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Florida Tennis Briefs(3): Venus Out of Miami; Walker to Coach Wheelchair Squad; More

March 18, 2011 09:30 AM
Venus Williams Withdraws from Sony Ericsson Open in Miami
 
venus sittingThree-time Sony Ericsson Open champion and seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams withdrew from the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open due to an abdominal injury she incurred earlier this year at the Australian Open.
 
"I am very sorry to not be playing in the Sony Ericsson Open this year," Williams said in a statement. "It is one of my favorite tournaments on the circuit, especially because it is so close to my home in South Florida. I look forward to returning to the tour soon." 

The elder Williams sister joins her younger sibling Serena on the sidelines. Recovering from a second foot surgery, Serena was dealt another blow when she recently required emergency surgery to remove a blood clot in her lung.

Tickets to the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open are on sale now and can be purchased by phone at (305) 442-3367 or at www.sonyericssonopen.com
 

Lakeland's Walker to Coach U.S. Tennis Wheelchair Team

Lakeland, Florida's Paul Walker will coach the U.S. women's team at the 2011 World Team Cup wheelchair tennis competition on April 25-May 1, 2011, in Pretoria, South Africa.

The nation's top wheelchair tennis players will compete against participants from around the globe on the hardcourts of the University of Pretoria in Pretoria, South Africa. The university, which is one of three ITF regional training centers, has 22 hardcourts and is also the main training base for able-bodied tennis players in South Africa.

The event is the wheelchair tennis equivalent of pro tennis' Davis Cup and Fed Cup competitions, as the World Team Cup tournament brings the world's best wheelchair tennis players together to compete for national pride in one of the world's premier tennis team events. Over 200 players from more than 30 nations are expected to participate in the 2011 event in South Africa.

Representing the United States at the 2011 World Team Cup will be a men's and women's team, a quad division team, and a junior team. The United States quad team will look to bring home the quad title for the fifth time in the last seven years at the World Team Cup. The two-time Paralympic Doubles Gold Medalists' team of David Wagner and Nick Taylor are looking to defend the U.S. quad title that they won over Israel last year.

The USTA was officially designated by the USOC as the national governing body for the Paralympic sport of wheelchair tennis in June 2002, becoming the first Olympic national governing body to earn this recognition. As the national governing body for wheelchair tennis, the USTA manages wheelchair tennis in the United States, including the sanctioning of tournaments, overseeing wheelchair rankings, creating and managing a High Performance program for developing elite disabled athletes, and selecting teams to compete internationally for the United States.


Sarasota-Open-2011-webTennis and $400M in Art Combine for Sarasota Open Fundraiser

On Friday, March 25, 2011 from 6-10 p.m., tennis and art will meet at a Gala Opening in the Sarasota bay front aboard the SeaFair. At 238 feet, the SeaFair is one of the largest private yachts in existence. It will carry over $400 Million in art to the Sarasota Bay, which qualifies it as the most impressive floating art galleries in the world. 

This Gala kicks off the first annual 'Art Sarasota', an event gathering 30 prestigious international galleries presenting an array of contemporary art including paintings, sculpture, photography, design and fine art glass docked at the picturesque Marina Jack in Sarasota. Following the Gala, SeaFair will feature daily fine art events, gourmet dining and music on the sky deck throughout the weekend. This special event will benefit the Sarasota Open Foundation and is brought to the area by International Fine Art Exhibitions (IFAE), Sarasota Museum of Art (SMOA), Sarasota Magazine and The Sarasota Open. Gala tickets are available for $200 each at www.sarasotaopen.org
 
SeaFair is the world's first mobile mega-yacht venue and the fourth-largest privately-owned yacht in the United States. The $40M purpose-built yacht was designed by internationally acclaimed yacht designer Luiz De Basto. At 228 feet and 2800 international tons, it is the largest ship built for commercial operation in the Intracoastal Waterway and requires a draft of only 6.5 feet, allowing it to dock at small yacht facilities in central city locations rather than use commercial ports.
 
Some of the top men's professional tennis players are scheduled to play at the Sarasota Open on the newly remodeled, $4.5 million tennis gardens courts at The Longboat Key Club April 30-May 1. The event's charitable affiliate, The Sarasota Open Foundation is the beneficiary of all fundraising activities with a mission to help children in need through programming and providing funding for their approved charities which include: Caring for Children, Taking Back Lives and the Boys and Girls Club. Purchase tickets at the gate or online at www.sarasotaopen.org.
 

 
 

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