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Florida Tennis Briefs: Wimbledon Jr. Participants, Free Adult Event in Jax

June 24, 2011 09:12 AM
4 Florida Players Competing at Wimbledon Juniors

wimbledon_logoFour Florida players are among the eight American boys and 10 American girls who have been accepted into the main draw and the qualifying draw at the 2011 Wimbledon Junior Championships. The main draw will be played June 26-July 3 at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in London; qualifying will be played in Roehampton, England on June 23-24.

Boca Raton's Madison Keys and Bradenton's Victoria Duval and Stephanie Nauta will compete in the girls' main draw, while Dennis Novikov of Boca Raton will compete in the boys' qualifying.

U.S. boys in the main draw are Shane Vinsant of Texas, Mitchell Krueger of Texas, Mac Styslinger of Alabama, Alexios Haleban of California, and Marcos Giron of California. Joining Novikov in the qualifying are Connor Farren of California and Emmett Egger of Washington.

Also in the girls' main draw are Grace Min of Georgia, Christina Makarova of California, Gabrielle Andrews of California, and Krista Hardebeck of California. Competing in the girls' qualifying will be Lauren Herring of North Carolina, Elizaveta Anna Nemchinov of New York, and Catherine Harrison of Tennessee.

2011 Roland Garros boys' singles champion Bjorn Fratangelo of Naples, Fla., did not enter the Wimbledon Junior Championships.

The 16-year-old Keys recently started training at the USTA Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., and reached the final of the 2011 USTA International Spring Championships.

The most recent U.S. Wimbledon junior champions were Donald Young in 2007, and Chanda Rubin in 1992.

Free Adult Beginner Tennis Event in July at Eagle Harbor in Jacksonville

Tennis Blast logo-GREEN--2.5-BLASTA free tennis event for beginning adult players, the USTA F.L. (Fun League) Tennis Blast, will be held for Jacksonville-area players at the Eagle Harbor Country Club on July 23, 2011 from 8 a.m. to noon.

An 8 a.m. check-in will be followed by an 8:15-9 a.m. warm-up clinic with Northeast Florida Professional Tennis Association (NFPTA) pros Bill Chapman and Jamie Booras from Eagle Harbor, assisted by Zach Ganger from San Jose Country Club, Heather Leister from St. Johns Tennis Academy, and other pros. From 9-10:30 a.m. will be a doubles round robin, followed by a "Hit for Prizes." The morning will conclude with an explanation of tennis opportunities for beginner players in Jacksonville, and a free lunch while the teachings pros put on an exhibition match.

"This is going to be a great opportunity to work on your game, learn some doubles strategy, meet new friends, and watch some great tennis," says USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator Amanda Becker. "And the best part is it is all free and open to any beginner player, and players can learn about USTA League opportunities."

USTA League is the country's largest recreational tennis league, helping more than 325,000 players nationwide get on the court, have a good time, and step up their game. The League is organized as competitive team match play, with teams made up of a minimum of 5-8 players depending upon division. Teams and matches are set up according to NTRP (National Tennis Rating Program) ratings, so teammates and opponents are at the same skill level, with leagues ranging from the 2.5 beginner level up to 5.0 advanced and Open divisions. The competition is exciting, the atmosphere is social, and since players compete on teams, they have a built-in cheering section.
"We are pleased to be partnering with the USPTA and PTR professionals in Jacksonville to provide fun tennis for all those who are looking for a little exercise, camaraderie, and enjoyment of new friendships," said USTA Florida Director of Leagues Sandy Marshall.

July 20 is the registration deadline for the event, which will be capped at 32 players. If the event is full, players can be put on a waiting list by e-mailing Amanda Becker at becker@florida.usta.com.
Registration for the event is limited, and players can register online at http://ustajacksonvilletennisplayday.eventbrite.com/. For additional information contact Amanda Becker at becker@florida.usta.com.






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