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Florida Tennis Briefs: Racine Honored; 64th Dunlop Orange Bowl Preview; Father-Daughter Gold; Facebook Sweepstakes

November 29, 2010 09:21 AM
Racine DerrickWest Florida's Racine Named USTA/ITA Campus QuickStart Provider of the Year

University of West Florida men's and women's tennis head coach Derrick Racine has been named the national winner of the USTA/ITA Campus QuickStart Provider of the Year Award. Racine will be honored during the ITA Welcoming and Awards Banquet at the ITA Coaches Convention on Dec. 18, 2010, in Naples, Fla. Racine is the first UWF tennis coach to win the national award, which started in 2003.
The national winner of the USTA/ITA Campus QuickStart Provider of the Year Award is selected from a list of USTA Sectional winners that was determined earlier this fall. The awards program was open to ITA head and assistant coaches at the NCAA Division I, II and III levels, as well as the NAIA and Junior/Community College levels. The potential candidates list for the awards was over 2,000.
Racine, who is in his 13th year as head coach of the men's and women's tennis programs at UWF, has been one of the pioneers of the USTA/ITA Campus Programs. While he has been active in hosting USTA/ITA Campus Kids' Days and USTA/ITA Campus Showdowns, he is most recognized for his efforts with the USTA/ITA QuickStart Program.
The QuickStart program encourages colleges to bring tennis for children to their campuses. The weekly program at UWF, known as "QuickStart Argos," hosts tournaments for three age groups of children: 5-6 year olds, 7-8 year olds and a 9-10 year old division. Roughly 30 participants are a part of QuickStart Argos each week. UWF has permanently installed QuickStart lines on the UWF campus tennis courts. Participants from across the Gulf Coast attended a free carnival and clinic session, and a USTA QuickStart Workshop to kick off the QuickStart Argos program. Racine has also designed a program that works with local elementary and middle schools, using QuickStart formats in the schools' physical education classes. Racine also aids in assembling teams for the USTA Jr. Team Tennis program.

Florida Hopefuls at 64th Dunlop Orange Bowl

The 64th Dunlop Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships begin Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, at the Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, Fla., and features a handful of Florida hopefuls up against the best 18- and 16-year-old international players in junior tennis. The qualifying draw will take place beginning Dec. 3. 

dunlop orange bowl logo 2010The Boys' 18 field includes four of the Top 10 players in the world, led by ITF World Junior No. 1 Juan Sebastian Gomez of Colombia. The field also includes Ecuador's Roberto Quiroz, who won the boys' doubles titles at the French and US Opens, and Great Britain's Oliver Golding, who reached the boys' doubles final at the US Open and was a Wimbledon boys' semifinalist.

Florida players in the Girls' 18 main draw are Madison Keys (Boca Raton), Annie Mulholland (Ft. Lauderdale), Jessica Pegula (Boca Raton), and Chanelle Van Nguyen (Coconut Grove). Florida players in the Boys' 18 main draw are Gonzales Austin (Miami) and Dennis Novikov (Boca Raton).

Trey Strobel (Bradenton) is the lone Florida player in the Boys' 16 main draw. Florida players in the Girls' 16 main draw are Jennifer Brady (Boca Raton), Dhanielly Quevedo (Pompano Beach), Johnnise Renaud (North Miami), and Alanna Wolff (Boca Raton).

Bjorn Fratangelo of Pittsburgh, and Shane Vinsant of Keller, Texas, will lead the overall American contingent. Fratangelo won both the Easter Bowl and the USTA Boys' 18s National Clay Court Championships, and is currently the No. 50 in the ITF World Junior Rankings. Vinsant was a singles and doubles finalist at the USTA Boys' 16s National Championships, and took third place at the 2010 USTA Boys' 18s National Clay Court Championships. 

The overall American girls contingent is led by world No. 16 Lauren Davis of Gates Mills, Ohio, a two-time USTA Girls' 16s National Champion who won her first two professional titles at USTA Pro Circuit events in Williamsburg, Va., and Bayamon, Puerto Rico, in October; the world No. 33 Keys of Boca Raton who won her first professional title in July at a USTA Pro Circuit event in Cleveland; and world No. 37 Krista Hardebeck of Santa Ana, Calif., who won back-to-back titles at the USTA International Spring Championships and the Easter Bowl in April. Davis (No. 440), Keys (No. 484) and Hardebeck (No. 398) are three of the five highest-ranked entrants on the WTA Tour Rankings. 

World No. 1 Roger Federer and 2008 women's singles Olympic gold medalist Elena Dementieva were the first 18s champions at this event when it switched to hardcourts. Other past winners of the Orange Bowl 18-and-under singles titles include: Chris Evert (1969, 1970), Bjorn Borg (1972), John McEnroe (1976), Ivan Lendl (1977), Gabriela Sabatini (1984), Mary Joe Fernandez (1986), Jim Courier (1987) and Anna Kournikova (1995). Andy Roddick (1999), Vera Zvonareva (2000, 2001), Marcos Baghdatis (2003) and Nicole Vaidisova (2003) all won the event on hardcourts.

Bradenton's Suguitans Win Father-Daughter Gold Ball

Bradenton's Sugi Suguitan and his daughter Jodi collected a USTA Gold Ball as champions in November at the USTA National Clay Court Father-Daughter 80-over Championship at the Jupiter Ocean & Racquet Club in Jupiter, Fla.
Suguitan plays out of The Racquet Club of El Conquistador, and the unseeded pair upended the No. 1 seeds and defending champions in the final, Richard Phelps and Ann Jacobs from Massachusetts, 7-6(5), 1-6, 6-3.

The Suguitans did not drop a set en route to the final, also defeating the No. 2-seeded team of James and Allison Settles of Laguna Niguel, Calif., 6-1, 6-0. 

Enter the USTA Facebook Sweepstakes; Win Tennis Equipment, Lesson with Jim Courier

On Dec. 1, 2010, the USTA will launch a national campaign, "Give the Gift of Tennis," to encourage fans to match young tennis players with properly-sized tennis racquets, and with proper compression balls. The campaign includes the USTA's first-ever promotional sweepstakes on Facebook where fans can win free equipment and the chance to play tennis with new U.S. Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier.

Each day from Dec. 1-15 on the USTA Facebook page, the USTA will give away 50 kids-friendly tennis packages that will include two 21-inch tennis racquets, two 23-inch tennis racquets and six red foam tennis balls, to highlight the USTA's new approach to teaching the sport of tennis to younger players. In all, 3,000 racquets and 4,500 balls will be given away this holiday season. 

In addition, one lucky fan will also win a grand prize -- the chance to play tennis for one hour with new U.S. Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The total retail value of this promotion exceeds $50,000.

The objective of the "Give the Gift of Tennis" campaign is to promote playing tennis at home -- no courts are necessary. With modified equipment, you can just as easily play at your local playground, driveway, cul-de-sac, or even in the back yard. The equipment is easy to set up and perfect for an entire family to enjoy together. 10-and-Under Tennis is designed to get kids into the game immediately, so that within the first hour, they can actually be playing.

Please visit USTA.com for more information on how you can take part in the USTA's "Give the Gift of Tennis" and Facebook.com/USTA to enter the Facebook sweepstakes. 






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