U.S. Davis Cup and Delray Beach Hoping for Sept. Win at Spain
|Center court in Delray Beach
When the U.S. Davis Cup team undertakes the historically nearly-impossible task of going into Spain on the red clay and coming out with a win, the City of Delray Beach will be watching as closely as any U.S. fan.
If the U.S. squad, likely to be led by some combination of John Isner, Mardy Fish, Andy Roddick, Ryan Harrison and the Bryan brothers can best seven-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal and the rest of Spanish armada, the City of Delray Beach will be in the mix to host the final.
Another wrinkle is that in the other Davis Cup semifinal in Sept., due to the home-and-away Davis Cup system, the Czech Republic would have to defeat Argentina for the U.S. to host a home final against the Czechs.
The Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinal between the U.S. and Spain will be held in Gijon, Spain, on outdoor red clay, and broadcast live by Tennis Channel in the U.S., Sept. 14-16, 2012.
The U.S. and Spain have met 10 times in Davis Cup play, with the series tied at five wins each. Spain defeated the U.S. in the 2011 quarterfinal in Austin, Tex., and in the 2008 semifinal on red clay in Madrid, Spain. The U.S. last beat Spain in the 2007 quarterfinal on an indoor hard court in Winston-Salem, N.C., en route to capturing its record 32nd Davis Cup title.
According to the Sun Sentinel newspaper, the City of Delray Beach will put in a bid for the Nov. 16-18 final, should the U.S. and Czech Republic win their semifinals, by the August deadline, per approval by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. Delray Beach last hosted the Davis Cup in 2004 when the U.S. faced Sweden.
Tampa’s Dadamo Runner-up at USTA Pro Circuit Sacramento
|Jeff Dadamo (left) and Austin Krajicek after winning the NCAA doubles championship last year (photo: Zootennis.com)
Tampa native Jeff Dadamo lost to fellow American Devin Britton 2-6, 7-6(6), 6-2 in the final of the $15,000 USTA Pro Circuit tennis tournament in Sacramento, Calif., last weekend.
Dadamo had two match points at 6-2, 5-4, but Britton erased one with a magical half-volley pick-up winner, and the other on his next second serve.
"I serve-and-volleyed on my second serve, and he hit a low slice behind me," Britton told the Nor Cal Tennis Czar blog of the first match point. "I was lucky to pick it up, and I put it in an awkward place for him."
Both players are former NCAA champions as the 22-year-old Dadamo won last year's NCAA doubles title with fellow Texas A&M senior Austin Krajicek, and the 21-year-old Britton won the 2009 NCAA singles championship.
It was the first singles USTA Pro Circuit title for Britton, who has won eight pro doubles titles. Earlier in the month Dadamo was also stopped in the semifinals of the US Open Playoffs-Florida event by former ATP player Ryler DeHeart.
Melbourne Facilities to Host 10 and Under Tennis PlayDays
USTA Florida and Melbourne tennis facilities will host three 10 and Under Tennis PlayDays this summer, one each in June, July, and August, where children and parents can join in the easy-to-learn 10 and Under Tennis format.
The days will include tennis, prizes and snacks. Participants must pre-register for the event(s) by contacting the host site at the phone number below. Pre-registration for current program participants is $5; for non-program participants is $10; and for on-site day of registration $15.
Melbourne PlayDays will be held:
June 16 -- Suntree Country Club, 1 Country Club Drive, Melbourne, Fla., (321) 242-6242
July 21 -- Suntree Country Club, 1 Country Club Drive, Melbourne, Fla., (321) 242-6242
August 4 -- Jimmy Moore Park, 2801 Sarno Rd., Melbourne, Fla., (321) 255-4613
Each event will feature tennis for 8-and-under children from 9-10:15 a.m., and for 10-and-under children from 10:30 a.m.-noon.
The USTA 10 and Under Tennis format is designed for children featuring smaller court sizes, racquet sizes, foam and decompressed balls, a simple scoring system, and net heights 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. To see a video of 10 and Under Tennis in action go to: http://10andundertennis.usta.com.
For more info contact Suntree Country Club at (321) 242-6242, or Jimmy Moore Park at (321) 255-4613.
Summer Events for Kids Tennis in North Miami-Dade
From USTA PlayDays to kids tennis and 10 and Under Tennis, there are a number of opportunities to get involved in tennis events this summer in Miami.
North Miami-Dade Summer Junior Round Robin Series events include three divisions -- 10 and under (orange ball/ 60 ft. court), 12 and under, and 14 and under.
June 24 -- North Miami-Dade Summer Junior Round Robin Series register here
Sans Souci Tennis Center, 1795 Sans Souci Blvd., North Miami, (305) 893-7130
July 8 -- North Miami-Dade Summer Junior Round Robin Series register here
Michael Ann Russell JCC, 18900 NE 25 Ave., North Miami Beach, (305) 932-4200
August 26 -- North Miami-Dade Summer Junior Round Robin Series register here
Diplomat Country Club, 501 Diplomat Pkwy (4th Avenue), Hallandale Beach, (954) 465-7606
10 and Under Tennis is designed for children featuring smaller court sizes, racquet sizes, foam and decompressed balls, a simple scoring system, and net heights 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. To see a video of 10 and Under Tennis in action, or to see where 10 and Under Tennis leagues are offered in your area, go to: http://10andundertennis.usta.com
UF’s Embree, Will Named to 2012 USTA Collegiate Team
|Lauren Embree and Allie Will
The USTA announced that 16 of the nation's top men's and women's collegiate tennis players have been named to the 2012 USTA Collegiate Team, administered by the USTA and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).
The University of Florida’s Lauren Embree (Marco Island, Fla.) and Allie Will (Boca Raton, Fla.) were named to the women’s squad, which also contains Mallory Burdette, Stanford (JR, Jackson, Ga.); Jacqueline Cako, Arizona State (SO, Brier, Wash.); Beatrice Capra, Duke (FR, Ellicott City, Md.); Nicole Gibbs, Stanford (SO, Manhattan Beach, Calif.); and Zoe Scandalis, USC (FR, San Diego).
The men’s squad is made up of Chase Buchanan, Ohio State (SR, New Albany, Ohio); Mitchell Frank, Virginia (FR, Annandale, Va.); Jarmere Jenkins, Virginia (JR, College Park, Ga.); Steve Johnson, USC (SR, Orange, Calif.); Evan King, Michigan (JR, Chicago); Bradley Klahn, Stanford (SR, Poway, Calif.); Dennis Nevolo, Illinois (SR, Gurnee, Ill.); Eric Quigley, Kentucky (SR, Pewee Valley, Ky.); and Ray Sarmiento, USC (SO, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.).
The USTA Collegiate Team, which began in 1996 and is funded by the USTA, is an elite training program for the top American collegiate tennis players. It is designed to provide college players with valuable exposure to the USTA Pro Circuit of lower-level pro tournaments in a team-oriented environment during the summer.
In addition to competing on the USTA Pro Circuit, USTA Player Development is hosting two Pro Tour Transition Camps -- one for men, one for women -- for the selected players. The men’s camp is being held June 7-13, while the women’s camp will be conducted June 10-14, both on claycourts in Boca Raton, Fla. Additional training opportunities for top American collegiate players will also occur over the summer in Boca Raton and Carson, Calif.
In addition to the nine men named, three more players will be named to the team based on cumulative results from three of eight USTA Pro Circuit Futures events, including Sacramento, Calif.; Chico, Calif.; Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.; Innisbrook, Fla.; Pittsburgh; Rochester, N.Y.; Joplin, Mo.; and Godfrey, Ill.
Team members were selected based on their performance at the NCAA Championships, the ITA All-Americans and the National Indoor Championships. Players’ results from the USTA Pro Circuit, ATP or WTA events were also considered. All 16 of the players selected received 2012 ITA All-American honors.
Will helped lead Florida to its second consecutive NCAA women’s team title, as did Embree, who won the NCAA title-clinching match for the Florida Gators for the second straight year. Both Embree and Will are members of the team for the third consecutive year.
Current pros who were members of prior USTA Collegiate Teams include: James Blake, Bob and Mike Bryan, John Isner, Amer Delic, Jesse Levine, and Irina Falconi.