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USTA Florida February 2010 Tennis Notes

January 31, 2010 06:00 PM
A round-up of miscellaneous news, happenings, and previews of upcoming tennis events across the state:

NORTH FLORIDA

 

USTA Florida's Andy Gladstone and University of
Florida Lady Gators

ACES --
Junior tennis organizer Bobby Curtis reports than more than 1,000 juniors played in tournaments in Florida during the last weekend in January 2010...

From the Honolulu Advertiser's piece on PGA Tour golfer and part-time Ponte Vedra Beach resident Matt Kucher: "Matt Kuchar, who swapped his racquet for golf clubs after playing 12-unders in Florida, has returned to tennis with some success since marrying wife Sybi. The two met at Georgia Tech, where she played on the tennis team and he was a two-time All-American in golf. Last year, they won the mixed doubles consolation title (fifth place) at the USTA Clay Court Nationals [at the ATP Headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach]. Kuchar also won a prestigious silver ball when he and his brother-in-law took second in doubles at the USTA Grass Courts..."When Sybi and I get out and play, some of the guys see us and want to hit with us," Kuchar said. "[Fellow pro] Sergio [Garcia] was one of those. He played a lot as a kid in Spain and he is very good -- especially on the clay. Actually, our best match on the road was probably against Sergio and his caddie. It was serious tennis."...

The Bryan brothers recently sent off bags of tennis clothes and shoes to the MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation in Jacksonville, as well as other charities around the U.S. "We encourage everyone to support these programs and others like them that help youngsters with their academics and tennis," said the twin's father Wayne Bryan...

USTA Florida Competitive Tennis Director Andy Gladstone this month visited Gainesville to attend a University of Florida women's tennis match and interview players Brittany Borsanyi, Allie Will and Lauren Embree (see photo) for an upcoming "G-Cast" podcast. "Every team member took a court and worked with the kids. It was awesome," said Gladstone of a kids tennis clinic the players hosted...

Alex Lacroix and Antoine Benneteau of the University of Florida men's team won the doubles title at the SEC Coaches Indoor in January, beating No. 4 seeds Nate Schnugg and Jamie Hunt of Georgia 8-5 in the final...

GAINESVILLE/NORTH-CENTRAL FLORIDA -- USTA Florida is currently accepting applications from individuals for the USTA Tennis Program Coordinator position in North-central Florida (serving Alachua and Marion Counties, along with surrounding counties as needed). The purpose of the position is to promote, develop and grow USTA Florida's flagship programs of USTA League Tennis and USTA Jr. Team Tennis through a network of program providers. The Tennis Program Coordinator must have excellent skills in customer service, people management, and communication, along with the ability to travel extensively in the assigned geographic areas. Interested persons should submit a cover letter and a resume via email to Linda Curtis at curtisL@florida.usta.com. Position descriptions are available upon request.

 

A player keeps warm with a "snuggie" during the
USTA Florida Combo League Championships

JACKSONVILLE -- The MaliVai Washington Foundation
is looking for individuals with tennis teaching experience or who have worked with children to undergo training to teach QuickStart Tennis classes to children. Individuals need to be available all weekday afternoons, primarily for the hours 3-6 p.m. Rate of pay is $9.50/hr., rain or shine, solid guaranteed part-time income. For more info e-mail terri@malwashington.com...

USTA Florida hosted a High School Coaches Tennis Workshop at Sandalwood High School, attended by 26 coaches from Duval County Public Schools and the surrounding area. USTA National Certified Trainer Dede Allen led participants through a 2-1/2 hour workshop that included both on-court and off-court activities. Coaches learned games and drills to use for practices, and ran through exercises on an indoor QuickStart Tennis court due to the cold weather outdoors, including footwork and agility drills, rules and regulations for high school coaching, and dos and don'ts on dealing with players of the opposite sex. Each coach left with an extensive guide on coaching high school tennis put together by Allen, and various USTA Florida gear. "This workshop was such a success that we hope to offer it again next year and for it to continue to be an annual workshop," said USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator Amanda Becker. "The coaches not only learned some great tips on coaching from an expert but they also got to meet one another so they can communicate throughout the season."

PALM COAST -- ATP pros participating in the USTA Pro Circuit event at the Palm Coast Tennis Center put on a children's clinic for kids age 6-14 on Jan. 31, 2010. The community is also invited to stop by the tennis center to watch the Palm Coast's first USTA Men's Futures Championship. For information call (386) 986-2550.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- The WTA Tour's MPS Group Championships announced that its defending champion Caroline Wozniacki has committed to play in the tournament's return to the oceanfront community of Sawgrass Country Club on April 5-11, 2010. Wozniacki's singles title win at The MPS Group Championships last year launched her best season in professional tennis as she rose from No. 12 in the world to No. 4 at the end of the season. "Having Caroline commit to the 2010 tournament is a powerful statement to our fans that this tournament will continue to attract the brightest stars on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour," said Tournament Director John Arrix. US Open breakout player Melanie Oudin has also committed to the 2010 field. All tickets and packages can be purchased by calling the ticket hotline at (800) 486-8366 or by logging onto the tournament website at www.mpsgroupchamps.net.

SOUTH FLORIDA

ACES -- Dunedin's Nancy Morgan has been appointed to USTA Florida's newly-created Director at Large position on the Board of Directors. She has also been appointed as the chair of the Community Representatives Committee, which is part of the Community Tennis Council.

Saddlebrook's John Isner, who won his first ATP title in January at Auckland, looks to be the top dog on the U.S. Davis Cup team now that Andy Roddick and James Blake have stepped aside. The U.S. will next play Serbia and Novak Djokovic on March 5-7 on indoor clay in Belgrade. "We'll be underdogs, but I think we could have a shot," Isner said. He is expected to be joined in singles by Californian Sam Querrey, with the Bryan brothers holding down the doubles spot.

Pembroke Pines' Stefan Kozlov won the Aegon Junior International Teen Tennis singles championship in Bolton, England. The 11-year-old and unseeded Kozlov defeated No. 15 seed Thomas Brechemier of France 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in the final.

BOCA RATON -- The Polo Club is this year's recipient of the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) 2010 Private Facility of the Year Award. The awards committee judged the club as extraordinary in tennis operations, tennis programming, club amenities, charitable endeavors and support of PTR and the tennis industry. The club has been the past residence of tennis greats Steffi Graf and Chris Evert, and has been host to tennis events such as the Andy Roddick Charity Event, Virginia Slims tour events, pro-celebrity events and ITF-level pro tournaments. Led by Tennis Director Jean Mills, The Polo Club has also been host to the USTA National Girls' 12 Championship for the past 21 years. The national award will be presented at the PTR Awards Banquet on Feb. 14, 2010, at the Crowne Plaza on Hilton Head Island.

CORAL GABLES -- The women's University of Miami tennis team will host a USTA Campus Kids' Day on Feb. 6, 2010, at 11 a.m., free and open to all participants. USTA Campus Kids' Days are designed to increase the exposure of kids and junior players to college varsity tennis and college campuses. College tennis matches can be very exciting, and the USTA is continually working with college coaches to find ways to expose college varsity tennis to more junior players. Across the country, college coaches are selecting team matches that junior players in the local community are encouraged to attend, including activities for kids, free food and refreshments. For more info go to http://www.tennisrecruiting.net/article.asp?id=863

 

Members of the 2009 Florida Inter-sectional squad

MELBOURNE --
The women's Florida Tech tennis team will host a USTA Campus Kids' Day on Feb. 27, 2010, at 1:30 p.m., free and open to all participants. USTA Campus Kids' Days are designed to increase the exposure of kids and junior players to college varsity tennis and college campuses. College tennis matches can be very exciting, and the USTA is continually working with college coaches to find ways to expose college varsity tennis to more junior players. Across the country, college coaches are selecting team matches that junior players in the local community are encouraged to attend, including activities for kids, free food and refreshments. For more info go to http://www.tennisrecruiting.net/article.asp?id=863

MIAMI GARDENS -- The men's St. Thomas University tennis team will host a USTA Campus Kids' Day on Feb. 19, 2010, at 2 p.m., free and open to all participants. USTA Campus Kids' Days are designed to increase the exposure of kids and junior players to college varsity tennis and college campuses. College tennis matches can be very exciting, and the USTA is continually working with college coaches to find ways to expose college varsity tennis to more junior players. Across the country, college coaches are selecting team matches that junior players in the local community are encouraged to attend, including activities for kids, free food and refreshments. For more info go to http://www.tennisrecruiting.net/article.asp?id=863

PALM BEACH GARDENS -- BallenIsles Country Club's new $26 million Sports Complex was the setting in January for the Les Grandes Dames International Senior Women's Tennis Tournament which attracted more than 185 senior women tennis players from Canada and around the country. In the 40s singles, top-seeded Jenny Klitch from West Palm Beach defeated Jami Patterson of Brazil, Ind., to take the title in three sets. Mary Dailey of Delray Beach and Erika Smith from Oakland, Calif., won the 40s doubles over Julie Farina of West Palm Beach and Didi Weinreb of Wellsley, Mass. Among other results, Doris Lutz and her partner Louise Russ of Boca Raton defeated Diane Hoffman and Rita Price in the 80s doubles; Angela Simon defeated Trish Riddell to take the 30s singles; Kerry Young defeated Carol Clay for the 60s title; and the 70s title went to Susanne Clark who topped Ria Graham in windy conditions. "Now that the event has been awarded a Level 2 international status, I expect to see an even higher standard of top ranked player participation," said Tournament Director and BallenIsles Tennis Director Trish Faulkner. "We're looking forward to working with the USTA to stage more sanctioned events on the new stadium court at BallenIsles."

PASCO COUNTY -- The sign-up deadline is Feb. 27, 2010, for the season beginning in February for the Pasco County USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis League, including Quickstart for 10-and-under players. Play will be held at the New Port Richey Recreation Center in New Port Richey, at Lake Padgett Estates in Land O'Lakes, and at Mitchell High School in Trinity, Fla. The league fee is $35 and participants must be USTA members (USTA Jr. Membership fee is $18/year). For more info contact Christina Hill at (727) 375-7678 or e-mail at chill.tennis@gmail.com.

The Hillsborough County Mixed Seniors are forming teams and registering for the 2010 season. Eligible seniors must be 50 years old in 2010. Teams will consist of 6.0. 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0 teams. The team registration deadline is March 15, 2010, and play will start on April 4, 2010. The matches will be scheduled for Sundays at 1 p.m. Each player is required to play two matches during the season. One match may be a default. Sectionals will be held in Daytona Beach the weekend of Oct. 1-3, 2010. Interested players and teams should contact Super Seniors Local League Coordinator Barbara Jones at bjjones2@verizon.net.

 

 www.tennisnight.com

ST. PETERSBURG --
The Tampa Bay area will be treated to two exhibitions of athletic skill and mental fortitude when the BaseLine Wheelchair Tennis Foundation and the Admiral Farragut Academy present a professional wheelchair tennis exhibition on Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, at noon, and then again at 6:30 p.m. at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort. "The exhibition has been so well received in the past. The players thoroughly enjoy the ambience that is created by the Academy, the resort and all the fans. This is one of most popular stops on our wheelchair circuit," said Bob Waldman, founder and president of BaseLine Wheelchair Tennis Foundation and an Admiral Farragut Academy alumnus who will be organizing the exhibition for the fourth consecutive year. The noon exhibition at the Academy will be free of charge. The evening exhibition at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, which includes wine, beer, soda and hors d'oeuvres, will be $25 per person. The public is welcome to attend both exhibitions. Hundreds of Farragut Naval Academy cadets will be on hand to cheer on the wheelchair tennis athletes at the Academy. Florida players featured in the exhibition will be John Johnston of Gainesville and Paul Walker of Lakeland. For more info go to www.BaseLinewheelchairtennis.org or contact Bob Waldman at (917) 533-7792.

TAMPA -- Organized by Global Community Tennis (GCT) Association, a Tampa Bay ladies tennis team visited the Cayman Islands Tennis Club (CITC), Grand Cayman, during the 32nd Pirates Week Festival, Nov. 12-16, 2009. GCT donated 50 junior tennis racquets and 100 QuickStart Tennis balls for the needy youth tennis program at the CITC. "The trip arranged to the Grand Cayman Islands by Julie Panton on behalf of Global Community Tennis was excellent," said participant Pam Dillon. "I would highly recommend a return visit to either the Grand Cayman or other locations where future tennis events are being scheduled." For more pictures visit the website: www.playtennisintheparks.org.

The women's University of Tampa tennis team will host a USTA Campus Kids' Day on Feb. 23, 2010, at 3 p.m., free and open to all participants. USTA Campus Kids' Days are designed to increase the exposure of kids and junior players to college varsity tennis and college campuses. College tennis matches can be very exciting, and the USTA is continually working with college coaches to find ways to expose college varsity tennis to more junior players. Across the country, college coaches are selecting team matches that junior players in the local community are encouraged to attend, including activities for kids, free food and refreshments. For more info go to http://www.tennisrecruiting.net/article.asp?id=863

The Tampa area held its semi-annual Captain's Meeting on Jan. 6th, 2010, at Hunter's Green Country Club in New Tampa, with 73 captains attended the event. Among league notes: Senior league started on Jan. 9; the Super Senior League is starting on Feb. 7 and 14; the Senior Mixed League will begin on April 4, with registration deadline March 15; the Adult Mixed Doubles league will have a winter season for the first time is Tampa, and started on Jan. 17. A total of 15 teams are participating, which is a record for the area, with four levels of play: 6.0, 7.0, 8.0. and 9.0; and the Adult Women Spring season started on Jan. 25, and will be followed by the men's league in March.

Tennis Life Magazine, headquartered in Tampa, has signed a multi-year agreement to publish Tennis Life-Kazakhstan starting with the March/April 2010 issue. TL Kazakhstan will now be the fourth international edition, joining Tennis Life UK, Tennis Life Ireland and Tennis Life en Espanol. "With this new partnership, Tennis Life KZ will be headquartered in the leafy commercial and social hub, Almaty, which has an almost European feel with its quality hotels, slick boutiques, chic cafes and streets thick with BMWs and Mercedes," says a TennisLife release. Founded in 1994, Tennis Life is the official publication of the USTA/Texas Section, Northern, Florida and Southwest Sections and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

DID YOU KNOW?
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees beat Andy Roddick in a junior tournament when Brees was 12 years old and Roddick 9.

According to the Tennis Industry Association, the biggest jump in U.S. tennis participation in 2008 -- nearly 5 percent -- was among players aged 12 to 17, attributed to the major growth of the USTA's Jr. Team Tennis and schools programming.

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