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Florida Tennis Briefs: Sajous Wins at US Open Playoffs; Hispanic Coaches Workshop

July 22, 2010 11:28 PM
By Rick Vach, ustaflorida.com
Florida's Sajous Wins 1st Rd. at US Open National Playoffs

The US Open National Playoffs men's contestants played alongside the ATP pros on Thursday at the Atlanta Tennis Championships as the 16-draw US Open National Playoffs got underway, and Florida's Olivier Sajous advanced into the second round.

The No. 3 seed, the 23-year-old Sajous defeated Keith Whittingham 6-3, 6-1. The 22-year-old Whittingham, the USTA Northern Section runner-up, earned a spot in the men's championship after the winner of the USTA Northern Sectional Qualifying Tournament was unable to compete.

Plantation, Florida's Sajous, a Haitian native who still represent Haiti in Davis Cup play, delivered eight aces compared to none for Whittingham, and never faced a break point the entire match.

Sajous will next face USTA Texas Section winner Colin Hoover, who defeated Eric Quigley 6-3, 6-3. The other three seeds also advanced into the quarterfinals with No. 1 Blake Strode defeating Punch Maleka 1-6, 6-3, 6-0, No. 2 Cecil Mamiit beating Angelo Niculescu 3-6, 6-2, 6-0, and No. 4 Chris Wettengel defeating Phillip Eilers 6-4, 6-4.

Sajous will play Hoover on Court 1 on Friday at noon in Atlanta. Live scoring is available through USTA.com and AtlantaTennisChampionships.com, and Sunday's final will be broadcast live on Tennis Channel and available live on ESPN3.com.

In the inaugural year of the US Open National Playoffs, 859 men competed in the 16 US Open National Playoffs Sectional Qualifying Tournaments, with 16 advancing to the men's championship. The US Open National Playoffs function as a series of tournaments held throughout the United States to make the US Open eligible to anyone and everyone 14-and-over with the passion to compete, regardless of playing ability or nationality.

The winner will receive a wildcard into the 2010 US Open Qualifying Tournament, Aug. 24-27, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, in Flushing, N.Y.

Florida Port Orange Player Participates in National Wheelchair Tennis Camp

The USTA announced that 25 young wheelchair athletes participated in the 2010 USTA-ITF International Junior Wheelchair Tennis Camp in Mission Viejo, Calif., on July 11-16, 2010. The camp is exclusively for youth ages 12-18 who live with a permanent disabling condition and use a wheelchair when playing tennis.

Auburn Smith of Port Orange, Fla., was among players from 12 different states and five different countries (Brazil, El Salvador, Mexico, Canada and the United States). The camp is geared towards fun and camaraderie, while developing tennis skills in these young athletes.
"These athletes, some of whom are playing in this country for the first time, are being afforded a unique opportunity to play the sport they love and forge relationships with others who share a similar lifestyle," said Dan James, wheelchair tennis national coach, USTA. "We hope this camp will continue to have a profound impact on the growth and development of these outstanding young people for years to come."
The clinic was sponsored by the USTA, the ITF, the Johan Cruyff Foundation, and the City of Mission Viejo, who provided the local tennis courts.

Hispanic Tennis Coaches Workshop in October

The 5th Hispanic Coaches Workshop will be held Oct. 9-10, 2010, at Moore Park in Miami, Fla., presented by Gustavo Granitto Tennis Consultancy, Inc.

"Hispanic coaches can substantially impact the tennis development and competition in the U.S.," Granitto says. "They work hard and they love our sport. Considering that there are more then 45 million Hispanic-speaking people in the U.S., Hispanic coaches (and non-Hispanic coaches) can be also an excellent option for those people that can be seduced and retained to play tennis."

Benefits of the workshop include a unique chance of association with the Hispanic tennis coaches community in the Unites States; personal engagement with leaders in recreational, development and high performance tennis; information about coaching and networking; and topics including recreational, high performance, coaching philosophy and marketing.

For more information contact gusg@gtctennis.com.






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