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Florida Briefs(3): ITF Super-Seniors, UF Tennis on Campus, More

September 20, 2012 01:19 PM
Florida Players on 3 of 7 Winning U.S. Teams at ITF Super-Seniors Championships
 
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Naples' Larry Turville (right) and the champion U.S. Von Cramm Cup (Men's 60 & over) team
Florida players competed on three of the seven winning teams as the U.S. won seven age-division cups for the second consecutive year at the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Super-Seniors World Team Championships, Sept. 10-15, 2012 in Umag, Croatia.
 
The 2012 event, the 32nd edition of the championships, consisted of 186 teams from 35 countries competing in 10 age categories from 60-and-over to 80-and-over.
 
The U.S. capped off the final day of the championships by winning its third consecutive Queens Cup (Women's 75 & over), defeating Germany, 2-1. The day before, the U.S. dominated with six championships, including a stellar performance in the Althea Gibson Cup (Women’s 70 & over), where the Americans did not drop a single rubber.
 
In all, the U.S. advanced to the final round of nine cups, with the runner-up showings coming in the Doris Hart Cup (Women's 80 & over) and Kitty Godfree Cup (Women's 65 & over).
 
Florida players on cup-raising teams were Naples’ Larry Turville (Von Cramm Cup, Men's 60 & over), Ft. Lauderdale’s Mary Ginnard and Ft. Myers’ Toni Novack (Alice Marble Cup, Women's 60 & over), and Coral Gables’ Donna Fales (Althea Gibson Cup, Women's 70 & over).
 
The ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships is the most prestigious team event on the ITF Seniors circuit. Since its inception in 1981, the number of competitors taking part in the tournament has increased each year. In 1993, the ITF made the decision to divide the Seniors World Championships into two groups: Seniors (35-55) and Super-Seniors (60-80).
 
Below is the complete list of U.S. team final results from the 2012 ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships.
 
Von Cramm Cup-Men's 60 & over (USA def. France 2-1) - Result: Champion
1.  Larry Turville, Naples, FL, Captain
2.  Paul Wulf, Salem, OR
3.  Tony Dawson, Carmel, CA
4.  Wesley Jackson, Rancho Mirage, CA
 
Britannia Cup-Men's 65 & over (USA def. Spain 2-1) – Result: Champion
1. Brian Cheney, Chandler, AZ
2. Jim Parker, Santa Fe, NM
3. Armistead Neely, Atlanta, GA, Captain
4. Richard Johnson, Ballwin, MO
 
Bitsy Grant Cup-Men's 75 & over (USA def. Germany 2-1) – Result: Champion
1.  Lester Sack, New Orleans, LA
2.  Herman Ahlers, Las Vegas, NV
3.  Larry Sears, Boston, MA
4.  James Nelson, Palm Desert, CA, Captain
 
Gardnar Mulloy Cup-Men's 80 & over (USA def. Canada 2-1) – Result: Champion
1. John Powless, Madison, WI
2. George McCabe, Oxford, OH, Captain
3. Saul Snyder, San Diego, CA
4. Joe Russell, Chagrin Falls, OH
 
Alice Marble Cup-Women's 60 & over (USA def. Netherlands 3-0) – Result: Champion
1. Tina Karwasky, Glendale, CA
2. Mary Ginnard, Fort Lauderdale, FL
3. Martha Downing, Shingle Springs, CA, Captain
4. Toni Novack, Fort Myers, FL
 
Althea Gibson Cup-Women's 70 & over (USA def. Australia 3-0) – Result: Champion
1. Donna Fales, Coral Gables, FL, Captain
2. Cathie Anderson, Del Mar, CA
3. Charleen Hillebrand, San Pedro, CA
4. Lurline Fujii, Honolulu, HI
 
Queens' Cup-Women's 75 & over (USA def. Germany 2-0) – Result: Champion
1. Dorothy Matthiessen, Pasadena, CA
2. Dori de Vries, Reno, Nev.
3. Lyn Tietz, Oak Brook, IL
4. Kathy Langer, Rockwall, TX, Captain
 
Doris Hart Cup-Women's 80 & over (Canada def. USA 2-1) – Result: Runner-up
1. Lucille Kyvallos, Fort Lauderdale, FL
2. Doris "Jane" Lutz, Sarasota, FL, Captain
3. Margaret Canby, San Antonio, TX
4. Joyce Jones, Bothell, WA
 
Kitty Godfree Cup-Women's 65 & over (France def. USA 2-1) – Result: Runner-up
1. Brenda Carter, Charleston, SC
2. Carol Clay, Fort Lauderdale, FL
3. Leslie Pixley, Malvern, PA
4. Betty Wachob, Panama City, FL, Captain
 
Jack Crawford Cup-Men's 70 & over (USA def. France 2-0) – Result: Fifth place
1.  Fred Drilling, Estero, FL, Captain
2.  Allan Carter, Boca Raton, FL
3.  Rudy Hernando, Fort Lauderdale, FL
4.  Tom Brunkow, Bethesda, MD
 
 
UF Beats UCF for 2012 Tennis on Campus Gatorbowl Title at Gainesville
 
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The champion University of Florida "A" team
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The runner-up University of Central Florida "A" team
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The Gold Bracket finalists
The University of Florida (UF) and the University of Central Florida (UCF) took up right where they left off in last year's rivalry on the USTA Florida Tennis on Campus circuit, meeting in the final of the first event of the 2012-13 season on the Gators' home turf at the 2012 Gatorbowl, Sept. 15, 2012 in Gainesville.
 
In the Gold Bracket final the UF "A" team defeated the UCF "A" team for the title, successfully defending their championship from the 2011-12 season. UCF stopped a potential all-UF final by beating the UF "B" team in the semifinals, while in their semis the UF "A" squad defeated the University of South Florida "A" team.
 
In the Silver Bracket the University of Miami "A" team was the victor, defeating a familiar foe in the UM "B" team. In the Bronze Bracket the UM "C" team defeated the UF "G" squad in the final.
 
Also competing in the 2012 Gatorbowl was Florida State University and Florida Gulf Coast University.
 
Last year UCF upset UF in the Florida Tennis on Campus Championships, ending a three-year championship run by the Gators.
 
USTA Tennis On Campus Florida Rankings
As of Sept. 17, 2012
                       
1.  University of Florida -- 2,000 points
2.  University of Central Florida -- 1,500     
3.  University of South Florida -- 1,000       
4T. Florida State University -- 500    
4T. University of Miami -- 500 
6.  Florida Gulf Coast University -- 350       
 
For the 2012-13 season the USTA Florida Tennis on Campus circuit has a new look as the co-ed club tennis teams from universities and colleges across the state compete at three levels of events -- Grand Slam, Masters, and Tour.
 
"The upcoming season for Tennis on Campus has been a great collaboration among our active clubs," said USTA Florida Team Tennis Coordinator Michelle Brown. "Club presidents and vice presidents were very involved in the process. With the World TeamTennis co-ed format, a school needs only two men and two women to compete."
 
Schools can submit a request to add an event to the 2012-13 USTA Florida Tennis on Campus calendar, pending approval by the USTA Florida Section for tournament points. In addition to the winner of the season-ending Florida Tennis on Campus Championship advancing to nationals, the 2012-13 season points leader will also receive a national bid.
 
The Tennis on Campus team format features men's and women's singles, doubles and mixed doubles, with a minimum of two men and two women per team. The format uses World TeamTennis (WTT) scoring, where the first up to five games wins the match, with a 12-point supertiebreak if the match is tied at four games all. Total cumulative games determine the overall winning team of each match. The WTT scoring format also features no-ad scoring, player substitutions, and player on-court coaching is allowed.
 
The program is designed to provide college students with opportunities for team camaraderie, social networking, and rivaled competition through tennis without the rigors of a varsity program via college/university "club" tennis teams. Perfect for athletes who have chosen not to make the jump from high school to college varsity, Tennis On Campus offers co-ed team-based play, regional and national championship competition, and helps students maintain active and healthy lifestyles through their college years. Currently, the program is offered on over 500 college campuses and services over 30,000 students.
 
2012-2013 USTA Florida "Tennis on Campus" Schedule
 
Sept. 15 -- UF Gatorbowl (Grand Slam), Gainesville (WINNER: UF)
Oct. 6 -- FSU Capital Challenge (Grand Slam), Tallahassee
Oct. 27 -- West Coast Invite (Masters), Tampa area TBA
Nov. 10 -- UCF Knitro Cup (Grand Slam), Orlando
Jan. 12 -- FGCU Open (Tour), Ft. Myers
Jan. 26 -- USF Bullrun (Grand Slam), Tampa
Feb. 16-17 -- Florida TOC Championships (Grand Slam), Orlando
March 2 -- East Coast Invite (Masters), Daytona Beach
 
 
USTA Florida "Tennis on Campus" Championship Winners
 
2012 -- University of Central Florida
2011 -- University of Florida
2000 -- University of Florida
2009 -- University of Florida
2008 -- University of Central Florida
2007 -- University of Central Florida
* Prior to 2007, all Florida teams advanced directly to nationals
 
 
USTA National Campus Championship Winners
 
2011 -- University of California -- Los Angeles
2010 -- University of California -- Berkeley
2009 -- Duke University
2008 -- University of Texas -- Austin
2007 -- Texas A&M University -- College Station
2006 -- Texas A&M University -- College Station
2005 -- Texas A&M University -- College Station
2004 -- Texas A&M University -- College Station
2003 -- UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
2002 -- Texas A&M University
2001 -- University of North Carolina -- Chapel Hill
2000 -- University of North Carolina -- Chapel Hill
  
For more information on the USTA Florida Tennis on Campus series contact Michelle Brown at brownm@florida.usta.com, or go to www.florida.usta.com/CommunityTennis/tennis_on_campus.
 
 
USTA Player Development Launches 10 and Under Tennis Videos
 
10andunderlogoUnited States Tennis Association (USTA) Player Development announced the release of 10 and Under Tennis Competency video resources to provide coaches, players and parents with a source on fundamental guidelines and skill proficiencies that young players, ages 10 and younger, should learn prior to progressing from one play format to the next.
 
The videos show players, ages 7-10 years old playing on the appropriate courts, with the appropriate equipment.  These videos feature young children who are very proficient and have developed their fundamental tennis skills to a point where they are ready to move from one format to the next. 
 
"Long-term development starts the first time a young child walks on the tennis court," said General Manager of USTA Player Development, Patrick McEnroe. "These two new Player Development Video Resources focus on what to teach and how to teach children ages 10 and under. They break down the best instructional methods for the Red, Orange and Green formats and, just as importantly, they help prepare kids to transition easily and successfully to a full-sized court and the yellow tennis ball. We strongly believe that incorporating these teaching methods will contribute to the development of the next generation of world-class American tennis players."
 
The videos are broken down by three formats, strokes and competency. The three formats are: 36 foot court with red balls; 60 foot court with orange balls; and 78 foot (full size) court with the green ball. The strokes are: forehand and backhand volleys, overhead, serve and return. The competencies are: technique, footwork, play and advanced play. In order for players to develop properly, they should display the correct technique, footwork and playing skills before progressing.
 
In addition, group teaching videos serve as a second resource that is very important to show how to teach on the three formats with varied skilled players and numbers of players. These videos were developed for coaches and parents of kids playing in the 10 and Under Tennis environment, and will change perspectives on how to work with young children using 10 and Under Tennis.
 
To visit the 10 and Under Tennis Competencies webpage go to www.usta.com/About-USTA/Player-Development/10_and_under_tennis_competencies_instruction.
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