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Florida Tennis Briefs: Scholl Jr. Profile; Cape Coral Club Saved

February 7, 2012 06:17 PM
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Special to USTA Florida by Colette Lewis, zootennis.com
 
Sixteen-year-old Chalena Scholl of Pompano Beach capped a terrific summer last year with her first International Tennis Federation singles title at a Grade 3 tournament in Montreal, Canada.
 
Scholl, the No. 8 seed, beat the No. 4 and No. 2 seeds on her way to the final, where she met 17-year-old top seed Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus, ranked as high as 28 in the ITF world junior rankings.  Scholl, whose ranking was over 150 spots lower, took the championship in a hard-fought 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 contest.
 
A finalist at the USTA Florida State Closed 18s in June, when she was still 15, Scholl continued her outstanding play throughout the summer.
 
She finished sixth in the singles competition at the USTA Girls 18s Clay Court Championships in Memphis, where she and fellow Floridian Lynn Chi reached the final in doubles. The following month Scholl went 5-2 at the USTA Girls 18s Hard Court Championship in San Diego and reached the quarterfinals in doubles with Makenzie Craft. After reaching the singles final and winning the doubles title at the ITF Grade 4 International Hard Court Championships in New Jersey, Scholl competed at the US Open Junior Championships for the first time, falling one match short of qualifying for the main draw there.
 
Scholl is following in the footsteps of her older siblings, with brother Josh recently completing his eligibility as a member of the Florida Atlantic University men’s team, and sister Chichi pursing a professional career on the WTA Tour. Chichi, 19, has won two USTA Pro Circuit challenger titles this year, boosting her WTA ranking to No. 172.
 
 
region 7Tennis Saved in Cape Coral, Florida
 
by Fran Coryell, USTA Florida Region 7 (South Gulf Coast) columnist
 
Much to the joy of the tennis-playing community in Cape Coral, the Cape Coral Racquet and Health Club, formerly known as Mid-Cape Racquet & Health Club, is staying open and looking to grow.
 
Opened in 2004 as a privately-owned facility, the fitness and tennis club is home to the only claycourts in Cape Coral and serves as the home courts to multiple USTA teams and USTA adult and junior tournaments.
 
Things looked bleak for the club as the tough economic times forced the club into foreclosure in 2010, operated by a management company while the holding bank looked for a new owner.  In Sept 2011, the club was purchased by the Grace Baptist Church. Not wanting to displace the members who utilized the club for their recreation, the church has come into agreement to lease the courts to Erica Cossairt in partnership with two loyal members and successful local business owners. 
 
What some feared would be the eventual loss of the courts to the tennis community, has now instead provided an opportunity for stability and a chance for growth of tennis in the town.
 
Erica Cossairt began as the new director in July 2011, and she started to make many positive changes in both the adult and junior programs. 
 
"We added USTA 10 and Under Tennis, Cardio Tennis Classes, team clinics and a successful and growing junior program," she said. "We are adding social tennis events for members and guests to offer more in the community. Two local high schools will be using the facility for their home matches. This is a very exciting time for tennis in Cape Coral. "
 
For more information contact the club at (239) 573-3210.
 
New  Director of Tennis  in Fort Myers
 
Congratulations to Terry See for being named director of tennis at Cypress Lakes in Fort Myers. Terry takes over a growing club thanks to the support of the tennis committee and the governing board of directors. 
 
Since starting, Terry has already added 10 and Under Tennis utilizing the QuickStart format two days a week. Terry is also looking to grow his membership  in the club by adding 3-5 USTA teams in the men’s, women’s or mixed categories.  As the membership grows, Terry is confident that the facility will add two additional claycourts which will allow him to add more teams and programs.
 
If interested, Terry See can be contacted at (239) 851-6663.
 
 

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