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Florida Tennis Briefs(7): Kozlov Rolling; 10-Under Grant; ATP Delray Field Announced; More

January 20, 2011 02:36 PM
Americans Kozlov, Wiersholm Win Doubles, Meet in Singles Final at AEGON Junior International

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Stefan Kozlov
Florida's Stefan Kozlov, a 12-year-old from Pembroke Pines, and Henrik Wiersholm, a 13-year-old from Kirkland, Wash., reached the singles final on Thursday at the AEGON Junior International in Bolton, England, the first of two premier international junior tournaments for players ages 14 and under being held in Europe this month. Kozlov and Wiersholm are competing as part of a USTA contingent that is in England this week and will travel to France next week for Les Petits As. 

Kozlov, the event's defending champion and the No. 3 seed, beat Croatia's Domagoj Biljesko 6-0, 6-3, in Thursday's semifinals, and has yet to drop a set in the tournament.  Wiersholm, a finalist at the 2010 USTA Boys' 14s National Championships who is the No. 9 seed, defeated fellow American Francis Tiafoe of College Park, Md., 6-1, 6-1, to reach the final, which will be held Friday. Kozlov defeated Wiersholm 6-1, 6-0, last month in the semifinals of the USTA Boys' 14s Winter National Championships. 

In addition, Kozlov and Wiersholm partnered together to win the doubles title, upsetting No. 1 seeds Andrey Rublev of Russia and Alexander Zverev of Germany 6-2, 6-3.

Julia O'Loughlin, a 13-year-old from Boca Raton, Fla., had the best showing of the American girls, reaching the semifinals in singles. She also reached the doubles semifinals with partner Nicole Frenkel of Winchester, Mass. 

Other Americans selected by the USTA to compete in the European tournaments include Eduardo Nava of Woodland Hills, Calif.; Kenadi Hance of Torrance, Calif.; and Carolyn Xie of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.  

Selva Marina in Atlantic Beach/Jacksonville Receives 10 and Under Tennis Grant

R.E.B. Phillips (left) and Selva Marina members
Selva Marina Country Club in Atlantic Beach, Fla., east of Jacksonville, will expand its popular pilot 10 and Under Tennis program after an equipment grant from the United States Tennis Association-Florida's (USTA Florida) "Share the Love" initiative.

"Both the (age) 8's and 10's little tennis using the USTA 10 and Under format is the best thing for tennis that I have seen in my 20-year career," said Selva Marina Head Pro R.E.B. Phillips. "I am really excited to graduate our 8's team to our first 10's division, and the drop-down lines will help define the 60 foot court [on the claycourts] for the 10's. Combine that with the USTA's national advertising campaign and USTA Florida's 'Share the Love' grants, and 10 and Under tennis is really going to introduce and retain more players."

The 10 and Under Tennis play format, formerly known as QuickStart, is designed for children featuring smaller court sizes, racquet sizes, foam and decompressed balls, a simple scoring system, and net heights adjusted to ease kids into the sport. Similar mini-tennis formats have long been popular in Europe, where current stars such as Roger Federer, Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters first learned the game with age-adjusted racquets, balls and court sizes. To see a video of 10 and Under Tennis in action go to: http://10andundertennis.usta.com.

"Selva Marina was part of a pilot 8-and-under program last spring through the Jacksonville USTA Jr. Team Tennis (JTT) program," Phillips said. "Since our pilot 8-and-under season we have had an 8-and-under fall team in the Jacksonville USTA JTT league. We are a private country club, but allow non-members to participate in our after-school junior programs and summer camps."

USTA Florida annually directs 90% of member dollars back into the community to support tennis programs and projects throughout Florida. USTA Florida's Share the Love grant program helps fund tennis programs and projects throughout Florida communities during challenging economic times. Funding priorities include 10 and Under Tennis and Jr. Team Tennis (coordinator training, start-up, etc.), public facility funding (schools, parks, conversion to permanent 10 and Under courts, etc.), community tennis awareness (innovative pro-active start-ups, program expansion), school programs and senior tennis programs/projects.

"Jacksonville currently has the largest combined 10 and Under Tennis and Jr. Team Tennis numbers in the state of Florida, so we look forward to Selva Marina's expanding number of kids," said USTA Florida Director of Community Tennis Linda Curtis. "It is with USTA membership dollars that we are able to offer program grants to communities like these."
Share the Love grant applications are still being accepted by USTA Florida at www.USTASharetheLove.com, or questions can be e-mailed to grants@florida.usta.com. For more information on the 10-and-Under Tennis play format in Florida, go to www.ustaflorida.com.

For more information about junior tennis at Selva Marina go to www.selvamarina.com/tennis.asp.

Florida Senior Tennis Players Among U.S. ITF World Championships Squad

The USTA this week announced the players who will represent the United States at the 31st ITF Seniors World Team Championships. The event is the senior tennis equivalent of the Davis Cup and Fed Cup, with the top American amateur tennis players representing their countries in men's and women's age groups from 35 to 55-plus. This year's event will be held Feb. 21-26, 2011, in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The United States will be defending championships in five of the 10 divisions at the Men's and Women's Seniors Championships. American teams finished in the top three in eight of the 10 divisions last year.

The ITF Seniors World Team Championships is the most coveted team event on the ITF Seniors circuit. Since its inception in 1981, the number of competitors in this event has increased each year. In 1993, the ITF made the decision to divide the Seniors World Championships into two groups -- Seniors (35-55+) and Super-Seniors (60-80+ for men and 60-75+ for women). The Super-Seniors competition will be held later this year.

Following the ITF Seniors World Team Championships, the World Individual Championships will take place Feb. 27?March 6 at the same location.

Below is a list of the players representing the United States at the 2011 ITF Seniors World Team Championships:

 Italia Cup -- Men's 35 & over

1. Guillaume Gauthier, Tyler, TX
2. Willie Dann, Denver, CO
3. Dougal Williams, Portland, OR-Captain
4. Lew Miller, Denver, CO

Tony Trabert Cup -- Men's 40 & over

1. Eoin Collins, Houston, TX
2. Rick Witsken, Zionsville, IN
3. William Quest, Ventura, CA
4. Mickey Maule, Wayzatta, MN-Captain

Dubler Cup -- Men's 45 & over

1. Mario Tabares, Miami, FL
2. Rick Leach, Newport Beach, CA-Captain
3. Leland Rolling, Ramona, CA
4. Andy Stoner, Cave Creek, AZ

Fred Perry Cup -- Men's 50 & over

1. Mike Fedderly, Palm Desert, CA
2. Val Wilder, Fort Worth, TX
3. Mike Tammen, Portland, OR-Captain
4. Peter Markes, Austin, TX

Austria Cup -- Men's 55 & over

1. Fred Robinson, Charlotte, NC
2. Sal Castillo, San Antonio, TX
3. Tom Smith, Alpharetta, GA-Captain
4. Ross Persons, Houston, TX

Suzanne Lenglen Cup -- Women's 35 & over

1. Patricia Zerdan, Dallas, TX
2. Carolina Blouin, Raleigh, NC
3. Trish Riddell, Lakeland, FL
4. Mary Beth Williams, Harrisburg, Pa-Captain

Young Cup -- Women's 40 & over

1. Amy Alcini, Malibu, CA-Captain
2. Julie Cass, Austin, TX
3. Vesna McKenna, Hollywood, FL
4. Rebecca Stapp, Olympia, WA

Margaret Court Cup -- Women's 45 & over

1. Gretchen Magers, San Diego, CA
2. Fran Chandler, Jackson, TN-Captain
3. Rhona Kaczmarczyk, Denver, CO
4. Mariana Hollman, Winston-Salem, NC

Maria Esther Bueno Cup -- Women's 50 & over

1. Diane Fishburne, Charleston, SC
2. Susan Wright, Grand Junction, CO
3. Joanne Russell, Calabasas, CA
4. Kathy Vick, Lubbock, TX-Captain

Maureen Connolly Cup -- Women's 55 & over

1. Carolyn Nichols, Rancho Santa Fe, CA-Captain
2. Tina Karwasky, Glendale, CA
3. Mary Ginnard, Fort Lauderdale, FL
4. Sherri Bronson, Scottsdale, AZ

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USTA Flex Leagues Now in 85 Cities -- Florida Members Save $10

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Join today at www.ustaflex.com and start enjoying a flexible tennis schedule this winter.

USTA Girls' National Junior Team Records 1-1 Record Against Miami, U. of Florida

The USTA Girls' National Junior Team out of the USTA Training Center in Boca Raton, Fla., got some high-level match practice in this week, as did the women's teams from the University of Miami and the University of Florida.

The USTA girls began with a 5-2 win over the women Hurricanes of Miami, a reversal of their meeting last year. The USTA girls won the doubles point, sweeping all the doubles matches, then four of the six singles with winners Krista Hardebeck, Vicky Duval, Samantha Crawford, and Taylor Townsend. Posting wins for the Hurricanes were Anna Bartenstein over Lauren Herring, and Danielle Mills defeating Chanelle Van Nguyen.

Later in the week the USTA girls team were outclassed 5-2 at the hands of the No. 2-ranked University of Florida women. In the opening doubles, the USTA girls won one of the three matches as the Gators won the overall doubles point, with the USTA's Duval/Hardebeck topping UF's Alex Cercone/Caroline Hitimana 8-5.

In the singles the USTA girls scored their two lone points when Hardebeck beat UF's Olivia Janowicz 6-2, 6-2, and Townsend topped UF's Brittany Borsanyi 6-3, 6-4.

Roddick, Del Potro, Fish, Isner Feature in 2011 Delray Beach ATP World Tour Field

Former Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (ITC) champions Xavier Malisse, Kei Nishikori and Ricardo Mello, along with 2010 runner-up Ivo Karlovic and 2007-2008 runner-up James Blake have signed-up to play in the ITC's 19th annual ATP World Tour event from Feb. 21-27, 2011, at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center.

NEW DelrayITC.jpgAlso committing to the draw: 2009 world No. 12 Radek Stepanek, and Janko Tipsaravic, who played a hero's role in leading Serbia to the 2010 Davis Cup title. The group joins a pair of US Open champions -- Andy Roddick (2003) and Juan Martin del Potro (2009) -- as well as current Top 20 players Mardy Fish and John Isner -- in giving the ITC arguably its best draw in history.

"We can't wait to see how this one plays out," said Tournament Director Mark Baron, who has added a 2011 Porsche 911 Carrera to the $500,000 pool of prize money. "Our group of stars stands out, but the depth of talent in this draw and guys who have had great results is very impressive."

The tournament's ATP Champions Tour event, featuring John McEnroe, Mats Wilander, Pat Cash, Todd Martin and Mark Philippoussis, will kick off the Delray Beach ITC on Friday, Feb. 18 at the tennis center. Fans buying tickets on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 21 and 22, will see both ATP World Tour and ATP Champions matches.
Baron also announced a 'blockbuster' Tuesday evening session that will include Roddick's opening match in addition to the ATP Champions Tour final. The world No. 8 Roddick is expected to be the top seed in the ITC's ATP World Tour event.
Individual session tickets range in price from $15 for grandstand seats to $85 for box seats, while a wide variety of tournament packages are available from $200 to $490. A limited number of ON-COURT "Best Seats in the House" remain, and there are unique "Fan Experiences" also available for purchase.
Here is Delray Beach's 2011 field: Kevin Anderson (RSA), Igor Andreev (RUS), Benjamin Becker (GER), Julien Benneteau (FRA), Richard Berankis (LTU), James Blake (USA), Dustin Brown (GER), Brian Dabul (ARG), Juan Martin del Potro (ARG), Ivan Dodig (CRO), Mardy Fish (USA), Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS), John Isner (USA), Xavier Malisse (BEL), Adrian Mannarino (FRA), Ricardo Mello (BRA), Kei Nishikori (JPN), Bjorn Phau (GER), Michal Przysienzny (POL), Andy Roddick (USA), Rainer Schuettler (GER), Florent Serra (FRA), Radek Stepanek (CZE), Janko Tipsarevic (SRB). The balance of the 32-player field will be filled by four qualifiers, two special exempts (at ATP discretion) and one wildcard to be announced.
Visit the Delray Beach ITC website www.YellowTennisBall.com to purchase tickets. For more information, please call (561) 330-6000.






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