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Koz Airs USTA Florida Curtis Celebration on IndieTennis.com

January 21, 2010 06:00 PM

 The Koz and Bobby Curtis

Bobby Curtis, who has touched the lives of thousands of Florida juniors over the years, including many who went on to pro careers such as Jim Courier, Andy Roddick and Mary Joe Fernandez, was last month honored at his retirement from USTA Florida during the USTA Florida Annual Meeting & 60th Anniversary Celebration Weekend at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort in Clearwater Beach, Fla.

Dave "Koz" Kozlowski, host and executive director of  "Inside Tennis With The Koz" one of Tennis Channel's original series shows and now airing on www.indietennis.com, served as the master of ceremonies of the legendary Florida junior tennis organizer Curtis.  
After 30 years of service, there is virtually no aspect of junior tennis in Florida that hasn't been touched by Curtis, who helped launch what would become the USTA Jr. Team Tennis program, and the careers of numerous college, pro, and life-long recreational players.

"You can go to almost any junior tournament in the state of Florida and if you hang around for just a short time, someone -- the tournament director, a volunteer, a parent -- will mention how much Bobby Curtis has meant to that tournament or to a player in the tournament, or to Florida junior tennis as a whole," said USTA Florida President Donn Davis. "The important thing to remember when that happens is that Bobby does it all with absolutely no interest in his own personal gain. He does it all for the kids. That's what makes Bobby Curtis so special to all of us."
"When I was first hired we had no office," Curtis says with a laugh. "I worked out of my room at home, so my room was the headquarters for Florida junior tennis."

The Bobby Curtis Celebration during the USTA Florida 60th Anniversary is now airing at:  http://www.indietennis.com/pages/koz.ustafl60.html






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