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Florida Briefs: Sandestin Record 10-under; Jax Tennis on Facebook; ITA Convention; USTA Hires Coaches

November 19, 2010 10:37 AM
Sandestin Resort Hosts Record 10-and-under, Junior Tennis Tournaments

The Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in Destin, Fla., attracted 42 10-and-under players to its first-ever 10-and-under tournament on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, featuring the QuickStart play format. A total of 66 juniors participated in the tournament, which also featured 12-and-under and 14-and-under divisions.

"The tournament was a huge success," said Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Head of Junior Programming Patrick Morris. According to USTA Florida Competitive Tennis Coordinator Andy Gladstone, the event was the largest 10-and-under tournament featuring the QuickStart format of play in Florida for 2010.

"In the 12-and-under and 14-and-under divisions we played 8-game pro sets and used the [low compression] orange ball in some of the girls matches where we had really, really beginners," said USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis Local League Coordinator Cindy Lozier, "All participants received a t-shirt, all 10-and-under participants received a medal, and the first- and second-place participants received trophies."

Sandestin Director of Tennis Chris Petty had his children in the event, and said it was difficult to get them off the court.

"It was a great time had by all," Petty said. "I had my two little ones play in it and it was a blast, they wanted to play another one this weekend."

The event was part of the "Sandestin QuickStart Family Getaway," which featured discounted room nights to all of the participants' families and coupons around the resort. Each participant also received a player information packet, Quickstart Championship t-shirt, and drinks and snacks during the weekend. 

For more information on the Sandestin QuickStart Family Getaway tournament weekend on TennisLink, including draws and participants, go to http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/tournamenthome/tournament.aspx?T=102946.

jacksonville-facebookUSTA Jacksonville Facebook Page Launched; 20+ Florida 'Microsites'

USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator Amanda Becker, who covers the Region 2/First Coast/Jacksonville area, has launched a USTA Jacksonville page on Facebook to keep area players updated on regional tennis events and happenings.
"With so many people of all ages being on Facebook, it really is a great way to get local news out to people," Becker said. "It will be quick and easy for people to get USTA Jacksonville news, check out pictures, post on the wall, and get information on upcoming local leagues and tournaments."

Joining Facebook is free, and Facebook members can find and "friend" USTA Jacksonville by typing the search term "USTA Jacksonville" in the search box on Facebook. Facebook tennis fans are also encouraged to add USTA Florida as a "friend" for updates from the Florida Section.

Jacksonville tennis fans can also check out the USTA Jacksonville website for local league information and more at www.ustajacksonville.com. To see all of Florida's 20+ city and county "microsites," go to www.florida.usta.com/Regions/Microsites/.

USTA Florida Member Deal for 2010 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Convention in Naples

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) is offering a special opportunity for USTA Florida members to attend the 26th annual Coaches Convention taking place Dec. 16-19, 2010, at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, Fla.

The registration package includes 16 hours of coach education on Friday, Dec. 17, Saturday, Dec. 18, and Sunday, Dec. 19, and registrants are eligible to receive a Certificate of Continuing Education from the ITA. Tennis legends Nick Bollettieri, Jose Higueras, Luke Jensen and Emilio Sanchez are among the line-up of presenters this year.

The "Plan A" registration package includes the ITA Mini Trade Show on Friday, Dec. 17.; the ITA Awards Banquet on Saturday, Dec. 18, and the ITA Farewell Cookout on Sunday, Dec. 19. The "Plan B" registration package includes the clinics on Saturday and Sunday only. The convention registration fee is $400 for Plan A and $275 for Plan B. For more information or to register go to https://thriva.activenetwork.com/Reg4/Form.aspx?IDTD=2507801&RF=4709484.

USTA National Player Development Adds Three Coaches

The USTA has announced three new coaching hires -- USTA Lead National Coach Jorge Todero, USTA National Coach Frederico Rodriguez, and Marc Lucero as a USTA coach. All three hires will facilitate coaching and training programs while working with players in the USTA Player Development program. 

Todero will be based at the USTA Training Center-East at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., and will report to Jose Higueras, the director of coaching for USTA Player Development. Rodriguez and Lucero will both work in women's tennis at their respective locations; Rodriguez will be based at the USTA Training Center-Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., while Lucero will work at the USTA Training Center-West in Carson, Calif. They both will report to Ola Malmqvist, head of women's tennis, USTA Player Development. 

"Jorge, Frederico and Marc are strong additions to our coaching staff, and all three bring different experiences to our program," said Patrick McEnroe, general manager, USTA Player Development. "Jorge brings over 30 years of coaching experience on both the professional tours and at private academies and has worked with a number of top players from all over the world. Frederico has international playing experience and has directed a top-notch facility for the last five years, and Marc brings collegiate coaching experience in addition to already serving as a part-time coach for our program."
Todero, 61, of Weston, Fla., has served as a professional coach for 30 years and joins the USTA following a four-year stint as owner and director of Todero Tennis Training Academy in Pembroke Pines, Fla. Rodriguez, 30, joins the USTA from Rome, Ga., where he served as director of tennis at the Coosa Country Club. Lucero, 30, comes to the USTA from Manhattan Beach, Calif., where he has worked as a private coach since 2007, working with top junior players. The USTA Player Development unit has been created to identify and develop the next generation of American champions by surrounding the top junior players and young pros with the resources, facilities and coaching they need to reach their maximum potential.






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