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Kia Amateur, PTR, Linda's Legacy: Florida Tennis Briefs

September 9, 2011 10:47 AM
Kia Amateur Australian Open Tennis Tournament in Daytona Beach

Kia-Australian-Open-logoThe Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach will host the Kia Amateur Australian Open on Sept. 17-18, 2011, with a men's and women's winner earning a shot at an all-expense paid trip to Australia.

The first 32 amateur women and the first 32 amateur men entered (age 21 and over) will gain entry to the field for the regional qualifier in Daytona Beach. Winners advance to the National KAAO tournament (all expenses paid) in Chicago. National winners advance to the World KAAO in Australia (all expenses paid) and attend the 2012 Australian Open.

"You don't have to be a world-ranked pro to go to the 2012 Australian Open -- Kia will send you!" says Tom Kelly, tennis manager for the Florida Tennis Center. "A great tournament for open players, 21 and older, who have not earned WTA or ATP points. Kia treats the players great and you just might earn a trip to Chicago and then on to the Australian Open -- all expenses paid!"

To enter or for official rules go to www.florida.usta.com, TennisLink, Tournaments, and enter the tennis I.D.# 150005711.

PTR Announces Master of Tennis, Junior Development Program

PTR.jpgIn 2010, Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) announced a first in coach education for USA tennis teaching professionals and coaches. The next phase of PTR's new training program -- PTR Master of Tennis-Junior Development -- with external assessment of coach skills, knowledge and abilities, is scheduled to begin in November 2011. 

The PTR Master of Tennis-Junior Development Performance qualification will match the National Standards for Sports Coaches (NSSC) at the highest level -- Level 5.  These standards, at different levels, are used by many other sports and education bodies in the USA and are recognized and endorsed by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

The Master of Tennis-Junior Development program is open to PTR members who hold a professional rating, and is for those who are working with juniors age 4-16. Applications are being accepted through Oct. 15, 2011.
"I am excited to announce the next phase of the PTR Education and Certification Pathway program," said PTR CEO Dan Santorum. "It is based on a number of courses in a unique mixture of online learning and home study, as well as practical on court learning in small groups of fellow professionals. This means that coaches will benefit both from studying on their own time and at their own pace, as well as from discussing and interacting with their peers on the tennis court. The program can be completed in as few as nine months or can take as long as two years, and the schedule takes into consideration that most participants work full time."

The program leader is coach education expert Anne Pankhurst, who previously worked in this capacity for both the USTA and LTA. The online learning will be available on easily accessible, dedicated pages on the PTR/Tennis LMS website. Each coach will have a personal access code, so that work can be stored for easy reference at any time. For the on-court sections of the course, PTR has arranged a number of programs around the country -- Orlando, San Diego, New York and Hilton Head Island.

For more info please visit www.ptrtennis.org.

Linda's Legacy Tennis Featuring Tracy Austin Returns to Ponte Vedra, Fla.

lindas-legacyBenefiting local lung cancer research and initiatives, the Linda's Legacy Tennis Tournament and Tracy Austin return to Marsh Landing Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., on Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2011.

For 2011 the tournament adds a Charity Golf Challenge sponsored by Bahri Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. The Challenge features a chance to win $50,000 and will be played on Monday, Sept. 26. Registration to play is $250 per person. The tennis kicks off with Round 1 matches beginning at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29.

On Friday, Sept. 30, matches continue, and at noon, the NFPTA (Northeast Florida Professional Tennis Association) matches begin featuring local teaching pros in a round robin format.

"Friday evening is Fabulous Friday," says Tournament Director Sandy Kavanaugh. "Spectators are invited to come out and watch the North Florida Professional Tennis Association play its final match-up followed by a Celebrity Pro Am. Highlighting the Celebrity Pro Am, former No. 1 in the world and two-time US Open Champion Tracy Austin will take on some of Jacksonville's best. See her battle it out with Curtis Dvorak (aka Jaxson de Ville), Channel 4's Rob Sweeting, Angie Boselli, Sheriff John Rutherford, and up-and-coming local junior tennis star Josie Kuhlman. Stop by and watch fun tennis at its best, and admission is free."

Saturday at 1 p.m., children ages 6-8 are invited to join Tracy Austin for an afternoon of tennis fun at the "10 and Under Tennis" clinic featuring the QuickStart format. The clinic continues at 2 p.m. for children ages 9-10. Registration is $25 per person. The Beach Bash Player & Guest Party begins at 6:30 p.m., featuring dinner, drinks, live music and an auction.

For a complete list of activities or to sign-up for events go to www.lindaslegacyfoundation.org.






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