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April 8, 2013 06:19 PM
Pembroke Pines' Kozlov Wins USTA Int. Spring Championships
 
Kozlov_Stefan_cynthia_lumStefan Kozlov, the 15-year-old known for confounding opponents with his variety of spins, angles, and drop shots, continued his dominance of upper age divisions over the weekend, defeating fellow USTA Boca Raton High Performance squad member Henrik Wiersholm 6-2, 6-3 for the title at the ninth annual USTA International Jr. Spring Championships in Carson, Calif.
 
It was eighth consecutive time the Pembroke Pines, Fla., native defeated the 16-year-old Wiersholm. Kozlov was a finalist in Carson a year ago, falling to Mitchell Krueger.
 
"The more I play him the more chances I'll have, but it's all mental now," Wiersholm said of his losing streak against Kozlov. "Once it gets to 8-0, 7-0, whatever, it just gets into your head. You can't really perform how you want to."
 
Kozlov said he wanted to again do well after making the final last year.
 
"I kind of had a little bit of pressure too because I thought he would just come out and start spraying balls, but he played a little bit different than I thought he would," the No. 2-seeded Kozlov said. "He had more pressure than me today but I'm starting to get better at staying loose and dealing with it."
 
In the girls' final, former Carson 16s finalist Mayo Hibi of California defeated University of North Carolina-bound Jamie Loeb of New York 6-2, 6-1.
 
 
Tampa-area Teams Sweep USTA Super '70s Invitational
 
super_70s_ott_staffTwo teams from Tampa and one from the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area captured titles at the USTA Super '70s Norm Ott Invitational Tennis Tournament held last weekend at Hunter's Green Country Club in Tampa, Fla.
 
The team from Tampa captained by Andree Chalupnik won the Ladies' 7.0 title, the Tampa team captained by Joe Obusek won the Men's 7.0 title, and the St. Pete/Clearwater squad captained by Don Wheeler captured the Men's 8.0 crown.
 
"Our many thanks to all who participated in the Super 70's Norm Ott Invitational Tournament," said organizer Ruth Ott. "I would like to acknowledge my staff of Carol Levin, Dave Foster, Barbara Jones, Andree Chalupnik, Jeanne Matthews, Leon Kennedy, and Gerry Waller. Also to the USTA Florida Section -- Sandy Marshall, Jodi Manning, and the media staff for the contributions to the tournament. This year we also had the expertise of Carolyn Pavonetti to take our pictures."
 
Forty-three players and guests attended the pasta dinner night, featuring gifts and drinks. Gifts and prizes included Team Best Color Coordinated (Barbara Withers), Female Newbie (Jenny Morin), and Most Diplomatic Players (Henry Keatts and Charles Waller).
 
"These two gentleman waited 45 minutes for their opponent who drove 50 miles in the wrong direction," Ott said of Keatts and Waller.
 
The tournament honors Norm Ott, who passed away in March 2009. Ott was a devoted USTA Florida local league coordinator, and the event was named after him in 2010. For more tournament info e-mail Ruth Ann Ott at raott@tampabay.rr.com.
 
 
Rosemary Beach to Host USTA Adult Designated in May
 
USTA FloridaSect_2cThe Rosemary Beach 2013 Open, a USTA Designated adult tennis tournament, will be held May 16-19, 2013, at the Rosemary Beach Racquet Club in Rosemary Beach, Fla. The event is presented by The Merchants of Rosemary Beach and Sunny 98.5, and is sponsored by the Rosemary Beach Cottage Rental Company and Realty.
 
A portion of the player entry fees will be donated to the American Cancer Society for the event, with divisions of play including men's singles (Open, 35, 45, 55, 65, 75), men's doubles (Open, 35, 45, 55, 65), women's singles (Open, 35, 45, 55), women's doubles (Open, 35, 45, 55), and mixed doubles (Open, 35, 45, 55).
 
All singles divisions will have prize money (minimum $4,000 total). Prizes will be awarded to main draw winners and finalists, and to consolation winners in all divisions.
 
"Our aim for this tournament is great tennis, but more importantly to provide players with lots of amenities and tons of fun at a first-class facility," said Rosemary Beach Racquet Club Tennis Director Michael Clark. "Rosemary Beach has been voted a Top 50 resort by guests through Tennis Resorts Online. Each player can count on groomed courts for every match, a minimum of two matches per division, Friday night dinner, and Saturday luncheon."
 
Clark has directed more than 50 sanctioned tournaments, including the award-winning Michelob Classic, the 1994 Tournament of the Year in Louisiana.
 
Entry fees are $44 for singles and $38 per person for doubles. Players will receive dinner on Friday night, lunch on Saturday, a tournament t-shirt and gift bag. Additionally, Rosemary Beach Cottage Rental Company is offering a fourth night free when you book three nights in a loft, flat, or carriage house.
 
The entry deadline is Friday, May 10 at 11:59 p.m. CST. USTA members can register online at www.USTAFlorida.com by clicking on "Tournaments," then "Searchable Schedule" and searching using the tournament ID number 150105213.
 
For more information contact Tournament Director Mike Clark at the Rosemary Beach Racquet Club at (850) 278-2061 or via e-mail at tennis@rosemarybeach.com or visit www.rosemarybeach.com.
 
 
UF Men's Tennis Upsets No. 7 Ole Miss
 
Gator-Tennis.jpgThe No. 17-ranked University of Florida men's tennis team upset No. 7 Ole Miss 4-1 on Friday in Oxford at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center.
 
Florida took advantage early against Ole Miss (13-6, 6-4 SEC), storming out in doubles to take a 1-0 lead. Florent Diep and Gordon Watson paired for the first time this season and beat the Rebels' William Kallberg and Zach Wilder, 8-3, at No. 3 doubles. Stephane Piro and Bob van Overbeek then clinched the doubles point with an 8-4 win against No. 67 Stefan Lindmark and Johan Backstrom.
 
The Gators carried the momentum over into the singles, taking the first set on three courts. On court three, van Overbeek stormed out against Lindmark, breezing to a 6-0, 6-1 victory. Watson then defeated Wilder in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0, at No. 6 singles to give Florida a 3-0 lead in the match.
 
Ole Miss got on the board with a win on court four as Backstrom beat Mike Alford, but Florida had bounced back on the remaining three courts to force a third set in each match. Diep pulled out the clinching victory, beating No. 84 Kallberg 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 to secure the team victory.
 
Florida returns to Gainesville and will host No. 13 Mississippi State at 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex.
 
 
Centerbar Named 2013 USPTA Florida Tennis Pro of the Year
 
USPTA_logoBoca Grove Golf and Tennis Club Tennis Director Richard Centerbar has been named the 2013 USPTA Florida Pro of the Year. The honor is awarded annually to only one of approximately 1,600 USPTA Professionals throughout the state of Florida.
 
"I'm honored to be named USPTA Florida Pro of the Year. I feel lucky that my profession just so happens to be my passion," Centerbar said. "I've always strived to do my best in everything I do. It's so nice to be recognized for my hard work, but I honestly could not have achieved this without the people around me -- past, present and future."
 
Centerbar has served as Boca Grove's tennis director for the past 28 years. He is a USPTA Professional Level 1, and has served as USPTA Florida president and the Florida USPTA District president. He currently serves as a member of both the USPTA National Executive and National Nominating committees.
 
He has extensive experience running USTA Florida tournaments and has been the director of prize money events, including one at $100,000.
 
"We at Boca Grove are delighted by Richard's accomplishment," said Emerson "Chuck" Lehner, Boca Grove's chief operating officer and general Manager. "To be selected from amongst 1,600 other tennis professionals is quite an achievement. We are extremely proud of him, and we're appreciative to have such a talented tennis professional here at Boca Grove. It is an absolute pleasure to work with such a dynamic individual."
 
 
 
 
 
 

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