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Florida Tennis Briefs(4): US Open Fundraiser, USTA Jr. Tennis Showcase, More

November 16, 2012 12:08 PM
Only 100 Tickets Remain for 2013 US Open Experience Fundraiser
 
 
cindy2-US-Open-014-webThe USTA Florida Section Foundation's 2013 US Open Experience Fundraiser has only 100 tickets remaining, where one lucky winner will receive the ultimate US Open Experience. Only 500 tickets were printed so don't miss your chance to participate!
 
The event raises money for the USTA Florida Section Foundation, which supports tennis programs that assist youth, special-needs children, and building/renovating tennis courts across Florida -- and sends a lucky winner and their guest to New York and the 2013 US Open.
 
The Grand Prize is a trip for two to the 2013 US Open, including two (2) tickets to the USTA President's Box, round-trip domestic airfare for two (2) to New York and two (2) nights hotel accommodation, complimentary US Open Bus transportation to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, lunch in the USTA President's Dining Room, hospitality in the President's Suite, and access to courtside seating in Louis Armstrong Stadium, as well as Grandstand and all other courts.
 
Second Prize is two 2013 courtside seats in Arthur Ashe Stadium, while Third Prize is two 2013 Sony Ericsson Open box seats for the men's or women's final.
 
Tickets are a $20 donation each and the lucky ticket will be drawn on Dec. 1, 2012 during the USTA Florida Annual Meeting. The USTA Florida Section Foundation is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 non-profit with a mission to "Changing Lives Through Tennis."
 
 
For more information on tickets for the 2013 US Open Experience Fundraiser, please contact Linda Curtis at (386) 671-8934 or curtisL@florida.usta.com, or visit www.USTAFloridaFoundation.com.
 
 
USTA Junior Tennis Showcase at the ITA Convention in Naples
 
ITA_logoA USTA Junior Tennis Showcase will be held at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Convention in Naples, Fla., on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Naples Grande Resort.
 
Players will get a chance to play matches in front of college coaches from all Divisions from across the country, and parents can learn more about college tennis and the recruiting process. There will be a college tennis and recruiting information session held during the showcase.
 
"This is a great opportunity for players to get to play in front of college coaches," says USTA Coordinator, Junior & Collegiate Competition Elissa Hill. "We already have over 100 coaches confirmed to attend."
 
Matches will be short sets to six with a tiebreak at 5-5. Players will be guaranteed at least three matches. Space is limited to 32 boys and 32 girls, first served. A waitlist will be maintained. the event is open to all high school aged players who aspire to play college tennis, with a cost of $20 per player.
 
Due to the variety of NCAA, NAIA, and Jr. college recruiting rules regarding contact, NO contact between coaches and players will be allowed before, during, or after this event to prevent any rules violations and to eliminate any confusion.
 
 
 
UF's Lauren Embree Leads U.S. Tennis Team at Master'U BNP Paribas
 
embree lauren-2010University of Florida senior Lauren Embree was chosen among the top American collegiate players to represent the U.S. at the seventh annual Master'U BNP Paribas, an international collegiate team competition held Dec. 5-9, 2012, in Aix-en-Provence, France. Eight nations compete in the competition featuring college and university players from around the world.
 
Embree is joined on the women's team by Arizona State's Jacqueline Cako (JR, Brier, Wash.) and Southern California's Zoe Scandalis (SO, San Diego).
 
The men's team will be comprised of University of Virginia senior Jarmere Jenkins (College Park, Ga.), the University of Michigan's Evan King (SR, Chicago), and Southern California's Ray Sarmiento (JR, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.).
 
 
The U.S., which defeated France to win both the 2011 and 2009 titles, will be competing for the fifth consecutive year against a field that includes Belgium, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland and Russia. The teams will compete in a best-of-seven format consisting of two men's and two women's singles matches, one men's and one women's doubles match and one mixed doubles match.
 
 
The U.S. team will be coached by Boise State head men's tennis coach Greg Patton -- his fourth straight year coaching the Master'U team -- and Cal head women's tennis coach Amanda Augustus.
 
 
Jenkins, Embree and Cako are all representing the U.S. in Master'U for the second straight year, having helped lead the United States to the championship in 2011. King, the No. 4-ranked men's singles player in the Campbell/ITA rankings, was formerly the top-ranked American junior, while Sarmiento is currently No. 9 in the Campbell/ITA singles rankings. Both King and Sarmiento previously trained at the USTA Player Development National Training Center in Boca Raton, Fla.
 
 
All six players competed on the USTA Pro Circuit in 2012 as members of the USTA Collegiate Team, a high-level training program for top American collegiate tennis players.
 
 
FSU Seminoles Sign Four Floridians To 2013 Tennis Class
 
FSU.jpgFlorida State University men's tennis head coach Dwayne Hultquist has signed four Floridians to his 2013 class, each rated four-stars or better on tennisrecruiting.net, making it one of the top classes in Florida State tennis history.
 
The team signed Jose Gracia of Delray Beach, Grayson Goldin of Bradenton, Jake Albo of Plantation, and Jack Haffey of Naples.
 
"I would have to say this is probably the best recruiting class we have ever brought in," Hultquist said. "To have all four of them from the state of Florida is a real credit to our staff and the hard work that they put in. We're anticipating that the class will be regarded in the Top 5 of the country."
 
Gracia, a five-star blue chip player from Delray Beach, Fla., is ranked No. 10 in the nation and No. 2 in the state of Florida. This past September he won the USTA Regional Tournament in Delray Beach and in April 2012 the NCTC Designated Boys 18 in Naples, Fla. In total, the Florida Virtual School attendee has won five championships this year. During the summer, he competed at the USTA Florida Bobby Curtis State Championships (formerly known as the Florida Jr. State Closed) where he reached the semifinals, losing to his future teammate and current Florida State student-athlete Dominic Cotrone.
 
"I was out for two years due to a fractured back and having a cyst in my right shoulder," Gracia said. "I gave myself a goal at the start of the year to become No. 1 in Florida. I did so in less than nine months. I'm enjoying tennis more than ever now and don't take being healthy for granted because being out for two years made me realize how much I really love the sport of tennis."
 
Goldin is a five-star recruit according to tennisrecruiting.net. Goldin is ranked No. 4 in Florida and No. 34 in the nation, including No. 12 in the Southeast. He reached the finals of both the Gulfstream Boys' 18 at Delray Beach, Fla., and the USTA Florida Bobby Curtis State Championships in the Boys' 18s. He also competed against Cotrone and lost to him in the finals.
 
"I could not possibly be more excited to start at Florida State," Goldin said. "It is going to be one of the best times of my life. It's going to be fun to be on a team. My two goals are that I want our team to win the [NCAA] National Championship and I want a singles and doubles title."
 
Albo is a five-star recruit who attends the Sagemont School in Weston. He won the singles and doubles 1A Florida High School Athletic Association titles and is ranked No. 6 in the state of Florida and No. 38 in the nation according to tennisrecuiting.net. He won the Whispering Pines Boys 18 in Port Saint Lucie in December. This year he has reached three semifinals including the Delray Beach ITF and the USTA Regional Tournament in Coral Gables.
 
Haffey is a four-star recruit who is ranked No. 21 in Florida. Attending Florida Virtual School this year he reached five singles quarterfinals according to tennisrecruiting.net. This year he won two out of the four National Level 3 tournaments in doubles and reached the finals in the most recent one. This year he also won two Level 2 Florida events in doubles and has two National Open doubles titles with the most recent last season. At the USTA Florida Bobby Curtis State Championships Boys' 18 this summer, he competed against Cotrone and lost to him in three sets. Tennis runs in his family, as his mother Catherine played in the No. 1 spot at Miami of Ohio.
 
"I am so excited to finally be a Seminole and represent Florida State," Haffey said. "I picked Florida State because of its many amazing qualities such as its awesome coaching staff and the very high level of current players on the team. I honestly could not have picked anyone better to be going to school with than Jake, Grayson and Jose. The facilities are second to none and Tallahassee is an amazing town."
 
The Seminoles start the season on Jan. 12, 2013.
 
 
 
 
 

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