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Florida Tennis Briefs(5): Davis Cup Single-day Tickets, More

January 10, 2013 04:14 PM
Great Seats Available for Jacksonville Davis Cup Feb. 1-3; Single-day Tickets On Sale Jan. 14
 
mediawall-davis-cupThe Davis Cup makes a rare Florida appearance in Jacksonville on Feb. 1-3, 2013, and great seats are still available to see the United States take on Brazil in first-round play.
 
Single-day tickets at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena will be available for public sale starting on Monday, Jan. 14.
 
Tickets for the Friday, Saturday or Sunday session will be sold with prices from as low as $40 and up to $180. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.usta.com/daviscup or by calling 1-888-484-USTA (8782). Tickets can also be purchased in-person at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena Box Office from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Three-day ticket packages remain available for sale starting at $30 a session ($90 for the three-day package).
 
The best-of-five match series begins Friday, Feb. 1, with two singles matches, featuring each country's No. 1 player against the other country's No. 2 player. Saturday's schedule features the pivotal doubles match. The final day of play on Sunday will feature two "reverse singles" matches, when the No. 1 players square off followed by the No. 2 players meeting each other in the final match. Play on Friday and Saturday will begin at 1:30 p.m. and play on Sunday will start at 11:30 a.m. All matches are best-of-five sets until one nation clinches the tie. A revised schedule for Sunday may take place if a team clinches in the third or fourth match.
 
While the U.S. team is yet to be named, captain Jim Courier has his pick of veterans John Isner, Mardy Fish, Sam Querrey in singles and the Bryan brothers in doubles, as well as singles up-and-comers such as Ryan Harrison and last year's breakout star Brian Baker. Brazil will likely counter with three-time ATP title winner Thomaz Bellucci, and in doubles the top team of Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares, who last year at the London Olympics defeated Isner and Andy Roddick.
 
"There is nothing like playing Davis Cup in your home country, and Jacksonville will be a great venue when we host Brazil next year," Courier said. "We were very happy to draw a home match. This could be a great opportunity for players like John, Sam and Ryan to experience a home court advantage for the first time in their Davis Cup careers."
 
The United States is 6-0 when competing in Florida since the Davis Cup competition began in 1900. It will be the first tie in Florida since the United States defeated Sweden 4-1 in the 2004 quarterfinal at the Delray Beach Tennis Center.
 
To buy tickets or for more ticket information go to www.ticketmaster.com/event/2200496F8E323E53.
 
 
Florida Jrs. Daniel, Makarome Named to U.S. International 14-U Tennis Teams
 
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The USTA announced the eight top American juniors selected to represent the United States in two premier 14-and-under events in Europe: AEGON Junior International Teen Tennis in Bolton, England, Jan. 13-18; and Les Petits As in Tarbes, France, Jan. 21-27.
 
Patrick Kypson (13, Greenville, N.C.), Noah Makarome (13, Wesley Chapel, Fla.), Sam Riffice (13, Roseville, Calif.) and Gianni Ross (13, Burr Ridge, Ill.) will compete in each boys event, while Catherine Cartan Bellis (13, Atherton, Calif.), Jaeda Daniel (13, Port Charlotte, Fla.), Michaela Gordon (13, Los Altos Hills, Calif.) and Claire Liu (12, Thousand Oaks, Calif.) will play for the girls.
 
USTA National Coach Andy Brandi will accompany the boys, and USTA Lead National Coach Leo Azevedo will accompany the girls.
 
The two events annually feature some of the world's best players aged 14-and-under. A number of former Les Petits As champions have gone on to become No. 1 in the world, including Rafael Nadal, Kim Clijsters and Martina Hingis.
 
Former American winners include Michael Chang, Donald Young and Bethanie Mattek-Sands, while Lindsay Davenport was a finalist.
 
Makarome reached the Boys 14s quarterfinals of the 2012 USTA National Winter Championships, while Daniels reached the quarterfinals of the USTA Girls 14s National Championships in August, and the Girls 14s doubles semifinals at Eddie Herr in December.
 
American boys have won both the AEGON Junior International Teen Tennis and Les Petits As singles titles each of the past two years. Francis Tiafoe captured both in 2012, while all four Americans reached the semifinals of last year's Les Petits As, marking the first time in the tournament's 30-year history all four semifinalists were from one country.
 
 
Florida PTR Certification Workshops in Jan., Feb. 2013
 
Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) will host Adult Development Certification Workshops, and Junior Development Certification Workshops (10 and Under) in English and Spanish in Florida in January and February at various sites throughout the state.
 
Workshop costs for PTR members are $120 for first certification, or $195 for second or third certification, and includes additional certification testing fee.
 
PTR.jpgElements of the certification workshop for adults include to demonstrate and actively learn PTR's process for group lessons, to display and discuss successful stroke analysis and corrections that can be applied to common stroke problems, to demonstrate specialty shot teaching progressions, and to focus on qualities essential for successful coaching.
 
Elements of the certification workshop for juniors include communication and organization skills for the coach; structure and content of tennis lessons; skills and game development for juniors; serve, rally and score as quickly as possible; appropriate competition for different ages; and information for working positively with parents.
 
Certification workshops in January and February:
 
Jan. 19-20 -- Treasure Island Adult Development, Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis, St. Petersburg
Jan. 19-20 -- Tampa Junior Development (10 and Under), Westchase Swim and Tennis Center, Tampa
Jan. 26-27 -- Sunrise Junior Development (10 and Under) Spanish, Sunrise Tennis Club, Ft. Lauderdale
Jan. 26-27 -- Fort Myers Junior Development (10 and Under), The Landings Tennis Club, Ft. Myers
Feb. 2-3 -- Longboat Key Club Junior Development (10 and Under), Longboat Key Club & Resort, Longboat Key
Feb. 8-9 -- Amelia Island Adult Development, Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Amelia Island
Feb. 23-24 -- Boca Raton Junior Development (10 and Under), Swim & Racquet Center, Boca Raton
 
For a full 2013 listing of PTR workshops go to: http://isgweb.ptrtennis.org/isgweb/Events/CalendarEventsListView.aspx
 
 
Panda Foundation of Bradenton Receives USTA Serves Tennis Grant
 
mediawall-USTA ServesThe Panda Foundation, Inc., of Bradenton, Fla., was named one of 34 community tennis and education organization grant recipients from USTA Serves, the national charitable foundation of the United States Tennis Association. The 34 awards tallied more than $340,000 in grant funding, following $1.7 million distributed by USTA Serves in 2012.
 
The Panda Foundation's mission is "To Teach Tennis and Change Lives." The Panda Foundation was certified as a 501(c)3 organization in 2000, and along with its partner organizations strives to impress upon children the value of remaining in school, maintaining a healthy, drug free body and addressing the issue of childhood obesity and diabetes. The organization also serves senior tennis players by promoting networking, staying active through tennis, and encouraging senior groups to experience the sport of a lifetime.
 
The bi-annual grant process, a national initiative of USTA Serves, was developed to provide disadvantaged, at-risk youth with the opportunity to participate in tennis and strive for academic excellence, and to help combat childhood obesity by promoting healthy lifestyles. To date, USTA Serves has disbursed more than $11 million to 236 programs that support its mission.
 
"USTA Serves is happy to support these organizations throughout the country who strive to provide systemic change for America's youth, by promoting tennis and education," says Deborah Larkin, executive director, USTA Serves. "These organizations share our belief that tennis, combined with education, can have a lasting effect on the lives of children and help pave the way to a brighter future for them. It's an honor to support these organizations, and we applaud them in their efforts."
 
The grant recipients are chosen by a Grant Proposal Review Committee comprised of USTA Serves board members and USTA national staff, with input from USTA sections and committee personnel. Grants are awarded to programs that successfully demonstrate the ability to provide quality programming and measurable outcomes.
 
For more information on USTA Serves, visit www.usta.com/foundation.
 
 
Free North Miami Play Day for Kids of All Ages
 
Playday-miami_boys_and_girls_club-2Sans Souci Tennis in North Miami, Fla., will host the North Miami-Dade Kids Tennis Play Day on Jan. 27, 2013, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. All ages 18 and under are welcome for the free event featuring 36-foot and 60-foot courts using low-compression ball play for children 10 and under, and full-size court play for kids age 11 and older.
 
"Parents can come out and learn more about our junior leagues for kids of all ages and levels," said USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator for the Miami area Cathy Nordlund. "This event will kick off our Jr. Team Tennis and 10 and Under Tennis seasons. Kids already in our program can come out for the festivities, and kids and parents new to the programs can come out and learn more and have a great time."
 
Children age 10 and under who are new to USTA play can also receive a free one-year membership for 2013. The free USTA membership for children 10 and under includes an annual subscription to the Bounce newsletter for children, eligibility to participate in USTA Jr. Team Tennis leagues, and eligibility to participate in USTA junior tournaments.
 
Sans Souci Tennis is located at 1795 Sans Souci Boulevard, North Miami, Fla., 33181.
 
The day will also feature raffles and prize give-aways for children. When you register on line at http://tennisfestival.eventbrite.com you are automatically entered to win great prizes. For more information on this and other Miami-area tennis events and programs, go to www.ustamiami.com or contact Cathy Nordlund, tennis program coordinator at Nordlund@florida.usta.com.
 
 
 
 
 

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