The Pendleton Panther

Eddie Herr International

Posted on: November 30, 2009

Heather Watson, 2008 finalist

Eddie Herr International is a Junior tournament held in IMG Academies the week after Thanksgiving every year since 1987. It was founded by Eddie Herr’s grandson to honor his grandfather for his life’s passion for tennis and bringing the best junior players in the world to compete. The tournament now attracts many of the top international junior players, and makes IMG Academies during this week the house of kids from as many as 92 nationalities.
This year’s event is not different. The main street from Pendleton’s main building to the clay courts is full of people 12 hours a day, who are either getting ready for their matches or enjoying the priviledge of watching the most talented kids together in the same site.
Kids and teenagers, because the age of the competitors ranges from 10 to 18 years old; from 4 feet to 7 feet tall, but they all share one same goal: become professional tennis players, and this tournament is just one small step towards that.

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