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Florida Tennis Briefs: Serena has Surgery Again; Palm Beach USTA Jr. Team Tennis

October 20, 2010 02:46 PM
by Rick Vach, ustaflorida.com

serenaSerena Williams Reveals Torn Tendon, Second Surgery

World No. 2 and Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., resident Serena Williams revealed earlier this week that she has had "another procedure" to repair a torn tendon, and will miss the year-end WTA Tour championships and the final of the Fed Cup when the U.S. hosts Italy.

The younger Williams said she "re-tore" the tendon in her right foot, which was originally injured in a restaurant accident after Wimbledon when she stepped on some glass, having the foot surgically repaired.

Her elder sister Venus will also miss the year-end WTA Tour championships and the final of the Fed Cup, two weeks ago announcing she was sidelined by a knee injury.

It would have been the first U.S. Fed Cup appearance for the Williams sisters since 2007.

"It is with deep frustration that I am withdrawing from the WTA Championships at Doha and the Fed Cup final," Serena Williams said on Tuesday on her website. "Pushed by my desire to return to competition, I trained too hard too soon and re-tore the tendon in my foot. As a result, yesterday morning I had to have another procedure to repair it. I thank everyone for their continued support during this difficult time and look forward with strength and determination to getting back on the court."


 
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USTA Jr. Team Tennis/Quickstart Fall Season Kicks off in Palm Beach County

More than 40 players ages 5-10 years old along with parents, pros and volunteers were on hand for the USTA Jr. Team Tennis/Quickstart season kick-off for the north area of Palm Beach County in late September at Gaines Park.

"QuickStart Tennis, with the smaller racquets and nets and low-compression balls, lets these kids begin playing tennis and having long rallies immediately," said USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator Janet Sprague. "QuickStart has been an immediate hit with the kids from a fun perspective. From the teaching perspective, the instructors love it since QuickStart allows children to strike balls in their hitting zone with racquets they can control, rather than regular balls bouncing over their heads and trying to use large adult racquets."

Players from numerous clubs participated in the QuickStart clinic, which included introductory matches, "hit for prizes," and participants were also treated to pizza. Parents received league information and had a chance to register their children for the fall league.

"Janet, Henry, and Ira were knocking it out of the park with the QuickStart kick off," said Chuck Gill, who had a child participating in the event, said of the organizers. "All the kids playing QuickStart Tennis the way kids should be learning the game, it was amazing to see."
 
The fall season runs through Nov. 20 and involves a season kick-off event, six weeks of lessons and match play at their home tennis club/facility, and a season-ending tournament where all teams compete in a round-robin against one another. All players in the league receive a new tennis racquet, a set of practice balls, a team Nike Dri-fit jersey, and a medal and participation certificate.
 
For more info contact Janet Sprague at sprague@florida.usta.com.

 
 

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