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Florida Tennis Briefs(3): YMCA PlayDay, Serena in Fed Cup, USPTA Certification

April 12, 2012 03:00 PM
Williams Family YMCA in Jacksonville to Host 10 and Under Tennis PlayDay

10_UnderPlayDaysBeginner to advanced parents and children can enjoy tennis together on age-appropriate sized courts when the Williams Family YMCA in Jacksonville, Fla., hosts a free 10 and Under Tennis PlayDay on April 28, 2012, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

"This is the same day as the YMCA's National Healthy Kids Day so it is a great fit to showcase the fun that comes with 10 and Under Tennis," said  Williams Family YMCA Director of Tennis Richard Alleger. "It is a community-wide event so anyone and everyone is invited."

For children age 10 and under, the event will feature USTA 10 and Under Tennis, which encourages children -- and their parents -- to get active and stay active. With smaller courts and racquets, lower-bouncing balls and simplified scoring, the game of tennis is now not only tailored to a child's size but also their attention span. Gone are the days of the boring drills and chasing balls all over regulation-sized playing surfaces. From the first day, kids are playing and learning the rules through competitive experience.

PlayDays are events to introduce kids to competition in a fun, low-pressure setting where results are not documented and kids have the opportunity to get additional play experience.

The Williams Family YMCA is located at 10415 San Jose Boulevard in Jacksonville.

For more information contact Richard Alleger at ralleger@firstcoastymca.org.

Serena Williams, McHale, Stephens Announced for U.S. Fed Cup

Serena Williams
Former No. 1 Serena Williams will be joined by fellow Americans Christina McHale, Sloane Stephens, and world No. 1 doubles player Liezel Huber in representing the U.S. against Ukraine in the 2012 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Playoff at the Superior Golf & Spa Resort in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on April 21-22.

Jaime Hampton will also travel with the team. U.S. Captain Mary Joe Fernandez will ultimately choose her four-person lineup prior to the draw ceremony on April 20. It will mark the first-ever match-up between the U.S. and Ukraine in Fed Cup competition. The winner will advance to the 2013 World Group and a chance to compete for the Fed Cup title next year. The loser will be relegated to World Group II in 2013.

"This is our opportunity to play for our spot back into the World Group for next year," said U.S. Fed Cup Captain Mary Joe Fernandez. "Playing on the road always presents a difficult challenge, but our team has been playing very well lately and will be ready to compete."

Williams, 30, will make her second consecutive appearance in Fed Cup after playing in the World Group II first round against Belarus where she won both singles matches to remain undefeated in her Fed Cup career. She is 6-0 in Fed Cup singles play, and helped the U.S. capture the 1999 Fed Cup title.

McHale, 19, will be making her third consecutive appearance on the U.S. Fed Cup team and fourth overall. She was dominant in the World Group II first round against Belarus, losing just five games in two singles matches to record the first two Fed Cup wins of her career. McHale trained full-time at the USTA Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., from 2007-10, and currently trains at the USTA Training Center-East at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.  

Stephens, 19, is currently ranked a career-high No. 75, and helped lead the U.S. to the 2008 Junior Fed Cup title. Huber, 35, has won seven of her nine career matches for the U.S. Fed Cup team, including tie-clinching semifinal matches in both 2009 and 2010 with partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands. 

Tennis Channel will present daily coverage beginning at noon ET on Saturday and 10:30 a.m. ET on Sunday. 

USPTA Announces Upcoming Florida Certification Exams

USPTA_logoThe United States Professional Tennis Association provides tennis-teaching professionals with the opportunity to earn certification by participating in Certification Exams scheduled nationwide in 2012.
The exam process offers the Professional Tennis Coaches Academy I (formerly Certification Review Course) that covers test topics. The PTCA I can be taken at Regional Testing Centers, which offer tests every other month on the same weekends, or it can be taken online. The course is also useful to current USPTA members who wish to review specific exam areas before upgrading their certification ratings. Topics include student psychology, developing student rapport, class organization, lesson progression and a review of teaching techniques.

Upcoming Florida exams are May 5 in Ocala at The Villages; May 12-13 in Boca Raton at The Oaks at Boca Raton; June 8-9 in Port St. Lucie at Club Med Sandpiper Bay; and June 24 in Winter Springs at Tuscawilla Country Club.

Contact USPTA at (800) 877-8248 or e-mail membership@uspta.org to register for an upcoming exam, or for further details. Advanced registration is required. The total fee for the exam and application is $175, plus prorated USPTA membership dues.






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