Nikki Plays Her First Eddie Herr Tournament

November 26, 2014

I just wanted to thank my family, friends, Denys, Andrew and the members of the Sarasota Racquet Club, and everyone who follows me, for the great support you have given me in this past year.

This post is going to be updated frequently.  The Eddie Herr Tournament will be held at the IMG Academy located at 5500 34th St, W Bradenton, FL 34210, November 26 – December 7, 2014.

Nikki Had A Great Experience

During one of the rain delays, we went to watch CiCi Bellis train on one of the IMG back courts.  At 15 years old  in August of this year, CiCi became the youngest winner at the US Open in 18 years. CiCi won the USTA Girls’ 18s National Championship (which gave her a wild card into the US Open).  She is here to compete in the Girl’s 18’s main draw next week.

Nikki also met up with Mr. Nick Bollettieri while he was walking around the grounds. We spoke a few minutes together and took a picture with him. The first time Nikki met Mr. Bollettieri was at the Discovery Open that was held here at IMG this May. We had dinner with him along with the other players, took pictures with him and bought his book, that he signed personally.

Friday morning, we came back to the tournament, this time to cheer on our friend who was playing. Nikki will probably come back a few more times during the tournament to watch some matches, and support more friends.  All in all this tournament was a great experience and we look forward to it again next year to play in the Girls 12’s again.

UPDATE #5 (11/28/2014)

It was a beautiful day to play tennis. I started my match sometime after 10am. My opponent was from Switzerland. After winning my opening round qualifier 6-3, 7-6(8) I fell 6-4, 6-4 in the second round. 


My day is complete. After a 5 hour delay, I had a chance to play against Lekha Varudandi and I won 6-3, 7-6.

I felt good at the beginning of the match but began to feel tired because of the 5 match tournament this weekend that ended on Monday. I am going to rest and hope to feel stronger tomorrow.

I’ll keep you updated tomorrow.


My match is now scheduled for 1:00pm.


Due to rain, the matches are on 2 hour delays as of 9:30am – so my match will start at 12:00 pm until further notice.

More updates to come! 


My first match is at 10:00 am against Lekha Varudandi, who is from Florida and trained with Nick Saviano, who has coached Eugenie Bouchard for the last eight years.

You can follow me on Eddie Herr Live Video Streams, if I get placed on Courts 1 -14.