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Tennis Briefs(3): Miami, Daytona Events; Fish Out of Tallahassee

April 29, 2013 11:15 AM

Free Tennis Festival Coming to Goodlet Park in Miami-Dade

mediawall-tennis-festivalsTennis right-sized for kids will be on display when Goodlet Park in Hialeah, Fla., hosts a free Tennis Festival for the whole family on Saturday, May 18, 2013, from 3-5 p.m.
The event will include USTA 10 and Under Tennis and other activities including How Fast is Your Serve, Beat the Pro, Cardio Tennis and much more.
"We welcome children and adults of all levels, from those that have never picked up a racquet to those that are frequent players," says USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator Cathy Nordlund. "There will be games on court for players of all ages. Information will also be available about the new programs starting at the tennis center."
USTA 10 and Under Tennis allows smaller children to play tennis on smaller court sizes, with racquet sizes that fit their hands, low-compression balls, and a simple scoring system, all adjusted to ease kids into the sport. Similar mini-tennis formats have long been popular in Europe, where stars such as Roger Federer and Kim Clijsters first learned the game with age-adjusted racquets, balls and court sizes.
"I think that it is an advantage from the beginning," said Florida resident and former No. 1 Maria Sharapova on 10 and Under Tennis. "It is much easier to have the lighter balls, and much easier to have a smaller court and I think it gives them a better sense of the game in a way. Whereas you are coming onto the tennis courts for the first time, and since it is one-on-one sport, it can be quite overwhelming. So for a young player that is trying it out, I think it is a wonderful opportunity."
Information will also be available on other local play opportunities such as youth team tennis. Youth team tennis leagues bring kids together in teams to play singles, doubles and mixed doubles against other teams. It promotes social skills and important values by fostering cooperation and unity, as well as individual self-growth.
Players age 10 and under that are new to the USTA can also sign-up for a free one-year USTA membership to receive USTA youth publications and access to leagues and tournaments.
"For the adults we will have Cardio Tennis, on-court games and information about the programs that will be starting, including round robins, ladders and USTA Leagues," Nordlund said. "The Babolat representative will be demoing racquets and answering all your questions about how to choose the right one for you. For every person that demos a racquet they will be entered to win a free Babolat racquet and bag."
Sign up online for this Free event and be automatically be entered to win great prizes, go to http://goodlettennisfestival.eventbrite.com.
For more information contact recreation@hialeahfl.gov or call (305) 557-3150.

Goodlet Park Sera Anfitrión de Festival de Tenis Gratis en Miami-Dade

El Tenis al tamaño de los niños se estará demostrando en el Festival de Tenis gratis para toda la familia en Goodlet Park de Hialeah, Fla., el Sábado Mayo 18, 2013, de 3-5 p.m.
El evento va a incluir USTA 10 and Under Tenis y otras actividades como: Que tan rápido es tu servicio (How Fast is Your Serve), Gánale al Profesor (Beat the Pro), Cardio Tenis y mucho mas.
"Invitamos a niños y adultos de todas los niveles desde los que nunca han jugado Tenis hasta los que juegan frecuentemente, " dice la Coordinadora de Programas de Tenis de USTA Florida Cathy Nordlund. "Habrán juegos en las canchas para jugadores de todas las edades. "También habrá información disponible acerca de nuevos programas en este centro de tenis."
USTA 10 and Under Tennis permite a los niños mas pequeños jugar tenis en canchas mas cortas, con raquetas que se ajustan a sus manos, pelotas de baja presión, y un marcador fácil de llevar, todo esto para que sea mas fácil que los niños aprendan acerca del deporte. Diferentes formas de Mini-tenis han sido muy populares en Europa por mucho tiempo, donde estrellas como Roger Federer y Kim Clijsters aprendieron a jugar este deporte con raquetas, pelotas y canchas apropiadas a su edad y tamaño.
"Pienso que es una ventaja desde el comienzo," dijo residente de Florida y ex numero 1 del mundo Maria Sharapova acerca de 10 and Under Tennis. "Es mucho mas fácil aprender a jugar teniendo pelotas de baja presión, raquetas mas cortas y canchas mas pequeñas. Si es su primera vez en una cancha de tenis y siendo un deporte individual esto puede ser muy difícil. Es por eso que pienso que este es un gran programa para un jugador nuevo y para niños."
Habrá información disponible acerca de juego local como equipo de tenis de jóvenes (Youth Team Tennis). Estas ligas de jóvenes dan la oportunidad a los niños de pertenecer a un equipo y representarlo jugando sencillos, dobles o dobles mixtos contra otro equipos. También promueven habilidades sociales y valores importantes como la cooperación, unidad y el desarrollo y crecimiento personal.
Jugadores de 10 años y menores que nunca han pertenecido a USTA pueden hacerse miembros gratis su primer año y recibirán USTA publicaciones y acceso a ligas y torneos.
"Para los adultos tendremos Cardio Tennis, juegos en la cancha e información acerca de programas que estarán comenzando en este centro de tenis incluyendo round robins (todos contra todos), ladders (escalafones) y ligas USTA," Nordlund dijo. "El representante de Babolat estará demostrando raquetas y contestando todas sus preguntas acerca de como escoger la raqueta correcta. Cada persona que pruebe una raqueta entrara en la rifa de una maleta y raqueta Babolat"
Inscríbase por internet para este evento gratis y automáticamente tendrá la posibilidad de ganar premios, visite http://goodlettennisfestival.eventbrite.com.
Para mas información puede escribir a recreation@hialeahfl.gov o llamar al (305) 557-3150.

Fish Withdraws from Tallahassee Challenger

Fish08Mardy Fish withdrew from the 2013 Tallahassee Tennis Challenger on the Saturday before the start of this week's event, citing personal reasons. The former world No. 7 was awarded a wildcard earlier this month for the third of three Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Challenge tournaments.
The 31-year-old Fish, the current world No. 42, was a champion in Tallahassee in 2006 when he was battling back from a wrist injury. The 2004 Olympic silver medalist has been making his comeback to tennis following a heart condition he was diagnosed with last spring. He has played in just two tournaments since the US Open.
"We're sad not to have Mardy back in Tallahassee this year, but wish him all of the best," said Tournament Director Karen Vogter.
Florida A&M University No. 1 singles player C. Salif Kante from Senegal was given the tournament wildcard in place of Fish. Kante went 18-2 in college play this season, and for the second year in a row was MEAC Player of the Year.
The Tallahassee Tennis Challenger is a $50,000 event on the USTA Pro Circuit and last year was won by American Tim Smyczek. Players such as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Mardy Fish, James Blake, John Isner and Donald Young have appeared at the event, which benefits the D. Mark Vogter, M.D., Memorial Endowment for the Neuro-Intensive Care Unit at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare.

The Metro Tennis Event in Daytona to Benefit Fla. Tennis Center Foundation

tennis express logoThe Metro, a non-elimination round robin tennis tournament for all levels benefiting the Florida Tennis Center Foundation, will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2013, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Participants will play three rounds with different partners against different teams.
The event provides funding for Tennis Xpress, the program at the Florida Tennis Center that introduces tennis to 3rd, 4th and 5th graders using the USTA 10 and Under Tennis format. USTA 10 and Under Tennis allows smaller children to play tennis on smaller court sizes, with racquet sizes that fit their hands, low-compression balls, and a simple scoring system, all adjusted to ease kids into the sport.
The event is presented by Bob and Carol Allen and the Florida Tennis Center Foundation, with sponsors S.R. Perrott, Inc.; Consolidated Tomoka; Malcolm's Bar & Grill; the LPGA; and USTA Florida.
Entry for the event is $20 per player, and includes a player gift, lunch and a raffle ticket. The entry deadline is May 16 at noon.
The Florida Tennis Center Foundation is a 501c3 charitable organization with a mission to conduct entry-level tennis programs to benefit the youth of the Greater Daytona Beach area.
"It is our hope that these young people will learn the lifelong sport of tennis and become more physically fit and self-confident," says organizer Dave Brown. "This free program is open to school-age children in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades, the ideal time to learn this great sport."
Entries are limited -- to sign-up call (386) 671-8901.





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