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September 3, 2013 09:56 AM

Roddick, Venus Williams to Headline Mylan WTT Smash Hits at Disney

Mylan_smash_hits_orlandoFormer world No. 1s Venus Williams and Andy Roddick will headline Mylan WTT Smash Hits presented by GEICO, a charity night of tennis co-hosted by longtime friends Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 at the HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.
Tennis action is set for 6 p.m. with the pre-match VIP Reception and Auction kicking off at 4:30 p.m.
Last year's Mylan WTT Smash Hits in Pittsburgh raised a record $1 million, bringing the 20-year total to more than $11.5 million for the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) and various local AIDS charities since 1993. This year's 21st annual event will benefit EJAF and the Hope and Help Center of Central Florida. A portion of the funds raised at the pre-match VIP Reception and Auction will be specifically targeted for local programs.
"For more than 20 years, Mylan WTT Smash Hits has been one of the most rewarding and meaningful events in tennis," King said. "Having both Venus and Andy as part of this year's event and returning to the Orlando area will help us continue the momentum we set with last year's record-breaking event."
Sir Elton John urges all Orlando-area tennis fans to come out and support the event and local charities.
"It is always such a great pleasure to co-host this wonderful event with my dear friend Billie Jean King," said Sir Elton John. "I'm so pleased that we will be teaming up with the Hope and Help Center of Central Florida to raise awareness about the continuing challenges of the HIV/AIDS epidemic both locally and nationally, and to raise urgently-needed dollars for community-based HIV prevention, education, treatment, and care services."
Tickets for Mylan WTT Smash Hits go on sale at 10 a.m. on Sept. 9. All seats are reserved and range from $50-$125. Tickets can be ordered, or sign up for a special pre-sale offer, through www.WTTSmashHits.com, or purchase tickets at www.ticketmaster.com. For group sales of 10 or more tickets, call (407) 574-2599. 
Special VIP ticket packages, including VIP courtside seating and admission to the VIP Reception and Auction, will also be available for $500 and will directly benefit the Hope and Help Center. John, King and all players will participate in the pre-match live auction, which will include an Elton John signed piano bench and King's Wimbledon tickets, among other items. To buy VIP ticket packages or for more information, call (407) 574-2599.
Additional players will be announced in the coming weeks. King and John have split the two-decade series with 10 wins each. King's squad bested Team Elton last year 19-17 in overtime.
For more information on Mylan WTT Smash Hits presented by GEICO, visit www.WTTSmashHits.com.

West Palm Beach to Host 10 and Under Tennis Workshop in Oct.

10andunderlogo_4cRecreational tennis coaches as well as parents, teachers, camp or school staff who work with the age 10 and under population can get trained in the latest USTA 10 and Under Tennis methods when USTA Florida hosts a 10 and Under Tennis Workshop in October in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Lake Lytal Park in West Palm Beach will host a 10 and Under Tennis Workshop on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All participants must pre-register online. The workshop is free to USTA members and $15 for non-USTA members.
The 3-1/2 hour interactive on-court workshops gives an overview of 10 and Under Tennis and the six variables that all programs should adhere to for success. Each participant receives a set of 10 and Under Tennis practice plans.
For parents the workshop provides the perfect inroad to get involved and become a tennis volunteer with the 10 and Under Tennis play format in a USTA Jr. Team Tennis league, providing the perceived competence of being a tennis coach and learning the basics for working with small children of beginner and intermediate levels.
10 and Under Tennis allows smaller children to emulate adult play on smaller court sizes, with racquet sizes that fit their hands, foam and low-compression balls, a simple scoring system, all adjusted to ease kids into the sport. Similar mini-tennis formats have long been popular in Europe, where stars such as Roger Federer and Kim Clijsters first learned the game with age-adjusted racquets, balls and court sizes.
To register or for more info go to https://wpbworkshop.eventbrite.com.
For additional information or questions e-mail Janet Sprague at sprague@florida.usta.com.

City of Tampa's MacFarlane Park to Host 10 and Under Tennis Festival

mediawall-tennis-festivalsThe City of Tampa's MacFarlane Park will host a 10 and Under Tennis Festival on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
"Everybody is welcome to enjoy the game of tennis. We will have live music and tennis -- the idea is to have lots of fun," says event organizer Barbara Soto. "Tennis can significantly help in a child's brain development since it requires mental alertness and logical or tactical thinking. This is one of the main reasons why many parents are enrolling their kids in infant tennis classes, pre-school tennis classes or junior tennis classes."
For children age 10 and under the event will feature 10 and Under Tennis, the right-sized equipment for kids age 10 and under, utilizing smaller, lighter racquets and softer, lower-bouncing balls, and kid-sized nets and court sizes.
10 and Under Tennis is creating a whole new generation of players in the U.S., introducing kids to tennis in a fun format rather than with the frustration of regular tennis balls that bounce over their heads, heavy adult-sized racquets and too much court for little legs to cover.
MacFarlane Park is located at 1700 North MacDill Ave. in Tampa.
For more information contact Barbara Soto at barbarasoto@hotmail.com, or (813) 764-3586, or go to www.tampabaytennislessons.com.
For information on other area Tennis Festivals, go to www.YouthTennis.com.

Todd Martin, Brian Gottfried to Lead Bolles Tennis in Jacksonville

Todd Martin and Brian Gottfried
The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla., announced a new tennis relationship with former Grand Slam finalists Todd Martin and Brian Gottfried to head the school's tennis programs for the 2013-14 school year.
Both Martin and Gottfried will be responsible for selecting team coaches, instruction, and the training of Bolles players.
"Tennis rounded out the great education I received in school, and so I find the opportunity to work with students in the Bolles' environment of personal and academic excellence especially rewarding," said Martin, the former No. 4-ranked player, a resident of nearby Ponte Vedra Beach and director of the Todd Martin Tennis Academy.
Gottfried is the former world No. 3-ranked player in singles, and former director of tennis at the ATP World Tour Headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach.
"I am very excited about our new relationship with The Bolles School," Gottfried said. "I look forward to building on the tradition Bolles has built with its academics as well as its athletic programs."
Jack Milne is the associated head of school/student life at The Bolles School.
"These excellent coaches will develop the full player and team -- academically, physically, and mentally," Milne said. "Their focus on character development and sportsmanship falls right in step with the Bolles way. We gladly welcome Todd Martin and Brian Gottfried to the Bolles community."
Martin was the recipient of the ATP Sportsmanship Award in 1993 and 1994, while Gottfried received the honor in 1984.
The Bolles School is a co-educational college preparatory day and boarding school serving students on four campuses throghout Jacksonville in grades pre-kindergarten through 12. For more info go to www.Bolles.org.





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