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August 20, 2012 03:04 PM
11 Florida Players Selected to Represent U.S. at ITF Super Seniors

Larry Turville
Toni Novack
Jane Lutz
Lucille Kyvallos
Rudy Hernando
Donna Fales
Fred Drilling
Carol Clay
Allan Carter
Betty Wachob
Mary Ginnard
Eleven Florida players will populate the various Super Senior age group teams representing the U.S. at the 32nd International Tennis Federation (ITF) Super Senior International Team Competition, held in Umag and Novigrad, Croatia, on red clay, Sept. 10-15, 2012.

Floridians on the U.S. squads will be women players Mary Ginnard (Ft. Lauderdale), Toni Novack (Fort Myers), Carol Clay (Ft. Lauderdale), Betty Wachob (Panama City), Donna Fales (Coral Gables), Lucile Kyvallos (Fort Lauderdale), Jane Lutz (Sarasota), and men Larry Turville, (Naples), Fred Drilling (Estero), Allan Carter (Boca Raton) and Rudy Hernando (Fort Lauderdale).

The event is the senior equivalent of Davis Cup and Fed Cup, for age groups 60-80.

The U.S. is the defending champion of the Von Cramm Cup (men 60+), Britannia Cup (men 65+), Bitsy Grant Cup (men 75+), Alice Marble Cup (women 60+), Althea Gibson Cup (women 70+) and Queens Cup (women 75+), won last year on red clay in Antalya, Turkey.
Ginnard will be playing on her first Marble Cup team, but is a veteran of Cup competition, and was a member of the gold-medal-winning Maureen Connolly Cup team for women 55+ in 2011 in Ashburton, New Zealand. This year she won the USTA 60 hardcourt and clay national doubles titles with teammate Tina Karwasky (Glendale, Calif.) and reaching the singles final at the hardcourt and clay nationals before falling to Karwasky in both finals. Novack was a semifinalist in singles and doubles at the 2011 claycourt nationals, and a semifinalist in doubles at the 2012 claycourts. She won the 2012 Austrian National 45 doubles title, and the 2011 Spring Grandes Dames doubles title. Martha Downing (Shingle Springs, Calif.) is the playing captain for the team.

Clay and Wachob have been named to the Kitty Godfree Cup team for women 65 and over. The U.S. finished third in this competition in 2011. Clay was a finalist in singles at the national 60 clay and hardcourt tournaments in 2011, and finished third at the 2012 claycourts in singles. Wachob was a finalist at the 2011 claycourt nationals in singles and doubles and a finalist at the 2012 indoor nationals. She and teammate Brenda Carter, (Charleston, S.C.), won the 2012 claycourt and indoor doubles titles. Wachob has been named the playing captain of the team. Leslie Pixley (Malvern, Pa.) completes the team.

Fales is the playing captain and top player of the Althea Gibson Cup team (women 70+). She won the 2012 national 70 claycourt singles and doubles (with teammate Cathie Anderson (Del Mar, Calif.)). She also won the 2011 70s claycourt singles title. She won the world championships in singles and double in the 70+ division in 2010. Her teammates are Anderson, Charleen Hillebrand (San Pedro, Calif.) and Lurline Fujii (Honolulu, Hi.).

Lutz and Kyvallos have been named to the Doris Hart Cup team for women 80 and over. Lutz was named the playing captain. In 2011 Lutz won a "Grand Slam" in the women's 80 singles, winning the hardcourt, claycourt, grasscourt and indoors in the same calendar year. This year she was a finalist at the hard and clay national tournaments in singles, and won the hardcourt doubles. Kyvallos won the national claycourt singles, and doubles with teammate Joyce Jones (Bothell, Wa.). Joining Lutz, Kyvallos and Jones on the team is Margaret Canby (San Antonio, Texas). The Hart Cup team will be looking to improve on their third-place finish in 2011.
Turville is the top player on the Von Cramm Cup team and has been named the playing captain. He dominated his age division in the U.S. in 2011, and thus far in 2012 is undefeated. He will be joined by Paul Wulf (Salem, Ore.), Wesley Jackson (Rancho Mirage, Calif.) and Tony Dawson, (Horseshoe Bay, Texas). Turville won the 2011 national hardcourt and claycourts in his age division, and played No. 1 singles on the gold-medal-winning Von Cramm Cup team in 2011, playing with Wulf and Dawson, and was a member of the winning team in 2010. He is the 2010 world champion in singles and doubles, and was the U.S. national clay court champion in 2009, 2010, and 2011.

Drilling, Carter and Hernando have been named to the Jack Crawford Cup for men 70 and over. Drilling has been named the playing captain. Drilling, playing in his first year in the 70s, has won three Super Category II tournaments this year and compiled a 30-0 record in singles to date. Internationally, he was a finalist at the European and Austrian Championships in singles, and won the European doubles title in the men's 70+ division. Carter won the 2012 70 hardcourt doubles, and was a singles finalist. Hernando won the 2011 70s claycourt and grasscourt titles in singles and was a finalist at the 70 hardcourts in doubles in June with George Sarantos (Rancho Mirage, Calif.). They will be joined by Tom Brunkow (Bethesda, Md.). The USA Crawford Cup team finished fourth in the 2011 competition in Antalya, Turkey.

Following the ITF Seniors World Team Championships, the ITF World Individual Championships will take place Sept. 16-23 in Umag. The ITF Seniors/Super-Seniors World Team Championships is the most coveted team event on the ITF Seniors circuit.

Miami's Hechtman, Naples' Roma Reach Semis at US Open National Playoffs Tennis

Florida players reached the men's and women's semifinals over the weekend before falling at the 2012 US Open National Playoffs, held Aug. 17-20, 2012, at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale in New Haven, Conn.

Eric Hechtman of Miami advanced two rounds to the semifinals, defeating New Zealand's Adam Lee, the USTA Southern Section winner, and Dante Cipulli, the USTA Southern California Section winner, before falling 6-4, 6-4 to No. 2 seed Nicolas Meister of the USTA Northern California Section. In the Monday final Meister will meet top seed Clement Reix, the USTA Missouri Valley Section representative.

The USTA Florida Section representative also advanced to the semifinals in the women's draw. Swede Sandra Roma, the No. 4 seed who trains out of Naples, defeated Peggy Porter of the USTA Texas Section and Natalie Pluskota of the USTA Southern Section before losing to No. 2 seed Alexandra Mueller of the USTA Midwest Section 6-3, 6-2.

Boca Raton teen Jan Abaza was also in the women's event as the USTA New England Section winner. She beat Giuliana Olmos, the USTA Northern California Section winner, in her first round before falling to Mueller 6-2, 6-2. In the Monday final Mueller will meet top seed Mayo Hibi, the USTA Southern California Section winner.

On Wednesday play will kick off for the 2012 US Open National Playoffs Mixed Doubles Championships, Aug. 22-25, 2012, at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale in New Haven, Conn. Representing the USTA Florida Section will be Florida section champions Ryler DeHeart, a former ATP-ranked player, and his wife Megan Fudge.

For draws, stories and up-to-date scoring, go to http://usta.usopen.org/US-Open/2012_us_open_national_playoffs.

Florida's Crawford, Duval, Kozlov Receive US Open Jr. Wildcards

Florida's Samantha Crawford (17 years old from Tamarac, Fla.), Victoria Duval (16, Bradenton) and Stefan Kozlov (14, Pembroke Pines) were announced among a total of six boys and eight girls receiving wildcards from the USTA into the US Open boys' and girl's singles championships main draws for 2012. Two additional boys' main draw wildcards are pending.

The US Open Junior Championships will be played Sept. 2-9, 2012, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. 

Duval will also compete in the 2012 US Open women's singles main draw after winning the USTA Girls' 18s singles title last week, and Crawford in the 2012 US Open doubles main draw with Floridian partner Alexandra Kiick as the USTA Girls' 18s doubles champions.

Kozlov, the USTA International Spring Championships singles finalist, is the youngest player in the boys' draw at age 14. He also won back-to-back singles titles in 2010 and 2011 at the AEGON Junior International, a premier international junior tournaments for players ages 14 and under in Europe.

Other girls' main draw wildcard recipients for the US Open Junior Championships are Gabrielle Andrews (15, Pomona, Calif.), Brooke Austin (16, Indianapolis, Ind.), Caroline Doyle (16, San Francisco, Calif.), Jamie Loeb (17, Ossining, N.Y.), Anne-Liz Jeukeng (16, Kansas City, Mo.), and Kimberly Yee (15, Las Vegas). Other boys' recipients are Harrison Adams (18, Austin, Texas), Deiton Baughman (16, Carson, Calif.), Jared Hiltzik (18, Wilmette, Ill.), Ronnie Schneider (17, Bloomington, Ind.), and Henrik Wiersholm (15, Kirkland, Wash.).      
Girls' qualifying tournament wildcards also went to Floridians Alicia Black (14, Boca Raton), and Florida state champ Katerina Stewart (15, Miami).

In 2011, American Grace Min won the US Open girls' title, upsetting No. 1 seed Caroline Garcia of France, 7-5, 7-6(3) in the final. Min, unseeded in the tournament, was the first U.S. girl to win the title since Coco Vandeweghe in 2008. In 2010, Jack Sock defeated Denis Kudla in an All-American final and became the first U.S. boy to win the US Open boys' singles title since Andy Roddick in 2000. Three US Open junior champions -- Roddick, Lindsay Davenport (1992) and Stefan Edberg (1983) -- have gone on to win the US Open singles title as adults, as did junior runners-up Roger Federer (1998), Boris Becker (1984), Svetlana Kuznetsova (2001) and Martina Hingis (1994).

The 2012 US Open will be held Monday, Aug. 27, through Sunday, Sept. 9. 

U.S. Boys Win 2012 World Junior Tennis Finals Title

The top-seeded United States boys' team won the 2012 World Junior Tennis Finals last weekend in Prostejov, Czech Republic, defeating the defending champion Korea Republic 2-0 at the 14-and-under version of Davis Cup. It was the U.S. boys' first World Junior Tennis Finals title since 2008. The event took place Aug. 13-18 with 26 countries competing. 
The boys' and girls' divisions each had 16 nations which were split into groups of four with round robin play used to determine the semifinalists. Both U.S. teams qualified for the World Group Finals by winning the North/Central American & Caribbean Regional Championships in May.
The U.S. boys' team was comprised of Michael Mmoh (Temple Hills, Md.), who went 7-0 in singles and doubles play this week; Francis Tiafoe (College Park, Md.); and William Blumberg (Greenwich, Conn.).
The top-seeded U.S. girls' team finished in seventh place with the Slovak Republic winning the title.
Former U.S. junior international team members include James Blake, Jennifer Capriati, Jim Courier, Michael Chang, Lindsay Davenport, Taylor Dent, Mardy Fish, Robby Ginepri, Ashley Harkleroad, Lisa Raymond, Andy Roddick and Chanda Rubin.

Miami Team Places 6th at World TeamTennis Junior Nationals

The Miami Dream Team representing USTA Florida placed sixth at the 5th annual World TeamTennis Junior Nationals in San Diego in August, falling to the Intermountain Irrationality team (representing USTA Intermountain) in the 5th/6th place playoff 44-39.

In the championship match, Southern Hospitality (USTA Southern) defeated Midwest Cheeseheads (USTA Midwest) 39-33.

Coached by Noel Cubela, the Miami Dream Team was comprised of players Kevin Cubela, Jacobo Nieto, Jeffrey Mackenzie, Rachel Gastaldo, Claudia Mackenzie, and Cynthia Diaz, all from Miami.

The WTT Junior Nationals are hosted by WTT co-founder Billie Jean King. The national junior invitational event features 16 coed teams from throughout the U.S. The teams use the World TeamTennis format during their three days of non-elimination draw competition. 

Teamwork, leadership and sportsmanship are key areas of focus for the three-day event. During the tournament, players donated and packaged supplies for an Army unit in Afghanistan as part of the USTA Adopt-A-Unit program. Players also wrote personal notes of appreciation to accompany the package. Members of the Armed Forces were on hand to talk to the players about the role that tennis has played in military as well as the rehabilitation of wounded soldiers.

The tournament follows the WTT non-elimination draw format with the 16 teams divided into four groups. Each team is comprised of three boys, three girls and a coach. Team matches consist of eight events; with two sets each of boys' singles, girls' singles, one set of boys' and girls' doubles, and two sets of mixed doubles. Team members, ages 14-18, are selected based on their sectional and national rankings.

Live Broadcast of US Open Qualifying in 2012

Live broadcast of the US Open Qualifying Tournament will be one of many new enhancements to the US Open and US Open coverage in 2012.

CBS Sports Network will broadcast the US Open Qualifying Tournament, showing select matches live, starting Tuesday, Aug. 21 through Friday, Aug. 24. The US Open qualifying features one of the largest player fields in the world (256 singles players) and offers more than $1 million in total prize money. CBS Sports Network plans 24 hours of coverage over the four days of qualifying which will include live match coverage as well as an anchor desk on the grounds of the National Tennis Center. 

In addition, USOpen.org, the official website of the tournament, will stream live matches during qualifying week. This new offering complements the fourth year of US Open Live, the free live streaming of more than 200 matches throughout the main draw of the tournament on www.usopen.org.

The USTA also announced a series of major building enhancements that are designed to elevate the overall fan experience at the 2012 US Open. Projects include new buildings, the completion of Court 17, increased seating at all field courts, and new sponsored programs for visitors to this year's tournament.

Court 17 now has full television broadcast capabilities, state-of-the-art video screens and includes the Chase Review electronic line calling system. With a capacity of 2,800, Court 17 is the fourth-largest spectator court at the US Open. The pavilion around Court 17 will include new attractions for fans, including Bar 17, a casual outdoor setting replete with TVs, and the return of the popular player photo wall, where fans can take pictures next to life-sized images of their favorite players.

Other tournament enhancements:

The redesigned Heineken Red Star Cafe, located next to the South Plaza Fountains, is now on the top level of a new two-story building. The ground floor of the redesigned structure will house a new US Open retail store. The Heineken Light Lounge, located in the Chase Center off the East Gate, also has been remodeled with outdoor cafe seating and a new interior. The new Moet & Chandon Terrace, designed in the brand's signature international style, features Moet & Chandon Imperial Champagne along with full-service bar options. The shaded, outdoor lounge is the tournament's first champagne bar and is located next to the Patio Cafe outside Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The US Open American Express Fan Experience has been greatly expanded and moved inside to the space that formerly housed the SmashZone interactive exhibit. The enhanced experience will feature hitting bays, a full practice court that will be programmed with special performances and guest appearances, an American Express court concierge, and other amenities.

The USTA has created the first-ever US Open iPad app. The app, sponsored by Esurance, provides an interactive second-screen experience for those fans watching the Open on television or online. Fans will be able to communicate with friends and fellow fans through enhanced social features, access live match video, watch highlights and interviews, as well as view match analysis, live scores and a variety of in-depth statistical information. 

For the full listing of new initiatives and activities at the 2012 US Open, go to www.usopen.org/en_US/news/articles/2012-08-20/201208201345479327355.html?promo=home.






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