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Tennis Briefs(3): Jr. Profile, 2014 Florida Cup Results, More

April 1, 2014 11:38 AM
West Division Takes Back Title at 2014 Florida Cup Tennis
From left: Sarasota Bath and Racquet Director Eric Davidson and Florida Cup Commissioner Mark Taylor

The West Division gained the upper hand over the East 36-14 to claim the 11th annual Florida Cup tennis tournament, held March 29-30, 2014 at the Sarasota Bath & Racquet Club in Sarasota, Fla.

The event features East vs. West team play in men's 35-80 age divisions. The Cup changed hands this year after the East posted a rare win in 2013, with the West this year improving their win-loss history at the event to 9-2.

"Sarasota Bath & Racquet Club did a tremendous job in hosting the 11th annual Florida Cup matches," said Florida Cup Commissioner Mark Taylor. "Special thanks go to Director Eric Davidson and the Wagstaff ownership for a terrific weekend of high-quality tennis. I would like to thank them for the staff support and providing a quality experience for all players that participated in one of the best team events in the country."
Players of note competing this year included accomplished USTA Gold Ball winner Andy Lake for the East in the 40s Division, former ATP Top 100-ranked Swede Tobias Svantesson for the West in the 50s, former world No. 4 Roscoe Tanner for the East in the 60s, and former ITF Seniors age division world No. 1 Larry Turville for the West in the 65s.

Division Results:

35s Division (East won 3-2)

Justin Touchstone (E) def. Jamie Feagan (W) 6-1, 6-7 (3), 6-3
Kevin Chow (E) def. Kent Wright (W) 6-4, 4-6, 5-2 ret.
Feagan/Nate Griffin (W) def. Touchstone/Chow (E) 6-2, 6-2
Jamie Feagan (W) def. Kevin Chow (E) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
Justin Touchstone (E) def. Nate Griffin (W) 6-3, 6-2

40s Division (West won 4-1)
Julien Link (W) def. Andy Lake (E) 6-1, 6-4
Rhett Rollyson (W) def. Todd Rubinstein (E) 6-4, 6-2
Rollyson/Mark Palus (W) def. Lake/Rubinstein (E) 6-4, 6-1
Julien Link (W) def. Todd Rubinstein (E) 6-1, 6-0
Andy Lake (E) def. Mark Palus (W) 6-4, 6-3

45s Division (West won 3-2)
Wynand Van Den Boom (W) def. Mark Harrison (E) 6-4, 6-3
Todd Schlorf (E) def. Mark Avedikian (W) 6-2, 6-2
Avedikian/Patrick Emmet (W) def. Harrison/Schlorf (E) 7-6 (6), 1-6, 6-3
Todd Schlorf (E) def. Wynand Van Den Boom (W) 6-2, 6-3
West wins 1 singles match via default

50s Division (West won 5-0)
Rill Baxter (W) def. Brad Jeffries (E) 6-4, 6-0
Tobias Svantesson (W) def. Bruce Kurtz (E) 7-5, 7-5
Baxter/Erik Luxembourg (W) def. Kurtz/Jeffries (E) 6-4, 6-3
Erik Luxembourg (W) def. Brad Jeffries (E) 6-3, 6-4
Rill Baxter (W) def. Bruce Kurtz (E) 6-2, 6-4

55s Division (West won 3-2)
Egan Adams (W) def. Mirek Wierzbicki (E) 6-2, 6-1
Steve Brady (W) def. Steve Winsor (E) 6-0, 1-0 ret.
Wierzbicki/Stuart Saiki (E) def. Jeff Winkler/Jeff Davis (W) 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
Stuart Saiki (E) def. Steve Brady (W) 6-4, 6-4
Jeff Davis (W) def. Mirek Wierzbicki (E) 6-0, 2-0 ret.

60s Division (East won 4-1)
Roscoe Tanner (E) def. Gewan Maharaj (W) 7-5, 7-5
Carsten Svantesson (E) def. Steve Shortridge (W) 6-1, 6-3
Svantesson/Ted Macbeth (E) def. Maharaj/Shortridge (W) 6-1, 6-1
Steve Shortridge (W) def. Roscoe Tanner (E) 6-3, 6-3
Carsten Svantesson (E) def. Gewan Maharaj (W) 6-2, 6-1

65s Division (West won 3-2)
Larry Turville (W) def. Michael Beautyman (E) 6-2, 6-2
Owen Robertson (E) def. Andre Marois (W) 6-3, 6-2
Turville/Marc Mazo (W) def. Robertson/Beautyman (E) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
Michael Beautyman (E) def. Andre Marois (W) 6-3, 6-1
Larry Turville (W) def. Owen Robertson (E) 6-2, 6-2

70s Division (West won 5-0)
Joe Bachmann (W) def. Jim Johanson (E) 6-2, 6-1
Fred Drilling (W) def. George Golfinopoulos (E) 6-0, 6-1
Drilling/Joe McAleer (W) def. Johanson/Golfinopoulos (E) 6-3, 6-3
Fred Drilling (W) def. Jim Johanson (E) 6-2, 6-0
Joe McAleer (W) def. George Golfinopoulos (E) 6-3, 6-3

75s Division (West won 5-0)
West wins 5 matches via default

80s Division (West won 5-0)
Gordon Hammes (W) def. Mario Dominguez (E) 6-1, 6-1
Dave Rothgaber (W) def. Mario Dominguez (E) 6-3, 3-3 ret.
West wins 3 matches via default

For more info go to the tournament TennisLink site at http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=141118.

'Tennis on Campus' National Championship Kicks Off April 10

TOC-UF-champs-webThe United States Tennis Association (USTA) announced that co-ed intramural and club tennis teams representing 64 colleges and universities across the country have qualified for the 2014 USTA Tennis On Campus National Championship, to be played at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Center in Surprise, Ariz., April 10-12.

Florida universities qualifying from the 2013-14 season are the defending finalist University of Florida, University of Central Florida and University of South Florida.
The USTA Tennis On Campus program features more than 35,000 college students competing nationwide in intramural and intercollegiate coed club play. Since its inception in 2000, Tennis On Campus has grown significantly and today is played on more than 600 college campuses across the country.
"We are excited to announce the field for the 2014 Tennis On Campus National Championship -- the most exciting recreational college tennis event in the country," said Glenn Arrington, national manager, USTA Tennis On Campus. "The event provides a well-rounded experience for our student-athletes in a social atmosphere with both competition and fun."
This year, four schools will make their debut at nationals in a field that also includes defending champion University of Georgia. Teams participating in the Tennis On Campus National Championship have advanced through USTA section championship play or received automatic bids from winning at the Fall or Spring Invitational.
Developed by the USTA in partnership with NIRSA, World TeamTennis and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, the Tennis On Campus program gives college students the opportunity to build leadership skills, network in a coed sports environment and compete on a college team without the rigors of playing in a varsity program. With year-round match play, and regional and national championship competition, students maintain active and healthy lifestyles through their college years.
Visit the Tennis On Campus website at www.TennisOnCampus.com for complete results, stories and photos. You can also follow #TOCNationals on social media throughout the tournament. 

Florida Jr. Tennis Profile: Nicholas Garcia, Hollywood

By Colette Lewis, USTA Florida Jr. Tennis Writer, www.zootennis.com

photo_op-GarciaUSTAFlaThe USTA held its first National Team Championship last month in Mobile, Ala., with 12-year-old Nicolas Garcia of Hollywood helping his team to the title and the USTA Gold Balls that accompanied it.

The competition included 16 teams of eight players -- two from each USTA age division -- in a four-day tournament modeled on a dual match in collegiate tennis. Teams were selected on the basis of rankings to ensure evenly-balanced competition, and for the Rams, who won the boys title, the performance of their two 12-year-olds was a key to the championship.

Garcia, a sixth-grader who trains at the Academia Sanchez-Casal in Naples, and Zane Khan of Texas, went 8-0 in both singles and doubles during the tournament.

Garcia, a left-hander with a one-handed backhand, clinched the semifinal match for the Rams with a hard-fought 7-6(4), 7-5 win over Alex Lee of the Patriots, giving his team a 7-5 victory and a place in the championship match.

In the final against the Saints, Garcia and Khan posted an 8-4 win in their doubles match, and Garcia picked up 6-1, 6-2 victory over Benjamin Koch at the No. 2 position. The Rams needed every point and every set, with the dual match ending in a tie, with each team winning six matches. The tiebreaker for the title was the number of sets won, and the Rams had 11 to the Saints 10, so the gold balls went to Garcia and the other seven Rams.

Rams coach Glenn Allsop believes the team experience was a valuable one, particularly for the younger players.

"I don't think you could possibly ask for a better learning experience for these kids," he said. "They learn the most when it comes down to the wire, down to the last few minutes. That's when they find out who they are really, in the heat of battle. The team cohesion was unbelievable. I couldn't have asked for a better group of guys."






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