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Florida Senior Games Regional Sites Offering Tennis, Masters Tennis Demos

February 21, 2014 10:17 AM
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Florida tennis players age 50 and over can still qualify at eight local qualifying tournaments for the Florida Senior Games competitions in March-April, providing the opportunity to qualify for the state-wide Florida International Senior Games & State Championships in December.

This year, in addition to full-court tennis, some Florida Senior Games sites will feature a Masters Tennis Demo to promote the new short-court tennis option using a 60' court, easy scoring, and the easier-to-play "orange ball."

"Clubs and players in Florida have been asking us for a program like Masters Tennis for years," says USTA Florida Executive Director Doug Booth. "Anyone can play with the optional smaller racquets, the slower balls and smaller courts. Players who left the game with injuries, brand new players, or older players who cannot cover the traditional 78' court can again play with this format, truly making tennis the 'Sport of a Lifetime.'"

To learn more go to www.masterstennisflorida.com.

Upcoming local Senior Games locations in March-April:

March 1 -- Heartland Games for Active Adults, Avon Park, www.southflorida.edu/academic/commed/hsg.aspx
March 6 -- Good Life Games, Clearwater, www.goodlifegames.org
March 7 -- Charlotte County Fit For Life Senior Games, Englewood, www.charlottecountyfl.com/communityservices/seniorgames/
March 8 -- Capital City Senior Games, Tallahassee, www.visittallahassee.com/seniorgames
March 17 -- Cutler Bay Senior Games, Cutler Bay, www.cutlerbay-fl.gov
March 31 -- The Villages Senior Games, The Villages, www.districtgov.org/departments/Recreation/seniorgames.aspx
April 15 -- Lake Senior Games, Sorrento, www.lakeseniorgames.com

After April, local Senior Games will resume in Sept.-Nov. with events in Pensacola, Tampa, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Kissimmee, Ormond Beach, Sanford and Stuart.

"We look forward to offering more opportunities for Florida's senior athletes to participate," said Stephen V. Rodriguez, senior vice president of Florida Sports. "Masters Tennis is a great addition to the Senior Games program, complementing our mission to promote healthy aging through sport and activity."

For more Florida Senior Games information go to www.flasports.com.





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