NORTH CAROLINA: Anudeep Kodali, 13, of Durham, ranked number one in USA (USTA Boy’s 12s) last year, has been named for the Junior Male Tennis Player of the Year Award by the North Carolina Tennis Association.
Anudeep had earlier won the prestigious United States Tennis Association (USTA) Boys’ Clay Court Super Nationals Championship held in Winston-Salem, NC (July 18-25, 2010). He won the gold ball in singles, and a silver ball in doubles in this tournament. He won bronze ball (Third) at USTA Hard Court Super Nationals in Little Rock, AR (August 7-13, 2010). He also won the National Open Championships- Columbus, GA (Singles & Doubles); Baltimore, MD (Singles).
Anudeep has a passion for tennis. He used to watch his older brother, Aneesh play tennis and started playing at the age two. According to his mother, Usha Rani, Anudeep used to practice around the house with a phantom racquet when he was very young. Playing competitive tennis since he was seven years old, he won the Little Mo Eastern Regional tournament when only eight. He won several USTA tournaments when he was 9-10 years old.
He lives in Durham, NC with his parents Usha Rani and Valli Prasad. Usha is from Vijayawada and Valli Prasad is from Elamarru, Krishna district. Anudeep is in 8th grade. He works very hard to balance academics and tennis. He is on the court 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week. His older brother, Aneesh is in first year college at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.