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Briefs: MaliVai Washington Kids Visit Florida Tennis Center; US Open Prize Money Up

July 8, 2010 05:16 PM
MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation students and coaches at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach
USTA Florida's Jodi Manning (center) with MWKF students
by Rick Vach, ustaflorida.com

MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation Students Visit Florida Tennis Center

Thirty-three lucky kids of the total 150 summer campers at the MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation (MWKF) in Jacksonville made a trip south to the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach on July 6, 2010. The boys and girls ranged from age 8-15, and for many it was their first experience on claycourts.

"These are the kids who are most focused on tennis and all of them have the opportunity to continue in our 'competitive program' in the fall and will participate in the USTA Jr. Team Tennis league," said MWKF Executive Director Terri Florio. "This is the group that we can NOT get off the court, they love to play so much."

The group practiced and received a tour of the USTA Florida offices at the Florida Tennis Center.

"[USTA Florida Competitive Tennis Coordinator] Andy [Gladstone], Rita [Gladstone] and Jody [Manning], as well as our coaches, ran them through about two hours of drills and games, and [USTA Florida Executive Director] Doug [Booth] gave them a tour of the office," Florio said. "They also ate lunch and then had some free play on the courts."

The "Around the World" game was won by rising 9th grade student Tyrone Davis, and runner-up was Marquis Atkinson.

"It was a fun day for both staff and the kids," Andy Gladstone said. "I saw lots of talented kids, and most of all were impressed with the kids' manners. They have had many challenges in their lives, and tennis is helping pull them through."

The MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation promotes academic achievement and positive life skills in Jacksonville youth through the game of tennis, correlating success on the court with success in life. In after-school programs the foundation fosters leadership, sportsmanship, self-esteem, confidence, discipline, accountability and the value of hard work, teamwork and individual effort. For more on the program go to www.malwashington.com.

US Open Prize Money Goes Up, $1.7 Million Minimum to Champion

The US Open just got richer, with the men's and women's champions possibly earning $2.7 million dollars -- each.

The USTA announced that the 2010 US Open purse will top $22.6 million, an increase of $1 million over last year's record purse, and the richest purse in tennis history.  In addition to the base purse of $22.6 million, the top three men's and top three women's finishers in the Olympus US Open Series may earn up to an additional $2.6 million in bonus prize money at the US Open, providing a potential total payout of $25.2 million. 

Both the men's and women's US Open singles champions will earn a record $1.7 million with the ability to earn an additional $1 million in bonus prize money (for a total $2.7 million potential payout) based on their performances in the Olympus US Open Series. The 2010 US Open purse includes a 6.7% increase in men's and women's singles prize money over last year's total. For the 38th consecutive year, the USTA will offer equal prize money to both men and women -- a Grand Slam first and US Open tradition dating back to 1973. All players also receive per diem payments to help with the cost of accommodations and other expenses.

The 2010 US Open is the culmination of the Olympus US Open Series, the North American summer season of 10 ATP World Tour and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour events that begins July 19. The USTA will offer up to an additional $2.6 million in bonus prize money at the US Open to the top three men's and top three women's singles finishers in the Olympus US Open Series.






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