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Tournament Spotlight - East Coast Swing

April 6, 2009 09:05 AM

Advanta Rocks the East Coast

As part of USTA Florida’s commitment to excellence, the association is evaluating many of its tournaments in 2009. Every month, one adult/senior tournament will be selected as a “Tournament Spotlight” due to its outstanding efforts, extra amenities and successful event for adult/senior players in the state. For its outstanding series dedicated to providing high quality and competitive tournaments for senior players in the state, the East Coast Swing has been recognized as a USTA Florida Tournament Spotlight.

However; trying to narrow down just one tournament out of the four is like, “Trying to pick a favorite among all your children,” said Janet and Niesi Sie, founders of the East Coast Swing. “It is impossible to highlight just one tournament from our series because each one of the four in the East Coast Swing series is special." So, we will spotlight the entire series!

After talking with Janet and Niesi Sie, members of the USTA Florida Adult Competitive Council, here is what they had to say about the tournaments.

Q. How did the East Coast Swing come about?
A. We came up with the idea of the East Coast Swing five years ago to satisfy a need for quality super senior men’s tournaments on the east coast of Florida. From the beginning, USTA Florida supported and encouraged our efforts. During the past five years, the series has grown and is now known as the most player friendly series of senior tournaments.

Q. What sort of things set the series apart from other senior tournaments in Florida?
A. Many things set the East Coast Swing apart. All four tournaments are held at gorgeous country clubs in Boca Raton. Woodfield Country Club, The Polo Club, Boca West Country Club and Broken Sound Club all provided the players with a great tennis experience on perfectly groomed courts in beautiful surroundings. Tournament Directors Laurent LeClerc, Jean Mills, John Joyce and Greg Wheaton and their fabulous tennis staffs and members made everyone feel welcome at their respective clubs. In addition to top-notch tennis competition, players also enjoyed two complimentary lunches during the course of each tournament.

Q. What kind of players does the East Coast Swing series attract?
A. Every year, new players come out to the series. This year, two players who hadn’t played tournaments in decades returned to their winning ways at the East Coast Swing, each knocking off top seeds and each winning one of the tournaments. The field of players has had an international feel every year and this year was no exception. Players from Mexico, Spain, Canada and the Netherlands took on top US players and kept the competition very lively.

Q. Is there any prize money associated with the tournaments?
A. None of these great experiences would be possible without our sponsor, Advanta. For the past three years, Advanta has provided the series with a sponsorship that allows us to pay prize money to not only the winners and finalists, but also the semi and quarter-finalists. Even the consolation winners come away with a check. Despite the difficult economic climate of our times, Advanta has continued to support the series, for which all the players are extremely grateful.

Q. Is there anything else you would like to add?
A. We want to thank everyone associated with the Advanta East Coast Swing for their support and encouragement. You all help to grow the game we love!

*Photo Caption: 80s Ed Kauder and Vince Lipari

 

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