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61st annual Jr. State Closed Championship Begins June 6

May 27, 2009 07:00 PM

DAYTONA BEACH/ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla., May 27, 2009 A launching pad for former No. 1s such as Chris Evert and Jennifer Capriati, the 61st annual USTA Florida Junior State Closed Championship will again host the best in Florida junior tennis, June 6-11, 2009 at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach and Sanlando Park in Seminole County.

The Daytona Beach site will host the Boys and Girls 14 & Under, Boys and Girls 16 & Under, and Boys and Girls 18 & Under divisions, while Sanlando Park will host the Boys and Girls 10 & Under, and Boys and Girls 12 & Under divisions. Approximately 600 juniors will compete during the six-day event.

“I just love the State Closed and it’s so exciting to see the future stars of college tennis come to Daytona every year," says USTA Florida Competitive Tennis Coordinator Andy Gladstone. “I have so much respect for these kids and their self discipline. They have all put in so much time and effort to be at the State Closed. It was such a great moment to see Florida’s Lauren Embree playing the French Open main draw after competing at the Florida State Closed for so many years.”

An education night will be held at the Florida Tennis Center on Saturday, June 7, at 7 p.m. featuring Dede Allen, former Wake Forrest head tennis coach and author of "Reading, 'Riting and Recruiting." Two bloggers will also keep tennis fans up to date via the ustaflorida.com website. Additional features will include on-site player interviews and audio/podcasts.

The legendary Bobby Curtis, USTA Florida coordinator of competitive tennis, will again be bringing the event together.

“It is always an honor to be involved in it and it’s exciting,” Curtis says. “My favorite part is the preliminary processes of the entries because I am a bookkeeper at heart and enjoy dealing with parents and players ahead of time. I enjoy being a part of it and seeing the schedule unfold.”

The SAT test falls on the tournament Saturday, and Curtis has made adjustments so players can take the SAT at home or in Daytona Beach.

Finalists in the 10 divisions will receive a total of $20,000 in grant money; all 16s and 18s finalists will receive a $1,250 travel reimbursement to be used at the next National Clay-Courts or National Hardcourts Championship, while all 12s and 14s semifinalists will receive $625. Details are available online and at event. Receipts must be submitted to cover expenses, NCAA approved.

HELP THE HOMELESS: During the State Closed Championships, USTA Florida will be accepting donations of financial assistance, food, clothing, office supplies, personal hygiene items, etc. to benefit the STAR Center in Daytona Beach, which provides boarding for medically needy homeless people as they are released from the hospital. USTA Florida will have boxes throughout the events to collect items to donate to the shelter. We appreciate the generosity of our participants and are proud to partner with the STAR Center.

JR. CLOSED SPONSORS: Sponsors for the 61st annual USTA Florida Junior State Closed Championships are K12, a leader in online learning; Kirschbaum strings and grips; Florida Virtual School, an online e-learning solution; TennisLMS Institute, with a mission to help students and families maximize tennis skills and personal growth; People to People, offering students in grades 5-12 life-changing educational travel opportunities; and Tennis Plaza, one-stop internet shopping for tennis.

2008 USTA Florida Jr. State Closed Champions & Runners-up

Boys 18s: Brennan Boyajian (Weston) d. William Federhofer (North Miami)

Boys 16s: Jeremy Efferding (Lake Worth) d. Michael Rinaldi (Palm City)

Boys 14s: Morgan Mays (Longboat Key) d. Kenny Sabacinski (Plantation)

Boys 12s: Elio Livi (Miramar) d. Paul Tyagi (Miami Shores)

Boys 10s: Noah Makarome (Wesley Chapel) d. Charlie Sullivan (Delray Beach)

Girls18s: Chichi Scholl (Pompano Beach) d. Danielle Collins (St. Petersburg)

Girls16s: Rebecca Bodine (Tarpon Springs) d. Julia Jones (Largo)

Girls14s: Courtney Colton (Davie) d. Alexandra Kiick (Plantation)

Girls12s: Alexandria Stiteler (Bradenton) d. Anastasia Nefedova (Palm Harbor)

Girls10s: Katerina Stewart (Miami) d. Star Makarome (Wesley Chapel)

Official USTA Florida Tournament Hotels & Restaurants:

* Mention USTA Florida for discounted rate

Bahama House, Daytona Beach Shores, A1A
800-571-2001 or 386-248-2001, www.daytonabahamahouse.com

Best Western Aku Tiki, Daytona Beach Shores, A1A
800-258-8454 or 386-252-9631, www.BWAkuTiki.com

Courtyard by Marriott, Daytona Beach, International Speedway
800-321-2211 or (386) 255-3388, www.marriott.com/dabcy

Hampton Inn Daytona Speedway, Daytona Beach, International Speedway Blvd.
(386) 257-4030, www.hoteldaytona.com

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort
386-947-8024 or 1866-536-8477, www.daytonahilton.com

Hilton Garden Inn, Daytona Beach Airport, International Speedway Blvd.
877-944-4001, www.daytonaairport.gardeninn.com

Holiday Inn Daytona at LPGA, Daytona Beach

Holiday Inn Express, Daytona Beach, International Speedway Blvd.
(386) 258-6333, www.hiexpress.com/daytonaspdway

Residence Inn by Marriott, Daytona Beach
800-331-3131 or (386)252-3949, www.marriott.com/dabri (promotional code U11)

Knickers Bar & Grill at LPGA International, 1000 Champions Drive
386-523-2088, www.LPGAInternational.com


Established in 1949, USTA Florida is a section of the United States Tennis Association. It is a not-for-profit volunteer organization with more than 49,000 members, 1,000 organizational members and a $3.8 million budget. As the official governing body of tennis in Florida, USTA Florida operates from an executive office in Daytona Beach with 23 staff members and more than 600 volunteers throughout the state working towards a mission to promote and develop tennis in Florida. To learn more about USTA Florida, visit our web site: www.ustaflorida.com.






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