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Florida Tennis Briefs(5): Tallahassee Challenger Changes; McEnroe in Tampa

November 6, 2012 02:14 PM
Tallahassee Challenger USTA Pro Circuit Tournament Switches to Clay
 
tallahassee challenger logoThe Tallahassee Challenger, a men's USTA Pro Circuit event celebrating its 14th year in 2013, will switch from hardcourts to claycourts for the next edition of the tournament on April 27-May 4, 2013.
 
"We will be part of a three-tournament series in which participating players will compete for points to win the [USTA designated] French Open wildcard," says Tournament Director Karen Vogter. "Tallahassee will be the final event in the series that will start with Sarasota, then go up to Savannah and finish here in Tallahassee. We are very excited to be part of this new circuit of tournaments."
 
The stadium court will be converted to a clay Hydrocourt, and the event will also introduce live web streaming in 2013.
 
The City of Tallahassee's Forestmeadows Tennis Complex has been host to satellite-level, futures-level and challenger-level tour events. It has been voted the best tournament at its level by players and officials alike, and has served as a testing ground for new USTA initiatives.
 
Proceeds from the tournament continue to benefit the Vogter Neuro-Intensive Care Unit at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare. This unit cares for patients of all ages who suffer neurological trauma (such as head injuries, strokes), require surgical intervention for life threatening illnesses (brain tumors, aneurysms), and many other types of patients. The D. Mark Vogter Memorial Endowment has received approximately $400,000 from the Tallahassee Challenger over the last 12 years. In addition, a new stadium court was constructed in 2005 and donated to the City of Tallahassee by the challenger.
 
For more information go to www.tallahasseechallenger.com.
 
 
McEnroe Enters Nov. 9 Tampa PowerShares Series on Hot Streak
 
McEnroe07With one title and four runner-up efforts on the 2012 PowerShares Series, John McEnroe sits at No. 1 on the PowerShares Series Rankings and is the prohibitive favorite entering this Friday's event at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla.
 
On Monday in Madison Square Garden in New York City, McEnroe thrilled his home crowd before losing in a second consecutive final (following Philadelphia) to former No. 1-ranked Australian Patrick Rafter.
 
Besides Rafter, McEnroe's nemesis this season has been Pete Sampras. McEnroe beat Sampras in the Chicago final, but then Sampras took home titles at Detroit (d. Ivan Lendl) and Boston (d. McEnroe), and now sits a mere 100 points behind McEnroe at the No. 2 rank.
 
"I'm going to do everything I can to win the title this year," McEnroe said. "Pete 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."
 
The 53-year-old McEnroe continues to defy the odds and opponents, on Monday at Madison Square Garden rolling past a much younger Andre Agassi in the semifinals to reach the final.
 
Winning this Friday in Tampa is next on McEnroe's agenda, but he will have to first get through No. 3-ranked Jim Courier, Michael Chang, and making his debut on this year's tour, former No. 1 Mats Wilander. McEnroe was 7-6 versus Wilander during their years on tour, with their most famous meeting their first, when McEnroe defeated Wilander in Davis Cup play 9-7, 6-2, 15-17, 3-6, 8-6 in a match lasting over six hours.
 
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.
 
UPDATED 2012 POWERSHARES SERIES RANKINGS
 
1. John McEnroe -- 1200 points
2. Pete Sampras -- 1100
3T. Jim Courier -- 800
3T. Patrick Rafter -- 800
5. Ivan Lendl -- 400
6. Michael Chang -- 200
7T. Andre Agassi -- 100
7T. Todd Martin -- 100
 
 
UF Club Tennis Wins 3rd Consecutive Title at West Coast Invite
 
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The UF Gold Bracket winners
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The FSU Silver Bracket winners
The University of Florida club tennis team has swept all three events thus far on the 2012-13 USTA Florida 'Tennis on Campus' Series, on Oct. 27, 2012, defeating the University of South Florida in the Gold Bracket final of the Florida West Coast Invite tournament in Tampa.
 
To gain the final UF defeated Stetson in the semifinals 20-5, while USF defeated Florida Gulf Coast University 16-10.
 
Florida State University captured the Silver Bracket title, in the final defeating the USF "B" team.
 
Other colleges participating were the University of Central Florida and the University of Miami.
 
The win follows titles for UF at the Gatorbowl and FSU Capital Challenge. The next event on the 2012-13 USTA Florida 'Tennis on Campus' Series will be the UCF Knitro Cup in Orlando on Nov. 17.
 
The Tennis on Campus team format features men's and women's singles, doubles and mixed doubles, with a minimum of two men and two women per team. The format uses World TeamTennis (WTT) scoring, where the first up to five games wins the match, with a 12-point super-tiebreak if the match is tied at four games all. Total cumulative games determine the overall winning team of each match. The WTT scoring format also features no-ad scoring, player substitutions, and player on-court coaching is allowed.
 
 
2012-2013 USTA Florida "Tennis on Campus" Schedule and Results
 
 
Sept. 15 -- UF Gatorbowl (Grand Slam), Gainesville (FINAL: UF d. UCF)
Oct. 6 -- FSU Capital Challenge (Grand Slam), Tallahassee (FINAL: UF d. FGCU)
Oct. 27 -- West Coast Invite (Masters), Tampa area TBA (FINAL: UF d. USF)
Nov. 17 -- UCF Knitro Cup (Grand Slam), Orlando
Jan. 12 -- FGCU Open (Tour), Ft. Myers
Jan. 26 -- USF Bullrun (Grand Slam), Tampa
Feb. 16-17 -- Florida TOC Championships (Grand Slam), Orlando
March 2 -- East Coast Invite (Masters), Daytona Beach
 
 
USTA Florida "Tennis on Campus" Year-end Championship Winners
 
 
2012 -- University of Central Florida
2011 -- University of Florida
2000 -- University of Florida
2009 -- University of Florida
2008 -- University of Central Florida
2007 -- University of Central Florida
* Prior to 2007, all Florida teams advanced directly to nationals
 
 
For more information on the USTA Florida Tennis on Campus series contact Michelle Brown at brownm@florida.usta.com, or go to www.florida.usta.com/CommunityTennis/tennis_on_campus.
 
 
 
New Date for 2013 PTR International Symposium
 
PTR.jpgProfessional Tennis Registry (PTR) will hold its annual International Tennis Symposium on May 2-5, 2013, at the newly renovated Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island in South Carolina.
 
The Symposium attracts tennis teachers and coaches from more than 50 countries. Many of the tennis industry's most notable speakers, including Dr. Jim Loehr, Pat Etcheberry, Butch Staples, Leo Alonso, Lorenzo Beltrame, Oivind Sorvald, Doug Cash and Dr. Mark Kovacs, will be among the more than 50 presenters who will conduct classroom and on-court presentations.
 
Subject matter ranges from 10 and Under Tennis to tennis business to teaching tactics and techniques. There is also a special high school coaches' track sponsored by the USTA that will be held over the weekend to accommodate scholastic schedules.
 
Teaching pros will show off their playing skills at the PTR International Championships, held in conjunction with the Symposium. The tournament starts April 30. The Symposium also offers a Tennis Trade Show where organizations and companies, such as Gamma, Head/Penn, and Playmate exhibit their newest product lines, latest technologies and services. Professional Development Courses will be held May 1, 6 and 7.
 
For complete information and registration, visit www.ptrtennis.org/events/ptr-week.
 
 
 
Cardio Tennis Training Course Dec. 9 in Naples
 
Cardio Tennis Logo resized.jpgA Cardio Tennis Training Course will be held on Dec. 9, 2012, at the Pelican Marsh Tennis Center in Naples, Fla.
 
The course will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., presented by TIA Cardio Tennis Manager Michele Krause. Registration fee is $150, and includes lunch, manual, music CD, drill DVD's and more.
 
 
"This training course teaches the fundamentals of Cardio Tennis and everything you need to know to make it a success at your facility," Krause says. "After participating in this course you will have a strong understanding of what Cardio Tennis is, creating a healthy curriculum, the importance of and how to use heart rate monitors, the six components of Cardio Tennis, proper warm-up activities, Cardio games and drills, cool-down activities and cardio blasts, drill based vs. play based exercises, and how to market and make money with Cardio Tennis."
 
 
Attendees of the Cardio Tennis training course will gain the proper experience for running an ideal Cardio Tennis class, working with players of different ability and fitness levels, and keeping injured players safe throughout the workout.
 
 
For more information of to sign-up go to www.tennisindustry.org/newsletter/alerts/cardio/cardiotrainingnaples120912.htm.
 
 
 
 
 

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