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Florida Tennis Briefs(4): Awards, Delray Champ, Courier Talks Davis Cup

February 23, 2011 05:09 PM
John MacDonald and PTR CEO Dan Santorum
John MacDonald Named PTR Florida Member of the Year

Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) presented its annual awards this week during the 2011 PTR International Tennis Symposium.  The event, which includes 50-plus on-court and classroom presentations for tennis teachers and coaches, a tennis trade show and tournament is being held Feb. 18-24, 2011, at PTR Headquarters on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

John MacDonald, of Port Orange, Florida, was named PTR Member of the Year for the state. This award is presented to a PTR member in the United States who has shown dedication and diligence in promoting and supporting tennis and PTR. A PTR tester and clinician, MacDonald has been teaching tennis for more than 30 years. He is the owner and head teaching professional at Bide-a-Wee Plantation Tennis and general manager of Vaught Sports. In 2009, MacDonald was named PTR Tester of the Year.

MacDonald is also a USTA Florida volunteer, and the former USTA Florida schools coordinator for the USTA Florida Section.

PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 14,000 members in 121 countries. It has the greatest percentage of multicultural and women members of any such organization. PTR is dedicated to educating, certifying and servicing tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow the game.

Hebni Nutrition, Former USTA Florida Grant Recipient, Wins Award of Distinction

Hebni Nutrition Consultants has received the Award of Distinction from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida Foundation, one of only five recipients in the state of Florida.

Hebni-LogoIn 2010 Hebni Nutrition Consultants received a grant from USTA Florida to launch a unique family health and tennis program in Orlando schools and community centers. A $25,000 grant from USTA Florida's "Share the Love" initiative provided funding for the KYDS Take Charge project, an eight-week program consisting of nutrition education, cooking classes, and tennis instruction utilizing the 10 and Under Tennis format.

"Hebni provides age-appropriate nutrition education, which encourages participants to eat more fruits, vegetable, fiber, and foods and beverages rich in calcium, increase water consumption, and maintain a healthy weight," said HNC founding partner and Executive Director Dr. Roniece Weaver. "Participants also learn the importance of daily exercise and receive weekly tennis lessons provided free of charge. The parent component consists of six classes that teach parents how to read food labels, shop for healthy foods on a limited budget, and incorporate family fitness activities."

Hebni Nutrition Consultants was also awarded a $10,000 grant from USTA Serves, the philanthropic and charitable entity of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) national body, under its "Aces for Kids" grants umbrella.

Watch the award video:

Philippoussis Beats Krickstein for 1st ATP Champions Tour Crown in Delray Beach

Mark Philippoussis won his first title on the ATP Champions Tour after defeating Floridian Aaron Krickstein 6-3, 6-2 in the Delray Beach final. Krickstein, who defeated John McEnroe in their last round-robin match to reach the final, had no answer to the raw power of the Australian.

Philippoussis won 21 of 23 points on his first serve to show why he earned the nickname "Scud" early on in his career. With the win, he moves to the head of the South African Airways Rankings for 2011.

"Everything came together for me tonight," Philippoussis said after the match. "I'm really happy to pick up my first ATP Champions Tour title. More than anything I'm happy with the way I played this week in Delray though. I played my own game, I played aggressive tennis and that's what I wanted to do so it's great that I've won this title playing that way. I didn't underestimate Aaron coming in to this match. I saw how well he played against McEnroe last night and I know what great shape he's in so I knew he wouldn't be missing much out there. I have so much respect for the guy on and off the court and I really enjoyed the match against him today."

Philippoussis also explained how important it has been for him to be able to play on the ATP Champions Tour.

"This tour has been so special for me because it's restored my love for tennis," he said. "I have been training so much the last few months and really loving the sport again. The tour is perfect for me because it allows me to stay in shape and keep hitting the ball the way I want to hit it and also stay competitive."

For Krickstein, it was a disappointing end to a week in which he reached his first final on the ATP Champions Tour in front of many of his friends.

"It's not every day that you get to play an event in your backyard," Krickstein said. "It was nice this week to be able to stay at home and play at a Champions Tour event. This is the only one in the States so for me to be able to come out, entertain and play a few matches in front of a crowd was a lot of fun."

Philippoussis actually lost his first match of the round robin stages on Friday to fellow Aussie Pat Cash. But when Cash fell in straight sets to Mats Wilander, Philippoussis played his way into the final.

Courier Looking Forward to U.S. Davis Cup Captain Debut in Chile

The USTA and U.S. Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier held a press conference earlier this week ahead of next week's U.S. at Chile Davis Cup Qualifying Round encounter that will feature Andy Roddick, John Isner, Sam Querrey, and Bob and Mike Bryan in doubles. Here are the highlights:

On Andy Roddick having the flu:
Hopefully Andy is going to get healthy. He's got a little bit of the flu. But these guys are tough and we're not excuse makers. We'll be ready to play and ready to battle when we get down there.

On the Chilean opposition:
Nicolas Massu, Paul Capdeville and Jorge Aguilar are the three players that I'm aware of that have been active for them most recently, and of course Fernando Gonzalez who has been their stalwart is out at the moment as far as I know. He had hip surgery, and I don't believe he's going to be able to play, which is disappointing because you want to take on their best. But they'll still be tough. Nicolas Massu as you know is a veteran player, a lot of experience, a lot of high level experience, particularly in the Olympics, and he's going to be a tough out. He hasn't been playing his best tennis recently, but I think we all recognize that players certainly will rise to occasions, and this is one of the big ones when you're playing at home. So we certainly expect him to play tough, play hard.

On the energetic Chilean fans:
I wasn't there in person. But I have experience playing in Chile. I've played down there a few times in my career and I've played Davis Cup in Brazil, and I'm pretty familiar with the kind of energy and excitement that their fans will bring, and we'll be ready for that. That's one of the best things about playing Davis Cup is getting a chance to go into an away tie situation and face all of the elements and face that enthusiasm and energy and their passion and try and use that as energy for yourself and come away with a win. It's going to be -- there's no doubt it's going to be loud. There's no doubt it's going to be boisterous, and we expect it, and we're looking forward to it.

On seeing the U.S. players at the ATP Memphis event:
It was great to be down in Memphis with the three guys, the three singles guys that we named today as well as Mardy Fish, who's going to be a big part of our team going forward. I have to say it's disappointing that Mardy is suffering from this thyroid issue and is just physically not at a place where we're comfortable having him play a
five-set match in singles at this stage, and that's a real shame, because if you look at what Mardy achieved on behalf of the team in keeping us in the World Group last year in Colombia, he loves it and he deserves to be a part of it, and he will be. But he's got to take the long view and we have to take the long view with him, as well, and hopefully we can get through the first one and he'll be healthy and available going forward.

On his favorite Davis Cup moment:
Well, I'm going to be very selfish and say when I was given the chance to redeem myself after losing my first singles match in the '92 finals with Switzerland, and I was put in position by my team to play fourth and clinch the tie for us, and I was able to come through with a win. That's my favorite personal Davis Cup memory.

On playing in perilous Davis Cup environments:
You know, as a tennis player we typically live in a bubble. It's a pretty secure environment particularly, and particularly with -- I mean, Davis Cup we've played in -- being in Peru as a practice partner was my first Davis Cup experience, and we had 24-hour armed security on the floors whenever we went to the courts. We had armed guards in vehicles in front and behind us and police escorts. So you know, it is what it is. It's a part of -- it can be a part of the job, and Bob and Mike [currently at the ATP event in Acapulco where there have been security warnings] are smart guys and they'll be safe.






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