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Florida Briefs(5): Roddick, Martin, ROGY, Tennis on Campus, More

February 18, 2014 02:59 PM
Roddick Rides Team USA to Delray ATP Champions Tour Victory

Roddick03Andy Roddick defeated Goran Ivanisevic 6-4, 6-3 to seal a landslide victory for Team USA over Team International at the Delray Beach Open on Sunday.

It was the first time the pair had met since the third round of Wimbledon in 2001 when the Croat completed one of the seven victories that won him the Grand Slam title as a wildcard that year. History did not repeat itself though, and on this occasion it was Roddick who proved the stronger, despite Ivanisevic mounting a valiant defense and persistently matching the American for service speed.

"I feel like we really had it all going out there on the court today," Roddick said. "It was fun. Goran and I wanted to have a good time, play some good tennis and make sure the crowd left having been entertained."

Roddick currently spends most of his time presenting a nightly news, opinion and highlights television show on Fox Sports.

"Goran and I talked before the match," Roddick said. "The team competition was over, so we wanted to entertain the fans." Roddick during the match displayed his crowd-pleasing imitations of Andre Agassi and John McEnroe. "I really enjoyed myself, maybe too much," Ivanisevic said. "I always have a good time. Andy's a cool guy. He takes the jokes well. He can still do damage to a lot of guys (on the ATP World Tour) if he practiced."

Earlier in the day, Aaron Krickstein added to the Americans' success with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Sweden's Mikael Pernfors. Mats Wilander was forced to withdraw from his match against Jan-Michael Gambill due to a hamstring injury, handing another point to Team USA and leaving the final points total at 8-1 in their favor.

GTC Tennis Consultancy to Celebrate Worldwide Tennis Day, Tenis Para Todos


USTA Florida and Pembroke Isles are inviting families in the South Florida area to celebrate Worldwide Tennis Day during the Tenis para Todos Festival on March 1 at GTC Tennis at Pembroke Isles.

The event is part of USTA Florida's ongoing Tenis Para Todos outreach initiative and is the first event of the year at GTC Tennis at Pembroke Isles, which now features permanent blended lines.

The free event will include games, competitions, four rotating stations, and prizes for all attendees. Children and adults of all levels, from those that have never picked up a racquet to those that are frequent players, are welcomed and will receive information regarding available local programs.

"Having a Worldwide Tennis Day is a great opportunity to welcome children and adults to learn more about the game and to join us in celebrating the best sport in the world," said Gustavo Granitto, director of GTC Tennis Consultancy Inc. "Tennis can surely impact children and adults in a very positive way through the recreational, development or high performance programs that we offer here in Pembroke Isles."

Event details:
Saturday March 1st
GTC Tennis at Pembroke Isles
1400 Northwest 169th Avenue
Pembroke Pines, FL 33028 
Time: 9 a.m.-noon
Register at: gusg@gtctennis.com, at the club house, or call (954) 648-2929
Registration Deadline: Feb. 28 @ 3 p.m.

GTC Tennis Consultancy at Pembroke Isles is part of the group of facilities that USTA Florida has partnered with to deliver adult and youth programming in Hispanic communities across Florida.  Other "Tenis Para Todos" partners include JD Redd (Homestead), Oak Street Park (Kissimmee), Lake Cane Tennis Center (Orlando) and Fellsmere Elementary (Fellsmere).

For more information on Tenis Para Todos visit: www.tenisparatodos.com.

10 Colleges to Compete at 'Tennis on Campus' Florida Sectional Championship

mediawall-campus-chpsTen schools and 24 teams will compete to see which schools advance to represent the USTA Florida Section at the national championships when the Tennis on Campus Florida Sectional Championship is held on Feb. 22-23, 2014 at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

Participating schools will be:

Florida Atlantic University
Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida State University
Rollins College
Stetson University
University of Central Florida
University of Florida
University of Miami
University of South Florida
University of Tampa

New schools at the Tennis on Campus Florida Sectional Championship this year are the University of Tampa, Florida Atlantic University and Rollins College. UF is the defending champion at the event, last year claiming the title for the fourth time in the last five years.

UF won four of the five completed regular-season tournaments this year on the 2013-14 Florida 'Tennis on Campus' circuit, with the UCF Knightro Cup in November (UF vs. UCF in the final) rained out before completion. Both teams received finalist points in the 2013-14 USTA Florida 'Tennis on Campus' Standings.

"To see the growth of Tennis on Campus in Florida from just one year is amazing," said USTA Florida Tennis on Campus Coordinator Desirae McLaughlin. "We have three new schools participating in just the Sectionals, and during the season we have seen five new schools come out to compete."

USTA Florida 'Tennis on Campus' 2013-14 Results:

Sept. 7-8 -- FSU Capital Challenge, Tallahassee (Final: UCF d. UF)
Sept. 28-29 -- UM Ibis Open, Miami (Final: UF d. UM)
Oct. 26-27 -- UF Gatorbowl, Gainesville (Finals: Men UF d. UF, Women UF d. UCF)
Nov. 16-17 -- UCF Knightro Cup, Orlando (Final: UF vs. UCF (unfinished due to rain))
Jan. 18-19 -- FGCU Dirty Bird Classic, Fort Myers (Final: UF d. USF)
Feb. 1-2 -- USF Bull Run, Tampa (Final: UF d. USF)
Feb. 22-23 -- TOC Florida Sectional Championship, Orlando

Three teams will advance to the National Campus Championships from the Tennis on Campus Florida Sectional Championship -- UF which has already won a national qualifier berth this year, and the tournament winner and runner-up (if non-UF teams), or the highest-ranked team (besides the top two tournament finishers or UF) on 2013-14 USTA Florida 'Tennis on Campus' Standings.

Last year UF and UCF advanced to the USTA Tennis on Campus National Championship, with UF losing to the University of Georgia in the final. The Gators won the national title in 2003, and in 2011 lost in the final to UCLA.

The USTA Tennis On Campus National Championship is the pinnacle of the Tennis On Campus program. Hosted in partnership by the USTA, National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA), World TeamTennis (WTT), and Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), the championship features 64 college and university co-ed teams competing for bragging rights and the illustrious title of National Champion. The 2014 USTA Tennis On Campus National Championship will be held on April 10-12, 2014 at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Center in Surprise, Ariz.

USTA Florida "Tennis on Campus" Year-end Championship Winners:

2013 -- University of Florida
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

For more information on the USTA Florida 'Tennis on Campus' series go to www.florida.usta.com/CommunityTennis/tennis_on_campus or contact USTA Florida 'Tennis on Campus' Coordinator Desirae McLaughlin at tennisoncampusflorida@gmail.com.

TOPS'L Resort to Host ROGY Tennis 'Tourn-event' on March 1

ROGY-LOGO-3B_ARCHEDThe TOPS'L Beach & Racquet Resort will host a ROGY Tennis Tourn-event on March 1, 2014 from 2-6 p.m. for kids of all ages.

ROGY (for the Red, Orange, Green-dot and Yellow balls for age progression) Tennis is a new series of events launched by USTA Florida for youth tennis players to hone their skills in a fun, no-pressure format. The two- to four-hour events feature fun match play without the pressure of rankings.

The format of a ROGY is a non-elimination "tourn-event" to allow maximum participation. This is a non-sanctioned USTA event. All age divisions are offered, and all participants must play in their natural age division, regardless of skill level. Players must be able to serve, rally, and be able to keep score to participate. 

Age Divisions:
8-and-under -- Red ball/36' court with no longer than a 23" racket
10-and-under -- Orange ball/60' court with no longer than a 25" racket
12-and-under -- Green ball/full court with full-size 27" rackets
13-and-under -- Yellow ball/full court with full-size 27" rackets

The scoring for the 8-and-under red ball will be 2 out of 3 tiebreaks, first to 7 point. All other division scoring will be 2 out of 3 4-game sets with no-ad scoring, with the third set if necessary a 7-point tiebreak (first to 7 points).

To register for the ROGY Tourn-event go to www.usptaplayer.com/tournaments/700. For more info contact Tourn-event Director Joe D'Aleo at (850) 267-9195.

Florida's Todd Martin Named CEO-designate for Tennis Hall of Fame

Martin08Florida's Todd Martin, who reached the world No. 4 ATP ranking in the 1990s, has been named CEO-designate of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum (ITHF) in Newport, R.I. He will succeed Mark L. Stenning, who is stepping down in September after 35 years with the organization and 14 years as CEO.

Martin will begin working at the Hall of Fame as CEO-designate on April 1, 2014, with Stenning remaining as CEO through Sept. 5, 2014. Stenning will then transition to working on special projects for the Hall of Fame, namely, the completion of significant expansion and renovation projects to the facility.

"When we began our search for the next CEO, Todd was one of the people we went to for suggestions on candidates," said ITHF Chairman of the Board Christopher E. Clouser. "Through discussions with him it became apparent that he, in fact, should be on the short list. Not only was Todd a great player, one of the very best in the world, but he is also a tremendous leader and he has been widely respected in his role as president of the ATP Players Council and as a member of the USTA Board of Directors...I would also like to acknowledge that Mark Stenning has been the heart and soul of the Hall of Fame for 35 years, during which time he has elevated the organization to outstanding levels within the tennis industry and the local community."

The Hall of Fame is in the midst of a $15.7 million capital campaign. In spring 2014, the organization is scheduled to break ground on a major construction project which will result in the addition of three more indoor/outdoor hardcourts and a significant new building for locker rooms, fitness facilities, and office and retail space. Also on the impending schedule is a complete renovation of the museum at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, which will feature major technological updates and complete re-interpretation of the galleries.

"I'm particularly pleased to come on board at such an exciting time," Martin said. "A particular goal of mine will be to enhance the Hall of Fame's impact and presence on the international tennis community, and the new museum and facilities will be beneficial in reaching that goal."

Since retiring from the ATP World Tour in 2004, the Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., resident has remained highly engaged in the tennis industry. He began serving a second term as a director at large on the national USTA Board of Directors in January 2013, and is currently the board liaison to the USTA Youth Tennis Council. Previously, Martin was the board liaison to the USTA Pro Tennis Council and was a member of the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Team Events Committee.

In 2012 he launched the Todd Martin Tennis academy, which focuses on junior tennis development in Ponte Vedra Beach. He is also a former coach for ATP pro players Novak Djokovic and Mardy Fish. In 1994 he founded the Todd Martin Development Fund (TMDF), which provides tennis, education, and leadership programs for at-risk youth of mid-Michigan. TMDF currently operates as both a National Junior Tennis League and a USTA First Serve chapter.

In addition to his role as CEO, Martin will serve as tournament director of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, the only ATP World Tour event in the Northeast U.S., and the only pro grasscourt tournament in the Americas. He will assume that position for the 2015 tournament.

For more info go to www.tennisfame.com.






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