For Immediate Release: 3/18/2014 8:00 PM

Contact: Angela Rouson 301.952.7484

Youngest Winner of Boys’ Singles Title Honored for Historical Win
Prince George’s County Council Member Eric Olson (D) – District 3, and Council Chairman Mel Franklin (D) – District 9, presented a proclamation to County resident and local junior tennis champion Francis Tiafoe during a special ceremony on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at the County Administration Building in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
Tiafoe is the youngest boys’ singles champion in the 67-year history of the Orange Bowl International, considered the “world championship” of junior tennis. He trains at the Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC) in College Park, Maryland. 
Council Member Olson is proud of Francis’ accomplishments and looks forward to his continued achievements.
“Francis is representing Prince George’s County very well, around the country and around the world.  A great deal of hard work, dedication and sacrifice has brought him to this point and his accomplishments are worthy of public recognition.  We are honored to have him with us today.”   
Standing alongside his mother, teacher and coaches, Tiafoe expressed his appreciation for the commendation.   “I want to thank the Council for honoring me today.  It means a lot.”
Ray Benton, JTTC CEO commented on Francis’ accomplishments, noting, “Francis practically grew up in our center and we are very proud of him.  We have been rated the number 1 junior training center in the country and last year we had 60 different youngsters who made it to the top level of junior tournaments in the United States.  We have had great support from the County and look forward to even better things in the future.”
JTCC, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is a world-class junior developmental training program operating at the Tennis Center at College Park, MD. Selected as the first United States Tennis Association Regional Training Center, JTCC provides a pathway for players from their introduction to the game to top-tier collegiate and professional competition.
For proclamation ceremony photos, please click HERE.