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October North/South USTA Florida Notes

September 30, 2009 07:00 PM



Coach Johnny Johnston (second from right) and
participants at the Jonesville Tennis Center
Jamboree in Gainesville

ACES -- Ponte Vedra Beach's Alexander Teppert has committed to play tennis for Wisconsin, and Gulf Breeze's Jacqueline Kasler has committed to play for Auburn, according to TennisRecruiting.net...Volusia County has a new contact for men's tennis as Larry Brown was hired in September as the new USTA Florida local league coordinator for USTA Florida adult men's leagues. He can be reached at lawbrown2@gmail.com... University of Florida freshman Lauren Embree of Marco Island, speaking to the Marco News after returning from the US Open juniors: "Playing tennis in college definitely calls for a busy schedule, but I like it a lot. College is a different experience that's for sure and the team aspect is so fun. I like being a part of a team, especially the Gators."... University of Florida freshman Allie Will of Boca Raton captured the singles title of the top flight at the 2009 SEC Coaches Fall Classic hosted by Vanderbilt University. The Gator rookie took out Vanderbilt's 46th-ranked Catherine Newman, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0, in Sunday’s championship match, as Will toppled three nationally-ranked opponents in as many days to take the tournament title in her collegiate debut...Tallahassee's Sunil Patel won the doubles competition at the US Open wheelchair competition in St. Louis in September in the 'C' Division...Zach Ganger, a former top Jacksonville-area junior, was hired as a teaching pro at Eagle Harbor Country Club where in his first tournament he coached two area 12-year-olds to the 14s Super Series doubles title in Daytona Beach.

GAINESVILLE -- The Jonesville Tennis Center Jamboree raised $2,000 for local junior tennis programs at the end of August. Activities for the three-day inaugural event included several men's and women's doubles divisions, table tennis and beach tennis competitions, a raffle and silent auction, free spa services and a bake sale. "Tammy Gordon coordinated the raffle, silent auction, and spa services, and Jade Park prepared her fabulous pastries for the bake sale," said organizer Christine Shurtleff. "In addition, on Friday evening, what was anticipated to be a small parent-child doubles tournament turned into a large, festive event, with over 50 teams participating in three divisions. Many parents and children got to know each other on a very different level by getting the rare opportunity to play tennis matches together." Jonesville Tennis Center Director Dave Porter donated all the proceeds of the Jamboree to the Gainesville Area Community Tennis Association, an official USTA Florida Community Tennis Association (CTA), for funding of local junior tennis programs. Winners included: Parent-Child Doubles Tournament, First Division -- Lindsey and David Cable; Second Division -- Jordan Goldberg and Christine Shurtleff; Third Division -- Rio Asch and Andy Lord. Men's Open -- Kevin and Patrick Gaughan; Men's A -- Cole Fiegel and Chris Godwin; Men's B -- Mark Diblin and Lee Johnson; Women's A -- Norma Banes and Kathy Outman; Women's B -- Lillie Mehan and Emily Louie-Meadors; Table Tennis -- Brad Feussner; Beach Tennis -- Donny Reeder and Teddy Dienst

At the USTA Jr. Team Tennis Summer Sectional Tournament, held July 31-Aug. 2 in Lakeland, Gainesville's "Powershots" defeated the Biscayne Bulldogs in the 14-and-under Intermediate final. They now advance to the Jr. Team Tennis Nationals, to be held in Mobile, Ala., on Oct. 22-25, 2009. The Powershots, coached by So-Mei Louie, Mary Cribb, and national wheelchair champion Johnny Johnston, are only one of four teams from Florida invited to the Nationals. Team members include: Camille Kima, Choong Sek Oh, Courtney Cribb, Emily Louie-Meadors, Jared Lee, Justin Rensel, Kendal Wilby, Kyung Seok Oh, Sheridan Lee, and Tabong Kima. The Gainesville 12-and-under Intermediate USTA Jr. Team Tennis team, G-2, captained by Bobbie Mehan, is participating in the annual "Border War," the 12th annual Florida-Georgia USTA Jr. Team Tennis Challenge on Oct. 3-4, 2009, at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. The Tennis Challenge is an invitation-only event featuring the two states' best USTA Jr. Team Tennis teams, as determined by their state sectional results. The team members include: Lille Mehan, Rio Asch, Brandon Stewart, Harry and Grey Cacciatore, Gaelin McLeod, and Walla and Aminah Moffett.

JACKSONVILLE -- The MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation is looking for mentors and volunteers to organize back-to-school drives. Mentors dedicate an hour of their time each week to mentor a child in the TnT after-school program, and there's still time to help organize a back-to-school drive. For more information please contact Ashley at Ashley@malwashington.com...

Oct. 2 is the registration deadline for the High Performance QuickStart Tennis Workshop to be held on Oct. 9 from 3:30-7:30 p.m. at Deerwood Country Club. Each attendee will receive a 4-hour on-court training from a High Performance QuickStart Tennis Specialist, and High Performance session plans for 5-10 age demographics. For more info contact Amanda Becker at becker@florida.usta.com or 904-281-1187.

PORT ORANGE -- There will be a FREE USTA Florida Kids Tennis Event on Saturday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m., at Airport Road Park in Port Orange. On-court games, instruction, prizes and FUN for all! For more information about this event and upcoming USTA Jr. Team Tennis programs which are now forming, please contact Rita Gladstone at (386) 299-6551 or email: rita@ritatennis.com.



Bradenton's Ryan Harrison's picture (bottom right)
on a promotional ad for an exhibition including Andre
Agassi and Pete Sampras in China

ACES -- Delray Beach's Brooke Bolender was committed to play for the University of Michigan tennis team, Boca Raton's Zachary Katz has committed to play for Penn, Coral Gables' Ross Nigro has committed to play for Louisville, Palm Beach Gardens' Jordan Borsanyi has committed to play for George Mason, Plantation's Julie Sabacinski has committed to play for Notre Dame, Bradenton's Mary Chupa has committed to play for West Virginia, Bradenton's Rebekah Jenkins has committed to play for Liberty, Vero Beach's Andrew Butz has committed to play for Florida, and Ft. Lauderdale's Fred Saba has committed to play for Duke, according to TennisRecruiting.net...Condolences from USTA Florida to 16-year-old Sloane Stephens, whose father, former NFL running back John Stephens, was killed in a car accident prior to the US Open. Stephens trains at the USTA Training Center in Boca Raton...17-year-old Ryan Harrison of Bradenton will take part in an October tennis exhibition in Macau, China, featuring former No. 1s Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, and world No. 1-ranked junior Yuki Brambri of India...Mark Harrison of Melbourne and his partner finished fourth in the doubles at the USTA National Men's 40 Grass Court Championships in Forest Hills, N.Y...Tampa's Fred Farzanegan finished fourth in the Men's 70 singles and fourth in the doubles at the USTA Nnational Men's 30,35,&70 Grass Court Championships in Philadelphia in September...Placida's Hank Irvine won the singles 3rd/4th place playoff in September at the USTA National Men's 65 Grass Court Championship in Rumson, N.J. St. Petersburg's Ralph Howe and his partner, unseeded, lost to the top seeds in the doubles final...Sarasota's Clement Hopp lost in the Men's 80 singles final at the USTA National Men's 75 & 80 Grass Court Championships in September in South Orange, N.J. Hopp and Leonard Bunge of Bonita Springs won the 3rd-4th place playoff in the Men's 80 doubles. Charles De Voe of Naples won the singles and doubles 3rd/4th place playoffs in the Men's 75 division. St. Petersburg's Bob Meyerdierks and partner finished runner-up in the Men's 80 doubles...Bradenton's Ryan Harrison lost to fellow American Michael McClune in September in the final of the $10,000 Costa Mesa Futures tournament...Coral Springs' Shenay Perry won the $75,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Albuquerque in late September, with the No. 3 seed upsetting No. 2 seed Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic in the final... Brookesville's Brittany Barrett won the Junior Open/A Singles division at the PTR/ROHO $14,000 Wheelchair Tennis Championships on Hilton Head Island, S.C., held during the US Open in September. David Gant of Riviera Beach and Jose Gomez of Royal Palm Beach finished runners-up in the Men's B Doubles, while Stephen Richardson of Hypoluxo and his partner finished runners-up in the Men's C Doubles. Top-seeded Marc McLean of Cape Coral and his partner finished runners-up in the Quad Open Doubles final, while Arron Powless of Cape Coral won the Quad Open Singles Consolation bracket...University of Miami sophomore Gabriela Mejia went undefeated at the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational in Flight 1 action, and sophomore Anna Bartenstein, a transfer from Tulane University, was undefeated in Flight 2 action...Lorenzo Beltrame of Windermere and Holly Chomyn of Naples were two of nine tennis professionals to earn recognition as Master Professionals in the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), the highest professional rating within the tennis profession. Only about 1 percent of USPTA’s more than 15,000 members worldwide have achieved the Master Professional designation. The nine honorees were recognized during the USPTA’s annual awards breakfast at the USPTA World Conference on Tennis at the Marco Island Marriott Resort, Golf Club and Spa on Marco Island, Fla., in September.

BRADENTON — According to the Lakewood Ranch Herald, State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota could field its first women’s tennis team if trustees approve a tentative plan. The plan calls for hiring a part-time coach to run the program, and the school would provide eight scholarships to students, covering a year’s worth of tuition, fees and books, with three also getting free meals, officials said. Officials also hope to mine talent from the local tennis academies.

BROOKSVILLE -- The City of Brooksville Recreation Department is sponsoring "Little Buddies Tennis" at JBCC indoors, a program designed to help parents work one-on-one with their children, ages 4-7, while teaching them the basics of tennis. To reserve a spot, or for more information, contact David Conrad at The City of Brooksville Recreation Department at (352) 540-3835.

CLEARWATER -- A Tennis Charity Event will be held on Oct. 18, 2009, from 2-10 p.m. at the Royal Racquet Club, with all proceeds going to benefit tennis and after-school programs for the Wood Valley Boys & Girls Club. The event will include a dinner and dance at Bon Appetit Restaurant in Dunedin. More than 50 kids (ages 5-16 yrs.) will be instructed in tennis as a healthy exercise and life-long skill using the QuickStart tennis program. The event will also include Tennis Basis Strokes/Cardio Tennis, Social Mixed Doubles Round Robin, Meet-and-greet cash bar, a three-course dinner, dancing, raffles and door prizes and more. For more info visit www.playtennisintheparks.com.

INNISBROOK -- The Innisbrook Invitational tournament on Oct. 16-18, 2009, will feature prize money for Open division players. Divisions include Men's Open singles and doubles, and Men's 30-50 age groups. Entries must be received by Oct. 13, and USTA Florida online registration is required. For more info go to the adult tournaments section on www.ustaflorida.com.

LONGBOAT KEY -- The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort closed its hotel, shops, conference center and fitness center on Sept. 27, 2009, but will keep its restaurants open for dinner and Sunday brunch, according to published reports. A four-year dispute with unit owners over millions of dollars in needed repairs led to the decision to shut down operations, according to the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

TAMPA -- Hillsborough Community College (HCC) will be hosting the $1,000 Florida Men's One-On-One Doubles Shootout and Rockin' Blues Event on Saturday, Nov. 7th, with a compass draw format that will allow all players a chance to compete for cash and prizes from 12-4 p.m. Every player will get to compete in the game's Serve-and-Volley format for the event's 3.5 hour duration. One-On-One Doubles Tennis is now sanctioned for tournament play with the USTA Florida, USTA Georgia and USTA Eastern sections. All One-On-One Doubles matches are played to pre-recorded, rockin' blues music, and a Concert after-party will be performed by the legendary Joey Gilmore Band. Entry Fee for players is $45, which includes a barbeque dinner, cold beverages and the concert, proceeds to benefit the HCC Women's Tennis Team, 2008 National JUCO Champions. To register, go to www.ustaflorida.com and search November Adult tournaments, or e-mail oneononedoubles@yahoo.com ...

Hillsborough County Tennis Association Junior Scholarships NOW AVAILABLE -- The HCTA now has JUNIOR SCHOLARSHIPS available for our up and coming junior tennis players. The scholarship can be used for many things, including but not limited to, USTA Membership, USTA Jr. Team Tennis, and group clinics. For more information or to obtain an application, please contact HCTA President Sharon Belmudez at president@tampatennis.org.

VERO BEACH -- Two of the top American tennis stars will face off when Mardy Fish plays James Blake in a tennis exhibition on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at 2:30 p.m. at Grand Harbor Golf & Beach Club, part of Mardy's Tennis and Jake's Music Fest, an annual event that benefits the Mardy Fish Foundation. A doubles match will follow. The two-day event consists of a unique combination of tennis, kid's clinics, music, and a barbecue luncheon. Jake Owen, a native of Vero Beach and a childhood friend of Fish's, was named Top New Male Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music in March. For more info visit www.chevents.com.

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