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Tennis Briefs(3): New USTA Center Meeting, US Open Playoffs, More

August 19, 2014 01:07 PM
Orlando Informational Meeting on New USTA National Tennis Center

lake-nona-mediawallThe Orlando Country Club in Orlando, Fla., will host a presentation on the new USTA national tennis center to be constructed in Orlando, featuring speaker Virgil Christian, the USTA senior director of market development and college tennis.

The presentation will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, with light refreshments and socializing from 6-7 p.m., and Christian presenting at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A session.

"This is your opportunity to hear first-hand the USTA vision and how it will impact the Central Florida and national tennis scene," says Tom Sweitzer, USPTA Master pro and manager of the Orlando Tennis Center.

The USTA national body unveiled plans earlier this year for the "New Home for American Tennis," a $60 million facility with more than 100 courts, making it the largest tennis center in the country. The state-of-the-art facility in the Lake Nona area of Orlando will house the USTA's Community Tennis and Player Development divisions, and will be divided into dedicated areas that will focus on the complete tennis pathway -- from the youngest players, to recreational players, to collegians, to future professional players, and to professional tour-level players. The target completion date is the fourth quarter of 2016.

The Orlando Country Club is located at 1601 Country Club Dr, Orlando, Fla., 32804.

The event is open to all tennis industry personnel. To attend please RSVP to thomas.sweitzer@cityoforlando.net

Israel, Argentina to Play Davis Cup Match in Florida

Davis_Cup_logoSunrise, Fla., will host the Israel vs. Argentina Davis Cup match on Sept. 12-14, 2014, following the US Open after the International Tennis Federation ruled that Israel must move the tie due to violence in the Gaza region.

The ITF said it has a "duty to ensure the safety of players, officials and spectators, and that there was a lack of certainty as to the security situation in Israel at the date of the tie."

The World Group Playoff tie will be hosted at the Sunrise Tennis Club, which beat out the Delray Beach Tennis Center, the Stubhub Center in Los Angeles and other sites to host. The facility hosted the BMW Challenger pro tennis event from 2004-10.

The match could draw capacity crowds due to the large Jewish and Argentine populations in South Florida.

For more info go to www.daviscup.com.

Tampa's Dadamo Falls at Final Hurdle in US Open Playoffs

dadamoJeff Dadamo of Tampa, the defending Florida Section and national champion for the 2014 US Open National Playoffs, lost in the Monday final of the competition 6-2, 6-2 to Sanam Singh of Charlottesville, Va. Singh with the victory earned a wild card into this week's US Open Qualifying Tournament.

The 26-year-old top-seeded Singh competes for India in international play, while Dadamo, a former NCAA doubles champion, competes primarily on the USTA Pro Circuit.

The women's national title was won by unseeded 26-year-old Caitlin Whoriskey of East Sandwich, Mass., who defeated 15-year-old Michaela Gordon of Saratoga, Calif., 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 to earn a wild card into the US Open Women's Qualifying Tournament. Whoriskey is a former University of Tennessee standout who was a three-time All-American and was named the 2010 ITA National Senior Player of the Year.

Florida players in the men's and women's singles and doubles were Dadamo (USTA Florida Section winner), Naples' Jesse Witten (USTA New England Section winner), Boca Raton's Anne-Liz Jeukeng (USTA Florida Section winner), Stuart's Nicole Melichar (USTA Missouri Valley alternate runner-up), and Davie's Malika Rose (USTA Texas Section winner).

There were 1,088 players (723 men and 365 women) who competed in the fifth year of the US Open National Playoffs in singles, playing in one of 13 Sectional Qualifying Tournaments held throughout the United States. The US Open National Playoffs are designed to bring the spirit of the US Open to cities and sections across the country, making the US Open eligible to anyone and everyone 14 and over with the passion to compete, regardless of playing ability or nationality.

The US Open National Playoffs-Mixed Doubles Championship will be contested Aug. 20-23.

For more info go to www.USOpen.org.






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