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Florida Tennis Briefs(3): Kozlov Wins AEGON; Panama City 10-Under Grant; More

January 21, 2011 03:21 PM
Florida’s Kozlov Wins AEGON Jr. Int. Title in England
 
kozlov forehand 2009Stefan Kozlov, a 12-year-old from Pembroke Pines, Fla., defeated fellow American Henrik Wiersholm, a 13-year-old from Kirkland, Wash., 5-7, 7-5, 6-2, in the singles final on Friday at the AEGON Junior International in Bolton, England, the first of two premier international junior tournaments for players ages 14 and under being held in Europe this month. 
 
Kozlov and Wiersholm were both competing as part of a USTA contingent that is in England this week, and will travel to France next week for the Les Petits As tournament. 
 
The No. 3-seedrd Kozlov, who has now won the singles title two years in a row, beat Croatia’s Domagoj Biljesko 6-0, 6-3, in Thursday’s semifinals, and only dropped one set in the tournament. Wiersholm, a finalist at the 2010 USTA Boys’ 14s National Championships and the No. 9 seed, defeated fellow American Francis Tiafoe of College Park, Md., 6-1, 6-1, to reach the final. Kozlov defeated Wiersholm 6-1, 6-0, last month in the semifinals of the USTA Boys’ 14s Winter National Championships. 
 
In addition, Kozlov and Wiersholm partnered together to win the doubles title, upsetting No. 1 seeds Andrey Rublev of Russia and Alexander Zverev of Germany 6-2, 6-3.
 
Julia O’Loughlin, a 13-year-old from Boca Raton, Fla., had the best showing of the American girls, reaching the semifinals in singles. She also reached the doubles semifinals with partner Nicole Frenkel of Winchester, Mass. 
 
Other Americans selected by the USTA to compete in the European tournaments include Eduardo Nava of Woodland Hills, Calif.; Kenadi Hance of Torrance, Calif.; and Carolyn Xie of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.  
 
 
Panama City Receives $1,000 10 and Under Tennis Grant from USTA Florida
 
SharetheLove305x20010 and Under Tennis will debut in Panama City after a $1,000 grant to the Panama City Racquet Club via a "Share the Love" grant from the United States Tennis Association-Florida (USTA Florida).
 
The 10 and Under Tennis play format, formerly known as QuickStart, is designed for children featuring smaller court sizes, racquet sizes, foam and decompressed balls, a simple scoring system, and net heights adjusted to ease kids into the sport. Similar mini-tennis formats have long been popular in Europe, where current stars such as Roger Federer, Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters first learned the game with age-adjusted racquets, balls and court sizes. To see a video of 10 and Under Tennis in action go to: http://10andundertennis.usta.com.
 
"We are so excited about the USTA 10 and Under Tennis program," said Panama City Racquet Club owner Thomas Dobbins. "This exciting program develops muscle coordination to begin a great foundation in tennis. Fitness and fun will be our goals at Panama City Racquet Club by using this program. All the 10 and Under Tennis games and activities are exciting, and all family members can join in on the fun." 
 
Dobbins, a USPTA certified pro with 20 years of tennis teaching experience, attended a 10 and Under Tennis/QuickStart workshop in December, as did Head Pro Chris Decker, who has 25 years tennis teaching experience.
 
"Our community does not have any access to 10 and Under Tennis other than what will be provided by my club," Dobbins said.
 
USTA Florida annually directs 90% of member dollars back into the community to support tennis programs and projects throughout Florida. USTA Florida's Share the Love grant program helps fund tennis programs and projects throughout Florida communities during challenging economic times. Funding priorities include 10 and Under Tennis and Jr. Team Tennis (coordinator training, start-up, etc.), public facility funding (schools, parks, conversion to permanent 10 and Under courts, etc.), community tennis awareness (innovative pro-active start-ups, program expansion), school programs and senior tennis programs/projects.
 
"We look forward to hearing of the future success of 10 and Under Tennis in Panama City," said USTA Florida Director of Community Tennis Linda Curtis. "It is with USTA membership dollars that we are able to offer program grants to communities like these."
 
Share the Love grant applications are still being accepted by USTA Florida at www.USTASharetheLove.com, or questions can be e-mailed to grants@florida.usta.com. For more information on the 10-and-Under Tennis play format in Florida, go to www.ustaflorida.com.
 
For more information about dates and times of Panama City Racquet Club children clinics, please call (850) 769-4482. 
 
 
Palm Beach/Broward County Seeking USTA Flex League Tennis Coordinator
 
Flex_Leagues_Logo_lb_001_194USTA Florida is seeking a Flex League coordinator for the Palm Beach/Broward County region.
 
USTA Flex Leagues package organized league tennis into a flexible schedule so everyone, regardless of time constraints and ability, can play. The Flex League format groups players of similar ability together in an organized seven to 10 week league that allows participants to schedule matches on their own terms.
 
Flex League coordinator is an independent contractor position with a per-player stipend. USTA Florida assists league coordinators with training and communications and marketing support.
 
For more information, contact Janet Sprague at (561) 385-7399.
 
 
 

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