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One-on-One Doubles, the New Game of Tennis

May 14, 2007 02:26 PM

 One-on-One Doubles, the "New Game of Tennis", to Join USTA Pro Circuit Tournament

USTA Florida proudly presents One-on-One Doubles as a competitive and entertainment showcase to bring the new college tennis game to the general public.  USTA is the first section within USTA's national infrastructure to sanction One-on-One Doubles for competition. 

Ed Krass, former Harvard Coach and Director of the College Tennis Academy, is the Executive Director of the new, non-profit corp. 501(c)(3), Advancing the Game, Inc.  Its mission is to advance the game and blues music to underprivileged, ethnically diverse children.  One-on-One Doubles debuted on the ATP Tournament Circuit at the BMW Tennis Championships in front of a sold-out crowd on March 18, 2007 at the Sunrise Tennis Club in Sunrise, Fla.
One-on-One Double is being called the “new game of tennis”; it is the first alternative, competitive game to singles and doubles since the inception of tennis in the 1870s!  One-on-One Doubles is the half-court serve-and-volley singles game played on the doubles court.  All points are played crosscourt with the alley included and players alternate points from the deuce court to the ad court.  The goal is to play a match; an 8 game set, 10 game set, or best 2/3 sets. 

USTA Florida will host the first sanctioned One-on-One Doubles tournament May 18 - 19 at Harbour Island Athletic Club and Spa in Tampa, Fla.  This tournament is open to college and professional players eager to play the new game and it is part of the 2007 USTA Men's Futures Championships on the USTA Pro Circuit.  Men's 30s and 40s divisions will take place on Saturday, May 19.

FOX College Sports (FCS) will air the college and pro One-on-One Doubles tournament 20 times to over 52 million viewers throughout the summer.  Approximately 95% of college tennis teams throughout the U.S. play One-on-One Doubles.

Tournament players, tennis fans, and Blues music enthusiasts will be treated to two live Rockin' Blues performances:

• May 18th – The Marcel Anton Band, originally from New Orleans
• May 19th – The Juke Joint Kings, from Tampa Bay

After four years of development and marketing, One-on-One Doubles will be played as part of WTA, ATP, and USTA national tournaments.  World-Class, Rockin' Blues bands will provide entertainment at these tournaments to celebrate the new game.  One-on-One Doubles will be opening up its International Headquarters in the Tampa Bay area in October of 2007.  For more information about the new game of tennis, visit www.oneononedoubles.com or e-mail Ed Krass at ekrass@tampabay.rr.com.

Admission is free to this weekend of World-Class Tennis and Rockin' Blues shows!  The host club is Harbour Island Athletic Club and Spa, 900 S. Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa, Fl. 33602 ; (813) 202-1950.







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