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October 28, 2014 11:48 AM
Florida Senior Games Tennis in Stuart; Masters Tennis Demo
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The 25th Annual Florida Senior Games will host a regional tennis qualifying event on Nov. 7-9, 2014 at Halpatiokee Park in Stuart, Fla.

The event will include singles, doubles and mixed doubles, for competitors age 50 and older. Both in-state and out-of-state competitors are welcome.

Regional site winners qualify for the Florida International Senior Games & State Championships on Dec. 6-11 in Lee County.

A Masters Tennis demonstration will also be held on Nov. 8 at Halpatiokee Park at noon.

Masters Tennis is the new 60-foot short-court option played within a full-size 78-foot tennis court for a wide array of players -- veterans looking to get back in the game after injuries, players who can no longer cover a full court, or adults newer to the game looking for a fun challenge.
For more info call (772) 221-1419, e-mail info@martincountytennis.com, or for registration information go to https://econnect.martin.fl.us/econnect/Activities/ActivitiesAdvSearch.asp.

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

ESPN3 College Tennis This Thursday, Sunday

FSU_logo_2014-smallTwo days of the USTA Collegiate Clay Court Invitational presented by Visit Florida -- the largest clay court event in college tennis, featuring many of the country's top college teams and players -- will be delivered live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app this week.

Coverage of the tournament, held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World near Orlando, will begin at 8 a.m. ET Thursday, Oct. 30, the first day of play, and 9 a.m. ET Sunday, Nov. 2, featuring the men's and women's singles and doubles finals.
Kevin Corke will host both days' coverage on ESPN3, with ESPN commentator Patrick McEnroe joining him for Sunday's finals. The invitational is being delivered by ESPN3 for the second consecutive year, and will be accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox, Apple TV and Roku devices.
The third annual event, hosted by Florida State University, will feature men's and women's singles and doubles competitions comprised of players from 30 different teams.
The women's teams participating are: Auburn, Central Florida, Clemson, Columbia, Florida State, Illinois, Miami, North Carolina, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, South Florida, Stetson, Texas Tech, Virginia Tech and Youngstown State.
The men's teams include: Auburn, Central Florida, Clemson, Columbia, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami, Penn State, Princeton, South Alabama, Stetson, USC and Virginia Tech.
Draws, results and schedule information can be found by visiting the Florida State men's tennis home page on www.seminoles.com and by following @2014_CCI on Twitter.

No. 1 Seeds Triumph at BallenIsles USTA National Women's 40 and 50 Clay Courts

From left: Finalist Simona Bruetting and Gold Ball winner Patricia Zerdan
From left: USTA 50s Singles winner Fran Chandler and finalist Shelly Works

Top seed Patricia Zerdan of Addison, Tex., won the Women's 40 Singles division, and Fran Chandler from Jackson, Tenn., won the Women's 50 Singles division at the 2014 USTA National Women's 40 and 50 Clay Court Championships, held Oct. 22-26 at the BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Fifty-four top-ranked women players from all over the United States participated in singles and doubles matches over five days.

"This is one of the strongest events of its kind in the nation and it gives the BallenIsles members and their guests a chance to really watch great doubles players and learn from their positioning, shot selection and strategies," said BallenIsles Director of Tennis and the Tournament Director Trish Faulkner.

Zerdan won the Women' 40 Gold Ball singles by defeating No. 2 seed Simona Bruetting from Highlands Ranch, Co., 6-2, 6-0 in the final. Zerdan also teamed with Leeza Morris (Dallas) to win the Women's 50 doubles, saving three match points in a win over Vesna McKenna (Hollywood, Fla.) and Bruetting.

Chandler won the Women's 50 Gold Ball singles by besting No. 2 seed Shelly Works from San Antonio, Tex., 6-4, 6-3 in the final. Works also won the Women's 50 doubles title with Mariana Hollman (Walkertown, N.C.), defeating the unseeded squad of Cheryl Keller and Susan Kirby from Jacksonville, Fla., 7-5, 6-2.

For complete tournament results go to http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.a​spx?T=139359.

Orlando's Zguns Wins 4th Straight USPTA National Hard Courts Tennis

zgunsFor the fourth consecutive year, Adrians Zguns of Orlando, Fla., won the men's open singles championship at the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Hard Court Championships, held Oct. 24-25 at Hollytree County Club in Tyler, Tex.

Zguns, a regular at the USPTA Surface Championships, increased his singles titles to six with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Stefano Ianni of Miami in the final.

Paulo Barros of Winter Garden, Fla., added to his USPTA Surface Championship titles with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Guillaume Gauthier of Camarillo, Calif., in the men's 35 and over singles division. The three-time USPTA Men's Open Singles Player of the Year now has five singles titles.

Barros also won the men's open doubles championship by partnering with Ianni for a 6-2, 6-2 win over Zguns and partner Piotr Banas of Lafayette, La.

The next event in the USPTA Surface Championship series will be the Indoor Championships at Racquet Club of Memphis in Tennessee on March 27-29, 2015. Registration is now open at usptaplayer.com.

USPTA Professionals who participate in the USPTA Surface Championships can play their way into the Master's Invitational, a new event that will be held at the 2015 USPTA World Conference in New Orleans. This tournament, which replaces the International Championships, gives USPTA-certified Professionals an added opportunity to showcase their skills and earn more prize money.

For additional information visit www.usptaplayer.com.





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