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Florida Tennis Briefs(4): Tallahassee Challenger Preview; Bruner Named March VOM; 10-U High Performance

March 16, 2012 10:12 AM
Bruner 40-love; March USTA Florida Volunteer of the Month Shows Players the Way

Lyn Bruner-marchWith more than 35 years of experience volunteering for the USTA, Fort Myers' Lyn Bruner is the person you want beginning junior or adult players receiving an introduction to the game from.

"Running tournaments allows me to offer a positive competitive experience in an organized way," says Bruner, a tournament director for USTA-sanctioned junior events as a volunteer for the Lee County Community Tennis Association (LCCTA). "I enjoy working with junior players and parents. The LCCTA offers sanctioned junior events in Southwest Florida at each level -- Rookie, Local, Super Series, and Designated -- and a Senior Olympics Qualifier for adults."

Bruner is currently the volunteer vice president for the LCCTA, and coordinates fellow volunteers for the organization. She has volunteered for the LCCTA a total of six years, including 2009 when the LCCTA was named the top USTA Community Tennis Association in the U.S. Also in 2009 she received the Reitan Cup for Outstanding Tennis Volunteer at her home club, the Landings Yacht, Golf & Tennis Club.

"Lyn is a volunteer extraordinaire and is very deserving of this recognition," says USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator for the Lee County area Susie Bessire. "She is a pleasure to work with and is always ready and willing to get involved in any new project that comes along.  We are all very fortunate to have her living and volunteering in Lee County."    

Bruner also volunteers at the USTA Florida Section level on the Volunteer Council, and is assisting USTA Florida staff in implementing the use of a Microsoft Sharepoint web-based application for USTA Florida volunteers.

"She is my volunteer counterpart on SharePoint, she is a really good tournament director, she has been extremely involved with her CTA, she is a member of the Volunteer Council, and helped last year reformat and restructure the USTA Florida Yearbook -- she just does everything," said USTA Florida Volunteer Development & Meetings Manager Lynne Salus.

With tennis such a big part of her life, Bruner says, "I want others to enjoy as much as I do all that tennis offers. I met my husband playing tennis. All my friends play tennis. I have met wonderful people through tennis and visited many parts of the country because of it. It's great exercise and a lot of fun. We moved to Florida in 2003 because of year-round opportunities to play tennis outdoors."

USTA Florida congratulates and thanks Bruner as the March 2012 Volunteer of the Month for all she does for Florida tennis. While she "lives" the game, her passion remains helping along a next generation of players and their parents.

"I really enjoy helping parents of juniors understand the Florida tournament structure and recommending where their children can experience the most success," Bruners says, "so that players will stick with the game as a sport for a lifetime."

ABOUT LYN

Birthplace: Canada
Family Members: Husband Ron Treaseh
Favorite Movie: Wizard of Oz
Favorite Food: "Chocolate!"
Favorite Travel: Hawaii
Favorite Shot: Crosscourt forehand

My earliest tennis memory was..."learning to play indoors on a gym floor at a YWCA in Chicago in the mid-1970s."

If I could play tennis with three people, they would be..."Martina Navratilova, Venus Williams, and Roger Federer."

When I am not playing tennis I am..."making quilts."

My best-ever tennis memory is..."winning a tournament in Chicago where the prize was a trip to a Florida tennis resort."


USTA Pro Circuit Tallahassee Challenger Preview; Ones to Watch

tallahassee challenger logoThe future stars come out this March 31-April 7, 2012, when Tallahassee's Forestmeadows Tennis Complex hosts the 13th edition of the USTA Tallahassee Tennis Challenger, a USTA Pro Circuit event that has seen winners Mardy Fish (2006), John Isner (2009), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (2007), and last year's champion, American Donald Young, light-up its hardcourts.

The tournament has a reputation for launching stars and healing hearts and minds, as proceeds from the event benefit the D. Mark Vogter Memorial Endowment for the Neuro-Intensive Care Unit at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare. Friday, April 6, will see semifinal play, and the singles and doubles finals will be held at noon on Saturday, April 7.

The tournament, one of the few pro Challenger-level events whose proceeds go to charity, is also one of constant improvement in terms of the site and activities offered for fans.

"The first Challenger tournament in Tallahassee took place in 2000 and has grown steadily every year," says Tournament Director Karen Vogter. "It has been voted the best tournament at its level by players and officials alike. When schedules permit, players want to be in Tallahassee. Proceeds from the tournament continue to benefit the Vogter Neuro-Intensive Care Unit at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, with the total contribution to the Endowment over $400,000 for the last 12 years. Also in 2011, three of the tournament courts were resurfaced by the challenger and the USTA Pro Circuit, and are now US Open blue and green like the stadium court."

Five to watch this year in Tallahassee:

lu yen-hsunYen-Hsun Lu -- The highest-ranked player in the draw at No. 56, the Chinese-Taipei native reached a career-high No. 33 in 2010 when he won two Challenger titles, and became the first Asian player to reach the quarterfinals at Wimbledon since Shuzo Matsuoka at in 1995, beating Andy Roddick en route. Last year he enjoyed another deep run at Wimbledon, defeating former Top 10ers Tommy Robredo and Viktor Troicki.
 
He is an accomplished doubles player, winning the ATP Chennai title in 2005 (w/Schuettler), and finishing runner-up at Chennai in 2010 (w/Tipsarevic) and at the ATP Beijing event in 2007 (w/Haggard).

matosevic marinkoMarinko Matosevic -- The Bosnia-Herzegovina-born Australian reached the final of the ATP event in Delray Beach a few weeks back as a qualifier, narrowly denied the title by Illinois-schooled South African Kevin Anderson in a two-hour match 6-4, 7-6(2). Currently ranked a career-high No. 129.
 
Prior to Delray Beach this year he won the Caloundra (Australia) Challenger, in the final beating Aussie Greg Jones, who will also make an appearance this year in the Tallahassee main draw.

becker benjaminBenjamin Becker -- No relation to Boris, Benjamin starred at Baylor University before taking to the ATP tour, in 2007 reaching a career-high ranking of No. 38.
 
The ATP-level experienced German is currently making a comeback after last year missing six months due to an elbow injury. In 2009 he won the ATP title on grass at 's-Hertogenbosch (Netherlands), and was a finalist at the ATP Bangkok event in 2007.

kunitsyn igorIgor Kunitsyn -- The Russian who spends time training in California is currently ranked No. 81 but a reached a career high of No. 35 in 2009 when he landed the semifinals at the ATP St. Petersburg (Russia) event, and on the year compiled a 16-31 record in ATP-level play.
 
Last year he reached the semifinals on grass at the ATP event in Eastbourne, and in May won the Cremona (Italy) Challenger title. Won his lone ATP title in 2008 at Moscow, and won the ATP Moscow doubles title in 2010.

pospisil vasekVasek Pospisil -- This 21-year-old Canadian Davis Cup hero has been tabbed as a future star, with an imposing game and stature at 6-foot-4, coached by former Canadian pro Frederic Niemeyer. He is currently ranked No. 114, just off his career high earlier this year of No. 111. A Canadian Davis Cup team member since 2008, he was born in Canada but trained in Prostejov, Czech Republic, from age 15 to 18. He began 2011 ranked No. 339, allowing him to compete only on the Futures circuit, the lowest rung of pro play, where he won two titles before moving up to Challenger-level play and reaching two semifinals.
 
Last year he advanced to the second round of the US Open, and was the hero in Davis Cup play, helping Canada erase a 0-2 deficit to beat Israel thanks to a pair of victories in singles and doubles with Daniel Nestor, qualifying Canada for the Davis Cup World Group for the first time since 2004.
 
Photos: ATP/Getty Images

Other notables receiving direct entry into the main draw are Americans Wayne Odesnik, Rajeev Ram, Bobby Reynolds, Mike Russell, Alex Kuznetsov, Michael Yanni and Jesse Levine, Aussie comer Greg Jones and Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili.

The week of the Tallahassee Challenger will also be chock-full of events as it is every year, including the first Sunday's Sharon Ewing Walker Pro-Am to benefit the Sharon E. Walker Breast Health Center at Tallahassee, and the Pro-Am/Player/Sponsor/Volunteer Party in the VIP Tent.

Monday will feature the Boys & Girls Club/Boys Town Tennis Jamboree; Tuesday and Wednesday 10 and Under Tennis/QuickStart clinics for elementary school students and Wednesday's Community Center/1stServe Tennis Spectacular; Thursday's United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Day at the Challenger, Free USPTA Clinic (then watch the Challenger matches with your pro and receive $5 off admission); Friday's Special Olympics Tennis Carnival (sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, USTA Florida, and the USTA Pro Circuit), Tallahassee Tennis Association Night (half off to all members); and Saturday's USPTA Appreciation Doubles Clinic for Ball Folks, the Opening Ceremony for the Finals, and the singles and doubles finals. For the full schedule of events go to http://tallahasseechallenger.com.

The start of this year's Tallahassee Challenger has been moved up a few weeks on the calendar by request of USTA General Manager for Player Development Patrick McEnroe so that American players can accumulate ATP points before the cut-off for the French Open and other European ATP events.

For more information on the Tallahassee Challenger go to http://tallahasseechallenger.com.


Jacksonville to Host USTA 10 and Under Tennis High Performance Workshop

10andunderlogowebAs part of workshops conducted by USTA national professional development across the U.S., Jacksonville, Fla., will host a 10 and Under Tennis High Performance Workshop on April 14, 2012, at 9 a.m. at the MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation Tennis Center in downtown Jacksonville.

The workshop will present the USTA Player Development teaching and coaching philosophy in a practical manner, while highlighting the new 10 and under Tennis format, as well as the full continuum of junior player development from age 7-17. After attending the workshop, high performance coaches will leave with a teaching, training and planning framework, including documentation and materials.
 
The fee for the event is $15, payable during the online registration, and lunch is included. Registration closes on April 9. The MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation Tennis Center is located at 1096 West 6th Street in Jacksonville.

"10 and Under Tennis is only going to be successful if it is delivered properly by an army of tennis teaching professionals," said USTA Florida Associate Executive Director Andy McFarland. "Whether it is introduced via recreational players or high-performance players, most children ages 10 or younger can benefit from the 10 and Under Tennis play format. We need to change the way tennis is delivered and introduced to this new generation, and these tennis workshops are a vital way of getting that change started."
 
To register online go to www.active.com/tennis-conference/jacksonville-fl/pd-workshop-in-jacksonville-2012.


University of Miami Women tennis Upsets No. 10 Baylor

miami university mascot graphicThe 12th-ranked University of Miami women's tennis team extended its winning streak to seven matches this week as it upset No. 10 Baylor 6-1 on Tuesday night at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center in Miami. No. 20-ranked UM senior Anna Bartenstein, ranked No. 20 nationally in the latest ITA poll, clinched the match with a win over No. 27-ranked Nina Secerbegovic of Baylor 6-0, 6-4.

UM's No. 32-ranked Gabriela Mejia also upset No. 13-ranked Diana Nakic 6-2, 6-3, and in doubles Mejia and her partner Lina Lileikite moved to 10-0 on the season with an 8-4 win over the Baylor duo of Nakic and Sona Novakova.

The Canes' Melissa Bolivar, Liat Zimmerman and Brittany Dubins each won in straight sets over Baylor's Ema Burgic (6-1, 6-2), Megan Horter (6-2, 6-4) and Nicole Kosakowski (6-3, 6-1) respectively.

In the doubles the No. 3 UM pair of Bartenstein and Dubins secured the doubles point with an 8-2 victory over Horter and Kosakowski.
 
 

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