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Kozlov, Youngest at Wimbledon, Wins; Support with Florida Tennis License

July 3, 2012 10:13 AM
Florida's Kozlov, Youngest Player, Wins at Wimbledon

Stefan Kozlov (bottom) and the U.S. Junior Davis Cup team with Brooklyn Decker
14-year-old Stefan Kozlov of Pembroke Pines, Fla., is the youngest player in the Wimbledon boy's draw by more than a year -- and he's winning.

Kozlov, who is appearing at his first Wimbledon after qualifying to the main draw, on Monday defeated 17-year-old Daniel Masur of Germany 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 to reach the second round. 

"The first couple of games were pretty rough, I was kind of nervous," Kozlov told zootennis.com. "Not nervous where I couldn't play, but throughout the whole first set I was kind of nervous. I played well until 5-2, then kind of gave it up. It was tough. It's a good thing I broke the first game, because otherwise it would have been hard. But I just stopped thinking about it, and played like I wasn't going to lose."

Kozlov's father, Andrei, is also in England, and coaches Italian WTA player Camila Giorgi.

"He helps her out a lot and I usually hit with her a lot when I'm home," Kozlov said.

Allie Kiick of Plantation, Fla., was also a first-round winner on Monday. The No. 13-seeded 17-year-old in the girls' draw beat Carol Zhao of Canada 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

"With my game, I didn't think I would enjoy it too much," said Kiick of playing in only her second career tournament on grass. "But I really, really like it a lot."

For the full story go to www.zootennis.com.

Show Your Love with 'Play Tennis' License

jodi license plateMore than 2,000 "Play Tennis" license plates are showing up on roads all across Florida as more and more tennis players and enthusiasts support the sport they love. So just how does the purchase of the tennis specialty license plate support the sport of tennis, and why should you consider one for your car, truck, or boat?  

First, it is visible support for our game, but more importantly, each purchase helps the USTA Florida Section Foundation achieve its mission "to improve the health and quality of life of Floridians through tennis."  Ninety percent of the tag proceeds support the Foundation's funding to charitable organizations that operate tennis programs for Florida's youth and special-needs populations, along with funding for building and renovating public tennis courts. 

As the charitable arm of USTA Florida, the Foundation supports programs that develop human potential and self-esteem, and provide opportunities for healthy social, emotional, and educational development for all Floridians.

Your $25 contribution for the "Play Tennis" tag can now be made online at www.eztagfl.com/tn.htm, making the process much easier than waiting in long lines at the local tax collector's office. Or, if you prefer, you can get your tag in person at your local tax collector's office, which can be found at www.flhsmv.gov/offices. Personalized tags are also available for an additional fee.






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