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Tennis Briefs(5): Team Challenge Debuts in Fla.; Award Winners; More

May 8, 2013 08:54 PM

Florida 10 and Under Team Tennis Challenge Debuts in Port Orange

 
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USTA Florida kicked off the first in a series of regional one-day 10 and Under Team Tennis Challenges on Sunday, May 5, 2013, at Airport Road Park in Port Orange, Fla., south of Daytona Beach.
 
Sixteen teams and a total of 73 youth participated in 10-and-under and 8-and-under divisions using the USTA 10 and Under Tennis format. The event in Florida's Region 4 included players from Volusia, Brevard, Lake and Orange counties.
 
"We had great participation, even after moving the event from Saturday to Sunday due to rain," said USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator Molly Zimmer. "Airport Road Park is one of four sites in the state of Florida that have family-friendly courts, including permanent 36-foot courts, 60-foot blended lines, and adult 78-foot courts. The family-friendly courts are the first in Volusia County, and were made possible through grants from the USTA Florida Section Foundation, USTA Florida and USTA national grants."
 
On May 24, Airport Road Park will be joined by a second facility in Volusia County featuring permanent youth 36-foot courts and 60-foot lined courts. Westside Elementary School in Daytona Beach will celebrate their new courts with a Grand Opening Play Day featuring Grand Slam finalists Todd Martin and MaliVai Washington. Westside Elementary will be the first school in the state of Florida to feature the permanent youth courts.
 
The USTA 10 and Under Tennis format allows smaller children to emulate adult play on smaller court sizes, with racquet sizes that fit their hands, foam and low-compression balls, a simple scoring system, all adjusted to ease kids into the sport. Similar mini-tennis formats have long been popular in Europe, where stars such as Roger Federer and Kim Clijsters first learned the game with age-adjusted racquets, balls and court sizes.
 
The USTA Florida 10 and Under Team Tennis Challenges are part of the state's Jr. Team Tennis (JTT) recreational track of events, which also include JTT Regionals events (debuting Fall 2013) and the annual USTA Florida JTT State Championships. USTA Jr. Team Tennis brings kids together in teams to play singles, doubles and mixed doubles against other teams. It promotes social skills and important values by fostering a spirit of cooperation and unity, as well as individual self-growth. Also, it's a fun environment for kids in which they learn that succeeding is really more about how they play the game -- win or lose.
 
"USTA Florida has decided to focus on providing quality team tennis events for both our USTA members and non-members this year and for years to come," said USTA Florida Associate Executive Director Andy McFarland. "We believe we can offer exciting recreational play opportunities for kids and families all over the state of Florida, and starting it off with our Region 4 10 and Under Team Tennis Challenge is a great start with our new direction."
 
For more information on USTA Florida youth events, visit www.florida.usta.com/youthtennis.
 
 

Florida's Kozlov, Stewart Lead U.S. Jr. Davis Cup, Fed Cup Teams in Wins

 
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The United States' Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup teams (16 and under) and boys' and girls' World Junior Tennis teams (14 and under) all advanced to the World Finals of their respective world team competitions by qualifying through the North/Central American and Caribbean Championships this past weekend in Montreal, Canada.
 
The top two teams from each four-team round robin pool advanced to the World Finals. The Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup Finals will be held Sept. 24-29, 2013, in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The World Junior Tennis Finals will be Aug. 5-10 in Prostejov, Czech Republic.
 
The Junior Davis Cup Team of Stefan Kozlov (15, Pembroke Pines, Fla.), Francis Tiafoe (15, College Park, Md.) and Henrik Wiersholm (16, Kirkland, Wash.), coached by USTA National Coach Nicolas Todero, finished first, defeating Canada, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Kozlov trains at the USTA Training Center–Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., and is the youngest player in the Top 20 world junior rankings.
 
The Junior Fed Cup team of Nicole Frenkel (15, Winchester, Mass.), Jessica Ho (16, Wexford, Pa.) and Katerina Stewart (15, Miami), coached by USTA National Coach Freddy Rodriguez, lost only one set in winning all nine singles and doubles matches against Canada, Mexico and Cuba.
 
Former U.S. junior international team members include Jim Courier, Andy Roddick, James Blake, Sloane Stephens, Christina McHale and Lindsay Davenport. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have also represented their countries in junior international team competition.
 
Complete results of the North/Central American and Caribbean Championships can be found at www.itftennis.com.
 
 

Florida Adult State Closed Tournament Deadline on May 12

 
USTA FloridaSect_2cThe 2013 USTA Florida State Closed Championships will be held in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., with four claycourt facilities hosting the event on May 15-20, 2013, at PGA National Resort and Spa, Mirasol Country Club, Ibis Country Club, and BallenIsles Country Club.
 
Players must be USTA Florida members to participate. All ladies divisions (singles and doubles) as well as mixed doubles (Open, 35, 45, 55) will be played at BallenIsles Country Club. Men's Open, 30's (singles and doubles) and family divisions will be played at PGA National Resort and Spa.
 
Men's 35, 40, 45, and 50 (singles and doubles) will be played at Mirasol Country Club, and Men's 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, and 90 (singles and doubles) divisions will be played at Ibis Country Club.
 
The entry deadline for the event is Sunday, May 12. For more information or to enter, go to http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=135842.
 
 

East Team Claims 2013 Florida Cup Tennis

 
Florida_Cup_logoThe 2013 Florida Cup wrapped up at PGA National Resort and Spa last weekend with the East team claiming a 33-17 win over the West.
 
The East capitalized on 5-0 division sweeps in the 55's, 60's and 75's to win the Cup for the second time in three years, leaving the West with a 8-2 series lead after a decade of Cup play. PGA National Resort and Spa and director Bob Wuhrman hosted the weekend for the third time in history.
 
The East squad was led by appearances from former ATP players Dick Stockton and Roscoe Tanner who played in the 60's divisions.
 
"Both players won singles matches and also combined to win the doubles point as spectators clearly enjoyed watching both players' shotmaking," said organizer Mark Taylor.
 
Al Cohen (75's), Greg Wheaton (55's), Chris Pressley (40's), and Bob Thompson (80's) accounted for three points each in their respective age groups as the East won the 80's for the first time in Cup history. The Cup-clinching point went to Pressley with his 6-3, 6-3 win over Matt Hewitt in the 40's.
 
The East never trailed as they led 14-6 in matches after the Saturday singles play. The doubles points were even (5-5) when the East then won 14 of 20 Sunday singles. The East was 5-4 in three-set matches and 7-4 in tiebreak sets.
 
The West team was led by Cup rookie Kent Wright (35's) and Tobias Svantesson (50's) as each accounted for three wins in his respective division. The West claimed division wins in the 35's, 50's and 70's, winning the 35's for the first time ever.
 
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Andy Lake and Bob Wuhrman with the Florida Cup after the East's 33-17 win
 
The Cup matches will return to the West Coast in 2014 with the City of Sarasota and Sarasota Bath and Racquet Club hosting the event for the first time on April 26-27, 2014.
 
Division Results:
35's (West won 4-1) -- Jamie Feagan (W) def. Kevin Chow (E) 6-2, 6-2; Kent Wright (W) def. Diego Brunicardi (E) 6-3, 6-2; Feagan/Wright (W) def. Brunicardi/Reyner Gil (E) 4-6, 6-3, 7-5; Diego Brunicardi (E) def. Jamie Feagan (W) 1-6, 6-4, 6-0; Kent Wright (W) def. Kevin Chow (E) 6-2, 6-1.
40's (East won 4-1) -- Chris Pressley (E) def. Rhett Rollyson (W) 6-4, 6-3; Matt Hewitt (W) def. Andy Lake (E) 6-4, 6-4; Lake/Pressley (E) def. Rollyson/Palus (W) 6-3, 6-0; Chris Pressley (E) def. Matt Hewitt (W) 6-3, 6-3; Andy Lake (E) def. Mark Palus (W) 6-3, 6-2.
45's (East won 3-2) -- Frank Vermeer (E) def. Cliff Coleman (W) 6-0, 6-1; Horacio Rearte (E) def. Matt Litsky (W) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3; Roger Cypriano/Jose Campos (W) def. Kurtz/Mark Harrison (E) 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(5); Matt Litsky (W) def. Frank Vermeer (E) 6-2, 6-3; Bruce Kurtz (E) def. Cliff Coleman (W) 6-2, 6-0.
50's (West won 3-2) -- Tobias Svantesson (W) def. Charlton Eagle (E) 6-0, 6-2; Jeff Burnett (E) def. Jeff Tucker (W) 6-1, 6-2; Svantesson/Tucker (W) def. Burnett/Eagle (E) 6-3, 6-1; Tobias Svantesson (W) def. Jeff Burnett (E) 6-2, 6-4; Charlton Eagle (E) def. Jeff Tucker (W) 7-6(3), 6-7(2), 7-6(5).
55's (East won 5-0) -- Greg Wheaton (E) def. Kerry Clapper (W) 6-2, 6-2; Frank Swope (E) def. Warren Eber (W) 7-6(6), 7-5; Wheaton/Wittus (E) def. Peter Redpath/Jim Katterfield (W) 6-3, 6-3; Greg Wheaton (E) def. Warren Eber (W) 1-6, 6-1, 6-2; Craig Wittus (E) def. Kerry Clapper (W) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(3).
60's (East won 5-0) -- Dick Stockton (E) def. Robert Green (W) 6-1, 6-0; Roscoe Tanner (E) def. Armor Persons (W) 6-0, 6-2; Stockton/Tanner (E) def. Howie Ames/Andy Bloom (W) 6-1, 6-1; William Frost (E) def. Andy Bloom (W) 6-2, 6-0; Jared Chase (E) def. Armor Persons (W) 7-6(4), 7-5.
65's (East won 3-2) -- Michael Barnes (W) def. Jamie Pressly (E) 6-1, 6-3; Geoff Moore (E) def. Timm Rinehart (W) 6-1, 6-0; Barnes/Narendra Singh (W) def. Moore/Ken Newman (E) 7-6(5), 6-2; Jamie Pressly (E) def. Timm Rinehart (W) 6-3, 6-2; Geoff Moore (E) def. Michael Barnes (W) 6-3, 6-0.
70's (West won 3-2) -- Graham Primrose (E) def. Ray Bellamy (W) 7-6(2), 2-6, 6-3; Robert Levine (E) def. George Wachtel (W) 6-1, 6-0; Matt Davie/Dick Valentine (W) def. Primrose/Levine (E) 6-1, 6-3; Ray Bellamy (W) def. Robert Levine (E) 7-5, 1-0 ret.;
George Wachtel (W) def. Graham Primrose (E) 3-6, 6-1, 6-1
75's (East won 5-0) -- Al Cohen (E) def. George Pittas (W) 6-2, 1-0 ret.; Brian Squire (E) def. Charlie Dorrel (W) 6-4, 6-4; Cohen/Mike Logan (E) def. Dorrel/Jerry Counter (W) 7-6(5), 6-3; Brian Squire (E) def. Jerry Counter (W) 6-2, 6-2; Al Cohen (E) def. Charlie Dorrel (W) 6-1, 6-1.
80's (East won 3-2) -- Bob Thompson (E) def. Dave Rothgaber (W) 6-4, 6-3; Lennie Lawrence (W) def. Vincent Lipari (E) 6-7(5), 6-3, 3-1 ret.; Thompson/Ronald Krauss (E) def. Rothgaber/Lawrence (W) 6-3, 6-4; Bob Thompson (E) def. Lennie Lawrence (W) 6-4, 6-1.
 
 

3 Florida College Players Receive ITA Div. II Awards

 
 
ITA_logoFlorida college tennis players received three honors when the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced its 2013 national award winners for NCAA Division II men's and women's tennis.
 
The Men's ITA Rookie Player of the Year was Robin Marchione of Rollins College, the Women's ITA Rookie Player of the Year was Valentine Confalonieri of Lynn University, and the Women's ITA Player to Watch was Magda Riutort of Florida Southern College.
 
Marchione, the 2013 ITA Men's Rookie Player of the Year, was named the All-Sunshine State Conference Freshman of the Year along with earning All-Conference Second Team honors. He has a 16-5 overall singles record and boasts an unblemished mark in conference play.
 
Confalonieri, the 2013 ITA Women's Rookie of the Year, had an outstanding first year of collegiate competition, accumulating 32 wins in singles and doubles. She has been named the Sunshine State Conference Freshman of the Year while also earning first team all-conference honors in singles and doubles. Earlier this season she finished third in the Division II USTA/ITA National Small College Championships doubles tournament.
 
Riutort, the 2013 ITA Women's Player to Watch, proved she can play with the best in Division II tennis by recording a 17-3 singles record and an 18-3 mark in doubles. She owns a Top 10 ranking in both singles and doubles in the ITA Division II rankings.
 
For a full list of NCAA Division II Regional award winners, go to www.itatennis.com/AwardsAndRankings/ITA_Award_Winners/2013_ITA_Division_II_Award_Winners.htm.
 
 
 
 

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