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Florida Tennis Briefs(5): Tri-Level League Sectional Champs, More

February 4, 2014 12:48 PM
Two USTA Florida Tri-Level League Teams Advance to Indian Wells
The Tri-Level women's champs from Palm Beach Gardens
The Tri-Level men's champs from Winter Springs

USTA Florida Tri-Level League teams from Orange/Seminole counties (Winter Springs) and North Palm Beach county (Palm Beach Gardens) advanced to Indian Wells, Calif., to represent the USTA Florida Section after capturing men's and women's titles at the USTA Florida Tri-Level Playoff Championship, held Feb. 1-2, 2014 at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach.

The doubles-only men's championship was won by players out of the Tuscawilla Country Club in Winter Springs, located north of Orlando. They finished ahead of the second-place finishers from Duval County (Hidden Hills Country Club, Jacksonville).

The Winter Springs squad was captained by Ryan Murray, with team members Marvin Yee, Kirk Searls, Jerry Cutchens, Ramaswami Krishnan, Preston Carpenter, Robert Ruryk, James Mitchell, Tim Lynch, Thomas Condo, Randolph Wisor, Brandon Glenn, Todd Vanhoozier, Ron Browning, and Terry Montville.

Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Club produced the doubles-only women's championship team, which finished ahead of second place Volusia County (Florida Tennis Center, Daytona Beach). Both teams finished round robin play with identical 2-1 team win-loss records and 5-4 individual win-loss records, but Palm Beach Gardens won the tiebreak with fewer sets lost.

The Palm Beach Gardens squad was captained by Dianne Rescigno, with team members Victoria Brunne, Linda Luebcke, Susan Fraleigh, Mary Murray, Miriam Radillo, Beth Abbonizio, Kristin Atkins, Isabel Corrigan, Lori Hickey and Veronica Radford.

Both teams now advance to the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Tri-Level Championships on March 14-16 in Indian Wells, Calif., held during the ATP/WTA BNP Paribas Open. They will compete against teams from the 17 USTA sections across the country to determine the men's and women's national champions.

Players will receive complimentary tickets and parking passes to watch the pros play at the BNP Paribas Open, and will be invited to attend a complimentary dinner to be held on Saturday, March 15. Each player will receive a FILA gift, and individual awards will be presented to the winners of each flight. Each player on the winning team of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open Tri-Level Championships will receive a FILA product package and an additional award.

For more detailed information go to www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&s​ource=web&cd=2&ved=0CC4QFjAB&url=http://www.bnpparibasopen.com/~/media/3DA7EA9D09B748D1917E9A7DA9C40993.ashx&ei=puXvUv7dGMOnkQeanoHgAw​&usg=AFQjCNFhq2drVTvm4Z4vsOVaK8-48Uwypg&sig2=IGlqa9asTTj2xvZ3DA9ioA&bvm=bv.60444564,d.eW0.

Tri-Level League is a national USTA doubles format designed to provide a unique team league opportunity to members by combining players of differing NTRP levels (3.5/4.0/4.5) on teams in local and sectional competition. For more info on USTA Florida Leagues, go to www.ustaflorida/leagues.

New Feb. Tennis Parent Resources at 'Growing Champions for Life'

growing_champions_for_life_graphicThis month's fresh tennis parent content is now available at the USTA Florida "Growing Champions for Life" website, a partnership with David Benzel's organization dedicated to creating cohesive families and principle-centered athletes who win at life, not just at sports.

New articles with additional audio and video include a live Life Skills Monthly Webinar on Tuesday, Feb. 18: "Focused or Frantic? Three Steps for Getting Your Athletic Family on the Same Page."

This month's Positive Parent Video is "Give Your Child the Gift of Optimism," and this month's True Hero Parent Article is "Five Parenting Decisions That Reveal Your True Values."
In the Expert Interviews section, this month Mary Lore, author of "Managing Thought," sheds a new perspective on how athletes and parents can get more of what they want out of sports through a shared commitment to choosing powerful thoughts and words that work.

"Check out the whole page to find other resources that will help you create the most positive sport family environment possible!" Benzel says.

For more information go to www.florida.usta.com/youth_tennis/david_benzel_growing_champions_or_life.

VIP/Player Party, Masters Tennis, More at Innisbrook Women's Pro Circuit Event

innisbrook-logo-ballThe 2014 Innisbrook Women's Open, a $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit tournament, will feature a slew of events for families, USTA members and players, and will offer VIP parties and more during the March 16-23 week.

The Saturday singles semifinals day will include a Masters Tennis exhibition and clinic. Masters Tennis is the new 60-foot short-court option played within a full-size 78-foot tennis court for a wide array of players -- veterans looking to get back in the game after injuries, players who can no longer cover a full court, or adults newer to the game looking for a fun challenge.

Here is a look at events throughout the week:

Sunday, March 16 -- Qualifying rounds begin
Monday, March 17 -- Qualifying rounds, ball kid training, Pro-Am on stadium court, VIP/Player Party
Tuesday, March 18 -- USTA Captains Appreciation Day, main draw play begins
Wednesday, March 19 -- Main draw play
Thursday, March 20 -- Main draw play
Friday, March 21 -- USTA World Team Tennis Challenge (complimentary high school team and pro circuit players team challenge, refreshments and prizes, a USTA Florida community event), main draw singles quarterfinals and doubles semifinals
Saturday, March 22 -- USTA Florida Masters Tennis (www.MastersTennisFlorida.com) exhibition event (matches and clinic including refreshments and raffle, a USTA Florida community event), main draw singles semifinals and doubles final
Sunday, March 23 -- main draw singles final

The tournament will also hold the Innisbrook Wildcard Tournament on Feb. 22-24, with the winner receiving a wildcard into the main draw of the USTA Pro Circuit women's event.

For more information go to www.innisbrookgolfresort.com/packages/specials or e-mail tennis@playinnisbrook.com.

UF Tennis Club Wins USF Bull Run for 4th Straight TOC Title

The champion University of Florida club team
The finalist University of South Florida club team

The University of Florida faced the University of South Florida in a second consecutive USTA Florida 'Tennis on Campus' final over the weekend at the USF Bull Run in Tampa, and the UF squad walked away with their fourth consecutive TOC Florida circuit title after edging USF 24-17 in the Gold Bracket final.

Two weeks prior, the UF and USF teams had faced off in the final of the FGCU Dirty Bird Classic, hosted by Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers. There UF also subdued the USF squad, which was then appearing in its first final of the year.

In the Silver Bracket final in Tampa, the University of Central Florida-"B" team defeated the Florida Gulf Coast University-"A" team 27-23.

Other teams participating in addition to UF, USF, UCF and FGCU were Florida State University, University of Miami, Stetson University, Florida A&M University, Eckerd University, University of Tampa, and Florida Atlantic University.

UF has now won four of the five completed tournaments this year on the Florida Tennis on Campus Circuit, with the UCF Knightro Cup in November (UF vs. UCF in the final) rained out before completion. Both teams received finalist points in the 2013-14 USTA Florida 'Tennis on Campus' Standings.

The 2013-14 USTA Florida 'Tennis on Campus' series is a seven-tournament circuit held on Florida university and college campuses that provide college non-NCAA "club" tennis teams with a chance to compete and qualify for the USTA Tennis on Campus National Championships.

The next event in the USTA Florida 'Tennis on Campus' series will be the regular-season ending Tennis on Campus Florida Sectional Championships on Feb. 22-23 in Orlando, determining which teams will represent the USTA Florida Section at the USTA National Campus Championships.

USTA Florida 'Tennis on Campus' 2013-14 Schedule:

Sept. 7-8 -- FSU Capital Challenge, Tallahassee (Final: UCF d. UF)
Sept. 28-29 -- UM Ibis Open, Miami (Final: UF d. UM)
Oct. 26-27 -- UF Gatorbowl, Gainesville (Finals: Men UF d. UF, Women UF d. UCF)
Nov. 16-17 -- UCF Knightro Cup, Orlando (Final: UF vs. UCF (unfinished due to rain))
Jan. 18-19 -- FGCU Dirty Bird Classic, Fort Myers (Final: UF d. USF)
Feb. 1-2 -- USF Bull Run, Tampa (Final: UF d. USF)
Feb. 22-23 -- TOC Florida Sectional Championship, Orlando

For more information on the USTA Florida 'Tennis on Campus' series go to www.florida.usta.com/CommunityTennis/tennis_on_campus or contact Desirae McLaughlin at tennisoncampusflorida@gmail.com.

Lee County 11-Under Tennis Play Day Circuit Kicks Off

march-play-days-mediawallAs part of a circuit of tennis Play Days organized by USPTA District President Alex Hermeto, Gateway Golf & Country Club in Fort Myers, Fla., will host a Mini Lee County 11-Under Tennis Circuit Play Day on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 from 1-4 p.m.

"All junior players 11 and under are welcome to participate," Hermeto says. "In order to better serve the transition from 36' to 60' to a 78-foot court, we are hosting the Play Days for the Green, Orange and Red [ball] age groups."

To register for the event go to www.courtsideusa.com/communities/fort_myers_area/event/67351/2014-02-08-1300/ or for more information contact Alex Hermeto at (239) 561-1422.

More than a thousand facilities across the U.S. will host USTA Tennis Play Events this March, each showcasing how fun and easy it now is for families to get into the sport. These events will also allow parents to sign up their children for spring and summer tennis programs.

For smaller children the Play Day events will utilize the USTA 10 and Under Tennis format, which allows kids to play tennis 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.

Future events on the Mini Lee County 11-Under Tennis Circuit of Play Days will be:

March 1 -- Fiddlesticks Country Club, contact: Corey Knapp at (239) 768-6439
March 29 --  Manzo Tennis Center at Three Oaks Park, contact: Angie Guillette at (239) 989-4388
April 12 -- Colonial Country Club, contact: Jeff Timmer at (239) 768-1334
May 10 -- Gateway Golf & Country Club, contact: Alex Hermeto at (239) 561-1422

To register for an event or for additional information, please contact host the tennis professional listed above. To learn more about hosting a Play Day at a facility go to http://ct.usta.com/playevent.






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