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Florida Tennis Briefs(2): UF Wins Tennis on Campus; 1st Tennis After Campus

October 1, 2013 07:58 PM
UF Beats Upstart UM Team for Florida 'Tennis on Campus' 2013 Ibis Open Title

USTATennisOnCampusThe University of Florida club tennis team captured its first Tennis on Campus title of the year on Sept. 28-29, 2013 at the UM Ibis Open in Miami, defeating the host University of Miami team in the final.

The UF-"A" team won the Gold Bracket final over the UM-"A" squad. Both teams advanced to the final when UF defeated the UM-"B" team in the semifinals, and UM defeating the UCF-"A" team in their semi.

The tournament consisted of 20 teams from seven participating schools: University of Florida, University of Miami, University of Central Florida, University of South Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University, Stetson, and Florida Atlantic University making their debut in the Florida Tennis on Campus series.

In the Silver Bracket final the UCF-"C" team defeated UF-"C" in the final, and in the Bronze Bracket final the UM-"F" team triumphed over FGCU-"C."

"Everything went incredibly well," said UM Tennis Club Co-President Zach Kurfirst. "Running this tournament with upwards of 130 participants, 20 teams from seven schools was one of the biggest responsibilities of my life. But with a good team behind me, cooperative weather, a great facility and countless hours of hard work, we were able to pull off a spectacular tournament that everyone seemed to enjoy. We got as many players to play a match on stadium court as we could, which should be an experience everyone will have for a long time. Seeing not only a new school like FAU, but also new players from familiar schools was awesome."

UM's Gold Bracket runner-up finish broke a streak where the club team had failed to reach a tournament final over the 2011-12 or 2012-13 Florida Tennis on Campus seasons.

"On a few occasions players from other teams asked me if I was recruiting," Kurfirst said. "This was because due to our newfound talent this year, we have competitive teams all the way down to 'E' and 'F' [fifth and sixth teams]. I think everyone was shocked at how talented our team has become with the new incoming players. Although we didn't win Gold this time around, we put together a good team effort that will hopefully only lead to bigger and better things to come. Even though it wasn't a realistic goal in past years, this year Miami is determined to qualify for nationals!"

The 2013-14 USTA Florida "Tennis on Campus" series is a seven-tournament circuit held on Florida university and college campuses that provide college non-NCAA "club" tennis teams with a chance to compete and qualify for the USTA Tennis on Campus National Championships.

The next event in the USTA Florida Tennis on Campus series will be the UF Gatorbowl, hosted by the University of Florida on the Gainesville campus.

USTA Florida Tennis on Campus 2013-14 Schedule:
Sept. 7-8 -- FSU Capital Challenge, Tallahassee (Final: UCF d. UF)
Sept. 28-29 -- UM Ibis Open, Miami (Final: UF d. UM)
Oct. 26-27 -- UF Gatorbowl, Gainesville
Nov. 16-17 -- UCF Knightro Cup, Orlando
Jan. 18-19 -- FGCU Dirty Bird Classic, Fort Myers
Feb. 1-2 -- USF Bull Run, Tampa
Feb. 22-23 -- TOC Florida Sectional Championship, Orlando

For more information on the USTA Florida Tennis on Campus series go to www.florida.usta.com/CommunityTennis/tennis_on_campus or contact Desirae McLaughlin at tennisoncampusflorida@gmail.com.

Orlando to Host 'Tennis After Campus' Event in November

tennisoncampusIbisOpenmediaIt will be a college reunion for former Florida 'Tennis on Campus' club tennis players from various colleges and universities when the USTA Florida Section holds its first "Tennis After Campus" event on Nov. 16-17, 2013, at Sanlando Tennis Center in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

The event will be held in conjunction with the Knightro Cup, a USTA Florida Tennis on Campus series tournament hosted by the University of Central Florida at Sanlando Park.

"Get the dust off your rackets and get that old school spirit ready for a weekend full of tennis and fun," says organizer and former Tennis on Campus participant Luis Dulco. "We are looking forward to updating players with the current status of Florida Tennis on Campus, introducing players to the new Tennis After Campus series, and letting them know the different ways they can participate with the USTA. This will be the first Tennis After Campus tournament, and we will be announcing the next one at the event."

The team format will be Hopman Cup style (one men's singles, one women's singles, one mixed doubles each match), with each match consisting of one no-ad set (standard tiebreak played at five games all). Each team will consist of a minimum one man and one women (come with a partner(s), or we can find you a partner). The winning team will be determined by total games won.

The entry fee for the event is $10 for USTA members and $15 for non-USTA members.

Tennis After Campus takes advantage of the many graduates of the popular Florida Tennis on Campus program, which invites all Florida college and university "club" (non-NCAA) tennis teams to participate in a series of events hosted around the state each school year. The tournament series culminates in the USTA Florida Tennis on Campus Championships, which determine the schools that annually represent the USTA Florida Section at the USTA National Tennis on Campus Championships. More than 600 colleges and universities and more than 35,000 students compete nationally each year in the Tennis on Campus program.

To participate in the USTA Florida Tennis After Campus event you must register online by Nov. 15. For more information or to register, go to https://floridatennisaftercampus.eventbrite.com.





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