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Florida Tennis Briefs(9): ITF 80-over Division Named for Doris Hart, More

April 13, 2011 03:37 PM
Florida's Doris Hart Honored with 80-over Division at ITF Super-Seniors World Team Chps.

Doris Hart (photo courtesy International
Tennis Hall of Fame)
Former Grand Slam champion Doris Hart of Miami, Fla., will be honored with a Cup in her name for the new 80-and-over division for the 2011 ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships in Antalya, Turkey, Oct. 10-15, 2011. The inaugural Doris Hart Cup honors the 85-year-old Hart, who won 35 Grand Slam titles during her career, tying Louise Brough Clapp for fifth on the all-time list. Six of Hart's titles were in women's singles, 14 in women's doubles, and 15 in mixed doubles.

"Competing in the Super-Seniors division was such a positive experience in my life and for that reason, I am truly honored to be recognized by the USTA and the international tennis community," Hart said. "I am proud to be named among some of the best players in the game who have shown such spirit and passion for tennis, and pleased to see my legacy go on with the naming of one of the World Team Championship Cups."

Hart's first of six career Grand Slam singles titles came at the 1949 Australian Championships. She also won singles titles at the French Championships in 1950 and 1952, Wimbledon in 1951, and the U.S. Championships in 1954 and 1955. Hart reached at least the quarterfinals in 32 of the 34 Grand Slam singles tournaments she played, and won six of the 18 Grand Slam singles finals she contested. In 1951, Hart won the singles, women's doubles, and mixed doubles championships at Wimbledon, playing the finals of all three events on the same day. She also won the "Triple Crown" at the French Championships in 1952 and the U.S. Championships in 1954.

"We are extremely honored to be able to recognize Doris for all her accomplishments in her career by naming this Cup for her," said USTA National Chairman of the Board and President Jon Vegosen. "Doris is an icon in the tennis world, and this honor will ensure that her achievements will be remembered."

In 1981 Hart was inducted into the USTA Florida Hall of Fame in its first class alongside Chris Evert, Frank Froehling III, Gardnar Mulloy, Edward A. Turville and Clarence Varner.

Other Super-Senior Cup designations include the Von Cramm Cup (M60), Britannia Cup (M65), Jack Crawford Cup (M70), Bitsy Grant Cup (M75), Gardnar Mulloy Cup (M80), Alice Marble Cup (W60), Kitty Godfree Cup (W65), Althea Gibson Cup (W70), and the Queens' Cup (W75).

The ITF Seniors World Team Championships is the top team event on the ITF Seniors circuit. Since its inception in 1981, the number of competitors attracted to this event has increased each year. In 1993, the ITF took the decision to divide the Seniors World Championships into two groups -- Seniors (35 to 55-plus) and Super-Seniors (60 to 80-plus).

Mattek-Sands Drops from U.S. Fed Cup Tie with Injury, Replaced by King

Bethanie Mattek-Sands at the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami (photo: John Moreno/USTA Florida)
The USTA and U.S. Fed Cup Captain Mary Joe Fernandez announced that Vania King will replace Bethanie Mattek-Sands on the U.S. Fed Cup team that will face Germany this weekend in the 2011 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Playoff on an indoor claycourt in Stuttgart, Germany. King will join teammates Melanie Oudin, Christina McHale and Liezel Huber in Stuttgart on Wednesday.

Mattek-Sands aggravated a hip injury during a loss Sunday in the doubles final at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston. Mattek-Sands had appeared in four straight ties for the U.S. and has served as the team's No. 1 singles player for three consecutive ties, including the Fed Cup first round earlier this year against Belgium.

"We are fortunate that Vania is willing to answer the call on short notice and join the team. She's been a great team member who is very versatile and can step in and play either singles or doubles," Fernandez said. "Bethanie had a great run at Family Circle Cup, reaching the doubles final. Unfortunately she got hurt, but hopefully she can recover and get back on the court soon."
Currently the world's No. 6 doubles player, King, 22, will be making her seventh appearance for the U.S. Fed Cup team. She partnered with Liezel Huber to record the only point for the U.S. in the first round tie versus Belgium, and has a 4-2 doubles record in her Fed Cup career. Last year, King partnered with Yaroslava Shvedova to capture the doubles titles at both Wimbledon and the US Open.

Tennis Channel will present daily coverage beginning at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday and 12 p.m. ET on Sunday.

USTA F.L. (Fun League) Tennis Blast Beginners Event Set for The Racquet Club at Cocoa Beach

Tennis Blast logo-GREEN--2.5-BLASTUSTA Florida and The Racquet Club at Cocoa Beach will host a USTA F.L. (Fun League) Tennis Blast event, free to beginning or returning-to-the-game players, on April 29, 2011, from 6-8 p.m. The event will feature round robin play, a hit for prizes, door prize drawings and info on local play opportunities.

USTA Florida area Tennis Program Coordinator Molly Zimmer says the event is a chance for players to not only meet similarly-skilled players, but to learn about local play opportunities for beginners. "Recruiting new players is critical for tennis clubs and facilities," Zimmer said. "I am thrilled USTA Florida and The Racquet Club at Cocoa Beach are working together by offering this fun, great first experience to tennis players in our community."

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.

For more information or to reserve place for the event, players can stop by the pro shop or call Cocoa Beach Country Club at (321) 868-3224. Reservations must be made by April 27, 2011, and a rain date has been set for May 6.

Cardio Tennis Workshop Coming To Ft. Lauderdale on May 13
Cardio Tennis.jpgThe Lauderdale Yacht Club in Ft. Lauderdale will host a Cardio Tennis Workshop on May 13, 2011, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Registration will be $60, and lunch will be provided.

Topics to be covered include an overview of the program, "Cardio Tennis Components: Purpose and Benefits," the three segments of a proper Cardio Tennis class, successfully-run drill-based and play-based activities, warm-up and cool-down exercises and sideline activities, recommended feeding approaches, unique solutions to Cardio Tennis challenges, tools for success, and understanding the heart-rate monitor and heart-rate training.

"In January 2010 we ran 81 hours of Cardio Tennis classes with the classes split between 1 hour and 1.5 hour," said Chris Ojakian-Ojakian of Tennis Los Angeles, a former workshop participant. "We average five players per class using only one court, so for January we had 405 participants with a rate of $25 per one-hour class. Our total revenue for January was $10,125."

The Lauderdale Yacht Club is located at 1725 SE 12th Street in Ft. Lauderdale.

For more information go to http://tennisindustry.org/newsletter/alerts/cardio/ctworkshopfl.htm.

Former Gator Women's Tennis Star Dawn Buth Inducted into UF Athletic Hall of Fame

Buth DawnThe University of Florida F Club and Gator Boosters, Inc., will honor eight Gators as 2011 UF Athletic Hall of Fame inductees Friday night at the Holloway Touchdown Terrace in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla.

Among the honorees are Dawn Buth, who competed for the women's tennis team from 1995-98, and was a member of UF's 1996 and 1998 NCAA Championship teams. She was also the 1996 and 1997 NCAA Doubles Champion with Stephanie Nickitas, and a seven-time All-American. UF posted a 112-4 dual match record during her Gator career, including four SEC regular-season titles and four SEC Tournament titles.

Buth is No. 2 all-time at UF for singles wins (151), and tied for No. 2 for season singles wins (50 in 1995). By winning the 1997 NCAA Doubles Championship with Nickitas, she became the first doubles team in the 16-year history of the NCAA Championships to win two doubles titles, or consecutive crowns.

She is the 11th different member from the Gators women's tennis program to be selected an inducted into UF's Athletic Hall of Fame, joining Judy Acker-Smith (inducted 1993), Nicole Arendt (2001), Jillian Alexander (2002), Coach Andy Brandi (2006), Jill Craybas (2008), Cissie Donigan (2006), Andrea Farley (2004), Jill Hetherington (1999), Lisa
Raymond (2003) and Shaun Stafford (1999).

USTA Teams with Michelle Obama to Bring Tennis to U.S. Troops

joining-forces-logoThe USTA this week announced its commitment to support "Joining Forces," an effort led by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden to mobilize all sectors of society to give United States service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned. This national initiative, which will highlight issues that are of special importance to military families, including the areas of employment, education and wellness, will be announced at the White House by Mrs. Obama.

The USTA will introduce 4,000 National Guard and Reserve members and families to tennis through festivals at Yellow Ribbon pre-deployment events to help reduce stress and encourage social interaction within the service members' local communities. The USTA also will work with the Department of Veterans Affairs and local VA hospitals to expand tennis programs providing recreational and physical rehabilitation opportunities therapeutic and family cohesion support to veterans, their families, caregivers and survivors.

Additionally, USTA 'Tennis on Campus' clubs will work with Joining Forces to create awareness by welcoming back and engaging student veterans and help support those veterans transition to civilian life. Initial plans call for 50 colleges and universities to take part in this program by the end of 2011. The USTA will work with Student Veterans of America to implement these programs.

"The USTA is honored to be supporting Joining Forces and to be working with First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden on this major initiative," said USTA Chairman of the Board and President Jon Vegosen. "We look forward to utilizing tennis to bring the welcoming spirit of our communities, the benefits of healthy mental and physical well-being and needed stress reduction tools to our men and women in uniform and their families."

Over the past two years, the USTA has expanded its outreach to military service members, veterans, and their families, especially in the areas of physical well-being and stress reduction. With its on-going efforts and this new association with Joining Forces, the USTA expects to impact more than 100,000 military personnel, veterans and their families over the course of 2011.

Earlier this year, the USTA teamed up with Mrs. Obama and the Let's Move! campaign to encourage young people across the country to get active, try tennis and lead healthy lifestyles. Components of the collaboration include a new public service announcement that is airing nationwide, the construction and renovation of thousands of tennis courts across the country and the commitment to encourage 200,000 children to participate in the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award.

USTA Adult Men's, Women's League Tennis Starting in Volusia County

USTA League new web.jpgThe registration deadline is April 18, 2011, for USTA Adult League men's and women's play in Volusia County. USTA League is organized and competitive matches that provide fun and fitness for adult recreational players 18 and over.

The National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) system places players in a specific skill category from 2.5 (beginner) to Open (advanced) to ensure equal competition. Winning teams advance from local leagues to region, section and national championships. Teams are comprised of one singles player and four doubles players (minimum 5 players required) for the 2.5 level, and all other levels are two singles players and six doubles players (minimum 8 players required).

Adult team rosters must maintain at least 75% of its players at the NTRP designated team level.

The women's schedule of play, which begins the week of April 24, will be: Monday 4.0 and 4.5 levels, Tuesday 2.5, Wednesday 3.0, and Thursday 3.5.

The men's season begins April 26, and will feature 2.5-5.0 levels of play. The men's schedule of play will be Monday for 3.0 and 4.0, Tuesday for 2.5, Wednesday for 3.5, and Thursday for 4.5 and 5.0. All matches begin at 7 p.m.

A team captains meeting will be held on April 21 at 6 p.m. at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach.

For more information please contact:
USTA Local League Coordinator, Adult Women, Jennifer Pratt
(321) 662-3693 or jennifer10s@live.com    
USTA Local League Coordinator, Adult Men, Sheila Pence
(386) 290-6022 shepen@aol.com

Florida's Crawford Wins, Fratangelo Runner-up at USTA International Spring Championships

Crawford-USTA Spring-2011
Florida's Samantha Crawford
Tamarac, Florida's Samantha Crawford was the girl's champion, and Naples' Bjorn Fratangelo was runner-up at the 2011 USTA International Spring Championships, the USTA/ITF Level 1 junior event held April 4-10, 2011, at the USTA Training Center West in Carson, Calif.

Crawford defeated No. 3 seed and fellow Floridian Madison Keys (Boca Raton) in the final 6-1, 6-1. Keys suffering an abdominal injury in the third game of the match, and the 16-year-old received treatment from the trainer, but from that point on had hampered movement and could only spin her serve in.

"I thought I was setting up points well and taking control early," the 16-year-old Crawford told zootennis.com. "I went out there not worrying about anything, like I have been doing. I wanted to take control of the points quickly, so that's what I was focusing on."

Keys was subsequently forced to withdraw from the Easter Bowl the following week.

"Samantha played really well, she served really well," Keys said. "She just played a really good match. My serve definitely didn't help me out, and she took advantage of that."

Crawford trains with USTA National Coach Kathy Rinaldi at the USTA Training Headquarters in Boca Raton.

"It's absolutely an incredible week for her, and she deserves it, she's put the work in," Rinaldi said, noting Crawford's early-round losses in some previous events. "Everyone has their own path, and it's not a straight shot forward. Sometimes you take a few steps forward, sometimes you've got to take a step back to take another step forward. That's the game of tennis."

Keys also trains in Boca Raton at the Evert Academy.

Fratangelo lost in the boys' final 7-6(6), 2-6, 6-4 to California's Marcos Giron, who has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the UCLA Bruins in the fall.

The Naples resident, who also works out at the USTA Training Headquarters in Boca Raton, was up a break in the first set but was unable to hold his lead, losing the 70-minute set in a tiebreak. Giron broke Fratangelo in the third game of the final set, but Fratangelo broke back to event the match. Serving at 4-5 in the third set, Fratangelo was done in by multiple forehand unforced errors.

"I was lucky to get that break back at 4-2 and in the end, it just came down to two more forehands I missed, and that was the match," Fratangelo said.

Giron was unseeded at the event, while the girl's champion Crawford needed a wildcard to get into the main draw.

Orange Park USTA Pro Circuit Event Features Players from 50 Countries

usta pro circuit logo-collageThe United States Tennis Association (USTA) announced that Eagle Landing Country Club in Orange Park, right outside of Jacksonville, Fla., will host the 2011 Eagle Landing Tennis Classic Presented by St. Vincent's HealthCare, a $10,000 USTA Pro Circuit Futures event from April 29-May 8.

"We are excited to host this event again in 2011," said Eagle Landing Tennis Director Mark Arrowsmith. "We'll have world-ranked players from over 50 countries who compete year round on the USTA Pro Circuit."

The tournament will feature a total of 128 players, with 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams in the main draw. A wildcard tournament will begin April 27-28. Qualifying play will begin at 8 a.m. April 29-May 2, which will determine the main draw play beginning May 3, with the final round on May 8.

This year's tournament will once again benefit the MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation, which promotes academic achievement and positive life skills to Jacksonville youth through the game of tennis; the J.P. Hall Sr. Children's Charity, a non-profit organization devoted to improve the quality of life for underprivileged children in Clay County, Fla.; and the Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit organization headquartered in Jacksonville that helps injured service members.

The 2011 Eagle Landing Tennis Classic's Presenting Sponsor is St. Vincent's HealthCare, while other sponsors include East West Communities and Regency Centers.

"This is a great opportunity for the community to come out and see professional tennis players," said Arrowsmith. "We want to provide a great venue for spectators and players, but our main goal is community involvement. This year we have added a third organization to our venue -- The Wounded Warrior Project. There will be fun events for everyone. A "Dinner and Doubles" event is planned for May 6 so that everyone can come out and watch the doubles final match under the lights. Then, on May 7, there will be a Kids Day event where children ages 5 to 17 can come out and play for prizes. It's all about showing kids that they can have fun, they should have dreams and find ways to give back to the community."





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