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Tennis Briefs(3): New USTA Florida App; ATA Chps.; More

June 12, 2013 03:27 PM

USTA Florida App Available for All Mobile Platforms

App_GraphicStay connected to Florida tennis with the new USTA Florida app for iPhone and Android devices, and also iPads, now available for download (for Apple devices iOS 5 and above).
The app allows tennis fans to access the latest USTA Florida daily news, events, photos, videos and instant access to USTA Florida's Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube channels.
Also available are direct links to tournament info such as TennisLink, and new programs such as ROGY and Masters Tennis.
For other mobile devices, users can access the app through their mobile browser by visiting http://m.ustaflorida.com.
Check out the features and get the links to download for your device by visiting http://m.ustaflorida.com/landing/Desktop#.Ua3klEC1F8E.

Ft. Lauderdale to Host 96th American Tennis Association National Championships

ATA_logoThe City of Ft. Lauderdale, the American Tennis Association, and V*Starr Interiors/Venus Williams will present the ATA's 96th Annual National Championships on July 28 to Aug. 3, 2013, at the The Tennis Club of Fort Lauderdale and the Jimmy Evert Tennis Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
In addition to tournament play, the event will feature youth and adult activities such as the ATA Member Appreciation Reception, and the Monday Family BBQ and Greek Evening, where players, families and fans can represent their favorite fraternities and sororities.
"The Omegas are coming in full gear and they will be partnering with the AKA's (Althea Gibson) and the Kappa's (Arthur Ashe) 'REPRESENT!'" say tournament organizers. "Players staying at the host hotel will receive free access to the welcome BBQ. Whether you're a tennis enthusiast, a player, a corporate sponsor or just want to be a part of this historic week, join us at the nation's largest tennis family reunion and participate in history."
The ATA will also unveil the ATA Permanent Home and Training Facility, which is being designed in partnership with Venus Williams/V*Starr Interiors and the USTA. The unveiling is scheduled to take place on Thursday, Aug. 1.
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau will also be providing trip giveaway prizes.
"New for 2013 is an ATA Member Appreciation Reception," says Tournament Director Sallie Elam. "Our Local Host Committee has a variety exciting off court activities planned for the week. Please check the website often for updates."
For more tournament information go to www.sunny.org/ATA.
The ATA was born in 1916 when representatives from more than a dozen black tennis clubs met in Washington, D.C., and the following year the organization held its first ATA National Championships at Baltimore's Druid Hill Park. The ATA National Championships soon became one of the most anticipated social events of the year in the black community. In 1950 the United States Lawn Tennis Association accepted Althea Gibson as the first Black player to ever compete at the U.S. National Championship (now known as the US Open) at Forest Hills. The ATA and ATA clubs have produced several of the world's top players and coaches, including Gibson, Arthur Ashe, Zina Garrison, Leslie Allen, Lori McNeil, Chandra Rubin, Katrina Adams, and MaliVai Washington. Today the ATA continues its rich history of developing young tennis players and providing ATA members with the opportunity to compete in the ATA National Championships. For more information go to www.americantennisassociation.org.

4 Fla. Tennis Players Invited to USTA Collegiate Team Camp/Playoffs

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Lauren Embree
Four Florida natives will take part in USTA national's 2013 USTA Collegiate Team Camp/Playoffs, at which the 2013 USTA Collegiate Team will be finalized.
Administered by the USTA and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, the USTA Collegiate Team is an elite training program for the nation's best collegians. It is designed to provide college players with valuable exposure to the USTA Pro Circuit in a team-oriented environment during the year. The program began in 1996 and is funded by the USTA.
Florida players participating will be Alex Domijan, Virginia (JR, Wesley Chapel, Fla.); Jeremy Efferding, Texas A&M (SO, Boca Raton, Fla.); Lauren Embree, Florida (SR, Marco Island, Fla.); and Gina Suarez-Malaguti, North Carolina (SR, Pembroke Pines, Fla.).
The 2013 USTA Collegiate Team will include six men and six women, with each player earning his or her spot through merit. Twelve men and 12 women have been invited to the USTA Collegiate Team Camp/Playoffs, where the final members of the men's and women's teams will be determined. The women's Camp/Playoff will be held the week of June 24 at the USTA Training Center-West in Carson, Calif. The men's Camp/Playoff will be held the week of July 8 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
Other men camp/playoffs invitees are Andre Dome, Cal Poly (SR, Arroyo Grande, Calif.); Mitchell Frank, Virginia (FR, Annandale, Va.); Marcos Giron, UCLA (SO, Thousand Oaks, Calif.); Jarmere Jenkins, Virginia (SR, College Park, Ga.); Evan King, Michigan (SR, Chicago); Peter Kobelt, Ohio State (JR, New Albany, Ohio); Ryan Lipman, Vanderbilt (JR, Nashville, Tenn.); Kyle McMorrow, Washington (SR, Thousand Oaks, Calif.); Dennis Novikov, UCLA (SO, San Jose, Calif.); and Ray Sarmiento, USC (JR, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.).
Other women camp/playoffs invitees are Robin Anderson, UCLA (SO, Matawan, N.J.); Jacqueline Cako, Arizona State (SR, Brier, Wash.); Julia Elbaba, Virginia (FR, Oyster Bay, N.Y.); Nicole Gibbs, Stanford (JR, Santa Monica, Calif.); Krista Hardebeck, Stanford (FR, Santa Ana, Calif.); Lauren Herring, Georgia (SO, Greenville, N.C.); Danielle Lao, USC (SR, Arcadia, Calif.); Kyle McPhillips, UCLA (FR, Willoughby, Ohio); Sabrina Santamaria, USC (SO, Los Angeles); and Mary Weatherholt, Nebraska (SR, Prairie Village, Kan.).
All 24 players -- the top eight Americans in the final ITA singles rankings and four wildcards selected by the USTA and ITA for both the men and the women -- are invited to participate in the USTA Collegiate Team Camp. The invitees who have not already reserved a position on the team by meeting one of several benchmarks will play a round-robin tournament to determine the final team members.
Current pros who were members of prior USTA Collegiate Teams include John Isner, Bob and Mike Bryan, James Blake, Steve Johnson, Irina Falconi and Mallory Burdette.





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