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Florida Tennis Briefs(6): ATP Delray Pre-Qualies, Latino Workshop, More

November 2, 2012 09:44 AM
ATP Delray Beach Pre-Qualifying Tournament on Nov. 17
 
NEW DelrayITC.jpgThe 2013 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (ITC), an ATP World Tour event, will hold a Pre-Qualifying Survivor Series I tournament on Nov. 17-20, 2012. The winner of the event receives a singles qualifying wildcard into the 2013 Delray Beach ITC.
 
The main draw will be on hardcourts, and consolation (first round losers only) will be played on claycourts. The draw will be finalized on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. No refunds will be distributed once the draw is made.
 
Play in the main draw is best two out of three tiebreak sets, and in the consolation two out of three sets with a 10-point match tiebreak for the third set. Pending the weather and draw size, the finals may place on Tuesday, Nov. 20.
 
For more information or to register go to www.yellowtennisball.com/online2/usta/itc-pre-qualifying.html.
 
 
U. of Central Florida Club Tennis 3rd at USTA Tennis on Campus Fall Invitational
 
mediawall-TOC-UCF-champsThe University of Central Florida club tennis teams finished third in the Gold Bracket and first in the Bronze Bracket at the USTA Tennis On Campus Fall Invitational in October at Hilton Head, S.C.
 
In the elite Gold Bracket the UCF "A" team lost to the eventual champion Duke in the semifinals 27-12, but rebounded to win the 3rd/4th place playoff over Colorado School of Mines 24-15.
 
The UCF "B" team won the Bronze Bracket, defeating Vanderbilt in the final.
 
Duke lost last year in the championships match, but this year took it a step further, beating defending champion Virginia 26-23 in the final for their first title in the three-year history of the event.
 
"We feel like we kind of have a friendly rivalry with Virginia," said Duke's senior captain Stephanie Dudzinski from Peculiar, Mo. "We are both from different USTA sections but we tend to run into them a lot at these big events. I know our guys waited a full year for this match. It feels great to get into nationals by winning the Fall Invitational."
 
Central Florida junior Leonard Lopez admits he's a better tennis play than a dancer, but he still managed to finish second in the dance-off Saturday night at the popular Player Party held on the courts of the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Club.
 
"What a great experience and atmosphere this weekend," said Lopez, who danced to the song "Sleepy Head" by Passion Pit. "You really couldn't ask for a better weekend."
 
The event marked the third consecutive year that the USTA Tennis on Campus program has hosted a season-opening event, with 32 teams from across the country participating in the tournament. The event is designed to give students a chance to compete with other college club tennis teams from across the country, to learn about career opportunities from the Tennis Industry Association and the Professional Tennis Registry, and provide an opportunity to claim an automatic bid into the USTA 'Tennis on Campus' National Championship. Following the tournament, schools continue to compete around the country on a sectional level, within the USTA's 17 sections.
 
To view all the scores and draws go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=133326. For more information about the USTA Tennis On Campus program visit www.tennisoncampus.com.
 
 
Latino Tennis Coaches Workshop on Nov. 16 in West Palm Beach
 
mediawall-hispanicUSTA National Diversity and Inclusion will present a Latino Tennis Coaching Workshop titled "How Hispanic Coaches Can Impact Tennis Development in the U.S." on Nov. 16, 2012, at the Banyan Golf & Country Club in West Palm Beach, Fla.
 
"Latino coaches can substantially impact tennis development and competition in the United States, providing more tools to attract, retain and develop more people playing tennis," said USTA Florida Diversity Coordinator Shelly Licorish. "Considering that there are more of 53 million Hispanic-speaking people in the U.S., this workshop can be also an excellent option for Hispanic and non-Spanish Speaking coaches to expand and improve their business."
 
The mission of the workshop is to share the most innovative information to help all coaches meet the challenges and gain success in the U.S. tennis industry. The event is in collaboration with USTA Florida. The Hispanic workshops, which originated in the USTA Florida Section, are now being piloted by USTA national.
 
By the end of the workshop, coaches will be able to: produce tangible benefits in new areas of their job; discover their own level of competencies; engage with leaders in 10 and Under Tennis, Recreational Development, High Performance and the tennis industry; engage the potential market of 53 million Latinos; and embark on continued
education and networking in their USTA Section and the rest of the U.S.
 
The keynote speaker will be Gustavo Granitto, an expert on Latino tennis and a past speaker of USTA, PTR and seminar coordinator at ITF national and international seminars in more than 51 countries since 1985. He has 35 years of coaching experience with both junior and professional players, with a specialty in coaching education and junior development, primarily focused on the Long-Term Junior Development and Training Concept. He is founder of GTC Tennis Consultancy Inc., a multicultural service company focused on comprehensive tennis development in Florida.
 
Additional prominent speakers from USTA, USPTA, PTR and Holistic Specialists Sports Nutrition will be part of the workshop. The registration fee for the event is $50 which includes a CD of presentations, folder program, lunch, coffee breaks, gifts, meet-the-experts sessions, and certificate of attendance. USTA, PTR and USPTA members
receive a 10% discount on registration.
 
The workshop initiated from a group of coaches lead by Alejandro Ringwald, director of tennis at the Banyan Golf & Country Club.
 
"We are pleased to have this event in West Palm Beach," Ringwald said. "Lots of coaches were looking forward to attending in Orlando, but the rain in the week before the workshop did not allow us be absent from our jobs."
 
For registration and one-day program contact Alejandro Ringwald at aleringwald@gmail.com or (561) 512-5598.
 
 
PTR to Host New 10 and Under Tennis Conference
 
10andunderlogoProfessional Tennis Registry (PTR) announced it will hold its inaugural 10 and Under Tennis Conference on Feb. 15-17, 2013, on Hilton Head Island, S.C. The event will provide the unique skills and knowledge necessary for tennis professionals and coaches to work with children age 10 and under, as well as offer strategies to increase lesson income and their overall business.
 
Participants will learn from and interact with experts in the field, including Mike Barrell, Simon Gale, Rita Gladstone, Laramie Gavin, Anne Pankhurst and Butch Staples. In addition to teaching the physical skills, emotional and psychological issues pertaining to young children will be addressed. Working with parents, programming, competition and increasing bottom line income opportunities are among the topics that will be covered.
 
The conference will also feature vendor displays to showcase products and services important to this audience. Attendees will obtain all the resources and training available to capitalize on this specific age group.
 
"PTR has been at the forefront of the 10 and Under Tennis movement," said Dan Santorum, CEO of PTR. "We put a tremendous amount of resources into the development of our Junior Development pathways to certification, and PTR is uniquely qualified to offer an event that focuses on working with children 10 and under."
 
Space is limited. Registration is now open by calling PTR at (843) 785-7244.
 
 
Bartlett Wins USTA National Women's 50 Clay Court Championships
 
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Tournament Director and BallenIsles Tennis Director Trish Faulkner (center) flanked by singles Gold Ball winner Sue Bartlett (left) and Fran Chandler, who took Silver Ball in singles
Sue Bartlett (Chattanooga, Tenn.) defeated Fran Chandler (Jackson, Tenn.) 6-2, 3-6, 10-3 to capture the Gold Ball at the USTA National Women's 50 Clay Court Championships at BallenIsles Sports Complex, Oct. 24-28, 2012 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
 
Inclement weather from Hurricane Sandy made for challenging play during the event.
 
"To make up for a day lost to weather, the finals format was shortened to a match tiebreak instead of a full third set," Tournament Director and BallenIsles Tennis Director Trish Faulkner said.
 
The lone Floridian to reach the singles quarterfinals was No. 5 seed Myke Loomis-Landauer, who lost to No. 2 seed Vicki Buholz of Texas.
 
Buholz and fellow Texan Kathy Vick also won the doubles title.
 
BallenIsles Country Club features 22 world class tennis courts on a state-of-the-art Sports Complex, plus three championship golf courses.
 
 
 
Aventura Founders Day Festival to Feature Tennis for Adults, Youth
 
founders_day_aventura_tennisOn Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012 the annual Founders Day Festival will be featured at Founders Park, which will be transformed into "Aventura's Backyard" from noon-5 p.m. in Aventura, Fla.
 
Festival participants can sample local cuisine from food trucks and enjoy activities including arts and crafts for all ages, airbrush tattoos, face painting, rock climbing walls, Toddler Town play area, puppet shows, interactive video games, Aventura History slideshow, and two LCD HD TV's to watch Sunday afternoon football. There will also be tents for card games, bingo, dominoes, cribbage, mah jong, canasta and more.
 
Tennis players can also get into the action with three tennis courts set up for 8-and-under (36-foot courts), 10-and-under (60-foot courts), and adult tennis (full-size 78-foot courts). The Barry University men's and women's teams will also be on hand to assist with youth players.
 
Participants registering online for the event at http://tennisatfoundersday.eventbrite.com/?ref=ecal# will automatically be entered into a drawing to win four Sony Open Miami tickets or Delray Beach ITC tickets.
 
For additional event info go to www.cityofaventura.com/index.aspx?page=317.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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