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Florida Tennis Briefs(8): PTR Award, Tournament News, More

February 21, 2012 11:56 AM
Tennis Director Garcia Named PTR Florida Member of the Year
 
Sam GarciaProfessional Tennis Registry (PTR) will present its annual awards this week during the 2012 PTR International Tennis Symposium.  The event, which includes 50-plus on court and classroom presentations for tennis teachers and coaches, a tennis trade show and tournament is being held Feb. 24-28, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, in Orlando, Fla.
 
Sam Garcia of Vero Beach, Fla., has been named PTR Member of the Year for Florida. This award is presented to a PTR member in the United States who has shown dedication and diligence in promoting and supporting tennis and PTR. 
 
Garcia, tennis director at Quail Valley River Club in Vero Beach, Fla., has more than 20 years professional experience. He has worked in several prestigious private clubs and 4-5 star resorts including the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia, The White Elephant Resort in Nantucket, and Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club, in Jackson Hole, Wy.
 
For the past eight years he has made his home in Vero Beach, where he opened the club doors and created Quail Valley's tennis program from its inception.  As a board member of the Quail Valley Charities, his tennis events have generated more than $200,000 for local children's charities over the past eight years.
 
Before moving to Vero Beach, Garcia was the Boca Bay Pass club director on the West Coast of Florida from 1993-2003.  There, memberships doubled solely because of the tennis program under his direction. Early on in his career, Garcia was an assistant coach at the University of Kansas, when the men's program ranked in the Top 10 NCAA rankings.
 
 
Lendl Plays Friday at Delray ATP Champions Tour
 
McEnroe and LendlThe Delray Beach International Tennis Championships open with two ATP Champions Tour matches on Friday, Feb. 24, with former Grand Slam winners Pat Cash vs. Carlos Moya at 7 p.m., and Hall of Famer Ivan Lendl vs. Jimmy Arias on center court in the nightcap at 9 p.m.
 
While ATP World Tour qualies are going on throughout the weekend and into Monday, the legends will be playing a round robin tournament with the final Tuesday at 7 p.m. ahead of Andy Roddick's much-anticipated return to Delray Beach at 9 p.m.
 
John Isner will be the tournament's top seed. Isner is at a career-high No. 14 in the ATP World Tour Rankings following his Davis Cup win over Roger Federer last week, and the United States’ subsequent win over the Swiss team on clay.
 
The Delray Beach ITC continues through Sunday, March 4 when its doubles (1 p.m.) and singles finals (3 p.m.) can be seen on Tennis Channel. For more information, go to www.YellowTennisBall.com.
 
 
UF’s Will Ascends to No. 1 Ranking; UF Women Seek 99th Tennis Win
 
Allie-Will.jpgFlorida All-American Allie Will moved into the No. 1 spot this week for the first time on the Intercollegiate National Tennis Rankings, the ninth different Gator women to hold the top spot since 1988.
 
Will joins Halle Cioffe, Nicole Arendt, Lisa Raymond, Jill Craybas, Jessica Lehnhoff, Alexis Gordon, Jennifer Magley and Diana Srebrovic as Gators to hold the No. 1 spot.
 
The UF women dropped from the top spot to No. 2 in the team rankings after a loss to Stanford, who they defeated in last season’s NCAA Championships final.
 
Will, a junior, is 11-0 in singles for the 2011-12 season, including a title run at the ITA/Riviera All-American Singles Championships. She is 20-0 in SEC dual matches thus far during her college career.
 
The Gators, 5-1 this season, will next take to the court Sunday at home against North Carolina where they will look to extend their NCAA-record home winning streak to 99 matches. It is the longest home NCAA winning streak in any women’s sport, and second only to the Ohio State men’s basketball home streak of 135 consecutive wins.
 
The last time the Gators lost at home was on May 15, 2004, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to Miami (Fla.).
 
 
Daytona to Host Inaugural All-Star High School Tennis Tournament
 
This year's Florida high school senior tennis players will be rewarded with the inaugural All-Star Tennis Tournament, to be held May 6-7, 2012, at Embry-Riddle College in Daytona Beach, Fla.
 
The tournament will follow the Florida High School Athletic Association State High School Tennis Championships tournaments in April, and will invite the top high school tennis players who are graduating seniors, 64 in total. Four boys and four girls will be chosen from each of the eight regions of the FHSTCA sections of Florida. The eight sections will compete against each other, using the World TeamTennis format of play – boys’s and girls’ singles, doubles, and mixed doubles determining the winner.
 
The event is a joint effort of the Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida and the Florida High School Tennis Coaches Association.
 
"Players and coaches will be provided with a pool-side dinner on Saturday evening, lodging, breakfast, lunch, t-shirts and memories to take to college," said Florida High School Tennis Coaches Association Executive Director John Danise. "While this will be the first All-Star Tennis Tournament experience for FHSTCA and the Florida Athletic Coaches Association, this is not the first All-Star Tennis Tournament involvement for Youth Tennis Foundation, which in 2011 conducted the Bedford Cup inaugural State of Florida College Men's Tennis Championships.
 
For more information go to www.fhstca.org.
 
 
Deadline for Clearwater Women’s Open Local Wildcard Event
 
Clearwater_Open_2012_Color_LogoWomen can play their way into the USTA Pro Circuit’s Clearwater Women’s Open via a local wildcard tournament to be held March 2-4, 2012, at the Henry L. McMullen Tennis Complex in Clearwater, Fla.
 
The entry deadline for the local wildcard tournament is Feb. 29, with a $50 singles entry fee and $50 doubles (per team).
 
The local wildcard tournament singles winner will receive entry into the main draw of the 7th Annual Sheriff Jim Coats $25K Clearwater Women's Open, to be held March 13-18.
 
The runner-up will receive entry into the qualifying tournament, to be held March 11-12.
 
Doubles winners will receive entry into the doubles main draw.
 
For additional info go to www.clearwaterwomensopen.com or contact Tournament Director Erick Chall at echall@clearwatertennis.com (subject "WTA").
 
 
Top U.S. College Tennis Prospect is Naples’ Fratangelo
 
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Bjorn Fratangelo (second from right) receiving the French
Open junior trophy
Four years ago Bjorn Fratangelo made the decision to relocate to Naples to train full-time with his father Mario in an effort to boost his junior tennis resume. Now after claiming the French Open juniors title and graduating high school early via online classes, the 18-year-old now has only one decision – and a big one, to go – to enter the college tennis ranks, or go pro?
 
Fratangelo is the most sought-after U.S. junior out there, rising as high as No. 2 in the international ITF junior rankings, and No. 1 in the class of 2012 on www.tennisrecuiting.net’s standings.
 
He says he is considering Georgia, Ohio State and Virginia, but his recent stint as the practice partner for the U.S. Davis Cup team, when they defeated Switzerland, may have changed his mind.
 
In Switzerland he practiced with John Isner, a player who attended Georgia before going pro, and Ryan Harrison, who is shooting up the rankings after turning pro straight out of the juniors.
 
"Ryan Harrison is a year older than I am," Fratangelo told the Valley News Dispatch. "I knew him from juniors…He made the decision to turn pro at 15 years old. Here he is doing what I want to do someday. He said, 'You have to realize when you turn pro, it's your job. It's not just fun anymore.' He thinks it's worth it."
 
Fratangelo says he will make a decision by April 11 when the NCAA's letter-of-intent signing period opens.
 
"I think my mind is getting made up, but I don't want to say yet in case things change," Fratangelo said. "I'm getting to the point where I want to make a decision. It's been weighing me down recently."
 
 
Baehr Wins Men's Open at 1st Annual Pensacola Adult Clay Court Championships
 
Bruce Caton TD, (left) Scott Baehr Mens Open Winner Pcola Adult Clays
Tournament Director Bruce Caton (left) and
Men's Open winner Scott Baehr
Pensacola's Scott Baehr, the No. 2 seed, defeated No. 4-seeded Eric Sajowitz of Niceville 7-6(5), 7-5 to win the 1st Annual Pensacola Adult Clay Court Championships and the $350 first place prize money at the Roger Scott Tennis Center on Feb. 19, 2012.
 
Both men had tough semifinal matches, with Sajowitz topping Pensacola's Austin Racine 7-6(2), 6-3, and Baehr battling through Saturday afternoon rain to upend No. 3 seed Jimmy Martineau of Ft. Myers 6-4, 5-7, 7-6(4).
 
The Men's Open doubles final between Pensacola's Derrick and Austin Racine and UWF players Martineau and Richard Hornby of New Zealand will likely not be played due to an injury to Derrick Racine in his Mixed 45 Doubles final.
 
The tournament had 107 players in 20 different divisions. Players from the Pensacola area won 14 division titles.
 
"Even though the weather was horrendous around most of the Emerald Coast area on Saturday, the rain stayed away from Roger Scott for most of the day until about 3:30p.m.," said organizer Scott Harrison. "With only six short weeks to put on the tournament, Roger Scott Director of Tennis Bruce Caton and his staff did a bang-up job in putting on this tourney. The food, fruit and snacks, long sleeve t-shirts and beverages were just outstanding, but the real credit has to go to the new claycourts at Roger Scott. They stood up to the rain pounding and played beautifully the whole weekend."
 
Players from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Tennessee, and two players from Canada participated. Tournament sponsors included The Greater Pensacola Tennis Association, M. Jane Benson, M.D., Subway, Chick-fil-A, Nowak Enterprises, Inc., Bagelheads, and Bailey's Farmers Market.
 
To see the complete results go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/TOURNAMENTS/TournamentHome_New/Tournament.aspx?T=113939.
 
 
USTA and Nickelodeon Launch ‘Tennis Really Rocks’ Sweepstakes
 
tennis-rocks-sweepstakesThe United States Tennis Association (USTA) and Nickelodeon announced the kick-off of the "Tennis Really Rocks" sweepstakes today, where one lucky kid will win the grand prize -- a trip for four to New York to attend Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, the annual kick-off event to the US Open; as well as hang with the stars of Nickelodeon’s brand-new live-action series ‘How to Rock,’ Cymphonique Miller and Max Schneider.

Fifty other youngsters will win a first prize – 10 and Under Tennis equipment that includes smaller racquets and lower bouncing balls specifically designed for young kids to have more fun while playing tennis. The "Tennis Really Rocks" sweepstakes will run through April 1. Kids between six and 12 years old or their parents can enter the contest by visiting the website www.nick.com/TENNISROCKS.
 
"Through this partnership with USTA we look forward to using the power of our brand to help promote the USTA’s youth tennis initiative and its 10 and Under Tennis play format," says Pam Kaufman, chief marketing officer, Nickelodeon Group, "The ‘Tennis Really Rocks’ spots hitting our air this month starring Cymphonique Miller and Max Schneider, are a continuation of our network’s commitment to health and wellness and send a positive message to kids."
 
Miller and Schneider are well-suited to help share the message about the USTA’s kid-friendly approach to getting more kids active and healthy by playing tennis and the fun and excitement they will have by simply playing the game.
 
"I love tennis," says Cymphonique Miller. "With courts all across the United States, it’s a sport that I can play wherever I am."
 
Adds Schneider, "I started playing when I was a little kid, and it’s one of those great sports that you can play your entire life and always have an awesome time."
 
 
 

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