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January 28, 2014 12:58 PM
USTA Member Discount at 'Miami's Biggest Tennis Doubles Festival'

Cupa_Libre_Doubles_TennisCupa Libre, "Miami's Biggest Doubles Festival," will be held on Feb. 15-16, 2014 at Turnberry Isle, and USTA Florida members can take advantage of a special member benefit rate.

The tennis extravaganza will include unlimited doubles for two days, music, adult beverages, a $1,000 cash prize and more.

"For this special weekend we collect everything that is a must-have in a Tennis Festival," says Global Event Director Peter Gem. "DJ's playing music all day, cocktails, beautiful location, the best players from Miami, and a huge after-party for tennis players. Cupa Libre is the first global tennis festival. It is a great way to meet new people, play tennis and have a huge party together with tennis players."

The event is doubles-only with divisions Mixed, Amateur's, Advanced Amateur's, Pro-Am, Professional Women's and Professional Men's. The tournament VIP guest will be Guillermo Canas, the former Top 10-ranked Argentine player who currently operates a tennis academy in South Florida. Canas during his career won seven ATP titles, reached a career-high ranking of No. 8, and recorded wins over former No. 1s Andy Roddick, Marat Safin, Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Roger Federer among others.

Players can enter a maximum two draws, and USTA members will receive $25 off the entry fee. All draws start with a group of four round robin matches, and players are guaranteed six matches if entered in two draws. Entry fee includes unlimited tennis for two days, free entry to the VIP after-party at Club Haven, a welcome drink and a welcome player package.

Entry deadline for the event is Feb. 12 at 2 p.m., and the schedule of play will be posted on Feb. 14 at www.cupalibre.com/miami.

For more information or to sign-up go to www.cupalibre.com/miami or e-mail miami@cupalibre.com.

ATP Delray Beach to Feature Week-long Events Line-up

Delray_Beach_venetian_logoThe 22nd Delray Beach Open by The Venetian Las Vegas, to be held Feb. 14-23, 2014, will be jam-packed with events above and beyond the great tennis on the courts.

Besides the ATP Champions Tour event on Feb. 14-16 featuring TEAM USA (Andy Roddick, Jan-Michael Gambill, Aaron Krickstein) vs. TEAM INT'L (Goran Ivanisevic, Mats Wilander, Mikael Pernfors), and the ATP World Tour event Feb. 17-23 featuring John Isner, Tommy Haas, Kei Nishikori, Janko Tipsarevic, Lleyton Hewitt, Marcos Baghdatis and the Bryan brothers among others, the days will be packed with parties and events from start to finish.

Don't miss USTA Kidz Day on Feb. 17, and on the same day the annual USTA Member Appreciation Reception featuring a complimentary lunch, drinks and gifts while hanging out alongside ATP pros.

Other events include a Valentine's Dinner Party, a clinic with the Bryan brothers, Ladies Day luncheons, VIP events, Senior Days and much more.

For the full line-up of on- and off-court events at the 2014 Delray Beach Open by The Venetian Las Vegas, go to:

Florida Charitable Tennis Orgs. Receive 'USTA Serves' Grants

mediawall-USTA ServesUSTA Serves, the national charitable foundation of the United States Tennis Association, this week announced awards of $450,000 in grants to 40 organizations that provide tennis and education to underserved youth and people with disabilities. This brings the total awarded during the 2013 grant funding cycle to more than $1.2 million. Combined with scholarships, USTA Serves awarded a total of $1.6 million in 2013.

Two Florida organizations were among the grant recipients: Hebni Nutrition Consultants, Inc., of Orlando; and Special Olympics Florida of Miami-Dade County.

Hebni Nutrition Consultants, Inc., is a community-based, not-for-profit (501 (c)(3)) agency formed in 1995 to educate high-risk, culturally diverse populations about nutrition strategies to prevent diet-related diseases. HNC utilizes tennis as a fitness aspect of its youth programs.

Special Olympics Florida of Miami-Dade County incorporates tennis in providing year-round sports training and competition to children and adults 8 years of age and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They currently serve 2,848 athletes throughout Miami-Dade County.

The biannual grant process, a national initiative of USTA Serves, was established to award organizations that successfully combine tennis and education for underserved youth as well as people with disabilities to gain an opportunity to play tennis and improve their academic skills in a structured format. These programs also strive to help combat childhood obesity by promoting healthy lifestyles.

"USTA Serves is proud to end the year by awarding and recognizing some of the country's most phenomenal programs for their efforts toward impacting the lives of youth through tennis and education," said Dan Faber, USTA Serves executive director. "These programs have a solid foundation and exhibit tremendous dedication to serving children who deserve a life filled with education and physical activities. For this, we thank them for leading the way in designing a nurturing environment where students can thrive and succeed on and off the tennis court."

To date, USTA Serves has awarded more than $17 million in grants and scholarships to standout players and programs throughout the country in order to provide at-risk and underserved youth with greater opportunities to achieve success. For more information on USTA Serves, visit www.ustaserves.com.






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