Tennis Briefs: Jr. Scholarships; NCAA Miami Women; PTR Certification; BallenIsles Summer Slam; NCAA QuickStart

May 30, 2010 07:00 PM
Five Florida Jrs. Receive USTA Serves Scholarships

Four Florida junior tennis players have been granted College Education Awards, and one Florida junior player received a College Textbook Award when 'USTA Serves--Foundation for Academics. Character. Excellence.', the philanthropic and charitable entity of the United States Tennis Association, released its 2010 USTA Serves Scholarships.

Receiving $6,000 College Education Awards were George Johnson of Naples, Fla.; Rebekah Kitto of Jacksonville, Fla.; Kjerstine Payne of Cape Coral, Fla., and Vasith Sureksagan of Palm Bay, Fla.

Neshelle Scott of Jacksonville received a $1,000 College Textbook Award.

USTA Serves awards college education scholarships annually to high school seniors who have excelled academically, demonstrated community service and participated in an organized tennis program.


Miami Women make Impact in NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Chp.

Miami senior Laura Vallverdu ended her run for an NCAA Singles title on Sunday, falling to No. 2 seed Jana Juricova of California 7-6(6), 6-2 in the semifinals of the NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.

Vallverdu, the Hurricanes all-time leader in singles wins for the women's program who concluding her four-year career in Coral Gables with a 131-34 mark, took the second-seeded Juricova to the brink in the first set of a physically-draining match for both athletes. 

Vallverdu ends the 2009-10 season with a team-leading 35 singles wins, and finishes the campaign at 35-13 overall. She is now a four-time All-American and four-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference performer for the Hurricanes. Vallverdu is also the first player in UM women's tennis history to collect at least 30 wins in each of her four years with the program. She is also Miami's first four-time All-ACC women's tennis selection.

Miami junior Bianca Eichkorn, competing in her first-ever NCAA Singles Quarterfinals match, fell to fourth-seeded Hilary Barte of national champion Stanford 6-4, 6-4. Eichkorn finishes the season with a record of 31-5, and enjoyed a 27-match win streak dating back to January. In doubles, Miami's sixth-ranked team of Gabriela Mejia and Vallverdu saw their title run end in the NCAA quarterfinals, falling to UCLA's fourth-seeded team of Andrea Remynse and Yasmin Schnack.


Florida PTR Certification Exams in July-September 2010

The Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) will hold five Tennis Teacher Workshops-Certification Exams in July-September 2010. PTR Tennis Teacher Workshops are based on a fundamental teaching method developed by PTR Founder, Dennis Van der Meer. More than 200 PTR Tennis Teacher Workshops are conducted on five continents each year.

Workshop participants vary within the tennis industry: tennis teaching professionals, college coaches, middle and high school coaches, USTA clinicians, professionals making a career change, etc. All workshops are led by specially-trained PTR Clinicians. 
PTR is the only certification organization that provides on-court training workshops in the United States to help you prepare for your certification test. The workshop is conducted primarily on court with emphasis on the fundamentals of teaching group lessons, the development of biomechanically sound strokes, error detection and corrective techniques, and the logistics of organizing group drills. The 10-hour course prepares members for the five-part certification exam. Certification testing will be administered at the conclusion of the workshop.

Please contact PTR at 800-421-6289 to register for a workshop or for further details. Participants are required to register with PTR before attending a workshop. Upcoming Tennis Teacher Workshops and Certification Exams in Florida are as follows: July 24-25 -- Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; August 14-15 -- Sandestin, Fla.; August 21-22 -- Jacksonville/Kingsland, Ga.; Sept. 18-19 -- St. Petersburg/Treasure Island, Fla.; Sept 25-26 -- Palm Beach, Fla.


Summer Slam Invitational at BallenIsles Country Club

BallenIsles Country Club will host the first Summer Slam Invitational benefiting Habitat for Humanity-Palm Beach County on Sunday, June 13, 2010.

Events include Adult Mixed Doubles Format: $125/team, and Adult Individual: $65/person. Sign-up by e-mailing lisa@habitatpbc.org for an entry form or visit www.habitatpbc.org. The deadline for entries is June 9.


Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) to Allow QuickStart Tennis Lines

The USTA and Intercollegiate Tennis Association, the governing body of college tennis, announced that the ITA has approved a rule change that will allow its competition courts to feature permanent USTA-approved 36' and 60' tennis lines. The rule change will allow collegiate facilities to be used for tournaments and training sessions geared towards children ages 10-and-under by utilizing the QuickStart play format, which utilizes lower bouncing balls, smaller racquets and shorter courts, all tailored to a child's age and size.

"USTA Player Development is thrilled that the ITA and its member coaches have taken the lead in embracing 36' and 60' tennis," said Patrick McEnroe, general manager, USTA Player Development. "Comprised of some of the top player development coaches in the nation, the ITA recognizes the importance of appropriate training and competition for the 10-and-under population. This rule change demonstrates their commitment to assisting in the development of young American players."
 

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