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Briefs(5): USTA Florida 2011 Award Nominations Open, More

April 22, 2011 04:25 PM
2011 USTA Florida Annual Awards Nominations Open

The USTA Florida Awards Committee has announced that the nomination process for the 2011 awards is now open. The awards will be presented at the USTA Florida Annual Meeting and Tennis Celebration on Dec. 3-4, 2011.

USTAawards cercone boothAll nominations MUST be submitted on our online nomination form. In order for this form to work properly you must download Adobe Reader Version X (free internet download). All nominations are due by Monday, Aug. 15, 2011. For award questions, please email JoAnn Zirpoli at penn2@aol.com. For technical issues regarding the form, please e-mail Linda Matthews at matthews@florida.usta.com.


Hall of Fame - (Player)
Merit Award - (Male)
Merit Award - (Female)
Tennis Family of the Year
Volunteer of the Year

Bobby Curtis Junior Tournament of the Year
Junior Competitive Coach of the Year
Albert Carrington Balink Award (Junior Player of the Year)
Al Mills Memorial Adult Tournament of the Year
Female Player of the Year (Adult/Senior Division)
Male Player of the Year (Adult/Senior Division)
Wheelchair Player of the Year (Adult/Senior/Junior)
USTA League Tennis Coordinator of the Year
USTA Jr. Team Tennis League Coordinator of the Year
USTA Tennis on Campus Coordinator of the Year
USTA Tennis NJTL Chapter Leader of the Year
USTA Schools Tennis Volunteer of the Year
Community Tennis Association (CTA) Volunteer of the Year
Jimmy Gantt Memorial Award (A junior player who has overcome a physical impairment or injury)
Diversity Achievement Award

Member Organization of the Year
Official of the Year
Media Excellence Award

To see the 2010 winners go to www.florida.usta.com/usta_florida_61st_annual_awards_presentation_highlights_tennis_standouts111/.

To submit nominations go to www.florida.usta.com/nominations_for_2011_usta_florida_awards111/.

Kozlov, O'Loughlin Represent Florida on U.S. World Jr. Tennis Teams

Stefan Kozlov of Pembroke Pines, Fla., and Julia O'Loughlin of Lighthouse Point, Fla., will represent the U.S. at the World Junior Tennis Competition, featuring the world's top 14-and-under players, on April 29-May 1, 2011, in Merida, Mexico.

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Stefan Kozlov
Other nations participating in the regional competition are Mexico, Canada, Bahamas, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. The top two teams from each division in the World Junior Tennis qualifying event in Mexico will advance to the 16-nation World Final, held Aug. 1-6 in Prostejov, Czech Republic.

Also competing on the boys' and girls' U.S. World Junior Tennis teams will be Jessica Ho of Wexford, Pa.; Frances Tiafoe, College Park, Md.; Henrik Wiersholm, Kirkland, Wash.; and Maria Smith, Houston. The boys team will be coached by Michael Sell, and the girls by Troy Hahn.

O'Loughlin trains full-time at the USTA Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla. Kozlov was a member of last year's World Junior Tennis boys' team.  

Former U.S. junior international team members include Jim Courier, Michael Chang, Andy Roddick, James Blake, Lindsay Davenport, Jennifer Capriati, Mardy Fish, Robby Ginepri, Jamea Jackson, Ashley Harkleroad, and Lisa Raymond.

UWF's Racine Tennis Coach of the Year, Brewster Player of the Year

University of West Florida Head Coach Derrick Racine was named the Gulf South Conference East Division Women's Tennis Coach of the Year, while Argonaut Senior Taylor Brewster was named East Division Player of the Year.

Racine received the honor for a record 7th time in his UWF career. The Argonaut head coach guided UWF to their 11th GSC title in program history and a 20-10 regular season record in 2011.

Brewster, a native of Fergus, Ontario, is the 9th Argonaut to win GSC East Player of the Year honor and the first to do so since 2008. The senior posted a 17-13 record in 2011 and was undefeated in GSC play. She is a three-time All-GSC selection.

Joining Brewster on the All-GSC team were sophomores Luisa Sonnervig and Florida's Jacqueline March. Sonnervig, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, posted a team-high 27 victories this season and did not lose a match in GSC play. March, from Santa Rosa Beach, went 18-13 in singles competition and won a team-high 22 doubles points.

Ranked 7th in the nation in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll, UWF opens play at the NCAA Division II South Regional tournament on May 1.

Del Corral, Kenin Win USTA Boys & Girls 12 National Spring Chps.

Sofia Kenin
Florida's Alex Del Corral of Doral and Pembroke Pines' Sophia Kenin captured the boys' and girls' titles at the USTA Boys & Girls 12 National Spring Championships, hosted by the City of Delray Beach on April 10-15, 2011.

In the finals the No. 2-seeded Del Corral defeated the No. 15 seed Gianni Ross of Burr Ridge, Ill., 6-1, 7-5. The top-seeded Kenin defeated Puerto Rico's No. 3-seeded Usue Arconada 6-3, 6-4.

The event featured 256 participants, with 194 coming from outside of Florida. The runner-up Ross received the Boys' Sportsmanship award, while Clearwater's Ava Sowell received the Girls' Sportsmanship award.

Del Corral trains with USTA National coach Andy Brandi. Kenin dominated her opponents throughout the event, losing an average of only three games per match entering the final.

Free 10-Under Tennis Equipment for Florida Parks & Rec. for Participating in Michelle Obama's 'Let's Move!' Initiative

The USTA is taking part in First Lady Michelle Obama's 'Let's Move!' initiative and the promotion of the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award, and giving away additional resources to participants, including the ability for agencies to receive $650 in 10 and Under Tennis (featuring the QuickStart play format) equipment.

The USTA and the 'Let's Move!' initiative have teamed up to encourage young people across the country to get active, try tennis, lead healthy lifestyles and, by doing so, to earn the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA). The PALA award honors kids who stay active for 60 minutes per day, 5 days per week, for 6 out of 8 weeks. 

Florida parks & rec. programs that participate in season tennis programs and teams already meet the PALA challenge requirements, and the USTA wants to honor participants for the work they do. There are no additional programming requirements, and organizations can simply complete an online form to receive free PALA certificates for each eligible child, and confirm participation numbers seasonally in order to receive additional resources for your organization, school, or team.

Go to www.usta.com/PALAchallenge for more information.





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