavares (Titusville)
Girls’ 16s: Sophie Llewellyn (Tarpon Springs)/Ryan Wuhrman (Lake Worth)
Girls’ 18s: Natalie Block (Plantation)/Lara Smejkal (Boca Raton)
Mixed 16s: Valeria Centeno (Hialeah)/Santiago Cardenas (Orlando)
Mixed 18s: Natalie Block (Plantation)/Colin Tavares (Titusville)
In the boys’ 16s final, top seeds Cardenas and Moledina were up against No. 2 seeds Amadeus Charlez-Alcock (Melbourne Beach) and Max Lindstrom (Satellite Beach). It figured to be a tightly-contested matchup, but Cardenas and Moledina made quick work of the opening frame. Charlez-Alcock and Lindstrom dug in to fight back in set two, but it wasn’t enough in the end, with the No. 1 seeds finishing off a solid 6-1, 6-3 effort.
Cardenas and Moledina were one of the most dominant tandems from the event, not dropping a set and only being pushed to 6-4 twice. Overall, the boys’ 16s No. 1 seeds gave away just 18 games in their four matches. The win was especially sweet for Cardenas after losing in the finals of the boys’ 14s division one year ago.
For complete results from the 2019 USTA Florida “Bobby Curtis” 16s & 18s Sectional Doubles Championships, click here.