Russian Dmitriev Wins US Open Playoffs-Florida Men's Title
Oleg Dmitriev defeated Bradenton's Mark Oljaca 7-6(9), 6-1 in the final of the US Open Playoffs-Florida on Wednesday at the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Fla., and will go on to represent Florida at the National Playoffs and a shot at earning a wildcard into the men's qualifying of the 2011 US Open.
"This is the first step to get a chance to play the US Open," said the 27-year-old Dmitriev, a Russian citizen who lives in Dania Beach, Fla., and coaches tennis.
Dmitriev, who attended the University of Oil and Gas in Moscow as a youth, says he plans to prepare for the national event by "spending time on the tennis court and focusing a lot on fitness."
The Russian fought his sternest test in the round of 16, defeating Lauderhill, Florida's Joe Cadogan 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.
Dmitriev will next compete against other USTA Section winners at the US Open National Playoffs Championships in New Haven, CT at Yale University during the WTA tour New Haven Open at Yale (Aug. 18-21 for singles, Aug. 24-27 for mixed doubles).
Former doubles world No. 2 Ellis Ferreira won the US Open Playoffs-Florida Mixed Doubles title with 18-year-old partner and student Amanda Rodgers, while 16-year-old Caroline Dailey of Sarasota won the women's title, both finishing on Tuesday.
"I seem to have the ability to maintain a normal life and still play at a high level of tennis," said the three-time Florida state tennis champion Dailey, who will graduate high school in 2013.
For more on Dailey and the team of Ferreira/Rodgers, go to www.florida.usta.com/florida_tennis_briefs2_us_open_playoffs_winners_florida_wal-mart_tennis_tour111/.
"This really is a unique event," said Tournament Director Rick Workman. "The mix of participants competing is the higher-end 4.0+ recreational player, up-and-coming juniors, a few recent past collegiate players, and an occasional past tour pro, sprinkled in with a few USTA Pro Circuit and Challenger players. It is quite an eclectic group, and the underlying unique characteristics of the players is all are great sports, and in it for the love of the game."
For full tournament results and draws go to http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=107975.
'Let's Move Volusia's Youth' Debuts, Partners with USTA Florida
A news conference on June 1, 2011, featuring 10 and Under Tennis, basketball, local Presidential Physical Fitness Challenge winners and more marked the kick-off of "Let's Move Volusia's YOUth," a partnership between various organizations to get children active and combat childhood obesity in Volusia County, Fla.
USTA Florida staff and volunteers set up two 10 and Under Tennis courts featuring the QuickStart Tennis play format, used by approximately 25 children and their parents. In addition to teaming with First Lady Michelle Obama's national "Let's Move!" campaign, USTA Florida is spreading 10 and Under Tennis throughout Volusia County via "Share the Love" grants for free tennis equipment to schools and facilities. USTA Florida "Share the Love" grants in the Volusia County area in 2010-11 have included the City of Daytona Beach; the City of DeLand Parks & Recreation Dept.; the City of Daytona Beach-operated Florida Tennis Center; Spruce Creek High School; Team Topspin in Port Orange; the Tennis Network of Greater Volusia County in Ormond Beach; Oceanside Country Club; and the Volusia Flagler Family YMCA.
"USTA Florida is excited to be a part of this initiative to help keep the next generation of children more physically active through the lifetime sport of tennis," said USTA Florida Executive Director Doug Booth.
Speakers at the kick-off event included Ormond Beach Mayor Ed Kelley, Volusia County Health Department Director Dr. Bonnie J. Sorensen, Halifax Health Chief Marketing Officer Ann Martorano, Florida Hospital Volusia/Flagler Market CEO Dary Tol, and Volusia County Schools Superintendent Dr. Margaret Smith.
"We want to put a call to action out," Sorensen said. "We need our community members and our community partners to join us in this journey. We will be meeting regularly, the first meeting is scheduled for July 13 at the health department. There are a lot of things we can do as a community to assist parents and children in living healthy lifestyles."
The "Let's Move Volusia's YOUth" partnership will rally and document community resources to provide further opportunities for Volusia County children to stay active through sports and other activities. Since 1980, obesity prevalence among children and adolescents has almost tripled, and has risen dramatically among the Hispanic and African-American populations. Childhood obesity can also lead to risks for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma and sleep apnea, joint problems, and a greater risk for social and psychological issues as children get older.
For more information on "Let's Move Volusia's YOUth" go to www.doh.state.fl.us/chd/volusia/LMVY/.