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USTA Florida Partners with Florida Tennis Cup

May 8, 2009 08:47 AM

Series of one-day tournaments offer unique experience for all players

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., May 8, 2009 – USTA Florida today announced the partnership with Florida Tennis Cup, a series of fun, fast-paced, recreational one day tennis tournaments for adult players. The inaugural season of the Florida Tennis Cup ran from September 2008 through April 2009 and welcomed over 1300 players to a variety of cities across Florida. The two organizations have joined together in an effort to encourage more people to play the lifetime sport of tennis, while offering competitive, fast-paced and first-class tournaments.

Rami Mayron of Boca Raton, director of Florida Tennis Cup, had an idea two years ago of running tournaments based on the combined ages of players. One year later, the first season concluded with 99 teams competing in the State Cup Finals in April 2009.

“The first season was absolutely a great success and much better than I thought,” said Mayron, who scheduled 23 tournaments altogether. “Players like the tournaments for a few reasons: first, we try and keep tournament fees to a minimum; second, the format of matches is shorter in duration; and third, many players received prizes at the Finals courtesy of our sponsors.”

The tournament match format consists of an 8-game pro set with doubles and mixed doubles divisions according to the combined ages of the players. No membership in any organization or club is required to play in Florida Tennis Cup tournaments; however, USTA Florida members will receive a $5 discount on the tournament fee for all Florida Tennis Cup events during the upcoming 2009/2010 season.

“If you are a USTA Florida member, the tournament fee goes down to $10 which these days is unheard of in Florida,” Mayron said.

The partnership is a win-win for both organizations and players in the state.

“USTA Florida is excited to partner with the Florida Tennis Cup events by offering USTA Florida members a discount to participate in these one day events,“ said Doug Booth, USTA Florida executive director. “The series of tournaments will provide an opportunity for tennis players to compete in fun, affordable and convenient events throughout the state.”

Next season, the overall goal is to increase participation.

“I am really happy to see that we could partner together and this will absolutely increase participation in the Florida Tennis Cup by reaching a broader audience,” Mayron said. “This is what we hoped for – really fun tournaments for absolutely everyone at a very low cost. That is the whole idea behind the Florida Tennis Cup and USTA Florida is helping to enable it.”

For more information, visit floridatenniscup.com.






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