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April 24, 2013 10:04 AM

Help Wanted: USTA Florida Tennis on Campus Coordinator

USTATennisOnCampusUSTA Florida is looking to hire a Tennis on Campus (TOC) coordinator, a position which will focus on the popular Tennis on Campus program in Florida.
The independent contractor position will pay a monthly stipend with added incentives based on growth. The average hours of responsibility will be 15-20 hours per week on a seasonal basis (August-April). This position is not required to work from USTA Florida offices in Daytona Beach but will be expected to travel around Florida.
Some of the main responsibilities for the position include:
* Work with established TOC club leaders to ensure their participation in the program.
* Establishing new TOC club programs around Florida.
* Coordinate the TOC Florida series events and the TOC Florida Championships.
* Offer additional tennis play opportunities via league or tournament play on campus.
* Assist with the new Tennis After Campus initiative.
Candidates must be either recent graduates (within 2-3 years) of a college or university that offers the Tennis on Campus program, or a current upper classman or graduate student. It is preferred that candidates are currently or have held an officer position within a TOC club with leadership responsibilities.
All interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to Andy McFarland at mcfarland@florida.usta.com. A detailed position description is available upon request.

FSU Tennis Standouts Receive Tallahassee Challenger Wildcards

Tallahassee_Challenger_logo_generalFlorida State University singles player Dominic Cotrone and the doubles team of Benjamin Lock and Andres Bucaro have been awarded wildcards into the Tallahassee Tennis Challenger, a USTA Pro Circuit event, which runs April 27 to May 4, 2013.
Cotrone joins former world No. 8 Mardy Fish as a wildcard in the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge event, the third of three tournaments that has players compete for a berth in the French Open next month. American stars Ryan Harrison, Jack Sock and Steve Johnson are also set to compete at the Forestmeadows Tennis Complex.
The 19-year-old Cotrone, a sophomore, is a Bradenton native and had a team-best 10-5 mark in singles this fall in college competition. Cotrone was formerly the No. 1-ranked 18-and-under player in Florida and in 2010 was a finalist at the USTA National Open in Hawaii. Last year he won the state junior singles title at the USTA Florida Bobby Curtis Junior State Singles Championship at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach.
Lock, from Zimbabwe, and Bucaro, from Guatemala, are a sophomore and senior, respectively. The doubles pair is currently ranked No. 58 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings and helped FSU win the doubles point last weekend against conference foe Virginia Tech. The pair went 6-1 in doubles play during the fall season.
Lock, 20, was ranked No. 63 in the junior world rankings and was the top boys' player in Africa. The 22-year-old Bucaro represented Guatemala in Davis Cup in 2009 and is a former Top 150 junior player.
"We love having these college players see how they match up against players that went the pro route," said Karen Vogter, tournament director. "These are guys they've looked up to, so it will be thrilling to watch them compete against each other."

Florida's Kuznetsov Wins Sarasota Open USTA Pro Circuit

usta pro circuit logo-collageAlex Kuznetsov, who needed to play the qualifying tournament to gain access to the main draw, defeated No. 8 seed Wayne Odesnik 6-0, 6-2 in the final of the $100,000 Sarasota Open, a USTA Pro Circuit event held April 13-21, 2013, at the Tennis Gardens at Longboat Key Club in Longboat Key, Fla.
The 26-year-old Kuznetsov is now the leader in the U.S. wildcard race, and raised his ranking from 271 to No. 181.
In the doubles final the Serbia/India combo of Ilija Bozoljac and Somdev Devvarman, who like Kuznetsov needed to qualify to the main draw, defeated Americans Steve Johnson and Bradley Klahn 6-7(5), 7-6(3), 11-9.
In the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge, the American man and American woman who earn the most ATP World Tour and WTA ranking points at two of three USTA Pro Circuit clay-court events will receive wild cards to compete in the French Open main draw. This is the second consecutive year that the USTA Pro Circuit will be utilized to determine the wild cards into Roland Garros.
In addition to the Sarasota Challenger, the men's events comprising the challenge include the $50,000 Savannah Challenger in Savannah, Ga., from April 22-28, and the $50,000 USTA Tallahassee Tennis Challenger in Tallahassee, Fla., from April 29-May 4. For the first time in the 14-year history of the event, the Tallahassee Challenger is changing its surface from hard courts to clay courts.
Previous Sarasota Open winners include Sam Querry, James Blake and Kei Nishikori. The 4.5 million dollar Tennis Gardens at Longboat Key facility was named the No. 1 tennis resort on the Gulf Coast of Florida by Tennis Magazine, a Gold Medal Tennis Resort Worldwide by Tennis Resorts Online, and was the recipient of the 2009 USTA Outstanding Facility Award.





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