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April 28, 2010 07:00 PM

Billie Jean King receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom
from President Barack Obama in 2009 (photo: Sony Ericsson
WTA Tour and Getty Images)

by Rick Vach, www.ustaflorida.com

White House Easter Features Tennis, One of Obama Family's Favorite Sports

The USTA took part in the 2010 White House Easter Egg Roll in early April, conducting an interactive QuickStart Tennis event on the White House's South Lawn to support First Lady Michelle Obama's initiative to fight childhood obesity. As part of First Lady's "Let's Move" initiative, the organization Baby Goes Pro, founded by tennis Hall of Famer Gigi Fernandez, was also invited to promote health and wellness through sports participation.

Also participating were Billie Jean King and fellow former players Katrina Adams, Liezel Huber and Ilana Kloss. Enjoying the event were 36,000 children age 12 years and younger with their families, experiencing various interactive sports exhibitions, live music, cooking stations, storytelling, the "Explore the Moves Sports and Obstacle Course," and traditional Easter egg rolling.

"Right now I do think we're using the [White House] tennis court the most, because everybody is taking tennis lessons," said Michelle Obama of her daughters Malia, 12, and Sasha, 9, and President Barack Obama.

Ft. Myers, Naples Teams Reach Finals at USTA League Super Senior Nationals in Arizona

Two Florida teams came up just short at the 2009 USTA League 6.0 and 8.0 Super Senior National Championships (yes 2009, not a misprint, as the Super Senior Nationals are played the April of the following year) in Surprise, Ariz., in April, where 64 teams from around the country competed for USTA Section supremacy.

Cool mid-80s temperatures were enjoyed during the finals after uncommonly chilly temperatures greeted the players the previous Thursday during the player party.

"With the many different outfit combinations, knee braces, elbow supports and sun visors, the Super Senior participants are sure an eclectic bunch," said Blake Grimsley writing for usta.com.

The Florida 6.0 women, playing out of the Fort Myers Racquet Club in Fort Myers, finished fourth after losing to the USTA New England Section in the consolation final, with the USTA Southwest women defeating wildcard USTA Hawaii in the main draw final.

USTA New England won the women's 8.0 title, edging out USTA Texas.

The Florida 6.0 men, playing out of the Pelican Marsh Club in Naples, finished second to USTA Puerto Rico and the men from San Juan. USTA Southern finished third by winning the consolation final over USTA Eastern. USTA Southern California won the men's 8.0 title over USTA Missouri Valley, with USTA New England third and the USTA Middle States section finishing fourth.

84th National Public Parks Tennis Championships in August

The 84th annual National Public Parks Tennis Championships will be contested on Aug. 2-7, 2010, in St. Louis, Mo.

For those of you familiar with the cryptic lexicon of tournament divisions, the divisions offered include: BG(18-12)sd,MFIC; M(Op)s,MFIC; M(35-75)s,MFIC; W(Op,35,45,55,65)s,MFIC; M(Op)d,SE; M(35-75)d,SE; W(Op,35,45,55,65)d,SE; X(Op,35,45,55,65)d,SE; NMW(3.5-4.5)s,MFIC; NMW(3.5-4.5)d,SE; Combo MX(7.0,8.0,9.0)d,SE; FS(0)d,SE; PC(0)d,SE; LMW(Op)s,MFIC; LMW(A)s,MFIC; LMW(B)s,MFIC; LMW(C)s,MFIC; LMW(D)s,MFIC; LMW(Op)d,SE; LMW(A)d,SE; LMW(B)d,SE; LMW(C)d,SE; LMW(D)d,SE; LQ(Op)s,MFIC; and LQ(Op)d,SE.

Organized by the St. Louis District Tennis Association, the entry deadline is July 19, with fees of $54.25 for singles and $23 per player per doubles event. All single events have a two-match minimum guarantee, and all doubles events are single elimination. All senior events (50 and older) will be played on clay, depending on draw sizes. Players can enter a maximum of one singles event and two doubles events.

All entrants are invited to the Casino Player Party on Thursday night at the Dwight Davis Tennis Center under the big tent, featuring real dealers and tables, and fake money that can earn real prizes. For more info go to http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=90150






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