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September 18, 2013 01:26 PM

Central Florida Jr. Tennis Teams Win at USTA Florida Regional Team Tennis Challenge

The 14-Under Intermediate champ Laser Sharks from Orlando
The 14-Under Novice Champ Offense/Defense from Orlando
The 10 and Under Advanced champ Orange Fire Balls
from Port Orange
Junior team tennis squads from Altamonte Springs, Indian Harbour Beach, Melbourne, Orlando, and Port Orange won championships at USTA Florida's first-ever Regional Team Tennis Challenge, held on Sept. 14-15, 2013, at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla.
The new Regional Team Tennis Challenges are "BYOT" (bring your own team) events, which means prior participation in a local tennis league is not required. USTA members and non-members can participate in the events open to teams of kids ages 8 to 18. The events are presented by Wilson Racquet Sports, and USTA members receive a $10 discount on registration.
Central Florida Regional Team Tennis Challenge division winners:
18-Under Intermediate Division -- Kiwi Terminacers, Indian Harbour Beach
14-Under Intermediate Division -- Laser Sharks, Orlando
14-Under Novice Division -- Offense/Defense, Orlando
10-Under Advanced Division -- Port Orange Fire Balls, Port Orange
"The partnership with USTA Florida Team Tennis Challenges is a great fit for Wilson Racquet Sports and our shared vision to attract more youth participation," said Erika Offerdahl, promotions manager of Wilson Racquet Sports. "These events give all skill levels the opportunity to compete and experience team competition in a fun format."
Upcoming Regional Team Tennis Challenge events:
Sept. 28-29
Southwest Florida Regional Team Tennis Challenge
Three Oaks Park, Fort Myers
Oct. 12-13
Southeast Florida Regional Team Tennis Challenge
The Swim & Racquet Center, Boca Raton
Nov. 9-10
Northeast Florida Regional Team Tennis Challenge
Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island
Age groups for the events are 10-under, 12-under, 14-under, 16-under and 18-under, with novice, intermediate and advanced skill divisions within each age group, except 10u, which will only include an advanced green dot ball skill division. Players must be a minimum of 8 years old to participate in the 10-under division. 8-under and 10-under age advanced division teams will play with the green-dot ball on a full-size court. Players ages 10 or younger must play in their natural age division. The green-dot ball will also be used in the older other novice age divisions.
Novice divisions will offer gender-neutral teams (example: a team can enter a novice division with 3 boys and 1 girl, or a team can include all of one gender). Players are allowed to "play up" a maximum of one age division, except for participants age 10-under. Teams can participate in multiple USTA Florida Regional Team Tennis Challenge events, but with limited space in some draws, priority will be given to teams within the home regions.
For more information or to register teams go to www.USTAFlorida.com/teamtennischallenges. Join the conversation on Twitter with #BYOTeamTennis.

Central Florida Tops Gators for 1st 2013 Tennis on Campus Crown

The Gold Bracket champ UCF-"A" team
The Gold Bracket runner-up UF-"A" team
The dominant University of Central Florida and University of Florida club tennis teams picked up where they left off last year, with the UCF-"A" team defeating the UF-"A" team 32-26 in the Gold Bracket final of the FSU Capital Challenge, held Sept. 7-8, 2013, on the campus of Florida State University in Tallahassee.
The tournament was the kick-off of the 2013-14 USTA Florida "Tennis on Campus" series, a seven-tournament circuit held on Florida university and college campuses that provide college non-NCAA "club" tennis teams with a chance to compete and qualify for the USTA Tennis on Campus National Championships.
The Silver Bracket of the FSU Capital Challenge was won by the UF-"D" team, which defeated the FGCU-"B" team in the final 22-12. Schools in attendance were the University of Florida, University of Central Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida State University, University of South Florida, and Stetson University.
Last year UCF and UF combined to win all seven Florida Tennis on Campus events -- UCF one, and UF six events, including the season championships. UF and UCF, along with 2012-13 third-place points leader University of South Florida, advanced to nationals last year. All three schools won out of round robin pool play at nationals to qualify in the Gold Bracket before losing prior to the semifinals.
The next event in the USTA Florida Tennis on Campus series will be the UM Ibis Open, hosted by the University of Miami on Sept. 28-29.
"Tennis on Campus is one of the best programs the USTA has created in the last decade, and it has blossomed into a great national program," said USTA Florida Associate Executive Director Andy McFarland. "We need to get a number of the smaller schools to participate in the club series in Florida, which we are now focusing on with the addition of our new Tennis on Campus Coordinator Desirae McLaughlin."
USTA Florida Tennis on Campus 2013-14 Schedule:
Sept. 7-8 -- FSU Capital Challenge, Tallahassee (Final: UCF d. UF)
Sept. 28-29 -- UM Ibis Open, Miami
Oct. 26-27 -- UF Gatorbowl, Gainesville
Nov. 16-17 -- UCF Knightro Cup, Orlando
Jan. 18-19 -- FGCU Dirty Bird Classic, Fort Myers
Feb. 1-2 -- USF Bull Run, Tampa
Feb. 22-23 -- TOC Florida Sectional Championship, Orlando
USTA Florida Tennis on Campus Season-ending Championship Winners:
2013 -- University of Florida
2012 -- University of Central Florida
2011 -- University of Florida
2000 -- University of Florida
2009 -- University of Florida
2008 -- University of Central Florida
2007 -- University of Central Florida
* Prior to 2007, all Florida participating teams advanced directly to nationals; currently two or more Florida teams advance to national depending on yearly participation
For more information on the USTA Florida Tennis on Campus series go to www.florida.usta.com/CommunityTennis/tennis_on_campus or contact Desirae McLaughlin at tennisoncampusflorida@gmail.com.

U.S. Wins 6 Titles at 2013 ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships

Florida's Larry Turville (right) and the champion
Von Cramm (Men's 60s) Cup squad
American teams captured six of 10 Cups at the 33rd International Tennis Federation (ITF) Super-Seniors World Team Championships, held Sept. 9-14, 2013, in Austria and the Czech Republic.
The tournament is the senior tennis equivalent of the Davis Cup and Fed Cup competitions, and this year consisted of 153 teams from 27 countries competing in 10 age categories from 60-and-over to 80-and-over.
The U.S. won four men's Cups -- the Von Cramm Cup, Jack Crawford Cup, Bitsy Grant Cup and Gardnar Mulloy Cup, and two women's Cups -- the Alice Marble Cup and Queens' Cup. The Americans also had runner-up showings in the women's division for the Kitty Godfree Cup and Althea Gibson Cup.
For the fourth year in the a row the American men claimed the Von Cramm Cup (Men's 60), as American Fred Robinson battled back from 0-4 down in the third set against Alain Vaysset of France to win 5-7, 6-1, 6-4. Floridian Larry Turville lost to Frenchman Bruno Renoult 3-6, 6-2, 6-0, but in the decisive doubles match the team of Anthony Dawson and Thomas Smith won 7-6, 6-0 to successfully defend their title. This is the fourth year in a row that the Von Cramm Cup was won by the U.S.
U.S. men claimed the Jack Crawford Cup (Men's 70) as a result of the extraordinary performance of Jimmy Parker. Parker not only won in singles 6-2, 6-1, but also partnered with Fred Drilling to take the decisive doubles match 6-4, 6-3 over the Austrians.
For a record sixth consecutive year the American team claimed the Bitsy Grant Cup (Men's 75). Captain Fred Farzanegan led Leo Sucker 6-0, 3-0 when Sucker retired. Lester Sack then clinched the title with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Klaus Haas.
In the Gardnar Mulloy Cup (Men's 80) the Americans swept all three matches with George McCabe, John Powless, and the doubles team of Joseph Russell and Richard Doss all scoring victories.
In the Alice Marble Cup (Women's 60), the U.S. women successfully defending the title they won last year, scoring their fourth consecutive win in this division. American Kerry Young lost to Austria's Maya Kerschbaum, but Tina Karwasky tied it up for the U.S. team with a victory in singles and then partnered with Floridian Mary Ginnard to win the deciding doubles match.
The American team tried to claim the Kitty Godfree Cup (Women's 65) from top seed France but fell short as Molly Hahn lost to Nicole Hesse Cazaux, while Brenda Carter fell to Gail Benedetti. France has held the Kitty Godfree Cup since 2011.
The Althea Gibson Cup (Women's 70) saw the British team stop the U.S. women in their quest for a seventh title, as Catherine Anderson and teammate Donna Fales of Florida both lost their singles matches. The doubles team of Fales and Charleen Hillebrand won the only point for the U.S.
The Queens' Cup (Women's 75) was played off as a round robin of the three best teams: USA, Great Britain and Germany. USA won both their group matches against Germany and Great Britain, before Roz King and Dorothy Matthiesen each won to ensure the United States was able to retain the title against Great Britain.
Since the inception of the ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships in 1981, the number of competitors taking part in the tournament has increased each year. In 1993, the ITF made the decision to divide the Seniors World Championships into two groups -- Seniors (35-55) and Super-Seniors (60-80). The ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships is the most prestigious team event on the ITF Seniors circuit. Following the ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships, the World Individual Championships are taking place Sept. 15-22, in Austria.
Below is the complete list of U.S. team final results from the 2013 ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships.
Von Cramm Cup-Men's 60 & over (USA def. France 2-1) -- Result: Champion
1. Larry Turville, Naples, Fla.
2. Tony Dawson, Austin, Texas, Captain
3. Fred Robinson, Charlotte, N.C.
4. Tom Smith, Alpharetta, Ga.
Jack Crawford Cup-Men's 70 & over (USA def. Austria 2-1) -- Result: Champion
1. Jimmy Parker, Santa Fe, N.M.
2. Fred Drilling, Estero, Fla., Captain
3. Allan Carter, Boca Raton, Fla.
4. Joseph Bachmann, Sarasota, Fla.
Bitsy Grant Cup-Men's 75 & over (USA def. Germany 2-0) -- Result: Champion
1. Lester Sack, New Orleans, La.
2. Fred Farzanegan, Tampa, Fla., Captain
3. King Van Nostrand, Vero Beach, Fla.
4. Herman Ahlers, Las Vegas, Nev.
Gardnar Mulloy Cup-Men's 80 & over (USA def. France 3-0) -- Result: Champion
1. John Powless, Madison, Wis.
2. George McCabe, Oxford, Ohio
3. Joe Russell, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Captain
4. Richard Doss, Laguna Woods, Calif.
Alice Marble Cup-Women's 60 & over (USA def. Austria 2-1) -- Result: Champion
1. Tina Karwasky, Glendale, Calif., Captain
2. Kerry Young, Maitland, Fla.
3. Martha Downing, Shingle Springs, Calif.
4. Mary Ginnard, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Queens' Cup-Women's 75 & over (USA def. Great Britain 2-1) -- Result: Champion
1. Dorothy Matthiessen, Pasadena, Calif.
2. Roz King, San Diego, Calif.
3. Lyn Tietz, Oak Brook, Ill., Captain
4. Ria Graham, New Port Richey, Fla.
Kitty Godfree Cup-Women's 65 & over (France def. USA 2-1) -- Result: Runner-up
1. Brenda Carter, Charleston, S.C., Captain
2. Molly Hahn, Belmont, Mass.
3. Carol Clay, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
4. Betty Wachob, Panama City, Fla.
Althea Gibson Cup-Women's 70 & over (Great Britain def. USA 2-1) -- Result: Runner-up
1. Donna Fales, Coral Gables, Fla.
2. Cathie Anderson, Del Mar, Calif.
3. Charleen Hillebrand, Harbor, City, Calif.
4. Susanne Clark, New City, N.Y., Captain
Britannia Cup-Men's 65 & over (Germany def. USA 2-1) -- Result: Fourth Place
1. Brian Cheney, Chandler, Ariz., Captain
2. David Nash, Bloomington, Minn.
3. Les Buck, Queenstown, Md.
4. Hugh Thomson, Norcross, Ga.
Doris Hart Cup-Women's 80 & over (USA def. Germany 3-0) -- Result: Fifth Place
1. Margaret Canby, San Antonio, Texas, Captain
2. Lucille Kyvallos, Bridgehampton, N.Y.
3. Mary Ann Plante, Winter Park, Fla.
4. Doris "Jane" Lutz, Sarasota, Fla.

PlayTennis.com Updates 'Find a Court' Interface, Player Prizes

playtennis_logo_primary_colorLooking to find places to play in your area? Or going on vacation and want to bring your racquet with you? The new PlayTennis.com website can help, with an updated "find a court" search function.
The new, mobile-friendly search for places to play tennis is now easier than ever. Those looking for courts can search by city/state or zip code, and results can be sorted by distance. Facilities returned in the search are color-coded by type: green are courts at public parks, blue are at schools/universities, and red are private tennis facilities, which are further divided into those that are only for members and those that accept non-members.
Facility and club listings include number of courts, whether they're lighted or indoors, contact information, distance from your location, and satellite and Google map views. The find-a-court function also is mobile-friendly and will automatically resize to fit smartphones, making it easy to find a tennis court or facility when you're on the road.
Tennis providers such as facilities, park and recreation agencies, retailers, tennis teaches, etc., can go to PlayTennis.com and sign up for free. Consumers have access to searches for finding courts, players, programs, lessons and equipment, but they also can sign up to win free merchandise in monthly drawings that will continue into the spring.
Hundreds of prizes will be distributed, including tickets to the 2014 US Open, autographed tennis racquets and merchandise from the game's biggest stars, and tennis equipment packages.
"PlayTennis.com is a collaborative effort from tennis industry companies and organizations to help bring attention to tennis and get more people involved with the sport," says Greg Mason, president of the Tennis Industry Association (TIA), which manages PlayTennis.com. "It's a one-stop portal for all things tennis that has the support of industry manufacturers, retailers, facilities, the USTA, teaching pro organizations, the pro tennis tours and many more companies and organizations."
To learn more about www.PlayTennis.com, official rules of the promotion, and how the site is being used to grow the game, visit the site today or contact the TIA at (843) 686-3036 or info@playtennis.com.





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