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Tennis Briefs: Florida Grants; Odesnik Banned 2 Yrs.; French Qualifying

May 18, 2010 07:00 PM
by Rick Vach, www.ustaflorida.com

USTA Florida 'Share the Love' Grant Application Automated Online

The USTA Florida 'Share the Love' grant application is now completely automated online at: www.USTASharetheLove.com

The Share the Love campaign includes an additional $500,000 on top of the funding that USTA Florida annually puts back into community projects and programs. USTA Florida annually directs 90% of member dollars back into the community to support tennis programs and projects throughout Florida.

Public tennis facilities have been one of the hardest hit by economic conditions that have seen cities cut back on parks and recreation funding, in addition to school districts dropping sports programs. Grant projects will be highlighted throughout the year and additional information will be available at www.USTASharetheLove.com.

Funding priorities include QuickStart Tennis and Jr. Team Tennis (coordinator training, start-up, etc.), public facility funding (schools, parks, conversion to QuickStart courts, etc.), community tennis awareness (innovative pro-active start-ups, program expansion), school programs and senior tennis programs/projects.

Questions and queries for more info can be directed to grants@florida.usta.com.

Floridians Advance in Qualifying at French Open

Floridians are making inroads toward the main draw this week at the French Open qualifying tournament. Naples' Jesse Witten, a success story last year when he qualified and ran all the way to the third round at the US Open before narrowly losing to Novak Djokovic, advanced out of the first round of qualifying with a 7-6 (2), 4-6, 17-15 marathon upset over No. 4 seed Marcos Daniel of Brazil.

Also winning Tuesday were Miami's Alex Bogomolov Jr., and Tampa native Ryler Deheart.

Former Roland Garros champ Gaston Gaudio, mired in a slump over the past few years, defeated American Lester Cook in his opening qualifying match.

On the women's side, former University of Florida and University of Miami player Julia Cohen defeated Slovak Kristina Kucova in the opening round; American Madison Bengali topped former Top 15 player Eleni Daniilidou of Greece; and U.S. Davis Cupper and No. 14-seeded Bethanie Mattek-Sands defeated Florida-trained Croat Ajla Tomljanovic in three sets.

Get daily updated results at: www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/index.html

Florida's Odesnik Receives Two-Year Ban from ATP, Grand Slams

Weston, Fla., resident Wayne Odesnik has been banned for two years from the pro tennis tour for importing banned human growth hormone (HGH) into Australia. The International Tennis Federation made the announcement Wednesday.

"The ITF has determined that Mr. Odesnik should be suspended for two years, commencing as of 29 December 2009 and ending on 28 December 2011," reads a statement from the ITF. "In addition, all of Mr. Odesnik's results in competitions played since 29 December 2009 are disqualified, with consequent forfeiture of the ranking points and prize money that he won in those competitions."

Odesnik had accepted a voluntary suspension last month, and had paid a fine to a Brisbane court after Australian customs agents discovered HGH in his luggage prior to an ATP event in January 2010. Odesnik has denied taking HGH.






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