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USTA Florida June 2010 Tennis Notes

May 31, 2010 07:00 PM
Miscellaneous news, happenings, and previews of upcoming tennis events across the state of Florida:

 

 Participants at the Windermere Tennis Block Party

 

The Florida State University women's team helping out
at the Tallahassee USTA Jr. Team Tennis Party

NORTH FLORIDA


ACES -- Jacksonville's Amer Delic, on an extended layoff due to injury, earned his diploma in business and sports management from the University of Illinois in May. Delic hopes to return to pro tennis by the US Open...

Rushi Amin, a senior at Lake Brantley High School, and Caitlin McGraw, a senior at Winter Park High School, were named the All-Central Florida Tennis Players of the Year by the Orlando Sentinel...

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) named its NCAA Division I award winners, with the University of Florida's Dave Balogh named ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year, and UF's Lauren Embree named ITA National Rookie of the Year. Embree, a three-time SEC Freshman of the Week, is the first freshman in Southeastern Conference history to be voted SEC Player of the Year. Earlier this season, she became only the second true freshman to start at the No. 1 singles position since 1994...

Natasa Zoricic of the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University women's tennis team in Daytona Beach was named Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Player of the Year for NAIA schools, while her teammate Caroline Nilsson was named ITA Rookie Player of the Year...

Leandro Ferreira of the University of West Florida in Pensacola was named Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Rookie Player of the Year for Division II men's tennis...

Panama City's top-seeded Brittany Lindl won the Girls 16 title at the ATP Gator Bowl (USTA Level 3 tournament) in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., in May, defeating No. 2 seed Kathryn Hoch from New Jersey 6-1, 6-4. Ponte Vedra Beach's Jaclyn Switkes won the Girls 12 title.

JACKSONVILLE -- The Spring 2010 Northeast Florida QuickStart/Jr. Team Tennis program had 11 divisions with 460 players -- and more than half under the age of 12. Results (1st place/2nd place): U14 Advanced: Huguenot/Bolles; U14 Int. West: Southside/Club Continental; U14 Inter. East Red: Hidden Hills/East Hampton; U14 Inter. East Blue: St. Johns-Mills/Marsh Landing; U12 Beginner West: Timuquana/MWKF-Collier; U12 Beginner East: St. John-Allen/Huguenot; U12 Beg./U10 Full: Deerwood/St. Johns-Mills; U12 Inter./U10 Full: San Jose/FYC; U10 QuickStart: all children received participation medals; U8 QuickStart: all children received participation medals. Teams entering for the Summer Season should sign-up by June 5; matches will be held on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. beginning June 16, contact jrtennisjax@yahoo.com.

Tallahassee -- Tallahassee Challenger Tournament Director Karen Vogter and local tennis activist Kelly Tucker were enshrined in the "Tallahassee Tennis Walk of Fame" for their outstanding community efforts for tennis in Tallahassee.

The Florida State University men's and women's tennis teams made the season-ending USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis party in Tallahassee a memorable one in May, playing games and interacting with the more than 80 children in attendance. "They really made it fun for the kids by playing 'Around the World,' 'King of the Court' and 'Beat the Pro' games," said USTA Florida Local League Coordinator Ida Thompson. "It was a blast."

WINDERMERE -- The Town of Windermere Parks & Recreation held its Tennis Block Party on May 21, 2010, with 31 families in attendance. "Participants were introduced to QuickStart Tennis and did not want to leave when it was over. Parents signed kids up for the summer program which will begin in June, and adults also registered for USTA League play," says USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator Shelly Licorice.

YULEE -- A junior singles Round Robin tournament was held in late May at Yulee High School with 28 junior players participating, serving as the summer season kick-off for USTA Jr. Team Tennis. Kelsey Johnson took first place in the girls Daisy division, with Kaley Parchinski coming in second place. Emma "Sue" Godfrey won the girls Marigold division, with Gabby Hebert coming in second place. Johnson then won the division playoff, defeating Godfrey for the overall girls title. In boys action, Nathan Miller placed first over Ryan Branham in the Grouper division. Ian Paul took first place honors over Josh Hopper in the Lobster Division. Any junior players interested in playing USTA Jr. Team Tennis for the summer season in the region need to contact Michele Maharaj at michelemaha@msn.com. First team matches will be played on June 5th. Enrollment is also underway for summer tennis classes: Ages 5-8, Tues.-Thurs., 8:30-9:30 a.m.; ages 9-12, Tues.-Thurs., 9:30-10:30 a.m.; advanced players, Tues.-Thurs., 10:30 a.m.-noon. Classes will be held at the Amelia National Tennis Courts. Classes begin June 22 and will run though August 5. E-mail Michele Maharaj at michelemaha@msn.com for more info.

SOUTH FLORIDA

ACES -- Natalia Ramos
of Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne was named the women's ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship winner for Division II women's tennis. The Division II women's ITA Rookie Player of the Year went to Barbi Pocza of Barry University in Miami Shores...

Pine Crest sophomore Blaine Willenborg defeated Miami Gulliver Prep senior Raleigh Smith, who has committed to play for Northwestern University, 6-1, 6-1 in the FHSAA Class 2A singles final. Willenborg lost to Smith 6-0, 6-1 in the regional round the previous week. Smith was a four-time state champion, and had never lost a singles match in the district, regional or state competitions, going 38-0 the past three years prior to the loss to Willenborg...

Tampa native and former University of Illinois tennis All-American Ryler DeHeart won the doubles title in early May at the ATP Challenger tournament in Manta, Ecuador, with partner Pierre-Ludovic Duclos...

Riverview's Sarah Pham has committed to play tennis at the University of Utah...

Danielle Collins of St. Petersburg won her third straight ATP Gator Bowl title in the Girls 18s in May and her fifth overall, as the No. 1 seed defeating No. 2 Molly O'Koniewski 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. Wesley Chapel's Noah Makarome won the Boys 12 title, and unseeded Oliver Landert of Naples lost in the Boys 14 final to top seed Sunay Bhat of Tennessee...

Brooke Bolender of Delray Beach won the ITF Grade 4 in Naples in both singles and doubles in early May. The No. 3 seed in singles defeated No. 4 seed Christine Kandler of Austria 7-6(6), 6-4 in the final, and in doubles she teamed with Lauren Herring of North Carolina to take the title as the top seeds. She followed it up with her second consecutive ITF Grade 4 title in Plantation, beating unseeded Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-3 in the final. Miami's top-seeded Gonzales Austin won the boys title, defeating unseeded Luke Bambridge of Great Britain 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 in the final...

Weston's Joshua Goodman beat 12-year-old Stefan Kozlov of Pembroke Pines 6-2, 6-1, to win the Boys 16 title at the ATP Gator Bowl in May...

Laura Vallverdu and Bianca Eichkorn from the University of Miami women's tennis team, and Christian Blocker from the men's team were named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District (III) Men's and Women's At-Large Teams in the University Division. For the junior Eichkorn it is her second appearance on the All-District First Team...

Miami's Anna Kournikova and Switzerland's Martina Hingis will reunite in doubles at Wimbledon, playing the senior ladies invitational exhibition event. Kournikova and Hingis, dubbed the "Spice Girls" when they competed together in the 1990s, won two Grand Slam titles during their day playing doubles together on the WTA Tour...

16-year-old Mac Styslinger, who trains at the IMG Bollettieri Academy in Bradenton, defeated former Top 100-ranked Sandor Noszaly in the qualifying at the Sarasota Open Challenger in May. His father Mark also trained at Bollettieri's in the 1980s before going on to play college tennis...

Olivia Howlett of Hillsborough Community College in May was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Junior/Community College Player of the Year...

DELRAY BEACH -- The American Heritage High School boys' and girls' tennis teams won Class 1A titles convincingly at the 2010 FHSAA Tennis Championships at Red Bug Lake Park in late April. It was the second straight year the Stallions won both the boys' and girls' titles.

MIAMI -- The Bryan Park Wheelchair Tennis Program, coached by Noel Cubela, has received a recognition award from the City of Miami and Mayor Tomas Regalado in appreciation of tournament results and the program's community service. Players in the program include Fernando Dibujes, Herman Sanchez, and Kenny Hernandez. Team results in 2010 have included Men's B doubles champions at the International Tournament Barranquilla Open, March 2010; Men's B singles champion at the First Annual North Miami Beach Wheelchair Tennis Classic, March-April 2010; and Men's B doubles champions at the Twentieth Florida Open International Wheelchair Tennis Championship, April 2010...

The Dr. Krop High School girl's tennis team won their 4th consecutive Class 4A State Championship in May, led by Brittany Dubins who has committed to play for the University of Miami, and Akemi Maehami who will play for Barry University.

NAPLES -- Confirming Naples as one of the top cities in Florida, the 41st annual City of Naples Tennis Championships in late April had more than 500 entries in adult and junior divisions. Max Peara won the boys 16 singles and Calvin Knie won the boys 18 singles. Katerina Stewart captured the title in the girls 16s and Nikki Kallenberg in the girls 18s...

The West team, co-captained by Clem Hopp and Mark Taylor, retained the Florida Cup 28-22 in the annual team challenge series at the Naples Bath and Tennis Club in May. The team tournament is an annual event that has players playing a Davis Cup style format in 10 age divisions that NBTC has hosted six times. The West squad remained perfect in the series which began in 2004 and has prospered with a lineup that includes several highly-ranked players in their respective age groups. The West effort was led by Joe Bachmann and Hopp, each accounting for three points apiece as they each won two singles and a doubles match without dropping a set. Steve Shortridge (55's) and Hank Irvine (65's) were other multiple point winners for the West. The East team was anchored by Joe Bouquin (60's), Allan Carter (65's) in the senior age divisions and Gerrit Disbergen (40's) and Jonathan Goldfarb (35's) in the adult groups. The West leads the all-time series 7-0...

Tennis Resorts Online named Naples Grande Beach Resort as one of the "Top Tennis Destinations in the World." The tennis program is under the direction of Peter Burwash International Tennis Director Fabio Vasconcellos.

SANIBEL ISLAND -- The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club will be ramping-up adult and junior USTA tournaments on Sanibel Island. "We're going to start holding USTA tournaments at the Dunes," head pro and tournament director Toni Halski told the Ft. Myers News-Press. "The increase in USTA events will better serve our local tennis enthusiasts." The club plans on hosting tournaments in June, July and August. "Tennis is becoming more and more popular," Halski said. "We're going to build up these tournaments."

WEST PALM BEACH -- A USTA Florida Recreational QuickStart Tennis Workshop will be held on Saturday, June 5, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Lake Lytal Park Tennis Courts in West Palm Beach. For more info contact Janet Sprague at Sprague@florida.usta.com or (561) 385-7399.

 

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