By: David DiPino Contributing Writer
Jameson “Jamie” Corsillo, a youth tennis player and volunteer ball boy who recently participated in the 2018 Delray Beach Open has received a tennis scholarship from Palm Beach resident Amin Koury, a Brown University alumni.
Koury, a managing partner at KAD Companies, a single family office and private investment company, learned that Corsillo was not only an aspiring professional tennis player, a freshman honor roll student and National Junior Beta Club member at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale.
“I admire his academic and athletic excellence. Jamie has a unique combination of skill, talent, and toughness. With the right support, I think he can do some really great things in life, on and off the tennis court. I wish him and his family the best of luck.” Koury said.
Koury is a former college tennis player and Brown University alumni.
Corsillo was ranked No. 2 in the nation in the USTA Boys 14 & Under division in both 2016 and 2017. He competes in tournaments throughout the country and still finds time to volunteer as a ball boy.
With the support of tennis coach Steve Longley and mentorship of Jeff Bingo, general manager of Delray Beach Tennis Center, Corsillo aspires to transition into the ITF-International Tennis Federation Tournaments and compete throughout the world.
Corsillo’s schedule consists of balancing school and training for competitions.
“Jamie is unique because he maintains a traditional eight hour daily school schedule. Most players on his level are homeschooled which allows more flexibility for conditioning, training and competing.” Longley said.
Cursillo’s mother supports her son’s dream of playing tennis.
“It is challenging to keep up with Jamie’s rigorous academic, tennis and travel schedule and keep him a balanced teenager. I desire to support my son’s dream of becoming a professional tennis player while still prioritizing his academic commitments.” Meredith Cursillo said.
Introduced to hitting tennis balls at the age of five years old, Jamie enjoys the mental challenge of the one-on-one competition.
“I am very grateful to Mr. Koury for his generous tennis scholarship which will help pay for upcoming training and competitions,” Cursillo said.
On March 19, Jamie volunteered as ball boy at the Miami Open. He then traveled to Indian Wells, CA, to play in the 16’s youth-tennis competition at the Easter Bowl, a USTA National Level 1 event, where in 2012 he won the Boys 12-Under Silver Ball in Singles and Doubles competitions, in 2017 was the Bronze Ball Winner in Doubles at the event. After Easter Bowl, he heads to Carson, CA, to compete in the International Spring Championships.
Corsillo is currently a Top-5 College Recruit Class of 2021, Blue Chip for past five years with a 12 UTR according to www.TennisRecruiting.net.
Corsillo’s youth tennis career has included playing tennis games with Mats Wilander, the world’s No. 1 tennis player from 1982 to 1988, and member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, at 7-years-old was the youngest boy to win a scholarship to the John McEnroe Tennis Academy in New York City and had the honor of being hand-picked by tennis legend John McEnroe himself.
In 2011, Corsill was featured in Sports Illustrated Kids, in 2012 won the Little Mo International Tennis Championships in Flushing, NY, in 2014 was the State of Florida’s No. 1 player for 12-Under Boys, was ranked nationally as the No. 3 player, 12-Under Boys, and won the Silver Ball USTA at the Winter Nationals in Arizona.
Corsillo continued his climb close to home in 2015 as the Winner of the Longines Future Aces and represented the U.S. in Paris at Rolland Garros, the famed orange clay court at the French Open major tennis tournament.
In 2016, Corsillo was ranked No. 1 in Florida and No. 2 nationally in the Boys 14-Under class as a 13-year-old and was the United States Tennis Association (USTA) National hard Courts Silver Ball Singles Winner and USTA Level 2 national Winner at the Delray Tennis Center.