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Florida Tennis Briefs(3): Fed Cup, Delray, PTR Award

January 30, 2014 08:32 AM
Keys Leads U.S. vs. Italy in Young Fed Cup Clash

FedCupLogoWith their top players sidelined by injury of seeking a break after the Australian Open, the U.S. and defending champion Italy will feature their "young guns" when the two teams meet Feb. 8-9, 2014, in Cleveland during first-round Fed Cup play.

The Fed Cup by BNP Paribas clash will feature on the U.S. side Florida's Madison Keys, Alison Riske, Christina McHale and Cleveland native Lauren Davis, and for the Italians Karin Knapp, Camila Giorgi, Nastassja Burnett, and Alice Matteucci.

"We have a fresh group of young talent competing in this Fed Cup tie against Italy," said Fernandez, who resides in Cleveland. "They've already won big matches on Grand Slam stages and are a reason why the future of American women's tennis is so bright. Both Alison and Lauren had strong showings at the Australian Open earlier this month, Madison is the youngest player in the Top 40, and Christina has had valuable Fed Cup experience as well as solid showings in tournaments around the world. I have complete confidence in this team to step up and play great tennis in front of a patriotic crowd in Cleveland."

Keys, Riske, and Davis will be making their Fed Cup debuts during the best-of-five match series at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland. The winning team advances to face either Spain or the Czech Republic in the semifinals on April 19-20.
 
Sidelined for the tie are Americans Serena Williams (back) and Sloane Stephens (wrist), and top Italians Sara Errani, Roberta Vinci, Flavia Pennetta, and Francesca Schiavone who are skipping the tie, citing WTA travel schedules that over 16 days would have taken them from Melbourne to Paris to the U.S., and then to Qatar in the Middle East.

Ohio will be hosting Fed Cup for the first time. This match will mark the fourth meeting between the U.S. and Italy in the last six years. Italy has won the last three meetings, but the U.S. leads the overall series 9-3. The U.S. defeated Italy in its first-ever Fed Cup tie, in 1963, and last won in 2003. The U.S. is 37-4 all-time in Fed Cup ties played at home.
 
Single-day tickets for $25 per day remain available at www.usta.com/fedcup or by calling 888-334-USTA (8782). Tennis Channel will present live daily coverage.
 
For more info go to www.usta.com/fedcup or www.fedcup.com.
 
    
ATP Delray 'Survivor II' Pre-qualifier Won by Canadian Krainik

Delray_Beach_venetian_logoTop-seeded Pavel Krainik of Canada defeated No. 2-seeded American Spencer Papa 6-2, 7-5, to win the "Survivor II" pre-qualifying tournament at the Delray Swim & Tennis Club on Tuesday, earning a spot in the main draw qualifying at the ATP Delray Open by The Venetian Las Vegas on Feb. 14-23, 2014.
 
The 21-year-old won his first pro-level tournament in November at the Yucatan Futures event, and is currently is ranked No. 627 in the ATP world rankings.
 
"This would be my only ATP-level event, aside from Toronto," Krainik said. "I will work hard and play my best."
 
The Russian-born player lived in Spain for five years before moving to Canada, where he has lived since he picked up tennis at the age of 8.
 
The 18-year-old Papa was also runner-up in the 149-player "Survivor I" tournament. In the November event, Papa lost a three-set encounter with ITF world No. 4-ranked junior Stefan Kozlov, 15, of Pembroke Pines. Papa has signed with the University of Tulsa to play collegiate tennis in the fall.
 
The four top seeds in the 69-player field all reached the semifinal rounds of the four-day "Survivor II" event, with Papa defeating No. 3 seed Mark Oljaca of Bradenton 6-4, 6-4, and Krainik beating No. 4 Ty Trombetta of Hallandale 6-1, 6-3 to reach the final.
 
With their "Survivor" wins, Krainik and Kozlov have now secured two of the four wildcards into the 32-player qualifying draw. That qualifying tournament begins Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center. The top four finishers in the qualifying tournament -- players who win three matches each -- advance directly into the Delray Beach Open by The Venetian main draw.
 
The Delray Beach ATP event is in its 22nd year, and 16th in Delray Beach. It is one of 11 ATP World Tour events held annually in the United States. For more info go to www.YellowTennisBall.com.


PBAU Tennis Coach Chi Ly Named PTR Florida Member of the Year
 
Ly,ChiProfessional Tennis Registry (PTR) will present its annual awards next month during the 2014 PTR International Tennis Symposium.  The event, which includes 40-plus on court and classroom presentations for tennis teachers and coaches, a trade show and tournament, is being held Feb. 20, 2014 on Hilton Head Island, S.C.
 
Chi Ly, of West Palm Beach, Florida, has been named PTR Member of the Year for the state. This award is presented to a PTR member in the United States who has shown dedication and diligence in promoting and supporting tennis and PTR.
 
PTR certified, Ly has been a member of the organization since 1993. He is the head coach for Palm Beach Atlantic University Men's and Women's tennis, and has hosted two PTR Certification Workshops for his teams. 

He also supports PTR by bringing the teams to Hilton Head Island every March for Spring TennisFest. As a college coach, Ly is a advocate for education and professional development, an attribute in line with PTR's focus on education for tennis teachers and coaches.

For more info on the PTR International Tennis Symposium go to www.ptrtennis.org/events/ptr-week/main.
 
 

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