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Florida Tennis Briefs(4): Awards; U.S. Draws Errani and Italy in Fed Cup

June 7, 2012 01:13 PM
Three Florida High Schoolers Receive USTA Serves Grants

mediawall-USTA ServesUSTA Serves, the national charitable foundation of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), announced that it will grant 59 high school students a variety of college scholarships, totaling more than $410,000.

An objective of USTA Serves is to encourage children to pursue their goals and highest dreams by succeeding in school and becoming responsible citizens. Each year, USTA Serves awards scholarships to deserving youth who have participated in USTA and other organized youth tennis programs, have demonstrated high academic achievement, and require financial assistance for college matriculation.

USTA Serves College Education Scholarship grants for $8,000 each went to two Florida high school seniors who have excelled academically, demonstrated community service and participated in an organized tennis program. Camille Graves of Lakeland, Fla., from Summerlin Military Academy, and Rebekah Lam of Palm Coast, Fla., from Matanzas High School received awards.

Receiving a USTA Serves College Textbook Scholarship for $1,000 is Linzi Arndt of Spring Hill, Fla., from Land O'Lakes High School.

"It is with great pleasure that USTA Serves is awarding more than $410,000 in scholarships to assist such exemplary students as they prepare to embark on their college journey," said Deborah Slaner Larkin, executive director, USTA Serves. "These young men and women have not only excelled on the tennis court, but have served as role models for others in their schools and communities. It is our hope that as they enter the next chapter of their lives, that they continue to aspire to greatness for themselves and for the betterment of society."

USTA Serves provides financial support for disadvantaged youth and people with disabilities through tennis and education programs designed to improve health, build character, teach life skills and motivate students to strive for academic excellence. For more information on USTA Serves, visit www.usta.com/foundation.

U.S. to Face French Open Finalist Errani, Italy in 2013 Fed Cup

FedCupLogoThe draw for the 2013 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group was held this week by the International Tennis Federation at Roland Garros in Paris, and the U.S. Fed Cup Team will open the 2013 Fed Cup campaign on the road against Italy. The first round will take place Feb. 9-10, 2013.

The U.S. squad will need to rally the Williams sisters and all their top guns against Italy, whose roster includes former French Open champ Francesca Schiavone, Flavia Pennetta, and Sara Errani who this weekend appears in both the singles and doubles finals at the French Open.

Suffice to stay, U.S. Fed Cup Captain Mary Joe Fernandez and USTA officials are looking for the Italians to choose red clay as the surface of play.

The U.S. lost to Italy in consecutive Fed Cup World Group finals in 2009 and 2010. Should the U.S. defeat Italy, it would either host the Czech Republic or travel to Australia in the World Group semifinals. 

After falling out of the World Group in 2011 for the first time ever in the 49 year-history of the competition, the U.S. will once again contend for the Fed Cup title in 2013. The U.S. this year defeated Belarus in the 2012 World Group II first round and the Ukraine in the 2012 World Group Playoff by 5-0 margins. 

Tennis Teachers, Volunteers Recognized at USPTA Florida Division 2012 Awards

USTA guest speaker Kirk Anderson
The USTA Florida/USPTA Florida Division Service Award was
presented by USTA Florida's Doug Booth to USPTA Florida
Past President Chuck Gill (on right)
The United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Florida Division presented its 2012 awards on June 2 at the joint USPTA Florida/USTA Florida Semi-Annual Meetings, held at the Club Med-Sandpiper resort in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

USPTA Florida Past President Chuck Gill served as the master of ceremonies, with welcome and opening remarks by USPTA Florida President Jeff Cohen, and USTA Florida Executive Director Doug Booth.

The featured speaker for the event was Kirk Anderson, USTA director of coaching education and development. Anderson's presentation, "It's Time to Kill Your Cow," touched on individuals and organizations challenging their "sacred cows," and on the current "game changers" in tennis such as short-court tennis for seniors, the 10 and Under Tennis format, and keeping the focus on fun, among others.

Division Player of the Year awards went to Adrians Zguns (Men's Open), Marine Spiegel (Women's Open), Diego Brunicardi (Men's 35), Sandy Bell (Women's 35), Kamil Kuchta (Men's 40), Jeff Cohen (Men's 45), Greg Neuhart (Men's 50), Carolyn Franca (Women's 50), Steve Shortridge (Men's 55), and Gewan Maharaj (Men's 60).

District Professional of the Year awards went to Fernando Guarachi (District 1 Panhandle/Destin), Lenin Mongerie (District 2 Tallahassee), Scott Miller (District 3 Jacksonville), Joe Csandli (District 4 Central Florida/Winter Park), Rich Walker (District 6 Daytona Beach), Jack Steyn (District 8 Sarasota), Ira Peskowitz (District 11 Boca Raton), Spike Gonzales (District 12 Naples), Carlos Triana (District 13 Miami), Michael Curran (District 14 Lee County), and Richard Cote (District 15 Melbourne).

USPTA Florida Vice President Trish Faulkner recognized Peskowitz and Jacksonville's Randy Jenks with the USPTA Florida Welch Scholarship Presentation for growing tennis. Awards also went to Boca Raton District President C.W. Lewis for Division Special Recognition; District 8 Sarasota as District of the Year; District 1 Tallahassee's Joe D'Aleo for District President of the Year; Boca Raton St. Andrews School's Scott Williams as High School Coach of the Year; Delray Beach's Kyle LaCroix as Division Tester of the Year; USTA Florida Board of Directors member and Pembroke Pines resident Nancy Horowitz receiving the USPTA Florida/USTA Florida Service Award Recognition; and Boca Raton Woodfield Country Club's Eben Molloy as Facility Manager of the Year.

The USTA Florida/USPTA Florida Division Service Award was presented by USTA Florida's Doug Booth to USPTA Florida Past President Chuck Gill, and Don Caprio of The Meadows Country Club in Sarasota received the Division Professional of the Year award.

For more information or award photos, contact Pat Anderson at usptafl@aol.com.

Aces for Autism Tennis Skills Day and Exhibition Support Scott Center on June 23

acesforautismThe Third Annual Aces for Autism Tennis Clinic is set for Saturday, June 23, at the Kiwi Tennis Club to support the Florida Institute of Technology's (FIT) Scott Center for Autism Treatment's Social Skills Program.

The event occurs during the Florida Beer Company Pro Tennis Tournament, a USTA Pro Circuit men's tennis event, June 15-24, which also benefits The Scott Center.

A free tennis skills class for ages 5-15 who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and their siblings will be held from 12-1 p.m. on the 23rd. Free T-shirts, drinks and snacks will be provided to participants. Children can bring their own racket, or borrow one at the clinic.

The Kiwi Tennis Club is located at 30 Tradewinds Dr. in Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.. For more information or to sign up for a skills clinic, RSVP to Aces@fit.edu, or call (321) 674-8106, ext. 1. Space is limited to 50.






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