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USTA FL Friday Blog: Serena, Sloane at Wimbledon; July Upcoming Florida Events

June 28, 2012 04:37 PM
The Friday USTA Florida blog is written by USTA Florida Communications Coordinator Rick Vach, and guest USTA Florida staff.

Serena, Sloane, Mardy at Wimbledon; July Upcoming Florida Events

Anyone watching Wimbledon? Former Floridian Andy Roddick is still in the mix, as are a couple Florida residents on the women's side.

Floridians are leading the American women at Wimbledon going into Friday play. Unseeded Sloane Stephens has advanced to the third round where she will face No. 15-seeded German Sabine Lisicki. No. 6 Serena Williams next meets No. 25 Jie Zheng of China in the third round.

From right: Sloan Stephens and Serena Williams
with the U.S. Fed Cup squad
Surviving American men as of Friday are No. 30 seed Andy Roddick who will next meet No. 7 David Ferrer in the third round, Sam Querrey whose Thursday match with No. 21 Milos Raonic was suspended due to darkness, and Florida's No. 10-seeded Mardy Fish, who in the third round will meet surprising Belgian David Goffin.

The outgoing Stephens is a veteran of USTA Florida Multicultural Camp (Camp A.C.E.) training, and says she has struck up a nice friendship with Serena. The two, apparently, agree on everything.

"I say to her, 'You're my friend, but you're such a goofball,'" Stephens told ESPN of Serena. "That's my girl. She's so cute. I love her to death."

Serena has taken to mentoring Stephens and fellow young American Christina McHale. Serena, McHale and Stephens have spent plenty of time together this year at Fed Cup, lifting the U.S. Fed Cup team out of relegation play and back into the World Group for 2013.

"I think Sloane has a beautiful game," Serena said this week at Wimbledon. "She's effortless. She doesn't have to try to hit a winner; she just does it so easy. She looks so smooth when she plays. She's such a talented player. They both carry the flag really well."

While Venus Williams went out early in singles, she and Serena are still alive in the doubles, winning on Thursday. If Venus stays healthy, they could also be the U.S.' top shot at a gold medal in the Olympic doubles, along with the Bryan brothers, to also be held at Wimbledon in late July.

The month of July is chock-full of adult league and junior tournament tennis.

The second week in July will be the start of the USTA Florida Adult League Regionals, held to see which teams advance to the Florida Tennis Center and Daytona Beach for the adult sectionals, to determine who then advances to represent USTA Florida at league nationals. There's also a rumor that one of the winning USTA Florida Adult Sectionals teams will randomly be drawn to have their team all fitted in USTA Florida-branded gear from the new USTA Florida Online Store at www.USTAFlorida.com/store, stay tuned.

In mid July, the cities of Ft. Lauderdale, Plantation, Boca Raton and Delray Beach will host various age divisions of the USTA National Clay Court Championships. In late July some of Florida's top juniors will be representing USTA Florida in Zonal play in Knoxville, Tenn. (12s), Arlington, Tex. (14s), and Waco, Tex. (16s), while the top boys' 18s players congregate in Urbana, Ill., for the USTA National Team Championships, and the girls' 18s in Claremont, Calif.

10 and Under Tennis events continue across the state in July, notably on July 14 in Jacksonville for a 10 and Under Tennis Red Ball/Orange Ball Circuit PlayDay, and on July 21 in Melbourne for a 10 and Under Tennis PlayDay.

Whether you're an adult or a junior, a senior or a weekend hacker, now that Tropical Storm Debbie has moved on and the sunshine is back, get out and play!






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