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Florida Tennis Briefs(4): Innisbrook Pro Circuit; Jax H.S. Fundraiser; Adopt-a-Unit; PTR

June 27, 2011 10:00 AM
Levine, Krajicek, Dadamo Headline Innisbrook USTA Pro Circuit Tennis
 
usta pro circuit logo-collageThe USTA announced that former University of Florida star Jesse Levine will headline the 32-player main draw field for the 2011 PressEx Print Open, a USTA $10,000 Men’s Pro Circuit Futures event at the Innisbrook Resort, a Salamander Golf and Spa Resort, on June 28-July 3, 2011.
 
Currently ranked No. 332, Levine is the highest ranked of the 18 players who received direct acceptance in the 32-player main draw. A 128-player qualifying tournament, June 23-27, will determine eight other spots. Local tournament organizers and the USTA will award wildcards to complete the field.
 
A former All-American at Florida, the 23-year old Levine reached the third round of Wimbledon and the second round of the US Open in 2009. Levine, who won last week’s Futures event at Indian Harbour Beach over Jeff Dadamo, is among 13 Americans in the field, along with Robbye Poole, All-American at the University of Mississippi; Phillip Simmonds, a Futures winner in January; and Florida residents Austin Krajicek and Dadamo, who together captured the 2011 NCAA doubles champion title for Texas A&M.
 
The Tampa-based Ace Sports Group, Inc., a sports management agency, is the event promoter. Event information may be found at www.acesportsgroup.com and www.procircuit.usta.com 
 
 
‘Save Jax High School Tennis’ Fundraiser Features Clinics, Pros Gottfried, Martin, Washington, Delic
 
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Amer Delic (left) with legendary USTA Florida junior tennis organizer Bobby Curtis
A full day of tennis play and exhibitions are scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, at the San Jose Country Club when Jacksonville-area former touring ATP pros Brian Gottfried, Todd Martin and MaliVai Washington and Amer Delic, a Wolfson High School tennis standout and current touring ATP pro, donate their time in a fundraising effort to “Save Jax High School Tennis.”
 
Morning clinics offering a menu of lesson choices with celebrities and local pros will be scheduled from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. on multiple courts, and will give way to a doubles exhibition at 6:30 p.m. featuring Gottfried, Martin, Washington, and Delic.
 
The full-day fundraiser is part of the “Serve an Ace for our Students” campaign being launched by the “Save Jax High School Tennis” group in consultation with Jon Fox, Duval County Public Schools athletics director, to raise $70,000 to cover the costs of saving the program and helping hundreds of kids in Duval County Public Schools after the announced budget cuts.
 
Due to educational spending cuts by the State of Florida, the Duval County School Board has made a decision to eliminate the boys’ and girls’ tennis teams as part of cuts in varsity sports. As a result, none of Duval County’s 17 high schools will be offering students the opportunity to play tennis in the upcoming spring season.
 
The Save High School Tennis Group made up of representatives from the Jax Youth Tennis Association, the Northeast Florida Professional Tennis Association, the First Coast Tennis Foundation and other organizations is asking for support from the Greater Jacksonville area and the tennis community to help raise the necessary funds to keep tennis in Duval County Public Schools. 
 
“As a tennis community with a demonstrated passion for tennis, we have the opportunity to come on board and help keep this great lifetime sport of tennis in our high schools,” said Celia Rehm, past president of USTA Florida and founder of the Jax Youth Tennis Association in Jacksonville. “As members of a ‘can do’ tennis community we know that we will have a successful campaign.”
 
Supporters can purchase the following tickets at any of participating clubs and facilities:
 
$100 -- one clinic, lunch, exhibition match and dinner 
$50 -- exhibition match and dinner only
$50 -- one clinic and lunch only
 
* High school students selling ten (10) $100 tickets will earn admission to all the day’s activities; otherwise all high school students will be eligible for a 50% discount on the activities of the day.
 
Other ongoing fundraising activities will include general and corporate donations to the foundation.
 
For more information on where to purchase tickets go to www.firstcoasttennis.com.
 
 
Support The Troops Through Tennis!
 
Submitted by Judy Foster, Suncoast Tennis Foundation
 
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James Blake at the Adopt-a-Unit display at the Tallahassee Challenger earlier this year
With so many military bases in Florida, it’s not surprising that many tennis players and fans have connections to those who serve or have served our country. 
 
Perhaps the connection is through a family member, neighbor, friend or tennis partner . . . or maybe it’s yourself! Even if you don’t have a direct association, you probably can appreciate the hardships experienced by service members during deployments. And now there is a fast and simple way for you to combine your love of tennis with an opportunity to help these dedicated heroes while they are away.
 
It’s the USTA’s “Adopt-A-Unit” program. It’s an easy, win-win program that delivers needed personal supplies to the troops, as well as portable tennis equipment that they can use for recreation and stress relief while they are deployed. The effort allows tennis communities to show support, and to introduce service members to a recreational means for reintegrating with family, friends and community upon their return.
 
Here’s how it works: your tennis group (Community Tennis Association, club, league team, group of friends, junior players, etc.) prepares a basic “care package” and mails it to a currently deployed unit. The USTA then sends the same unit portable tennis equipment (racquets, pop-up nets, transition balls, throw-down lines, etc.). 
 
The USTA makes it easy -- they can identify eligible units, and they have a list of recommended items for the care package. The details are at www.usta.com/military. So far, dozens of tennis groups in over 10 states have adopted a unit. Some of their stories are available on the USTA’s Military Outreach page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ustamilitaryoutreach.   So, serve up some tennis love and help make a difference in the lives of those who are protecting our freedoms by adopting a unit today!
 
(Adapted with permission from an article by Steve Kappes, San Diego District Tennis Association)
 
 
PTR to Host Tennis Owners Club & Facility Managers Conference
 
PTR.jpgProfessional Tennis Registry (PTR) will host its third Tennis Club and Facility Conference on Oct. 5-7, 2011, at PTR Headquarters on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The three-day event has been designed specifically for tennis club owners, club managers, and directors of tennis.
 
Presentations and breakout sessions will include relevant topics such as Digital Marketing, Customer Service, Hiring, Training and Evaluating Employees, Methods to Decrease Expenses, Tips to Survive a Difficult Economy, Court & Facility Maintenance, Effective Programming to Increase Revenue, Solar Panels -- How & Why, and many more.
 
Club consultant Doug Cash will be the conference facilitator, with others providing their expertise to the program including the USTA’s Kurt Kamperman, Lance Andersen, Colleen Cosgrove, Judy Vogt, Mark McMahon and Tim "Dr. Dirt" Wilkison. Vendor contributors include Michele Krause of Cardio Tennis, Tom Magner of DecoTurf, Ed MonteCalvo of HarTru and Dorian Adam of TRX.
 
The program starts at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 5, and runs through 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7.  The cost, $395 before Sept. 1, $445 after Sept. 1, includes all sessions, workshops, vendor booths and social activities through Friday afternoon. Additional attendees from the same club are only $349 each. 
 
For more complete information or registration, contact PTR at (800) 421-6289 or visit www.ptrtennis.org.
 
 

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