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Florida Tennis Briefs: Eddie Herr Champs, ATP King of the Court, USPTA Conference

December 8, 2010 09:07 AM
Florida's Lederman, Crawford, Kozlov Capture Titles at Eddie Herr

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Miami's Roy Lederman
Miami's Roy Lederman won the Boys' 16 title at the Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships over the weekend, defeating No. 10 seed Jamie Galleguillos of Chile 6-3, 6-4 amidst rainy conditions and delays at the IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla.

"I came back, and I was shaking," Lederman told the Bradenton Herald about returning after a rain break. "Two double faults in that game, and I lost the game. I couldn't even feel my arm -- I was shaking. I was really nervous."

Taramac, Florida's Samantha Crawford, a wildcard entrant who trains in Boca Raton, defeated No. 2-seeded Canadian Carol Zhao 7-5, 6-7, 6-4 to win the Girls' 16 championship and her first major junior title.

"I think my serve was really good the whole match," said the 6-foot-1 15-year-old Crawford, who trailed 4-1 in the third set. "She's a really solid player, she moves really well, and it's tough, because she gets a lot back."

Bradenton's Tornado Black lost in the Girls' 14 final, subdued by Canadian Francoise Abanda 6-2, 6-2. Early in the second set Black lost her cool, loudly berating herself, throwing her racquet and seemingly giving up with a moonball strategy.

"She's always been like that," Abanda told Zootennis.com. "So I was mentally ready for that. I think if she were a little bit calmer, she would play better."

Cleveland's Lauren Davis won the Girls' 18 title, beating Russia's Yulia Putintseva 6-3, 7-5 in the championship match.

Pembroke Pines' Stefan Kozlov teamed with Borna Coric of Croatia to win the Boys' 14 doubles title as an unseeded pair, in the final defeating No. 7 seeds Filippo Baldi of Italy and Omar Salman of Belgium 7-6(3), 6-1.


ATP Tennis Club 'King of the Court' to Feature Brian Gottfried, Todd Martin, More
 
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Brian Gottfried
The ATP Tennis Club will host a holiday fundraising event on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, from 12-2 p.m. The "King of the Court" exhibition will feature some of the best players in Northeast Florida, including former ATP stars Todd Martin, Brian Gottfried and David Witt. 

Players will contest a unique 'Jai-Alai' format, and fans will be able to place friendly wagers on the matches, with all proceeds donated to Wolfson Children's Hospital, the regional pediatric referral hospital serving children throughout Northeast Florida, Southeast Georgia and beyond.

"We invite everyone in Northeast Florida to come and watch some great tennis and participate in this unique experience," said Carl Poske, ATP Tennis Club general manager. "We'll have prizes, music, and all for a great cause: Wolfson Children's Hospital."
 
The event is free and open to the public. For more info contact Mary Faulds at (904) 285-6400 or mfaulds@atpworldtour.com.


USPTA Competitive Player Development Conference Scheduled for December in Naples

The United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Competitive Player Development Conference will take place in Naples, Fla., from Dec. 11-13, 2010.

For the third year, the conference will be held at the Academia Sanchez-Casal, where attendees will learn about some of the progressive coaching systems, including the "Spanish Way to Develop Players." Attendees will gain insight about the Sanchez-Casal coaching philosophy, foundation and competition stages, and many drills and exercises that develop players.

Emilio Sanchez Vicario, founder of the Sanchez-Casal Academy, and Luis Mediero, USPTA Master Professional and founder of Registro Profesional de Tenis (RPT) in Madrid, Spain, will be featured speakers. Sanchez Vicario is the former captain of the 2008 championship Davis Cup team for Spain and a former tour player ranked No. 7 in singles and No. 1 in doubles. He was also captain of Spain's Olympic gold medal team in 2008. Mediero, who is also the president of the International Coaches Institute (ISI), has a lifetime of coaching experience that he has shared through courses, clinics and conferences in 80 countries.

The conference will be presented in English. More information about the conference, including registration, a detailed agenda and hotel accommodations, is available online at www.uspta.com, by e-mailing florida@sanchez-casal.com, or by calling (239) 261-5777.
 

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