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Florida Tennis Briefs(3): Play Days, ITF Seniors, Flex

March 5, 2014 12:59 PM
Junior Futures Play Days Tennis Series Launched in Daytona Area

Playday-Media-Wall1Junior Futures Play Days, a circuit of 11 tennis events for boys and girls with little or no tennis experience, was launched earlier this month with planned tournaments in Daytona Beach, DeBary, DeLand, Ormond Beach, Palm Coast, Port Orange, and Titusville.

Age categories for the events are 8-under and 10-under featuring the Youth Tennis play format (short courts, red or orange low-compression balls, smaller racquets), 12-under on full-size courts with the green-dot ball, and 13-over on full court with the standard ball.

"The Junior Futures Play Days circuit is a fun introduction to tennis. The more events a player plays, the more points he or she can earn," says circuit organizer Jan Buenner. "Players get two points for showing up, and one point for each match won at each event, with a maximum of six points per event. There will be trophies, awards and prizes for the winners and runner-ups at each facility, and an additional trophy for the winner of the overall series, presented at the season-ending Team Tennis Event."

The scoring format is one set, first to five games with no-ad scoring and no tiebreaker. Each player is guaranteed at least two sets per event.

Sign-up deadlines are the Friday before each event. The cost is $15 per event, and participants receive a t-shirt when playing their first event. No USTA membership is required for participation.

Players and parents can check the weekly updated points table for all players at www.DaytonaTennis.com.

Junior Futures Play Days Events:

March 1 -- Trails Racquet Club Junior Futures Play Day, sponsored by Daytona Employment
300 Main Trail, Ormond Beach, 32174; contact: Jan Buenner, (386) 677-8081

March 8 -- Ormond Beach Tennis Center Junior Futures Play Day, sponsored by Daytona Employment
38 E. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, 32176; contact: Gary Heatwole, (386) 492-2928

March 15 -- Victoria Park Junior Futures Play Day, sponsored by KC Tennis Academy
Victoria Park, 550 Brookfield Terrace, DeLand, 32724; contact: Kurt Collis, (386) 801-7725

March 22 -- YMCA Titusville Outback Racquet Center Junior Futures Play Day
3050 Satterfield Road, Titusville, 32780; contact: Jon Pedoulas/Nick Cordes, (321) 269-3763

March 29 -- Rain date

April 5 -- Airport Road Park Junior Futures Play Day, sponsored by Daytona Employment

6751 Airport Road, Port Orange, 32128; contact: Rita Gladstone, (386) 299-6551

April 12 -- Palm Coast Tennis Center Junior Futures Play Day, sponsored by Palm Coast/Flagler Friends of Tennis
1290 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast, 32164; contact: David Hernandez, (386) 986-2551

April 19 -- DeLand Junior Futures Play Day, sponsored by KC Tennis Academy
Address TBA; contact: Kurt Collis, (386) 801-7725

April 26 -- DeBary Golf & Country Club Junior Futures Play Day
300 Plantation Club Drive, DeBary, 32713; contact: Brad Erlandson, (386) 846-3624

May 3 -- Oceanside Country Club Junior Futures Play Day, sponsored by Compass Financial
75 North Halifax Drive, Ormond Beach, 32176; contact: Mike Sanders, (386) 672-1921

May 10 -- Derbyshire Park Junior Futures Play Day, sponsored by Derbyshire Community Tennis, Inc.
849 Derbyshire Road, Daytona Beach, 32117; contact: Lynn Ford, (407) 212-6040; Mary McCoy, (386) 299-3826

May 17 -- Team Tennis Event at Airport Road Park, sponsored by USTA Florida
6751 Airport Road, Port Orange, 32128; contact: Rita Gladstone, (386) 299-6551

To enter an event(s), contact the organizer(s) listed above. For more information on the Junior Futures Play Day circuit go to www.DaytonaTennis.com or contact Jan Buenner at (386) 677-8081.

4 Florida Players on U.S. ITF Seniors Tennis Teams

ITF-SENIORS-LOGO-2014-FINAL-PNGBoca Raton's Michael Halperin (Italia Cup -- Men's 35 & over), Miami's Mario Tabares (Dubler Cup -- Men's 45 & over), Hollywood's Vesna McKenna (Young Cup -- Women's 40 & over), and Palm Beach Gardens' Jenny Klitch (Margaret Court Cup -- Women's 45 & over) are Florida players who will compete on U.S. teams at the 34th ITF Seniors World Team Championships, the senior tennis equivalent of the Davis Cup and Fed Cup competitions.

They are among 40 American athletes will be competing against some 1,000 players from 39 countries, including first-time teams from China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Haiti and Venezuela.  The event will be held at different clubs across the Palm Beach Gardens and Boca Raton area from April 21-26, 2014 for the team competition, and April 27-May 4 for the individual competition.

The U.S. team will be defending the Maureen Connolly Cup for the seventh consecutive time in the women's 55-age division, as well as the Maria Esther Bueno Cup in the women's 50-age group. American teams also will try to capture the elusive Italia Cup for the first time in 16 years, and the Tony Trabert Cup for the first time in eight years.

This is the first time the World Championships have been hosted in Florida since 2002, when the Seniors World Championships were held in Fort Lauderdale. The event was last held in the U.S. in 2012, when it was contested in San Diego.
Below is a list of players representing the U.S. and the USTA at the 2014 ITF Seniors World Team Championships:

Italia Cup -- Men's 35 & over
Michael Halperin, Boca Raton, FL
Stuart "Ross" Duncan, Laguna Beach, CA
Jared Jacobs, Scottsdale, AZ
Mark S. Tepes, Medford, NJ (Captain)

Trabert Cup -- Men's 40 & over
Guillaume Gauthier, Camarillo, CA (Captain)
Rick Witsken, Fishers, IN
Michael Chang, Anaheim, CA
William Quest, Ventura, CA

Dubler Cup -- Men's 45 & over
Jeffrey Tarango, Manhattan Beach, CA (Captain)
Mario Tabares, Miami, FL
Oren Motevassel, San Jose, CA
Art Hernandez, Huntington Beach, CA

Fred Perry Cup -- Men's 50 & over
Andrew Stoner, Cave Creek, AZ (Captain)
Ken White, Elma, NY
Mike Fedderly, Palm Desert, CA
Thomas Kong, Ventura, CA

Austria Cup -- Men's 55 & over
Dan Waldman, Washington, DC (Captain)
Wesley Cash, Chattanooga, TN
Mike Tammen, Portland, OR
Mark Vines, Lynchburg, VA

Suzanne Lenglen Cup -- Women's 35 & over
Simona Bruetting, Highlands Ranch, CO (Captain)
Gee Gee Garvin, Carlsbad, CA
Fanny Gamble, San Rafael, CA
Yulia Bolotova, Philadelphia, PA

Young Cup -- Women's 40 & over
Sophie Woorons-Johnston, Anderson, SC (Captain)
Patricia Zerdan, Addison, TX
Julie Cass, Austin, TX
Vesna McKenna, Hollywood, FL

Margaret Court Cup -- Women's 45 & over
Jolene Watanabe, Hilton Head Island, SC
Jenny Klitch, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Shelly Works, San Antonio, TX (Captain)
Alissa Finerman, Santa Monica, CA

Bueno Cup -- Women's 50 & over
Tracy Houk, Montara, CA (Captain)
Fran Chandler, Jackson, TN
Judy Newman, Scotts Valley, CA
Vicki Vasicek Buholz, Dallas, TX

Connolly Cup -- Women's 55 & over
Diane Barker, Daniel Island, SC
Susan Wright, Grand Junction, CO
Tina B. Karwasky, Glendale, CA
Carolyn Nichols, Rancho Santa Fe, CA (Captain)

For more information go to www.itftennis.com/seniors/tournaments/tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=110003018​6.

Jacksonville Sign-ups for Ultimate Tennis Flex League

ultimate-tennis-USTA-FL-mediawallUltimate Tennis flex leagues, presented by USTA Florida, will kickoff in the Jacksonville area in March. The spring league deadline is March 20, with play beginning on March 29.

League play will be offered in singles, doubles and mixed divisions.

"We are looking forward to growing tennis even more in the Jacksonville area," says league organizer Jodi Pfile. "Over the past few years we have grown Jacksonville flex leagues to more than 500 registrants, ranking in the nation's Top 5 in flex leagues."

All USTA Florida members receive $10 off per player, for more info e-mail Jodi Pfile at ustaflexjax@gmail.com.

Earlier this year, USTA Florida and Ultimate Tennis entered a multi-year agreement to jointly run flex leagues in the state of Florida. The partnership leverages the strength of the USTA Florida's organizational network and the outstanding program and service components of Ultimate Tennis -- the industry leader in flexible format tennis leagues.

"This partnership will unify flex leagues in the state of Florida which will improve the player's experience by offering players shorter drive times, better player variety and the ability to offer divisions at all levels and sections of town," said Scott Nunn, chief operating officer at Ultimate Tennis.

Flex leagues are specially designed to meet the demands of today's busy lifestyle by providing competitive match play for those with limited playing time. Flex leagues match players of equal skill levels into local playing divisions using a convenient flexible match scheduling system. Seasons consist of 5 to 7 matches and top players in each division may continue playing for city championships in optional season-ending playoffs.

UltimateTennis.com also provides players with state-of-the-art online tools to efficiently manage their season. Players can review match results, scout opponents, follow friends, report scores, and access playoff draws all with the click of a mouse.

To register or for more information about leagues in your area go to www.UltimateTennis.com, or in the Jacksonville area e-mail ustaflexjax@gmail.com.





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