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Tennis Briefs(4): Florida ITF Super-Seniors; Nick Day of Play

September 19, 2014 08:34 AM
Tomorrow USTA, Nickelodeon Team for 11th Worldwide Day of Play

mediawall5-nick-usta-FL-2014Nickelodeon will empower kids to get up and get active when its TV channels, websites and apps go off air and offline for its 11th Annual Worldwide Day of Play (WWDoP) on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. (all times ET/PT).

Nickelodeon, Nicktoons, Nick Jr., TeenNick, Nick.com, NickJr.com, Nicktoons.com, TeenNick.com and the Emmy Award-winning Nick App will all participate. Additionally, the network's national prosocial partners -- United States Tennis Association, NFL PLAY 60, the Boys and Girls Club of America and Key Club, among others -- will host several thousand local events across the country to help celebrate kids' love of play.

"This year's Worldwide Day of Play celebration will cap off a summer of 'Road to Worldwide Day of Play' local-market visits in San Diego, Detroit, and Virginia Beach where we teamed up with grassroots organizations to celebrate kids and all the ways they stay active," said Marva Smalls, executive vice president of public affairs, Nickelodeon Group. "Nickelodeon is taking the spirit of those visits to a global level on Sept. 20 for Worldwide Day of Play, when our partners host almost 4,000 events to encourage kids and their families everywhere to be more physically active."

On Sept. 20, Nickelodeon will air health and wellness-themed messaging beginning at 9 a.m. Throughout the morning, interstitials featuring stars from Nickelodeon's hit live-action series, including Sydney Park and Tylen Jacob Williams (Instant Mom), Curtis Harris and Breanna Yde (The Haunted Hathaways) and Paola Andino and Nick Merico (Every Witch Way), will encourage kids to take the time to be more physically active. At 12 p.m., Nickelodeon will sign-off on air and online, signaling kids and families to get up and get moving. While the network is dark, a message encouraging viewers to go play will appear on a loop.

When Nickelodeon, its niche channels, websites and app resume programming at 3 p.m., health and wellness messaging will continue with highlights from this summer's "Road to Worldwide Day of Play" events in San Diego, Calif.; Detroit, Mich.; and Virginia Beach, Va.

Nickelodeon's 11th annual Worldwide Day of Play is sponsored by the United States Tennis Association and Yvolution. USTA and their affiliates will host thousands of tennis events across the country throughout the month of September in support of Worldwide Day of Play. Yvolution, an active lifestyle company that makes innovative ride-ons, balance bikes and scooters for toddlers through teens, gets kids worldwide outside and moving.

For more information visit www.nickpress.com.

To find play events in Florida visit www.youthtennisflorida.com.

USTA Florida President's Message: Investing in the Future of the Game

BobPfaender.jpgThe excitement of the two summer tennis Grand Slams always stimulates interest and participation in the game in the short term. Courts are busier -- tennis professionals are busier -- tournament entries climb -- tennis shop business improves -- it's all good.

But what we must not lose focus on is the future of the game. By that I mean the next generation of tennis players here in Florida.

You have heard the alarming statistics that I have shared with you about our numbers of players, particularly frequent players, that have not really grown in some time. Our goal is to change that trend. Our first step was to agree, as a USTA Florida Board of Directors, on a strategic plan that would address this concern.  We did that.

Since then we have kept our eye on the ball and stayed focused on that plan and those objectives. This has made it easier, at last, to be able to say "no" to things that may have sounded good, but were not addressing those important needs.
Our focus on youth tennis is a primary step toward addressing and insuring that the next generation of children in Florida are exposed to tennis at an early age. Our tennis festivals in schools -- tennis play days at clubs and parks -- our ROGY program for non-elimination, beginning competitive events -- and an earned advancement system which will keep first experiences as a positive one, will all lead to more boys and girls playing tennis in Florida. 

Your job is to contact us at www.ustaflorida.com as well as www.youthtennisflorida.com and discover how  to find your child, your grandchild, or your child's friends at school a tennis program in your community.
And if all of those great initiatives were not enough, just like Charlie in Willie Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, we won the golden ticket when it was announced that USTA national will be building a new state-of-the-art tennis training and education center in the Lake Nona area of Orlando. There will be a tournament and league area, a collegiate tennis area, a high performance/player development area, a beginning youth tennis (36'-60' courts) area, an indoor court building, and a USTA office building, billed as "The New Home of American Tennis"! How exciting is that?

All our brother and sister USTA Sections around the U.S. will be invited to be a part of this in many different ways. But on a daily basis, our players in Florida will have access to some of the most exciting instructional innovations in the game of tennis today. More to come on that soon!

So we have a number of wonderful things happening in tennis in Florida. The opportunities for you, your children and  your friends' children, have never been better or more abundant than they are today to "Get In the Game of Tennis!"

Bob Pfaender
President, USTA Florida

Florida's Black, Kenin Part of U.S. Jr. Fed Cup Team

Black-Tornado-Alicia-2013World No. 1 junior CiCi Bellis (15, Atherton, Calif.), who made international headlines with her upset of Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova in the first round of the 2014 US Open, and Top 15-ranked junior Michael Mmoh (16, Temple Hills, Md.) will lead the United States in the Junior Fed Cup and Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Finals -- the premier world team competitions for players age 16 and under -- on Sept. 23-28 in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
Bellis, the 2014 USTA Girls' 18s national champion -- the youngest since Lindsay Davenport in 1991 -- is representing her country after a breakout performance in Flushing Meadows in which she became the youngest player to win a US Open main draw match since Anna Kournikova in 1996.

She'll be joined by 2013 US Open girls' finalist and 2014 USTA Girls' 18s runner-up Tornado Alicia Black (16, Boca Raton, Fla.) and Sofia Kenin (15, Pembroke Pines, Fla.), who represented the U.S. at the Youth Olympic Games last month in Nanjing, China.
Mmoh, the 14th-ranked junior in the world who advanced to the third round of boys' singles at both Wimbledon and the French Open this year, will team up with William Blumberg (16, Greenwich, Conn.), a USTA Boys' 16s national doubles champion this year, and Gianni Ross (15, Burr Ridge, Ill.), a singles semifinalist at the 2014 USTA Boys' 16s National Championships.
USTA National Coaches Kathy Rinaldi and Eric Nunez will travel to coach the girls and boys, respectively.
The U.S. has won two Junior Fed Cup titles in the last six years, in 2012 behind Taylor Townsend, Louisa Chirico and Gabby Andrews and in 2008 with Sloane Stephens, Christina McHale and Kristie Ahn. The U.S. has also won two Junior Davis Cup titles, in 2008 and 1999.
Other former U.S. junior international team members include Jim Courier, Andy Roddick, James Blake and Lindsay Davenport. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have also represented their countries in junior international team competition.

7 Floridians on ITF Super-Seniors Teams Heading to Turkey

ITF-QueensCup-Lyn_Tietz,_Ria_Graham,_Roz_King,_Dorothy_Matthiessen_(left_to_right)Seven players from Florida will represent the United States at the 34th International Tennis Federation (ITF) Super-Seniors World Team Championships, which will be held Oct. 13-18, in Antalya, Turkey. The tournament is the senior tennis equivalent of the Davis Cup and Fed Cup competitions, with top American tennis players representing their countries in the 60-, 65-, 70-, 75- and 80-and-older age groups.
The U.S. will enter the event as the defending champions in six age groups.

Following the ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships, the World Individual Championships will take place on Oct. 19-26.
Below is a list of the players representing the U.S. at the 2014 ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships:
Von Cramm Cup -- Men's 60 & over
1.  Mark Meyers, Houston
2.  Geoff Cykman, San Francisco
3.  Tony Dawson, Austin, Texas
4.  Tom Smith, Alpharetta, Ga. Captain
Britannia Cup -- Men's 65 & over
1.   Brian Cheney, Chandler, Ariz., Captain
2.   Les Buck, Ashville, N.C.
3.   Mike Dahm, Dayton, Ohio
4.   Armistead Neely, Atlanta
Jack Crawford Cup -- Men's 70 & over
1. Jimmy Parker, Santa Fe, N.M. Captain
2. Allan Carter, Boca Raton, Fla.,
3. Jack Metalksky, Manhattan Beach, Calif.
4. Jody Rush, Tumwater, Wash.
Bitsy Grant Cup -- Men's 75 & over
1. Lester Sack, New Orleans, La.
2. Fred Farzanegan, Tampa, Fla., Captain
3. Robert Quall, Merced, Calif.
4. William Wolff, Fort Worth, Texas
Gardnar Mulloy Cup -- Men's 80 & over
1. King Van Nostrand, Vero Beach, Fla.

2. Neil Hurlbut, Big Canoe, Ga.
3. John Powless, Madison, Wis.
4. George McCabe, Oxford, Ohio Captain
Alice Marble Cup -- Women's 60 & over
1. Tina Karwasky, Glendale, Calif., Captain
2. Sherri Bronson, Scottsdale, Ariz.
3. Rita Giles, Falls Church, Va.
4. Sue Bramlette, Houston
Kitty Godfree Cup -- Women's 65 & over
1. Martha Downing, Shingle Springs, Calif.
2. Brenda Carter, Charleston, S.C., Captain
3. Carol Clay, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
4. Kathy Bennett, Laguna Woods, Calif.
Althea Gibson Cup -- Women's 70 & over
1. Charleen Hillebrand, Harbor, City, Calif.
2. Cathie Anderson, Del Mar, Calif., Captain
3. Suella Steel, La Jolla, Calif.
4. Lee Delfausse, Concord, N.H.
Queens' Cup -- Women's 75 & over
1. Doris de Vries, Rancho Mirage, Calif., Captain
2. Roz King, San Diego
3. Burnette Herrick, Tarboro, N.C.
4. Ria Graham, New Port Richey, Fla.
Doris Hart Cup -- Women's 80 & over
1. Mary John Lynch, Rockport, Texas,
2. Margaret Canby, San Antonio, Texas, Captain
3. Doris "Jane" Lutz, Sarasota, Fla.
4. Rose Austin, Naples, Fla.

For more info go to www.usta.com.






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