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ROGY Tennis in Miami; Fla. Easter Bowl Winners

April 18, 2013 02:05 PM

ROGY Tennis Rocks Reiner Heinser Academy in Miami

ROGY-Heinser-tennis-academy-april-2013-webThirty kids and more than 45 parents experienced ROGY Tennis (for the Red, Orange, Green, and Yellow tennis ball progression) during the Spring ROGY Classic at the Reiner Heinser Tennis Academy in Miami, Fla., on April 13, 2013.
ROGY hones the skills of young beginner and intermediate players in a fun, no-pressure environment featuring the 10 and Under Tennis format of play. Kids use right-sized racquets, lower-bouncing balls and smaller court sizes, and experience fun round-robin match play with no pressure of winning or losing, or results applied to rankings.
"We had a lot of food, drinks and music, and everybody was less nervous and enjoyed themselves much more," said organizer and academy founder Reiner Heinser. "All the parents talked to each other, exchanged telephone numbers for matches in the future for the kids, and it was more laughing and joking and cheering."
ROGY is ideal for youth players of all ages who want to play against opponents with a similar skill level. By removing the rankings and focusing on gaining experience rather than winning, the events provide a more fun way for youth players to participate. It is also ideal for parents who don’t want the high stress and long days associated with competitive tournaments, or the obligation of playing a regular league.
"We had a great presentation for the medals over the microphone, cheering, clapping and laughing," Heinser said. "ROGY is rocking. It was a great experience for the players and parents, and thanks to the monitors, we had a referee for almost every court with scorekeepers."
For more information on ROGY, to find out if your child is ready to ROGY, or to find an event, go to the Florida ROGY website at www.floridarogy.com.

3 Titles, 2 R-up for Florida Tennis Jrs. at Easter Bowl

Jaeda Daniel at the 2012 USTA Florida Bobby Curtis Junior State Championships at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach
Florida juniors brought home the hardware from California last week when Jaeda Daniels in singles, and Spencer Papa and Jake DeVine in doubles captured titles at the prestigious Easter Bowl ITF Tennis Championships, held April 8-14, 2013 in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Two other Florida juniors also finished runners-up in finals.
Port Charlotte’s Jaeda Daniel won the Girls’ 14 title as the No. 3 seed, in the final coming from a set down to defeat No. 11-seeded Ashley Lahey of California 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.
"I started out pretty nervous," said the left-handed Daniel, playing in her first USTA Level 1 final and speaking to zootennis.com. "It slowly went away, but I still had to find my game and get back into it. I kept the same strategy, but I just had to execute."
Daniels won the Girls’ 12s title in 2011 and the Girls’ 14s title in 2012 at the USTA Florida Bobby Curtis Junior State Championships (formerly known as the Florida State Closed).
The gusty conditions in Rancho Mirage did not help the nerves felt by both players in the final.
"I had chances in the second set, I was came back, was playing well," Lahey said. "She was completely out of it, she double faulted three times, first ball error, completely giving me the game, she was so nervous, and I blew the next two games."
Boca Raton-based Spencer Papa won the Boys’ 18 doubles title with Jordi Arconada of Puerto Rico, with the No. 2 seeds defeating No. 4-seeded J.C. Aragone and Mackenzie McDonald of California 6-1, 7-5.
Boca Raton-based Jake Levine and Catalin Mateas of Massachusetts won the Boys’ 16 doubles title, in the final roaring back to defeat No. 5 seeds Grayson Broadus and Jean Thirouin of Texas 4-6, 6-0, 6-1.
Florida girls lost in both the Girls’ 18 singles and doubles finals.
Miami’s "Tornado" Ali Black, the No. 6 seed in singles, fell in the final to No. 13-seeded Mayo Hibi of California 6-3, 6-2.
The 14-year-old Black was challenged in the final after attempting to recover from long quarterfinal and semifinal encounters.
"I was really exhausted from yesterday and the day before," said Black, who is now training at L'Academie de Tennis in Boynton Beach after over a year at the USTA National Center in Boca Raton, speaking to zootennis.com. "I thought I could have done a lot better today, come out to the match more prepared."
Ponte Vedra Beach’s Josie Kuhlman and Miami’s Katerina Stewart lost in the all-unseeded doubles final, coming up short against Spencer Liang of Maryland and Peggy Porter of Texas 6-4, 6-4.





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