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Florida Tennis Briefs(5): Wildcard Tourneys, Family Chps., More

December 17, 2013 10:02 AM
Fla. Pro Wildcard Tournament Opportunities in Dec.-Jan.

usta-pro-circuitPlayers looking for some high-level competition and a chance to earn a spot in a USTA Pro Circuit event will have ample opportunities over the next two months as the cities of Daytona Beach, Tesoro, Sunrise and Weston offers men's and women's wildcard events.

"The winner of the wildcard tournament is normally granted a spot in the main draw," says Daytona Beach Wildcard Tournament Director Tom Kelly. "The runner-up receives a spot in the qualifying draw. Statewide, the women's 2014 USTA Pro Circuit has 10 professional tournaments ranging from $10,000 to $50,000. The men's tour has even more events with 12 tournaments scheduled the first five months."

Upcoming events:

Tesoro $25K Women's Pro Circuit Wild Card Tournament
Dec. 21-23, 2013
The Racquet Club at Tesoro, Port St. Lucie
Entries Close: Dec. 17 by calling (772) 345-2100 by 7 p.m.
Tournament link: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=151072​

Daytona Beach Wild Card Tournament (women)
Dec. 28-30, 2013  
Florida Tennis Center, Daytona Beach
Entries Close: Dec. 21, 2013
Tournament link: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=150558

USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Event #2 at Sunrise Tennis Club (men)
Jan. 5-7, 2014
Sunrise Tennis Club, Sunrise
Entries Close: Jan. 04, 2014
Tournament link: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=144960

USA F3 Futures Wild Card Event #2 at Midtown Weston (men)
Jan. 13-16, 2014
Midtown Athletic Club, Weston
Entries Close: Jan. 12, 2014
Tournament link: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?​T=150698

Juniors who wish to remain eligible for college tennis must compete as amateurs and not accept prize money. Spaces at tournaments may be limited, so registration ASAP is encouraged.

For more info on USTA Pro Circuit events go to www.usta.com/Pro-Tennis/Pro-Circuit.

Delray Beach Tennis Unveils ATP Champions Cup Format

Delray_Beach_venetian_logoThe Delray Beach Open by The Venetian Las Vegas has announced a new structure for its ATP Champions Tour event, rebranding it as the ATP Champions Cup and adopting a format similar to Davis Cup competition -- Team USA vs. Team INT'L.
Featuring former world No. 1 Andy Roddick among a field of six players, the event will be held Feb. 14-16, 2014 at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center.
Under the new format, all ATP Champions Cup matches will pit an American against an international player, with all matches pre-scheduled. The team that wins the best of the nine matches will hoist Delray Beach's inaugural ATP Champions Cup.
Team USA will be comprised of Andy Roddick, Aaron Krickstein and Jan-Michael Gambill, while the opposing Team INT'L will feature Goran Ivanisevic, Mikael Pernfors and Mats Wilander.
"Because all ATP Champions Cup matches are scheduled, fans can pick which match-ups and players they want to see," said Tournament Director Mark Baron. "The highlight will be our 'Super Sunday' session when all six players will be in action."
A grand finale on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. between the 2003 US Open champion Roddick and the 2001 Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic will mark the culmination of the ATP Champions Cup. Roddick will be playing in his first ATP Champions Tour event, returning to the site where he played his first ATP professional match as an 18 year old. 

The ATP World Tour event, held Feb. 17-23, has already announced the highest-ranked draw in its history. The field includes two-time Delray Beach semifinalist John Isner; former Delray Beach champions Lleyton Hewitt (1999), Tommy Haas (2006), Kei Nishikori (2008) and Kevin Anderson (2012); Delray Beach finalist Janko Tipsarevic (2012); and former Top 10 players Marin Cilic and Marco Baghdatis. The world No. 1 Bryan Brothers highlight the doubles field.
For more info go to www.yellowtennisball.com/atp-champions-tour-event-format-atp-champions-cup-pits​-team-usa-team-intl2.

Host Site Registration Open for 2014 National Family Tennis Championships
national_family-AllFinalistsThe only national tennis tournament that also doubles as family time is currently working in partnership with the USPTA to register tennis facilities all across America as local host sites for the 2014 National Family Tennis Championships.

The tournament offers thousands of amateur players the opportunity to team-up with a family member to earn the right to play for a national title in New York City during the 2014 US Open time period. Tennis facilities interested in becoming one of the 250 host sites have until Feb. 1, 2014 to sign-up at www.familytennis.com/sanction. Local events must be held from May through July 6, 2014.

There are no sanctioning fees for host sites, which receive a free tournament kit with everything they need to promote and run the event including: promotional posters, a NFTC banner, player premiums, finalist awards, balls, access to the NFTC online registration system, and the opportunity to earn a minimum of $612 in commissions based upon participation.

Host sites must conduct at least three of the eight divisions of play including: mother/daughter; mother/son; father/daughter and father/son for both 18 and under-18. Winners from all local events earn the right to advance to one of four Super Regional Tournaments.

"We encourage all tennis facilities to join our family and offer their families the chance to compete on a national stage," said Kathleen Francis of the 2014 National Family Tennis Championships. "This program is a great way for facilities to excite and grow their customer base by offering family members and non-club members the chance to join in on the fun."

The top teams at each regional advance to the Family National Championships in New York City. These teams will receive travel, meals and hotel accommodations, as well as tickets to see the best in the game play at the USTA/Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

The 2014 National Family Tennis Championships is an officially sanctioned tournament of the USPTA. For more information, visit www.familytennis.com.

Daytona to Host 2014 H.S. Tennis Coaches Spring Clinic in Jan.

FHSTCA_logoThe Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort in Daytona Beach, Fla., will host the 2014 Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA)/Florida High School Tennis Coaches Association (FHSTCA) Spring Clinic on Jan. 9-11.

Tennis Clinic Schedule:


11AM-4PM -- Clinic Registration
1:30-2PM -- John Danise, FACA Tennis Chairman, Topic: Monitor recommendations to FHSAA
2:05-2:50PM -- Speaker: John Pouzzner, FHSTCA President, Topic: FHSTCA What do you expect?
3-3:50PM -- Speaker: John F Murray, Ph.D., Topic: Sport psychology, get high on tennis
4-4:50PM -- Speaker: Brenda Schultz, Academy & Former WTA player, Topic: The Serve, and how to empower it
5-5:50PM -- Speaker: Loren Fogelman, Author, Topic: Winning the Mental Game of Tennis
6-7PM -- Coaches Reception & Refreshments in Exhibit Area
7-8PM -- Tennis Roundtable & Refreshments

FRIDAY, JAN. 10 (move to Embry-Riddle tennis court)

9-9:50AM -- Speaker: Carl Putnam, Program Dir Parris Speed School at ESPI, Topic: How to prepare for practice
10-10:50AM -- Speaker: Pete Collins, Author of Successful Doubles, Topic: Successful Doubles, works for players of all skill levels
11-11:50AM -- Speaker: Pete Collins, Master PTR pro, Topic: Advanced Doubles, Techniques for hitter & non hitter
12-1:20PM -- Lunch Break
1:30-2:20PM -- Speaker: Scott Williams, St Andrews School, Dir of Tennis & USPTA Pro, Topic: Handling the different pathways in practice and scheduling
2:30-3:20PM -- Speaker: Rusty Gordon, Chairman Speed Track, Topic: Why conditioning, tennis and speed track
3:30-4:10PM -- Speaker: John Danise, Ex. Dir. FHSTCA, Topic: All Star Tournament
4:45-5:15PM -- Speaker: Gary Pigott, Senior Dir Athletics, FHSAA, Topic: FHSAA Update
5:30-6:30PM -- FHSTCA Semi Annual Meeting & signing of USPTA/FL agreement

SATURDAY, JAN. 11 (move to Embry-Riddle tennis court)

9-9:30AM -- Speaker: Tarek Merchant, Dir. of Global Relations, WAMsports.com, Topic: Athletic College Scholarship Assessments
9:35-10:20AM -- Speaker: Michael Edge, Head Coach Washington H S & USPTA Pro, Topic: Practice Plans for Large Groups
10:30-11:20AM -- Speaker: Scott Enge, Past President NHSTCA & USPTA Pro, Topic: 9 Shots Every Good H S Player Should Master
11:30AM-12:20PM -- Speaker: Ingal Buberman, USPTA Dir North Fl Tennis Training, Topic: Live Ball Tennis Patterns and Play

For more information go to www.FHSTCA.org.

Lake Mary's Hawkes Hired as USTA Florida ROGY Tennis Coordinator

Thad_Hawkes_Bio_PhotoUSTA Florida announced in December the hiring of Thad Hawkes of Lake Mary, Fla., as ROGY tennis coordinator, a new position at the non-profit and governing body of recreational tennis in Florida.

"As part of our strategic plan, we have a concerted focus in providing more organized play opportunities for youth in our recreational tennis settings," said USTA Florida Associate Executive Director Andy McFarland, who Hawkes will report to. "The ROGY 'tourn-event' concept is one of the new initiatives we launched earlier this year, and is a concept proving to be the right tennis model for our new generation of young tennis players. I look forward to watching Thad develop and grow our ROGY tennis initiative throughout Florida in the years to come."

ROGY (for the Red, Orange, Green, and Yellow ball progressions) "tourn-events" are three-to-four hour play periods where children age 6-18 hone their tennis skills in a fun, no-pressure format using youth-modified equipment. Depending on a child's age and experience, they will play with the correct racquet size (smaller for kid's hands) and court size (36-foot for beginners or very young children, up to 60-foot and regulation 78-foot courts), and with lower-compression balls that bounce in a child's hitting zone rather than over their head.  Modified scoring and play formats are also ingredients of a ROGY tourn-event.

Hawkes has been involved in tennis for over 35 years as a player, coach and director. Born and raised in Ohio and a graduate of Youngstown State University, he moved to Central Florida in 1989 where he joined the tennis staff at Heathrow Country Club. Prior to H.C.C., Hawkes was the tennis director at Tuscawilla Country Club in Winter Springs for five years. He is currently acting as head boys and girls varsity tennis coach at Lake Mary Preparatory School.

For more information contact Andy McFarland at mcfarland@florida.usta.com or visit the Florida ROGY website at www.FloridaRogy.com.





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