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Florida Tennis Briefs(4): USTA Play Days, Jr. Leagues, Big FSU Win

March 13, 2013 02:31 PM
City of Tampa's MacFarlane Park to Host 10 and Under Tennis Festival
 
Tennis_Festival_USTA_FL_graphicThe City of Tampa's MacFarlane Park will host a 10 and Under Tennis Festival on March 16, 2013, from 3-5:30 p.m.
 
"Everybody is welcome to enjoy the game of tennis," 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, preschool tennis classes or junior tennis classes."
 
Information will also be available for other play opportunities, classes, or area youth leagues such as USTA Jr. Team Tennis. USTA Jr. Team Tennis (JTT) brings kids together in teams to play singles, doubles and mixed doubles against other teams. It promotes social skills and important values by fostering cooperation and unity, as well as individual self-growth. It is designed for kids ages 5-18, and matches can be held anywhere from a local park or school to a commercial or private club. JTT teams are co-ed and divided by the play levels beginner, intermediate and advanced, and utilize the 10 and Under Tennis format for the 10-U and 8-U leagues.
 
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 go to www.tampabaytennislessons.com.
 
For information on other area Tennis Festivals, go to www.YouthTennis.com.
 
 
Clearwater Tennis Play Day for Kids, Adults on April 6
 
Play DaysOne of the largest tennis festivals annually in the U.S. will be held on April 6, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. when the Henry L. McMullen Tennis Complex in Clearwater, Fla., hosts the 2013 USTA Florida/Suncoast Tennis Foundation Tennis Play Day.
 
Sponsored by Advantage Yours Tennis, the event will feature court play on adult-size courts and using the USTA 10 and Under Tennis format. There will also be games, prizes, free lesson courts, food and drinks, an extensive racquet demo selection, and information on local summer camps and other play opportunities. Families, children and adults are encouraged to participate.
 
"We will also be showcasing new USTA Florida programs such as ROGY Tennis for beginner to intermediate kids, and Masters Tennis for players 55-and-older on the 60-foot court with the orange lower-compression ball, which is a lot of fun," says organizer Judy Foster.
 
In its fifth year, the annual event regularly attracts from 500-600 participants.
 
The Henry L. McMullen Tennis Complex is located at 1000 Edenville Ave. in Clearwater, Fla., (727) 669-1919. For more information contact Judy Foster, Suncoast Tennis Foundation, at (727) 725-3681, or Advantage Yours Tennis at (727) 442-7923.
 
 
FSU Men Upset No. 7 Oklahoma
 
FSU.jpgThe No. 28-ranked Florida State men's tennis team upset No. 7 Oklahoma (10-4) Tuesday night 4-2 in a match that lasted over four hours. The Seminoles improved to 12-3 on the season.
 
"We had such an unbelievable effort from all the guys tonight," said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. "It was a long match, but it's a huge win for us. It puts us in good position the rest of the season. We have a lot of work to do with the ACC schedule ahead of us, but we're on fire right now. Oklahoma is a good team and started to come back, but we were able to hold them off."
 
Florida State came out in doubles with a quick 8-1 win on court three by sophomore Dominic Cotrone and junior Blake Davis. With doubles tied 1-1, seniors Anderson Reed and Jordan Kelly-Houston upset the No. 56-ranked doubles team of Guillermo Alcorta and Axel Alvarez Llamas 9-7.
 
"During doubles, Dominic and Blake were just on fire in their match," Hultquist said. "It was a battle at court two with Jordan and Anderson. They were holding serve the whole way, but Jordan had a strong point for us to come back and win the doubles point."
 
In singles play, the Sooners tied up the match when Alvarez Llamas defeated Davis 6-2, 6-4 on court four. The undefeated freshman Michael Rinaldi extended his spring record to 10-0 to give the Seminoles a 2-1 lead. Rinaldi topped Peerakit Siributwong 6-1, 7-5 on court six.
 
"This is a monumental victory for us," Rinaldi said. "I'm so proud of every guy on this team. Jordan clinching the match in the third set was unbelievable. We proved how good we can be tonight."
 
Oklahoma bounced back when No. 17 Costin Paval defeated No. 110 Cotrone 6-3, 7-6(5) on court one. Reed was one of three Seminoles to win the first set, but he lost the second to force a third set. The Seminole came back to defeat Leonard Stakhovsky 6-1, 2-6, 6-4. After being down 4-2 in the first set, Kelly-Houston battled back to force a tiebreaker before taking the first set, then dropping the second. The third set came down to a tiebreak where he finally clinched the match for the Seminoles.
 
"I was just happy to bring it home for the team," Kelly-Houston said. "We play college tennis for this kind of moment. To come out on top against a Top 10 team on the road makes the hard work we put in that much more gratifying."
 
 
Palm Beach County Jr. Tennis Teams Still Open for Registration
 
Youth_Play_Graphic1Registration is open for junior tennis programs in North, Central, and South Palm Beach County, and the North and South Treasure Coast areas for children of all ages.
 
In North Palm Beach County, registration spots are open for kids age 10-and-older in the Yellow Division (intermediate-advanced players only). Matches are Friday nights, and children will be placed on existing teams that have open roster positions. For more info e-mail craiggmel2000@aol.com.
 
In South Palm Beach County, kids' Match Play Days are scheduled in April and May, with facilities practicing now -- players join individually, or as part of a club (RED, ORANGE, GREEN and YELLOW divisions). For more info go to http://ustarogysouthpalmbeach.eventbrite.com.
 
For high school players, the USTA Florida Region 6 High School Advanced Jr. Team Tennis League starts after the high school tennis season has finished. It is a team-based program. To register your team for the league, contact Joy at (561) 271-8632. This league adheres to national USTA Jr. Team Tennis regulations for advancement opportunities to Jr. Team Tennis Nationals. Matches will be played on select dates (not weekly).
 
In Central Palm Beach County, the opening season day for kids tennis (RED, ORANGE, GREEN Divisions) will be Saturday, March 16 at South Olive Tennis Center at 1 p.m. For more info go to http://ustarogycentralpalmbeach.eventbrite.com.
 
In North Treasure Coast there will be a Registration/Evaluation Day (Yellow division only, intermediate through advanced players) on Sunday, March 17 at 2 p.m. at Hidden Palms Club in Vero Beach. For more info go to http://mfcf_usta_youthtennis.eventbrite.com.
 
In South Treasure Coast, the opening season day for kids tennis (advanced Green-dot ball league only) will be Saturday, March 16, at 11:30 a.m. at the Racquet Club at Tesoro. Matches are played throughout the Stuart area at various clubs and facilities. To RSVP please email coordinator June Martin at jttsouthtc@hotmail.com.
 
For additional USTA Florida tennis program information, contact Janet Sprague at (561) 385-7399 or sprague@florida.usta.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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