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Florida Tennis Briefs: Three Oaks Opening in Ft. Myers; ATP Delray Survivor Series

November 9, 2010 10:06 AM
Dave Richardson (second from left) with equipment he donated to the Lee County Community Tennis Association from the QuickStart Workshop he hosted for USTA Florida
Ribbon Cutting, QuickStart Unveiled at Three Oaks Tennis Complex in Ft. Myers

Late October saw the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new 12-hardcourt Three Oaks Community Park Tennis Complex in Fort Myers, Fla., complete with the headquarters building for the Lee County Community Tennis Association (LCCTA).

"We had eight courts and then the road was widened," Parks & Recreation Director Barbara Manzo told the News-Press. "As a result, one and a half courts were removed as well as parking...We tore everything out and restructured the park. We ended up with 12 beautiful courts."

The complex will also be a center for QuickStart Tennis for 10-and-under children after a donation of equipment from United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) District President Dave Richardson. A number of the hardcourts also have blended lines for QuickStart play via a grant from USTA Florida.

"I presented Dave with $500 worth of QuickStart equipment for hosting a QuickStart Workshop, which he then presented to the Lee County CTA to be used in their parks QuickStart youth programs," said USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator Susie Bessire. 

The opening day celebration, "Let's Play Tennis, Lee County!", also featured QuickStart and full-court tennis, wheelchair exhibitions, instructional courts, Cardio Tennis courts and more. The $1.4 million project also includes two lighted basketball courts, picnic shelters and a walking loop.

'Survivor Series' Opens ATP Delray Beach Tournament to Everyone

Any member of the general public capable of wielding a tennis racquet is invited to participate in the upcoming trio of "Survivor Series" events hosted by the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (ITC). The prize? Each of the three "Survivor Series'" winners receive wildcards into the ITC's qualifying tournament on Feb. 19-21, 2011. The top four finishers in the qualifying tournament advance to the main event -- the 32-player Delray Beach ITC, a $500,000 ATP World Tour event scheduled for Feb. 21-27, 2011 at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center.

The first of the "Survivor Series" events will be held this weekend (Nov. 13-16) at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center with the second also held later this month (TBA), with the third scheduled for Jan. 29-31, 2011, on the clay courts of the Delray Swim and Tennis Club.

Delray Beach ITC LOGOWith the winning Delray Beach ITC singles player taking home $75,000 and a 2011 Porsche 911 Carrera, the early entry list for the ATP World Tour event already includes Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish, John Isner, plus the world No. 1 Bryan Brothers in the doubles field. Also returning to star in the 10-day ITC is John McEnroe, who will headline the 2nd annual ATP Champions Tour event after reaching the final last February in the inaugural event in the U.S.
The long-shot dream of playing in an ATP World Tour pro event did become reality for West Palm Beach's Adrian Bohane, who in 2004 won the "Survivor" tournament, swept through the qualifying tournament and found himself in a first-round Delray Beach ITC match against James Blake.

For more information, please call (561) 330-6000 or go to www.YellowTennisBall.com.






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