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Florida Juniors Attend USTA Development Tennis Camp at Davis Cup

July 8, 2011 10:22 AM
DavisCupLogoUSAEight of the country's top tennis players ages 13 and 14, three from Florida, are participating in a USTA Player Development Camp in Austin, Texas, July 5-10.  The camp is being run in conjunction with the Davis Cup quarterfinal tie between the U.S. and Spain. 

The camp participants include Jake Devine of Boca Raton, Fla.; Stefan Kozlov of Pembroke Pines, Fla.; Catalin Mateas of Braintree, Mass.; Eduardo Nava of Woodland Hills, Calif.; Reilly Opelka of Palm Coast, Fla.; Tommy Paul of Greenville, N.C.; Aron Pierce of Houston; and Henrik Wiersholm of Kirkland, Wash. The camp is conducted by USTA Director of Coaching Jose Higueras and USTA National Coaches Michael Sell and Kent Kinnear. 

The campers will take part in drills and seminars designed to help the improve in all facets of the game, with particular focus on practice approach and work ethic, match preparation, and the mental rigors of tennis. Coaches and players will also discuss what it means to represent the U.S. in events such as Davis Cup. The campers will have the opportunity to attend the Davis Cup matches, and watch the U.S. team practice.

"This Davis Cup tie provides a unique setting for our player development camp," said Patrick McEnroe, general manager, USTA Player Development. "Not only will the players improve their games by working with USTA national coaches, but they will be afforded the rare chance to observe the best American professionals as they prepare for such an important event in Davis Cup. Having the opportunity to watch and emulate guys like Mardy, Andy, and the Bryans will be a positive learning experience, and hopefully will help them become the best players that they can be."

Devine, a 14-year-old from Boca Raton, Fla., reached the quarterfinals at the USTA Boys' 14s National Championships in 2010. Devine resides full-time at the USTA Training Facility in Boca Raton, Fla., and is currently No. 29 in the USTA Boys' 14s National Standings. 

Kozlov, a 13-year-old from Pembroke Pines, Fla., has won back-to-back titles at the AEGON Teen Tennis Tournament in Bolton, England, one of two premier international events for players ages 14-and-under that are held annually in Europe.  He also won the 2010 USTA Boys' 14s Winter National Championships, and is currently No. 2 in the USTA Boys' 14s National Standings.

Opelka, a 13-year-old from Palm Coast, Fla., won the 2010 USTA Boys' 12s Spring National Championships and has reached the semifinals of two USTA Boys' 14s National Opens thus far in 2011. He trains full-time at the USTA Training Center-Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., and is currently No. 20 in the USTA Boys' 14s National Standings.

The USTA Player Development unit has been created to identify and develop the next generation of world-class American players by surrounding the top junior players and young pros with the resources, facilities and coaching they need to reach their maximum potential. The Player Development program is based at the USTA Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., and also utilizes the USTA Training Center-West in Carson, Calif., and the USTA Training Center-East in Flushing, N.Y. 

In 2008, the USTA began implementing its Certified Regional Training Center program as part of its expanded efforts to develop future American tennis champions, which will expand the USTA Player Development program's reach throughout the country by partnering with academies, clubs and tennis centers that have a proven record of identifying and developing tennis players.  






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