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August 6, 2012 11:05 AM
Americans Bring Home Multiple Olympic Tennis Gold

London-Olympics_8Three gold and a bronze was the American haul from the London Olympics as Serena Williams and the Bryan brothers set career marks.

Williams walloped fellow former No. 1 and past Wimbledon champ Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1 on the lawns of the All England Club in the gold medal match, completing the only "Golden Singles and Doubles Slam" in Open Era history. She is the lone player to win all four Grand Slam titles in singles and doubles, and Olympic gold in singles and doubles.

"I was so focused here," Serena said. "I remember I was serving and I was thinking: 'Serena, this is your best chance to win a gold medal. You're at Wimbledon, you're on grass, you play great on grass, pull it together, just win this.' And that's what I thought about."

Serena with older sister Venus also won their third Olympic gold in the women's doubles, defeating Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-4 in the final.

The Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, also completed a career "Golden Slam" in doubles by defeating Frenchmen Michael Llodra/Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 7-6(2) in the gold medal match. It was the third Olympic appearance for the Bryans, and their previous best was a bronze medal in Beijing. It was the third consecutive Olympics that they were the No. 1 seed in the doubles.

Mike Bryan and Lisa Raymond captured the bronze medal for the U.S. in mixed doubles, defeating Germany's Christopher Kas and Sabine Lisicki 6-3, 4-6, 10-4 in the bronze medal playoff.

The home Brits took home two medals when Andy Murray impressively rolled past Roger Federer 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in the men's singles final for gold, and Murray and Laura Robson earned the silver medal in the mixed doubles, falling in the final to Belarus' Max Mirnyi/Victoria Azarenka 2-6, 6-3, 10-8.

Free Youth Tennis Event at Eagle Harbor C.C.

kids-racquet-sandwich-webThe Eagle Harbor Country Club in Fleming Island, Fla., right outside of Jacksonville, will host a free youth tennis event, the "Eagle Harbor Back to School Jr. Team Tennis Kick-Off," for all ages on Friday, Aug. 17, 6-7:30 p.m.

Information will be available for Clay County parents and players on local USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis leagues and other play opportunities.

"USTA Jr. Team Tennis has been a success in the First Coast for the last few years and we are excited to have this opportunity to grow the program in Clay County," says USTA Florida Jacksonville-area Tennis Program Coordinator Amanda Becker. "Our goal is to have enough teams from Clay County that they can have their own flight, and eliminate the travel time it takes to play teams in the surrounding counties."

USTA Jr. Team Tennis (JTT) brings kids together in teams to play singles, doubles and mixed doubles against other teams. It promotes social skills and important values by fostering cooperation and unity, as well as individual self-growth. It is designed for kids ages 5-18, and matches can be held anywhere from a local park or school to a commercial or private club.

JTT teams are co-ed and divided by the play levels Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and the age groups 18-under, 14-under, 12-under, and utilizing the 10 and Under Tennis format for the 10-under and 8-under leagues.

For more information contact Joss Vissman at jvissman@hamptongolfclubs.com or (904) 269-2500.

Tennis Legend Todd Martin Launches 'Todd Martin Tennis'

Todd_Martin_Tennis_logoTennis icon Todd Martin has announced the official launch of Todd Martin Tennis (TMT), a unique offering of tennis instruction and consulting services for players of all levels and locations. TMT will be comprised of three specific programs including TMT Regional Development, TMT Global and TMT Schools and Recreation.

Martin, who has a passion for coaching and educating young tennis players, will host TMT at Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., one of the world's premiere tennis destinations.

"This is an exciting next chapter of my professional life," Martin said. "Todd Martin Tennis will provide constant action and programming, which is key to young players' development. Early in an athlete's career, coaches and mentors play a huge role. I am excited to help young athletes work toward their goals and give them an unforgettable experience at TMT."

Developed by the two-time Grand Slam singles finalist, TMT will provide varied levels of instruction with experienced coaches who are able to meet the needs of all players, from beginners to Division I athletes to elite professionals. TMT Regional Development will begin in September in the local Jacksonville area for athletes who are interested in advancing their skills, competitiveness and love for the game. A USTA Board Member, Martin's programming will focus on the education of core fundamentals in all tennis areas, provide developmental path counseling, and work with Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute to prevent athlete injury.

A former coach of ATP world No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic, Martin will lend his expertise on an international scale through TMT Global. This collaborative platform offers partnerships to junior development programs, academies and clubs throughout the world. Partners of TMT Global will have the opportunity to send groups to the TMT headquarters in Florida to train and Martin will visit partner programs to conduct athlete instruction, parent education seminars, and coaches meetings. A firm believer in sharing knowledge and experience, TMT Global will provide players the opportunity to grow on an international scale.

The first spokesperson for USTA Florida 10 and Under Tennis, Martin will continue to introduce young children to the game through TMT Schools and Recreation. TMT staff will deliver on-campus after-school programming to students in the Florida area. Working purposely to develop young tennis players, Martin will utilize this program as a way to get kids involved, and stay involved, in tennis.

For more information on TMT programs, Martin has redesigned his website, www.toddmartintennis.com, to couple his passion for teaching and his career story. TMT will kick off programming this fall with TMT Regional Development and participants can register directly through PayPal on the website.






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