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Florida Tennis Briefs: U.S. in Hopman Cup Final; Palm Beaches/Martin Co. 10-Under Events; Kozlov, O'Loughlin Picked

January 7, 2011 11:41 AM
Isner and Mattek-Sands Advance to Hopman Cup Final v. Belgium

The U.S. team of Florida's John Isner and Bethanie Mattek-Sands benefited from an injury to the Great Britain team to advance into the final of the Hopman Cup on Friday. After Andy Murray defeated Isner 6-4, 6-2, Mattek-Sands evened the tie with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Britain's Laura Robson.

 
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Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Robson unfortunately suffered a thigh injury during her singles, and Britain had to forfeit the deciding doubles, putting the U.S. in the Saturday final.

"It's my first year and I'm in the final, so I'm pumped," Mattek-Sands told reporters. "I'm pumped actually for that match as well. I've never played [Justine Henin] so I'm actually really excited to do it. I think she has a great game and obviously plays aggressive like me so I'm excited."

In the other half of the draw Serbia gained the final, but then pulled out of the competition when former No. 1-ranked Serb Ana Ivanovic came up injured. Now the Belgian team of Justine Henin and Ruben Bemelmans will face the Americans in the final.

Ivanovic says she will miss next week's Sydney International but hopes to compete at the Australian Open in a little over a week.

Mattek-Sands and Henin are both a perfect 3-0 in singles for the week.

The U.S. is the Hopman Cup's most successful nation with a 5-5 record in finals. They captured the title in 1997 (Chanda Rubin and Justin Gimelstob), 2003 (Serena Williams and James Blake), 2004 (Lindsay Davenport and Blake), 2006 (Lisa Raymond and Taylor Dent), and 2008 (Serena Williams and Mardy Fish).


Free High School Tennis Coaches Workshop This Weekend at Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach

USTA Florida will host a free High School Coaches Workshop on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, in Daytona Beach, in conjunction with the Florida Athletic Coaches Association's (FACA) Winter Clinic, which runs Jan. 6-8, 2011.

The High School Coaches Workshop is open to middle school tennis coaches in Florida, and non-FACA members, and will be held at the Florida Tennis Center from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"With this free workshop we want to give back in an economic environment where school budgets are being cut," says USTA Florida Schools Tennis Coordinator Rebecca Halpern. "Teachers and coaches have fewer opportunities for further education and training these days. The workshop is free, and we've also provided travel reimbursements, incentives for early registration, lunch, workshop materials, and prizes (cases of balls, etc.) to help school tennis teams throughout the year."

The goal of the workshop is to present the tools to conduct effective tennis practices and prepare high school and middle school tennis teams for the upcoming season. The workshop offers tools to build confidence for coaches to work with large groups of players on limited courts, and to promote tennis as a no-cut sport.

For media opportunities during the event contact USTA Florida Schools Coordinator Rebecca Halpern at (386) 671-8928 or halpern@florida.usta.com.


NEW DelrayITC.jpgDelray Beach International Tennis Championships to host USTA 10-and-Under/QuickStart Play Format Business Seminar in February

The Delray Beach International Tennis Championships will host a seminar in partnership with USTA Florida, "The Pros of QuickStart Tennis," focusing on how tennis teaching pros can increase revenue, participation and fun utilizing the USTA's new 10-and-Under/QuickStart Play Format.

The seminar will be held Saturday, Feb. 19, 2010 beginning at 11:30 a.m. and will include a luncheon and tickets to the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, which features a seniors event (Feb. 18-22) headlined by former No. 1s John McEnroe and Mats Wilander, and the ATP event (Feb. 21-27) featuring Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish, John Isner, the Bryan brothers, US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro and other international stars.

The seminar will include education on the 10-and-Under/QuickStart play format, various effective USTA Jr. Team Tennis/10-and-Under program models currently in use across Florida, effective ways to grow junior programs and increase revenue, and more.

The 10-and-under/QuickStart play format is designed for children featuring smaller court sizes, racquet sizes, foam and decompressed balls, a simple scoring system, and net heights adjusted to ease kids into the sport. Similar mini-tennis formats have long been popular in Europe, where current stars such as Roger Federer, Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters first learned the game with age-adjusted racquets, balls and court sizes. To see a video of the 10-and-under Tennis play format in action go to: http://10andundertennis.usta.com.

"This seminar will come to be known as a key component in educating teaching pros on the 10-and-Under Tennis format," said Delray Beach ITC Tournament Chairman Ivan Baron. "Pros from around the state and country will be invited to take part. We envision this seminar to take on the same magnitude as the annual USTA Tennis Teachers Conference in New York each year during the US Open, but with a focus on the 10-and-under player -- the future of American tennis."

To register, log onto: www.eastcoasttennis.org and click on events. For more information, contact Janet Sprague, USTA tennis program coordinator at (561) 385-7399


Free Introductory 10-Under Tennis Events in January at Legacy Tennis Club

The Legacy Golf & Tennis Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla., will in January host two free open house dates featuring the USTA 10-and-Under Tennis format for children ages 5-10, with the option for parents to sign-up children for a 10-and-under league from Feb. 1-March 16, 2011.

USTA 10-and-Under Tennis allows children who have never played tennis before to immediately engage in rallies, and quickly learn the basics of the game. The 10-and-under Tennis play format is designed for children featuring smaller court sizes, racquet sizes, foam and decompressed balls, a simple scoring system, and net heights adjusted to ease kids into the sport.

Similar mini-tennis formats have long been popular in Europe, where current stars such as Roger Federer, Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters first learned the game with age-adjusted racquets, balls and court sizes. To see a video of the 10-and-under Tennis play format in action go to: http://10andundertennis.usta.com.

Tuesday, Jan. 18 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. will feature play for children ages 5-6 and 7-8 on 36-foot courts using the low-compression red balls. Wednesday, Jan. 19 from 5-6 p.m. will feature play for children ages 9-10 on 60-foot courts using the low-compression orange balls.

The 10-and-Under Tennis format includes games, prizes and refreshments, and registration is on-site. The Legacy Golf & Tennis Club is located at 9000 Country Club Dr. in
Port St. Lucie, west of I-95. Participants can also RSVP by e-mailing aricklane@yahoo.com.


10-and-under tennis mediawallIntroductory Tennis Events in the Treasure Coast Area

Three tennis facilities in Martin County will be offering free 10-and-Under Tennis events for children age 5-10 in January.
 
  • Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 -- Martin Downs Sports Resort, Palm City, Fla., at 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011 -- J.V. Reed Park, Hobe Sound, Fla., at 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011 -- North River Shores Tennis Club, Stuart, Fla., at 2 p.m.
Parents can introduce their children to 10-and-Under Tennis using the scaled-down, child-size equipment, and learn about upcoming 10-and-under lesson and league play opportunities.

The 10-and-under Tennis play format is designed for children featuring smaller court sizes, racquet sizes, foam and decompressed balls, a simple scoring system, and net heights adjusted to ease kids into the sport. Similar mini-tennis formats have long been popular in Europe, where current stars such as Roger Federer, Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters first learned the game with age-adjusted racquets, balls and court sizes. To see a video of the 10-and-under Tennis play format in action go to: http://10andundertennis.usta.com.

"The smaller 10-and-Under Tennis racquets, low-compression balls, nets and courts sizes allow children to rally right away and pick up the game quickly," said USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator Janet Sprague. "No experience is necessary. Fun is the main objective of 10-and-Under Tennis, and kids introduced to the game with this format can't get enough of it."

The events are free, but participants are asked to RSVP via e-mail to treasurecoastJTT@gmail.com.


 
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Stefan Kozlov
Florida's Kozlov, O'Loughlin Named to U.S. 14-Under Euro Travel Team

Pembroke Pines' 12-year-old Stefan Kozlov and Boca Raton's 13-year-old Julia O'Loughlin were named to the USTA four-player boys and girls tennis squads that will represent the United States in two elite 14-and-under events in Europe: the AEGON Junior International, held in Bolton, England, Jan. 17-23, and Les Petits As, held in Tarbes, France, Jan. 24-30, 2011. 

The events annually feature some of the world's best players aged 14-and-under, and a number of former winners have gone on to win Grand Slam tournaments, including Rafael Nadal, Kim Clijsters, Michael Chang and Martina Hingis. Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Donald Young are among other Americans to have captured titles at Les Petits As, while Lindsay Davenport was a finalist in 1990.    

Also named to the U.S. squad were Nicole Frenkel (Winchester, Mass.), Eduardo Nava (Woodland Hills, Calif.), Kenadi Hance (Torrance, Calif.), Francis Tiafoe (College Park, Md.), Henrik Wiersholm (Kirkland, Wash.), and Carolyn Xie (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.).

The players will be accompanied by Kent Kinnear, USTA National coach for men's tennis, and Troy Hahn, USTA coach for women's tennis. 

Kozlov is the reigning champion at the AEGON Junior International and recently won the USTA Boys' 14s Winter National Championships. Currently the top-ranked player in the USTA Boys' 14s National Standings, Kozlov was also the boys' 14s runner up at the 2010 Easter Bowl, and the boys' 12s runner-up at the 2009 Junior Orange Bowl. 

O'Loughlin, ranked No. 12 in the USTA Girls' 14s National Standings, recently took third place at the 2010 USTA Girls' 14s Winter National Championships, and was a girls' 12s finalist at the 2009 Junior Orange Bowl and the 2009 USTA Spring National Championships.  

 
 
 

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