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October 23, 2013 12:28 PM
ESPN3 to Live Stream USTA Collegiate Clay Court Invitational This Weekend at Disney
disney-goofy-tennisThe USTA Collegiate Clay Court Invitational -- the largest clay court event in college tennis, featuring many of the country's top college players -- will be live-streamed online on ESPN3.com this Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m. ET.

The event, hosted by Florida State University on Thursday-Sunday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at DisneyWorld in Orlando, Fla., will feature eight of the Top 100 men in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's preseason singles rankings and five of the Top 100 women in the ITA's preseason singles rankings.

Overall, the event will feature 113 players, with 11 colleges represented: Central Florida, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Illinois, North Florida, Notre Dame, Pepperdine, South Alabama, Tennessee, Tulsa and USC on the men's side; and Auburn, Central Florida, Florida, New Mexico, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tulsa and Vanderbilt on the women's side.

The Invitational, sponsored by Visit Florida and Florida Hospital, will also include a group of select junior boys and girls competing alongside the college players. The event is one of a series of three fall events the USTA stages combing juniors and collegians, with each singles champion winning a wildcard entry into a future USTA Pro Circuit event. The series wraps up with the USTA Collegiate Invitational, a hardcourt women's event in Portland, Ore., on Nov. 1-3.

Kevin Corke will host Sunday's live stream, which will include the men's and women's singles and doubles finals and the men's singles semifinals. Additionally, USTA Player Development General Manager Patrick McEnroe will help kick off the event at Thursday night's player reception.

Draws, results and schedule information can be found by visiting the Florida State men's tennis home page on www.seminoles.com and by following @ustacollege10s and @FSU_MTennis on Twitter.

Florida Winners as USPTA National Hard Court Tennis Championships

USPTA_logoFor the third consecutive year, Adrian Zguns of Orlando won the men's open singles title at the $13,000 United States Professional Tennis Association Hard Court Championships, held Oct. 18-20, 2013 at the Hollytree Country Club in Tyler, Texas.

Zguns defeated Piotr Banas of Lafayette, La., for the second straight year 6-2, 6-3 to take the tournament's top prize on the men's side. Zguns also won the USPTA International Championships this year in his hometown of Orlando during the 2013 USPTA World Conference in September.

Zguns partnered with Banas to win the men's open doubles crown with a 7-6, 6-3 in the final over Rudy Obregon of San Antonio, Texas and John Walter of College Station, Texas.

Winter Garden's Paulo Barros won the Men's 35 singles title in round robin play.

The tournament was the final event for 2013 as part of the USPTA National Surface Championship Series that the USPTA offers to its members. Full tournament results are available at www.USPTAplayer.com.

Gainesville to Host Jr. Tennis Team Challenge in November

FHSAA.org_college info.jpgThe Florida High School Tennis Coaches Association will host a first FHSTCA Team Challenge on Nov. 2, 2013 at the Jonesville Tennis Center in Gainesville, Fla.

"Bring a team that represents your area to compete against other area teams from all over Florida," says organizer John Danise. "This event is geared for the intermediate- to advanced-level player up to 18 years of age, and participants must not have graduated high school."

The team format will consist of a minimum of two boys and two girls. Matches consist of five lines: men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles, and one set of mixed doubles. Sets are with regular ad scoring. The winner of the match will be the team that wins the most games.

"Coaching is allowed throughout the match as long as it does not interfere with continuous play," Danise says. "We encourage team members to stand along the court and support their team."

All players will receive a t-shirt and welcome bag, with a pizza lunch on Saturday. There will also be a player movie party on Saturday night at the Gator Cinemas.

For additional rules or more information contact regional director Dave Porter at Jonesvilletennis@gmail.com.






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