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Florida Tennis Briefs(3): Collegiate Tennis Forum, Loeb Wins Amelia, More

October 2, 2012 01:27 PM
Collegiate Tennis Forum Featured at ITA Regionals in Tampa

ITA 2010_Regional_logo_web_USTA_ITAA Collegiate Forum will be hosted during the ITA Division I Regional Tennis Championships, to be held Oct. 20 from 9-10:30 a.m. at the University of South Florida in Tampa. The ITA Division I Regional Tennis Championships run from Oct. 18-21.

"The Florida Collegiate Committee will be doing an informative session on recruiting, what to expect, how soon juniors need to get going on looking at schools, and more," said organizer Maria Cercone.

Scheduled guest speakers include University of Central Florida Head Coach Stephanie Nickitas, University of North Florida Head Coach Audra Cohen, St. Petersburg College Women's Head Coach Phil Girardi, and junior coach Kevin Quay.

"It is open to all junior players who would like to get more info on college tennis," Cercone says. "They can also stay and watch matches that will be very good."

The meeting place will be Building #0503, Athletic 100, at the University of South Florida, 4202 E. Fowler Ave. in Tampa, Fla.

For more info or to RSVP contact Maria Cercone at (727) 686-5171 or M2cercone@aol.com.

Loeb Beats Osaka for USTA Pro Circuit Amelia Island Title

Amelia-Island-pro-circuit-lNew York high school senior Jamie Loeb captured the singles title at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation $10,000 USTA Pro Circuit event, which wrapped up on Sept. 30, 2012, defeating wildcard Mari Osaka, the 16-year-old who trains and lives part-time in Pembroke Pines, Fla., but lists Japan as her home country.

The 17-year-old unseeded Loeb topped fellow unseeded player Osaka 6-2, 7-5 in the final. Osaka in the semifinals was forced to defeated her younger sister Naomi Osaka 6-2, 6-3. Tennisrecruiting.net lists the younger Naomi's residence as Pembroke Pines. Loeb is her semifinal defeated Bolivia's Maria Fernanda Alvarez-Teran 6-2, 6-3.

Mari Osaka received a spot in the main draw after winning the tournament's wildcard event, beating sister Naomi in the final. "We were very impressed with the level of play and enthusiasm at the women's wildcard tournament in August," said Scott Colebourne, resort director of tennis.

In the doubles final Alvarez-Teran and Brazil's Maria-Fernanda Alves defeated American Elizabeth Ferris and the Ukraine's Anastasia Kharchenko 6-2, 6-2.

The tournament made a donation of the semifinals and finals spectator entry fee to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

The USTA launched the Pro Circuit 33 years ago to provide players with the opportunity to gain professional ranking points, and it has since grown to become the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, offering nearly $3 million in prize money. Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed in cities nationwide. Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki, James Blake, Li Na, Andy Murray and Mardy Fish are among today's top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit.

U.S. Girls Win 2012 Junior Fed Cup

Junior_Fed_Cup_Team_2012The U.S. Junior Fed Cup team of Taylor Townsend (Stockbridge, Ga.), Louisa Chirico (Harrison, N.Y.) and Gabrielle Andrews (Pomona, Calif.) captured the championship at the Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Final on Sunday in Barcelona, Spain, defeating Russia, 3-0, in the final. This is the second title for the U.S. in the 16-and-under version of Fed Cup, both coming in the last five years.

The U.S. Junior Davis Cup team of Noah Rubin (Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Stefan Kozlov (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) and Jared Donaldson (Cumberland, R.I.) took third place in the Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Final, defeating France, 2-0, in the third-place match-up.

Of the 11 nations with teams competing in both Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup, only the United States finished in the top three of each event. Overall, 21 nations were represented across the two events.

"We're extremely proud of our juniors and what they accomplished this past week against the world's toughest competition and the job that Kathy [Rinaldi] and Nicolas [Todero] did as coaches," said General Manager, USTA Player Development Patrick McEnroe. "It was a tremendous week, especially for the girls, and the results are certainly encouraging for the future of both these players and American tennis."

The top-seeded U.S. Junior Fed Cup Team, captained by the USTA National Coach Rinaldi, went 14-0 in singles and doubles matches throughout the 16-nation World Final. Townsend, 16, ranked No. 1 among all players 18 and younger in the ITF World Junior rankings, went 5-0 in singles, and partnered with Andrews, 15, to win all four of their doubles matches. Chirico, 16, who trains at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., did not lose a set in going 5-0 in singles play. The team defeated Spain, Korea and Egypt in group play, all by a 3-0 score, and dropped Brazil, the third-place finisher, 2-0, in the semifinal.
The 14-0 match record for the U.S. replicates the performance by the 2008 U.S Junior Fed Cup championship team, which included Sloane Stephens and Christina McHale.

Former U.S. junior international team members include James Blake, Jennifer Capriati, Michael Chang, Jim Courier, Lindsay Davenport, Mardy Fish, Lisa Raymond, Andy Roddick, Sloane Stephens and Christina McHale.






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