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Florida Tennis Briefs(5): 10-U Icons; UF's Will Double No. 1; More

March 29, 2012 10:00 PM
USTA Releases 10 and Under Tennis Icon System for Provider Profiles

10-and-under-tennis-consThe USTA has launched a new "icon system" for its www.10andUnderTennis.com website, allowing facilities and providers to enhance their consumer search profiles.

New to the site are icons designed to highlight the elements of 10 and Under Tennis, which will help parents who visit www.10andundertennis.com to identify the right 10 and Under Tennis program for their child. The enhancements will help ensure users have the best tennis experience at a qualified facility. By registering their facilities or programs, 10 and Under Tennis providers can reach parents who are searching for tennis programming in their area.

Icons include 10 and Under Tennis Balls (red, orange, green), Modified Courts (36-foot, 60-foot), Modified Youth Racquets, Sells 10 and Under Tennis Equipment, Offers USTA Programming (Playdays, Jr. Team Tennis, Tournaments), and 10 and Under Tennis Trained Staff.

10 and Under Tennis follows the same logic as other youth sports like baseball or soccer, which use kid-sized courts and kid-sized equipment. Now with 10 and Under Tennis, balls bounce lower, don't move as fast through the air and are easier to hit. Racquets are sized for small hands and courts are smaller and easier to cover. By using this format, the benefits are immediate and within a short time kids are rallying, playing, and excited to keep playing.

Tennis program providers and organizers are encouraged to register and assess their programs at:

Pembroke Isles Hosts 'March Into Tennis' Event for Children, Parents

pembroke-march-into-tennisThe Pembroke Isles tennis club, GTC Tennis Consultancy, and USTA Florida partnered to host a "March Into Tennis" event on March 24, 2012, in Pembroke Pines, Fla. The event featured free tennis and lessons for young children, teens and parents, and for younger children featured the USTA 10 and Under Tennis format.

"The goal to attract and retain more kids was accomplished," said Gustavo Granitto, founder of GTC Tennis Consultancy. "It was fascinating that players asked for more tennis after two hours of intense activity!"

The event was one of more than 100 Florida tennis clubs and facilities hosting Tennis Play Days, Youth Registration days, Kids' Tennis Clubs at schools, and other events during the United States Tennis Association's "March Into Tennis" campaign during the month of March to register youth for local play opportunities in 2012.
"The March Into Tennis event was developed with great success," Granitto said. "Many kids from different levels were introduced into tennis practice, and competing in the 10 and Under Tennis format. Parents were also trained to play with their children. We want to thank the players, parents and volunteers of the Pembroke Isles community."

USTA 10 and Under Tennis is designed for children featuring smaller court sizes, racquet sizes, low-compression balls, a simple scoring system, and net heights adjusted to ease kids into the sport. Similar mini-tennis formats have long been popular in Europe, where current stars such as Roger Federer and Kim Clijsters first learned the game with age-adjusted racquets, balls and court sizes. For more info go to www.10andundertennis.com.

UF's Will Rises to College Tennis No. 1 in Singles and Doubles

Allie-Will.jpgUniversity of Florida junior All-American Allie Will (Boca Raton, Fla.) sits atop the NCAA singles rankings and the doubles rankings with sophomore Sofie Oyen (Leopoldsburg, Belgium), becoming only the second player in Gator women's history to achieve the feat.

Will joins Nicole Arendt (1991) as the only two Gators in program history to ranked No. 1 in singles and doubles during the same season.

Oyen and Will, who earned the No. 1 doubles ranking three times last year, are 12-0 in dual match doubles action this season.

Will last Sunday became the 22nd Gator to win 100 career singles matches, and the first since Jessica Lehnhoff (1999-2002) to earn the No. 1 ranking for singles and doubles during her career.

Florida (13-1, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) returns to action on Friday when the team plays at Auburn (8-7, 3-3 SEC) beginning at 1 p.m. ET. The Gators then battle SEC Western Division leader and No. 13-ranked Alabama (12-2, 6-0 SEC) on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.

Coaches Chosen for Florida H.S. All Star Tennis

This week the coaches were announced for the inaugural Florida High School All Star Tennis Tournament, featuring graduating high school seniors to be held May 6-7, 2012, at Embry-Riddle College in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The Florida High School Tennis Coaches Association named Corbin Graves of Maclay High School and Kevin Record of Leon High to coach the high school tennis seniors from the 21 counties (from Escambia on the west, east to Hamilton, Suwannee and Lafayette) in Region 1. Coaches of the Region 4 team, which encompasses Orange, Seminole, Volusia, Osceola, Lake, Volusia and Flagler counties will be Teresa Cunningham of Winter Park and John Pouzzner of West Orange. Region 5 coaches will be Walter Scherer and Morgan Wilmer of Martin County High School, encompassing Indian River, Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach.

Eight boys and girls chosen will compete against the other seven regions in the state. Play will consist of boys and girls doubles, followed by singles and then mixed doubles. Coaches and players will be provided a pool-side dinner on Saturday evening, lodging, breakfast, lunch, t-shirts, and a Gamma goodie bag.

The event is a joint effort of the Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida and the Florida High School Tennis Coaches Association.

To nominate a senior for the event go to www.fhstca.org or contact Coach John Danise at johndanise@fhstca.org.

Greater Miami Tennis & Education Foundation Receives Donation from Tsonga, Babolat

Tsonga-Miami-2012-webBabolat and France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga hosted an event to celebrate the Greater Miami Tennis & Education Foundation (GMTEF) on March 21, 2012, during the Sony Ericsson Open. The event included a special donation from Babolat of junior-specific products including racquets and footwear along with tennis balls to support GMTEF's programs for youth.

"GMTEF is a great organization giving kids access to a lifetime sport, like tennis, who might otherwise not have the chance to play," said Tsonga. "The skills I learned in my youth helped shape the player I am today and it's an honor to provide that gift to kids who wouldn't otherwise have this opportunity."

The Greater Miami Tennis & Education Foundation has served over 33,000 youth from economically and socially challenged communities in Miami-Dade County since its inception in 1974. Its programs educate youth on the game of tennis and valuable life skills by establishing a pathway from beginner through competitive levels for junior players.

For more information, visit http://www.gmtef.org.






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