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Florida JTT Champs, US Open Juniors Tennis Previews

July 25, 2013 08:59 PM

2013 USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis Section Championships in August

 
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USTA Jr. Team Tennis teams will gather in Daytona Beach on Aug. 2-4, 2013, at the Florida Tennis Center for the 2013 USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis Section Championships, which will determine the teams advancing to represent Florida at the USTA Jr. Team tennis National Championships.
 
Teams will compete in the four divisions of 18 & Under-Advanced, 18 & Under-Intermediate, 14 & Under-Advanced, and 14 & Under-Intermediate.
 
"The teams are from as far as Miami, Tampa, Jacksonville, Viera, and Orlando," said Tournament Director Liz Coates. "We will be doing pool play to single-elimination play, modeled after the USTA Tennis on Campus format for all divisions except 14 & Under-Intermediate."
 
Last year teams from Gainesville, Indian Harbour Beach, Jacksonville, and Melbourne captured USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis Sectional titles and advanced to USTA Jr. Team Tennis Nationals, with the Jacksonville team finishing runner-up in the 18s division.
 
USTA Jr. Team Tennis (JTT) brings youth 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 18 and younger, 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 the age groups 18 & Under, 14 & Under, 12 & Under, and utilizing the 10 and Under Tennis format for the 10-under and 8-under leagues.
 
For more information on USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis go to www.florida.usta.com/youth_tennis/jr_team_tennis/home.
 
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Florida's Kozlov, 15, Heads U.S. Class in US Open Junior Field

 
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Stefan Kozlov (photo: Cynthia Lum)
Tennis players in the US Open juniors must be 18 years old or younger.
 
Florida's Stefan Kozlov is only 15, but will be the top-ranked American male in this year's US Open junior draw.
 
The future of U.S. tennis may be well on his way, arriving soon.
 
Kozlov, from Pembroke Pines, Fla., is not only the youngest U.S. male that will play in Flushing meadows next month, but he is also currently the youngest player in the world's Top 20 International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior rankings.
 
Kozlov reached the quarterfinals at the Wimbledon juniors this year, then the next week lost in three sets in his pro debut at the ATP event in Newport.
 
Joining Kozlov in this year's US Open junior boys' main draw are U.S. entrants Noah Rubin (17, Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (18, Charlotte, N.C.), Luca Corinteli (18, Alexandria, Va.) and Martin Redlicki (17, Hawthorn Woods, Ill.). Accepted in the boys' qualifying draw were Spencer Papa (17, Edmond, Okla.) and Michael Mmoh (15, Temple Hills, Md.).
 
U.S. girls in the main draw will be former world No. 1-ranked junior Taylor Townsend (17, Chicago), Louisa Chirico (17, Harrison, N.Y.), Christina Makarova (17, San Diego), and Florida's Sachia Vickery (18, Hollywood). Accepted into the girls' qualifying draw were Florida's Johnnise Renaud (17, North Miami) and Alicia Black (15, Boca Raton), Katrine Isabel Steffensen (17, Scarsdale, N.Y.), and Brooke Austin (17, Indianapolis).
 
The U.S. girls are all competing to become the third straight American US Open girls' singles champion following Samantha Crawford (2012) and Grace Min (2011).
 
Previous US Open girls' champions include Coco Vandeweghe (2008), Victoria Azarenka (2005), Marion Bartoli (2001), Lindsay Davenport (1992), Jennifer Capriati (1989) and Zina Garrison (1981).
 
Past US Open boys' champions include Jack Sock (2010), Andy Murray (2004), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (2003), Andy Roddick (2000), Stefan Edberg (1983) and Pat Cash (1982).
 
 
 
 
 
 

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