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Florida Tennis Briefs: Pegula Wins US Open Playoffs, Wimbledon Jrs., USPTA Exams, ITF Hits the Beach

June 24, 2010 04:04 PM
Jessica Pegula
Boca Raton's Pegula Wins USTA Intermountain US Open Playoffs Qualifying Title

While Florida's US Open Playoffs Qualifying tournament has come and gone, Florida players are still finding their way into qualifying for the 16-player final event, which will be held in July in conjunction with the WTA Tour Stanford event in California.

16-year-old Jessica Pegula of Boca Raton missed the Florida US Open Playoffs Qualifying earlier this month, but last week she was the victor at the USTA Intermountain Section's tournament, losing just five games in three matches to take the title and claim a spot in the national final in California.

She will be competing for a wildcard into the US Open Qualifying at the National US Open Qualifying Tournament in Stanford, Calif., at Stanford University on July 28-Aug. 1, 2010. Pegula will be joined in Stanford by Deerfield Beach's Jan Abaza, who won the Florida US Open Playoffs event.

Pegula missed the Florida US Open Playoffs event as she was competing in a three-week European leg of tournaments including the 18-and-under Italian Open. She is ranked in the Top 100 in the ITF World Junior Rankings and reached the final of a junior tournament in Brazil this year.

Two Floridians at Wimbledon Juniors

One Floridian is among the boys participants, and one is among the girls as nine total Americans will compete in the Wimbledon Junior Championships from June 26-July 4, 2010, at the All England Club.

Dennis Novikov of Boca Raton is one of six U.S. boys in the draw, while Chanelle Van Nguyen of Coconut Grove is one of three U.S. girls in the main draw.

Other boys participating in the main draw are Denis Kudla of Arlington, Va.; Mitchell Frank of Annandale, Va.; Junior Ore of Gaithersburg, Md.; Raymond Sarmiento of Fontana, Calif.; and Nick Chappell of Indianapolis. Other girls in the main draw are former Floridian Sloane Stephens of San Pedro, Calif., and Ester Goldfeld of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Last year, the U.S.'s Jordan Cox reached the Wimbledon boys' final as a qualifier. Americans also reached the boys' and girls' finals in 2007, when Donald Young became the first American to win the Wimbledon Junior title since Scott Humphries in 1994, and Madison Brengle became the first American girl to reach the final since Chanda Rubin won the event in 1992.

Diego Moyano Named USTA National Coach in Boca Raton

USTA national announced that Diego Moyano has been hired as a claycourt specialist coach for USTA Player Development to facilitate coaching and training programs designed specifically for claycourt play while working with players in the USTA Player Development program. He will be based at the USTA Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., and will report to Jose Higueras, director of coaching, USTA Player Development. Moyano joined the coaching staff on June 15. 

"We're thrilled to bring Diego into our program," said Patrick McEnroe, general manager, USTA Player Development.  "Improving our players' development on claycourts is an integral component of our program's philosophy, and Diego brings a strong track record of success both as a player and a coach."

Moyano, 35, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, joins the USTA after working with a number of professionals since becoming a full-time coach in 2005. Among the players Moyano has worked with are 2004 French Open finalist Guillermo Coria, 2007 Australian Open finalist Fernando Gonzalez, and American Robby Ginepri, who advanced further than any other American man at the 2010 French Open. Moyano is currently coaching Andrea Collarini, who recently became the first American to reach the boys' singles final at Roland Garros since 2004, and who now resides full-time at the USTA Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla. 

Moyano played professionally from 1997-2005 and won four ATP Challenger singles titles, all on clay. He also qualified for the main draw of the 1999 French Open, and reached a career-high No. 130 on the ATP Tour Rankings in 2000. 

Florida to Host 3 USPTA Certification Exams in Boca Raton, Ocala, Tallahassee

The United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) has announced three upcoming certification exam dates for tennis teaching professionals in Florida. Boca Raton will host an exam session from July 10-11, 2010, at The Oaks; Ocala will host a session on July 17 at The Villages; and Tallahassee will host a session on Aug. 15 at Forest Meadows.

USPTA's Certification Exam includes an on-court evaluation of tennis strokes and playing skills, stroke and grip analysis, private and group lesson instruction, and other skills critical to the tennis-teaching profession. The exam also includes a two-hour written test covering teaching, playing and business management skills, rules, club activity programming and other topics. Applicants can now opt to take the written and grip exams on-line after completing the on-court portions of the certification test.

For more info contact USPTA at (800) 877-8248 or e-mail membership@uspta.org to register for an upcoming exam. Advanced registration is required, and the total fee for the exam and application is $175, plus pro-rated USPTA membership dues.

Beach Tennis USA Partners with ITF to Expand Sport

Beach Tennis USA (BTUSA), the organization responsible for the sport of beach tennis in North America, has announced a strategic partnership with The International Tennis Federation (ITF), the world governing body of tennis, to expand the global development of the sport of beach tennis. Under the new agreement, BTUSA can propose tournaments for sanction by the ITF as part of the ITF Beach Tennis Tour. All sanctioned tournaments will contribute to the international player ranking system and appear on the ITF's official tour calendar.

"Beach Tennis USA has done a great job introducing, developing and promoting beach tennis in the U.S. since 2005 and we look forward to combining our knowledge and resources to further grow this exciting and dynamic sport in North America," said Jackie Nesbitt, head of professional circuits at the ITF. "With the ITF Beach Tennis Tour now in its third year we are thrilled to welcome the 2010 US National Championships onto the calendar, which will be one of only three tournaments this year to offer players maximum ranking points towards the ITF Beach Tennis World Ranking."

Forever Athletes Provides Resources for 40+ Tennis Players, Athletes

Forever-Athletes.com, a website and user-supported blog which delves into the secrets of athletes 40+ years old, is looking for 40+ tennis players to participate in a short 14-question multiple-choice survey regarding their training habits and more.

"Masters athletes have experience, and from it a collective wisdom emerges based on all the stories," says the website founders. "The threads of hundreds of conversations that we share with one another: the various injury treatments and therapies, technique adjustments, personal nutrition experimentation, shared competition results, opinions about equipment, readings, training programs, motivational tricks, etc."

The website seeks to provide information and generate inspiration and practical knowledge towards becoming a more physically-active society. Tennis players 40+ years old who would like to participate can visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/4everathletes





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