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Fla. Kids Team Tennis Challenge; One-on-One Doubles

March 24, 2014 12:55 PM
Orlando USTA Florida Kids 10-Under Team Tennis Challenge in May

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A USTA Florida Team Tennis Challenge for 10-under players, presented by Wilson Racquet Sports, will be hosted by the Lake Cane Tennis Center in Orlando on May 3, 2014.

The one-day tournament will host gender-blind teams of no more than six players per team. Players must be age 10 or under to compete, with "orange ball" and "red ball" divisions. 

The USTA Youth Tennis format allows smaller children to emulate adult play on smaller court sizes, with racquet sizes that fit their hands, low-compression low-bouncing balls, a simple scoring system, all adjusted to ease kids into the sport. Similar mini-tennis formats have long been popular in Europe, where stars such as Roger Federer and Kim Clijsters first learned the game with age-adjusted racquets, balls and court sizes.

These "BYOT" (bring your own team) events do not require previous team tennis league participation. Both USTA members and non-members can participate, with USTA members receiving a $10 discount on registration. Team registration closes on April 28, 2014. To register go to www.ustaflorida.com/teamtennischallenges.

"We have seen consistent demand across Florida for more open, recreational formats of play," said USTA Florida Associate Executive Director Andy McFarland. "The new USTA Florida Team Tennis Challenges offer fewer restrictions, allowing more teams to participate."

USTA Florida strongly encourages coaches to register teams early.

"The partnership with USTA Florida Team Tennis Challenges is a great fit for Wilson Racquet Sports and our shared vision to attract more youth participation," said Erika Offerdahl, promotions manager for Wilson Racquet Sports. Coaches and players can also connect with USTA Florida via Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #BYOTeamTennis.

The Lake Cane Tennis Center is located at 5100 Turkey Lake Rd, Orlando, Fla., 32819.

For more information or to register go to www.ustaflorida.com/teamtennischallenges.


One-on-One Doubles Comes to Plantation, Fla., in April
 
One_on_One_LogoOne-on-One Doubles is quickly becoming know as "the third game of tennis."
 
In addition to singles and doubles, now players can hone their doubles skills with the game that pits two singles players against each other, but playing cross-court tennis only. The doubles alleys are good, and players have to serve and volley on both first and second serves.
 
One-on-One Doubles tournament events, endorsed by USTA Florida, include food, live music and more, part of a four-tournament circuit in Florida in 2014.
 
"I think that tennis fans who enjoy live music will really enjoy attending the One-On-One Doubles Grand Prix Circuit tournament events," says organizer Ed Krass. "With a $2,000 first prize, $1,000 second prize, $750 third prize and $250 fourth prize, many players will be encouraged to enter. The Compass tournament format is short sets to 4 games, no-add scoring. If a player loses early, they can keep on playing in the compass draw."
 
The $80 entry fee includes tournament play, the Player Reception Party, and the Rockin' Blues Concert. A $15 guest fee admits guests to the Player Reception Party. The one-division event (men and women in the same draw) will be played on green clay (Har-Tru).
 
"What makes the game exciting is that many of the top 35- and 40-year-old players have a shot to beat the younger players in this game of One-On-One Doubles," Krass says. "We even have Roscoe Tanner and Mikael Pernfors signed up to play in our April 5th tourney event in Plantation at the Hawks Landing Club.
 
"One-On-One Doubles tournaments have a party atmosphere, with the rockin' blues band performing during the tournament! Good food, beer and wine is all available. Players will be treated to a special reception party towards the end of the four-hour tournament. We try to make the tournament event friendly to the most casual sports fan, and allow for talking and rowdy behavior that is done in positive taste."
 
Remaining events on the One-on-One Florida swing:
 
April 5 -- Hawks Landing Club, Plantation
Enter at: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.?aspx?T=152395
May 3 -- Buckhorn Springs Tennis and Swim Club, Valrico
Oct. 25 -- Avila Golf & Country Club, Tampa
 
The winner of the Florida Grand Prix Circuit with the most points earned will receive an all-expense-paid trip to New York City to play in the national event, held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Nov. 9, 2014.
 
For more information about One-On-One Doubles tournaments, visit www.oneononedoubles.com or call Ed Krass at (813) 684-9031.

 

 

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