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April 16, 2013 03:19 PM

USTA Florida to Present 10th Annual Multicultural Jr. Tennis Camp

 
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Some of the top coaches in the nation and from across Florida, and some of Florida's most promising tennis juniors from diverse backgrounds will gather at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach on June 26-30, 2013, for the 10th annual USTA Florida Camp A.C.E. (Achieving through Coaching & Education).
 
The camp emphasizes match play, parent education and life skills.
 
Parent attendance for some sessions is recommended and includes informative lectures regarding junior tennis training and planning for college and beyond.
 
"This is not a camp for beginner players," says event organizer and USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator Shelly Licorish. "The overnight residential camp is entering its 10th year of existence, providing young players of ethnically diverse backgrounds an opportunity to improve their tennis skills in a camp environment with players of similar age and skills."
 
The camp will feature match play, nutrition sessions, conditioning sessions, sports science and mental toughness, and video stroke analysis.
 
Past coaches at the camp have included former world No. 6 Chanda Rubin and former USTA national coach Rodney Harmon.
 
There are limited scholarships available.
 
For more information e-mail Shelly Licorish at Licorish@florida.usta.com, or to register go to https://usta.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_139563.
 

 

USTA Florida Presenta su 10º Campo Multicultural Anual 

Algunos de los mejores entrenadores de la nación y de toda la Florida, y algunos jugadores y promesas del tenis juvenil de distintas culturas se reunirán en Riddle Aeronautical University en Daytona Beach del 26-30 de Junio del 2013, para el 10º campo anual de USTA Florida A.C.E (Achieving through Coaching and Education).
 
El campo se enfoca en jugar partidos y en educar a los padres sobre habilidades para la vida. La presencia de los padres en algunas sesiones es recomendada e incluye conferencias de información acerca de el entrenamiento para jóvenes y la planeación para la universidad y para mas adelante en sus vidas.
 
"Este no es un campo para jugadores principiantes," dice la organizadora del evento y Coordinadora de Programas de USTA Florida (Tennis Program Coordinator) Shelly Licorish. "El campo residencial llega a su 10º año de existencia, proporcionando a jugadores jóvenes de diferentes culturas la oportunidad de mejorar sus habilidades y nivel de tenis junto a otros jugadores de edad y habilidad similar."
 
El campo contara con partidos, sesiones acerca de nutrición, sesiones de entrenamiento físico, ciencia del deporte y fortaleza mental, y análisis de golpes a través de video.
 
Entrenadores anteriores en este campo incluyen a la jugadora Chanda Rubin quien fue numero 6 del mundo y a Rodney Harmon quien fue coach nacional de USTA anteriormente. Hay becas disponibles limitadas.
 
Para mas información escribe un correo electrónico a Shelly Licorish a Licorish@florida.usta.com, o para registrarte visita https://usta.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_139563.
 
 

Florida's Alshon, Anisimova, Neff, Wins USTA Gold Balls at 12s Nat. Spring Chps.

 
Three Florida juniors collected USTA Gold Balls at the conclusion of the USTA Boys' & Girls' 12 National Spring Championships presented by Longines and the City of Delray Beach on April 7-12, 2013, at the Delray Beach Tennis Center.
 
Florida players swept the singles titles, with No. 3-seeded Amanda Anisimova of Hallandale Beach and No. 9 Adam Neff of Bradenton raising trophies.
 
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"Under sunny skies and amidst the backdrop of the USTA setting up for Fed Cup matches featuring Venus and Serena Williams, today's championships matches at the 12's in Delray Beach shared a clue as to who will represent the red, white and blue in the not-too-distant future," said Tournament Director John Butler on Sunday.
 
Anisimova upset No. 1 seed Sophia Edwards of Sarasota 6-3, 6-1 in the girls' final, coming on the heels of an upset of No. 2 "Hurricane" Tyra Black 6-2, 6-3 in the semifinals. Neff also upset the top seed in the boys' final, taking out Brandon Nakashima of San Diego, Calif., 6-1, 6-4.
 
The 11-year-old Neff by virtue of capturing the boys' title will represent the U.S. when he competes against finalists from 15 countries around the world at the Longines Future Tennis Aces event in Paris, France, during the first week of the French Open.
 
During the event Neff failed to drop a set against a field comprised of 128 of the top players from across the U.S.
 
A Floridian took home another gold ball when Boca Raton's Christian Alshon, who partnered Thomas Jahn of Montgomery, Ala., upset No. 2 seeds James and Thomas Yu of Bellevue, Wash., 6-3, 6-0 in the boys' doubles final.
 
 

UF Club Tennis Runner-up to Georgia at USTA National Campus Chps.

 
2nd_Place_-_UFThe University of Georgia captured their first national championship title at the 2013 USTA Tennis on Campus National Campus Championship, edging the University of Florida in the final at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Center in Surprise, Ariz., on April 11-13, 2013.
 
The Bulldogs defeated UF 26-24 in Saturday's championship match that brought together the Top 64 co-ed intramural and sport club tennis teams that qualified to represent colleges and universities across the country.
 
"Unbelievable -- absolutely unbelievable," said Georgia team captain Scott Slezak. "I'm at a loss for words -- and for the teammates that know me, that's a rare thing."
 
The Gators won the men's doubles, then the Bulldogs captured the men's singles and women's doubles. The Gators rebounded with the women's singles win from Jodi Kleiner, leaving the Bulldogs with a 21-18 lead entering the final match, the mixed doubles. The Gators won the mixed 6-4, by USTA Tennis on Campus rules sending the match into overtime.
 
TOC overtime rules state, "If the trailing team won the mixed doubles set, the match continues into overtime until the leading team wins one game or until the score is tied (see supertiebreaker if a tie occurs)." The Gators were unable to win the next game of the mixed, which would have resulted in a supertiebreaker, as the Bulldogs closed it out immediately in the first game of overtime.
 
The Gators won the national title in 2003, and in 2011 lost in the final to UCLA.
 
"It's still hard to describe the way we felt that day -- with such high expectations that year, the loss hurt," said Adam Decker, Florida team captain, of last year losing in the round of 16 after reaching the final the previous year. "After playing the first few tournaments this year, that loss was what pulled us all together and gave us the incentive to play our best in order to get a second chance here."
 
Past USTA Tennis on Campus National Champions:
 
2013 -- University of Georgia
2012 -- University of California - Berkeley
2011 -- University of California - Los Angeles
2010 -- University of California - Berkeley
2009 -- Duke University
2008 -- University of Texas
2007 -- Texas A&M University
2006 -- Texas A&M University
2005 -- Texas A&M University
2004 -- Texas A&M University
2003 -- University of Florida
2002 -- Texas A&M University
2001 -- University of North Carolina
2000 -- University of North Carolina
 
The championship opened with 16 four-team pools, with schools advancing to bracket play on Friday and Saturday. The first-place teams from each of the 16 pools advance to the Gold championship bracket, the second-place teams from the pools advance to another bracket, the third place teams advance to a third bracket and the fourth place-teams to a fourth bracket.
 
The USTA Tennis On Campus program features more than 35,000 college students competing nationwide in intramural and intercollegiate co-ed club play. Since its inception in 2000, Tennis On Campus has grown significantly and today is played on more than 600 college campuses across the country. Developed by the USTA in partnership with NIRSA, World TeamTennis and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, the Tennis On Campus program gives college students the opportunity to build leadership skills, network in a coed sports environment and compete on a college team without the rigors of playing in a varsity program.
 
 

Florida Family Tennis Chp. Winners will Advance to Mobile, Ala.

 
NFTC_Lake_FamilyIt was announced this week that Florida tournament winners for the 2013 National Family Tennis Championships will advance to the Super Regional Playoffs at the Copeland-Cox Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, Ala. The regional tournament, which will bring together the best family tennis teams from the Southern Region, is scheduled for Aug. 2-4, 2013.
 
Florida tournament host sites will be conducting local tournaments from April-June for up to six divisions of play, including: Husband/Wife, Brother/Sister, Father/Son, Father/Daughter, Mother/Son and Mother/Daughter. Players of all levels compete in the same division with the only limitations being a son or daughter must be under the age of 18, and a father or mother is required to be the minor's legal guardian.
 
Florida tournament sites in 2013 include:
 
April 27 -- Next Level Tennis at Coral Gables Country Club
April 27 -- Orlando Tennis Center
May 4 -- Weston Tennis Center
May 11 -- Omni Amelia Island Plantation
May 24 -- Wolk Park Tennis Center, Lauderhill
May 25 -- Palm Coast Tennis Center
June 1 -- Avila Golf & Country Club, Tampa
June 8 -- Doral Park Country Club, Doral
June 8 -- Lauderdale Tennis Club, Ft. Lauderdale
 
For the complete list of Florida clubs hosting tournaments and to find an event near you, go to www.FamilyTennis.com.
 
The top teams in each division of play at the four Super Regional Playoffs will earn a complimentary trip to New York City for the right to play for a national title from Aug. 22-26, 2013. Teams will receive travel, hotel accommodations as well as tickets to see the best in the game play at the USTA/Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
 
Florida host sites can still sign-up to host events. For more information, including a tournament schedule, visit www.FamilyTennis.com.
 
 

8th Annual Kiwi Indian Harbour USTA Pro Circuit Event Returns April 28

 
KiwiLOGO.jpgThe Audi Melbourne Pro Tennis Classic, the annual USTA Pro Circuit $50,000 event, now in its eighth year, brings the rising women stars of tennis to the Kiwi Tennis Club in Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., on April 28-May 5, 2013.
 
The event is free to the public through May 2, with tickets for the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals available at Kiwi Tennis Club. Information is available at www.kiwiprotennis.com.
 
Once again, the Audi Pro Tennis Classic will be one of three tournaments that determine a wild card spot into the main draw of the French Open. The Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge will award an American player with the highest WTA points a main draw wild card into the 2013 French Open. Har-Tru is the official clay court surface of the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge.
 
"We're excited to welcome the athletes to Brevard County for another thrilling year of tennis," says Holly Baney, tournament director. "Players ranked in the Top 100 in the world come to compete and once again, we could be the tournament that is the deciding factor for the [American] main draw wild card at the French Open."
 
With more than 90 tournaments throughout the country and prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, the USTA Women's Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals. Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed on the USTA Pro Circuit for approximately $32 million in prize money and valuable ATP World Tour and Sony WTA Tour ranking points.
 
For more information, call Holly Baney at (321) 698-0888 or visit www.kiwiprotennis.com.
 
 

Tennis Great Mulloy to be Honored with Miami Street Signage April 18

 
 
mulloyFormer U.S. No. 1-ranked tennis player and five-time Grand Slam title winner Gardnar Mulloy of Miami will be honored with a street signage on April 18, 2013, at 3 p.m. at the corner of 800 N. W. 9th Avenue in Miami.
 
"The street naming is more than an honor to my dad, but a tribute to our entire family," said his daughter Diane Mulloy. "My grandparents were pioneers of Miami, and the street behind the home that my dad grew up in on NW North River Drive is the street that they are naming (signing) after him."
 
The 99-year-old Mulloy was the No. 1-ranked American player in 1952, the year he reached the quarterfinals of the French Open and the final at the U.S. Championships (now known as the US Open). During his career he reached the quarterfinals or better in singles at all four Grand Slams, but he truly excelled with his finesse on the doubles court. He won five Grand Slam doubles titles, four at the U.S. Championships (1942, '45-46, '50) and one at Wimbledon (1957), and reached two finals at the French Open (1951-52). His long-time doubles partner on tour was Billy Talbert.
 
Mulloy was also last month recognized during the International Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon, held at the Bonaventure Resort & Spa in Weston, Fla., during the USTA Annual Meeting and Conference, with an official inductee ring, making the trip from Miami.
 
"My wife said, 'You're going to go if I have to carry you,'" Mulloy said during the luncheon. "I've got a couple more years to go, and when I reach 99 again, I hope to be invited back."
 
Mulloy was enshrined in the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1972, and in 1981 was inducted into the USTA Florida Hall of Fame. He was a U.S. Davis Cup team member in 1946, 1948–50, 1952–53 and 1957, winning the Davis Cup three times, all against Australia.
 
A 1936 graduate of the University of Miami, he returned to coach the men's team, recruiting eventual fellow great Pancho Segura to play for the Hurricanes. As a player he competed well into his 90s, representing the U.S. on the International Tennis Federation seniors circuit. He has won more than 127 U.S. national championships, and 25 international individual or team championships during his 75 years of competitive tennis.
 
The ceremony will include speakers from the City of Miami, Mulloy's daughter Diane, Florida Tennis Magazine publisher Jim Martz, and a salute from the U.S. Navy as Mulloy was the captain of the USS Alameda County (LST-32) tank landing ship during World War II. The ship was assigned to the European Theater and saw action in Europe-Africa-Middle East, and during the Invasion of Southern France in 1944. There will also be attendees from the University of Miami Tennis Hall of Fame in addition to many friends and relatives.
 
For more event information contact Diane Mulloy at dmmulloy@aol.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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