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Florida Tennis Briefs(6): Miami Play Days During US Open; Hispanic Workshop; More

August 27, 2012 12:17 PM
In Time for US Open, Miami Hosts 5 Tennis Play Days for Kids in September

10_UnderPlayDaysMiami-area children can have fun playing tennis and get more information on area fall Jr. Team Tennis and 10 and Under Tennis leagues when five clubs in the area hold free events in September. The free events are geared toward players age 11-18, and for players age 10 and under utilizing the USTA 10 and Under Tennis format.

"The free Play Days for kids age 5-18 are great for getting kids involved in the game and learning more about local leagues and programming for kids," said USTA Florida Miami-area Tennis Program Coordinator Cathy Nordlund. "September is also US Open time so kids and families can watch tennis on TV, then get out and play themselves, and we can get future champions on the court."

Events can be registered for by going to www.USTAMiami.com.

Events in September:

Friday, Sept. 7 -- Coral Reef Park (for 10-18 year olds), 6-8 p.m.
7895 SW 152 St., Palmetto Bay, Fla., 33157

Saturday, Sept. 8 -- Tamiami Tennis Center (for 5-10 year olds), 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
11201 SW 24 St., Miami, Fla., 33165

Saturday, Sept. 8 -- Biltmore Tennis Center (for 12-14 year olds), 1-3 p.m.
1150 Anastasia Ave., Miami, Fla., 33134

Sunday, Sept. 9 -- Michael-Ann Russell JCC (for 5-10 year olds), 11:30 a.m.-1:30pm., (for 11-18 year olds) 2 -4 p.m.
18900 NE 25 Ave., North Miami Beach, Fla., 33180

Saturday, Sept. 15 -- Boys and Girls Club of Miami (for 5-12 year olds)
2805 SW 32nd Ave., Miami, Fla., 33133

10 and Under Tennis allows smaller children to emulate adult play 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 current stars such as Roger Federer and Kim Clijsters first learned the game with age-adjusted racquets, balls and court sizes.

Information will also be available on local Jr. Team Tennis (JTT) leagues. JTT brings kids together in teams to play singles, doubles and mixed doubles against other teams. It promotes social skills and important values by fostering cooperation and unity, as well as individual self-growth. It is designed for kids ages 5-18, and matches can be held anywhere from a local park or school to a commercial or private club.

JTT teams are co-ed and divided by the play levels Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and the age groups 18-under, 14-under, 12-under, and utilizing the 10 and Under Tennis format for the 10-under and 8-under leagues.

For more information about USTA junior programs go to www.USTAMiami.com.


Latino Tennis Coaches Workshop in Orlando in Oct. 6-7

Hispanic-Expo-thumb.jpgUSTA (United States Tennis Association) Diversity and Inclusion will present a Latino Tennis Coaching Workshop titled "How Hispanic Coaches Can Impact Tennis Development in the U.S." on Oct. 6-7, 2012, at a location in Orlando to be announced next week.

"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 on the vision of the workshop. "Considering that there are more of 53 million Hispanic-speaking people in the U.S., this workshop can be also an excellent option for those coaches to expand and improve their business."

The mission of the workshop is to share with all coaches the most innovative information to help Latino 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 in the USTA Eastern, Texas, Midwest and Northern California Sections.

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 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 speakers are to be announced. The registration fee for the event is $125 which includes a CD of presentations, folder program, coffee breaks, gifts, meet-the-experts sessions, and certificate of attendance. USTA, PTR and USPTA members receive a 10% discount on registration. The registration process is through host USTA Sections.

For the two-day program schedule or more information, contact Shelly Licorish at licorish@florida.usta.com.


Florida's Melichar, Battistone Win US Open Mixed Wildcard

melichar-battistoneFlorida's Nicole Melichar and Brian Battistone won the 2012 US Open National Playoffs-Mixed Doubles Championship over the weekend, earning a wildcard into the main draw of the US Open mixed doubles. The Playoffs were held Aug. 19-22, 2012, at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale in New Haven, Conn., in conjunction with the WTA New Haven Open at Yale.

Melichar, 19, of Stuart, Fla., broke into the Top 400 in the world doubles rankings earlier this year. She has won two singles titles and a doubles crown on the 2012 ITF Circuit. Battistone, 33, of Las Vegas, is a five-time USTA Pro Circuit doubles champion. He uses a double-handled racquet that allows him to hit forehands off both wings and employs a volleyball-style jump serve clocked at 139 mph. Battistone peaked at No. 88 in the world doubles rankings in November 2010. 

As the No. 2 seeds, Battistone and Melichar defeated No. 1 seeds Hilary Barte, a 2011 NCAA doubles champion, and current world No. 557 Nicolas Meister, 6-4, 6-3, to capture the mixed doubles title. Melichar and Battistone did not lose one set throughout the US Open National Playoffs in New Haven, in the semifinals defeating the USTA Florida Section winners Ryler DeHeart and Megan Fudge of Tampa.

Last year, former Top 100 doubles players Christina Fusano and David Martin won the inaugural US Open National Playoffs mixed doubles title. The pair fell in the opening round of the US Open mixed doubles event, 6-2, 7-5, to four-time Grand Slam mixed doubles champion Daniela Hantuchova and four-time Grand Slam doubles champion Mark Knowles.

More than 1,200 combined men and women competed in the third year of the US Open National Playoffs in singles and mixed doubles, playing in one of 13 Sectional Qualifying Tournaments held throughout the United States. The US Open National Playoffs are designed to bring the spirit of the US Open to cities and sections across the country, making the US Open eligible to anyone and everyone 14 and over with the passion to compete, regardless of playing ability or nationality.


UF, Embry-Riddle Tennis Players Earn ITA College Tennis Honors

 
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Allie Will
Florida college players were recognized by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association for the 2012 Arthur Ashe Jr. National Leadership and Sportsmanship Awards, along with the 2012 ITA Collegiate All-Star Team, presented Aug. 25, 2012, at the ITA Awards Luncheon hosted by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

David Spennare of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University received the NAIA men's ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship Award. The ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship Award takes into account a player's tennis accomplishments, scholastic achievements and extracurricular endeavors.

Spennare earned All-Sun Conference Second Team honors in 2012. He has worked with Habitat for Humanity, cleaned local beaches, visited nursing homes during the holidays and purchased Christmas presents for underprivileged kids. Spennare, who grew up in Gothenburg, Sweden, serves as a member of his school's Student Athlete Leadership Team and was honored with the NAIA Champions of Character Award in 2012. A business major with a 3.92 GPA, he was also recognized as an ITA Scholar-Athlete in 2011.

Named to the ITA Collegiate All-Star Team were the University of Florida's doubles pair of Sofia Oyen and Allie Will.

The 29th ITA Collegiate All-Star Team includes the nation's top-ranked men's and women's players from the year-end Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and NJCAA levels, as well as winners of the 2011 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships and 2012 NCAA Division I Championships.

Oyen and Will finished second in the Campbell/ITA NCAA Division I Doubles season-ending rankings with a 24-4 record. Oyen is a native of Leopoldsburg, Belgium, while Will, who hails from Boca Raton, stayed in state to play for the Gators.

For the full list of winners go to www.itatennis.com.
 
 
Treasure Coast Jr. Team Tennis Evaluation, Registration, Draft Day Sept. 8

JTT-Sun-2Advanced tennis juniors age 12 and under in the Treasure Coast area can attend a USTA Jr. Team Tennis "Green Dot League" evaluation, registration and draft day on Sept. 8, 2012, starting at 2 p.m. at Halpatiokee Park on Lost River Road in Stuart, Fla.

"All full-court players age 12 and under are invited to attend this evaluation for the Green Dot League, featuring the green dot ball which bounces in young players' hitting zones rather than over their heads," says USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator for the Palm Beaches/Treasure Coast area Janet Sprague.

Green Dot balls are slightly-less pressurized, regular-size tennis balls used on full-size (78-foot) courts so that young players can continue to develop proper technique and movement, generally for players graduating from 60-foot courts and orange low-compression balls.

USTA Jr. Team Tennis (JTT) brings kids together in teams to play singles, doubles and mixed doubles against other teams. It promotes social skills and important values by fostering cooperation and unity, as well as individual self-growth. It is designed for kids ages 5-18, and matches can be held anywhere from a local park or school to a commercial or private club.
 
JTT teams are co-ed and divided by the play levels Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and the age groups 18-under, 14-under, 12-under, and utilizing the 10 and Under Tennis format for the 10-under and 8-under leagues.

For more information contact Janet Sprague at sprague@florida.usta.com.


Junior Brits Beat U.S. for Maureen Connolly Challenge Trophy

 
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Miami's Katerina Stewart
Playing next to many of the world's top tennis professionals, Great Britain's best 18-and-under girls tennis players claimed the 36th Maureen Connolly Challenge Trophy with an 8-4 triumph over the United States on Thursday and Friday at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale in New Haven, Conn. The U.S. team was comprised mainly of Florida players.

The tournament, a yearly competition between the best female tennis players age 18 and younger from the United States and Great Britain, was played in conjunction with the WTA New Haven Open at Yale.

The Great Britain team of Katie Boulter, 16, of Loughborough, England; Anna Brogan, 15, of Glasgow, Scotland; Harriet Dart, 16, of London; Katy Dunne, 17, of Hemel Hempstead, England; and Eleanor Dean, 16, of Yorkshire, England, swept all four singles matches on the final day of competition to claim Great Britain's 12th Maureen Connolly Challenge Trophy title since the tournament was inaugurated in 1973.

The teams played a total of 12 matches -- eight singles and four doubles -- over Thursday and Friday. For the United States, Jennifer Brady, 17, of Boca Raton, Fla., and Victoria Duval, 16, of Bradenton, Fla., each won singles matches and combined for a doubles win, while Brady and Alicia Black, 14, of Boca Raton, Fla., also won in doubles. Katerina Stewart, 15, of Miami, and Nicole Frenkel, 14, of Winchester, Mass., also played for the United States.

The Maureen Connolly Challenge Trophy was started by the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation and Mrs. Frank Jeffett 20 years after Connolly won all four Grand Slam events and four years after her death. In its history, the competition has included American players such as Sloane Stephens, Pam Shriver, Kathy Jordan, Zina Garrison, Amy Frazier and Lisa Raymond and British players Laura Robson, Jo Durie and Sue Barker.

The United States leads the all-time series 24-12.

 
 

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