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Fla. Tennis Briefs(4): Vol. of Month Jr.; Tournament Winners

May 23, 2013 11:52 AM

Accomplished Tennis Jr. and Special-needs Coach Named USTA Florida Vol. of Month

Grillo-Hailey-webFort Myers tennis junior Hailey Grillo is having a busy spring -- one week she can be found coaching special-needs juniors for the Special Olympics, and the next competing at international-level ITF junior events -- and the next back working with special-needs adults on the tennis court.
Working with special-needs adults and children is second nature to the former Fort Myers News-Press Girls Tennis Player of the Year, who starting this fall will compete for the University of South Florida women's tennis team.
"I grew up with a special-needs child around, and my twin sister got involved at a Jewish Community Center with special-needs kids every summer, and also with special equestrians, and I wanted to help too," says Grillo, who has volunteered for more than two years.
She works with Special Olympics of Lee County at Ruttenberg Park, and this spring saw the young boys under her charge win the local Special Olympics tennis competition and advance to state.
"Unfortunately I couldn't go because I had graduation," she says of the ceremony at Fort Myers High School. "I have been working with them for 1-1/2 years and they have done very well. The boys and others were very excited and confident to go."
Grillo became hooked on tennis after attending camps at a young age, and along the way has taken a number of life lessons from the sport. Patience and understanding, she says, are the keys to working with special-needs tennis players.
"Tennis has taught me so much and really made me who I am," says the hard-working teen, who travels to Naples to train 5-6 days a week at the Gomez Tennis Academy. "Volunteering is very rewarding and lets me look at tennis in a different light."
Ruttenberg Park has allowed her to let her own light shine during her high school years, a light that won't go out, but will be hard to replace at the program.
"Hailey has been such a joy and asset to our program for the past 2-1/2 years that she has been with us," said Jane Herrington, coordinator and coach for Lee County Special Olympics Tennis. "I'm afraid it will be hard or maybe impossible to find someone as talented and committed as she has been to the program."
Her mother Heidi says Hailey developed an early commitment and sensitivity to those less fortunate, and takes little for granted in life.
"She likes to give back since she has been very lucky in her life," her mother says. "She loves tennis passionately and wants to share her passion with others. It gives her great pleasure to make those who participate in Special Olympics smile, and to a small part, in making their day a little brighter."
USTA Florida congratulates Hailey Grillo on being named the USTA Florida Volunteer of the Month for May 2013, and for giving back to the tennis community in Fort Myers through her volunteer work with special-needs adults and youth.
Birthplace: Fort Myers, Fla.
Family Members: "My mother, father, twin sister, and grandfather."
Favorite Food: Pasta
Favorite Travel: New York City or Whistler, British Colombia
Favorite Shot: Forehand
My earliest tennis memory was..."tennis camp."
If I could play tennis with three people, they would be..."Kim Clijsters, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer."
When I am not playing tennis I am..."spending time with my friends and family."
My best-ever tennis memory is..."either winning the back draw at state closed doubles [the USTA Florida Bobby Curtis Junior State Championships] or my first women's circuit tournament."

Orlando's Minns Named as Coach for USA Deaf Tennis Team

deaflympics_2013Orlando's Brad Minns has been chosen as honorary coach for the USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF) team that will compete at the 2013 Summer Deaflympics, July 26-Aug. 4 in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Minns played the No. 1 position on the men's tennis team at the University of Toledo from 1983-87. He was a gold medalist at the World Games for the Deaf in 1985 and '97, and a member of the 1995 Dresse Cup (Davis Cup equivalent) championship team. He is a 25-year member of the Professional Tennis Registry, and was the 1995 PTR Player of the year.
The Deaflympic Games were first organized in 1924 by the Comite International des Sports des Sourds, CISS (The International Committee of Sports for the Deaf), and are sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee. The July event is expecting approximately 5,000 athletes from 80 countries participating in 18 sports.
Athletes with a hearing loss of 55 decibels or greater in their better ear are eligible to participate in international competition for the deaf. Selected Team USA male and female tennis players will participate in single-elimination events of singles, doubles and mixed doubles against the world's best players.
For more information, or to contribute to U.S. athletes raising money to make the trip to Bulgaria, go to www.razoo.com/team/2013-Sofia-Games-Usa-Tennis-Athletes.

Winners Crowned at 2013 Florida Adult State Closed

Left to right: Men's 90s division winner Bob Klein, Tournament Director Chuck Gill, and Men's 90s runner-up Dick Collier
The 2013 USTA Florida State Closed Championships were held in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., with four claycourt facilities hosting the event on May 15-20, 2013, at PGA National Resort and Spa, Mirasol Country Club, Ibis Country Club, and BallenIsles Country Club.
Ladies divisions (singles and doubles) as well as mixed doubles (Open, 35, 45, 55) were played at BallenIsles Country Club. Men's Open, 30's (singles and doubles) and family divisions were played at PGA National Resort and Spa. Men's 35, 40, 45, and 50 (singles and doubles) were played at Mirasol Country Club, and Men's 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, and 90 (singles and doubles) divisions were played at Ibis Country Club.
"Thank you to all Florida Adult State Closed players," said Ibis Golf and Country Club Director of Sports Chuck Gill. "BallenIsles Country Club, Mirasol Country Club, IBIS Country Club and USTA Florida would like to thank everyone for an outstanding state closed championships. Mark the calendar for May 2014 for the return of this high-quality multi-facility event in Palm Beach County."
Men's Singles Champions:
Men's Open Singles -- Gaston Murray d. (1) Eric Kent 6-2; 6-0
Men's 30 Singles -- (1) Brett Hall d. Joel Helm 4-6; 6-6 Ret. (ill)
Men's 35 Singles -- (1) Mario Porcelli d. (2) Daniel Stover 6-0; 6-1
Men's 40 Singles -- (1) Christopher Pressley d. Marcos Lopez 6-0; 6-1
Men's 45 Singles -- (1) Decio Raven d. Mark Taylor 6-0; 6-1
Men's 50 Singles -- (5) Erik Luxembourg d. Stuart Saiki 7-5; 6-1
Men's 55 Singles -- (2) William Forray d. (1) Steven Brady 6-4; 6-4
Men's 60 Singles -- (2) Carsten Svantesson d. Mike Friedman 2-6; 6-2; 6-3
Men's 65 Singles -- (1) Bruce Barrett d. Gerald Fong 6-3; 6-3
Men's 70 Singles -- (1) Niesi Sie d. Graham Primrose 6-2; 6-4
Men's 75 Singles -- Brian Squire d. Julien Moussalli 6-3; 6-4
Men's 80 Singles -- (1) Bob Thompson d. Mario Dominguez 6-4; 6-2
Men's 90 Singles -- Robert Klein d. Richard Collier 7-6(9); 7-5
Women's Singles Champions:
Women's 50 Singles -- Susan Boyer, round robin winner
Women's 60 Singles -- Joanne Galtieri d. Shula Feuer 6-2; 4-6; 6-0
Women's 65 Singles -- Carol Clay, round robin winner

Florida's Trombetta, Azaeva Win USTA National Open Clay Titles

Ty Trombetta
Hallendale's Ty Trombetta and Sunny Isles' Leyla Azaeva from Florida captured the men's and women's open titles respectively during the USTA National Men's Open, Women's Open and Mixed Open Clay Court Championships, May 11-17, 2013, at the Jimmy Evert Tennis Club in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
"We had participants from 15 states, but Florida showed how strong they are by earning six Gold Balls, seven Silver Balls and eight Bronze Balls," said City of Ft. Lauderdale Director of Tennis Susan Krowitz.
Florida Gold Ball winners joining Trombetta and Azaeva were Andy Lake from Davie winning the men's doubles, Kristen Wiley from Ft. Lauderdale and Alexandra Kiick from Plantation winning the women's doubles, and Sarah Means from Wesley Chapel winning the mixed doubles.
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