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Fla. Tennis Briefs(6): Gottfried HOF, Fed Cup, More

January 30, 2013 01:40 PM
Tennis' Gottfried Slated for 2013 Florida Sports Hall of Fame Induction
 
jr coach-gottfried1-webJacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla., will host the 2013 Florida Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on April 27, 2013, with a class including former world No. 3 singles and world No. 1 doubles player Brian Gottfried.
 
"We are honored to be the host for what will is a tremendous event, recognizing some of the greatest sport celebrities that have ties to Jacksonville," Jacksonville Mayor Brown said at a press conference held at the arena. "It will be a unique opportunity for the entire city to meet these legendary figures and pay homage to their careers."
 
Gottfried, a Miami native and long-time Ponte Vedra Beach resident, won 14 national junior amateur titles, and was a two-time All-American at Trinity University, becoming the 1972 NCAA singles and doubles runner-up. Professionally, he was ranked No. 3 in 1977 in singles, and in 1975 and 1976 was ranked No. 1 in doubles with Raul Ramirez.
 
The five-time Davis Cup team member won the 1984 ATP Sportsmanship Award and was elected ATP president in 1987. From 1989-96, he was the ATP Tour's director of tennis, and is now the general manager of the Pointe Vedra Beach club facility.
 
The 10-member class also includes baseball star Chipper Jones, PGA Tour winner Mark McCumber, football coaching legend Corky Rogers, Jacksonville Jaguars running back Fred Taylor, NASCAR star LeeRoy Yarbrough, swimmer Brooke Bennett, rodeo's Pete Clemons, basketball player Tim Hardaway, and volleyball player Gabrielle Reece.
 
"For more than 50 years, the Florida Sports Hall of Fame has been recognizing Florida's greatest sports figures, and this year is no exception," said Rick Dantzler, president of the Florida Sports Hall of Fame. "Of the 10 inductees, nine sports are represented, a testament to the diversity of the sports scene in our state."
 
For ticket information go to www.floridasportshalloffame.com.
 
 
Teenager Stephens to Lead U.S. Fed Cup at Italy in Feb.
 
photo-op-StephensUSTAFla-weThe 2013 Australian Open semifinalist and Florida-raised Sloane Stephens will be joined by Varvara Lepchenko, Jamie Hampton, and world No. 8 doubles player Liezel Huber in representing the United States against Italy in the 2013 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group First Round at 105 Stadium in Rimini, Italy, Feb. 9-10. Stephens is expected to make her Fed Cup singles debut, while Lepchenko and Hampton are being named to the team for the first time.
 
Italian Fed Cup Captain Corrado Barazzutti named world No. 7 Sara Errani, world No. 16 Roberta Vinci, Karin Knapp, and Nastassja Burnett to the Italian team. Errani and Vinci won the 2013 Australian Open doubles title.
 
The best-of-five match series begins on Saturday, Feb. 9, with two singles matches and is followed by two reverse singles matches and the doubles match on Sunday, Feb. 10. Tennis Channel will present daily coverage beginning at 9 a.m. ET on Saturday and 7:30 a.m. ET on Sunday.
 
"I am excited to welcome some new, young players to the U.S. Fed Cup team when we travel on the road to face Italy and begin our 2013 quest for the Fed Cup," said U.S. Fed Cup captain Mary Joe Fernandez. "Italy is a championship team and always plays well in Fed Cup competition, but I have confidence in the players on this team and know that they will all be ready to compete hard for the U.S."
 
Stephens, 19, is currently ranked a career-high No. 17 in the world after reaching the semifinals of the 2013 Australian Open, where she defeated Serena Williams in the quarterfinals. She made her Fed Cup debut in the 2012 World Group Playoff in Ukraine, winning in doubles with Huber. Stephens has not competed in singles in Fed Cup.
 
Lepchenko, 26, will be making her Fed Cup debut and is currently ranked No. 21 in the world. A native of Uzbekistan, Lepchenko has been living in the U.S. since 2001 after receiving political asylum, and she officially changed her nationality in 2007 to play for the U.S. She became an official U.S. citizen in September 2011.
 
Hampton, 23, is also making her Fed Cup debut and is ranked a career-high No. 62 in the world after reaching the third round of the 2013 Australian Open -- her best Grand Slam result -- before losing to eventual champion Victoria Azarenka in three sets.
 
Huber, 36, has won eight of her 10 career doubles matches for the U.S. Fed Cup team, including tie-clinching semifinal matches in both 2009 and 2010 with partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Currently ranked No. 8 in the world in doubles, Huber owns five Grand Slam women's doubles titles, including the 2011 US Open title, and won the 2010 US Open mixed doubles title with Bob Bryan. Born in South Africa, Huber spent four years on the South African Fed Cup team (1998-2000, '03), where she posted a 9-3 overall record (9-2 doubles) in 12 ties. She became a U.S. citizen on July 25, 2007, with the hopes of playing for the U.S. at the 2008 Olympic Games (where she teamed with Lindsay Davenport to reach the doubles quarterfinals).
 
For more info go to www.usta.com/fedcup.
 
 
Querrey Accepts Wildcard at ATP Delray Beach ITC
 
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Sam Querrey (left) with U.S. Davis Cup teammate
John Isner
World No. 20 Sam Querrey has accepted a wildcard to play in the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (ITC) next month. The ITC gets underway Feb. 22, 2013, and runs through March 3 at the Delray Beach Stadium, and includes both ATP Champions Tour and ATP World Tour events.
 
Querrey, the No. 2-ranked American, will be making his fifth appearance in the ITC. He reached the semifinals in 2008 and has a 4-2 mark in the event.
 
The 25-year-old Querrey is out to a 4-2 record to start the 2013 season prior to this week's Davis Cup, reaching the semifinal in Auckland in his season-opening tournament earlier this month. Querrey will play in tournaments in San Jose and Memphis in the weeks leading up to Delray Beach.
 
The addition of Querrey gives the ITC the top four-ranked Americans, as John Isner (No. 16), Mardy Fish (No. 31) and Ryan Harrison (No. 57) are also in the Delray Beach field. The world No. 1 Bryan Brothers will be the top seed in the doubles draw.
 
Other top players in the Delray Beach field include Gael Monfils, who is returning to the tour from a knee injury; Marin Cilic (No. 13), Kei Nishikori (No. 21), Tommy Haas (No. 22), Alexandr Doglopolov (No. 23), and defending champion Kevin Anderson (No. 29).
 
Tournament director Mark Baron has a pair of wildcards remaining to fill the 32-player ATP World Tour draw. For more info go to www.YellowTennisBall.com.
 
 
Florida's Daniel Captures International 'Les Petits As' Doubles Crown
 
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Jaeda Daniel, who captured for second consecutive USTA Florida Section state singles title last year at the USTA Florida Bobby Curtis Junior State Championships
Thirteen-year-old Jaeda Daniel of Port Charlotte, Fla., captured the doubles title with partner CiCi Bellis (San Francisco, Calif.) at the prestigious international Les Petits As junior tennis event last weekend in Tarbes, France.
 
In the final the team of Bellis-Daniel defeated the Czech Republic's Magdalena Pantuckova and Marketa Vondrousova 6-3, 7-5.
 
The 13-year-old Bellis also won the singles title, beating top-seeded Andrea Amalia Rosca of Romania 6-1, 6-2, in the final.
 
She joined the ranks of fellow former Les Petits As singles winners Kim Clijsters, Martina Hingis and Rafael Nadal for the age 14-and-under international event.
 
Bellis is the first American girl to win the Les Petits As singles title since Bethanie Mattek in 1999.
 
 
Bellis-Daniel also won the doubles title a little over two weeks ago at the AEGON Junior International Teen Tennis in Bolton, England.
 
Bellis and Daniel are part of a traveling team of eight Americans, four girls and four boys, along with USTA Lead National Coach Leo Azevedo and USTA National Coach Andy Brandi.
 
 
Sanlando Park to Host Free 10 and Under Tennis Festival
 
Tennis right-sized for kids will be on display when Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla., hosts a free 10 and Under Tennis Festival on March 16, 2013, from 1-3 p.m.
 
"Our festivals include kids from a number of our local elementary schools, many who have recently received an all-day assembly showcasing 10 and Under Tennis at their schools," says 10 and Under Tennis Coordinator for Seminole County Sheryl Rivas. "Our festivals provide a fun way for the school kids and their families to come out and enjoy a day of snow cones, popcorn, music and tennis. We also have an end-of-festival raffle, which provides the opportunity to win a number of prizes including USTA racquets, t-shirts and even free tennis lessons at Sanlando. It's a great way to 'try' tennis, while having a lot of fun on our new 10 and Under equipment."
 
The event will showcase the USTA 10 and Under Tennis format, which allows smaller children to play tennis on smaller court sizes, with racquet sizes that fit their hands, foam and low-compression 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.
 
10andunderlogo"I think that it is an advantage from the beginning," said Maria Sharapova regarding the USTA's 10 and Under Tennis initiative. "It is much easier to have the lighter balls, and much easier to have a smaller court and I think it gives them a better sense of the game in a way. Whereas you are coming onto the tennis courts for the first time, and since it is one-on-one sport, it can be quite overwhelming. So for a young player that is trying it out, I think it is a wonderful opportunity."
 
Information will also be available for parents and players on local USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis leagues and other play opportunities. USTA Jr. Team Tennis (JTT) brings kids together in teams to play singles, doubles and mixed doubles against other teams. It promotes social skills and important values by fostering cooperation and unity, as well as individual self-growth. It is designed for kids ages 5-18, and matches can be held anywhere from a local park or school to a commercial or private club. JTT teams are co-ed and divided by the play levels Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and utilize the 10 and Under Tennis format for the 10-under and 8-under leagues.
 
Players age 10 and under new to the USTA can also sign-up for a free one-year USTA membership.
 
Sanlando Park is located at 401 W. Highland St. in Altamonte Springs, Fla.
 
For more event information contact Sheryl Rivas at rivas@florida.usta.com.
 
 
Jacksonville Tennis "Serving Up a Cure" for Cancer Research
 
Deerwood Country Club's 3rd Annual Tennis Tournament "Serving Up a Cure," held April 19-21, 2013 in Jacksonville, Fla., will again raise funds to fight cancer with a men's and women's doubles tournament, and fun functions throughout the weekend.
 
"It promises to be even more successful this year with it's larger Open Division, thanks to the support of our local pros," says organizer Annette Meinrod. "It is going to be an amazing weekend, April 19-21, with a culinary exhibition on Friday night highlighting our 'Caterers' Extravaganza.'"
 
The "Party to Ace Cancer" on Saturday night will be hosted by Cantina Laredo and feature live music with Big Al and the Kaholics.
 
In 2012, "Serving Up a Cure" raised over $30,000 for "The Ellie DIPG Research Fund, a cancer research fund seeking a cure for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gliomas (DIPG), the deadliest of all pediatric brain cancers, and "The Gabrile House of Care, a hospitality house for cancer and organ transplant patients receiving care away from home.
 
"By playing great tennis, enjoying fabulous food and the merriment of friends, you will be helping to further research at Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for young children like Ellie," Meinrod says. "Don't miss this weekend of tennis and local pros playing and partying to benefit two great local charities."
 
For more info visit www.servingupacure.com.
 
 
 
 

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