Maureen "Little Mo" Connolly Brinker with her two daughters, Brenda and Cindy, and husband Norman Brinker

The Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation (MCB) would like to wish all of our players, parents, and friends a Happy Mother's Day! Thank you for all you do to support your children and their aspirations in tennis and in life! Even though Maureen "Little Mo" Connolly Brinker was a Grand Slam champion, she cherished being a mom most of all. Her two daughters are Cindy Brinker Simmons (MCB President) and Brenda Brinker Bottum (MCB Vice President).

We would like to invite our players to email a Mother's Day themed drawing or photo by Monday, May 13 at 5:00pm (Central Time). Please email your player's name and submission to: tiffany@mcbtennis.org to be included in the contest. All contest entries will be posted on the MCB Twitter page (@mcbtennis) on Monday afternoon. The player with the most "likes" for their drawing or photo by Wednesday, May 15 at 5:00pm (Central Time) will receive a complimentary entry ($280 value) into a 2024 "Little Mo" Internationals (Colorado, New Jersey or Florida) of their choice. We will announce the contest winner on the MCB Twitter page. Remember to click on the "heart" icon to "like" the drawing or photo of your choice on the MCB Twitter page for your vote to count in the contest!


Everyone who participates in this contest will receive a $25 prize at the "Little Mo" Internationals. Please visit the "Little Mo/Big Mo" Booth during any of our three international tournaments this year to receive your prize. Good luck to all players!

Cindy Brinker Simmons, MCB President and daughter of Maureen "Little Mo" Connolly Brinker, nationally released a new book, Restored: Reconnecting Life's Broken Pieces!


Looking for a wonderful Mother's Day gift?


Net proceeds from the sale of Restored will be donated to the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation (www.mcbtennis.org) and Wipe Out Kids' Cancer (www.wokc.org).

Click here to purchase Restored on Amazon!

Restored is also available in Bookstores (Hardback: $29.99+tax, Paperback: $16.99+tax).


Autographed copies of Restored will be available for sale at all 2024 "Little Mo" tournaments!

With a voice of empathy, wit, and vulnerability, Cindy will walk you through practical tools and biblical truths that will reconnect you to God, others, and yourself. Restored's message is for anyone who needs:


  • a fresh infusion of hope
  • a gentle reminder of God's love and goodness
  • a healthy dose of inspiring thought and strength to persevere
  • a helpful roadmap to move forward and experience God's plan and purpose
  • an effective way to reconcile and strengthen relationship


Restored will help you choose joy in the midst of heartache and hardship. You will be encouraged!

"No one is immune from the painful bumps and bruises of daily living. Sometimes it is really hard to take the first step when life weighs too much. Restored will reinvigorate the spirit of those who need to be refreshed and strengthened. It will motivate those who need life breathed back into them. Every life has a plan and a purpose. My hope is that through Restored, readers will make an important discovery: God is always present." 


~Cindy Brinker Simmons

2024 "Little Mo" East Regionals

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida


WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2024 "Little Mo" East Regionals tournament in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida on the 27th Annual "Road to the Little Mo Nationals"! This prestigious event was held at the Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center (host site), PGA National Resort, and The Tennis Club of Palm Beach from Saturday, April 27 - Monday, April 29, 2024. Approximately 285 players from 23 different states across the USA were featured in this regional tournament! With so many talented players from around the country, it was a fantastic weekend filled with new friendships, great sportsmanship, and competitive tennis. For all draws and results, please click on the green "Results" button below:

"Little Mo" East Regionals

Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

April 27-29, 2024


RESULTS

Singles Winners


Girls 12: Alisa Shifrin - Boca Raton, Florida

Girls 11: Ava Coy - Palm Harbor, Florida

Girls 10 (yellow ball): Constanza Fernandez - Boca Raton, Florida

Girls 10 (green dot): Alina Merz - Miami, Florida

Girls 9 (yellow ball): Melodie Geffrard - West Hempstead, New York

Girls 9 (green dot): Miroslava Suleimanova - Aventura, Florida

Girls 8 (yellow ball): Vlada Hranchar - Coconut Creek, Florida

Girls 8 (green dot): Eva Menendez - Miami, Florida


Boys 12: Daniel Levine - Wellington, Florida

Boys 11: Nikita Budyonny - Jacksonville, Florida

Boys 10 (yellow ball): Bence Leber - Delray Beach, Florida

Boys 10 (green dot): Ryan Divliansky - Orlando, Florida

Boys 9 (yellow ball): Jacob Nall - Acworth, Georgia

Boys 9 (green dot): Phillip Ting - Orlando, Florida

Boys 8 (yellow ball): Janav Thasen - Weston, Florida

Boys 8 (green dot): Ethan Wolf - North Miami Beach, Florida

Sportsmanship Award Recipients

Claudia Froymovich - Valley Stream, New York

Ansh Pandey - Cumming, Georgia

Click on the video above to watch Sportsmanship Award Recipient Claudia Froymovich interview Vlada Hranchar (Girls 8 yellow ball champion) at the tournament!

A special thank you to our proud sponsors: Jersey Mike's Subs ("Title Sponsor"), Tennis Competitors of Dallas (TCD), Wilson Sporting Goods Company ("Official Racquet, String, and Ball"), Ethos School ("Official Sponsor"), and Palm Beach County Sports Commission (PBCSC). We would also like to thank the Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center (PBG - Host Site), PGA National Resort (PGA), The Tennis Club of Palm Beach (TCP), their staffs, Peter Cancro (Jersey Mike's Subs Founder and CEO), Scott Hutchinson (Ethos School Director of Strategic Partnerships), Jared Fleet (Palm Beach County Sports Commission Director of Event Operations), Gillian Constable (Palm Beach County Sports Commission Sports Event Manager), Wendy Tatum (PBG Director of Tennis and Pickleball), Andi Mohl (PBG Operations Manager), Ian Sullivan (PBG Recreation Supervisor), Alexandru Pop-Moldovan (PGA Director of Racquet Sports), Sophie Lefèvre (TCP Tennis Director), Rick Workman (Tournament Director), Jake Bryan (Host Site Director), Jason Rothstein (Referee) and the officials, Mari Workman, Kim Scullion, Karen Olson, and all of the volunteers who have donated their time and energy for our event. We appreciate their hard work and dedication to junior tennis!

2024 "Little Mo" Tournaments

We are looking forward to seeing all of our players again this year and welcoming new families for all of the fun, festivities, and memories on and off the tennis court! Thank you so much for your support of the "Little Mo" and a special thank you to our tournament sites, volunteers, and proud sponsors: Jersey Mike's Subs ("Title Sponsor"), Tennis Competitors of Dallas (TCD), Wilson Sporting Goods Company ("Official Racquet, String, and Ball"), Lucky in Love Kids ("Official Apparel"), Ethos School ("Official Sponsor"), and Palm Beach County Sports Commission (PBCSC). The "Little Mo" is truly a "one of a kind" tournament for young tennis players held in honor of tennis legend Maureen "Little Mo" Connolly Brinker. These special events are focused on new friendships, great sportsmanship, and competitive matches with approximately 2,500 youngsters from over 70 different countries competing annually. We hope you and your family will join us for one or more of our tournaments this year!

"Little Mo" Regionals

Registration is OPEN for our three remaining 2024 "Little Mo" Regionals (North, South, West) - open to any USA player (ages 8-12)! Registration for all regional tournaments will be on a first-come, first-served basis up to the entry limit - we will be accepting the first 32 players in each division. If a division reaches the entry limit before the registration deadline, a WAITING LIST will be established at that time. Be sure to register early as the draws typically fill before the registration deadline (some draws are already full)! *Please note that once you have received a confirmation email from UTR/Stripe, your player's entry has been accepted into the tournament and you can make your travel arrangements.

"Little Mo" Internationals

Registration is also OPEN for our first two 2024 "Little Mo" Internationals (Colorado, New Jersey):


  • 11th Annual "Little Mo" Internationals in Colorado Springs, Colorado (June 28 - July 3) - open to any player worldwide (ages 8-16)!


  • 13th Annual "Little Mo" Internationals in West Orange, New Jersey (August 17 - 21) - open to any player worldwide (ages 8-12)!


Registration for all international tournaments will be on a first-come, first-served basis up to the entry limit - we will be accepting the first 30 players in each division in Colorado and the first 14 players in each division in New Jersey. If a division reaches the entry limit before the registration deadline, a WAITING LIST will be established at that time. Be sure to register early as the draws typically fill before the registration deadline (some draws are already full)! *Please note that once you have received a confirmation email from UTR/Stripe, your player's entry has been accepted into the tournament and you can make your travel arrangements.


We are planning to open registration for our third and final 2024 "Little Mo" Internationals (Florida) in July/August - open to any player worldwide (ages 8-16)! The site and dates for our Florida international tournament are included below under the 2024 "Little Mo" Internationals header.

To register for a "Little Mo" tournament, please click on the "Register Now" button or scroll down to click on one of the events below:

All yellow ball results from the "Little Mo" tournaments (Regionals, Nationals, Internationals) will count towards your player's Universal Tennis Rating (UTR). All green dot results will count towards your player's Universal Tennis Color Ball Rating (CBR). Also, just a friendly reminder that players must register in the proper age division according to their birth year for all "Little Mo" tournaments. This ensures that our players are competing against others who are born in the same calendar year (i.e., 8's play 8's, 9's play 9's). For example, if your player is turning 10 at any time this year (regardless of what age they will be at the time of the tournament), they will need to register in the 10's division.

Extended Registration Deadline for the South Regionals tournament in Texas!

Monday, May 13 at 11:30pm (Central Time)

We hope you and your family will plan on joining us for our 2024 "Little Mo" South Regionals tournament in Arlington, Texas (May 25-27) - open to any USA player (ages 8-12)!

The registration deadline has been extended to this Monday, May 13 at 11:30pm (Central Time). Be sure to register in the next few days as the draws typically fill before the registration deadline - some draws are already full! To register, please click here or on the ad below.

It will not only be a fun, competitive tournament but also a great destination for the entire family with many tourist attractions and sights to see: Six Flags, Dallas Zoo, Reunion Tower, Klyde Warren Park, Perot Museum of Nature & Science, Globe Life Park, AT&T Stadium, Winspear Opera House, Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden, George W. Bush Presidential Library, Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, and more are all nearby!

Come Join Us in Colorado Springs for a Fun Family Vacation, Outstanding Tennis, and the 1st Leg of the "Little Mo" Slam!

11th Annual "Little Mo" Internationals in Colorado

U.S. Air Force Academy

Colorado Springs, Colorado

June 28 - July 3, 2024

Registration Deadline: Friday, June 7 at 11:30pm (Central Time)

REGISTER

Fun Things to Do in Colorado: Take the cog railway to the top of Pikes Peak, see the beautiful red rock formations at the Garden of the Gods and the waterfalls at Seven Falls, enjoy a spa day or a round of golf at the historic Broadmoor Hotel (a 5-star resort), tour the Air Force Academy and Cadet Chapel, check out the U.S. Olympic Training Center, visit the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo or enjoy the Cave of the Winds! Also, Denver is a 1.5-hour drive north of Colorado Springs where you can see the Colorado State Capitol, tour the U.S. Mint, visit the museums and aquarium or experience some river rafting and hiking! 

The 2nd Leg of the "Little Mo" Slam will be held in West Orange, New Jersey!

13th Annual "Little Mo" Internationals in New Jersey

West Orange Tennis Club

West Orange, New Jersey

August 17-21, 2024

Registration Deadline: Friday, July 26 at 11:30pm (Central Time)

REGISTER

Fun Things to Do in New Jersey and nearby New York:


New Jersey - Atlantic City/The Boardwalk, Liberty State Park, Ellis Island, Princeton University Art Museum, Six Flags Great Adventure, Cape May Historic District, Adventure Aquarium, Paterson Great Falls National Historic Park, Liberty Science Center, Morey's Piers & Beachfront Water Parks, Turtle Back Zoo, Jenkinson's Boardwalk, Thomas Edison National Historic Park, Seaside Heights, Nickelodeon Universe, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and beautiful beaches!


New York - US Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Times Square, Central Park, Bronx Zoo, Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Broadway Shows, Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum, Citi Field for a New York Yankees or Mets baseball game, and more are nearby!

27th Annual

"Road to the Little Mo Nationals"

The "Little Mo" began in 1976 as a local tournament for Dallas youngsters and later grew to include players from all over Texas. In 1998, it expanded nationwide and became known as the "Road to the Little Mo Nationals", one of the premier series of junior tournaments for girls and boys ages 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12. The Road is now in its 27th year as a yearlong circuit of regional and national tournaments for players who reside in the USA and its territories. It is the only circuit of its kind for talented, high-performance girls and boys in the United States who compete against others born in the same year.


The Road will begin in the spring and summer with the four "Little Mo" Regionals (North, South, East, West) held in different cities across the United States. Yellow (regular) ball divisions will be offered for girls and boys ages 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 in addition to a green dot option for ages 8, 9, and 10. The top four yellow ball players (semifinalists) in each age division from each regional tournament will advance to the prestigious "Little Mo" Nationals in Austin, Texas from September 27-30, 2024. These players will form a 16-size draw in each age division at the Nationals. The top 160 players who reach the Nationals are the youngest and brightest future stars in American tennis!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - PLEASE READ BEFORE YOU REGISTER:

Before you start the registration process, you will need to download an important document that has been uploaded as an attachment to each tournament's UTR homepage - 2024 "Little Mo" Regionals Rules and Regulations, Code of Conduct, and Tournament/Liability Waivers. This document is located on each tournament's UTR homepage near the bottom right-hand side of the screen if you are using a computer or at the bottom of the screen if you are on a mobile device. It is very important that you read through this document as you will need to electronically sign your name confirming that you understand and agree to this document during the registration process.


There is also a lot of important information posted on each tournament's UTR homepage including a tentative day-by-day Schedule of Events, Eligibility, Entry Limit/Confirmation Email, Events/Guaranteed Matches, Age Eligibility/Registration by Birth Year, Registration Deadline, Entry Fee, Withdrawal and Refund Policy, Player Gift Exchange tradition (VERY IMPORTANT), Playing Surface, Ball Types, Alternate Sites/Transportation Recommendations, Discounted Host Hotel Information, Draw/Scoring Formats, Bathroom Break Courtesy Point, "Little Mo" Movie, Volunteers/Workers, Player Referral Program, and much more. This information is located under "Description" on the "Overview" tab, and you will need to click on the "Read More" button in order to see all of the posted information. Please take a moment to read through everything carefully as most of the answers to your questions can be found on each tournament's UTR homepage. Additionally, we will be sending out more specific information about each tournament to all registered players in the coming months so please make sure that you have access to the email address associated with your player's UTR account.

"Little Mo" East Regionals

Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

April 27-29, 2024


RESULTS

"Little Mo" South Regionals

Arlington Tennis Center

Arlington, Texas

May 25-27, 2024

Extended Registration Deadline: Monday, May 13 at 11:30pm (Central Time)

REGISTER

Some draws are already full!

"Little Mo" West Regionals

Berkeley Tennis Club

Berkeley, California

July 20-22, 2024

Registration Deadline: Friday, July 5 at 11:30pm (Central Time)

REGISTER

Some draws are already full!

"Little Mo" North Regionals

Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning

Bronx, New York

September 1-3, 2024

Registration Deadline: Friday, August 16 at 11:30pm (Central Time)

REGISTER

Some draws are already full!

27th Annual "Road to the Little Mo Nationals"

Rules and Regulations

Welcome to the 27th Annual "Road to the Little Mo Nationals"! These tournaments are designed to provide outstanding competition at the regional and national level while also encouraging players to develop new friendships, learn good sportsmanship, and most of all, have fun. The Road is the only circuit of its kind for talented, high-performance girls and boys in the United States who compete against others born in the same year. Please read through the following rules and regulations carefully:

  • Eligibility:  The Road will begin in the spring and summer with the four "Little Mo" Regionals (North, South, East, West) held in different cities across the United States. The regional tournaments are open to any player who lives in the United States and its territories (ages 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12). There are no special qualifications or ranking needed to register for the regional tournaments - any USA player who registers will be accepted into the draw until the entry limit is reached*Please note that players must have lived in the United States for at least six consecutive months prior to the tournament start date in order to be eligible for the "Little Mo" Regionals. If a player does not meet this requirement, they will be withdrawn from the tournament.


  • Entry Limit / Confirmation Email:  Registration for the "Little Mo" Regionals will be on a first-come, first-served basis up to the entry limit - we will be accepting the first 32 players in each division. If a division reaches the entry limit before the registration deadline, a WAITING LIST will be established at that time. Be sure to register early as the draws typically fill before the registration deadline! *Please note that once you have received a confirmation email from UTR/Stripe, your player's entry has been accepted into the tournament and you can make your travel arrangements.


  • Multiple Tournaments:  Players may compete in any "Little Mo" Regionals regardless of where they are currently living in the United States or its territories. Players may also compete in as many regional tournaments as desired, but they only need to participate in one regional tournament and finish in the top four (yellow ball division only) to qualify for the "Little Mo" Nationals.


  • Events / Guaranteed Matches:  The "Little Mo" Regionals and the "Little Mo" Nationals will offer Singles events for all divisions (no Doubles or Mixed Doubles events). All players will be guaranteed at least two Singles matches during the regional and national tournaments.


  • Age Eligibility / Registration by Birth Year:  Players must register in the proper age division according to their birth year. This ensures that our players are competing against others who are born in the same calendar year (i.e., a player born in 2014 must play in the 10's division since they will be turning 10 this year).
  • Girls and Boys 12's - born in 2012
  • Girls and Boys 11's - born in 2013
  • Girls and Boys 10's - born in 2014
  • Girls and Boys 9's - born in 2015
  • Girls and Boys 8's - born in 2016 (Only players who are born in 2016 will be allowed to play in the 8's divisions. Players born in 2017 or 2018 will not be eligible.)


  • Divisions:  Yellow (regular) ball divisions will be offered for girls and boys ages 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 in addition to a green dot option for ages 8, 9, and 10. Players must register for only one division. This means that players competing in the 8's, 9's, and 10's divisions must choose to play with either the yellow (regular) ball or the green dot ball for their age group. Players in the 11's and 12's divisions must play with the yellow (regular) ball. All divisions will be played on a full 78' tennis court with either the yellow (regular) ball or the green dot ball.


  • Draw Formats:  All divisions will use the same draw formats regardless of age or ball type, but we will be using several different draw formats based on the draw size:
  • 32-size draw:  A Modified Feed-in Consolation format through the Round of 16 with a 3rd/4th Place playoff and 5th/6th Place playoff will be used. This means that any player who loses before the Quarterfinal Round (Main Draw) will feed back into the Consolation bracket. The losers of the Quarterfinal Round (Main Draw) will move into a 5th/6th Place playoff and the losers of the Semifinal Round (Main Draw) will move into a 3rd/4th Place playoff.
  • 16-size draw:  A Feed-in Consolation format through the Quarterfinals with a 3rd/4th Place playoff will be used. This means that any player who loses before the Semifinal Round (Main Draw) will feed back into the Consolation bracket. The losers of the Semifinal Round (Main Draw) will move into a 3rd/4th Place playoff. A 5th/6th Place playoff is not possible as the Consolation Winner and Consolation Runner-Up are the 5th/6th Place winners in this format.
  • 8-size draw:  A First Round Losers Consolation format with a 3rd/4th Place playoff will be used. This means that any player who loses in the First Round (Main Draw) will move into the Consolation bracket. A Feed-in format is not possible as the Second Round (Main Draw) is the Semifinal Round, and the losers of the Semifinal Round (Main Draw) will move into a 3rd/4th Place playoff. A 5th/6th Place playoff is also not possible as the Consolation Winner and Consolation Runner-Up are the 5th/6th Place winners in this format.
  • 5 or less players:  A Round Robin format will be used.


  • Scoring Format:  All divisions will use the same scoring format regardless of age, ball type or draw format. All Singles matches (Main Draw and Consolation) will consist of two tiebreak sets (first to 6 games). At 6 games all, a 7-point set tiebreak (first to 7, win by 2) will be played. If players split sets, a 10-point match tiebreak (first to 10, win by 2) will be played in lieu of a third set. Regular scoring (with ad) will be used for all Main Draw matches and a 5-minute warm-up will be given before each match. No-ad scoring will be used for all Consolation matches in addition to the 3rd/4th Place playoff and the 5th/6th Place playoff. A 2-minute rest period will be given between the first and second sets, and a 3-minute rest period will be given between the second set and match tiebreak. No coaching is allowed at any time. *Shortened scoring may be used in the case of rain.


  • *NEW IN 2024Bathroom Break Courtesy Point:  If a player needs to go to the bathroom, they need to get permission from an official. To minimize loss of momentum during the set caused by a bathroom break, the player taking the break will give a courtesy point to their opponent. This is not a penalty point. A courtesy point will not be given for a bathroom break taken at the end of a set. This rule is unique to the "Little Mo" tournaments.


  • Advancing to "Little Mo" Nationals:  The top four yellow ball players (semifinalists) in each age division from each "Little Mo" Regionals will advance to the prestigious "Little Mo" Nationals in Austin, Texas from September 27-30, 2024. These players will form a 16-size draw in each age division at the Nationals. If you advance to the Semifinal Round (Main Draw) in your age division at the Regionals and you (and your parent/coach) have followed the Code of Conduct, you will receive your Nationals invitation with a special code needed for registration by email from the MCB office following the regional tournament. The top 160 players who reach the Nationals are the youngest and brightest future stars in American tennis!


  • Alternate Players for "Little Mo" Nationals:  If one of the top four yellow ball players (semifinalists) from a "Little Mo" Regionals cannot attend the "Little Mo" Nationals, we will contact the 5th and 6th Place winners (if applicable) to take their place as the first and second alternates. If neither player can attend, we will consider other players in the draw and players from other regional tournaments as replacements based on their results and UTR. If there is not a 5th/6th Place Playoff, we will contact the Consolation Winner as the first alternate instead. If the Consolation Winner cannot attend, we will consider other players in the draw and players from other regional tournaments as replacements based on their results and UTR. The MCB office will let you know as soon as possible via email if there is an opening to attend the Nationals. While the green dot players will not be able to advance to the Nationals, they might be considered as replacement players if all of the qualified yellow ball players have been contacted.


  • Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) / Color Ball Rating (CBR):  All yellow ball results from the "Road to the Little Mo Nationals" (Regionals, Nationals) will count towards your player's Universal Tennis Rating (UTR). All green dot results will count towards your player's Universal Tennis Color Ball Rating (CBR).

27th Annual "Little Mo" Nationals

Austin Tennis Academy

Austin, Texas

September 27-30, 2024

2024 "Little Mo" Internationals (Colorado, New Jersey, Florida)

In 2006, MCB created the "Little Mo" Internationals for USA players to experience different styles of play and meet others from various countries and cultures from around the world. This flagship event was first held in Texas and it has evolved over the years into three different tournaments held in Colorado, New Jersey, and Florida. Today, the Internationals attract thousands of talented girls and boys (ages 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12) who travel from across the United States and worldwide to compete against others born in the same year. The "Big Mo" divisions have also been added in Colorado and Florida for ages 13, 14, 15, and 16. These unique events are held at some of the most prominent and historic tennis clubs in the United States, which helps to create an unforgettable experience and enjoyable vacation for the entire family. There are also many fun tourist attractions and sights to see near our three international tournaments such as Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, US Open, Times Square, Statue of Liberty, Broadway shows, Disney World, Epcot, and beautiful beaches.


This year, our host sites are the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado (June 28 - July 3), the West Orange Tennis Club in West Orange, New Jersey (August 17-21), and the Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida (December 6-11). In Colorado and Florida, yellow (regular) ball divisions will be offered for girls and boys ages 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16 in addition to a green dot option for ages 8, 9, and 10. In New Jersey, yellow (regular) ball divisions will be offered for girls and boys ages 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 in addition to a green dot option for ages 8, 9, and 10. The "Big Mo" divisions for ages 13, 14, 15, and 16 will not be offered due to limited courts in New Jersey. All players will have an opportunity to participate in Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles in addition to many exciting and memorable activities such as the Player Clinic, Player Parade, Group Photo, Opening Ceremony, Player Gift Exchange tradition, "Mo" Coins, Player Party, "Little Mo/Big Mo" Booth, and much more. Last year, the "Little Mo" Internationals in Florida featured approximately 700 players from over 60 different countries and territories worldwide!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - PLEASE READ BEFORE YOU REGISTER:

Before you start the registration process, you will need to download an important document that has been uploaded as an attachment to each tournament's UTR homepage - 2024 "Little Mo" Internationals Rules and Regulations, Code of Conduct, and Tournament/Liability Waivers. This document is located on each tournament's UTR homepage near the bottom right-hand side of the screen if you are using a computer or at the bottom of the screen if you are on a mobile device. It is very important that you read through this document as you will need to electronically sign your name confirming that you understand and agree to this document during the registration process.


There is also a lot of important information posted on each tournament's UTR homepage including a tentative day-by-day Schedule of Events, Eligibility, Entry Limits/Confirmation Email, Events/Guaranteed Matches, Age Eligibility/Registration by Birth Year, Registration Deadline, Entry Fee, Withdrawal and Refund Policy, Player's Birth Certificate/Passport (VERY IMPORTANT - MANDATORY), Special Dress Code on the First Day and Tennis Attire during the Tournament (VERY IMPORTANT), Player Gift Exchange tradition (VERY IMPORTANT), Playing Surface(s), Ball Types, Alternate Sites/Transportation Recommendations, Discounted Host Hotel Information, Draw/Scoring Formats, Bathroom Break Courtesy Point, Doubles/Mixed Doubles Information, "Little Mo" Movie, Volunteers/Workers, Player Referral Program, and much more. This information is located under "Description" on the "Overview" tab, and you will need to click on the "Read More" button in order to see all of the posted information. Please take a moment to read through everything carefully as most of the answers to your questions can be found on each tournament's UTR homepage. Additionally, we will be sending out more specific information about each tournament to all registered players in the coming months so please make sure that you have access to the email address associated with your player's UTR account.

11th Annual "Little Mo" Internationals in Colorado

U.S. Air Force Academy

Colorado Springs, Colorado

June 28 - July 3, 2024

Registration Deadline: Friday, June 7 at 11:30pm (Central Time)

REGISTER

13th Annual "Little Mo" Internationals in New Jersey

West Orange Tennis Club

West Orange, New Jersey

August 17-21, 2024

Registration Deadline: Friday, July 26 at 11:30pm (Central Time)

REGISTER

Some draws are already full!

18th Annual "Little Mo" Internationals in Florida

Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

December 6-11, 2024

Registration to open in July/ August!

2024 "Little Mo" Internationals (Colorado, New Jersey, Florida)

Rules and Regulations

Welcome to the 2024 "Little Mo" Internationals (Colorado, New Jersey, Florida)! These tournaments are designed to provide outstanding competition at the international level while also encouraging players to develop new friendships, learn good sportsmanship, and most of all, have fun. The Internationals are the only tournaments of their kind for talented, high-performance girls and boys worldwide who compete against others born in the same year. Please read through the following rules and regulations carefully:

  • Eligibility:  The three "Little Mo" Internationals will be held in Colorado, New Jersey, and Florida. The international tournaments are open to any player worldwide (ages 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12). The "Big Mo" divisions have also been added in Colorado and Florida for ages 13, 14, 15, and 16. There are no special qualifications or ranking needed to register for the international tournaments - any player who registers will be accepted into the draw until the entry limit is reached*Please note that players do not need to compete in the "Little Mo" Regionals or the "Little Mo" Nationals in order to participate in the "Little Mo" Internationals.


  • Entry Limits / Confirmation Email:  Registration for the "Little Mo" Internationals will be on a first-come, first-served basis up to the entry limit - we will be using several different entry limits based on the tournament (see below). If a division reaches the entry limit before the registration deadline, a WAITING LIST will be established at that time. Be sure to register early as the draws typically fill before the registration deadline! *Please note that once you have received a confirmation email from UTR/Stripe, your player's entry has been accepted into the tournament and you can make your travel arrangements.
  • Colorado:  Registration will be limited to the first 30 players in each division with 2 wildcards to be determined by MCB. All divisions will initially be limited to a 32-size draw (maximum), but it may be possible for some divisions to expand into a 64-size draw based on court capacity.
  • New Jersey:  Registration will be limited to the first 14 players in each division with 2 wildcards to be determined by MCB. All divisions will initially be limited to a 16-size draw (maximum due to limited courts in New Jersey), but it may be possible for some divisions to expand into a 32-size draw based on court capacity.
  • Florida:  Registration will be limited to the first 30 players in each division with 2 wildcards to be determined by MCB. All divisions will initially be limited to a 32-size draw (maximum), but it may be possible for some divisions to expand into a 64-size draw based on court capacity.


  • Multiple Tournaments:  Players may compete in any "Little Mo" Internationals regardless of where they are currently living in the United States or worldwide. Players may also compete in as many international tournaments as desired.


  • Events / Guaranteed Matches:  The "Little Mo" Internationals will offer Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles events for all divisions. All players will be guaranteed at least two Singles matches during the international tournaments in addition to one Doubles match and one Mixed Doubles match (only if they are able to find a partner for each event).


  • Age Eligibility / Registration by Birth Year:  Players must register in the proper age division according to their birth year. This ensures that our players are competing against others who are born in the same calendar year (i.e., a player born in 2014 must play in the 10's division since they will be turning 10 this year).
  • Girls and Boys 16's ("Big Mo") - born in 2008
  • Girls and Boys 15's ("Big Mo") - born in 2009
  • Girls and Boys 14's ("Big Mo") - born in 2010
  • Girls and Boys 13's ("Big Mo") - born in 2011
  • Girls and Boys 12's - born in 2012
  • Girls and Boys 11's - born in 2013
  • Girls and Boys 10's - born in 2014
  • Girls and Boys 9's - born in 2015
  • Girls and Boys 8's - born in 2016 (Only players who are born in 2016 will be allowed to play in the 8's divisions. Players born in 2017 or 2018 will not be eligible.)


  • Divisions:  The "Little Mo" Internationals will be offering several different divisions based on the tournament:
  • Colorado and Florida:  Yellow (regular) ball divisions will be offered for girls and boys ages 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16 in addition to a green dot option for ages 8, 9, and 10. Players must register for only one division. This means that players competing in the 8's, 9's, and 10's divisions must choose to play with either the yellow (regular) ball or the green dot ball for their age group. Players in the 11's and 12's divisions must play with the yellow (regular) ball. All divisions will be played on a full 78' tennis court with either the yellow (regular) ball or the green dot ball.
  • New Jersey:  Yellow (regular) ball divisions will be offered for girls and boys ages 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 in addition to a green dot option for ages 8, 9, and 10. The "Big Mo" divisions for ages 13, 14, 15, and 16 will not be offered due to limited courts in New Jersey. Players must register for only one division. This means that players competing in the 8's, 9's, and 10's divisions must choose to play with either the yellow (regular) ball or the green dot ball for their age group. Players in the 11's and 12's divisions must play with the yellow (regular) ball. All divisions will be played on a full 78' tennis court with either the yellow (regular) ball or the green dot ball.


  • Draw Formats:  All divisions will use the same draw formats regardless of age or ball type, but we will be using several different draw formats based on the event type and draw size:
  • Singles:  
  • 64-size draw, 32-size draw, 16-size draw or 8-size draw:  A First Match Losers Consolation format with a 3rd/4th Place playoff will be used. This means that any player who loses in the First Round (Main Draw) will move into the Consolation bracket. Any player who has a bye in the First Round (Main Draw) and loses in the Second Round (Main Draw) will also move into the Consolation bracket. The losers of the Semifinal Round (Main Draw) will move into a 3rd/4th Place playoff.
  • 5 or less players:  A Round Robin format will be used.
  • Doubles and Mixed Doubles:  A Single Elimination format will be used for all draw sizes. This means that any team who loses in any round will not advance in the draw. A Consolation bracket is not possible as there is only a Main Draw in this format.


  • Scoring Formats:  All divisions will use the same scoring formats regardless of age, ball type or draw format, but we will be using several different scoring formats based on the event type:
  • Singles:  All Singles matches (Main Draw and Consolation) will consist of two tiebreak sets (first to 6 games). At 6 games all, a 7-point set tiebreak (first to 7, win by 2) will be played. If players split sets, a 10-point match tiebreak (first to 10, win by 2) will be played in lieu of a third set. Regular scoring (with ad) will be used for all Main Draw matches and a 5-minute warm-up will be given before each match. No-ad scoring will be used for all Consolation matches in addition to the 3rd/4th Place playoff. A 2-minute rest period will be given between the first and second sets, and a 3-minute rest period will be given between the second set and match tiebreak. No coaching is allowed at any time. *Shortened scoring may be used in the case of rain. 
  • Doubles and Mixed Doubles:  All Doubles and Mixed Doubles matches will consist of an 8-game pro set (first to 8 games). At 8 games all, a 7-point match tiebreak (first to 7, win by 2) will be played. Regular scoring (with ad) will be used for all matches and a 5-minute warm-up will be given before each match. No coaching is allowed at any time*Shortened scoring may be used in the case of rain.


  • Bathroom Break Courtesy Point:  If a player needs to go to the bathroom, they need to get permission from an official. To minimize loss of momentum during the set caused by a bathroom break, the player(s) taking the break will give a courtesy point to their opponent(s). This is not a penalty point. A courtesy point will not be given for a bathroom break taken at the end of a set. This rule is unique to the "Little Mo" tournaments.


  • Doubles / Mixed Doubles InformationThe "Little Mo" Internationals entry fee includes Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles so there are no additional fees to participate in these events. All registrations for Doubles and Mixed Doubles will be taken on-site during the tournament (no registrations will be taken in advance or by email). If a player already has a partner selected for Doubles and/or Mixed Doubles, there will be a desk on-site at the host site on the first day where they will be able to sign up together with their partner(s). If a player would like to try and find a partner before the tournament, we will be posting the official Player List in the weeks leading up to the tournament (not before the registration deadline) and players will be able to contact each other through the UTR system at that time. If a player does not have a partner selected before the tournament and they would still like to play in Doubles and/or Mixed Doubles, there will be a "Looking for Partner" sign-up sheet posted at the host site on the first day. Players will be able to place their name and cell phone on this sheet in order to connect with possible partners. Eligibility for Doubles and Mixed Doubles is as follows:
  • Doubles: Players must compete in the same exact age division and ball type as they are registered in for Singles. For example, a player registered in the Boys 10 (yellow ball) division for Singles must play in the Boys 10 (yellow ball) division for Doubles.
  • Mixed Doubles: Players may compete with someone younger or older in a different age division, but they must play in the division of the older player. Players may also compete in a different ball type, but a yellow ball player cannot "play down" into a green dot division. For example, a Boys 9 (green dot) player who decides to play Mixed Doubles with a Girls 10 (yellow ball) player must play in the Mixed 10 (yellow ball) division since that is the older division between the two players.
  • Please note that there is no guarantee a player will be able to compete in Doubles and/or Mixed Doubles unless they have a partner for each event - players are ultimately responsible for finding their own partners.


  • Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) / Color Ball Rating (CBR):  All yellow ball results from the "Little Mo" Internationals (Colorado, New Jersey, Florida) will count towards your player's Universal Tennis Rating (UTR). All green dot results will count towards your player's Universal Tennis Color Ball Rating (CBR).

2024 "Little Mo" Slam

Win the Tallest Trophy in Junior Tennis (6 Feet Tall)!

Have you ever dreamed of winning the tallest trophy in junior tennis? In 2013, MCB created the ultimate challenge for any player (ages 8-12) to win the "Little Mo" Slam. The Slam was created in honor of Maureen Connolly's Grand Slam win in 1953 - winning all four major championships (Australian, French, Wimbledon, and US Open) in the same calendar year. If a "Little Mo" player can win their yellow ball division at all three "Little Mo" Internationals (Colorado, New Jersey, Florida) in the same year, they will receive the tallest trophy in junior tennis (6 feet tall) and the title of "Little Mo" Slam Champion! The Slam continues this year with the 1st leg at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado (June 28 - July 3). The 2nd leg will take place at the West Orange Tennis Club in West Orange, New Jersey (August 17-21). The 3rd and final leg will be held at the Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida (December 6-11). There have been 11 players who have accomplished this magnificent feat in the past 11 years.

Who will win the "Little Mo" Slam this year?

Travel Grants will be awarded to players who win their age division (yellow ball only) at all "Little Mo" Internationals!

We hope you will join us for one or more of our international tournaments this year! Any "Little Mo" or "Big Mo" player who wins their yellow ball division (Singles only) at the "Little Mo" Internationals (Colorado, New Jersey, Florida) will receive a special travel grant during the tournament - more details to be announced at the tournament!


These travel grants are sponsored by the Tennis Competitors of Dallas (TCD) in Dallas, Texas and we are so thankful for their continued support of junior tennis!

Player Referral Program

$20 for each player referred!

Matias Moran helps promote the "Little Mo" by handing out flyers at tennis clubs!

We hope you will tell all of your friends about the "Little Mo" tournaments! As a special incentive for helping us spread the word, we would like to offer you an opportunity to receive $20 (per referral) from MCB if you are able to encourage a friend(s) to sign up. A custom question has been added to the tournament registration process whereby the referred player can type in your name on their entry form as having referred them. 


For every player you refer, you will receive $20 at the tournament. Only the names entered during the online registration process will count towards earning this prize. Also, any player who withdraws from the tournament will not count towards this prize.

In order to claim your referral prize, please stop by the "Little Mo/Big Mo" Booth during any "Little Mo" tournament this year. Referral prizes will only be awarded at the tournament and they may only be redeemed in the year they are earned. The more players you refer, the more you can earn! If you have any other questions about this special offer, or if you would like to help promote the "Little Mo" tournaments by distributing flyers to clubs in your area, please send an email to: carol@mcbtennis.org.

Stay tuned for fun and exciting activities from the "Little Mo" Club! For more information on future giveaways and contests, please check out and follow the Instagram page: @littlemoclub! Also, be sure to fill out your player's profile so you can participate in all of the fun activities (only for active members with a full profile). Don't forget to add your picture too so your friends can recognize you!


If you have any questions about the "Little Mo" Club or how to activate your account, please send an email to: info@littlemoclub.comThanks so much!

Would you like to be a Sponsor of the "Little Mo" Tournaments?

We are actively looking for sponsors for the 2024 "Little Mo" tournaments. If you are interested or you know someone who works for a company that would be interested in being a sponsor of our "Road to the Little Mo Nationals" circuit and/or the three "Little Mo" Internationals (Colorado, New Jersey, Florida), please send an email to: carol@mcbtennis.org. We will be happy to send a customized PowerPoint sponsorship proposal, which would include branding opportunities such as placing banners at various sites across the country, advertising in the player program and booklet, having a logo on the tournament t-shirts, and promoting product(s) to our players, parents, and their families.

Do you have a Creative Idea for the "Little Mo" Tournaments?

We are always trying to improve the "Little Mo" tournaments, and create a fun and memorable experience for our players and their families. If you have a creative idea or suggestion for the "Little Mo" tournaments, please send an email to: carol@mcbtennis.org.

Would you like to help the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation?

Thank you so much for your support of the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation and the "Little Mo" tournaments! It is the mission of the Foundation to organize memorable tennis events for young players while also providing opportunities to develop their game, enjoy tennis, and learn good values such as character, sportsmanship, and kindness. The Foundation has promoted the development of junior tennis for over 55 years and continues to benefit countless numbers of girls and boys throughout the United States and worldwide. We greatly appreciate any donations so that we can continue to offer the "Little Mo" tournaments in honor of Maureen "Little Mo" Connolly Brinker.

Make A Donation

If you are interested in making a donation, please click on the "Make A Donation" button above. All donations are tax-deductible as the Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. We are also always looking for volunteers at the "Little Mo" tournaments so if you would like to earn community service hours or volunteer your time, please send an email to: carol@mcbtennis.orgWe thank you for your kind consideration and wish you all the very best for a wonderful and memorable year!

If you were a "Little Mo" player and you have recently signed with a college tennis team or you are currently playing college tennis, please email: carol@mcbtennis.org to be featured in our next newsletter.

A Special Thank You To Our Sponsors:

The "Little Mo" tournaments are hosted by MCB in memory of its tennis champion namesake, Maureen "Little Mo" Connolly Brinker. Born in San Diego, Maureen became the first woman to achieve the Grand Slam of tennis in 1953 by winning all four major championships (Australian, French, Wimbledon, and US Open) in the same year. She was well-known for her powerful groundstrokes from the baseline, which earned her the famous nickname "Little Mo" - a comparison to the explosive firepower of the battleship USS Missouri, also known as "Big Mo". Only five players in the history of tennis have won the calendar Grand Slam, and Maureen is still the only American woman and the youngest at age 18 to have accomplished this magnificent feat. She won an amazing nine consecutive championship titles (three US, three Wimbledon, two French, one Australian - undefeated in 50 matches).

Unfortunately, her spectacular career would be short-lived due to a horseback riding accident in 1954. While she could no longer compete at an elite level, Maureen's legacy as a legendary tennis star would continue through the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation (MCB). Founded in 1968 with her dear friend Nancy Jeffett, MCB's mission would be the promotion and support of junior tennis development worldwide. That same year, she was inducted into the prestigious International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island. Sadly, Maureen lost her valiant battle with cancer the following year and passed away at the young age of 34. Although her tennis career only spanned three years, many premier sportswriters consider Maureen Connolly to be the finest of all female players for her achievements on and off the court. In 2019, she was honored by the United States Postal Service with her very own "Little Mo" Commemorative Forever Stamp.

Today, MCB continues to support the growth of junior tennis by organizing numerous "Little Mo" tournaments throughout the United States annually for talented girls and boys (ages 8-16). These events are designed to provide outstanding competition at the regional, national, and international level while also encouraging players to develop new friendships, learn good sportsmanship, and most of all, have fun. The "Little Mo" tournaments are also unique in that young players have the opportunity to gauge their ability against others born in the same year from around the world (i.e., 8's play 8's, 9's play 9's). MCB strives to empower young athletes by giving travel grants, "Mo" Coins for prizes, and also Sportsmanship and Kindness awards to deserving individuals in honor of Maureen's legacy. The Foundation also contributes financially to many notable programs including the National Junior Tennis League for inner-city youth and Invest In A Child for deaf and wheelchair tennis.

Over the years, many well-known collegiate players and famous tennis professionals have participated in the "Little Mo" tournaments including Andy Roddick, Coco Gauff, Taylor Fritz, Tommy Paul, Belinda Bencic, Madison Keys, Leylah Fernandez, Dominic Thiem, Emma Raducanu, Sebastian Korda, Christopher Eubanks, Jenson Brooksby, Brandon Nakashima, Vasek Pospisil, Borna Coric, Mackie McDonald, Denis Kudla, Ryan Harrison, Taylor Townsend, Donald Young, Steve Johnson, Sofia Kenin, CiCi Bellis, and Ana Konjuh among many others. Roddick won the "Little Mo" in 1992 (age 10) and he said, "the 'Little Mo' was my first big win!" Gauff won the "Little Mo" in 2012 (age 8) and she said, "the 'Little Mo' is where the belief began." This is all wonderful news for junior tennis and we are so proud that the "Little Mo" continues to be one of the most popular events for young players around the world.

MCB has promoted the development of junior tennis for over 55 years and continues to benefit countless numbers of young players worldwide. It is our mission to provide a special and meaningful experience at all of our events while also inspiring outstanding attributes at a young age such as fair play, good character, integrity, sportsmanship, kindness, giving back, and an "attitude of gratitude". Thank you so much for your support of the "Little Mo" tournaments and the legacy of Maureen Connolly Brinker. Thousands of players compete in the "Little Mo" tournaments annually and we hope to see even more youngsters play this wonderful "sport for a lifetime" this year. We would also very much appreciate your help in spreading the word about the "Little Mo" so we can continue to impact future generations of young players. The MCB Tennis Foundation is led by its directors: Cindy Brinker Simmons (President), Brenda Brinker Bottum (Vice President), and Elizabeth Jeffett (Vice President). Carol Weyman (Executive Vice President), Matthew Cody (Tournament Operations Manager), and Tiffany Hollebeck (Tournament Operations Coordinator) organize the "Little Mo" tournaments. For more information about the "Little Mo", please visit our MCB website at: www.mcbtennis.org and click on "Tournaments". Play "Mo" Tennis!

We hope you will find some time to enjoy the 1978 "Little Mo" movie (made for TV) about Maureen Connolly. The movie is about 2.5 hours long and features some major movie stars like Mark Harmon, Leslie Nielsen, and Glynnis O'Connor. It is a wonderful movie for the entire family and is very inspirational for young players who love the game of tennis. Thank you so much for sharing the "Little Mo" story with your child as it will help make their "Little Mo" experience more meaningful.


To watch the "Little Mo" movie, please click on the popcorn icon!