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Briefs: U.S. Draws Colombia in Davis Cup; NCAA Chp. Individuals from Florida; PTR

May 11, 2010 07:00 PM
by Rick Vach, www.ustaflorida.com


U.S. Davis Cup doubles stalwarts the Bryan brothers

U.S. Davis Cup Draws Colombia in September

The U.S. learned its Davis Cup World Group Playoff opponent on Tuesday, drawing an away match at Colombia on Sept. 17-19, 2010.

The U.S. fell into the World Group Playoff round in March when Sam Querrey, John Isner and the Bryan brothers lost 3-2 to Serbia and Novak Djokovic. The U.S. must defeat Colombia to remain in the World Group for 2011.

Colombia is led in singles by No. 59-ranked Santiago Giraldo and No. 69 Alejandro Falla, and will likely choose red clay as the home surface.

The Americans have been showing their claycourt acumen of late, when last week Sam Querrey became the first American since 2003 to win a European claycourt title, beating Isner in the final of the Serbia Open 2010 in Belgrade.

In other World Group Playoff match-ups, it remains to be seen whether world No. 1 Roger Federer will make the trek to Kazakhstan to help the Swiss effort, with other match-ups including Israel vs. Austria, Germany vs. South Africa, Sweden vs. Italy, India vs. Brazil, Australia vs. Belgium, and Romania vs. Ecuador.

UF, FSU, Miami, USF Qualify Players for NCAA Individual Tennis Chps.

Four Florida schools had players qualify for the NCAA men's and women's individual singles championships, to be held May 26-31, 2010, at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga., following the conclusion of the team championship on May 21-25.

Men's selections from Floridas school are Jean-Yves Aubone and Vahid Mirzadeh (Florida State), and Alexandre Lacroix (Florida). Also receiving a selection into the doubles tournament were Lacroix/Antoine Benneteau (Florida).

Women's selections are Allie Will and Lauren Embree (Florida), Bianca Eichkorn and Laura Vallverdu (Miami), Lauren McCreless (Florida State), and Irene Rehberger (South Florida). Receiving doubles selections were Gabriela Mejia/Vallverdu (Miami), Marrit Boonstra/Will (Florida), and Melissa Koning/Rehberger (South Florida).

Overall 64 singles players and 32 doubles teams will compete in the 2010 NCAA Division I Individual Tennis Championships.

PTR Announces Master of Tennis (Performance) Training Program

Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) has announced "a first in coach education for USA tennis teaching professionals and coaches," a new training program titled PTR Master of Tennis (Performance), with external assessment of coach skills, knowledge and abilities.

The PTR Master of Tennis (Performance) qualification will match the National Standards for Sports Coaches (NSSC) at the highest level -- Level 5. The standards, at different levels, are used by many other sports and education bodies in the USA and are recognized and endorsed by the United States Olympic Committee. The Master of Tennis (Performance) program is open to PTR members who hold a Professional rating, and is for those who are working with juniors who have potential, high-level college players, and/or tour professionals.
"I am excited to announce this new program," said PTR CEO Dan Santorum. "It is based on a number of courses in a unique mixture of online learning and home study, as well as practical on court learning in small groups of fellow professionals. This means that coaches will benefit both from studying on their own time and at their own pace, as well as from discussing and interacting with their peers on the tennis court. The program can be completed in as few as nine months or can take as long as two years, and the schedule takes into consideration that most participants work full time."
Visit www.ptrtennis.org for more information.






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