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Frank Parker Jr. Award – Billy Bertha

My name is David Frank, and I have coached Billy for three years at Marquette University High School.  Billy Bertha could not be more deserving of the WTA Frank Parker Jr. Award.  Billy really has had an outstanding junior career in the Wisconsin district.  Billy has compiled an impressive list of accomplishments prior to his senior season at Marquette University High School.  And here are some of his achievements:

Throughout his junior career Billy has played in local tournaments, and represented the State in team competitions such as the Davis Cup and Midwest Intersectional.

Billy has won the Wisconsin State title as the #1 ranked boy in Wisconsin in every age division from boys’ 10s, 12s, 14s, 16s, and 18s.  Billy has won the Wisconsin Open and Closed, the premier state USTA tournaments in every age division.  In 2008, he won the Wisconsin Closed without dropping a set.  Billy represented Wisconsin in the Davis Cup competition against all of the other Midwest states since he was in the 8th grade.  This year Billy was selected as the captain of the Davis Cup team and competed at the number one spot, going 6-0 against the top juniors in the Midwest, under the tutelage of Steve Rodecap, the coach at Marquette University.

Billy led MUHS in 2008 to the team state title and finished his junior year with an undefeated record and the State’s Division I Individual Singles Title and was named player of the year by the Milwaukee Journal.  Billy accomplished his 30-0 high school season with only dropping one set to his good friend and MUHS teammate in the championship match.  Billy has compiled an impressive 67-9 overall record at MUHS.

Outside the State, Billy has been the #1 seeded player in his age division in the Midwest for the last three years.  At the Midwest Closed, Billy has won the tournament two of the last three years; an almost unprecedented feat, and came in 3rd this year compiling a record of 20-1.  As a result of his ranking, Billy has represented the Midwest in Intersectional play along with the three other top players in the Midwest.

Billy is ranked 26th in the class of 2009.  What is more impressive is that over half of the boys ranked higher are at full time tennis academies.  Billy has maintained his tennis status while attending a rigorous college prep program at MUHS, and consistently has made the Honor Roll for outstanding academic achievement while dedicating service hours to the community through MUHS.

Billy received interest from over 50 major D-I colleges from the East to West coasts.  Staying true to his Midwest roots, Billy has chosen to study and play at UW – Madison.

I would like to present the WTA Frank Parker Jr. Award for 2008 to Billy’s mother, Sue Bertha.