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November 5, 2014 05:19 PM
Football Fans Warm Up to the Dolphins, Mini-Tennis at 'Tenis para Todos' Event

Hundreds of football fans tried their hands at tennis on mini-courts prior to the Miami Dolphins' win over the San Diego Chargers on Nov. 2, 2014.

Football jerseys and cooler weather were part of the event hosted by USTA Florida's Hispanic outreach initiative, Tenis para Todos (Tennis for Everyone), which featured mini-tennis courts inside the tailgating section of the Miami Dolphins' Sun Life Stadium.

USTA Florida's Tenis para Todos initiative was launched in 2013, and since then has brought events and facility programming to Hispanic communities throughout Central and South Florida, with nine facilities in Miami-Dade, Broward, Indian River, Osceola, Orange and Hillsborough counties.

From 9 a.m.-noon more than 800 children and adults stopped by the USTA Florida table to receive free gifts, information about local play opportunities and USTA programs for all ages. Many of the attendees played tennis for the first time, hitting with friends and children using the kid-friendly Youth Tennis format, featuring smaller racquets and slower, lower-bouncing balls.

"This was the second year of USTA Florida's presence at a Miami Dolphins game and a great event to showcase tennis to hundreds of people, many for the first time," said USTA Florida Diversity & Marketing Coordinator Maria Romo-Jackson. "Tenis para Todos will continue to bring play opportunities and events in Central and South Florida, inviting Hispanic communities throughout the state to enjoy the wonderful sport of tennis."

The event at the Joe Robbie Tailgating entrance offered six courts with the USTA's Youth Tennis format. Winners of game tickets at previous Tenis para Todos events joined the activities, with USTA Florida volunteers, staff and social media contest winners sitting in the same section of the stadium to enjoy the game afterwards.

For more event or program information visit the Tenis para Todos website at www.tenisparatodos.com/eventos or the USTA Florida website at www.ustaflorida.com/events.

National One-on-One Doubles Tourney This Weekend at US Open Site

One_on_One_LogoThe national prize money One-On-One Doubles Tournament and live rockin' blues concert will take place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, home to the US Open, on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 from 2:30-7 p.m. 

One-On-One Doubles, considered the "Third Game of Tennis," is sanctioned for tournament play with the USTA Florida and USTA Eastern sections. The tournament will coincide with a live, rockin' blues concert by recording artists the F&G Blues band.

One-on-One Doubles is the half-court serve-and-volley singles game played on the doubles court. All points are played crosscourt with the alley in play, and players must serve and volley on all points.

"This event is unique to the tennis industry," says organizer Ed Krass. "Both a pro tennis tournament and live concert take place, at the same time, to create a fan-friendly party atmosphere."

In addition to the Pro Division there will also be a men's and women's 4.0 NTRP One-On-One Doubles Tournament.

"We are excited to bring the One-on-One Doubles National Tournament and live concert event to the USTA National Tennis Center," said Whitney Kraft, tennis director at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. "This event will make for a festive Sunday filled with high-quality, all-court tennis, coupled with world-class rockin' blues music."

Admission is free, with drinks and food available for purchase. For additional info go to www.oneononedoubles.com.

U.S. to Visit Scotland in 2015 in Davis Cup 1st Round

DavisCupLogoUSAAndy Murray's home country of Scotland will host the U.S. vs. Britain Davis Cup tie when the two countries clash in the first round for the second straight year on March 6-8, 2015, in Glasgow.

Earlier this year the U.S. hosted Britain on a clay in San Diego, with Murray leading the Brits to victory over a U.S. team that was missing top player John Isner due to injury.

"This is a World Group tie so it's a massive deal," Murray said. "I'm looking forward to be able to play in front of a home crowd."

The winner of the tie will face either France or Germany in the World Group quarterfinals, while the loser will contest the World Group Playoffs round.

For more info go to www.daviscup.com.






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