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Florida Tennis Briefs: Vickery R-Up at Spring Chps.; Bryans iPhone App; Upcoming Events

April 14, 2010 07:00 PM
by Rick Vach, ustaflorida.com


 Sachia Vickery

Vickery Runner-up at USTA International Spring Championships in Carson

Hollywood, Florida's 14-year-old Sachia Vickery finished runner-up in the Girls' 18 division at the USTA International Spring Championships in Carson, Calif., falling 0-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the final to 15-year-old Californian Krista Hardebeck.

"After the first set, I thought, 'Oh no, I'm going to get beat 0-0,'" said Hardebeck, last year's Girls' 16s champion and the reigning USTA Clay Court champion. "I thought, 'I need to get going and at least get one game.' Once I did that I just relaxed and started playing better."

Vickery said she found herself in the position of winning too easily then mentally let the match slip away.
"I'm disappointed," she said. "I have a hard time playing well when I'm up. I thought I played fine. I just lost my focus."
Vickery is this week playing the Easter Bowl where she won the 14s title in 2008.

USTA National Campus Championship This Weekend

The University of Florida, the University of Central Florida, and Florida Gulf Coast University are among 64 co-ed teams representing colleges and universities across the country this weekend in Surprise, Ariz., April 15-17, for the 2010 USTA National Campus Championship.

The 2009-2010 USTA 'Tennis on Campus' season culminates with a field of 50 USTA Sectional champions and runners-up, along with 14 teams who received at-large bids, all vying for the title of National Campus Champions.

The USTA 'Tennis On Campus' program features more than 30,000 college students competing nationwide in intramural and intercollegiate club play using the World TeamTennis format. Since its inception in 2000, 'Tennis On Campus' has grown significantly and today is played on more than 500 college campuses across the country.

Developed by the USTA, the 'Tennis On Campus' program gives college students the chance to network in a social environment and compete without the rigors of a varsity program. 

The tournament is administered in partnership by the United States Tennis Association, National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA), Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and World TeamTennis (WTT).

Bryans Release App, Go for Record

The Bryan brothers? -- There's an app for that.

The world No. 1 doubles team of Mike and Bob Bryan, who train at the Saddlebrook resort in Wesley Chapel, Fla., have released an iPhone app -- The TENNiS APP. The TENNiS APP features detailed instruction from the Bryan brothers, complete with ATP and WTA rankings, as well as live tennis news. The Bryans also break down strokes and instruction for recreational players.

The Bryans are also now close to catching legendary Aussies Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde, who hold the all-time record of 61 doubles titles. The Bryans won their 59th title last week in Houston. 

Bob Bryan says the pair could realistically tie or pass the record during the claycourt season by the French Open.

"We've never really had a bad result at the French," he said in Miami. "We've obviously had some bad luck there in the past, but we always look forward to playing there. There's stuff you have to change, stuff you have to work on. It's one of those surfaces you need a lot of matches on. You need to get comfortable with movement and balance and sliding and defense."

Naples' Carillo Named President of USTA Serves

Former French Open mixed doubles champion and Emmy Award-winning sportscaster Mary Carillo has been named president of 'USTA Serves -- Foundation for Academics. Character. Excellence.,' the philanthropic and charitable entity of the USTA. In this role, Carillo will serve as the principle spokesperson for the 16-year-old foundation and will augment its mission of changing lives through tennis and education.

USTA Serves has disbursed over $10 million to fund hundreds of programs in more than 120 cities in 39 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. More than 150,000 children have received tennis, education, and health and wellness support, including more than 16 million hours of mentoring, tutoring and nutrition guidance. In addition, the foundation has awarded more than 400 scholarships to college-bound students.

Carillo will assume the role previously held by Patrick McEnroe, who served as president of USTA Serves since January 2006. Prior to being named president of the foundation, Carillo was elected to the USTA Serves Board of Directors, and since 2003 she also has served on the USTA Serves Professional Player Advisory Council. She currently splits her time between New York and Naples, Fla.

Tennis for Tumors Charity Tournament

The Tennis For Tumors charity tournament will be held May 8, 2010, at the Beerman Family Tennis Complex in Lakeland, Fla., with a May 4 entry deadline.

"Tennis For Tumors is excited to present the fourth annual tennis tournament," says organizer Cindy Truitt. "The community's commitment and outreach of family, friends, and businesses is personally heart warming. Players and supporters come from Lakeland, Auburndale, Winter Haven, Lake Alfred, Lake Wales, Frostproof, Haines City, Bartow, and Tampa areas."

A Kids' Camp will also be available for children that want to play in the tournament but lack the skills to play and keep score in a regular game. The Kids' Camp will offer fun activities with limited tennis instruction and group play with prizes.

Tennis For Tumors originated after Truitt's daughter had brain surgery to remove a Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytoma (JPA) in August 2006. Six months after the surgery, she initiated the fundraiser to support research of childhood brain tumors. In the past four years, the tennis tournament has raised $100,000 dollars. The money raised has financially supported three research grants, and has given a $1,000 scholarship to a college student overcoming brain cancer.

For more information visit the website at tennisfortumors.org.

Djokovic Split's with Florida's Martin

Novak Djokovic has split with coach Todd Martin, the Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., former player who had been acting as one of his coaches since the summer of last year. Martin was brought on to complement Djokovic's other coach, Marion Vajda, and work on the Serb's serve.

"Todd is a fantastic person," Djokovic said. "He has so much experience and was willing to share everything with me. There are no hard feelings but we just decided it was not working. It was probably a question of understanding what kind of person I am."

Djokovic said the serving adjustments the two had made never bore fruit.

"We tried a slightly different action and it all got very complicated. So now I am just going back to my original action," Djokovic said.

USTA Mobile Tennis Survey

The USTA wants you -- to tell us what you want in a smart-phone application.

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The USTA needs your help in identifying the most meaningful tools, services and information that you would like to see and use on your mobile device. To that end, we have developed this short 5-minute survey to capture your needs and preferences.

The USTA would like to thank you in advance for your time and for your input in developing our set of mobile services.

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