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USTA Florida inspires students at Delray ITC

February 9, 2006 12:31 PM

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After a week of record attendance and one of the best draws in its history, the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships wrapped up Sunday, Feb. 5.

Former World No. 2 Tommy Haas held out Xavier Malisse in a dramatic third set tie-break to win the championship title 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(5). Haas claimed his eighth career title - and first since 2004 - and denied Malisse his second Delray title.

In the doubles final, Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor won their 33rd title together in 54 finals, beating Chris Haggard and Wesley Moodie 6-2, 6-3.

USTA and the Florida section held a Membership Appreciation Day celebration on Wednesday, Feb. 2.  More than 180 members and their guests joined in the celebration!
 
Free refreshments were served and a free gift was given to all USTA members.  Top-50 ATP-ranked doubles professional Jim Thomas, 31, of Canton, OH, signed autographs and helped raffle box seats, vests, t-shirts and miscellaneous gear emblazoned with the new USTA logo!
 

Northwood University, (West Palm Beach,) sophomore tennis player Jonathan Evans took a week away from his busy school schedule to intern with USTA Florida.

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“I am bummed that my internship is over.  I had so much fun!” said Evans, who has now decided he would love to work for the USTA after he completes his Sport Management studies at Northwood.

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Another USTA Florida highlight of the week was on Groundhog Day, Feb. 1.  Two Palm Beach Gardens High School (PBGHS) students came to “shadow” USTA Florida Director of Marketing and Membership Sherry Beckman at the tournament for the day.

Meredith Lerner and Christian Pena – both juniors at PBGHS – play sports for their high school.  Meredith (softball,) and Christian (soccer,) want to play their respective sport in college; and they both wish to one day establish careers in the sports industry.

“I think Jonathan, Meredith and Christian enjoyed the first-hand experience at the ITC,” Beckman said.  “Hopefully they are now even more enthusiastic about their future sports-oriented careers!”

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