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Florida Tennis Briefs(4): USTA Pro Circuit News; Legends in Tampa

October 10, 2012 11:02 PM
Niceville, Fla., Hosts USTA Pro Circuit Tennis at Bluewater Bay in Nov.

usta pro circuit logo-collageThe Bluewater Bay Tennis Center in Niceville, Fla., will host a USTA Pro Circuit $10,000 Men's Futures Tournament on Nov. 2-11, 2012, featuring a number of up-and-coming players looking to earn ATP ranking points.

The qualifying draw for the event will kick off on Nov. 2, with main draw play starting Nov. 6.

Saturday, Nov. 10 will feature a free 10 and Under Tennis Kid's Day. Tickets are $3 for adults, $2 for children, and free for all veterans and active military personnel on Nov. 11. Friday-Sunday play is $12 per family, and $5 for adults and $3 for children.

"The free clinic for children 10 and under will demonstrate the newest-style tennis launched in Florida," said tournament organizers. "Inspiring a new generation of tennis players, the courts are shorter, the balls -- orange and green -- are slower, and a set is four games. The Pro Circuit tournament brings over 100 of the Top 300-ranked players to the courts."

For tickets or to sign-up for the Kid's Day, call (850) 897-8010 or e-mail b.cunningham@cliffdrysdale.com, or visit www.bluewaterbayprocircuit.com.

Tennis Legends PowerShares Tour Begins, Visits Tampa Nov. 9

PowerShares_logoThis weekend kicks off the 12-stop 2012 PowerShares Series of tennis legends, which will visit Tampa, Fla., on Nov. 9 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum featuring John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Mats Wilander and Michael Chang.

Each event on the circuit will feature four champions squaring off in a one-night tournament held in one session for all ticket holders. Fans will see two one-set semifinal matches followed by the championship match.

"I'm very excited about playing again, and I'm going to do everything I can to win the title this year," McEnroe said. "Pete (Sampras) is still the big favorite coming off his championship last season, but I will be ready. When you're a competitor at heart like me, winning is first and foremost."

McEnroe captured the 2011 season-ending HSBC Tennis Cup in Buffalo, with an 8-5 triumph over Florida's Todd Martin in the final. The seven-time Grand Slam champion is the only player slated to play in all 12 PowerShares Series events this season. 

"I can't wait to get back out there to defend my No. 1 position on the PowerShares Series," Sampras said. "I know the guys will be gunning for me this year, but I'll be ready for the challenge."

Sampras earned $500,000 by finishing the 2011 season as the top-ranked player, winning five of the seven events he competed in. Sampras is slated to take part in five events this year: Chicago, Detroit, Boston, Philadelphia and New York.

"I'll be pushing hard to try to take the No. 1 spot this year," Courier said. "Last year, Pete edged me out with some key wins early in the schedule, but I've been putting in the extra work to try to get back on top in 2012."

Tickets and unique interactive VIP fan experiences for the 2012 PowerShares Series are on sale now. For complete tour and ticket information, visit www.PowerSharesSeries.com.

2012 PowerShares Series Tour Schedule:

October 13 - Surprise, AZ - Surprise Tennis Stadium - McEnroe, Chang, Martin, Courier
October 17 - Chicago, IL - United Center - Sampras, McEnroe, Courier, Lendl
October 18 - Detroit, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills - Sampras, McEnroe, Courier, Lendl
October 19 - Boston, MA - TD Garden - Sampras, McEnroe, Courier, Lendl
November 2 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center - McEnroe, Sampras, Courier, Rafter
November 5 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden - McEnroe, Agassi, Sampras, Rafter
November 9 - Tampa, FL - Tampa Bay Times Forum - Chang, McEnroe, Wilander, Courier
November 10 - Atlanta, GA - Gwinnett Center - Chang, McEnroe, Wilander, Courier
November 16 - San Jose, CA - HP Pavilion - Agassi, McEnroe, Lendl, Courier
November 17 - Las Vegas, NV - Mandalay Bay Hotel - Agassi, Chang, McEnroe, Courier
November 29 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center - Agassi, Chang, McEnroe, Courier
November 30 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center - Agassi, Chang, McEnroe, Courier

Haggerty, Florida's Martin Among Nominated USTA National Board Members

Todd Martin
David Haggerty was announced by the USTA national nominating committee as USTA chairman of the board and president for a two-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2013, and former player and Florida resident Todd Martin was named as a director at large for the board of directors.

Haggerty, who has served on numerous national and section-level boards and committees over the years, is currently completing a two-year term as first vice president. He is a member of the Budget, International, Major Construction Oversight and Compensation committees, and represents the USTA on the Grand Slam Committee and the ITF Women's Circuit Committee. He also is a member of the board of directors for USTA Serves.

Haggerty is the former chairman of Head USA, a position he held until his retirement in March 2010, and formerly worked at Prince and Dunlop.

Martin, of Ponte Verde Beach, Fla., is nominated for his first full term as director at large for the board of directors. He currently is completing his role in this same position after being appointed in October 2011. He is the board liaison to the Pro Tennis Council and a member of the USTA Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Committee. A former professional player, he achieved a career-best No. 4 in the world and reached the final of the 1999 US Open and the 1994 Australian Open.

Also nominated as the slate of new officers and directors of the USTA Board were Katrina Adams, of White Plains, N.Y.; Donald Tisdel, of Lake Oswego, Ore.; Thomas Ho, of Houston, Texas; Patrick Galbraith, of Bainbridge Island, Wash.; Alexander Boyd Andrews IV, of Raleigh, N.C.; Joan Baker, of Shorewood, Minn.; Raymond Benton, of Washington, D.C.; Mark Ein, of Washington, D.C.; Andrew Valdez, of Salt Lake City, Utah; Jeff Williams, of New York, N.Y.; Chanda Rubin, of Lafayette, La.; and Brian Vahaly, of Washington, D.C.

Current USTA Chairman of the Board and President Jon Vegosen will remain on the USTA Board of Directors and will serve as immediate past president during the 2013-14 term.

Gainesville USTA Pro Circuit Title Taken by Alvarez-Teran

Maria-Fernanda Alvarez-Teran
Maria-Fernanda Alvarez-Teran of Bolivia defeated Maria-Fernanda Alvez of Brazil 2-6, 6-0, 7-5 on Sunday for the USTA Pro Circuit title at the Gainesville Women's $10,000 Tennis Classic at the Jonesville Tennis Center in Gainesville, Fla.

The 23-year-old Alvarez-Teran also won the doubles title with Russian partner Angelina Gabueva. In the doubles final Alvarez-Teran and Gabueva defeated the American team of Kristi Boxx and Keri Wong 7-6(4), 5-7, 10-7.

"The Jonesville Tennis Center would like to thank the volunteers for their help and support throughout this tournament," said Tournament Director Dave Porter. "It would not have been possible without the dedication of our many volunteers and staff."

It was the first-ever women's USTA Pro Circuit event hosted at the Jonesville Tennis Center. "We hope to grow this event and to provide an exciting atmosphere for the players and spectators for years to come." Porter said. "A huge thank you to all of our sponsors, Cabot Lodge and Best Western for their hospitality, as well as the Gainesville Sports Commission staff and the Buchholz Key Club."

USTA Pro Circuit $10,000 events feature up-and-coming players looking to establish a ranking, or work their way up the rankings to get into the qualifying draws of WTA Tour events and Grand Slams.

With approximately 90 tournaments hosted annually throughout the country and prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players, and a frequent battleground for established professionals. The USTA launched its Pro Circuit 33 years ago to provide players with the opportunity to gain professional ranking points, and it has since grown to become the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, offering nearly $3 million in prize money. 






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