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Florida Tennis Briefs(4): Campus Kids Day, ITA Kick Off, More

January 15, 2014 11:29 AM
4 Florida Sites to Host ITA Division I Kick-Off Weekends in Jan.

ITA_Kickoff_2014_logoFifteen men's and 15 women's college campus sites will start the 2014 team championships season when the ITA Division I Kick-Off Weekend takes place from Jan. 24-27. The four-day nationwide event advances a winner from each site to the ITA Division I National Team Indoor Championships in February.

The 2014 ITA Division I National Women's Team Indoor Championship will be hosted by the University of Virginia at the Boar's Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va., from Feb. 7-10, 2014. The men's event is held the following week and will be hosted by Texas A&M in Houston, Tex., from Feb. 14-17, 2014.

Florida sites hosting ITA Division I Kick-Off Weekend events on Jan. 24-27 will be the University of Florida (men and women), Florida State University (men and women), University of Miami (women), and University of South Florida (women).

The 2014 Kick Off Weekend website event page links to individual host site pages and includes previews of the 30 host site matches, as well as the schedule of play for the weekend and results.

To see the event pages or for more info go to www.itatennis.com/Events/Kick-OffWeekend.htm.

Palm Beach Atlantic to Host USTA Campus Kids' Day

Campus Kids Day LogoPalm Beach Atlantic University's men's tennis team will host a USTA Campus Kids' Day on Feb. 15, 2014, at 1 p.m. on the West Palm Beach campus, free and open to the public.

USTA Campus Kids Days are designed to expose current and aspiring junior players (and their parents and coaches) to college tennis -- food and refreshments are provided, and fans are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities such as raffles, contests, racquet stenciling, autograph signings, clinics, etc., as well as taking in a college tennis match.

Campus Kids' Day is an opportunity for the relationship between junior tennis and college tennis to grow, and for players to experience college tennis. The program takes place around the United States throughout the tennis season, from top Division I programs to Division II and III programs, bringing the community together and raising excitement for the game of tennis.

For more information on the event contact women's head coach Chi Ly at Chi_Ly@pba.edu.

Florida's Bangoura Wins Plantation USTA Pro Circuit Tournament

usta-pro-circuitBradenton's Sekou Bangoura, who needed to successfully navigate the qualifying tournament to even reach the main draw, on Sunday captured the title at the Men's $10K Plantation Community Open, a USTA Pro Circuit event, held at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Fla.

Bangoura in the final upended No. 7 seed Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan 6-4, 6-2.

A former standout at the University of Florida, Bangoura en route to the final upset No. 3 seed Dzmitry Zhyrmont of Belarus in a third-set tiebreak, and No. 5 seed Adam Pavlasek of the Czech Republic in three sets.

Bangoura entered the tournament at No. 735 on the ATP Rankings. He was named a doubles All-American during his sophomore year at the University of Florida, reaching the doubles semifinals of the 2011 NCAA tournament. Last year he won his first professional singles title at the USTA Pro Circuit $10,000 Futures in Niceville, Fla., and won the doubles title at the $10,000 Futures in Bradenton the following week.

In the doubles final, American Kevin King and Colombia's Juan-Carlos Spir defeated Americans and former Florida State University players Jean-Yves Aubone and Vahid Mirzadeh 7-6(5), 6-3.

The tournament was sponsored by the City of Plantation and the Plantation Community Tennis Corporation. The tournament is the first of four consecutive Florida claycourt events that kick off the 2014 USTA Pro Circuit season, and it is one of seven USTA Pro Circuit Futures events hosted by the Sunshine State during the first half of this year.

With more than 90 tournaments throughout the country and prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players, and a frequent battleground for established professionals. Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed on the USTA Pro Circuit for approximately $3.2 million in prize money and ATP World Tour and WTA Tour ranking points. Andy Roddick, Maria Sharapova, Andy Murry, Jelena Jankovic, Justine Henin, John Isner, Melaine Oudin and Mardy Fish are among top stars that began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit.

For more info go to www.PlantationTennis.org.

ATP Delray Releases Entry List; Ball Kid Tryouts; Pre-Qualies
Delray_Beach_venetian_logoThe Delray Beach Open by The Venetian Las Vegas has received the Official Entry List for its 2014 ATP World Tour event coming up Feb. 17-23 at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center. The event is in its 22nd year, and 16th in Delray Beach.

The latest stars to join the 32-player field included Top 30 players Feliciano Lopez of Spain and Vasek Pospisil of Canada, No. 2 American Sam Querrey, and former Delray Beach finalists Marinko Matosevic (2012) and Ivo Karlovic (2010).

Overall, four Top 20 players and six of the world's Top 30 will make up the Delray Beach field. Singles stars who committed early to play include Top 20s Tommy Haas (No. 12), American John Isner (No. 14), Kei Nishikori  (No. 17) and Kevin Anderson (No. 20), as well as 2012 world No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic, former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, and former world Top 10s Marin Cilic and Marcos Baghdatis.

The world No. 1 Bryan Brothers doubles team is going for its third Delray Beach doubles titles after winning titles in 2009 and 2010. Two singles wildcards remain for Tournament Director Mark Baron, and the top four players in the Delray Beach Open by The Venetian qualifying tournament also receive direct entries into the tournament. Two special exemptions are also held by the ATP to round out the 32-player draw.

Tickets to the 17-session event, which includes an ATP Champions Tour event starring Andy Roddick and Goran Ivanisevic (Feb. 14-16) in a "USA vs International" team format, range in price from $30-$60 for reserved seats and $65-$85 for box seats. On-court "Best Seats in the House" as well as covered Stadium Veranda seating are also available.

The 2014 Delray Beach Acceptance List: Tommy Haas (GER), John Isner (USA), Kei Nishikori (JPN), Kevin Anderson (RSA), Feliciano Lopez (ESP), Vasek Pospisil (CAN), Marin Cilic (CRO), Lleyton Hewitt (AUS), Janko Tipsarevic (SRB), Marinko Matosevic (AUS), Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE), Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ), Matthew Ebden (AUS), Dudi Sela (ISR), Santiago Giraldo (COL), Adrian Mannarino (FRA), Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP), Ivo Karlovic (CRO), Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS), Benjamin Becker (GER), Jiri Vesely (CZE), Alejandro Falla (COL), Alex Bogomolov, Jr. (RUS), Marcos Baghdatis (CYP).

Community kids can get involved in the Delray Beach ATP event by joining the 2014 Ball Kids team.
Ball Kids must be 12 years old, are required to attend three training sessions at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center, and work at least three sessions during the 17-session event. Each participant receives uniforms, meals during working sessions, match tickets for families and friends, and are invited to the popular Ball Kids party.

Training dates are scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 29 (5-7 p.m.), Wednesday, Feb. 5 (5-7 p.m.) and Saturday, Feb. 8 (10 a.m.-noon). New applicants must attend two of the three sessions.

All ball kids information, including an application and release form, can be found at YellowTennisBall.com on the Ball Kids page.

One last chance is extended to avid tennis players looking for that once-in-a-lifetime chance to play in the Delray Beach Open by The Venetian Las Vegas, one of only 10 ATP tournaments in the United States.

The second and final "Survivor Series" pre-qualifying tournament will be held Jan. 25-27 on the claycourts of the Delray Swim and Tennis Club.

The winner receives a wildcard to play in the Delray Beach Open by The Venetian's qualifying tournament (Feb. 15-17), and the top four winners from that tournament receive direct entries into the main event (Feb. 17-23).

In November, a record 149-player field competed for the "Survivor I" title. The tournament was won by rising 15-year-old star Stefan Kozlov of Pembroke Pines, the No. 7-ranked player in the ITF junior world rankings. Kozlov trains at the USTA Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton, and in December added the Orange Bowl runner-up result to his impressive resume.

Entries for "Survivor II" close Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 11:59 p.m. For more information go to www.YellowTennisBall.com.





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