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Florida Tennis Briefs(5): Community Events; 10 and Under Tennis; ATP Delray

January 23, 2012 12:43 PM
Tennis Festival, Play Days Scheduled for Palm Beach County, Wellington Areas

10_UnderPlayDaysThe South Florida Fair in West Palm Beach will include a USTA 10 and Under Tennis Festival, free to children and parents admitted to the fair, on Jan. 26, 2012. Area students wearing gel bracelets from school tennis assemblies will also receive a free gift from USTA Florida.

Parents can also receive information on 10 and Under Tennis leagues and USTA Jr. Team Tennis leagues in the area, and the first 100 players to register for the Village of Wellington 10 and Under Tennis league will receive a free racquet.

Two upcoming USTA Tennis Play Days have also been announced for the area. On Tuesday, March 13 from 4-6 p.m., the Wellington Tennis Center will host a USTA Play Day free to children already signed-up for Wellington league or clinics, and $10 for players currently not enrolled in leagues or clinics. On May 19 from 1-4 p.m. the Wellington Tennis Center will host a Family Play Day for parents and children, with a $25 fee covering t-shirts, snacks, prizes and match play.

"This will be a great opportunity for parents and children to play together and experience some quality time and fun on court," says Debbie Ellsworth, 10 & Under Tennis Market Initiative Coordinator for the Village of Wellington. "Using the 10 and Under Tennis QuickStart format of play is a great way for children and adults to learn and enjoy a sport they can play for a lifetime."

USTA Play Days are a great way for kids under the age of 10 to play tennis in a fun, non-threatening, non-elimination, competitive environment. Over the duration of a few hours, a Play Day allows kids to experience serving, rallying and scoring in an informal competition.

For additional information contact Debbie Ellsworth at (561) 313-1083 or ellsworth@florida.usta.com.

Free North Miami-Dade Tennis Festival to Kick Off USTA Jr. Team Tennis Season

To kick-off their tennis spring season, USTA Miami is hosting the North Miami-Dade Tennis Festival on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 at the Michael-Ann Russell J.C.C. of North Miami Beach.
Parents and children will have a chance to learn more about the program which implements the new QuickStart format, which makes tennis fun and exciting for kids. All parents who register for the event online will also be automatically entered into a drawing to win great gifts, and all attendees will have the opportunity to receive a free membership for children 10 and under that are new to USTA.
"10 and Under Tennis featuring the QuickStart play format has kids playing to learn, instead of just learning to play," said USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator for the Miami area Cathy Nordlund. "We are very excited to get kids on the courts and into a game they can play for a lifetime."
About Jr. Team Tennis
USTA Jr. Team Tennis brings kids ages 5-18 together in teams to play singles, doubles and mixed doubles against other teams. For beginners to advanced players, groups are divided by age and level, with the Miami season beginning on Feb. 26.

USTA 10 and Under Tennis featuring the QuickStart play format is designed for children featuring smaller court sizes, racquet sizes, foam and low-compression balls, a simple scoring system, and net heights adjusted to ease kids into the sport. Similar mini-tennis formats have long been popular in Europe, where current stars such as Roger Federer and Kim Clijsters first learned the game with age-adjusted racquets, balls and court sizes.
Event Details:
Michael-Ann Russell J.C.C.
18900 NE 25 Ave.
North Miami Beach, FL 331380
Sunday, February 12, 2012 
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM   (kids age 10 and under 36-ft.  60-ft courts)
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM  (kids age 11 and older – regulation size courts)
To register for this free event go to www.USTAMiami.com

For more information on the Miami tennis festival go to www.ustamiami.com or contact Cathy Nordlund at (305) 2525-6591 or Nordlund@florida.usta.com.
Panama City Racquet Club Kicks Off USTA QuickStart Tennis League
The Panama City Racquet Club in Panama City, Fla., hosted the first matches of the USTA Florida QuickStart Jr. Team Tennis League on the Emerald Coast on Jan. 20, 2012. The league is a joint effort between the Panama City Racquet Club and TOPS'L Beach and Racquet Resort for children age 12 and under.
"TOPS'L Beach & Racquet Resort and Panama City Racquet Club are joining efforts to provide our young players with opportunities to play other kids along the Emerald Coast," said organizer Joe D'Aleo, director of tennis at TOPS'L Beach & Racquet Resort in Miramar Beach. "Matches will alternate between sites for a total of six matches for kids 12 and under using the QuickStart format."

More than 50 children participated in the event hosted by Thomas Dobbins, director of tennis at Panama City Racquet Club, and Laura Dobbins, the 10 and Under Tennis Jr. Team Tennis local league coordinator.

"Their entire staff planned a fun, well-organized event with drinks and snacks for all the players after they completed their matches," D'Aleo said. "It was a great night of tennis with lots of volunteers to help with the kids in keeping score, and it was great to see so many parents come out and watch to support there children. What a great way to spend a Friday night on the tennis courts. The kids are looking forward to their next match which will be hosted at TOPS'L Beach & Racquet Resort."

For more information on 10 and Under Tennis or Jr. Team Tennis leagues in Florida go to www.florida.usta.com/youth_tennis/home/.

ATP Delray Beach Announces Singles Field

Delray-Beach-2011-logoAmerican stars Andy Roddick and John Isner, and stars-on-the-rise Bernard Tomic of Australia and American Donald Young headline the upcoming Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (ITC), celebrating its 20th anniversary with the most competitive draw in its history. The ATP World Tour event will take place Feb. 24-March 4, 2012, at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center.
Other top ATP stars joining the 32-player Delray Beach field include No. 20-ranked Marin Cilic, No. 23 Viktor Troicki, No. 33 Jurgen Melzer, and No. 34 Boca Raton resident Alex Bogomolov.    
More than half of the players in the Delray Beach draw are ranked in the Top 50 in the world.

"We couldn't be more elated with our draw," said Tournament Director Mark Baron. "From top to bottom, any of our players are capable of winning any ATP event on tour. Our fans have seen these guys on TV and now they are going to personally see what exciting tennis they bring to the courts."
Other notable players on the Delray Beach entry list are two-time Delray Beach ITC champion (2005, 2007) and five-time finalist Xavier Malisse, 2010 ITC champion Ernests Gulbis, and former runners-up Ivo Karlovic and James Blake. The remaining spots in the final 2012 Delray Beach 32-player draw will go to four qualifiers, two ATP special exemptions and three wildcards chosen by the tournament.
To purchase tickets call (561) 330-6000, order online at www.YellowTennisBall.com or in-person at Walmart's Ticketmaster outlets or the Delray Beach ITC box office.

Midtown Athletic Club in Weston, Fla., to Host New USTA 10 and Under Tennis Format

10andunderlogowebAs the world's top tennis players compete this week in the year's first major championship, the Australian Open, hundreds of juniors who are relatively new to the game will take center stage at South Florida's first big USTA 10 and Under Tennis tournament being held at Midtown Athletic Club in Weston on Jan. 28, 2012.

"Taking its cue from little league baseball and other sports that downsize their games to fit smaller players, 10 and Under Tennis allows children to master strokes more quickly and results in them being able to actually play matches with one another as opposed to hitting and running drills," said Maury Bozman, director of tennis at Midtown Athletic Club. "Midtown was one of the first Florida clubs to institute smaller racquets, balls and court sizes in teaching our juniors the game of tennis. Our Junior Development Pathways, which predates 10 and Under Tennis by about 5-6 years, has been the single most effective tool in growing the sport of tennis for our junior players."

On Jan. 1, 2012 the rules of tennis officially changed, requiring that 10 and Under Tennis tournaments be played utilizing smaller, lighter racquets and lower-bouncing balls on smaller courts. The change was adopted by the USTA in the summer of 2010. The rule change signifies the emergence of 10 and Under Tennis as an integral part of the development of young players. The scaled-down equipment and smaller courts better allow kids to rally and play the game earlier in their development, and increase the likelihood that they will return to the court and continue to improve while having fun doing it.
"We want tennis to be fun and accessible to kids as they enter the game," said USTA Chairman of the Board and President Jon Vegosen. "Similar to other sports such as baseball, basketball and soccer, kids will now learn and compete on the right-sized court with the right-sized equipment, which will help us grow the game."

For more information on the Jan. 28 event call Midtown Athletic Club at (954) 384-2582.






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