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Briefs: Gator Tennis Scholarships, French Open Qualifiers, More

May 20, 2010 07:00 PM

HCTA-HARC event staff, from left to right: Marisol Casablanca,
HCTA president and tournament director; Choga Schmidt,
assistant tournament director; Allegra Campos, Hunter's Green
tennis and athletic director, chief tournament director


 French Open qualifier Jesse Witten of Naples


Bradenton resident and Strasbourg finalist Maria Sharapova

By Rick Vach,

USTA Florida Junior 'Play Tennis' Division Offers 4 Gator Tennis Camp Scholarships

Youth tennis players interested in attending a week-long tennis camp at the University of Florida, including all tennis camp-related expenses, can apply for a scholarship by May 28, 2010. 

The scholarship does not include travel expenses to and from the camp in Gainesville at the University of Florida, or spending allowances during the camp. Applications and essays will be reviewed and four (4) winners will be selected by a committee -- one per week -- and announced shortly after June 1, 2010. 

ELIGIBILITY: Must be a current USTA Florida member through July 2010; must be between the years of 8-12 years old through any of the four tennis camps; must have your parent or guardian's permission to submit application; must be able to attend the entire week of the camp you are selecting; essay must be 400 words or less on why you want to go to Gator Tennis Camp.

CAMP DATES: Week 1 -- June 13-17, 2010; Week 2 -- June 20-24, 2010; Week 3 -- June 27-July 1, 2010; Week 4 -- July 4-8, 2010; Week 5 -- July 11-15, 2010 (Tournament Week)

To get more information concerning the Gator Tennis Camp and download a camp brochure please visit http://www.gatorzone.com/camps/?sport=tenni

For the online application please click here. 


For any questions concerning the USTA Florida scholarship opportunity, please contact Andy Gladstone at (386) 671-8931.

164 Players Raise Over $10,000 at HCTA-HARC Tourney in Tampa

Coming from as far away as New Orleans and Miami, some 164 tennis players participated in the 1st Annual HCTA-HARC Doubles Cup tournament at the Hunter's Green Country Club on May 15-16, 2010. 

"It went fantastically well," said HCTA President and Tournament Director Marisol Casablanca. "We're already looking forward to next year."

The charity event, including a Friday night party with a live band and a silent auction, was organized by the three-year-old Hillsborough County Tennis Association (HCTA, www.tampatennis.org) and the 57-year-old Hillsborough Achievement and Resource Centers (HARC, www.hillsarc.com).  The event raised more than $10,000 according to Casablanca.

Besides supporting the two non-profit organizations, some proceeds go specifically to HCTA's junior tennis scholarship program. The HCTA (with nearly 500 members) promotes and develops tennis locally in concert with the USTA and USTA Florida. HARC provides various programs and services to 400 adults with developmental disabilities.

Two American Men Reach French Open Main Draw Through Qualifying

Naples' Jesse Witten and fellow American Michael Yani won in the final round of qualifying on Friday at the French Open to reach the main draw.

Witten defeated Slovak Pavol Cervenak 7-5, 6-2 in the final round of qualifying to reach the main draw, while Yani topped Brazil's Ricardo Hocevar 6-2, 6-3.

American men falling in the last round of qualifying were Bradenton's Ryan Harrison losing to Italy's Stefano Galvani, Tampa native Ryler Deheart losing to Russian Teimuraz Gabashvili, and Miami's Alex Bogomolov Jr. losing to German Tobias Kamke, all in straight sets.

Florida native and U.S. Fed Cup player Bethanie Mattek-Sands was the lone American woman to reach the final round of qualifying, losing a three-setter to Romanian Simona Halep.

Florida's Sharapova Into WTA Strasbourg Final

Bradenton-based Maria Sharapova came back from a set down to reach the Internationaux de Strasbourg final on Friday in France, defeating Spain's Anabel Medina Garrigues 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. In the final she will meet unseeded German Kristina Barrois, who defeated American Vania King 2-6, 6-2, 7-6(6).

King rebounded to reach the doubles final with partner Alize Cornet of France, defeating fellow American Jill Craybas and German Julia Georges 6-1, 6-2.

The run of results comes just in time for Sharapova entering the French Open, as she is drawn to face former No. 1 Justine Henin in the third round at Roland Garros.





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