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Florida Tennis Briefs: Kissimmee 10-U Festival; Bollettieri Inducted

August 30, 2012 02:54 PM
Family 10 and Under Tennis at Oak Street Park in Kissimmee on Sept. 15
10andunderlogoFamilies can take to the court together to play 10 and Under Tennis on Sept. 15, 2012, during the 10 and Under Tennis Festival at Oak Street Park in Kissimmee, Fla.
The event is part of the United States Tennis Association-Florida Section's (USTA Florida) four-stop 'Me Gusta El Tenis' tour through Greater Orlando and Greater Miami-area cities in August-November, spotlighting the popularity of tennis in the Hispanic community.
Participants registering for the event will also be entered into a drawing to win four tickets of their choice to either the 2013 Sony Open men's and women's pro tennis tournament on Key Biscayne, or the 2013 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships men's pro event in Delray Beach. To register for the event go to http://mgtennisfestival-eorg.eventbrite.com.
Tennis participation numbers in Florida for small children of all demographics have increased exponentially since the introduction of the 10 and Under Tennis format. 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.
"Through our continued partnership with the Hispanic Chamber of Orlando, USTA Florida has continued to see growth in our youth programs as well as adult league play in Central Florida," said USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator for Central Florida Shelly Licorish.
Additional events on the USTA Florida 'Me Gusta El Tenis' tour will be:
Sept. 22 - Hunters Creek Festival, Orlando
Oct. 20 -- Gables Hispanic Festival, Coral Gables
Nov. 11 -- Founders Day Festival, Aventura
For more information contact Shelly Licorish at licorish@florida.usta.com, or to register for the event go to http://mgtennisfestival-eorg.eventbrite.com.

Bollettieri Inducted Into Tennis Industry Hall of Fame

BollettieriTennis coaching legend Nick Bollettieri was inducted into the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame on Aug. 24, 2012, during the TIA (Tennis Industry Association) Tennis Forum, held during The Tennis Show in New York City during the US Open.

Bollettieri was introduced at the Grand Hyatt in New York City and inducted by former student and current ESPN tennis commentator Brad Gilbert.

Bollettieri, who recently turned 81 years old, has coached 10 world No. 1 players: Andre Agassi, Boris Becker, Jim Courier, Martina Hingis, Jelena Jankovic, Marcelo Rios, Monica Seles, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams and Venus Williams.

The Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, founded in 1978, was the first major tennis boarding school and changed the way tennis was taught at the elite junior level.






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