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Florida Tennis Briefs(2): 10 and Under Jacksonville PlayDay; More

April 26, 2012 09:25 AM
10 and Under Tennis PlayDay in May at State Champion Bolles in Jacksonville
 
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Parents and children can enjoy tennis together on age-appropriate sized courts when the Bolles Schools in Jacksonville, Fla., hosts a 10 and Under Tennis PlayDay on May 5, 2012, at 9 a.m., open to the public.
 
For children age 10 and under the event will feature 10 and Under Tennis, which encourages young people -- and their parents -- to get active and stay active. With smaller courts and racquets, lower-bouncing balls and simplified scoring, the game of tennis is now not only tailored to a child's size but also their attention span. Gone are the days of the boring drills and chasing balls all over regulation-sized playing surfaces. From the first day, kids are playing and learning the rules through competitive experience.
 
The fee for the event is $25, and participants can register online at www.courtsideusa.com/communities/jacksonville.
 
"We are offering an 8-and-under division on the 36-foot courts as well as the 10-and-under on the 60-foot courts," says event organizer Tina Ganger-Smith. "In my 33 years of teaching tennis in the Jacksonville area, I have never had as much fun as I am having now with this 10 and Under Tennis. Come play tennis with kids from all over the city and have a ball."
 
Ganger-Smith is the coach of the Bolles girls' tennis team, which this week won the 2012 Class 2A State High School Tennis Championship, the fourth state title in the program's history, and the fifth state title of the school year for Bolles teams (joining boys' golf, boys' and girls' swimming, and boys' football).
 
PlayDays are events to introduce kids to competition in a fun, low-pressure setting where results are not documented and kids have the opportunity to get additional play experience. The Bolles School is located at 7400 San Jose Boulevard, on the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Fla.
 
To register online for the event go to www.courtsideusa.com/communities/jacksonville.
 
For more information or questions contact Tina Ganger-Smith at (904) 256-5083.
 

Tennis Enthusiast Broome Passes in Pensacola
 
Pensacola tennis standout Craig Broome died on April 17, 2012, from a brain tumor. Broome was a competitive player in the USTA Men's 60 division, competing at national events.
 
"He was one of Florida's finest Men's 60s tennis players," said area tennis writer Scott Harrison. "The cancerous tumor was discovered last September and Craig did his very best to put off the inevitable. I played doubles with Craig and singles against him for over 25 years. We traveled the state and South together to play."
 
Broome was an M.D. among other pursuits.
 
"He was an incredible emergency room doctor, an accomplished pianist, an electrical engineer and a source of endlessly fascinating knowledge and curiosity," Harrison said. "He and another doubles partner, Hugh Burris of Houston, did quite well nationally over the years. He will be sorely missed in the tennis world and the community of man."
 
His wife Kit wrote, "He was an uncomplaining man all along this journey and faced each loss with a positive attitude and always hoped to be an outlier. From the first loss of losing the ability to practice medicine to the loss of his ability to play tennis, he alleged that the only fear he had was of losing me and that loss was never to pass. I loved him and will love him forever."
 
A Celebration of Life will be held for Broome on April 28, 2012, at his home in Pensacola.
 
 

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