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November 20, 2013 10:26 AM
Free 'Masters Tennis' Short Court Showcase at Hidden Palms in Vero Beach in December

Masters_Logo_CutoutThe Hidden Palms Tennis & Swim Club in Vero Beach, Fla., in partnership with a grant from USTA Florida will host a Masters Tennis Showcase on Dec. 13, 2013 from 9-11 a.m.

The event is free and open to the public. Masters Tennis is the new 60-foot short-court option played within a full-size 78-foot tennis court for a wide array of players -- veterans looking to get back in the game after injuries, players who can no longer cover a full court, or adults newer to the game looking for a fun challenge.

"Clubs and players in Florida with our older demographic have been asking us for a program like this for years," says USTA Florida Executive Director Doug Booth. "Anyone can play with the smaller racquets, slower balls and smaller courts. Players who left the game due to age or injuries can again play with this format, truly making tennis the 'Sport of a Lifetime.'"

The 60-foot court with the lower-bouncing "orange ball" provides the perfect learning laboratory for players or teaching pros working with new players. Players can use their regular racquets, or smaller racquets which provide more control.

Masters Tennis programs are currently being played at approximately 20 sites across the state of Florida, the largest in Lee County (southwest Florida) hosting approximately 80 players in five park locations.

"Come out to Hidden Palms and try out a new way to play tennis that makes it easy and fun," said Hidden Palms Director of Tennis Sean Teeter. "Masters Tennis is a great way to get a workout and meet new people. It is great for 55-and-older players to ensure that you have a great time playing."

For more information or to register to participate in the Masters Tennis Showcase go to https://mtsverobeach.eventbrite.com. For specific event questions contact Sean Teeter at (817) 271-0457 or e-mail hiddenpalmstennis@gmail.com.

For more on Masters Tennis or grants for Masters Tennis at Florida facilities, go to www.MastersTennisFlorida.com.

Got the USTA Florida iPhone and Android Phone App?

App_GraphicStay connected to Florida tennis with the USTA Florida app for iPhone and Android devices, and also iPads, now available for download (for Apple devices iOS 5 and above).

The app allows tennis fans to access the latest USTA Florida daily news, events, photos, videos and instant access to USTA Florida's Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube channels.

Also available are direct links to tournament info such as TennisLink, and new programs such as ROGY, Tenis para Todos, and Masters Tennis. Users can also use the app to nominate a USTA Florida Volunteer of the Month, check the Tennis on Campus calendar and provide feedback to USTA Florida.

For other mobile devices, users can access the app through their mobile browser by visiting http://m.ustaflorida.com.

Check out the features and get the links to download for your device by visiting http://m.ustaflorida.com/landing/Desktop#.Ua3klEC1F8E.

Florida's Duval Among USTA 2014 Australian Open Wild Card Playoffs

Victoria Duval on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Florida's Victoria Duval, the 17-year old who became the breakout star of the 2013 US Open with her first-round upset of former US Open champion Sam Stosur, will headline the women's field for the 2013 USTA Australian Open Wild Card Playoffs, to be held Dec. 20-22 at Life Time Athletic at Peachtree Corners in Norcross, Ga.
Duval will be joined in the competition for the women's 2014 Australian Open wild card by Atlanta native and 2011 US Open junior champion Grace Min (No. 153), Shelby Rogers (No. 126) and Madison Brengle (No. 150), who won USTA wild cards into the 2007 and 2008 Australian Open.

The annual Wild Card Playoffs, held at its current location for the fifth consecutive year, will feature eight men and eight women, with the remaining players to be announced at a later date. The USTA secured the opportunity through a reciprocal agreement with Tennis Australia, where the two national federations exchanged wild cards for the 2013 US Open and 2014 Australian Open.
To help kick off the event, former French Open doubles champions and celebrities Luke and Murphy Jensen will play doubles against five local teams in the "Battle of Georgia" exhibition on Saturday, Dec. 21. The Jensen brothers will also host a women's tennis clinic at Life Time on the morning of Friday, Dec. 20. The club will also host a Kids' Day on Saturday morning, featuring the players competing in the Playoffs, with all kids attending receiving free admission to Saturday's matches.
Eighteen-year old Madison Keys, currently the youngest player in the WTA Top 40 at No. 38, won the last two women's Australian Open Wild Card Playoffs, advancing to the third round of the Australian Open, and, later, Wimbledon, in 2013. Rhyne Williams won last year's men's Australian Open Wild Card Playoff and went on to reach his first ATP semifinal, in Houston, several months later. Also among previous champions are John Isner, Ryan Harrison, Lauren Davis, Christina McHale and CoCo Vandeweghe, while local players Mallory Burdette, Irina Falconi and Grace Min competed last year.
Tickets for the Australian Open Wild Card Playoffs, Battle of Georgia exhibition and women's clinic can be purchased by visiting www.australianwildcard.com, with single-day tickets and full-weekend packages available for adults and kids, as well as VIP table reservations by the day for the full weekend.





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