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Florida Tennis Briefs(3): Nationals Results; Daytona 10-U Play Days

September 12, 2011 09:17 AM
Delray's Clevelands Runners-up at USTA Senior Father-Son Grass Court Nationals

From left: Casey and Don Cleveland
Top seeds Don and Casey Cleveland of Delray Beach, Fla., finished runners-up, claiming a USTA silver ball on Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2011, at the USTA National Senior & Super Senior Father-Son Grass Court Championships, held at the Piping Rock Club in Locust Valley, New York. The pair fell in the final to the No. 2-seeded senior father-son pair of Chris Parker of Atlanta and Jimmy Parker of Santa Fe, NM, 6-3, 6-1.

"Families that play together usually stay together," said Casey, a pastor at The Avenue Church in Delray Beach, blogging on the church website. "Not always I know, but there is something special that happens when a family comes together and unites over a common purpose. Sport has a way of bringing families together like not many other things can, and we in the church should always be looking for those things that can bind our families together. I learned much of what I use now in life as a husband, father, and pastor...on the tennis court. I am 37 years old and have spent the last three full days playing matches with, eating meals with, talking strategy with, discussing life with, making memories with, and having the best time with...my dad. Why? Because of this silly little thing we call tennis, which if used correctly, can have amazing redemptive value."
Port Orange's David and Aaron Brown were the No. 3 seeds and finished fourth, losing in the semifinals then coming up short in the 3rd-4th place playoff match for the bronze ball.

The Miami father-son team of former tour player Francisco Montana III and father Francisco Montana were seeded fourth in the Super Senior division and lost in the second round.

Free 10-Under Play Dates in Sept. at Daytona Florida Tennis Center

10_UnderPlayDays logoTennis Xpress, an after-school tennis program for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders, is offering two FREE preview and orientation dates to encourage kids to come out and try tennis with 10 and Under Tennis featuring the QuickStart play format. The dates are Thursday, Sept. 15 from 4:15-5:45 p.m. and Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 4:15-5:45 p.m. at the Florida Tennis Center, 1 Deuce Court, Daytona Beach, Fl 32124 (located on LPGA Blvd., 2 miles west of I-95).

"10 and Under Tennis is making a revolutionary change in the way kids learn and play tennis," says organizer Dave Brown. "Tennis is following the formula that the majority of youth sports have used for years -- tailoring equipment and courts to a child's size and age so they develop skills and have fun right from the start. 10 and Under Tennis incorporates the QuickStart Tennis play format so that kids can learn, rally, play and compete in a way that is more fun, keeping them coming back for more. And, unlike most other youth sports, tennis can be played at age 5 or 85, truly making it the sport for a lifetime."

The program begins on Sept. 27 and runs throughout the school year concluding May 17, 2012. Tuition for the program is $90 for the entire school year.

The Florida Tennis Center Foundation is a non-profit 501 c 3 corporation with a mission to introduce tennis to kids in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. This is the seventh season that this program is offering tennis instruction to beginners at the Florida Tennis Center.

To sign up for the free preview lesson and orientation, contact Dave Brown at (386) 236-4292 or email dbrown@icihomes.com.
Entries Close Friday for National Mother-Daughter Doubles in West Palm Beach

USTA acrossCROPPED.jpgEntries close this Friday at midnight for the USTA National Mother-Daughter, Senior Mother-Daughter & Super Senior Mother-Daughter Clay Court Championships, to be held Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2011, at the Ibis Country Club in West Palm Beach, Fla.

"This is a fun tournament for some of our juniors and even league players who might want to play," says Chuck Gill, director of tennis at the Ibis Golf and Country Club. "In addition to the great tennis, we have planned many other activities that will make the event fun for everyone. Courtside luncheon, complimentary chair massages, and a player's dinner on Saturday night. Time permitting, the players will have access to a special rate on one of our Nicklaus-designed golf courses, our fitness center, as well as a variety of area's shopping and great restaurants."

Registration for the event is $54.25 per player.

"Tennis has been called the sport of a lifetime, and nowhere can it be more evident than in a weekend of play where mothers and daughters can get together and compete as a team," Gill says.

For more tournament information or to register go to http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=106116.






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