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USTA Florida -- Sept. North/South Tennis Notes

August 28, 2009 07:00 PM



Tallahassee round robin league kick-off
participants for the Fall 2009 season

ACES -- Florida State men's players Drew Bailey and Vahid Mirzadeh were named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic team...Heather St. John has committed to the University of North Florida Osprey women's tennis team for the 2009-10 season. St. John is a transfer from Florida Gulf Coast where she appeared in 14 matches for the Eagles. The Naples native is also a second generation collegiate player, as her father Ron competed at the University of Ohio.

CAPE CANAVERAL -- A doubles tournament to benefit the NTAF Southeast Kidney Transplant Fund in honor of Mannix Means will be held Sept. 5-6, 2009, at the Cape Canaveral Recreation Center. The event will feature men's and ladies' "A" and "B" doubles divisions, with a sign-up deadline of Sept. 2, 2009. For more info visit www.MannixMeans.com or e-mail erin@mannixmeans.com.

JACKSONVILLE -- The MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation is hosting "Back to School Drives," with volunteers needed to coordinate school supply drives with their school, club, organization, or work place during September. "Our most needed items are notebook paper, folders, construction paper and pencils. Crayons, scissors, glue sticks and all other items are also gratefully accepted," says Director Terri Florio. "All collected items will be used when providing homework assistance during our TnT (Tennis-n-Tutoring) after-school program." To organize a drive, e-mail Ashley@malwashington.com...

USTA Florida staffers and representatives of the Northeast Florida Tennis Advisory Council (NEFTAC) last month participated in a presentation by the Suncoast Tennis Foundation/Pinellas County's Craig Corry. He gave an overview of the Pinellas PAL (Police Athletic League) tennis program to the Jacksonville PAL Board for possible inclusion in the Jacksonville PAL sports offerings...

Sept. 12, 2009, is the deadline for sign-up for Jr. Team Tennis (JTT) and QuickStart for the fall season in Jacksonville. Quickstart is available for 8-and-under and 10-and-under beginner, and JTT divisions in variations of beginner, intermediate and advanced for 10-under, 12-under, 14-under and 18-under. For more info contact Diana Gardner at (904) 247-5460 or jrtennisjax@yahoo.com...

The University of North Florida Tennis Complex will hold two events in the coming months, the Osprey Open on Sept. 25-27, 2009, and the North Florida Men's Open on Nov. 20-22, 2009. Both events are open to players rated 4.5 and above, and will feature 64-player draws. The North Florida Men's Open is a prize money event. For more info e-mail Igal Buberman at igal.buberman@unf.edu, or go to www.ospreytenniscamp.com/about-nfo.

PALM COAST -- On Oct. 9-10, 2009, the Belle Terre Swim and Raquet Club will host its Annual Breast Cancer Tennis Tournament, with proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Friday, Oct. 9 will feature a Jr. Tennis Night from 4 p.m. to dusk, with an Adult Mixer (21 and over) on Saturday, Oct. 10, and registration beginning at 8 a.m. For more info contact Chrissy Powell at powellc@FlaglerSchools.com.


 RITA and SenioRITA organizers the Jantzes

The 10th anniversary of the SenioRITA Doubles Tennis Tournament at Sawgrass Country Club will be held Oct. 23-25, 2009. The all-volunteer tournament organization team sees that 100 percent of the event's proceeds go directly to fighting breast cancer through research. The event is open to women age 40 and older, and the cost to enter is $60. Detailed information about sponsorship, tennis play and volunteers is available through Magnus Berglund at (904) 273-3740 or magnusberglund@comcast.net...

A USTA national gold ball will be up for grabs Oct. 23-25, 2009, at the ATP Tennis Club for the 2009 USTA National Husband & Wife Clay Court Championship, benefiting the First Coast Tennis Foundation, the region's official Community Tennis Association (CTA). Cost is $80/team, with three categories: national championship (competitive), just for fun (social), and senior (age combined greater than 100). For more info go to www.firstcoasttennis.com or e-mail fctennis@yahoo.com.

PENSACOLA -- The Roger Scott Tennis Center will undergo a renovation that will include 10 additional claycourts, a storage facility, QuickStart youth courts and an upgrade to the parking area. Construction began in June to add the 10 hydro claycourts, with Escambia County allocating $1 million to help fund the project. The USTA also approved a $50,000 grant for a Quickstart program, with the remainder of funding in private donations. The Center is hoping for a grand re-opening in December 2009. Staff at Roger Scott say they will attempt to bring adult and junior regional and national championships to the Center, including the National Public Parks Championships and college events. "The tennis center was a vision of a number of citizens that play tennis," David Flaherty, director of the Pensacola Parks and Recreation Department, told the Pensacola News-Journal. "They stuck to it, they made it happen and got the (Escambia) county interested. It's a great result of grassroots efforts and government coming together with people's interests, and we've made something happen."

WINTER PARK -- The city will turn over operations of the Azalea Lane Tennis Center to private contractor High Performance Sports Management after losing $200,000 over the past four years. The company is led by Angie Zguna, a tennis pro who runs the youth program at the complex. The city will continue to own the center and control fees at the 16-court complex.


ACES -- Wesley Chapel's Alex Domijan reached the final at the Lewis and Clark Community College USTA Men's Futures Tennis Tournament in Godfrey, Ill., in July, losing to Australia's 19-year-old Matt Reid after retiring with cramps in the second set...Gulf Breeze High School junior Jen Pfeifler won the North Florida Girls 18 Junior Designated at the end of July in Tallahassee. Pfeifler is also the two-time defending state doubles champion with partner Jackie Kasler...Dunedin's 100-year-old Roger Gentilhomme competed in the 2009 Summer National Senior Games in California in late August, and was awarded the Gold Medals in Men's Singles Tennis and Bowling in his age division. He will compete at the inaugural International Senior Games in the Netherlands in September...Bradenton resident and WTA Tour player Jamea Jackson was in August announced as the new assistant tennis coach at Oklahoma State...Palm Beach Gardens' Serena and Venus Williams have become limited partners after buying a stake in the Miami Dolphins. Other celebrity investors include singer Gloria Estefan, her producer husband Emilio Estefan, singer Marc Anthony and singer-actress wife Jennifer Lopez, Key West icon Jimmy Buffett and neo-pop artist Romero Britto. Arlen Kantarian, the former USTA CEO and Dolphin's adviser, arranged for the sisters and Dolphins owner Steve Ross to meet...Venus Williams has designed an official US Open t-shirt to be sold at the 2009 US Open. It is part of the USTA's wide-ranging green initiatives at the 2009 US Open and will be sold at the Octagon, the US Open Collection stores located in Louis Armstrong Stadium and the South Plaza and on USOpen.org. The design is printed on a 100% organic cotton t-shirt, grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Williams is designing the shirt as part of her EleVen clothing line...James Kales, 94, of Bonita Springs placed second in singles in the men's 90-94 age division at the Summer National Senior Games in San Francisco.

BONITA BAY -- Bonita Bay Group has confirmed that it reached an agreement in principle with the advisory boards of Shadow Wood Country Club and The Brooks Commons Club to sell the clubs' combined assets to the members, according to the Ft. Myers News-Press. The clubs will continue to operate separately. A Bonita Bay Group representative had said the clubs would close after Sept. 30, 2009, if they weren't bought by club members or another party.

MELBOURNE -- Florida Tech Tennis Coach Bill Macom was one of more than 10 professionals participating in the United States Professional Tennis Association's (USPTA) "Tennis Across America" on Aug. 15, 2009, to teach local players the techniques of tennis. The clinic was held at the Jimmy Moore Tennis Center.

LONGBOAT KEY -- A bankruptcy judge has ruled that The Colony Beach & Tennis Club can not hold the resort's nonprofit condominium association responsible for $12 million in past maintenance and repairs. The resort is reportedly facing foreclosure as of late August.

MIAMI -- Four members of the Miami Hurricanes women's tennis team were named to All-ACC Women's Tennis Academic Team, tying Duke for the most student-athletes on the team from one school. Miami's Laura Vallverdu was named the ACC Women's Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and was joined on the list by Julia Cohen, Bianca Eichkorn and Michaela Kissell.

PORT ST. LUCIE -- The "Little Mo" Internationals will be held on Dec. 15-19, 2009, at the Club Med Sandpiper. The prestigious junior tournament is open to players 11 years old and under, and open to both U.S. and international players (player must not turn 12 years of age before the end of the year). Andy Roddick is a former "Little Mo" champ, as are rising U.S. stars Alexa Glatch and Evan King. For more info e-mail Cartennis@aol.com or go to www.mcbtennis.org.

ST. PETERSBURG -- According to TheTennisNews.net, "Completion of the new 4,400 sq. ft. clubhouse at the St. Petersburg Tennis Center is expected around Halloween. The building includes a wrap-around covered porch that will host the Walk of Fame. Inside are the pro shop, clubroom/classroom/all-purpose rooms, locker room, and a dressing area with showers. The building is elevated four feet and provides a spectacular view of the courts, according to SPTC General Manager Jackie Keller."

TAMPA -- The Hillsborough County Tennis Association's Rally for the Cure Fundraiser will be held on Friday, Oct. 16, 2009 at the Tampa Palms Country Club. Light hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar and silent auction with a live band will be featured. For more info go to www.tampatennis.org.

Southern California is the only USTA section that currently runs a professional tennis tournament, the ATP LA Open. Former champions including Rod Laver, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Stefan Edberg, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. "We just happened to start [a tournament] in 1927 to help get the 1932 Olympics to Los Angeles, and it kept going," said LA Open Tournament Director Bob Kramer.



 Venus Williams

"I call it the battle with the bed. Actually, Serena made that up. It's when you just don't want to get up...When Serena and I would be losing the battle with the bed, we'd text each other. From across the house. I know, it's just ridiculous. I'd say 'I'm losing,' and she'd say 'Oh no, really? I am too!' We'd basically be laying down doing nothing and texting each other."
-- Florida's Venus Williams in her blog, answering a fan question, 'How do you get past those days when you get up and don't feel like training?'

"Being in a foreign country has its own obstacles. I thought sliding on the clay was tough, but figuring out the European washing machine in our apartment was a nightmare."
-- Nathan Pasha, blogging about a USTA Professional Development team trip to Barcelona to play claycourt tournaments.

"I'm always sleepy. I'm literally taking a nap during the first set [of] the match before me, so I'm probably the only person that can go to sleep, come out 15 minutes later and start playing."
-- Venus Williams speaking to CNN.

"Damsels in distress. I hate on court coaching and think it's a shameless gimmick."
-- Sports Illustrated tennis writer Jon Wertheim on the WTA Tour's on-court coaching at tournaments.

"I think they could not resist the U.S. efficiency at running the economy...The thing I am worried the most about is that once more the ability to make money seems to have been more important than to have a vision for the sport."
-- L'Equipe (France) tennis writer Philippe Bouin on the ATP picking an American, former Nike marketing guru Adam Helfant, as their new CEO rather than a European.

"The main thing is to care. Care very hard, even if it is only a game you are playing."
-- Billie Jean King.






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