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Tennis Briefs(4): USTA Pro Circuit Results; Hialeah Grant

April 22, 2014 02:06 PM
Hialeah's Goodlet Tennis Center Receives USTA National Grant

USTA_2c_sec_wmThe USTA through its USTA Facility Assistance Program has awarded a $3,550 grant to the City of Hialeah. The grant will be used to convert an asphalt-paved area into two new youth-sized tennis courts at the Goodlet Tennis Center in Hialeah, Fla.

The USTA Facility Assistance Program aims to support and provide communities access to safe, appealing and functional tennis environments.

"We are committed to enhancing and building more tennis facilities in communities across the country," said USTA Chief Executive of Community Tennis Kurt Kamperman. "This program allows us to assist in the development process of providing usable tennis venues to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to play and enjoy the health benefits of our great game."

Since 2005, the USTA has awarded grants to support tennis facility enhancements, renovations and new construction projects. In total, the USTA Facilities Assistance Program has built more than 35,000 tennis courts across the country in the past seven years, for all ages and abilities to enjoy the sport of a lifetime.

In addition, grant recipients receive technical assistance. The USTA Facility Assistance Program provides industry-leading experience in tennis court and facility construction from concept plans to professional construction document review. In 2013, the USTA allocated over $1.2 million through the Facility Assistance Program to help support public tennis facility enhancements, renovations, and new construction projects.

For more info on USTA national facility grants go to www.usta.com/Facilities/facility_services.

2014 Tennis4Cancer Doubles Tournament in Fleming Island

tennis-4-cancer-logo_webEagle Harbor will once again pledge its support to fight cancer by hosting the 4th annual Tennis4Cancer Men's and Women's Doubles Championships at the country club on June 27-29, 2014 in Fleming Island, Fla., right outside of Jacksonville.

The tournament is organized by Eagle Harbor residents and volunteers, and attracts players from around the Northeast Florida area. This year's tournament will once again benefit the American Cancer Society of Orange Park and the Rotary Club of Orange Park Sunrise Charities. 

The tournament has donated over $45,000 to the two charities over its three-year history. The event will feature player gifts, prizes, raffle drawings, food, drinks and a player party.

Entry into the tournament is open to all USTA and Eagle Harbor Country Club members. The cost of entry is $65 per player before June 1, and $75 after June 1. Last year saw more than 200 players participate.

Registration must be done via the tournament website at www.tennis4cancer.org

Australian Riser Kyrgios Wins USTA Pro Circuit Sarasota Open

Kyrgios_Nick_2014Eighteen-year-old Australian Nick Kyrgios captured the singles title at the USTA Pro Circuit's Sarasota Open last weekend, in the all-unseeded final defeating Serbian Filip Krajinovic 7-6(10), 6-4.

The final at the Tennis Gardens at Longboat Key Club saw Krygios win the tight first-set tiebreak, where at 10-all Kyrgios chased down a drop shot for a winner, closing out the set on the next point.

"He kept hitting them right where it hurt," Kyrgios said of Krajinovic's frequent drop shots during the match, speaking to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. "He was really impressive."

Kyrgios has won Grand Slam juniors titles at Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the Australian Open, and entered the week at No. 221 on the ATP Rankings. The Aussie took down a number of American competitors in his march to the final, in the quarterfinals defeating No. 2 seed Donald Young, and in the semifinals outlasting wildcard Daniel Kosakowski from a set down.

The doubles final saw No. 2 seeds Marin Draganja of Croatia and Finland's Henri Kontinen edge qualifiers Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo of Spain and Croatia's Franko Skugor 7-5, 5-7, 10-6.

Florida's Tearful Duval Runner-up at USTA Pro Circuit Dothan Classic

Duval_US_Open_2012Bradenton teen Victoria Duval finished runner-up at the Dothan Pro Classic last weekend in Alabama, falling 6-3, 6-1 in the championship match to fellow American Grace Min.

In the semifinals Duval had upset top-seeded Olga Govortsova.

"I think I was pressing a little too much," Duval, who was in tears following the loss, told the Dothan Eagle. "I was too anxious today. I think she was really consistent. I missed a little too many shots."

It was the fifth USTA Pro Circuit singles championship for the 19-year-old Min since 2012. A former US Open junior champion in 2011, Min also won in March of this year at the USTA Pro Circuit event in Innisbrook, Fla.

Duval led 3-1 in the first set but would not win another game until midway through the second set.

"She started off playing really well and I thought she was in control of points the first few games," Min said. "But I was able to kind of step back and add a little more shape to my ball and eventually got deeper so she wasn't able to be in control so much."

In the doubles final the team of Anett Kontaveit and Ilona Kremen defeated Shelby Rogers and Olivia Rogowska 6-1, 5-7, 10-5.






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