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USTA Florida -- May Tennis Notes

April 28, 2010 07:00 PM

Marco Island's Lauren Embree, a freshman on the University
of Florida tennis team, was voted the Southeastern
Conference (SEC) Women's Tennis Player of the Year

April 29, 2010

A round-up of miscellaneous news, happenings, and previews of upcoming tennis events across Florida...


ACES -- The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach appointed Jeff Millaire as the club's new tennis director. He replaces Hank Veno, who retired after 22 years with the club. Millaire was previously a tennis teaching professional at Wykagil Country Club in New Rochelle, N.Y...

100 players competed at the 100-player Pensacola Wheelchair Open in April...

Tallahassee's Sunil Patel placed second in the Baton Rouge "Cajun Classic" Wheelchair Tennis Tournament (ITF Series 2), held April 23-26, 2010, at the Paula G. Manship YMCA in Baton Rouge, La...  

University of Florida women's tennis coach Roland Thornqvist was named the SEC Coach of the Year.

DAYTONA BEACH -- The Florida Tennis Center will host a USTA Recreational Coach Workshop on Saturday, June 5, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with USTA-certified trainer Dave Brown. The cost is $20 by May 21. The workshop is for anyone interested in learning the basics of tennis coaching or seeking a refresher on current methods and effective tools. The workshop will cover such topics as games and drills every coach should know, the games-based approach to coaching, teaching large groups, and running effective team practices. For more info or on-line registration go to: http://www.regonline.com/Checkin.asp?EventId=826899

GAINESVILLE -- The University of Florida women's tennis team lived up to its top-seed and defeated third-seeded and No. 13-ranked Tennessee 4-1 in the championship match of the Southeastern Conference Tournament on April 25. "It's like nothing I've ever experienced," said freshman Allie Will. "We stuck together and played well today. We really played like a team. Every single person on this team got us to where we are today and we couldn't have done it without everyone's help." Florida awaits word about its placement in the NCAA Championships, which returns to Athens, Ga., on May 20-31. The NCAA tennis selection show is scheduled for May 4 and will be televised on ESPNews.

JACKSONVILLE -- First Coast Tennis Foundation, an official USTA Florida Community Tennis Association (CTA), announced that it received a 2009 All-Star Award from Constant Contact, Inc., a leading provider of email marketing, event marketing, and online survey tools for small organizations. First Coast Tennis Foundation was selected for meeting Constant Contact's best-practice standards for the use of Email Marketing throughout 2009. "Email marketing has proven to be a highly effective tool to communicate with our tennis community, allowing us to keep everyone informed of various activities such as upcoming tournament information and special activities. We are excited about the recognition," says Philippe Dore, past vice president and board member for FCTF.

The 3rd annual Club Managers Association of America ladies tennis tournament to benefit Special Olympics and The Mark Brunnel Foundation will be held at the Florida Yacht Club in Jacksonville on May 15-16, 2010. The entry fee is $200 a team which includes a compass draw guaranteeing four matches, a breakfast and luncheon both days, a pair of Wilson ladies tennis shoes, and an exhibition on Saturday during lunch featuring Todd Martin, Brian Gottfried, Louis Ballantyne and Frank Vermeer with former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunnel in the umpire chair. There will also be a (former Jaguar) Tony Boseli for photos and the pro-celebrity match. For more info go to www.cmnjax.com.

ORANGE PARK/JACKSONVILLE -- Eagle Landing is the site for the USTA's Pro Circuit tennis tournament, to be held April 30-May 9, 2010, in northern Clay County. The event is the only stop on the USTA Pro Circuit tour within 150 miles of Jacksonville. This is the second time Eagle Landing has hosted the event, according to Mark Arrowsmith, Eagle Landing's director of tennis. "We were thrilled with our inaugural event last year and are excited to host this world-class event in 2010," he said. "We'll have players from China, Argentina, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Russia and across the United States. It is a global event that highlights the sport's up and coming stars." Most of the players stay with Eagle Landing's residents creating a special bond between community and player. There is no charge for the event. The facility includes eight Har-Tru courts, and matches are held daily beginning at 10 a.m. Corporate sponsorship proceeds benefit the MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation, which promotes academic achievement and positive life skills to Jacksonville youth through the game of tennis, and the John P. Hall Sr. Children's Charity, a non-profit organization devoted to improving the quality of life for underprivileged children in Clay County.

Bradenton's Tammy Hendler won the wildcard tournament for the women's USTA Pro Circuit event in Osprey at The Oaks Tennis Club, then in the first round of the main draw upset No. 2 seed Madison Brengle 6-4, 6-4 en route to the semifinals...

Bradenton's 18-year-old Jordan Cox, who lost in the final of the Wimbledon boy's final last year, won his first pro event at the $15K Futures event in Korea in April, defeating several players ranked inside the Top 450 to win the title after he gained the main draw as a lucky loser...

Vero Beach's Andrew Butz, the former state high school championship who has committed to the University of Florida, in April became the youngest winner in the doubles event's history in the Open Division of the 15th annual King of the Hill tournament at The Moorings Club in Vero Beach...

Miami's 16-year-old Monica Puig, No. 2 on the ITF junior rankings, won a pro $10,000 claycourt event in Spain in April as a qualifier...

The Dr. Krop High School (Miami) girls' tennis team won its fourth consecutive Class 4A state title in April, mathematically clinching the title with a day left in the competition...

In the Easter Bowl Boys 14 final in April, Jordan Belga of Elk Grove Village, Ill., defeated No. 4-seeded Stefan Kozlov of Pembroke Pines, Fla., 1-6, 6-2, 6-1. "In the second set I gave him a couple of free games, and it started there," the 12-year-old Kozlov told ZooTennis.com. "He has a very good backhand and he can hit it anywhere on the court, angle, down the line, wherever he wants. But I could have played better."...

Wharton High School (Tampa) senior Michael Alford, a University of Florida commitment, led his school to a third straight Class 4A Florida team championship in April, and won his second straight individual state singles title. Alford defeated St. Petersburg High's Ed Corty 6-2, 6-1 in the singles final...

Lely High graduate Lauren Embree of Marco Island, a freshman on the University of Florida tennis team, was voted the Southeastern Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Year. Allie Will of Boca Raton was named SEC Freshman of the Year.

MIAMI -- According to the Miami Herald, "[City] Commissioners may also discuss yet another proposal for the tennis center at Flamingo Park. Tennis enthusiasts have argued either for hard or clay courts at the site and about how many courts should be built, while neighborhood activists have continued to fight for an open field to the south of the courts. The city continues to talk with the United States Tennis Association, which has considered moving the Dunlop Orange Bowl back to Flamingo Park, where the prominent juniors tournament originated."

Miami will also host a USTA Tennis Block Party in May, for more information click here.

PALM BEACH -- The Town of Palm Beach hosted its first-ever USTA junior tournament in late April at the Seaview Park Tennis Center. "It was a great event, and we did a wonderful job," Dejan Minic told the Palm Beach Daily News. "Everybody was happy, no complaints, and many parents thanked us and asked if we are going to organize another one."

PALM BEACH GARDENS -- BallenIsles Country Club will host a Cardio Tennis Kids session on Saturday, May 1, from 2-5 p.m. with national coordinator Michele Krause. To sign up or for more info go to http://www.growingtennis.com.

PORT ST. LUCIE -- Club Med and the International Tennis Academy (ITA) announced the addition of Gabriel Jaramillo, who has coached the likes of Andre Agassi, Maria Sharapova and Pete Sampras and formerly served as director of the Bollettieri junior tennis program for 26 years. "Hosting a high-performance tennis academy at Club Med Sandpiper allows us to provide world-class tennis to our guests at no additional cost. As part of Club Med's all-inclusive package, every guest can train with pros like Gabriel Jaramillo," said Xavier Mufraggi, CEO of Club Med North America.

SARASOTA -- The 2010 Sarasota Open ATP Challenger will be held May 8-15, 2010, at the new 4.5 million dollar "Tennis Gardens" stadium constructed at Longboat Key Club and Resort. The Sarasota Open will also host "Tennis Under The Stars" on April 30 in downtown Sarasota on Palm Avenue from 6-9 p.m. when "downtown Sarasota will be transformed into a tennis stadium surrounded by Rolls Royce automobiles." Tickets available online for $15 ($20 at the door), and cocktails will be served. For more info go to www.sarasotaopen.org.

Also in Sarasota the USPTA presents the 10th Annual LESSONS FOR LIFE on Saturday, May 1, from 4-9 p.m. at The Landings of Sarasota to support the American Cancer Society and the Wellness Community for local children with cancer. The Landings of Sarasota is again hosting the event (rain or shine) for the fifth year, and 25 local tennis professionals are donating their time and talents to conduct lessons from 4-6 p.m. Rotate court to court and learn different strokes from different local pros, and bring a friend, spouse, or come alone, but bring your money and come early to preview the fabulous silent auction items. The silent auction will run from 3-7 p.m., and 6-9 p.m. will feature the pro exhibition, dinner, music and drinks. For more info call Lolita English at (941) 374-5898.

TALLAHASSEE -- Tennis legend Chris Evert attended an event honoring Florida Fitness Day in front of the capitol that took a turn for the worse this week when an 11-year-old boy fainted in front of the podium. Gov. Charlie Crist fanned the child's head as he recovered, and during the event discussed his focus on physical education is schools. "It was important to get physical education going again," Crist said of focusing on PE when he ran for governor in 2006. "There was no PE around and that wasn't right."

TAMPA/PINELLAS COUNTY -- The Tampa/Pinellas County area will host a USTA Tennis Block Party in May, for more info click here.

WESLEY CHAPEL -- The French tennis firm Lagardere Unlimited is in the Florida tennis-buying mood, according to the SportsBusiness Journal. Lagardere Unlimited is reportedly looking to acquire part of the Saddlebrook Resort, and is also negotiating a possible purchase of the Miami-based sports agency BEST. Last year Lagardere Unlimited hired Ken Meyerson away from BEST, gaining his star client Andy Roddick. Lagardere CEO Arnaud Lagardere, who trains occasionally at Saddlebrook, told the SportsBusiness Journal last fall he was considering moving his company's headquarters to the U.S.
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