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Florida Tennis Briefs: Miami 4th at League Nationals; QuickStart; More

October 18, 2010 03:22 PM
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The Miami 4.5 senior women 4th place national finishers
 
Miami Women 4th at USTA League 4.5 Sr. National Chps. In Calif.
 
The Miami women representing USTA Florida finished fourth over the weekend at the 2010 USTA League 4.5 Senior National Championships, held Oct. 15-17, 2010, at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif.
 
Playing out of the Coral Oaks Tennis Club in Miami, the team fell to eventual champion USTA Middle States (Philadelphia, Pa.) 3-0 in the semifinals, then was edged 2-1 in the 3rd/4th place playoff match by the USTA Texas Section (Houston).
 
The Miami roster included Sheri Adler, Cris Sweeny, Rose Haney, Ann Goldman, Mary Murray, Hilary Landorf, Dawn Schlesinger, Yuki Denmark and Edith Huntley Stickney. 
 
In the final USTA Middle States defeated USTA New England (Burlington, Vt.) 3-0.
 
This year’s USTA League 4.5 Senior National Championship drew the top 32 teams (16 men’s and 16 women’s) from throughout the nation. USTA League is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Since its inception in 1980, USTA League has grown from 13,000 participants in its first year, to over 750,000 players across the nation today, making it the world’s largest recreational tennis league.
 
 
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The age 6-8 group medal winners with Chip Weber and Barbara Wong
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The age 9-11 group medal winners with instructors Chip Weber and Barbara Wong
 
Viera QuickStart Continues to Grow in Brevard County
 
The Viera QuickStart program recently completed its 8th session at the Viera Regional Park in Brevard County. Organized and managed by Barbara Wong, president and QuickStart program director of Senior Tennis of Volusia, a USTA Community Tennis Association, this recent session had a total of 31 children participating.
 
The after-school program runs every six weeks during the school year until early June. There are two instructors including a USPTA professional. The program uses the USTA QuickStart guidelines and focuses on the basic tennis fundamentals to accommodate the mental and physical development of children ages 6-11 years old. 
 
“Parents love the program such that up to 50 percent of the children return for a second and third session,” Wong said. “The program is structured as a pathway to USTA Jr. Team Tennis. Children 6-8 move on to the 9-11 age group, and those in the 9-11 age group move on to junior tennis. When the students leave the QuickStart program where they have been playing tennis, they are mentally and physically ready for advancement to using the full regulation court and balls.” 
 
The next 6-week session begins Oct. 27, 2010. Due to demand these classes have been full for three weeks. The program will take a break on Dec. 10 for the year-end holidays and a new session will begin on Jan. 5, 2011. For information on the Viera QuickStart program contact Barbara Wong at (321) 631-0419 or e-mail her at stov@cfl.rr.com.
 
 
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Matt Kuchar and wife Sybi
 
PGA Tour Star Kuchar Highlights USTA National Husband-Wife Clay Court Championships in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
 
The First Coast Tennis Foundation will once again host the annual USTA Husband-Wife National Clay Court Championships at the ATP Tennis Club in Ponte Vedra Beach starting this Friday. 
 
This year’s event features PGA Tour star Matt Kuchar and his wife Sybi, a former tennis standout at Georgia Tech, and last year’s champions Frank and Trudy Vermeer of Jacksonville, Fla. Chris Pressley, who reached an ATP World Tour singles ranking of No. 336, is also playing with his wife Tara.  
 
The couples are competing for the much-desired gold, silver, and bronze ball national trophies from the USTA. The event is presented by Firehouse Subs and the tournament proceeds will benefit the First Coast Tennis Foundation and Wolfson’s Children Hospital. 
 
For more information click here. The event is free to the public.
 
 
 

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