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Florida Tennis Briefs(2): UF Wins Club Title, More

October 12, 2012 11:41 AM
UF Tennis Club Wins at FSU Capital Challenge in Tallahassee
The champion UF squad
The runner-up FGCU team
The University of Florida Tennis Club team won its second consecutive USTA Florida "Tennis on Campus" circuit title on Oct. 6, 2012, at the FSU Capital Challenge, hosted by the Florida State University Tennis Club in Tallahassee.

In the final of the Gold Bracket the UF "A" team defeated the Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) "A" team 30-10. FGCU's appearance in the final broke a stranglehold which has seen UF and the University of Central Florida appear in every team final since the start of the 2011 season.

The host FSU's "A" team lost to FGCU "A" in the semifinals of the Gold Bracket.

"Our 'B' team also made it to the semifinals of the Silver Bracket," said FSU Tennis Club President Cody Paulsen. "I feel like the event went smoothly, we had a lot of matches with seemingly no drama or sticky situations either. Everyone was really patient and worked with us really well on court times and waiting on courts. Everyone was understanding if there were issues and I really appreciated it."

The FGCU "B" team won the Silver Bracket, defeating UMC 29-17 in the final.

Thirty-two teams in all competed at the event, which also included the schools Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), Louisiana State University, Rollins College, UCF, and the University of South Florida.

The Tennis on Campus team format features men's and women's singles, doubles and mixed doubles, with a minimum of two men and two women per team. The format uses World TeamTennis (WTT) scoring, where the first up to five games wins the match, with a 12-point super-tiebreak if the match is tied at four games all. Total cumulative games determine the overall winning team of each match. The WTT scoring format also features no-ad scoring, player substitutions, and player on-court coaching is allowed.

2012-2013 USTA Florida "Tennis on Campus" Schedule and Results

Sept. 15 -- UF Gatorbowl (Grand Slam), Gainesville (FINAL: UF d. UCF)
Oct. 6 -- FSU Capital Challenge (Grand Slam), Tallahassee (FINAL: UF d. FGCU)

Oct. 27 -- West Coast Invite (Masters), Tampa area TBA
Nov. 17 -- UCF Knitro Cup (Grand Slam), Orlando
Jan. 12 -- FGCU Open (Tour), Ft. Myers
Jan. 26 -- USF Bullrun (Grand Slam), Tampa
Feb. 16-17 -- Florida TOC Championships (Grand Slam), Orlando
March 2 -- East Coast Invite (Masters), Daytona Beach

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

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 contact Michelle Brown at brownm@florida.usta.com, or go to www.florida.usta.com/CommunityTennis/tennis_on_campus.

Jacksonville Tennis Coach Danny Witt Selected to USTA Florida Coaches Commission

witt_danny_head_shotJacksonville tennis coach Danny Witt has been selected to serve on the USTA Florida Coaches Commission, an initiative supported by the USTA national body to enhance coaching, junior development and programs, and junior tennis leadership in Florida.

"Danny will be a great asset to the commission as he has been around junior competitive tennis a long time and has an eye for players and their development," said USTA Florida Competitive Tennis Coordinator Andy Gladstone. "Danny recently teamed up with former ATP tour player Todd Martin with his academy in Ponte Vedra Beach, where he serves as director of regional development. The Coaches Commission is part of the USTA's mission to identify and develop young talent in the United States. All 17 sections of the USTA have chosen some of their top coaches to help with this important mission. The Coaches Commission in Florida will be involved with a number of projects, but will be concentrating on 10 and Under Tennis, diversity, coaching education and collegiate tennis."

Witt is the former director of tennis at Deerwood Country Club in Jacksonville, and his brother David played professionally on the men's tour.

"It is an honor to be selected for the USTA Florida Coaches Commission and be amongst a group of distinguished coaches," Witt said. "I feel this gives me an opportunity to work with some of the top kids in Florida as well as help make decisions that impact junior tennis in a positive way. This also gives me a great opportunity to learn from the other coaches and continually grow as a coach."

The Coaches Commission held its first regional camp in Boca Raton in September under the direction of chairperson Robert Gomez, the professional tennis operations supervisor for Kerdyk Biltmore and Salvadore Park Tennis Centers in Coral Gables, Fla.

"I am looking forward to working with all the commission members at the camps and building a team that will lead Florida in 2013," Gomez said. "All of our commission members have had tremendous success developing juniors and many have also been leaders in different capacities. We will certainly be tapping into that experience and knowledge. I believe we have the best coaches, juniors, competitions, programs and leadership in the U.S."

The Coaches Commission will next meet in November, for more information contact Andy Gladstone at gladstone@florida.usta.com.






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