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Tennis Briefs(5): Bryans Return to Delray; Kenin 4th at Youth Olympics

August 26, 2014 10:23 AM
Florida's Kenin Earns Tennis Bronze at Youth Olympic Games in China
 
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Sofia Kenin in the Olympic village (photo: Art Seitz)

Florida's Sofia Kenin of Pembroke Pines, Fla., lost in the bronze medal match with partner Renata Zarazua of Mexico, falling to Jelena Ostapenko (LAT)/Akvile Parazinskaite (LTU) 6-3, 7-5 last week at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

Kenin also competed in mixed doubles with Alex Rybakov of Coral Springs, Fla. Both players lost in singles prior to the medal rounds.

In the girls' doubles, Kenin and Zarazua en route to the semifinals defeated the reigning French Open juniors girl's doubles champions in the opening round, and the No. 4-seeded team in straight sets.

"These two ladies results this week [in doubles] were impressive considering these girls met at these games," said USTA Training Center-West Director John Lansville. "Alex Rybakov and Sofia Kenin have a lot of great memories and experiences from participating in these games, and coach Lou Belken did a great job leading the team. The players will be competing in the US Open juniors."
 
Thirty-eight countries were represented in the boys' and girls' events that comprise 32 players in singles, 16 pairs in doubles, and 32 pairs in mixed doubles. The Youth Olympic tennis event is for players age 14-18, with all players taking part in all three events (singles, doubles, mixed).
 
The event welcomed approximately 3,800 athletes competing in 28 sports.
 
For more info go to www.olympic.org/youth-olympic-games.


Bryan Brothers, Cilic to Return to ATP Delray Beach in 2015; Ticket Pre-Sale

Delray_Beach_venetian_logoDefending singles champion Marin Cilic and doubles champions the Bryan Brothers will return to defend their titles in 2015 at the Delray Beach Open by The Venetian Las Vegas, scheduled for Feb. 13-22 at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center.
 
The announcement comes as the event kicks off its annual pre-sale during the US Open by offering a 20 percent discount on all individual seats, including the on-court "Best Seats in the House" and covered Veranda seats, as well as courtside box seats and reserved seating. Specially-priced packages will also be available during the pre-sale that runs until Monday, Sept. 8.
 
"We want 2015 to be special and memorable," says Tournament Director Mark Baron. "Welcoming our defending champions back is our first step in building a great field for our fans."
 
Cilic won the 2014 Delray Beach singles title over Kevin Anderson in February in the longest final (3 hours, 9 min.) in tournament history. 
 
"I'm looking forward to coming back next year," Cilic says. "It's going to be definitely a nice challenge to try to win back-to-back titles. I'm going to enjoy the crowd there and the atmosphere which is really nice."
 
The world No. 1 Bryan Brothers are aiming for their 100th ATP World Tour title at the US Open which concludes next week. Fans will also have the opportunity to see the twins on stage as The Bryan Brothers Band will perform during the event.

The Bryans' quest to defend their title starts with their first-round match on Wednesday, Feb. 18 in the 12:30 p.m. feature slot of the day session.

To see the full range of individual and package ticket opportunities go to www.YellowTennisBall.com, or call (561) 330-6000.


'Try Tennis for Free' at Plantation Bay in Ormond Beach

clearwater-liz-kids-webPlantation Bay Tennis & Fitness in Ormond Beach, Fla., will host "Try Tennis for Free" days in September for kids after school, and adults in the evening.

"This is a perfect time to get kids playing tennis, the sport of a lifetime in an after-school program," says Dave Brown, director of tennis at Plantation Bay. "The best part is that it is absolutely free to come out and try it."

'Try Tennis for Free' days are Tuesdays and Thursdays during the month of September from 4:15-5:30 p.m.

The program is for boys and girls between the ages of 7-10 years old. Tennis sized right for age and ability lets kids play on shorter courts, with smaller racquets, and slower, lower-bouncing balls. Kids play tennis made just for them, so that they have a great time with the game and want to keep playing and improving.

Adults too can come out and try tennis for free every Thursday evening for 5:45-7 p.m. during the month of September. Any adult can come out and try tennis with free loaner equipment and free instruction on Sept. 4, 11, 18, and 25. Bring a spouse, grown child, relative, friend, or neighbor to enhance a positive experience.

For more info or to RSVP e-mail dbrown@icihomes.com or call (386) 236-4292.


Florida Athletic Coaches Association Fall Workshop

faca logoThe Florida Athletic Coaches Association will host its Fall Sports Workshop and Annual Meeting on Oct. 2-4, 2014 at The Florida Hotel & Conference Center (Florida Mall) in Orlando.

The tennis workshops are free to all FACA members, with a $35 fee for coaches seeking certification.

"The unique challenges of high school team tennis offers you the opportunity to empower and inspire your athletes to develop life skills which could be used as a catalyst for fulfilling their dreams," says organizer John Danise.

Speakers for the event will include Igal Buberman, Pete Collins, John Danise, Scott Enge, Tarek Merchant, Carl Putman, Bill Riddle, Scott Williams, Dr. John Murray, Bill Patton, David Porter, Brenda Schultz McCarthy, Roy Gessford, John Pouzzner, Michael A. Wehrell, and E. Michael Stutzke.

For the full agenda and schedule go to www.fhstca.org/administration/annual-meeting.
 

Danny Riggs, Grandson of Bobby Riggs, Wins USTA National Gold Ball
 
Danny_RiggsDanny Riggs, the grandson of Tennis Hall of Famer Bobby Riggs, captured his first USTA gold ball by winning the USTA National Men's Open Grasscourt singles championship over the weekend at the Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I.
 
In the final the top-seeded Riggs, 21, beat Ankit Chopra of Chattanooga, Tenn., 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, at the site where his grandfather was inducted in 1967. Riggs played last season for Cornell University, but has since transferred to Division II Lynn University in his hometown of Boca Raton, Fla., where he is studying hotel management.
 
Riggs dropped just four games in the first three rounds of the event, and also played mixed doubles with his girlfriend Alina Jane De Alcantara. The pair were forced to retire midway through their semifinal match because of an elbow injury to Riggs.
 
"Danny's always been a really good player," said his father Larry Riggs, who served as Danny's coach while in Newport and is a teaching pro in Pompano, Fla. "He was a Top 10 junior and blue-chip recruit. The coach left Cornell so he decided to come back and play closer to home."

His father Larry coached the Pepperdine men's team in the 1970s. "He took one round at a time and we never looked ahead in the draw. It's something (Jimmy) Connors and Pancho (Segura) taught me."


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