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Florida Tennis Briefs(4): Lederman Jr. Profile, Mary Pierce Coaching, More

April 9, 2013 11:31 AM

Florida Jr. Tennis Profile: Pine Crest's Lederman Headed to Stanford

photo_op-LedermanUSTAFlaWhen Pine Crest High School senior Roy Lederman returned to competition this spring for the first time since the Orange Bowl in December of 2012, he didn't know what to expect.
Wrist pain had kept him from playing any Florida sectional tournaments the first few months of the year, but a wildcard into March's USTA 18s National Spring Championships in Mobile, Ala., gave him a chance to test his health against the top players in the nation.
Although still feeling some discomfort, Lederman finished the tournament with two silver balls, reaching the finals of both singles and doubles, the latter with close friend Ryan Smith of Weston.
Lederman, seeded No. 6, trailed 5-1 in the third set of his semifinal match with Sarasota's Alexandru Gozun, only to win the final six games of the match. Reaching his first USTA Level 1 final since winning the 14s Clay Courts in 2009, Lederman lost to No. 3 seed Elliott Orkin 2-6, 6-3, 5-3, ret., in the final, unable to continue when cramping set in.
Once his high school career is over, the 2012 Florida 2A High School singles champion will begin competing for the Stanford University Cardinals this fall.
"It has been my dream forever, to go to Stanford, since I was like six," said Lederman, who also considered several Ivy League schools. "It's the best of both worlds. It gives you great academics and it's a great tennis team, great athletics all around. I took an unofficial [visit] last year before the Easter Bowl and fell in love with the campus. But I fell in love with Stanford a long time ago, so it was easy convincing me."
Lederman believes his tennis has benefited from his early commitment to Stanford, which came before the start of his senior year.
"I think it helped my tennis, because before, I was all stressed," Lederman said. "My goal was always to go to Stanford, so I didn't want to screw it up. Now I'm playing much looser, and I'm enjoying tennis more."

Region 3 Florida USTA League Teams Nationals Bound

by Nancy Morgan, USTA Florida Region 3 (Sun & Nature Coast) Columnist
The 2012 Florida Super Senior 4.0 champions
Innisbrook Pro Circuit winner Julia Glushko
of Israel (photo: Faye Tanaka)
Region 3 USTA League teams collected 11 state championships in 2012. Six competed in national championships before the end of 2012, and two more battled last month in Tennessee. This month, the final three Florida champions of 2012 enter the national arena.
Super Senior squads in women's 4.0 and 4.5 divisions and in men's 4.5 travel to Surprise, Ariz., to challenge other sectional winners for national titles.
First up is the Super Senior 4.0 women's team of 10 players, who will compete among 16 teams April 19-21, followed by Super Senior men's and women's 4.5 teams April 26-28 at the same public facility in Arizona.
This will be the first trip together for both women's teams, although many players have competed at league nationals on other teams. For the men, however, this is their fourth trip.
"Our team has played together for years with most of us now 65-plus, so we're looking forward to the 65 national event in the future," said men's captain Terry Payton. "We like the team concept and think it's more fun than individual tournament play -- most of us bring our wives with us to the national tournament."
Pros Come to Innisbrook Again
Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor held its second USTA $25,000 Women's Pro Circuit event of the year last month.
Israel's Julia Glushko won four matches to reach the final against Austria's Patricia Mayr-Achleitner. There, the No. 181-ranked Glushko outlasted the No. 162 Austrian in three sets.
No. 4 doubles seeds Ashleigh Barty and Aliza Lim upset the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds to win the 16-draw doubles.
During the week-long event, Innisbrook staff and volunteers staged a variety of community events, including a Pro-Am, several USTA member clinics, youth clinics, and tennis games and round-robin socials.

Former Slam Champ Mary Pierce Takes Part in Coaches Training

By Susie Rahimitabar, USTA Florida Region 4 (Orlando area) columnist
PTR coaches training participants with
Mary Pierce (second from top right)
Tennis teaching professionals, like any teachers, can update themselves on the latest techniques and philosophies through a variety of resources and professional organizations. The USPTA (United States Professional Tennis Association) and the PTR (Professional Tennis Registry) educate, train, test and certify tennis teaching professionals throughout the world.
The goal of these organizations is to ensure a high teaching standard in order to promote and grow the game of tennis. On March 21-22, 2013, the PTR offered a Performance Certification Workshop at Lake Cane Tennis Center in Orlando, taught by PTR Clinician of the Year Anne Pankhurst of Somerset, England.
As an education consultant to PTR, Pankhurst has been the primary designer of the Junior Development and Performance pathways. As such, she has been traveling the country and the world delivering the new programs, and training PTR clinicians and testers to sustain them.
Pankhurst also created the curricula and conducts the elite PTR Master of Tennis, Performance and Master of Tennis, and Junior Development programs, and was instrumental in bringing external accreditation from NCACE and continuing education credit from the United States Sports Academy.
PTR Performance Program participants were interested in hearing about Anne Pankhurst's findings in developing juniors from two categories of high performance players (ages 10-12 and 13-17) and the developmental differences in males compared to female athletes, and how those differences should be treated by the tennis instructors to avoid injuries and best help the athletes reach success.
Seeking this advanced knowledge in developing top athletes were local teaching professionals Kenny Gouts and Susie Rahimitabar of the Lake Cane Tennis Center. In addition to our local instructors were PTR members from as far away as Milan, Italy.
One other participant was former four-time Grand Slam champion Mary Pierce, who is helping train some up-and-coming junior athletes in Bradenton. It was a huge surprise and treat to have the sweet and charming top athlete in the group, and to hear her perspective on the subject.
Participants agreed that the information obtained from the workshop will serve to create stronger coaches and help develop healthier, happier and more successful junior tennis players.

Local Charities Highlight Region 5 Tennis

by Lance Martin, USTA Florida Region 5 (Sarasota/Manatee counties) columnist
Mary Alice Hratko of the CEC Council, and
Sam Gold, CEC event chairperson
Tennis events are popular ways to raise funds and awareness for a multitude of local, state, and national organizations. Region 5 is very active in supporting these organizations.
Want to lend a hand to local efforts? Take a look below and see what the Bradenton, Sarasota, and Venice areas are supporting.
The Council of Exceptional Children recently held its 9th annual event at Lakewood Ranch Tennis Center. The event, hosted by Sam and Gail Gold, raises funds to help its children with exceptions needs attend summer camps. These scholarships are given to children in need who would otherwise be unable to attend. If you would like to contribute to this cause, please contact Mary Alice Hratko at Mary.Hratko@sarasotacountyschools.net.
Rosedale Tennis Club's Carolyn Scott hosted Meals On Wheels' annual tennis event on March 16-17. Sixteen teams participated in this year's event, with the team of Nancy Corona and Jerry Jones coming out on top. Meals on Wheels is still seeking donations. For more information, contact Hap Parkes at haptennis@aol.com or visit Meals on Wheels' website at www.mealsonwheelsplus.org/donate.php.
Laurie Tinnell hosted her 7th annual Cure for Kids event at Bradenton Country Club on April 3. The event that supports both JDRS and St. Jude's had a turnout of over 70 people for its one-day event and raised over $10,000. If you'd like to support BCC's efforts in supporting JDRS and St. Jude's, contact Laurie Tinnell at Bradenton Country Club at (941) 792-2933.
Brandi's Wish Foundation was founded in March 2011 out of a personal tragedy and the death of 18-year-old Brandi Shea Meshad due to prescription drug poisoning. Its mission is to raise awareness through education and offer preventive solutions to teens and their families regarding the dangers of prescription drug misuse and abuse.
On Nov. 2-4, Brandi's Wish held its 2nd annual event at Bath & Racquet Club. Funds raised for this event came through private donations, tennis registrations, silent auction, and local business sponsorship. If you'd like to contribute, visit their website at www.brandiswish.org.





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