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August 15, 2014 10:01 AM
Innisbrook in Palm Harbor to Host Kids ROGY Tennis on Aug. 23

ROGY-LOGO-3B_ARCHEDAre you ready to ROGY? USTA Florida has launched a brand new series of "tourn-events" for youth tennis players to hone their skills in a fun, no-pressure format.

Called ROGY (for the Red, Orange, Green and Yellow balls used in the Youth Tennis modified equipment format), these 2-3 hour events feature fun match play for kids age 8 to 18 without the pressure of rankings. The ROGY event at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor, Fla., will be held on Aug. 23, 2014 from 9 a.m. to noon.
ROGY is ideal for youth players of all ages who want to improve their game by playing opponents with a similar skill level. It's also ideal for parents who don't want the high-stress and long days associated with more competitive tournaments, or the obligation of playing a regular league.

"The events are really designed for a rookie-level player who can serve, rally, and keep score. It's a great intermediate step for kids who were introduced to tennis through a Play Day, Festival, or Kids Tennis Club and are ready to play more organized matches," said Andy McFarland, associate executive director of USTA Florida. "We purposely chose the top Florida tennis facilities that could provide the right environment for these events." 

For more information on ROGY or to register call Innisbrook Resort at (727) 942-5241 or visit www.floridarogy.com.

4 Fla. Players at Inaugural American College Tennis Invitational

Olivia Janowicz

Four Florida collegiate women tennis players will compete among top collegiate players at the inaugural American Collegiate Invitational, to be held during the US Open on Sept. 4-6, 2014 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

The four players from Florida will be Alex Cercone (U. of Florida, Seminole, Fla.), Olivia Janowicz (U. of Florida, Palm Bay, Fla.), Danielle Collins (U. of Virginia, St. Petersburg, Fla.), and Jennifer Brady (UCLA, Boca Raton, Fla.).

The men's and women's winners of the American Collegiate Invitational will receive main draw wild card entries into 2015 US Open, if the men's champion is ranked No. 250 or better and the women's champion No. 150 or better. Otherwise, the winners will receive 2015 US Open qualifying wild cards.

The champions will also get wild cards into two USTA Pro Circuit events, while each runner-up will get one. Other players in the eight-man and eight-woman fields:

Kristie Ahn (Stanford, Upper Saddle River, N.J.)
Hayley Carter (North Carolina, Hilton Head, S.C.)
Julia Elbaba (Virginia, Oyster Bay, N.Y.)
Jamie Loeb (North Carolina, Ossining, N.Y.)
Greg Andrews (Notre Dame, Richland, Mich.)
Mitchell Frank (Virginia, Annandale, Va.)
Marcos Giron (UCLA, Thousand Oaks, Calif.)
Peter Kobelt (Ohio State, New Albany, Ohio)
Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA, Piedmont, Calif.)
Alex Sarkissian (Pepperdine, Glendale, Calif.)
Ray Sarmiento (USC, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.)
Clay Thompson, (UCLA, Venice Beach, Calif.)

On the men's side, Giron, Frank, Thompson, McDonald, Sarkissian and Kobelt earned their spots as members of the USTA Collegiate National Team, while Collins, Loeb, Elbaba, Brady and Ahn are the women's Collegiate National Team members in the field. UCLA's Robin Anderson was also named to the women's Collegiate National Team.
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.
Current and former pros who were members of prior USTA Collegiate Teams include: John Isner, Bob and Mike Bryan, James Blake, Steve Johnson and Nicole Gibbs. For more info go to www.usta.com/news.

Mal Washington Youth Foundation Receives USTA Foundation Grant

MWYF-new-2013-logoThe MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation in Jacksonville, Fla, was announced as a recipient of $10,000 grant from long-time US Open sponsor JPMorgan Chase & Co. through the national USTA Foundation.

The national charitable organization of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), USTA Foundation announced a total of 10 National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) programs that received $10,000 each to go toward tennis and education programming. In addition, JPMorgan Chase will launch a nationwide Twitter campaign to award one NJTL program with an additional $10,000.
Kicking off on Aug. 16, JPMorgan Chase will launch a Twitter campaign using the hashtag #returntheserve. The NJTL program that secures the most mentions will receive the additional $10,000. The contest will conclude Sept. 7 and the winning program will be announced during JPMorgan Day at the 2014 US Open. For more information, visit www.ustafoundation.com/returntheserve.

"The USTA Foundation is proud to join with JPMorgan Chase for this exciting opportunity to reward our NJTL programs," said Dan Faber, executive director, USTA Foundation. "As we head into the US Open, this campaign generates an outstanding spotlight on these deserving programs for the work they do. We commend JPMorgan Chase for understanding the importance of integrating tennis and education and the positive impact it has on students around the nation. I look forward to continuing our mutual efforts of returning the serve."
In January 2014, the USTA Foundation combined with USTA NJTL, a national network of 630 community-based tennis and education programs serving more than 330,000 youth, to become a fully-operational foundation.

To read the full story go to www.usta.com/news.






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