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Florida Tennis Briefs(4): 10-U Events, Adaptive Award, More

May 9, 2012 01:39 PM
May Featuring More Than 35 Florida 10 and Under Tennis Tournaments

10andunderlogo_stack_4c-201Florida 10 and Under Tennis players will have ample opportunity to compete in fun USTA-sanctioned events featuring kid-sized racquets and courts next month, as more than 35 tournaments featuring the 10 and Under Tennis format will be offered across the state of Florida.

"This is such a great opportunity for 10 and under kids from the new player to the advanced," says USTA Florida Competitive Tennis Coordinator Andy Gladstone. "With the 60-foot court, orange balls and 25-inch racquets, the game is so much easier for the new player. I also love watching the high-level tactics of the advanced 10 and under player."

Players in the Florida 10 and Under Tennis division also qualify for the new USTA Florida 10 and Under Tennis Match Club, where players can earn a year-end colored bag tag inscribed personally with the players name to indicate their club level. Ending Dec. 31, 2012, players will qualify for the Bronze Club (15 or more 10 and Under Tennis tournament matches in 2012), Silver Club (30 or more matches), Gold Club (50 or more), and Platinum Club (60 or more).

USTA Florida will also be selecting players for select 10 and Under Tennis tournaments, such as the USTA Florida Jr. State Closed, based exclusively on number of matches played.

"The Match Club is a new concept that promotes play by giving incentives to players who play more sanctioned tournament matches in 2012," said USTA Florida Competitive Tennis Coordinator Andy Gladstone. "USTA Florida's decision to disband 10 and under rankings was based on careful research from industry experts who felt there was too much emphasis on winning, and not enough on long-term game development and fun."

USTA 10 and Under Tennis is designed for children featuring smaller court sizes, racquet sizes, low-compression balls, a simple scoring system, and net heights 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. For more info go to www.10andundertennis.com.

Below are events offering 10 and Under Tennis divisions in May 2012:

May 5 -- BCC Junior Local Championships (Level 7), Bradenton Country Club, Bradenton
May 5 -- Miami Key Biscayne Super Series (Level 6), Miami
May 5 -- Tennis Spring Sprouts (Level 8), Michael Ann Russell Jewish Community Center, Miami
May 5 -- Rookie Junior Challenge with 10 and Under (Level 8), HCC Tennis Complex, Tampa
May 5 -- Town of Palm Beach Rookie 10 & under Championship (Level 8), Seaview Park Tennis Center, Palm Beach
May 5 -- Battle of the Smurfs TTC - Weston Hills (Level 8), Weston Hills Country Club, Weston
May 5 -- Palm Beach Polo Club Local (Level 7), Oaces Tennis Center at the Palm Beach Polo Club, Wellington
May 5 -- May Fair Local (Level 7), Fort Gatlin Recreation Center, Orlando
May 5 -- Celsius "Cinco De Mayo" Rookie Tournament (Level 8), Florida Tennis Academy, Sarasota
May 5 -- ZMG @ Boca Super Series Summer Slam (Level 6), Zenith Management Group, Boca Raton
May 12 -- Annual Naples Grande Local Junior Aces (Level 7), Naples Grande Beach Resort, Naples
May 12 -- Fort Walton Beach Local Hardcourt Championships (Level 7), Fort Walton Beach Tennis Center, Fort Walton Beach
May 12 -- Red Bug Park Spring Local Tournament (Level 7), Red Bug Lake Park, Casselberry
May 12 -- Broward Jr Local Championships at Coral Springs (Level 7), Tennis Center of Coral Springs, Coral Springs
May 12 -- Rookie May Challenge (Level 8), Reiner Heinser Tennis Academy, Miami
May 12 -- Tiger Tim's Royal Rookie Classic (Level 8), Royal Racquet Club, Clearwater
May 12 -- BSAC Tennis Local Jr Summer Kick-Off (Level 7), Brandon Sports & Aquatic, Brandon
May 12 -- Quail Ridge Country Club Local Spring Tennis Classic (Level 7), Quail Ridge Country Club, Boynton Beach
May 12 -- Play Hard Local Championship (Level 7), Ocean Village, Fort Pierce
May 12 -- Florida Keys Local Junior Championship (Level 7), Wonderlin Tennis @ Sombrero Resort, Marathon
May 12 -- Johnson's Multicultural Tennis Jr Local (Level 7), Johnson's Multicultural Tennis, Miami
May 19 -- Innisbrook Local Junior Championships (Level 7), Innisbrook Resort, Palm Harbor
May 19 -- Longwood Junior Local (Level 7), Longwood Athletic Club, Sarasota
May 19 -- Maria Luisa de Moreno Int. Foundation Rookie (Level 8), Jaimes Tennis, Pembroke Pines
May 19 -- Clearwater Junior Jam Local Classic (Level 7), City of Clearwater, Clearwater
May 19 -- TWIRL-Seascape Super Series (Level 6), Destin Tennis Club, Destin
May 19 -- Junior Memorial Day Local (Level 7), Lake Cane Tennis Center, Orlando
May 19 -- Julington Creek Plantation Super Series (Level 6), Julington Creek Plantation, Jacksonville
May 19 -- Buckhorn Springs Local Summer Kick Off (Level 7), Buckhorn Springs Tennis and Swim Club, Valrico
May 19 -- Plantation Bay Rock'n Rookies (Level 8), Dave Brown Tennis @Plantation Bay, Ormond Beach
May 19 -- Macci's May Local Classic (Level 7), Gill Sports LLC, Boca Raton
May 19 -- Lehigh Acres May Local (Level 7), Myra Kessler Tennis Center, Lehigh Acres
May 26 -- Impact Training "Gotta Keep Playing" Local Tournament (Level 7), Saint Andrews School, Boca Raton
May 26 -- Melbourne Junior Classic Local Tournament (Level 7), City of Melbourne, Melbourne
May 26 -- Old City Local (Level 7), Palencia, St. Augustine
May 26 -- Rookies at Midtown on Summer (Level 8), Midtown Athletic Club Club 61, Weston
May 26 -- Key Biscayne Junior Rookie #2 (Level 8), Crandon Park Tennis Center, Key Biscayne

For more information on these tournaments go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/TOURNAMENTS/schedule_new/SearchResults.aspx.

For the latest 10 and Under Tennis Match Club standings, go to: www.florida.usta.com/Tournaments/10_and_under_tennis_tournaments.

Nominations Open for USTA Adaptive Tennis Community Service Award

Tennis_for_Fun_adaptive_picThe USTA's national Adaptive Tennis Committee is accepting nominations for the USTA Adaptive Tennis Community Service Award through Aug. 15, 2012. This award is presented annually to a program, or an individual conducting a program, that has demonstrated continued excellence, dedication, and tennis-related service for those with physical and/or intellectual disabilities.

Last year the Tampa-based "Tennis for Fun" program was awarded, recognized as a free weekly tennis clinic available to athletes with special needs, and a volunteer organization providing opportunities for adaptive players to have fun playing tennis while learning basic life skills and socializing.

"When Tennis For Fun won the USTA Adaptive Community Service Award it was so exciting for our program," said organizer Judy Moore. "Our special needs athletes and their families were thrilled to have a film crew come and film our clinics. This video has been helpful in recruiting volunteers. As a result of the award, our local FOX channel did a segment on Tennis For Fun. This publicity generated more athletes. This award has given TFF credibility and helped us to spread the word about Tennis For Fun and to get others committed to starting a TFF program in their area. Thank you USTA for promoting adaptive tennis."

Tennis for Fun was founded in September 2000 by Nathan Moore, a high school student. Moore's goal was to create a positive and fun activity for athletes with special needs in the greater Tampa area. Since its inception, the program has grown substantially, spreading to three additional locations (Brandon, Fla.; Belfast, Me.; and Camden, Me.) providing tennis instruction to more than 100 athletes. Participants in the program range in age from 8 to 55, with some choosing to compete in Special Olympics competitions.

To qualify for an award, programs or individuals conducting a program must have been active for a minimum of three consecutive years. Nominations will be accepted through Aug. 15, with the award recipient notified in October 2012.

For the online nomination form go to https://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/3374g4a81b.

Florida Tennis Junior Herman of Gulfport to Compete on U.S. National Wheelchair Team

Chris Herman (foreground), photo courtesy TheTennisNews.net
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) announced the players and coaches who will represent the United States at the 2012 BNP Paribas World Team Cup.  The nation's top wheelchair tennis players will compete against participants from around the globe, May 21-27, 2012, on hardcourts hosted by Seoul, Korea Republic.

The competition will take place at the Seoul Olympic Tennis Center, home of the 1988 Summer Olympics, and will be the first time the event will take place in Asia.

Chris Herman of Gulfport, Fla., will compete on the four-member junior team. Lakeland's Paul Walker will coach the U.S. women's team.

"It's pretty much my favorite thing to do," says the teenage Herman, who plays his able-bodied friends in tennis as well as competing in national events. "I love the game and I like that I can play it with friends."

Last month at the Pensacola Wheelchair Open, Herman won the Men's Wheelchair B Singles title, upsetting the top seed in the final.

Seoul, Korea, will become the 17th nation to host the event, often referred to as wheelchair tennis' equivalent of pro tennis' Davis Cup and Fed Cup competitions. Over 160 players and 52 teams from more than 25 nations are expected to participate in the 2012 event in Seoul.

The U.S. will field a men's team, women's team, junior team and quad team. The United States Quad Team will look to bring home the quad title for the sixth time in the last nine years. The two-time Paralympic Doubles Gold Medalists' team of David Wagner and Nick Taylor are looking to defend the U.S. quad title with Bryan Barten for the third consecutive year.

St. Johns Middle School Tennis League Playoffs on May 17

The first-ever playoffs for the St. Johns Middle School Athletic Association (SJMSAA)/USTA Jr. Team Tennis program will be held on May 17, 2012, at The Plantation in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. It is the pilot year for the middle school tennis program, which featured more than 225 students trying out.

"The first and second place teams from the North and South divisions will meet for the finals," said Diana Gardner, USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis local league coordinator for the area. "The first place team will receive a trophy to be displayed at their school. On the same day, the third and fourth place teams will play at Marsh Creek Country Club in St. Augustine."

The SJMSAA tennis league features 11 teams with 103 players in two divisions. The league is in partnership with the St. Johns Middle School Athletic Association and the school's sports directors. The SJMSAA is an independent organization that organizes school sports for St. Johns County following the county switching to a "pay to participate" sports program.

USTA Jr. Team Tennis brings kids together in co-ed teams to play singles, doubles and mixed doubles against other teams. It promotes social skills and important values by fostering a spirit of cooperation and unity, as well as individual self-growth. For more information go to www.florida.usta.com/youth_tennis/jr_team_tennis/home.

Matches for the playoffs begin on May 17 at 4:30 p.m.

For more information on the playoffs contact Darla Neal at (904) 540-4971. For more information on the USTA Jr. Team Tennis/St. Johns County Middle School pilot tennis program, contact Diana Gardner at jrtennisjax@yahoo.com.






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