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Tennis Briefs(3): Officials Awards, Bedford Cup, Kids Team Tennis

September 17, 2014 08:42 AM
Plantation to Host USTA Florida Regional Kids Team Tennis Challenge

JTT-Sun-2Kids love playing on teams, from junior team tennis to middle school tennis to high school. Now the new USTA Florida Regional Team Tennis Challenge is bringing recreational team play to Southeast Florida.

USTA Florida's Southeast Team Tennis Challenge, presented by Wilson Racquet Sports, will be hosted by the Frank Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Fla., on Oct. 25-26, 2014.

Registration is now open for the two-day tournament, which will host divisions including 10-under Advanced, 12-under, 14-under, and 18-under, with three skill divisions: novice, intermediate and advanced. All age 12- to 18-and-under intermediate/advanced teams need a minimum of two boys and two girls. 10-and-under advanced and all novice teams are gender-blind with a minimum of four players and a maximum of eight players.

These "BYOT" (bring your own team) events do not require previous team tennis league participation. Both USTA members and non-members can participate. Registration is $35 for USTA members, $45 for non-members.

USTA Florida strongly encourages coaches to register teams early. Lunch will also be provided.

To register or for more information go to www.ustaflorida.com/teamtennischallenges.

Florida Tennis Officials Awarded at US Open

From left: USTA Florida Chair of Officials Sandi Pardon and Bill Kelly
From left: Florida officials Mary Kay, Bill Kelly, Spence Youman

Three Florida tennis officials received USTA officiating awards during the USTA's 2014 Annual Meeting in New York, held during the US Open in September.

Bill Kelly of Valrico, Fla., received the 2014 Nicholas E. Powell Award, presented annually to an official in recognition of the importance of officiating at the local level, and whose body of work is done primarily at the grassroots level.

Kelly, a 34-year veteran of the officiating ranks, during the past year was the referee for the Big East Women's ITA Championships and worked the NCAA Division II Championships as a chair umpire and roving umpire.

"Bill Kelly is so deserving of this award. His name will be added to the list of award winners in the FAC joining our other Florida winner, Rollie Shea from 2012," says USTA Florida Chair of Officials Sandi Pardon.

Kelly is currently the sectional trainer/evaluator for Regions 3 and 5, has taught three umpiring schools during the past year, and is the assignor for ITA Division I and II schools in two regions.

"Bill Kelly is the official's official," says Roger White, a fellow Florida-based official. "He is the most honest, hard working, positive and calm official I know, who always looks out for the officials at the grassroots level. He was the individual on the national official's committee responsible for establishing the 'USTA Roving Umpire' certification. Over Bill's career as an official he has been instrumental in developing numerous officials who have progressed to work the US Open as chair and line umpires. However, his biggest asset to officials in the state was to make sure that they always had proper training on and off the court."

Also receiving awards were Mary Kay Smith from Region 2 in Florida and Spence Youman from Region 4, receiving the Mrs. and Mr. Congeniality Awards respectively.

For more information on officiating in Florida, go to the USTA Florida Officials webpage at http://www.florida.usta.com/CommunityTennis/officials/officials_home.

University of North Florida's Jack Findel-Hawkins Wins Bedford Cup

Jack Findel-Hawkins flanked by UNF coaches

The University of North Florida's Jack Findel-Hawkins pulled off a major upset during the Navy Flight finals, defeating University of South Florida's No. 19-ranked Roberto Cid 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 on the final day of the Bedford Cup on Monday at the UNF Tennis Complex in Jacksonville.
"Roberto Cid is one of the best players in the country," said UNF Head Boach Mark Finnegan. "To get a win over him this early in the season is great for Jack's confidence."
Monday's win marked the second time in as many days that Findel-Hawkins upset a ranked player. He also posted a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 upset over No. 119-ranked Sasha Gozun of USF.
"It was really good, especially after starting off the tournament pretty shaky, to be out here and compete against some great teams," Findel-Hawkins said. "I really raised my level this weekend and hope to keep it there for the rest of the fall."
UNF also competed in Monday's other two championship matches. In the Gray Flight finals, UNF's Zach Goldberg fell to Stetson's Graham Ball 1-6, 6-4, 6-4. In the doubles finals, the No. 12-ranked USF team of Cid and Gozun defeated UNF's Findel-Hawkins and Lasse Muscheites 6-2, 6-3.

In the singles final of the White Flight, the University of Central Florida's Arjun Watane defeated the University of Miami's Nile Clark 4-6, 7-6, 7-6.  
"You just can't ask for a better tournament when you host it," said UNF's Finnegan. "We had three guys playing for championships today. Anytime that happens, it's just an extremely successful tournament. All the guys on the team brought a great attitude and great effort all weekend long."

For full draws and results go to http://unfospreys.com/sports/2014/9/11/MTEN_0911140738.aspx?id=324.





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