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Florida Tennis Briefs: Sr. Fun Day, College News, Sock at Amelia USTA Pro Circuit

November 2, 2010 08:30 AM
Ira Peskowitz
BallenIsles Country Club Supports Kids and Police Tennis Association

BallenIsles Country Club is lending its world-class tennis facilities and teaching professionals to a program developed by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's department that uses the values and skills of tennis to help fight crime.

Founded by Palm Beach County Deputy Sheriff Ira Peskowitz, the Kids and Police Tennis Association (KAPTA), is a new after-school program started this summer in Palm Beach County for at-risk kids. Its goal is to use tennis to establish an encouraging environment for children who might otherwise be exposed to crime.

"We're very grateful to BallenIsles' members for their generosity in providing these kids access to the exceptional courts at its new state-of-the-art Sports Complex," Peskowitz said.

The KAPTA program received a grant earlier this year through USTA Florida's "Share the Love" campaign. For more info go to www.ustasharethelove.com.

"BallenIsles tennis professionals are also donating their time to help to teach the children for this very worthy cause and to promote the entire program statewide and eventually nationwide," said BallenIsles Tennis Director Trish Faulkner.

Orlando Hosts Senior Tennis Fun Day, Tri-level Play

The Orlando area will host a Senior Tennis Fun Day on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, at the Oak Street Park Country Club in Kissimmee, Fla., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. "A Day to Eat, Mingle and Compete" will be for players 50+ years old in two Tri-level divisions: for 3.0-3.5-4.0 teams from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., and for 2.5-3.0-3.5 teams from 1-5 p.m. 

Tri-level leagues allow doubles players from three different NTRP (National Tennis Rating Program) levels to play on the same team against other teams of the same level players. Example: one 3.5 doubles pair, one 4.0 doubles and one 4.5 doubles equals a Tri-level team.  

The Oak Street Park C.C. is located at 717 N Palm Ave. in Kissimmee. Organizers for this event are area senior local league coordinators Mark and Deb Anderson, Anita Vestal and Dee Oeters.

"We put this event together so that individuals at different NTRP levels would have the opportunity to mix and compete too," Deb Anderson said. "We are hoping to run Tri-Level leagues in our respective counties in the years to come if this is successful."

Cost for the event is $30 per team, to register contact Deb or Mark Anderson at debandy29@mac.com or (352) 243-8099.

ITA USTA national indoor logoFlorida College Players at 2010 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships

Eleven players from Florida schools or with Florida roots will compete on Nov. 4-7, 2010, at the 2010 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, which will take place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center's new Indoor Building. The men's field will feature reigning NCAA singles champion Bradley Klahn of Stanford and ITA/D'Novo All-American champion Alex Domijan of Virginia (via Florida), while the women's field includes ITA/Riviera All-American champion Hilary Barte of Stanford and defending Indoor Intercollegiate champion Jana Juricova of Cal-Berkeley.   

Men in the draw with Florida roots include Reid Carleton, Duke (SR, Naples, Fla.), Alexandre Lacroix, Florida (SR, France), Wil Spencer, Georgia (JR, Ponce de Leon, Fla.), Evan King, Michigan (SO, Chicago, and trained at the USTA National Training Center in Boca Raton), Jeff Dadamo, Texas A&M (SR, Tampa, Fla.), Austin Krajicek, Texas A&M (JR, Brandon, Fla.), and Alexander Domijan, Virginia (FR, Wesley Chapel, Fla.).

Women in the draw with Florida roots include Nicole Bartnik, Columbia (SO, Bradenton, Fla.), Alexandra Cercone, Florida (FR, Seminole, Fla.), Olivia Janowicz, Florida (FR, Palm Bay, Fla.), Allie Will, Florida (SO, Boca Raton, Fla.), and Bianca Eichorn, Miami-Florida (SR, Germany).

The USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships features a 32-player singles field and 16-team doubles field for men and women, including: champions from the 24 Division I USTA/ITA Regional Championships, the USTA/ITA National Small College champion, the eight quarterfinalists of the ITA/D'Novo Men's All-American Championships and ITA/Riviera All-American Championships, and at-large and wildcard selections made by the ITA and USTA. Additionally, Columbia University, which is serving as the host school, will receive a wildcard entry into each draw.

The USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships was inaugurated in 1978 for the men and 1984 for the women. Past champions and finalists include current professionals James Blake (Harvard), Bob and Mike Bryan (Stanford), Laura Granville (Stanford), John Isner (Georgia), and Lisa Raymond (Florida). Big Ten legends and Grand Slam finalists Todd Martin (Northwestern) and MaliVai Washington (Michigan) are also among the past champions. 

Cupcake judging at a past event
USTA Girl's 14 Florida Fall Designated Pink for Breast Cancer Fight in November

The best of Florida tennis in the Girl's 14 category will converge on the Paul J. Maxwell Park, home of Jaimes Tennis in Pembroke Pines this weekend, Nov. 6-8, 2010, to battle for USTA ranking points and the Jaimes Tennis Title...but more importantly the girls will work together to raise money for Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in the fight to find a cure for breast cancer.

"We have a few promotions at the tournament which will benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and we want to invite the public to come out and not only enjoy some top quality junior tennis but also join us in the fight so these girl's will not face the fear of breast cancer as they grow and ready adulthood," said organizer Lynn Jaimes.

The annual cupcake competition will be held on Saturday, Nov. 6, and the public is invited to join the competition where a panel of judges will vote on the best-looking cupcake, the best-tasting cupcake, and best overall cupcake. The event will sell the remaining cupcakes to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. For full contest rules go to the link below.

Event organizers will also have a cell phone drive, and since the theme for the tournament is pink, there will be prizes for the pinkest player in the tournament, the sports-"girl"-ship award, a balloon dedication for breast cancer survivors and victims, awards for the most supportive and friendly tennis moms and sisters, and more.

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Admission to the event is free and all are welcome to attend. Matches start on Saturday at 8 a.m., and the Paul J. Maxwell Tennis Center is located at 1200 SW 72nd Avenue, Pembroke Pines, Fla. For the tournament desk and information call (305) 588-0564.

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Jack Sock (right) with Denis Kudla after claiming the US Open boy's title in 2010
Jack Sock to Defend Title at 2010 Amelia Island USTA Pro Circuit Tennis

17-year-old Jack Sock will defend his first-ever pro title, won last year at Amelia Island, when he attempts to follow his success in November at the 2nd Annual Futures Championships at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, a USTA Pro Circuit event.

After winning the event in 2009, Sock went on to receive a wildcard into the 2010 US Open, and won the US Open Boys Championships, becoming the first American to raise the trophy since Andy Roddick. His Open debut was impressive enough for Novak Djokovic to choose Sock as his regular warm-up partner, ultimately preparing Djokovic for his win over Roger Federer in the semifinals.

The Omni Amelia Island Plantation will host the event at the resort's 23-court Racquet Park from Friday, Nov. 12 to Sunday, Nov. 21. 

Additional players to watch from the U.S. in the main draw are: 24-year-old Gregory Ouellette, who will be a strong challenger after two Futures wins this October in Venezuela; 26-year-old Robbye Poole from Charlotte, NC, who also won two Futures titles this year; 18-year-old Denis Kudla, who won his first pro tournament in Austin in October; 27-year-old Orlando native Mike Birzon, who won this event's wildcard tournament in September; and nationally-ranked 16-year-old John Michael Busch, from Atlanta, who also received a wildcard into the main draw.

"The Futures [USTA pro circuit events] is a great way to see a high-quality professional event and have the opportunity to watch spectacular tennis from ring-side seats every day of the tournament," said Kelly Gunterman, director of tennis at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, and tournament director for the USTA Pro Circuit stop.

Proceeds from the tournament will benefit Communities in Schools locally, as well as Tennis Without Borders. Tickets are free during the week, and $10 for adults and $5 for children on the semifinals/finals weekend. For more information, call the Tennis Pro Shop at Omni Amelia Island Plantation at (904) 277-5145, or e-mail gunterman.kelly@aipfl.com.

Going to College or Turning Pro: Making an Informed Decision

One of the most important, and often difficult, decisions that top-ranked junior tennis players have to make (in consultation with their parents and coaches) is whether to go to college or whether to "turn pro." The USTA's Collegiate Varsity Committee, chaired by Timothy Russell, has put together a FAQ document on the decision to go to college or turn pro. 

The creation of this document came out of ideas generated by some of the top college coaches at the USTA 2010 College Coaches' Workshop in June 2010. The document contains data that will assist players and their support teams while pondering the future and enabling them together to make informed decisions...information addressing financial, personal, educational, and professional development perspectives that should be considered when making the very important decision as to whether the young athlete should choose to attend college or turn professional.

The following questions are posed and answered:
(1) What is the USTA player development pathway?
(2) What is the monetary value of a college tennis scholarship?
(3) What are the annual costs for playing the professional tour at a highly competitive level?
(4) What ATP and WTA rankings (earnings) are needed to break even financially playing professional tennis?
(5) What can you can make as professional tennis player at the progressive levels of professional tennis?
(6) Can you share any sample case studies of professional careers, including career earnings?
(7) What are the average ages of tour professionals at various rankings?
(8) What does a career progressions of playing records in the developmental pathway look like for a successful pro, including the average number of years it takes to become Top 100 and the "life expectancy on the pro tour"?

To read the document in full go to: http://assets.usta.com/assets/1/15/USTA%20College%20Varsity%20Analysis%20of%20College%20vs%20Pro%20FAQ.pdf






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