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Briefs: Youth Tennis Scholarships; QuickStart Surge; USTA Florida Seniors Win Gold Balls

May 3, 2010 07:00 PM

 Larry Turville

by Rick Vach,

Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida Scholarships

The Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida is accepting applications for six (6) $500 scholarships with a May 31, 2010 deadline.

Guidelines for the awards include players with good character, good attitude, a desire to improve their tennis skills, tennis ability, and participation in a local USTA Jr. Team Tennis program. The scholarship can be used towards lessons, camps, tournaments, or other tennis-related expenses. For more info go to www.ytf-fl.org.

Turville Wins Gold Ball at National 60s Hard Courts

Naples' Larry Turville was the champion as the No. 4 seed in April at the Campbell Soup USTA National Men's 60 Hard Court Championship in Palm Springs, Calif. In the final Turville upset No. 1 seed Brian Cheney of Arizona 6-1, 6-2 to earn the gold ball.

Top-seeded in the doubles with partner Neal Newman of Ohio, the pair lost in the semifinals to eventual champs No. 4-seeded Thomas Connell of Texas and Tony Dawson of California.

Clay, Fales, Lutz Win Titles at USTA National Women's 60-70-80 Clay Courts

Ft. Lauderdale's Carol Clay captured the Women's 60s title in April at the USTA National Women's 60,70,&80 Clay Court Championships in Huntsville, Ala., with the No. 2 seed defeating No. 1 Martha Downing of Shingle Springs, Calif., for the gold ball.

Ft. Myers' Toni Novack won the 3rd/4th place playoff.

Top-seeded Donna Fales of Coral Gables won the Women's 70s title, defeating No. 2 seed Dori Devries of Nevada in the final. Fales also won the doubles title, teaming with Norma Veal of California.

In the all-Florida Women's 80s final, Sarasota's Doris Lutz defeated top-seeded Louise Russ of Boca Raton 6-3, 6-4. Lutz finished runner-up in the doubles with partner Suzanne Ryerson of Virginia

French Open Main Draw Wildcards for Americans Sweeting, McHale

Americans Christine McHale and Ryan Sweeting will be making their first appearances in the main draw at the French Open this year after winning the USTA French Open playoffs tournament at the Boca West Country Club last week in Boca Raton, Fla.

The USTA trades two wildcards with the French Tennis Federation each year, where two U.S. players receive wildcards at Roland Garros and two French players receive US Open wildcards.

The 17-year-old McHale is from New Jersey but trains at the USTA Training Center in Boca Raton. The 22-year-old Sweeting resides in Ft. Lauderdale and turned pro in 2007.

McHale beat Beatrice Capra from a set down in her final, while Sweeting defeated fellow Floridian Ryan Harrison in four sets in the men's final.

"This was a really good win for Ryan, a guy who's been hovering around at the challenger level," Patrick McEnroe, USTA general manager of player development, told the Miami Herald.

Ryan is ranked No. 134 on the ATP Rankings, while McHale is at No. 167 on the WTA Rankings.

Tampa Inaugural Charity Doubles Cup on May 14-16

Get your entry in before the draws fill for the inaugural Men's & Ladies' Doubles Tennis Cup Tournament Fundraiser on May 14-16, 2010, at Hunter's Green Country Club in Tampa, Fla. The event is a partnership between the non-profit Hillsborough County Tennis Association and HARC (Hillsborough Achievement and Resource Centers), with proceeds to fund HCTA tennis scholarships for underprivileged children and to help adults with intellectual and other disabilities "Build Everyday Lives."

The event will begin with a pre-tournament party Friday night, May 14 at Hunter's Green with live music, a silent auction and a cocktail reception with heavy hors d'oerves. First-round matches for both men and women will take place Saturday on clay courts, with the final matches for the men, women and mixed doubles taking place Sunday, May 16.

'QuickStart Surge' in USTA Florida Region 3 (Sun & Nature Coasts)

During USTA Tennis Month in May, USTA Florida Region 3 (Sun & Nature Coasts) will feature "QuickStart Surge" events, a free introduction to the QuickStart Tennis format of play for children ages 6-10 years old, including games and prizes.

Hillsborough County locations:

May 15, 2010:

Harbour Island Athletic Club -- 9-10:30 a.m.
900 South Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa, Fla., 33602
Contact: Matthew Romick at (813) 319-0867 

Northdale Tennis Club -- 1-3 p.m.
4417 Northdale Blvd., Tampa, Fla., 33624

Contact: Chris Cary at (813) 317-7778 

May 22, 2010:

Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club -- 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
5811 Tampa Palms Blvd., Tampa, Fla., 33647
Contact: Mike Norton at (813) 632-1676

Hunter's Green Country Club -- 2-4 p.m.
18050 Hunter's Oak Court, Tampa, Fla., 33647
Contact: Allegra Campos, Joe Richards or Philip Shelton at (813) 973-4220

Pinellas County locations:

May 15, 2010:

Palm Harbor University -- 10 a.m.-noon
1900 Omaha St., Palm Harbor, Fla., 34683
Contact: Sharon Bodine at (727) 542-8521 (call or text)

Innisbrook Golf and Spa Resort -- 2-4 p.m.
36750 US Highway 19 North, Innisbrook, Fla., 34684
Contact: Judi Alford at (727) 543-7785

Largo Tennis Center -- 10 a.m.-noon
13120 Vonn Rd., Largo, Fla., 33774
Contact: Jennifer McMahon at (727) 518-3125

East Lake Woodlands Country Club -- 2-4 p.m.
1055 East Lake Woodlands Parkway, Oldsmar, Fla., 34677
Contact: Mike Waugh at (727) 785-2212

Pasco County locations:

May 15, 2010:

Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club -- 9-11 a.m.
12900 Lake Jovita Blvd., Dade City, Fla., 33525
Contact: Bobby Gillespie (813) 476-5787 or email: lakejovitatennis@yahoo.com  






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