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'Masters Tennis' to Demo at 2013 Florida International Senior Games

November 4, 2013 09:09 AM
Masters_Logo_CutoutFor more than 20 years, tennis has been a staple of the Florida Senior Games, providing quality competition to Florida's senior athletes at first-class venues. Beginning in December 2013, senior players will have a second tennis option at the Florida International Senior Games & State Championships with the demonstration-sport debut of the short-court Masters Tennis format.

The introduction of Masters Tennis at the Florida International Senior Games & State Championships is through a partnership with the Florida Sports Foundation and the United States Tennis Association-Florida Section (USTA Florida). The demo play days, free to the public, will be held at Three Oaks Community Park in Fort Myers on Dec. 10-11, 2013.

"It is always exciting to introduce new opportunities for our athletes to compete, whether it is a new sport or a variation of a sport," said FSF Senior Vice President Stephen Rodriguez. "We appreciate the partnership with USTA Florida and welcome everyone to try Masters Tennis in December!"

Masters Tennis is tennis played on a smaller 60-foot court with a lower-compression ball and a lighter racquet, or participants can use their regular racquet. The game has simpler numerical scoring, using the 1-2-3-4 system. The first person or team winning four points wins the game. The first person or team winning 6 games wins the match.

"Masters Tennis is a great way to continue enjoying playing tennis using a smaller court and slower balls as we age or have injuries," said USTA Florida Executive Director Doug Booth. "It still allows a great workout because rallies last longer using the modified format. This allows tennis to be a true lifetime sport."

Modified equipment will be provided for all participants. The Dec. 10 Tuesday event will be a demonstration to learn the Masters Tennis format, followed by free play on Wednesday. All senior games athletes are invited to join the events of both days and learn more about Masters Tennis.

Tuesday, December 10
Three Oaks Community Park, Courts 11 & 12 Masters Tennis Demo
10:30 a.m.-noon (times might be affected by conclusion of FSG tournament play on the courts)

Wednesday, December 11
Three Oaks Community Park, Courts 11 & 12 Masters Tennis Free Play
9-10:30 a.m.

The 22nd Annual Florida International Senior Games & State Championships full-court tennis competition will be played Saturday, Dec. 7 through Thursday, Dec. 12. Singles will be played the first two days (12/7-8) followed by Men's and Women's Doubles (12/9-10) and Mixed Doubles (12/11-12).

For more about Florida Senior Games Tennis, contact the FSF at 866-FLGAMES, games@flasports.com or visit www.flasports.com. You can also follow the Florida Senior Games on Facebook.  






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