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Jacksonville Tennis News: Permanent QuickStart Lines; Clay Court Chp. at Selva

February 11, 2010 06:00 PM

QuickStart players at the MWKF center in Jacksonville

MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation Takes Advantage of USTA Florida Grant for Permanent QuickStart Tennis Lines

The MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation (MWKF) in Jacksonville became the first tennis organization to make use of a new grant from USTA Florida for putting permanent QuickStart Tennis lines on regular-size tennis courts for the use of smaller QuickStart nets. With the addition of QuickStart lines, one regular-size tennis court can be divided into four smaller courts, so up to 16 age 10-and-under children can play simultaneously.

"I believe this may be the first set of permanent lines painted for QuickStart Tennis on hardcourts in the state of Florida," said USTA Florida Associate Executive Director Andy McFarland. "USTA Florida paid a portion of the expense for these lines to be painted as we strive to give back to the communities with our membership dollars. I thank [MWKF Director] Terri Florio and [Founder] Mal Washington for believing in the format of play and the need for QuickStart Tennis lines."

The MWKF center has eight full-size tennis courts and three permanent QuickStart courts used in their after-school programs. The addition of the permanent QuickStart lines will enable even more QuickStart play for 10-and-under children.

QuickStart Tennis is the USTA's new official play format for 10-and-under children learning tennis, designed to bring kids into the game by utilizing smaller racquets and slower balls, shorter court dimensions and modified scoring, all tailored to age and size. QuickStart Tennis is divided into two different levels -- ages 8-and-under and ages 10-and-under.

To see a video of QuickStart Tennis in action go to http://www.quickstarttennis.com/. For more information on USTA Florida grants for QuickStart Tennis lines contact Linda Curtis at curtisL@florida.usta.com.

Jacksonville Clay Court Championship to Benefit Playing for Love Fund

Selva Marina Country Club's Jacksonville Clay Court Championship will this year benefit the First Coast Tennis Foundation's Playing for Love Fund. The fifth annual Jacksonville Clay Court Championship will be held March 19-21, 2010, at Selva Marina Country Club in Atlantic Beach, Fla.

This is the first time the tournament has partnered with the First Coast Tennis Foundation's Playing for Love Fund. Atlantic Beach Commissioner Carolyn Woods founded the Playing for Love Fund, and its mission is to bring the love of tennis to underprivileged children throughout the Atlantic, Neptune and Jacksonville beaches.

"Over 16 kids are already receiving lessons at the Donner Park tennis courts," says Woods. "You should see their smiles, they love it."

The Playing for Love Fund has been instrumental in creating a series of free tennis clinics for children attending the Donner Community Center and Jordan Parks' after school programs in Atlantic Beach.

"I'm so excited the tournament has partnered with The First Coast Tennis Foundation," says REB Phillips, tournament founder and director. "This is a win-win for the tournament, the Donner Park After School program, and Mayport Middle School."

To register for The Jacksonville Clay Court Championships go to www.firstcoasttennis.com and click on Jacksonville Clay Court button or www.selvamarina.com at the bottom of the tennis page. USTA Sanctioned Divisions include Men's and Women's Open, 35, 45, 55, 65, 75 singles and doubles, as well as, Open, 35, and 45 mixed doubles. Also offered are non-sanctioned 2.0-2.5 and 3.0-3.5 "Just for Fun" men's, women's, and mixed doubles division. For more information contact REB Phillips at tennisshop@selvamarina.com or (904) 514-0569.





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