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July 24, 2013 08:37 AM

Florida's Paul, Makarome Claim National Jr. Clay Titles

Noah Makarome at the 2012 USTA Winter Nationals
Coconut Creek's Tommy Paul and Wesley Chapel's Noah Makarome were Florida juniors coming home with hardware during USTA national age group clay court champions held across the country in July.
Coconut Creek's Paul swept the Boys' 16s singles and doubles titles in Delray Beach, Fla., at the USTA National Boys' 16s Clay Court Championships. The 16-year-old Paul, the No. 6 seed in singles, overcame 15-year-old Reilly Opelka of Palm Coast 6-2, 6-4 in the all-Florida singles final to add to his previous ITF titles in Delray Beach and Plantation, Fla., in May.
In doubles, Paul and Alex Rybakov of Coral Springs, the 2013 International Grass Court Champion, beat Daniel Gealer and Taylor Fritz 6-4, 7-5.
Noah Makarome of Wesley Chapel defeated Sam Riffice of Roseville, Calif., 6-0, 7-6(3), in the final of the USTA National Boys' 14 Clay Court Championships in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
In the semifinals the No. 5-seeded Makarome fought through a 6-1, 6-7(5), 10-7 victory over No. 13 seed Kyrylo Tsygura.
Miami's Katerina Stewart, the No. 2 seed, fell in the final of the USTA National Girls' 16 Clay Court Championships in Virginia Beach, Va., losing to top seed CiCi Bellis of Atherton, Calif.
Bellis added to titles this year at the International Grass Court Championships, the Easter Bowl (Girls' 16s), and the Les Petits As in France and AEGON Junior International Teen Tennis in England.

Florida's Herman, Smith to Participate in USTA-ITF Wheelchair Tennis Camp

wheelchair-group.jpgThe USTA announced that 32 young wheelchair athletes will be participating in the 2013 USTA-ITF International Junior Wheelchair Tennis Camp in Mission Viejo, Calif., July 28-Aug. 2. The camp will take place at Marguerite Tennis Pavilion and is for youth ages 12-18, who live with a permanent disabling condition and use a wheelchair when playing sports including tennis.
Florida participants in the camp will be U.S. Athletes Chris Herman (Gulfport) and Auburn Smith (Port Orange).
This year's camp will include players from 10 different states and six different countries (Argentina, Canada, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico, and the United States). The camp is geared towards fun and camaraderie, while developing tennis skills in these young athletes.
Each day of camp consists of morning wheelchair tennis clinics and in-depth tennis instruction. Afternoon sessions include additional instruction, as well as an ITF-ranking wheelchair tennis tournament. Brad Parks, a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and founder of wheelchair tennis, will be speaking to the campers on Tuesday, July 30.
Campers also will receive instruction from David Wagner, a three-time Paralympic gold medalist and US Open champion, as well as from the USTA's National Head Coach and National Manager of Wheelchair Tennis Dan James, USTA Wheelchair Tennis Assistant National Coach Jason Harnett, and other wheelchair tennis coaches. Off-court activities for campers include a trip to Universal Studios.
"We are thrilled and proud to hold this wheelchair tennis camp for these young athletes who want to develop their games," James said. "These athletes, some of whom are playing in this country for the first time, are being afforded a unique opportunity to play the sport they enjoy and forge relationships with other young people who share a similar lifestyle. We hope this camp will impact the growth of these young players for years to come."
The clinic is sponsored by the USTA, the ITF, the Johan Cruyff Foundation, and the City of Mission Viejo, which is providing the local tennis courts.

Registration Open for 2013 USTA Florida State Jr. 'Bobby Curtis' Doubles

bobby-logo-USTA_COVERonWhite_2013_DoublesThe registration deadline is Sept. 7, 2013, for the 65th USTA Florida "Bobby Curtis" Junior State Doubles Championships, which will be held Sept. 21-23 for the boys' and girls' 10-14 divisions at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach, and for the boys' and girls' 18-16 divisions at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla.
The USTA Florida Bobby Curtis Junior State Championships represents some of the best junior tennis players in the strongest of the 17 USTA sections across the country. The USTA Florida Bobby Curtis Junior State Doubles Championships is one of the few major events in the country that combine boys', girls', and mixed doubles in the same event.
"I truly love this event!" said Tournament Director Andy Gladstone. "There is a great atmosphere with fun, friendliness and competitiveness."
Last year the event hosted the 10-and-under division, featuring the USTA 10 and Under Tennis format, for the first time.
"The first 'official' Florida state doubles championships with 10 and Under Tennis division play was very exciting," said USTA Florida Competitive Education Coordinator Ann Brown. "We were able to finish with a playoff for all the 10-and-under teams on the Saturday."
To see a review of last year's event and a list of winners CLICK HERE.
In June 2012 the former USTA Florida Jr. State Closed Championships were re-christened the USTA Florida Bobby Curtis Junior State Championships, named after the man who grew to embody junior tennis in Florida. Curtis guided the likes of Florida juniors Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, Brian Gottfried, Jay Berger, Mary Joe Fernandez, and Chris Evert among others as they rose through Florida tournament play, the various age group ranks, and represented Florida at USTA national events.
"Bobby Curtis really has been junior tennis in Florida, ever since I've been alive," said the former world No. 1 Courier. "If you're at a tennis tournament and Bobby's there, you know you're in the right place. He really does signify what's good and true about tennis in Florida. He does it for all the right reasons -- he cares about the kids, he cares about the sport, and he's always ensuring that the whole of junior tennis is successful."
For more information or to register for the 2013 tournament go to:
To see the 2013 offical tournament page go to www.ustaflorida.com/bobbycurtisdoubles2013.

Pompey Park to Celebrate Grand Re-opening of Adult and Youth Tennis

10andunderlogoYouth and adult players both beginner and experienced are invited to the Grand Re-opening of the Pompey Park tennis courts, debuting 36-foot and 60-foot lines for youth play, on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, from 4-6 p.m. in Delray Beach, Fla.
The free event will feature tennis games, prizes, and USTA give-aways for all participants. Free USTA membership registration will be available for all children age 10 or younger. Reservations are requested, but walk-in participants are welcome.
"Join USTA Florida staff and the City of Delray Beach commissioners, staff and residents in experiencing the new courts," says USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator Janet Sprague. "In addition to regular adult full-size courts, smaller children can now play on the two blended-line 36-foot and 60-foot courts."
The $15,000 court resurfacing and blended lines were funded by the USTA national Fed Cup Legacy Gift program after Delray Beach hosted the Fed Cup earlier this year, and by the USTA Florida Section. During the Fed Cup tie, Pompey Park hosted a youth tennis clinic featuring Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens, and in conjunction with Wilson, the USTA provided the park with 10 and Under Tennis equipment.
10 and Under Tennis allows smaller children to emulate adult play on smaller court sizes, with racquet sizes that fit their hands, foam and low-compression balls, a simple scoring system, all adjusted to ease kids into the sport. Similar mini-tennis formats have long been popular in Europe, where stars such as Roger Federer and Kim Clijsters first learned the game with age-adjusted racquets, balls and court sizes.
To RSVP for the event, call or text (561) 385-7399 with name(s) and ages -- text "A-" for adult and "Y-" for youth.

Girls-only Health & Safety Tennis Event in August at Vero Beach

The Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida and the East Coast Tennis Foundation, an official USTA Florida Community Tennis Association, will sponsor a free Girls-only Health & Safety in Tennis event on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, from 2-4 p.m. at the Vero Beach Tennis Club in Vero Beach, Fla.
On-court tennis clinics and off-court games and activities will go along with topics such as "Healthy weight -- it's not a diet, it's a lifestyle!" and "Body mass index and how to screen for categories that lead to health problems," and "Racquet and court safety to prevent injuries to self and/or others," and "How to prevent heat exhaustion and stay hydrated when playing tennis/exercising."
The event is targeting girls age 5-10, and all necessary equipment will be provided. Participants will receive a free membership to the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.
The registration deadline for the event is Aug. 19, 2013 at 5 p.m., and early registration is encouraged as space is limited. For more information or to register go to http://gshealthandsafety.eventbrite.com.





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