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Florida Tennis Briefs(4): NCAA Awards, 10-U and Adult Beginner Events

May 27, 2011 09:11 AM
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North River Shores Tennis Club in Stuart Kicks off 10 and Under Tennis/QuickStart Summer Session at 3 Locations

Summer leagues starting in Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Vero Beach

Children ages 4-10 scampered with child-sized racquets, smaller nets and court sizes, and low-compression tennis balls, immediately engaging in rallies and fun as part of the kick-off for the 10 and Under Tennis summer season in Stuart, Fla., at the North River Shores Tennis Club.

"Beginner tennis players from Stuart and Jensen Beach gathered for the summer kick-off event for an evening of tennis games, prizes, popsicles and fun," said USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator for the Palm Beaches/Treasure Coast area Janet Sprague.

The North River Shores Tennis Club in Martin County/Stuart (Wednesdays beginning May 25) will host a league, as will The Legacy Tennis Club in Port St. Lucie (Tuesdays beginning June 7), and the Twin Oaks Tennis Club in Indian River County/Vero Beach (beginning July 9).

For a limited time, parents can also register children for a free one-year USTA membership for players age 10 and under.

For more information or to sign up a child, contact Arick Lane, USTA Jr. Team Tennis/Treasure Coast, at (773) 370-6344 or aricklane@yahoo.com.

Florida's Domijan, Mirzadeh, Sullivan Receive 2011 NCAA Tennis ITA Awards

NCAA_college info.jpgWesley Chapel, Florida's Alex Domijan, who competes for the University of Virginia, and Florida State University's Vahid Mirzadeh from Wellington, Fla., were presented with Division I Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) awards for the 2011 season. Domijan was named the ITA National Rookie of the Year, and Mirzadeh received the ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship.

Domijan was also unanimously selected as ACC Freshman of the Year, becoming the fourth Cavalier to win the award and first since Somdev Devvarman (2005). Currently ranked No. 2 nationally in singles, Domijan entered the NCAA Championships with a 34-2 singles record this season, including a 24-0 dual match record. In October he became just the third freshman to win the ITA All-American singles title in the 32-year history of the event. The 2011 ITA National Team Indoors MVP was one of just three players (USC's Steve Johnson, Campbell's Davy Sum) to go undefeated in dual match play this season.

Mirzadeh has been captain of the Florida State men's team the past two seasons. He was named to the All-ACC team in 2010 and 2011, the All-ACC Academic Team in 2009 and 2010. Mirzadeh has volunteered at Tennis Community Days teaching kids how to play tennis, mentoring the junior tennis team, as well as reading to elementary school kids and partaking in FSU Day at the Capital. Mirzadeh's academics have been top-notch since he arrived on campus. This semester, not only was he playing amazing tennis, he was also working hard in the classroom and posted a 3.93 GPA for the spring. Overall he has a 3.5 GPA while working on his degree in Hospitality Management. In 2005, Vahid's brother Hamid won the regional ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship award while playing at Florida.

"It's an award I'm extremely proud of," Mirzadeh said. "It's probably one of the best achievements while I've been here at Florida State University. It's a great award, especially being recognized at this national level. I take a lot of pride in showing sportsmanship and trying to lead my teammates everyday that I've been here the last three seasons and just having a good attitude and leading them in that aspect. I've shown sportsmanship to all my opponents I've ever played and respecting them no matter what the situation is. It's the best award since I've been here, far more than any other tennis results I've ever achieved and I'm taking a lot of pride in this award."

The Division III awards were also announced, and Stephen Sullivan of Coral Gables, Fla., who attends Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, received the ITA/Farnsworth National Senior Player of the Year award.

For the complete list of winners and finalists, please visit www.itatennis.com.

Stuart's North River Shores Tennis to Host Free Adult Beginners Fun Event

Tennis Blast logo-GREEN--2.5-BLASTThis year the USTA Florida Leagues Department has launched a series of USTA F.L. (Fun League) Tennis Blast events across the Sunshine State in an effort to attract new and returning players back to the game. On Tuesday, May 31, 2011, North River Shores Tennis Club in Stuart, Fla., will host a F.L. Tennis Blast event from 6:30-8:30 p.m., featuring round robin play, a hit for prizes, door prize drawings and info on local play opportunities.

USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator Janet Sprague says the events are a chance for players to not only meet similarly-skilled players, but to learn about local play opportunities for adult beginners.

"It will be a fun and social night of tennis, free to all adult beginning players," Sprague said.

USTA League is the country's largest recreational tennis league, helping more than 325,000 players nationwide get on the court, have a good time, and step up their game. USTA League is organized as competitive team match play, with teams made up of a minimum of 5-8 players depending upon division. Teams and matches are set up according to NTRP ratings, so teammates and opponents play at the same skill level, with leagues ranging from the 2.5 beginner level up to 5.0 advanced and Open divisions. The competition is exciting, the atmosphere is social, and since players compete on teams, they have a built-in cheering section.

Reservations for the free event can be made by calling (561) 385-7399 or e-mailing sprague@florida.usta.com.

Rosemary Beach Racquet Club to Host USTA 10 and Under Tennis Coaching Workshop

Coaches Workshop KB_Butch Staples1.jpgThe Rosemary Beach Racquet Club and USTA Florida will host a 10 and Under Tennis Workshop for Recreational Coaches on Saturday, June 18, 2011, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Rosemary Beach, Fla.

The cost for the event is $15 ($20 if registering after June 11) and participants must register on-line at www.regonline.com/2011_tennis_workshops.

"This is a great opportunity for clubs to get staff and volunteers trained, or all area summer camp staff trained," said USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator for the Panhandle area George English. "The workshop will help the participants make tennis fun for children as they teach them the game, which can be played for a lifetime and enable children to get much-needed exercise."   

The interactive workshop is for beginning tennis teachers, recreational and parent coaches, and volunteers interested in working with 10 and under youth and implementing the QuickStart Tennis format of play. Attendees will receive on-court training from a 10 and Under Tennis/QuickStart certified trainer, along with practice and play planning materials.

The Rosemary Beach Racquet Club is located at 235 E. Water Street in Rosemary Beach, Fla.

For more info contact George English at english@florida.usta.com or (850) 510-6585, or to register go to www.regonline.com/2011_tennis_workshops.






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