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May 23, 2011 01:34 PM
Ft. Myers' 91-year-old Mentzer Beats Tennis Legend "Dodo" Cheney in Final

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Mary Mentzer (left) and Dorothy "Dodo" Cheney are all smiles after receiving their USTA gold balls.
North Fort Myers, Fla., resident Mary Mentzer defeated doubles partner and tennis legend Dorothy "Dodo" Cheney of La Jolla, Calif., 6-1, 6-4 in the final of the USTA National Senior Women's 90-over Hard Court Tennis Championships at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club in May.

Cheney was stopped short of capturing what would have been a 391st USTA national title, and instead Mentzer raised the USTA Gold Ball trophy after the pair had captured the doubles title together earlier in the week.

"It's just wonderful to win. I always hate to beat my (doubles) partner. I've known Dodo for a long, long time (over 30 years). We're great friends," said Mentzer, who plays tennis four times a week in Florida, speaking to the LaJolla Patch. "My running is the key. At this age, most people can't run, but I do, so that is the key."

Mentzer ran out to a 6-1, 5-1 lead before Cheney rallied, breaking back to serve for 4-5, but was broken on serve for the match. The 91-year-old Mentzer said Cheney went for her serve late in the second set.

"You didn't know whether the ball was going to the left or right. It kind of threw me a bit," Mentzer said.

Senior Players to Experience QuickStart 60-Foot Tennis at The Villages in July

The-Villages-tennisThe Villages, "Florida's premier active adult retirement community," will in partnership with USTA Florida debut three free tennis events in July 2011 for residents, featuring the smaller 60-foot court QuickStart Tennis play format for seniors. The 60-foot court is marked with lines inside of a conventional 78-foot court.

The Villages is an active retirement community for age 50 and older, located north of Orlando and south of Ocala. Conceived over 50 years ago, the ever-expanding community boasts over 100,000 residents, many of who regularly engage in tennis and other sports or physical activities.

"These three one-hour events at different locations throughout The Villages will introduce players age 50 and older to the QuickStart Tennis play format on the 60-foot court," said USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator for the Ocala-Gainesville area Amanda Tobin. "It is less court to cover, and the decompressed balls and racquet options make for longer rallies and more fun. It is also a great format for players who have never picked up a racquet, or players returning to the game."

The locations, times and dates for the one-hour clinics will be:

Friday, July 15 -- Paradise Regional Center (4 courts); 10 a.m.-noon (2 clinics)
Wednesday, July 20 -- Laurel Manor Regional Center (2 courts); 8 a.m.-noon (4 clinics)
Friday, July 22 -- Sea Breeze Regional Center (2 courts); 8 a.m.-noon (4 clinics)

For more information contact Amanda Tobin at tobin@florida.usta.com.

USTA Daytona Beach Flex League Tennis Registration Open

Flex_Leagues_Logo_lb_001_194Daytona Beach-area adults looking for a tennis league that plays on their schedule can now sign-up for the USTA Daytona Beach Flex League, a program designed to fit players with busy lives who want to schedule league tennis matches on their own terms.
Men's and women's singles are offered at the 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, and 4.5 NTRP (National Tennis Rating Program) levels. 

"You play your matches anytime and anywhere you and your opponent agree on, just as long as you finish your scheduled matches before the end of the season," says USTA Daytona Beach Flex League organizer Connie Fenchel. "USTA Membership is not required for the league, however members receive a $10 discount for singles play. The cost is $35 for non-members and $25 for USTA members. Players can register today to play more matches and meet new players."

All registrants will be also automatically entered into the Flex League Sweepstakes for two tickets to the US Open, with flights and hotel included. Registration for USTA Flex Leagues in Daytona Beach is open through June , 13, 2011. The league begins play on June 17 and ends Aug. 17.
For more information contact Connie Fenchel at cfenchel@aol.com, or to register go to www.ustaflex.com

Roger Scott Tennis Center in Pensacola to Host USTA 10-Under Coaching Workshop

10andunderlogo_stack_4c-201The Roger Scott Tennis Center and USTA Florida will host a 10 and Under Tennis Workshop for Recreational Coaches on Saturday, May 28, 2011, from noon to 3:30 p.m. in Pensacola, Fla.

The cost for the event is $20 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 Roger Scott Tennis Center is located at 2130 Summit Boulevard in Pensacola.

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.

Tops'L Beach and Racquet Resort to Host Free Tennis Event for Beginner Adults

Tennis Blast logo-GREEN--2.5-BLASTA USTA F.L. (Fun League) Tennis Blast free event for beginning players will be held on Friday, June 17, 2011, from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Tops'L Beach and Racquet Resort in Destin, Fla.
"We are looking to attract new players that have little or no experience playing the game of tennis," says USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator for the Panhandle area George English. "Many will find they love the game if they just give it a try.   The Tennis Blast will give them this opportunity by allowing them to play with other beginning players in an environment where they won't feel uncomfortable or intimidated."
An evening of fun and social round robin play will include local teaching professionals assisting on court to give pointers and tips, with a "Hit for Prizes" at the end of play, additional player gifts, free food and drinks and more.

Players will also learn about USTA League opportunities for beginning players in the area.

"We hope players will join us for a great night of fun and tennis, and will bring a friend," said Tops'L Tennis Director Joe D'Aleo.
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. The 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 (National Tennis Rating Program) ratings, so your teammates and opponents will be at your 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, everyone has a built-in cheering section.

To RSVP for the free USTA F.L. Tennis Blast in Destin contact Joe D'Aleo, tennis director, at jdaleo@resortquest.com or (850) 267-9195.

USTA Orlando Summer Flex League Tennis to Kick-off in July

Flex_Leagues_Logo_lb_001_194The deadline for the USTA Orlando Summer Flex League is July 1, 2011, with play beginning on July 5. The league is open to tennis players in Orange and Seminole counties, with NTRP (National Tennis Rating Program) levels of 2.5 to 5.0 offered.

All registrants will be automatically entered into the Flex League Sweepstakes for two tickets to the US Open, with flights and hotel included. A playoff tournament for top flight winners at the end of the season will determine division champions.

"This is a Flex League for great practice, fun, and meeting new people," says Orlando Flex League organizer Chelsea Underwood. "Singles, doubles, co-ed singles, and mixed doubles are offered. You will be able to sign up for 'Weekday Mornings' or 'Weekday Nights' for doubles. Mixed doubles will be on the 'Weekends.' There will be a guideline schedule to help you play your matches on time, but you will have the whole entire nine weeks to play at your convenience, if you can't play that week for example. You and your opponent contact each other and decide where and when you would like to play."

Matches can be played at public, private, or community tennis courts. Players and their opponents decide on a match location that is convenient for both. The home player supplies a new can of balls for the match, and the winner of the match gets to keep the balls after the match. After the match, both players report the score online. The cost for the league is $35 for singles and $30 for doubles, with USTA members receiving $10 off fees.

For more information or to sign-up go to www.ustaflex.com

Florida's Watson Takes Two, Kuhlman R-up at ITF Delray Beach Tennis

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Gordon Watson of Naples took home two titles over the weekend at the Delray Beach ITF tournament in Delray Beach, Fla.

The unseeded Watson won the Boys' 18s singles title with a 6-4, 7-2(2) victory over unseeded Luca Corinteli of Virginia. Watson upended the No. 5, 8, and 14 seeds during the event. In doubles he teamed with Nikko Madregallejo of California, in the final defeating Artemie Amari of New York and Naoki Nakagawa of Japan 6-3, 7-6(2).

The singles runner-up Corinteli trains at the USTA National Training Center in Boca Raton, Fla.

Jennifer Brady of Pennsylvania, who trains at the Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raon, Fla., won the Girls' 18 title, in the final defeating Giuliana Olmos of Mexico/California 7-5, 7-5. At her previous event, the ITF Daytona Beach tournament at the Florida Tennis Center, Brady lost in the singles and doubles finals.

Josie Kuhlman of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., and partner Caroline Doyle of California lost in the Girls' 18 doubles final to Camila Fuentes of Texas and Olmos 7-6(6), 7-5. 

UF Women's Tennis Rally to Beat Miami in NCAA Tennis Quarterfinals

The University of Florida women's tennis team won another hard-fought match in the NCAA Championship quarterfinals, defeating Miami 4-1 on Sunday at Taube Tennis Stadium on the campus of Stanford University to move into the semifinals.

The second-seeded Gators (29-1) won the doubles point and then received singles victories from Olivia Janowicz (Palm Bay, Fla.), Allie Will (Boca Raton, Fla.) and Alex Cercone (Seminole, Fla.) to advance to Monday's semifinals, where they play sixth-seeded UCLA (22-5) at 7 p.m. ET.

This marks the program's 21st trip to the NCAA semifinals in the last 25 years. Florida has reached the championship match 10 times.

"It was tough, just like the NCAA Round of 16 match (where UF defeated Clemson 4-1)," UF head coach Roland Thornqvist said. "We played well in doubles today and had somewhat of a slow start in singles. We have to give credit to our players again. They really find a way and in this tournament it's not necessarily always about who's playing the best, sometimes it's about who competes the best."

With Florida holding a 3-1 lead in the team scoring, the outcome was still very much in doubt, as Lauren Embree (Marco Island, Fla.) lost the first set of her singles match and went down 0-3 to start the second. Cercone and Joanna Mather (Duluth, Ga.) lost their respective first sets and rallied to force a third, but both were down a break midway in the final set.

"I tried so hard when I was down 5-3 to not let her get a match point," Cercone said. "That was my main focus throughout that whole game. I tried to stay ahead the whole game. Once I won that game to make it 5-4, I just stuck with it and knew I could pull it out."

For full results and scores go to www.gatorzone.com/story.php?id=20739.

Largo's Manning Honored in USPTA ADDvantage Magazine

Largo Shipwatch Tennis Club Tennis Director Kevin Manning, who earlier this month lost a three-year battle with cancer, is remembered in an emotional story in the latest issue of the United States Professional Tennis Association's (USPTA) ADDvantage magazine.

"Manning faced surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy sessions after his diagnosis in the spring of 2008. The cancer started in his mouth, forcing the removal of half his tongue and affecting his speech. He also lost lymph nodes in his neck and one lung, causing him to get winded easier," writes Jill Phipps.

"Just 11 days after surgery on his tongue, he left for Turkey to represent his country in the 2008 Fred Perry Cup, an international tournament for players 50 and over. The U.S. team took third place out of 21 teams. And although he played in pain, his teammates never knew he was sick.

"Then came a devastating blow. In November 2009 his right arm broke while he was serving during a lesson. A tumor was discovered and his dominant arm eventually had to be amputated, so he learned to teach and play with his left arm. He retrained himself by visualizing left-handed pros in his mind and taking his best shot.

"I believe that when you lose a limb your mind compensates and says 'Yes, you can do it,' " Manning explained.

"When David Eddy, Manning's former coach and fellow USPTA Professional, paid a visit just days before his good friend died, they sat together at courtside while Manning taught. "You could hardly hear him," Eddy said. "His ball feeder friend would come over to hear Kevin's instructions, then each player would come over for his advice." As weak as he was, he still managed to laugh at Eddy's "stupid jokes."

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