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Florida Tennis Briefs(5): U.S. at Switzerland, Delray ITC Tickets, More

October 4, 2011 03:39 PM
Florida’s Martin to Serve on USTA National Board
 
Martin01The USTA announced that effective immediately, Todd Martin of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., has been named a director at large on the USTA Board of Directors. Martin replaces Jeff Tarango, who resigned from the board following the 2011 US Open so that he could devote more time to his family and his career. Martin will serve on the 15-member board through 2012. 
 
Martin is one of three elite athletes on the USTA Board of Directors, along with former pros Patrick J. Galbraith and Chanda Rubin. Martin will serve as the board liaison to the Pro Tennis Council and on the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Team Events Committee, and he will continue his role as honorary chairman of the Sportsmanship Committee.
 
Martin retired from professional tennis following the 2004 US Open – his 15th consecutive appearance at the event. He reached the finals of the 1994 Australian Open and 1999 US Open, reached a career high of No. 4 in the world in 1999, and posted a 411-234 singles record during his career. He was a mainstay on the U.S. Davis Cup team, playing every year from 1994-2002, posting a 16-14 record (11-8 singles, 5-6 doubles) in 18 ties and helping the U.S. capture the title in 1995. He also represented the U.S. in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
 
He majored in Linguistics at Northwestern University, where he played varsity tennis for two years (1988-89 and 1989-90) and finished the 1990 season ranked No. 2 in the country. He founded an NJTL chapter in his hometown of Lansing, Mich. 
 
Martin resides in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., with his wife Amy, their two sons Jack and Cash, and their daughter Gwen, and is a member of the USTA Florida Section.
 
 
Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches Tennis Tournament in Wellington
 
The Florida Sheriffs Youth Tennis Ranches Tennis Tournament will be held on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 at 1 p.m. at The Wanderers Club in Wellington, Fla.
 
The Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches was founded 52 years ago by sheriffs seeking to care for the troubled and neglected boys they were dealing with on a regular basis. Today the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches are open to both boys and girls who are in trouble and need of assistance, offering residential care programs, camping service programs, and other programs that have made a difference in the lives of more than 106,000 children and their families.
 
The team tennis play format will offer men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles, with a raffle and auction prize. The $50 fee includes snacks and drinks, gift bag, hors d’oeuvres and dinner.
 
For more information call (561) 632-8116 or go to www.youthranches.org.
 
 
IMG Academies, Cadillac Partner for Ultimate Tennis Performance Clinic
 
Cadillac and IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., will host the "Ultimate Performance Tennis Clinic" on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, with session times at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
 
Participants are invited to "experience the world’s most elite performance coaches and driving machines at the world’s most unique training facility," and attend complimentary tennis clinics at the exclusive academy. Clinics include a performance training session based on IMG’s Total Athlete principal, applicable to any skill level.
 
The tennis clinics will be led by Nick Bollettieri, the legendary founder of the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy, and coach of 10 world No. 1-ranked players.
 
For more information go to www.cadillactennis.com (click on the "Tampa" link).
 
 
U.S. to Travel to Federer’s Switzerland for 2012 Davis Cup
 
DavisCupLogoUSAThe U.S. Davis Cup team has been drawn to face Switzerland away for its opening-round tie next year on Feb. 10-12. While team rosters have yet to be announced, the all-star possibility of Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka for Switzerland vs. Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish and the Bryan brothers for the U.S. looms.
 
The U.S. advanced to the Davis Cup quarterfinals this year, falling to Spain 3-1 in Austin, Texas in July.
 
Switzerland regained its place in the World Group for 2012 after winning a World Group Playoff 3-2 over Australia behind two singles victories from the 16-time Grand Slam champion Federer. The U.S. last faced Switzerland in the opening round in 2009 on an indoor hardcourt in Birmingham, Ala., which the Americans won 4-1.
 
Other 2012 World Group opening-round ties are Spain vs. Kazakhstan, Russia vs. Austria, France vs. Canada, Italy vs. Czech Republic, Sweden vs. Serbia, Japan vs. Croatia, and Germany vs. Argentina.
 
 
Delray Beach ITC Ticket Discounts for USTA Members
 
NEW DelrayITC.jpgThe Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, the world's only combined ATP World Tour and ATP Champions Tour event, is offering a limited-time 2012 ticket discount to all USTA members.
 
Andy Roddick will feature in his return to the event where he played his first pro match, and Hall of Famer Ivan Lendl will make his first ITC appearance.
 
From opening night on Feb. 24 through the quarterfinals on March 2 (sessions 1 -15), USTA members get a 10% (stadium court box seats) or 15% (stadium court reserved seats) discount. A limited number of these special seats are available and must be purchased by Dec. 31, 2011.
 
Order online at www.yellowtennisball.com/online2/usta-members.html. Use the promotional code "USTA" to receive your discount and have your valid USTA Membership ID number ready at the time of your order.
 
A Tuesday, Feb. 28 afternoon USTA Appreciation Reception from 2-3:30 p.m. will include food, drinks and gifts while hanging out with ATP pros. A valid ticket is required for entry onto the tournament grounds. 
 
 
Ormond Beach’s Ouellette named to 2011 U.S. Pan Am Games Tennis
 
Greg Ouellette at WimbledonOrmond Beach’s Greg Ouellette was among the U.S. players named to the tennis team for the 2011 Pan Am Games, to be played in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Oct. 17-22, 2011.
 
The 25-year-old Ouellette had the best season of his career in 2010, winning his first USTA Pro Circuit singles title at the Peoria (Ill.) Futures, and advancing to two additional singles finals. He also reached the singles final at three consecutive Futures events in Venezuela, winning two.
 
This year, Ouellette advanced to the singles semifinals and won the doubles title at the Futures in Brownsville, Texas, and also reached the singles quarterfinals of a Challenger in Canada. Currently ranked No. 280 on the ATP World Tour, Ouellette was a four-time All-American for the University of Florida and peaked at No. 2 in the ITA Division I collegiate rankings during his senior year in 2008.
 
Two women ranked among the Top 100 players in the world, Christina McHale and former Florida resident Irina Falconi, who both had their best finish at the US Open this year by reaching the third round, will be joined by Denis Kudla, Nicholas Monroe and Ouellette. Florida native Sloane Stephens was also nominated to represent the U.S. but was forced to withdraw due to injury.   
 
The players will compete in men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles and mixed doubles. USTA National Coaches Tom Gullikson and Dustin Taylor will coach the women's and men's teams, respectively.
 
The Pan Am Games are held every four years in the year immediately prior to the Olympic Games, and tennis has been contested at the Pan American Games since the event's inception in 1951. Americans who have won the gold medal at the Pan American Games include Althea Gibson (1959), Pam Shriver (1991) and Paul Goldstein (1999), and other Americans who have competed include Arthur Ashe, Patrick McEnroe and Chanda Rubin.
 
 
 

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