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Florida Tennis Briefs(3): Courier in Training; 9-11 Tributes

August 12, 2011 12:26 PM
Courier in Training Mode for Ft. Lauderdale Champions Series Event
 
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From left: Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi and John McEnroe share a laugh during a promotional shoot for the Champions Series
Jim Courier's Champions Series tour kicks off its 2011-12 season on Sept. 22, 2011, at the Bank Atlantic Center in Ft. Lauderdale against fellow former No. 1s Pete Sampras and John McEnroe, and former world No. 2 and French Open champ Michael Chang.
 
The HSBC Tennis Cup will feature the four former Grand Slam champions facing off in one-set semifinals leading to the final which will be contested in an eight-game pro set.
 
Courier shared his recent training plans for the event in a blog on Tennis.com.
 
"It's a little over six weeks until we get started on the 2011 Champions Series, which means it is time for some serious training for yours truly," Courier writes. "I just took a two-week vacation where I didn't touch a racquet, and now I'm starting from ground zero to build my body and game back up again for the tournaments."
 
The former Florida tennis product says he gets a lot of questions from fans regarding his training techniques, as he was known for his physical presence during his ATP playing days, grinding out multiple French Open titles.
 
"I train in a similar fashion to how I trained when I was playing full-time on the ATP tour," Courier writes. "I need to train for my worst case scenario for any given day, which used to be five-setters but is now a little over two sets. So I basically do a pro-rated version of what I used to do, i.e. about 40 percent as much time and repetition. My body is not capable of taking the same type of pounding that it once did, but it can still do pretty well for a good amount of time, and I find that my body likes it when I push it to the limit every now and then."
 
Courier says his typical training week will include:
 
1. Play tennis four times a week for 90 minutes each time (mostly playing sets/baseline games). I don't do two-a-days anymore.
2. Hit the weight room (two to three times a week for one hour) to keep toned, not to bulk up
3. Hit the track for some sprint work (50's, 100's, 200's) (once a week for about 20 minutes of intervals)
4. Do on-court foot drills for agility (once a week for about 20 minutes)
5. Stretch (daily)
6. Get massage once a week
 
"While doing the prep work I'll also be doing my other jobs, like my full-time day job at InsideOut Sports [his sports and entertainment company] as well as a little US Open TV for CBS, and of course watching the Americans closely at the Open in my role as Davis Cup captain," Courier writes. "It's going to be a full plate but let it be said that I will not be bored!"
 
For ticket info to see Courier, Sampras, McEnroe and Chang in action, VIP package or more information, go to www.championsseriestennis.com/category/events/us-events.
 
 
USTA Adaptive Tennis Community Service Award Nominations Open
 
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The USTA Adaptive Tennis mission is to provide opportunities to all populations to enjoy the sport of tennis, and to realize the benefits of the sport and its life-changing opportunities
USTA national is accepting nominations for the USTA Adaptive Tennis Community Service Award, presented annually to a program, or an individual conducting a program, that has demonstrated continued excellence, dedication, and tennis-related service for those with physical and/or intellectual disabilities.
 
The program, or individual conducting a program, must have been active for a minimum of three consecutive years. The program or program leader will have demonstrated continued excellence, dedication, and tennis-related service for those with physical and/or intellectual disabilities.
 
The USTA Adaptive Tennis National Community Service Award recipient will be selected by a panel of USTA Adaptive Tennis Committee members and National USTA staff who work with Adaptive Tennis.
 
Applications for the award are due by Oct. 20, 2011, and the recipient of the award will be notified by December.
 
To see the nomination form go to https://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/3374g4a81b.
 
 
Memorial Tributes to include 9-11-01 on Stadium Court at US Open Tennis
 
American_flag_at_2008_US_OpenDuring the weekend of the finals at the 2011 US Open, the USTA and the US Open will remember those whose lives were lost on Sept. 11, 2001, with a pair of pre-match ceremonies in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
 
Prior to the start of the prime-time women’s singles final on Saturday, Sept. 10, there will be a special performance by Grammy and Emmy Award-winner Cyndi Lauper. On Sunday, Sept. 11, Queen Latifah -- musician, television and film actress, label president and author -- will preside over a tribute before the start of the men’s singles final. Queen Latifah performed at the US Open’s first-ever Opening Night Ceremony in 2002, which was 9-11 themed.
 
For both the women’s and men’s singles championships “9-11-01” will be inscribed on Arthur Ashe Stadium court as part of this memorial tribute. The USTA also will include on the upper ring encircling Arthur Ashe Stadium the 9-11 memorial logo developed by the City of New York. This logo will replace a USOpen.org logo that will be in place prior to the weekend finals.
 
“The USTA’s goal is to mark this solemn occasion in a dignified and respectful manner,” said Jon Vegosen, USTA chairman of the board and president. “We are one of this nation’s global stages on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, and we have a special responsibility to honor those fallen and those who responded heroically on that fateful day.”
 
Each ceremony will include a moment of silence and the unfurling of a giant American flag over the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium by a United States Marines Corps color guard. On Sunday, the 10th Anniversary of 9-11, the two men’s players competing in the final will enter the court through an honor guard comprised of members of the New York Police Department, the Fire Department of New York and the Port Authority Police. There also will be a military flyover on Sunday, Sept. 11, at the conclusion of the ceremony. CBS Sports will present live coverage of each ceremony as part of its broadcasts of the prime-time women’s final and Sunday afternoon men’s final.
 
In addition to the weekend finals ceremonies, the US Open tradition of boys and girls singing patriotic-themed songs in Arthur Ashe Stadium continues in 2011. Talented vocalists ages 12 and under are scheduled to perform nightly on Center Court after being selected in June by a celebrity panel of judges at the fifth annual US Open Casting Call, held at Harlem’s World Famous Apollo Theater in New York City. 
 
 

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