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Florida Tennis Briefs(3): Roddick at Delray 2014; ITF World Chps. in Palm Beach

August 26, 2013 08:01 AM

2 Florida Teams R-up at National Family Tennis Chps. Finals

The division finalists at the 2013 National Family Tennis Championships
Scott Baehr and his 13-year-old son Jacob of Pensalcola were runners-up in the Father/Son division, and Jonathan and Michele Drucker of Coral Gables were runners-up in the Husband/Wife division when the 2013 National Family Tennis Championship was completed over the weekend at Sportime Randall's Island in New York City.
The competition included 23 teams from 14 states in six divisions of play.
The Baehrs fell in the Father/Son final to Jon Stitt and 16-year-old son Tristan of Dallas 7-5, 6-0, while the Druckers lost in the Husband/Wife final to Jack and Kim Bastable of Leawood, Kan., 6-3, 6-3.
"We hope all of the competitors had as much fun playing as we did watching them work together as a team," said Kathleen Francis, tournament director for the National Family Tennis Championships. "Tennis is the perfect sport where families can compete together in this type of setting. As the National Family Tennis Championships continue to grow, we look forward to having more families spend quality time together on the court."
After round-robin matches on Friday and Saturday, championship and consolation matches were held on Sunday. In two of the championship matches, Mother/Son and Husband/Wife, the team that lost in the opening round robin reversed the result to capture the title.
The 23 teams earned a trip to the national championship after winning an NFTC tournament at their local tennis facility and then winning or earning a wildcard slot into the finals at one of three Super Regional Playoffs at: The Plaza Tennis Center in Kansas City, MO.; The Copeland-Cox Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, AL.; and The Tennis Center at College Park in MD.
Teams for the national championships received travel and hotel accommodations at the Grand Hyatt in New York City, as well as tickets to Arthur Ashe Kids Day and opening day of the US Open at the USTA/Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Monday.
For more information visit www.FamilyTennis.com.

Palm Beach County to Host 2014 ITF Seniors World Championships

ITF-SENIORS-LOGO-2014-FINAL-PNGOne of the largest international amateur tennis events in the world will come to Florida next year when clubs in Palm Beach County host the 2014 ITF Seniors World Championships on April 21–May 4.
"We're delighted that eight outstanding tennis facilities in Palm Beach County have been selected as venues for this 15-day marquee event," said Executive Director of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission George Linley. "BallenIsles Country Club as host site in North County, Mirasol Country Club, PGA National Resort, Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center, Polo Club of Boca Raton as host site in South County, Boca West Country Club, Boca Grove Country Club and Woodfield Country Club -- we believe the potential economic impact for the county could exceed $2.5 million."
The event will feature male and female players in the age categories of 35, 40, 45, 50 and 55, with more than 1,600 players from more than 38 different countries competing for the title of world champion in their respective individual and team age categories.
Countries can nominate teams of up to four players in the ITF Senior World Championships, which, since its inception in 1981, has grown in the number of competitors every year.
"As one of the largest international amateur events in the world, the ITF Senior World Championships will bring international visitors and press attention to South Florida while attracting local tennis enthusiasts and club members from surrounding country clubs and resorts," said BallenIsles Tennis Director and Tournament Chairperson Trish Faulkner.
For more details on customized sponsorship packages during the 2014 ITF Senior World Championships, contact Trish Faulkner at tfaulkner@ballenisles.com.

ATP Delray Changes Name to Delray Beach Open by The Venetian Las Vegas

Delray_Beach_venetian_logoAndy Roddick will make his ATP Champions Tour debut at the ATP Delray Beach event, which in 2014 will be known as the Delray Beach Open by The Venetian Las Vegas, to be held Feb. 14-23, 2014.
"The addition of The Venetian Las Vegas as a partner is a key step in our growth," said Tournament Director Mark Baron. "Over the years there have been changes and additions that were made to ensure that the event would grow and prosper. The Venetian is an internationally respected brand and their involvement and partnership will give us the flexibility to move our event to yet another level."
For the world's only combined ATP World Tour and ATP Champions Tour event, in 2014 the Delray Beach Open by The Venetian's reach will grow to more than 40 hours of live domestic HD TV coverage and 52 hours of live international coverage over seven days.
"Tennis fans love travel and The Venetian Las Vegas represents a perfect match between their love of travel and the most popular destination in the world," said Robert Rippee, senior vice president of marketing for The Venetian Las Vegas.
The Venetian Las Vegas is the largest property in the country to receive AAA's Five Diamond and the coveted Forbes Travel Guide Four Star awards. Recreating Venice's legendary landmarks, the resort located in the heart of the Las Vegas strip features an indoor streetscape complete with gondolas and singing gondoliers, a premier spa club, world-class gaming and a wide variety of entertainment and showroom headliners.
During the 2013 US Open, an additional 20 percent discount is available on all individual tickets to the Delray Beach Open by The Venetian. The discount applies to reserved seats, box seats, and for the first time ever, covered Veranda seats and on-court Best Seats in the House. The special offer is available Sunday, Aug. 25 through Tuesday, Sept. 10.
Roddick will make his debut on opening night, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at 8:30 p.m. and will play a second match on Saturday, Feb. 15, also at 8:30 p.m. The ATP Champions Tour final will be played Sunday, Feb. 16.
For more info go to www.yellowtennisball.com.





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