Adult Leagues Adult Tournaments Junior Tournaments Jr. Team Tennis Learn more

Grand Prize Donated to Daughter After USTA Florida/Power 93.5 Tennis Event

August 26, 2010 01:25 PM
Maria Corrales knows the joy of tennis after playing during her college years - now she wants her daughter to know that same joy. The Apopka resident was the grand prize drawing winner during the USTA Florida Adult Combo League/Power 95.3 Kick-Off Party at the Lake Cane Tennis Center in Orlando in early August, and will donate the free Wilson racquet, one free tennis lesson and a $150 gift certificate to TennisPlaza to her daughter Bianca, who turned nine years old this month.

"She has been taking lessons on and off, but I've been out of work and when I saw that [free] contest I thought that would be good to keep her in the game," Corrales said. "She's played tennis since pre-school and I'm going to use this to continue her lessons. We're getting a smaller-sized [QuickStart] racquet for her."

Corrales played tennis herself while at Valencia Community College, and says that while she has tried to introduce her daughter to a wide range of sports, Bianca keeps coming back to tennis.

"I put her in ballet and she said 'That's not for me,' and she really wanted to play tennis," Corrales said. "I didn't want her to be a quitter so I told her to finish the year out in ballet, and she said, 'OK, but only if you then put me back in tennis.' So this is a great opportunity."

The mother-daughter pair plan to take to the court together with the new equipment, and apply for grant assistance to keep Bianca in the game. USTA Florida provides a wide range of grant assistance, which can be found at: www.usta.com/About-USTA/USTA-Serves/USTAServes/

A large turnout as the Lake Cane Tennis Center were entertained by the Power 95.3 (Orlando's Hip Hop Leader) Power Bus, which broadcast live from the tennis center for two hours while participants played full-court tennis and short-court QuickStart (for children 10-and-under), enjoyed other games, prizes and give-aways, and received autographs and played tennis with Florida resident and Grand Slam and Olympic gold medal winner Gigi Fernandez.

Free mini-classes were also held for adult and junior players that wanted to improve basic skills, or just receive an introduction to the basics of league play.

"The 95.3 staff said that it was the best on-site they have done," said USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator Shelly Licorish. "The radio station was talking tennis for two hours straight, taking live calls and interviewing Gigi Fernandez, who shared her gold medals with everyone."

The USTA Florida Adult Combo Doubles league, for players 18 years and older, is a fun combined-level format with teams comprised of three doubles pairs, each of different ability levels, that play other teams of the same level. Teams that win their local league advance to the USTA Florida Section Championships at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach. For more info go to www.ustaflorida.com.






Print Article Email Article Newsletter Signup Share