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Briefs: Florida Tennis License Available Online; UF 2nd at USTA Campus Chps.

April 12, 2011 10:18 AM
Florida 'Play Tennis' License Plate Now Available for Purchase Online

The 'Play Tennis' license plate, which sees 90% of all proceeds allowing the USTA Florida Section Foundation to assist charitable organizations in operating tennis programs for Florida's youth and special needs populations, and building and renovating public tennis courts, is now available for purchase online.

MaliVai-Washing-License-Pla"The USTA Florida Section Foundation is very excited to announce that the 'Play Tennis' license plate is available from the Department of Motor Vehicles in the State of Florida and can be easily purchased online," says USTA Florida Director of Community Tennis Linda Curtis. "Your tag purchase is visible support for the sport we all love!"

Each license plate purchase helps the USTA Florida Section Foundation achieve its mission "to improve the health and quality of life of Floridians through tennis."

The Play Tennis specialty plate fee of $25, along with vehicle registration fees and the online convenience fee of $8 are charged to conduct an online specialty plate transaction. Individuals with existing personalized plates can switch to the specialty tennis plate provided the letter/number combination is a maximum five characters, otherwise a new plate number must be issued.

Show your support for tennis in Florida by getting your specialty plate at www.eztagfl.com/tn.htm.

University of Florida Club Team Finishes 2nd at USTA National Campus Championships

The University of Florida club tennis team finished runner-up at the 2011 USTA National Campus Championships, held April 7-9, 2011, at the Cary Tennis Park in Cary, NC. UF lost 30-19 in the final to the team from UCLA, the first national championship title for the Bruins. Florida won its lone national championship title in 2003.

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UF teammates cheer on their squad
(photo: Susan Mullane/Cameraworks USA)
With heavy rain delaying the start of the championship match, teams and spectators were relocated to the indoor tennis courts at nearby Duke University.

The men took to the court first as UCLA's doubles team edged out a victory over Florida 6-4. UCLA's men's singles player Michael Hul continued the team's dominant run by defeating the Gators' Kevin Runda 6-2.

UF's women's doubles team gave UCLA a run for their money with a clutch performance by Jodi Kleiner, who managed to put her team within striking distance, but the serve of UCLA's Victoria Wing was too much to handle as she delivered three aces to secure the win for her team 6-3. At the end of women's singles the Bruins led 26-14 heading into mixed doubles. The Gators then rallied to win the mixed doubles 6-5, forcing overtime, when UCLA eventually closed out the match after two games.

In pool play the University of Florida finished undefeated in Pool B ahead of the University of California-Davis, University of Oklahoma, and University of Tennessee-Chattanooga; the University of Central Florida went undefeated in Pool C ahead of the University of Wisconsin, Boston College and Pepperdine University; the University of Miami finished with a 1-2 record in Pool E behind Cornell University and University of Missouri, and ahead of Sam Houston State University; and Florida State University finished 0-3 in Pool P behind Texas A&M University, Georgetown University and Arizona State University.

Depending on their finish in their respective pools, teams were then fed into the Gold, Silver, Bronze, or Copper brackets. In the Gold bracket UCF defeated the University of Michigan and Harvard before falling to the eventual champs UCLA 27-21 in the semifinals. UCF was then edged in the 3rd/4th place match 23-22 by UC-Berkeley.

Special guest and former U.S. pro Katrina Adams was on hand as the official event emcee. The USTA National Campus Championships, like the USTA Florida 'Tennis on Campus' regular-season events, use the World TeamTennis format, which includes sets of men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles and mixed doubles. Each game during the match counts as a point towards the overall team score. If the losing team wins the final mixed doubles, the match goes into "overtime" where the trailing teams stays alive, contributing to their point total, until they lose a game.

Vergeer Wins 8th Florida Open International Wheelchair Title, Extends Streak to 412

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Esther Vergeer
The Netherlands' Esther Vergeer won her eighth career title in April at the Florida Open International Wheelchair Tennis Championships at Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton, defeating fellow Dutchwoman 20-year-old Aniek Van Koot 6-1, 6-1.

The 29-year-old Vergeer won her 412th consecutive singles match in the process, continuing the streak which dates to 2003.

"I'm proud of the streak," Vergeer told the Palm Beach Post. "It's also fun but it's not that I feel pressure to keep the streak. I don't feel the pressure anymore. The match may have looked easy but it's never easy."

For Van Koot it was her second straight Florida Open final. Maikel Scheffers of the Netherlands won the men's title and Peter Norfolk of Great Britain the Quad Division title.






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