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Florida Tennis Briefs(3): Wellington 10-U Festival, UCF Campus Showdown

August 23, 2012 02:01 PM
Wellington Tennis Center to Host 10 and Under Festival on Oct. 6

Nick-WWDOP-USTA-FLIn conjunction with the thousands of USTA Free Tennis Play Days being held across the country in celebration of Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play, the Wellington Tennis Center in the Village of Wellington, Fla., will host a free 10 and Under Tennis Festival on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, from 1-4 p.m.

"The event will have on-court tennis activities, USTA Jr. Team Tennis match play, a bounce house, a D.J., crafts, raffle prizes and much more," says USTA Florida 10 and Under Tennis Coordinator for the Village of Wellington Debbie Ellsworth. "It will be fun for the entire family, and it's all free, so come ready to have fun."

The event will utilize the USTA 10 and Under Tennis format, which allows smaller children to play tennis on smaller court sizes, with racquet sizes that fit their hands, foam and low-compression balls, a simple scoring system, all adjusted to ease kids into the sport. Similar mini-tennis formats have long been popular in Europe, where current stars such as Roger Federer and Kim Clijsters first learned the game with age-adjusted racquets, balls and court sizes.

During the festival parents and children can also sign-up for lessons or programming at local facilities: the Wellington Tennis Center, Black Diamond, Village Walk, Olympia, and Fountains.
Information will also be available for parents and players on local USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis leagues and other play opportunities. 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 utilize the 10 and Under Tennis format for the 10-under and 8-under leagues.

The event is an effort to get kids active and involved in tennis following National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. USTA Free Tennis Play Days provide kids and parents of all skill levels with the opportunity to experience tennis in a social and fun setting. The event is open to the public with an emphasis placed on family participation, effort and sportsmanship. 

Partnering with the USTA Free Tennis Play Day at the Wellington Tennis Center are sponsors Abrakadoodle Art Education, Lowes, Tijuana Flats, TCBY, Sports Authority, Whole Foods, Publix, Palms West Monthly, Solrx, YouFit Health Clubs, and Wilson Tennis.
The Wellington Tennis Center is located at 12150 Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington, Fla.

For information on area 10 and Under Tennis opportunities, or the 10 and Under Festival on Oct. 6, contact Debbie Ellsworth at ellsworth@florida.usta.com.

Univ. Central Florida to Host USTA Campus Showdown Open Tennis Event

USTA Campus Showdown logoThe University of Central Florida and coach Bobby Cashman will host a USTA Campus Men's Showdown event on Sept. 8, 2012, in Orlando, Fla.

USTA Campus Showdowns are fun, competitive one-day events held on college campuses that are open to all -- college and high school players, juniors, adults, league players and weekend hackers.

Singles and doubles are usually offered at the events, which give junior and college players opportunities for varied competition and a chance to see college campuses and college life. The events also help the host colleges build stronger ties between college programs and the local tennis community.

For more information on the event contact Bobby Cashman at rcashman@athletics.ucf.edu.

U.S. vs. Britain Maureen Connolly Tennis Challenge Kicks Off Today

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The USTA and The Lawn Tennis Association of Great Britain announced their teams for the 36th Maureen Connolly Challenge Trophy, held Aug. 23-24, 2012, at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale in New Haven, Conn. The tournament, which is being played in conjunction with the New Haven Open at Yale, an Emirates Airline US Open Series event, is a yearly competition between the best female tennis players age 18 and younger from the United States and Great Britain.

Playing for the United States are Victoria Duval, 16, of Bradenton, Fla., who won the 2012 USTA Girls' 18s National Championship and received a wildcard entry into the 2012 US Open main draw; Jennifer Brady, 17, of Boca Raton, Fla.; Katerina Stewart, 15, of Miami; Tornado Alicia Black, 14, of Boca Raton, Fla.; and Nicole Frenkel, 14, of Winchester, Mass. The United States will by coached by USTA National Coaches Freddie Rodriguez and Jay Devashetty.

Competing for Great Britain are Katie Boulter, 16, of Loughborough, England; Anna Brogan, 15, of Glasgow, Scotland; Harriet Dart, 16, of London; Eleanor Dean, 16, of Yorkshire, England; and Katy Dunne, 17, of Hemel Hempstead, England. Great Britain will be coached by Lucie Ahl, Claire Curran and Judy Murray, the mother of Olympic gold-medalist Andy Murray and the Great Britain Fed Cup captain.

The teams will play a total of 12 matches -- eight singles and four doubles -- over Thursday and Friday. All singles matches will be best of three sets with a tiebreak in the final set. Doubles matches will be two sets and a match tiebreak.

The Maureen Connolly Challenge Trophy, held the last two years in Eastbourne, England, was started in 1973 by the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation and Mrs. Frank Jeffett 20 years after Connolly won all four Grand Slam events and four years after her death. In its history, the competition has included American players such as Sloane Stephens, Pam Shriver, Kathy Jordan, Zina Garrison, Amy Frazier and Lisa Raymond, and British players Laura Robson, Jo Durie and Sue Barker. The United States currently leads the all-time series 24-11.






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