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2006 Team Tennis Florida Campus Championships – Come Play!

December 27, 2005 10:41 AM

Calling all College Sports Clubs and Intramural Team Tennis Programs throughout the state:  YOU are invited to participate in the 2006 Team Tennis Florida Campus Championships at the University of South Florida in Tampa March 4-5, 2006.

A World Team Tennis format will be used, consisting of men’s and women’s singles and doubles and mixed doubles.  A round robin format will guarantee at least three rounds of play, with a minimum of four players, (2 men, 2 women,) and a maximum of eight players on the roster.  Entry is $70 per team, which includes hotel accommodation, t-shirt, Saturday and Sunday lunches and awards.

First and second place teams will be awarded an automatic, paid entry to the USTA Team Tennis National College Campus Championship April 20-22, 2006 in Austin, TX.

Start your Tennis Sports Club program now and begin forming your teams!  For entry information, contact USTA Florida Coordinator of Team Tennis Jodi Manning: (386) 671-8939; manning@florida.usta.com.

 

“College Team Tennis: Straight from the Student’s Mouth”
University of South Florida Student Chelsea Duchene

Tennis has found a new match among college students all across the nation.  The name of the game is College Club Tennis, and it is putting a new spin on the sport.

College Club Tennis has become increasingly popular among college students within the past five years.  Hundreds of colleges have formed clubs across the nation, allowing individual students to organize tennis clubs at their colleges and set up matches against other colleges during the school year.  Club Tennis is for anyone who enjoys the sport.  Many participating students are talented, high-level tennis players who choose to play club because it is fun and provides low-pressure competition.

This year University of Central Florida Tennis Club President Brent Boostrom came up with a series for the Florida section that is similar to the U.S. Open series: College Campus Championship Series.  The series consists of one tournament each month, each with different formats and locations.  The individual tournaments lead up to the state tournament in March at the University of South Florida, and then to Nationals which will be held at the University of Texas Austin April 20-22, 2006.

The University of South Florida Tennis Club President speaks of the series’ success thus far:  “So far, Florida is halfway through its series, and we are pleased with how well it has been going.   The University of Central Florida, University of South Florida, and University of Miami are the most active schools in the series.  Not only has the series provided us with a set match schedule for the season, but it has also been a great way to get to know the tennis players from all of the other schools.   We have had a lot of fun traveling around the state. “

Both NIRSA and the USTA provide funding for the clubs and help students contact nearby colleges that have clubs.  The highlight of the year for the college teams is the USTA Team Tennis National Campus Championship, sponsored by NIRSA and USTA Team Tennis in the spring.

About Chelsea:  Chelsea was recently awarded the USTA Team Tennis College Campus Coordinator of the Year by USTA Florida. Chelsea established a club at the University of South Florida in February 2005.  Since its inauguration, the USF Tennis Club has grown from 10 to 40 members!

“Your greatest satisfaction in life is to accomplish what others say you cannot do,” Chelsea said.  “I have been able to accomplish everything within reason that I have set my mind to do even though others told me my endeavors were almost impossible to achieve.”

 

Read more about Chelsea's USTA Florida Team Tennis College Campus Coordinator of the Year award! (Scroll to bottom.)

 

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