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Orlando, Jacksonville Teams Rock Kids Team Tennis Challenge

February 20, 2014 02:22 PM
The Metrowest Acers 18-Under champs from Orlando
The Die Hards 18-Under finalists from Orlando
The Team Metro West 14-Under champs from Orlando
The Creekside Cougars 14-Under finalists from Port Orange
The Seminole Aces 12-Under champs from Orlando
The Metrowest Smashers 12-Under finalists from Orlando
The Jax Attack 10-Under champs from Jacksonville
The Fireballs 10-Under finalists from Port Orange
The Raptor Blue Junior Novice champs from Orlando
The Lake Cane-Rah's Junior Novice finalists from Orlando
Central Florida YTF Scholarship recipient Eric Martinez of           Flagler County

Orlando and Jacksonville junior squads captured five age-group titles, while teams from Port Orange were runners-up in two divisions during the Central Florida Regional Team Tennis Challenge presented by Wilson Racquet Sports, and hosted by the Lake Cane Tennis Center in Orlando on Feb. 15-16, 2014.

The two-day event featured teams with a minimum of two boys and two girls, and no more than eight players per team. The 10-Under Advanced and all novice divisions were not gender-specific. Age divisions were 10-Under Advanced, 12-Under, 14-Under, and 18-Under, with three skill divisions: novice, intermediate and advanced.

Division champions and finalists:

18-Under Int./Adv.: Metrowest Acers (Orlando) d. The Die Hards (Orlando)
14-Under Int./Adv.: Team Metro West (Orlando) d. Creekside Cougars (Port Orange)
12-Under Int./Adv.: Seminole Aces (Orlando) d. Metrowest Smashers (Orlando)
10-Under Advanced: Jax Attack (Jacksonville) d. Fireballs (Port Orange)
Junior Novice: Raptor Blue (Orlando) d. Lake Cane-Rah's (Orlando)

"We had a great turnout and some really great matches, with more than 130 players and 26 teams," said USTA Florida Team Tennis Coordinator Liz Coates. "I would call this a wonderful start as we move into 2014."

In partnership between USTA Florida and the Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida, the Central Florida YTF Scholarship recipient for the event was Eric Martinez of Flagler County.

"I've been playing tennis for a really long time, I really like this sport and am always looking for ways to improve," said the 12-year-old Martinez. "My grandpa is the person who got me into this sport and he's been my coach since I started."

USTA Florida Team Tennis Challenges are "BYOT" (bring your own team) events, and do not require any previous team tennis league participation. Both USTA members and non-members can participate, with USTA members receiving a $10 discount on registration.

The next Florida Team Tennis Challenge will be held on March 15-16 at the Jonesville Tennis Center in Gainesville.

For more information, to see the 2014 calendar or to register for events CLICK HERE.









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