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Tennis Briefs(4): U.S. Fed Cup 2015 Road; Tennis Parent Advice

June 5, 2014 02:05 PM
U.S. Fed Cup Targets Climb to World Group I in 2015
 
Fed-Cup-logo-web.jpgThe climb back to World Group I will begin for the U.S. Fed Cup team on Feb. 7-8, 2015 when they will travel to Argentina for the first round of Fed Cup World Group II play.
 
In April the U.S was demoted to World Group II after losing in the World Group I Playoffs round to France in St. Louis, Mo. In that tie Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys for the U.S. lost the deciding doubles match against French veteran Virginie Razzano and newcomer Caroline Garcia.
 
The winner of the Feb. 2015 U.S. vs. Argentina match advances to the World Group Playoff round, to be held April 18-19, 2015, to compete for a spot in the 2016 World Group. The losing nation will play in the World Group II Playoff in April to remain in World Group II in 2016. 
 
The Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, will be likely candidates to make themselves available for the tie. Both have stated they are looking forward to competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics, with a minimum number of Fed Cup appearances required for Olympic participation.
 
The United States holds a 3-1 record over Argentina in Fed Cup. The United States' only loss to Argentina came in 1993 in the World Group quarterfinals. The U.S. has never played Fed Cup in Argentina, with their previous meetings on either home or neutral ground.
 
Argentina’s top three singles players are No. 75-ranked Paula Ormaechea, No. 160 Maria Irigoyen, and No. 197 Florencia Molinero.
 
Other World Group II match-ups in February will be Romania vs. Spain, Netherland vs. Slovakia, and Sweden vs. Switzerland.
 
World Group I first round meetings on Feb. 7-8, 2015 will be Italy at France, Australia at Germany, the Czech Republic at Canada, and Russia at Poland.
 
The U.S. leads all nations with 17 Fed Cup titles, the last coming in 2000. The U.S. holds an overall 143-35 record. For more information go to www.usta.com/fedcup or www.fedcup.com
 
 
Tampa to Host Free Adaptive Tennis Camp for Special Needs Adults, Children
 
tennis_for_fun_logoThe organization Tennis for Fun will host its annual free Adaptive Tennis Camp for Special Needs Children & Adults on June 17-19, 2014 at Harbour Island Athletic Club in Tampa, Fla.
 
The camp will be held each day from 3-4:30 p.m. with refreshments provided. The camp is organized by Paige Leavy of Tampa, a rising junior at the Tampa Preparatory School.
 
“My main goal is for the campers to have a fun learning experience while playing tennis,” Leavy says. “I am so excited and looking forward to seeing and meeting everyone, and hope to see my campers from last year.”
 
Leavy organizes the camp through Tennis for Fun, which is based in Tampa and Brandon, Fla., and serves adaptive players with free clinics and play opportunities. Tennis for Fun was founded in 2000 by then-high-school student Nathan Moore, and is carried on by his mother Judy Moore.
 
“It’s very exciting to have high schoolers who are interested in tennis to give of themselves and share with others their love for the game of tennis,” Judy Moore said of Leavy. “Our program is run entirely by volunteers and all our clinics and camps are free. We’d love to have more high schoolers get involved with our program.”
 
The program is also the recipient of grants from USTA Florida and the USTA Florida Section Foundation. Over the past four years, USTA Florida and the USTA Florida Section Foundation have contributed more than $30,000 in grants to organizations that offer a variety of adaptive tennis and wheelchair tennis programs for children and adults in Florida communities.
 
For more info on Tennis for Fun go to www.tennisforfun.org.
 
 
Fresh June Content on ‘Growing Champions for Life’ Tennis Parent Website
 
Growing_ChampionsThis month's fresh tennis parent content is now available at the "Growing Champions for Life" website, a partnership with David Benzel's organization dedicated to creating cohesive families and principle-centered athletes who win at life, not just at sports.
 
New articles with additional audio and video include "Family Traditions Create Great Memories," including tips for starting traditions with your athletic children that will be remembered for a lifetime. 
 
This month’s webinar is "Give Your Child Emotional Intelligence for Sports and Life," with strategies for helping kids handle emotional ups and downs. The live webinar is scheduled for Thursday, June 19.  
 
This month's Positive Parent Video is "Conquer the Greatest Distraction of All," describing the roadblocks to a child's concentration, and providing strategies for improving focus during competitions. The concepts apply to every sport and life in general, and also check out the video's companion Game Plan document to put the concept into practice. The additional audio interview features Jerri Kelly, a high school athletic director with kids in multiple sports, and her views on the changing landscape of youth sports and the parenting role.
 
"Check out the whole page to find other resources that will help you create the most positive sport family environment possible," Benzel says.
 
For more information go to http://growingchampionsforlife.com.
 
 
Gulfport’s 16-Year-Old Herman Competes on U.S. Wheelchair Tennis Squad
 
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Chris Herman (foreground)
The U.S. Junior Wheelchair Team, led by Chris Herman, 16, of Gulfport, Fla.; Casey Ratzlaff, 15, of Wichita, Kan.; and newcomer Conner Stroud, 14, of Spindale, N.C., finished fourth after upsetting the top junior team in the world from the Netherlands in round-robin play earlier in the week at the 2014 BNP Paribas World Team Cup, which concluded on June 1 in Alphen, Netherlands.
 
Russia clinched its first World Team Cup title in the junior event as the Netherlands hosted the ITF’s flagship wheelchair tennis team event for the fourth time in the competition’s 30-year history.
 
Often referred to as the wheelchair tennis equivalent of pro tennis' Davis Cup and Fed Cup competitions, the World Team Cup tournament brings together the world's best wheelchair tennis players to compete in one of the world's premier tennis team events. A total of 52 teams representing more than 30 countries took part in the 2014 competition.
 
The USTA was officially designated by the USOC as the national governing body for the Paralympic sport of wheelchair tennis in June 2002, becoming the first Olympic national governing body to earn this recognition.  As the national governing body for wheelchair tennis, the USTA manages wheelchair tennis in the United States, including the sanctioning of tournaments, overseeing wheelchair rankings, creating and managing a High Performance program for developing elite disabled athletes, and selecting teams to compete internationally for the United States.
 
For results in all divisions go to http://www.itftennis.com/news/178172.aspx.
 
 

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