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Florida Tennis Briefs(3): Jrs. BYO Teams; Van Nguyen Wins

June 18, 2013 10:10 AM

USTA Florida Invites Players/Coaches to BYO Teams to NEW Team Tennis Challenges

jr team tennis_new home.jpgUSTA Florida is launching a new series of recreational team tennis events, under the mantra "Bring Your Own Team." Dubbed 'Team Tennis Challenges,' these two- and three-day tournaments are designed to be a more fun, more open recreational format for teams to play.
Beginning today, teams from anywhere in the state of Florida can register for the first-ever State Team Tennis Challenge, to be held at the Florida Tennis Center, July 26-28, 2013. Four regional Team Tennis Challenges will follow later this fall across the state. Both USTA members and non-members can participate, with USTA members receiving a $10 discount on registration.
"We have seen consistent demand across Florida for more open, recreational formats of play," said USTA Florida Associate Executive Director Andy McFarland. "The new USTA Florida Team Tennis Challenges offer fewer restrictions, allowing more teams to participate. They also give players who are not yet USTA members the opportunity to experience our events and programs, while offering a clear value proposition for our junior members."
To participate in the State Team Tennis Challenge, teams must have a minimum of two boys and two girls and no more than eight players per team. Age divisions include 12u, 14u, 16u, and 18u, and there are three skill divisions: novice, intermediate and advanced, with short-set scoring utilized.
Participation is limited, and USTA Florida strongly encourages coaches to register teams early to ensure their place in this landmark event.
More info on the State and Region Team Tennis Challenges, including a link to register, is online at www.USTAFlorida.com/teamtennischallenges. You can also connect with USTA Florida via Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #BYOTeamTennis.

Florida's Van Nguyen Wins US Open Playoffs Mixed, Qualifies for Nationals

Van Nguyen, front row center, with the 2013 UCLA women's team
Florida native and current UCLA player Chanelle Van Nguyen decided to stay on the West Coast this summer, missing the USTA Florida Section's annual US Open Playoffs tournament, this year held on the Florida State University campus.
But the 19-year-old from Coconut Grove, Fla., made her alternate route to possibly qualifying to the US Open main draw count last week when she won the mixed doubles title at the US Open Playoffs-Southern California tournament in Claremont, Calif.
Partnering 18-year-old Mackenzie McDonald of Piedmont, Calif., the duo defeated current USC standout Kaitlyn Christian and 2012 US Open Playoffs-Southern California men's singles winner Dante Cipulli 6-3, 7-6(4) in the final.
Last month the No. 7-seeded UCLA women fell in the NCAA semifinals to No. 3 Texas A&M, with a cramping Van Nguyen losing the heartbreaking deciding match at No. 4 singles in three sets. Van Nguyen has played in the junior US Open twice, and lists playing on stadium court at the US Open as her greatest thrill.
The 5-foot-2 Miami-born rising UCLA junior and her partner will next compete at the US Open National Playoffs Mixed Doubles Championships, to be held during the WTA New Haven Open at Yale in August. The national mixed doubles champions will receive a main draw wildcard into the 2013 US Open.
The US Open National Playoffs is a series of tournaments that gives any player 14 years of age or older who meets the eligibility requirements the opportunity to qualify for the 2013 US Open. Thirteen USTA sections run Sectional Qualifying Tournaments to include a men's singles, women's singles and mixed doubles division between April 1 and July 4.
The sectional US Open Playoffs continue this week, when Victoria Azarenka's boyfriend Redfoo, of the music group LMFAO, will compete at the US Open Playoffs-Northern California tournament in Salinas, Calif. Best known for his hit songs "Party Rock Anthem" and "Sexy and I Know It," Redfoo is involved with tennis as a player, fan, coach, and tournament sponsor. He played tennis as a junior and can be seen as a frequent spectator at Grand Slam tournaments. He also sponsored a USTA Pro Circuit women's event in Las Vegas last fall, titled "The Party Rock Open" after his Party Rock clothing line.
Entered under his given name Stefan Gordy, Redfoo will be playing singles and mixed doubles with 17-year-old Ayaka Okuno of Japan, whom he coaches.
For more information on the US Open National Playoffs go to www.usopen.org/National_Playoffs/2013_us_open_national_playoffs_information.

Preview: U.S. Players Dominate Main Draw at Amelia Island Futures

Amelia_Island_mens_logoThe Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Amelia Island, Fla., will have a strong contingent of American men playing at Racquet Park for the $10,000 Men's Futures Tennis Tournament, a USTA Pro Circuit event, which begins main draw play June 18, 2013. Americans account for 17 of the 32 singles players.
Chase Buchanan from Columbus, Ohio, is the top seed in the tournament, with an ATP ranking of No. 333, and is the 2012 NCAA men's doubles champion for Ohio State. On the USTA Pro Circuit last year, Buchanan won two Futures singles titles and three Futures doubles titles, all on clay. Buchanan won the doubles title at the $15,000 USTA Pro Circuit Futures in Little Rock, Ark. in April.
Jamere Jackson, a recent graduate of University of Virginia, who won the NCAA team championship this spring, is playing in his first tournament as a professional. Jackson won the NCAA doubles title and was runner-up in singles, and was also named Senior Player of the Year by the NCAA. Jackson gained entry to the main draw after winning four matches in convincing fashion in the qualifying draw.
The field also features Mitchell Frank, who recently completed his sophomore year at the University of Virginia and clinched the deciding match in the NCAA team championship in late May. The win gave Virginia its first NCAA men's team championship in program history. Dennis Novikov, the 2012 USTA Boy's 18s national champion in singles and doubles, is also among the participants.
Other players into the main draw after the final round of qualifying were Americans Jason Tahir, A.J. Catanzariti, Andrew Schafer, and Sebastien Beltrame, Canadian Tommy Mylnikov, Argentina's Alan Kohen, and German Moritz Buerchner.
The entry fee for spectators is a $10 ticket donation benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Nassau County.
With approximately 90 tournaments hosted annually throughout the country and prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals. Stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit include Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick, Caroline Wozniacki, James Blake, Li Na, Andy Murray and Mardy Fish.





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