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Members Gather at MPS Group Championships

April 14, 2009 01:23 PM

The MPS Group Championships, Northeast Florida’s premiere women’s professional tennis tournament and formerly the Bausch & Lomb Championships, finished its 30th anniversary this year at Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra on April 12. The week-long competition featured top WTA players and was a first for former Florida junior player Madison Keys of Boca Raton who trains at the Evert Academy. Keys, 14, made her WTA tour debut and became the seventh-youngest player ever to win a WTA Tour singles main draw match.

USTA Florida welcomed Keys, who has 12-and-under titles at Eddie Herr and the Orange Bowl (2007), for an autograph session at USTA Membership Appreciation Day on April 7. A favorite for staff, volunteers and members, approximately 225 members enjoyed a delicious lunch, received free memorabilia and won great tennis raffle prizes. Trina Singian, coordinator of marketing and membership, worked hard to make the event inviting and on par with past USTA Membership Appreciation Days at Bausch & Lomb.

“We were happy to see so many members attend the first MPS Group Championships and USTA Member Appreciation Day,” Singian said. “We enjoyed being in Ponte Vedra and it was great having all our staff and volunteers spend time with each other.”

USTA Florida was a vendor throughout the week and set-up a booth for members to renew their membership and find out what’s new with the association. Special on-site renewal or new member gifts included customized hats, jackets, car-seat covers, beach towels, coolers, flip flops and water bottles.

“Members who stopped by the booth were happy and energized to see some great tennis and also check out the new venue,” said Tulsi Desai, USTA Florida intern. “We could tell people enjoyed themselves and had a good time at Membership Appreciation Day in the hospitality tent.”

Thanks to all who continue to support USTA Florida by attending Membership Appreciation Days. Special thanks to USTA Florida staff and volunteers including Ann Brown, Jose Medina, Julie Claude, Molly Zimmer, Tulsi Desai, Michelle Willis, Susan Rowley, Debbie MacDonald and Chris Carnavos who assisted during the week’s festivities.

Quick Facts:
Women’s Champion: Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
Women’s Doubles Champions: Chia-Chuang (TPE) / Sania Mirza (IND)
Total Prize Money: $220,000
Hottest Temperature: 86 degrees (Saturday, April 11)
Lowest Temperature: 37 degrees (Wednesday, April 8)
Highest Wind Gust: 23 mph







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