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March 26, 2014 08:55 AM
'Masters Tennis' Kick-off Event in St. Pete Beach

USTA-Masters-Tennis-No-Shield_co_webThe St. Petersburg Beach Recreation Department will host a Masters Tennis kickoff event at Lazarillo Park, located at 224 DeBrazen Avenue in St. Petersburg Beach, Fla., on March 31, 2014 from 10 a.m.-noon.

"Masters Tennis is played on a smaller 60-foot court with a slower ball," said organizers. "It's easy to learn, fun and social, and keeps you active. Masters Tennis ambassadors will demonstrate how much fun it is to play and score this short-court format."

The event is free, and prizes and refreshments will be provided. No equipment or previous tennis experience is necessary to join the fun.

For more event information, call the St. Pete Beach Recreation Department at (727) 363-9245.

For additional information on Masters Tennis in Florida, go to www.masterstennisflorida.com.

USTA Pro Circuit Tennis at Longboat Key in April
usta-pro-circuitNow in its seventh year, the Tennis Gardens at Longboat Key Club will again be the site of the hottest tennis action on the West Coast of Florida as it plays host to the 2014 Sarasota Open USTA Pro Circuit Men's Tournament on April 12-20, 2014.
The event sets in motion nine days of tournament action, courtside entertainment and dining, and a line-up of promotional events.

Event schedule:
(All events take place at the Tennis Gardens at Longboat Key Club unless otherwise noted)

April 4-6 -- The Joey Gratton Charity Tennis Tournament and The Sarasota Open Singles Wild Card Tournament (open to all players, taking place at Laurel Oaks)
April 12-13 -- Men's Qualifying Tournaments        
April 14 -- Men's Main Draw begins, John Isner Autograph Signing Session, Player Party
April 15-18 -- Tournament action continues
April 17 -- Women's draw begins
April 19 -- Tournament action continues
April 20 -- Men's finals    
The Sarasota Open is the largest USTA-sanctioned tennis event in the Sarasota area attracting over 30,000 patrons annually. Now in its 7th year, previous winners include Alex Kuznetsov, Sam Querrey, James Blake and Kei Nishikori. 
With approximately 90 tournaments hosted annually throughout the country and prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals. Maria Sharapova, John Isner, Caroline Wozniacki, Sam Querrey, Victoria Azarenka and Andy Murray are among today's top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit. 

For the full calendar or more info go to www.SarasotaOpen.org.

Miami Junior Tennis Cup Debuts at Sony Open
mediawall-sony-open2The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department announced that the Miami Junior Tennis Cup will be held on March 27-29, 2014 at the Crandon Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, Fla., as part of the Sony Open Tennis tournament.

The Mayor's Youth Sports Championship series is an initiative created by Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez that aims to increase participation in youth athletics.

"As a father, grandfather and lifetime advocate of the long-term health benefits of regular exercise for children, the mayor knows first-hand the strength of character that can be developed from continuous involvement in athletics," organizers said. "These traits include an increase of self-confidence, resiliency, problem solving, teamwork, leadership, and the support of others."
The Miami Junior Tennis Cup will showcase youth tennis at one of the world's most high-profile professional tennis tournaments. Junior players, ages 7-11, will compete in two 16-player divisions for the Mayor's Cup. Matches will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 27-29, on courts A and B. Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez will present the trophies on Stadium Court at 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, March 30.
"We are seeing history in the making for Miami-Dade County's youth tennis programs. This event showcases the work that is being done in our community to enhance the lives of children through sports," said Mayor Gimenez. 
The event is being presented by Miami-Dade County Parks in association with USTA Florida and IMG.
For more information, including a complete schedule and to purchase tickets to the Sony Open, please visit www.SonyOpenTennis.com. For more information about youth tennis in Florida, visit www.USTAFlorida.com/youthtennis.






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