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Tennis Briefs: Brevard JTT; NCAA Women Florida v Miami; French Open Qualifying

May 19, 2010 07:00 PM
by Rick Vach, www.ustaflorida.com

Brevard Co., Fla., Summer Sign-up for USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis

USTA Florida will offer a co-ed USTA Jr. Team Tennis summer program with play to begin in mid-June for the Brevard County region in Florida. Play is available for all ages and abilities.

Jr. Team Tennis age flights include 8-and-under and 10-and-under (QuickStart Tennis format), 12-and-under, 14-and-under and 18-and-under, in beginner, intermediate and advanced divisions featuring 6-10 players per team. QuickStart Tennis is the new USTA format that utilizes smaller courts, low and slow-bounce balls, lighter and smaller racquets, lower nets, simplified scoring, and shorter matches to allow youngsters to advance quickly as they play in a fun, team environment with friends. Visit www.quickstarttennis.com to learn more.

For the summer season, teams are organized and registered in May-June, and matches are played June-July with a minimum of six matches played per season. Each season is followed by a state-wide sectional tournament which is optional for players. This year's sectional tournament for the summer season will be held Aug. 6-8, 2010, at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach, Fla. The weekend will be kicked off with a complimentary player's party Friday August 6th at the Daytona 500 Experience (www.daytona500experience.com).

Matches consist of singles and doubles play. Each team is required to have a parent captain who will receive guidance and training. All USTA Jr. Team Tennis players must also be current USTA members ($19.00 per year). To join online visit www.usta.com/membership. The Jr. Team Tennis fee is $35 per season, and all players receive a Nike dri-fit team shirt and an end-of-season party. First- and second-place teams from each flight receive trophies, and all QuickStart players receive medals.
Teams must consist of three different girls and three different boys, and USTA Florida Sectional Ranking Points will be awarded for playing at the Summer Sectional Event.

For additional info contact Joy Palmer at ejpalmer@bellsouth.net.

Florida vs. Miami Set Meeting in NCAA Women's Tennis Quarterfinals

The University of Florida and University of Miami women's tennis teams advanced to a Saturday quarterfinal showdown, easily dismissing opponents on Thursday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.

The No. 3-seeded Gators defeating unseeded Mississippi 4-1, while No. 11-seeded Miami upset No. 6-seeded Northwestern 4-1.

"I think Florida is the best team in the tournament," UM coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews told the Miami Herald. "But you know, crazier things have happened. The girls are excited and ready to play. That's the type of team we are -- we're here to play the best, we're not here to fear the best."

As of 4 p.m. Thursday the Florida State University women trailed UNC 3-1 in their round of 16 match.

The men's round of 16 commences on Friday, for more info, including live scoring, go to:

U.S. One Match from Final at ARAG ATP World Team Championship

Saddlebrook, Florida-based John Isner is one match from putting the U.S. in the final of the ARAG ATP World Team Championship on Friday in Dusseldorf, Germany, after teammate Sam Querrey defeated Czech Jan Hajek on Thursday.

A win on Friday against Czech Tomas Berdych would put the U.S. in the final against either Argentina or France. If Isner loses to Berdych, the U.S. can still clinch a spot in the final by winning the doubles, with the Saddlebrook-based Bryan brothers on deck.

French Open Qualifying Update

Six American players are one match away from qualifying and reaching the main draw at Roland Garros.

American men on the verge at the French Open are Naples resident Jesse Witten who will face Slovak Pavol Cervenak; Michael Yani vs. Brazil's Ricardo Hocevar; Bradenton's Ryan Harrison who squares off against Italy's Stefano Galvani; Tampa native Ryler Deheart who faces Russian Teimuraz Gabashvili; and Miami's Alex Bogomolov Jr. who will meet German Tobias Kamke.

On the women's side U.S. Fed Cup hero Bethanie Mattek-Sands is the lone American in the final round of qualifying, and will meet Romanian Simona Halep.






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