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Award Winning Woodfield Country Club Dedicates New Facility

November 4, 2004 01:01 PM
 photos by Sherry Beckman
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On Saturday, October 30th, Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton hosted a special Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for its new award winning tennis facility.  The event was so much more than a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony; in the same way that Woodfield is such a multi-faceted tennis facility.  It started with a continental breakfast at 8:30 and a Pro-Am round robin tournament at 9:00. Following was a tennis exhibition that included such greats, past and present, as Sebastian Grosjean, Justin Gimelstob, Wendy Turnbull, Frank Froehling, Gene Scott, Jack Waite and Mario Martinez, the former, and well loved tennis professional at Woodfield.  It was much fun for all.  Gene Scott, publisher of Tennis Week was presented a special award in appreciation for his support of tennis and tennis excellence.  Gene made a very good point in his acceptance, “Tennis is a Family Affair.”

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To further illustrate that tennis is a family affair, current professional at Woodfield, Laurent Leclerc, brought out his example of Le Petit Tennis. The children storyboard as they utilize balls and racquets to familiarize them with the “stuff” and strokes of tennis.

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In addition, Rick Macci, stressed how to get kids to love tennis and the successes that come from tennis.  Rick said it all is about the right attitude—as well as the right genes.  He then played an exhibition with Sofia Kenin. Sofia is 5 years old.  As Rick said, she has great legs, great eyes, great hands, but most important, she has a phenomenal attitude!  She won the hearts of every person watching her play.  Her forehand, her backhand, her serve, her volleys and her overheads were not to be believed of a five-year-old child.  It didn’t hurt that she is cute as a button, too!  Sofia is originally from Moscow.  She now lives in Pembroke Pines and works out with Rick Macci, USPTA Master Teaching Professional, on a regular basis.  Remember that name—chances are you will be hearing it many more times in the future.  Flushing Meadows just might be in her future!

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Finally, the celebration closed with a presentation from Joe Rasgado, USTA national board member.  Joe presented Laurent Leclerc with a USTA plaque for “Tennis Facility of the Year.”  Each year the USTA honors outstanding tennis facilities and encourages excellence in future construction and/or renovation.  These awards occur in the following categories:  collegiate facilities, large public facilities, small public facilities, and private facilities.  Congratulations Woodfield. It was a great day for a great facility!

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