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Florida Jr. Diversity Tennis Camp; One-on-One Doubles Tourney

April 23, 2014 02:22 PM
11th USTA Florida Diversity Camp Registration Now Open

multicultural-camp-webThe 11th USTA Florida Diversity Camp for junior tennis players will be held on June 26-29, 2014 at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla.

"It's not only going to be a great camp, but a great lifelong learning experience for the players," says USTA Florida Competitive Tennis Coordinator Andy Gladstone. "The camp emphasizes match play, parent education and life skills. This year promises to be as high quality as previous years with some exciting new features."

Sloane Stephens, Victoria Duval, Sachia Vickery, and former University of Florida standout Sekou Bangoura are just some of the Florida success stories that have benefited from the unique camp experience that not only prepares young players for the rigors of junior competitive tennis on and off the court, but involves parents and families in the process.

Junior players age 11-18 wishing to apply should be ranked in the Top 450 on the Florida Standings List and have a strong commitment to play college tennis. Players unsure of their level can contact Andy Gladstone at gladstone@florida.usta.com.

The cost for the four-day camp is $250, and financial assistance is available to those that qualify.

Players are responsible to attend with their parents, and are also responsible for their own housing. Special camp rates at hotels nearby Embry-Riddle are available.

To see a video from the 2013 camp CLICK HERE.

To access the camp registration form CLICK HERE.

For additional inquiries contact Andy Gladstone at gladstone@florida.usta.com.

One-on-One Doubles Tournament in Tampa Area on May 3

One_on_One_LogoThe Buckhorn Springs Tennis and Swim Club in Valrico, Fla., will host a One-on-One Doubles Tournament, endorsed by USTA Florida, including food, live music and more, on Saturday, May 3.

One-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.
"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. "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 2014 One-on-One Doubles Florida circuit:
May 3 -- Buckhorn Springs Tennis and Swim Club, Valrico
Oct. 25 -- Avila Golf & Country Club, Tampa
The winner of the Florida One-on-One Doubles 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 or to register for an event, visit www.oneononedoubles.com or call Ed Krass at (813) 684-9031.





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