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Florida Tennis Briefs(3): Family, Jr. Tourney Updates, Results

July 29, 2013 03:07 PM

Fla. Teams Qualify for National Family Tennis Championships Southern Super Regional

national-family-tennis-chps-logoThe Copeland-Cox Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, Ala., will play host to the 2013 National Family Tennis Championships Super Regional Playoffs on Aug. 3-4, 2013, as family tennis teams from four different states take the court in hopes of advancing to the national championships.
Winners in each of the four divisions of play will earn a trip to New York City for the right to play for a national title from Aug. 22-26, 2013. Teams will receive travel and hotel accommodations, as well as tickets to see the best in the game play at the USTA/Billie Jean King National Tennis Center during the US Open. For more information visit www.FamilyTennis.com.
Florida teams participating in the National Family Tennis Championships Super Regional Playoffs are the Father/Son Division teams of Scott and Jacob Baehr (playing out of the Orange Beach Tennis Club, from Pensacola, Fla.), Derrick and Austin Racine (Diamondhead Tennis World, Pensacola, Fla.), and Roberto and Roberto Rias (Weston Tennis Club, Weston, Fla. Participating in the Husband/Wife Division will be Amaury Diaz and Robin E. Parsons (Orange Beach Tennis Club, Navarre, Fla.), Jonathan and Michele Drucker (Weston Tennis Club, Coral Gables, Fla.), and Derrick and Terrie Racine (Diamondhead Tennis World, Pensacola, Fla.).
Other Super Regional Tournaments are scheduled for July 26-28 at The Plaza Tennis Center in Kansas City, Mo., and Aug. 3-4 at The Tennis Center at College Park in Maryland.
"We are pleased to be a part of the National Family Tennis Championships as family tennis is so popular in our community," said Scott Novak, director of tennis at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center. "We look forward to welcoming family teams from throughout the south to Mobile for the Super Regionals to enjoy our great facility, hospitable community and beautiful white sand beaches of the Gulf Shore."
Local state host sites conducted tournaments from April through June 30 for up to six divisions of play including Husband/Wife, Brother/Sister, Father/Son, Father/Daughter, Mother/Son and Mother/Daughter. Players of all levels compete in the same division with the only limitations being a son or daughter must be under the age of 18, and a father or mother is required to be the minor's legal guardian.
For more information or to see a map of the four regions, go to www.familytennis.com.

Fla. Seeds, Wildcards for USTA Girls' 16s & 18s National Hardcourt Chps.

Wimbledon Girls' singles finalist and former world No. 1 junior Taylor Townsend headlines the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Girls' 18s National Hardcourt Championships, which last week announced its wildcard selections.
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Florida's Victoria Duval
The USTA Girls'16s & 18s National Hardcourt Championships features the top players from across the United States and Puerto Rico, and will be played Aug. 3-11 at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, Calif.
Townsend finished 2012 as the No. 1-ranked junior girl in the world, becoming the first American to do so since Gretchen (Rush) Magers accomplished the feat in 1982. After turning pro earlier this year, she won her first WTA-level main draw match, defeating then No. 57-ranked Lucie Hradecka of Czech Republic at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., in March.
The 17 year old from Chicago, who is currently No. 340 in the WTA rankings, captured four junior Grand Slam titles in 2012 -- Australian Open singles, Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open doubles.
Florida Girls' 18s wildcards for the tournament will go to Jennifer Brady (Boca Raton), Rasheeda McAdoo (Boca Raton), and Maria Shishkina (Bradenton). The lone Girls' 16 wildcard to a Florida players will go to Erica Oosterhart (Tampa).
Florida resident seeded players in the Girls' 18 draw are No. 1 Sachia Vickery (Miramar), No. 2 Alexandra Kiick (Plantation), No. 3 Victoria Duval (Bradenton), No. 4 Taylor Townsend (Boca Raton), No. 5 Jan Abaza (Boca Raton), No. 6 Chalena Scholl (Pompano Beach), and No. 17 Kristin Wiley (Ft. Lauderdale).
Florida resident seeded players in the Girls' 16 draw are No. 3 Katerina Stewart (Miami), No. 9 Star Makarome (Wesley Chapel), No. 13 Jaclyn Switkes (Ponte Vedra Beach), and No. 17 Sofia Kenin (Pembroke Pines).
"With so many outstanding players in our field, this will surely be one of the most competitive tournaments in the history of this event," said Co-tournament Director Lisbeth Blum. "Tennis fans coming to the Barnes Tennis Center to watch the matches will get to see the future of American women's tennis."
The Girls' 16s and Girls' 18s singles draws will each feature 192 players. In singles and doubles approximately 400 girls aged 16- and 18-and-under will compete for the title of national champion, as well as a wildcard entry into the singles main draw of the US Open Women's Championships (for the 18s Champion) and a wildcard into the US Open Junior Championships (for the 16s Champion). The 18s Doubles champions will also receive a wildcard into the main draw of the US Open Women's Doubles competition.
Past tournament champions include Chris Evert, Tracy Austin, Andrea Jaeger, Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport. Victoria Duval, last year's Girls' 18s National champion, fell to Kim Clijsters of Belgium in an entertaining first-round match on opening night of the 2012 US Open before a large crowd on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
For full tournament information go to the TennisLink page at http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=121938.

Miami Teen Nets Gold, Silver at USTA National Girls 16 Clay Courts

by Kathryn Barrett, special to USTA Florida
The trophy presentation at USTA Girls' 16 Clay Court Championships featuring Miami residents Katerina Stewart (2nd from left), singles finalist, and Adriana Reami (far right) 6th in singles, who together won the doubles title (photo: Ross Barrett)
"Who does that these days?" "Now that's class."
That's what spectators at Virginia Beach Tennis and Country Club were saying as they watched the two top seeds following the finals of the USTA National Girls' 16 Clay Court Championships, July 14-21, 2013.
Katerina Stewart of Miami, the second seed, fell to top seed Catherine "CiCi" Bellis of Atherton, CA, 7-5, 6-1 in the final. In defeat, Stewart walked to the net and hugged her opponent. She smiled. She congratulated. She was poised in her post-match interviews. She was acting, well, like a professional.
In fact, the just-turned 16-year-old -- she had her birthday during the tournament -- is already on the professional tour. So it might have been assumed that the Miami resident would take home the trophy and gold ball just as she did in doubles. Stewart and fellow Miami resident Adriana Reami, who were seeded ninth, took the doubles title the day before, defeating second seeds Alexa Bortles (Alpharetta, Ga.) and Meghan Kelley (Falmouth, Me.) 3-6, 7-5, 6-2.
Stewart was on track in singles, too, winning all her matches except the final one. That's when she ran head-on into Bellis, the tiny California dynamo, who, as Stewart said, "played very well. There's no excuses."
Clay suits Stewart, who won the Girls' 14 Junior Orange Bowl in Tampa and the USTA National Open in the Girls' 18s in Tampa on clay, as well as the USTA Florida "Bobby Curtis" Junior State Singles Championships at the Florida Tennis Center in Delray Beach. Since turning pro 18 months ago, Stewart, currently ranked No. 678 on the WTA tour, has played in more than a dozen tournaments on the Futures tour as well as occasional junior tournaments, usually in the 18's.
Her trip to the 16's Clay Court Championships was purposeful. "I came here to work on a few things and was trying to put it all together in this tournament," Stewart explained. "Like always having a plan for every point and focusing on every point and realizing it quicker."
But Stewart's opponent, while younger and smaller, was the quicker and more aggressive. "I wish I would've done better in the beginning of the first set," Stewart said. "But, overall, I had a really good tournament and I'm very happy to win the doubles title."
Stewart's doubles partner Reami, who was unseeded in the singles tournament, placed sixth.
Stewart's appearance as a pro was a first for the Girls' 16 Clay Court Championships, according to Tournament Director Laurie Shiflet Hackbirth.
"And I only heard it through the grapevine," laughed Hackbirth, herself a former collegiate tennis player who was inducted into Virginia Tech's Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.
"It says a lot about Katerina," Hackbirth said. "It says she may have turned pro but she still doesn't consider herself too good for the 16s."
As oppressive as the heat was during the tournament, it may work in Stewart's favor. The surface may be different, but a week of the heat and humidity of coastal Virginia in July will likely match-up with New York City's sweltering summer temperatures. Stewart competes in a US Open qualifier in the next couple of weeks.
If Stewart's on-court behavior and interview demeanor is any indication, she'll fit right in with the seasoned pros.





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