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Florida Tennis Briefs: Free 10 and Under; USTA Pro Circuit; Delray Ball Kids; More

January 19, 2011 10:08 AM
More than 50 Kids Attend J.V. Reed Park 10 and Under Tennis/QuickStart Event in Hobe Sound, Fla.

More than 50 children attended a free 10 and Under Tennis/QuickStart Play Format clinic on Jan. 15, 2011, in Hobe Sound, Fla., where many received a first-time introduction to the fun new USTA tennis format for children ages 10 and under.

"Several volunteers who were previously trained in the QuickStart Play Format were on hand to assist with the event," said USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator Janet Sprague, who oversees tennis programming for the Palm Beach/Treasure Coast region. "The smaller 10-and-Under Tennis racquets, low-compression balls, nets and courts sizes allow children to rally right away and pick up the game quickly. Fun is the main objective, and kids introduced to the game with this format can't get enough of it."

10 and Under Tennis (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.

Upcoming free 10 and Under Tennis events in the Palm Beach/Treasure Coast region include the North River Shores Tennis Club in Stuart on Jan. 22 at 2 p.m., and another event at the J.V. Reed Park in Hobe Sound on Jan. 29 beginning at 3 p.m.

The USTA 10 and Under Tennis Learn & Play League begins Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at all participating sites in Martin County. For more information on attending an event or joining the upcoming USTA Jr. Team Tennis/10 and Under Tennis League, e-mail treasurecoastJTT@gmail.com.

Ace Sports Group Tennis Classic Features USTA Pro Circuit Rising Stars in Lutz, Fla.

The Ace Sports Group Tennis Classic, a $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit women's event, will be held at the Cheval Golf & Country Club in Lutz, Fla., beginning Jan. 18, 2011. The event returns to Lutz for the third straight year, and is the second of two consecutive claycourt events (with Plantation, Fla.) held in Florida that kick off the 2011 USTA Pro Circuit season.
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This year's main draw will feature:

-- 18-year-old Beatrice Capra, who won an eight-player USTA playoff to earn the final wildcard into the main draw of the 2010 US Open, where she upset No. 18 seed Aravane Rezai en route to the third round, where she fell to Maria Sharapova;
-- Former world No. 4 junior Julia Cohen, the top seed in the tournament, who reached a career-best ranking of No. 153 last November after winning a tournament in Canada and reaching back-to-back finals at $25,000 events in Brazil at the end of the year;
-- 2009 Lutz singles runner-up Lauren Albanese of Coral Springs, Fla., who won the 2006 USTA Girls' 18s National Championships to earn an automatic wildcard into the US Open, where she advanced to the second round. Albanese has since reached seven USTA Pro Circuit singles finals.

Also expected in the main draw are American and all-time USTA Pro Circuit title leader (36) Julie Ditty; Ahsha Rolle of Miami Shores, Fla., who upset then-world No. 18 Tatiana Golovin en route to the third round of the 2007 US Open; Alexa Glatch, who is on the comeback trail after an injury-marred 2010, and who in 2009 propelled the United States to the Fed Cup final; former USTA girls' 16s No. 1 and 2009 Lutz doubles champion Kimberly Couts of Bradenton, Fla.; 19-year-old Julia Boserup, who trains full-time at the USTA Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla.; former world No. 18 Alexandra Stevenson, who became the first female qualifier in Wimbledon history to reach the semifinals (1999); and 34-year-old Mashona Washington, last year's Lutz doubles champion and sister of former Wimbledon runner-up MaliVai Washington.

With more than 90 tournaments throughout the country and prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals. The USTA launched its Pro Circuit 32 years ago to provide players with the opportunity to gain professional ranking points, and it has since grown to become the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, offering more than $3 million in prize money.
Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick, James Blake, Andy Murray, Jelena Jankovic, Justine Henin and Sam Querrey are among today's top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit.

For additional tournament info go to www.acesportsgroup.com.

Delray Beach ITC Offers An Opportunity To Be A Ball Kid

Officials with the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (ITC) are looking for ball kids who will play a major role in the 10-day event that runs Feb. 18-27, 2011, at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center.

NEW DelrayITC.jpgBall kids must be 12 years old, are required to attend three training sessions and work at least three sessions during the event. Training sessions are scheduled for Feb. 2 and 9 from 5-7 p.m. and Feb. 12 from 10 a.m. until noon. Ball kids receive uniforms, meals during working sessions, match tickets for families and friends and are invited to a post-tournament party.

The Delray Beach ITC includes 18 sessions of tennis. The ATP Champions Tour provides the opportunity to work with legend John McEnroe and other Grand Slam winners and finalists including Mats Wilander, Pat Cash and Mark Philippoussis while the ATP World Tour draw includes stars Andy Roddick, Juan Martin del Potro, Mardy Fish and John Isner.

For more information and to receive a ball kids application, e-mail ITCBallkids@aol.com or download an application at www.YellowTennisBall.com. Further information can be obtained by calling the tournament office at (561) 330-6000.

Les Grandes Dames Senior International Women's Tennis Tournament at BallenIsles Country Club
USA World Team Championships winners in 2011 in the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s age groups are among the nationally-ranked senior women tennis players competing this week at the Les Grandes Dames Senior International Women's Tennis Tournament, opening today at BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Les Grandes Dames Welcome BannerPresented by TAIL Activewear Inc., the tournament that has come to exemplify a legacy for the sport of tennis is returning for its 17th year to BallenIsles and will be hosted at the club's new state-of-the-art Sports Complex.

"This international event is the first of the season for the nationally-ranked senior women players and features world ranked tennis players in the 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, and 80  age divisions," said Tournament Director and BallenIsles Tennis Director Trish Faulkner.

Returning winners from previous years include Diane Fishburne in the 50s singles division, who is now seeded No. 2 in that division, with Fran Chandler of the U.S. at No. 1. New top-ranked players have moved into the No. 1 spots in the 70 singles and 80 singles since last year's tournament. There will also be a Tennis Vendor Trunk Show at BallenIsles on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Les Grandes Dames has been elevated to a top-level international veterans tour stop by both the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

To gain access to the tournament which offers free admission, or for tournament information and event schedule, interested spectators must call the BallenIsles Tennis Pro Shop at (561) 625-5707.






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