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Atherton's Bellis receives USTA sportsmanship honor

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Cici Bellis of Atherton has been honored with the inaugural US Open Junior Sportsmanship Award for girls by the USTA. Bellis received the award after best demonstrating excellent sportsmanship at this summer's USTA National Championships. Bellis won the girls' 18s national crown.

The award was presented to Bellis on Monday by USTA Chairman, CEO and President Dave Haggerty and Chanda Rubin.

By winning the USTA national title, Bellis earned a wild card into the US Open women's singles main draw, where she'll play No. 12 Dominika Cibulkova. Bellis, 15, is the youngest female since Lindsay Davenport in 1991 to play in the US Open.

The USTA started a Sportsmanship Committee in 2011. Its charge is to educate and inspire youngsters and their parents to develop and exhibit a high degree of sportsmanship and an attitude of fair play and mutual respect on and off the tennis court. Underlying the charge is the ethical imperative that fairness is more important than winning.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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