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Florida Tennis on Campus Changes; US Open Playoffs Deadline

May 11, 2012 12:44 PM
New-look Format for USTA Florida 'Tennis on Campus' 2012-13 Club Calendar

Tennis on campus mediawallThis fall the 2012-13 season of USTA Florida 'Tennis on Campus' will get a new look, as co-ed club tennis teams from universities and colleges across the state will compete at three levels of events -- Grand Slam, Masters, and Tour.

Hosting Grand Slam events will be the defending state champion University of Central Florida in Orlando, the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida State University in Tallahassee, and the University of South Florida in Tampa.

The two Masters-level events will be geared toward getting new schools involved in the Florida Tennis on Campus series -- the West Coast Invite in October 2012 with a location to be determined in the Tampa area, and in March 2013 an East Coast Invite, to be held at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach.

Florida Gulf Coast University will host the lone Tour-level event in January 2013, and the Florida Tennis on Campus Championship, which determines the Florida teams that will advance to the USTA National Campus Championship, is a Grand Slam-level event that will be held in February 2013 in Orlando.

"The upcoming season for Tennis on Campus has been a great collaboration among our active clubs," said USTA Florida Team Tennis Coordinator Michelle Brown. "Club presidents and vice presidents were very involved in the process. Each of the Grand Slam and Masters series will have round robin play on Saturday and bracket play on Sunday with Gold, Silver, and Bronze Divisions. This consistency of WTT format and play will enhance each of the series events. Our hope with this year's schedule is that we will be able to attract more schools to create clubs and participate.  With the WTT format, a school needs only two men and two women to compete. To entice them even more, any new club may participate at either the West Coast Invite or East Coast Invite for free. Thanks to all the student involvement this year, I am looking forward to a great season."

Schools can submit a request to add an event to the 2012-13 USTA Florida Tennis on Campus calendar, pending approval by the USTA Florida Section for tournament points. In addition to the winner of the 2012-13 Florida Tennis on Campus Championship winner advancing to national, the 2012-13 season points leader will also receive a national bid.

Three Florida teams advanced to nationals during the 2011-12 season: champion UCF, runner-up UF, and USF, which ended the season the points leader behind UCF and UF. All three schools advanced to the "Gold Group" after round robin play between the 64 teams at nationals, with two teams reaching the quarterfinals.

The Tennis on Campus team format features men's and women's singles, doubles and mixed doubles, with a minimum of two men and two women per team. The format uses World TeamTennis (WTT) scoring, where the first up to five games wins the match, with a 12-point supertiebreak if the match is tied at four games all. Total cumulative games determine the overall winning team of each match. The WTT scoring format also features no-ad scoring, player substitutions, and player on-court coaching is allowed.
 
The program is designed to provide college students with opportunities for team camaraderie, social networking, and rivaled competition through tennis without the rigors of a varsity program via college/university "club" tennis teams. Perfect for athletes who have chosen not to make the jump from high school to college varsity, Tennis On Campus offers co-ed team-based play, regional and national championship competition, and helps students maintain active and healthy lifestyles through their college years. Currently, the program is offered on over 500 college campuses and services over 30,000 students.
 
2011-12 USTA Florida "Tennis on Campus" schedule/results:
 
Sep. 24 -- 2011 FSU Capital Challenge, Tallahassee (Team final: UCF d. UF)
Oct. 15 -- UF Gatorbowl, Gainesville (Winners: UF-men, UF-women)
Oct. 29 -- USF Bullrun, Tampa (Winners: USF-men, UF-women)
Nov. 19 -- UCF Knightro Cup, Orlando (Team final: UCF d. UF)
Jan. 28 -- FGCU Open, Ft. Myers (Team final: UF d. UCF)
Feb. 11 -- UM Ibis Open, Miami (Team final: USF d. UF)
Feb. 18 -- USTA Florida Tennis on Campus Championships, Altamonte Springs (Team final: USF d. UF)
 
USTA Florida "Tennis on Campus" Championship Winners:
 
2012 -- University of Central Florida
2011 -- University of Florida
2000 -- University of Florida
2009 -- University of Florida
2008 -- University of Central Florida
2007 -- University of Central Florida
* Prior to 2007, all Florida teams advanced directly to nationals
 
USTA National Campus Championship Winners:
 
2011 -- University of California -- Los Angeles
2010 -- University of California -- Berkeley
2009 -- Duke University
2008 -- University of Texas -- Austin
2007 -- Texas A&M University -- College Station
2006 -- Texas A&M University -- College Station
2005 -- Texas A&M University -- College Station
2004 -- Texas A&M University -- College Station
2003 -- UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
2002 -- Texas A&M University
2001 -- University of North Carolina -- Chapel Hill
2000 -- University of North Carolina -- Chapel Hill
  
For more information on the USTA Florida "Tennis on Campus" series contact Michelle Brown at brownm@florida.usta.com, or go to http://www.florida.usta.com/CommunityTennis/tennis_on_campus/?intloc=headernavsub.
 

US Open Playoffs-Florida Deadline Approaching

us open playoffs 2012If you love tennis, you're 14 years or older, and you've always wanted to brag to your friends that you've played in the US Open (or at least on the "Road to the US Open"), then you're running out of time to sign-up for the 2012 US Open Playoffs-Florida, which will be held beginning Saturday, May 26 at the Henry L. McMullen Tennis Complex in Clearwater, Fla.

The registration deadline for sign-up is Wednesday, May 16.

The US Open Playoffs features men's and women's singles and mixed doubles for players 14 years and older. Winners from the Florida Section event advance to the US Open National Playoffs, featuring the winners of the 17 USTA sections. The winners of the national singles receive wildcards into the qualifying rounds of the 2012 US Open, and the winners of the mixed doubles receive a wildcard into the main draw of the US Open mixed doubles.

With only two players/teams seeded in each USTA Section draw, your opponent could be anyone from a 3.5 league player to a senior player, a 14-year-old junior, a high school player, college player, weekend warrior, or just someone looking to say they played along the "Road to the US Open."

"Just to be able to have the US Open accessible to anyone, with a chance to play at the US Open, is a great thing," says Ryler DeHeart, a former touring pro and now a teaching pro in the Tampa area. "Now pretty much anybody can play in the tournament and feel like they have a chance to qualify for the US Open, it's pretty cool."
 
Entries close on May 16 for the USTA Florida Section's US Open National Playoffs. To sign-up or see all the USTA Section tournament dates and entry deadlines go to: www.usopen.org/National_Playoffs/2012_us_open_national_playoffs_registration_information.  
For the full list of rules and regulations go to: www.usopen.org/National_Playoffs/2012_us_open_national_playoffs_information.
 
 
 

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