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Tennis Briefs(5): Tournament Results, Tallahassee Wildcard Event, More

March 10, 2014 01:08 PM
Former Pro Kendrick Captures Kiwi One-on-One Doubles Title
Left to right: USTA Florida Competitive Tennis Coordinator Andy Gladstone, runner-up Greg Ouellette, champion Robert Kendrick, One-on-One Doubles circuit organizer Ed Krass

Tennis players from all walks of life entered, but a former and current ATP pro battled it out for the title.

Robert Kendrick took home the $2,000 first place prize at the inaugural Pro One-on-One Doubles Tournament on March 7, 2014, held at the Kiwi Tennis Club in Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.

A new series of pilot USTA Florida events, the inaugural Pro One-on-One Doubles Tournament featured a 24-player qualifying draw featuring club players who competed for coveted spots in the main event. The 32-player main draw event was filled by current or former ATP players, tennis teaching pros and USTA national tournament players.

Kendrick, formerly ranked No. 69 on the ATP Rankings, in the final defeated Palm Coast's Greg Ouellette, a former University of Florida standout who currently competes on the USTA Pro Circuit. Kendrick defeated Ouellette 4-1 in the final in the tournament's first-to-four set format with no-ad scoring. One-on-One Doubles pits two singles players against each other, but playing cross-court tennis only. The doubles alleys are good, and players have to serve and volley on both first and second serves.

"What a great one-night event and format," said USTA Florida Competitive Tennis Coordinator Andy Gladstone. "Players were guaranteed at least two matches, a band played all night, everyone received a nice dinner with their entry fee and it was a great atmosphere."

Ouellette collected $1,000 as the finalist, while third, fourth and fifth place received $750, $250 and $100. Clayton Almeida, the 2014 USTA Men's 30s national singles champion, captured third place with a win over Thomas Knight, a teaching professional at the Kiwi Tennis Club and a former Louisiana State University standout.

Four One-On-One Doubles Grand Prix Circuit tournament events in Florida lead to the National One-On-One Doubles Tournament and Rockin' Blues Event, to be held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Nov. 9, 2014. The winner of the Florida Grand Prix Circuit with the most points earned will receive an all-expense-paid trip to New York City to play in the national event.

The next Pro One-On-One Doubles Grand Prix Tournament will be held Saturday, April 5 at Hawks Landing Tennis Club in Plantation. All matches are first to win 4 games with no-ad scoring. A live "Rockin' Blues Concert" takes place during each tournament.

For more information about playing in or attending One-On-One Doubles events, visit www.oneononedoubles.com or call (813) 684-9031.

Florida Teen Stewart Reaches 1st Pro Tennis Final

stewart_katerina_2013Miami 16-year-old Katerina Stewart reached her first professional tennis tournament final over the weekend, falling in the championship of the $10,000 Gainesville Women's Tennis Classic 6-3, 6-2 to top-seeded Czech Katerina Kramperova.

Ranked No. 1120 entering the event, Stewart needed to qualify into the main draw. Once she secured a main draw spot, Stewart defeated No. 584-ranked Francesca Segarelli of the Dominican Republic, No. 2-seeded Alexandra Mueller of the U.S. in a third-set tiebreaker, unranked American qualifier Andie Daniell in three sets, and in the semifinals No. 882-ranked Mexican qualifier Renata Zarazua.

The result moved Stewart from 1120 to No. 813 according to the WTA website. The USTA Pro Circuit event was held at the Jonesville Tennis Center in Gainesville, Fla.

Kramperova also won the doubles title with fellow Czech Nicola Frankova, defeating unseeded Americans Roxanne and Sierra Ellison 6-4, 6-3 in the final.

Since 1979, 17 USTA Pro Circuit alums (including five Americans) have achieved the No. 1 world singles rankings. Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick, Lindsay Davenport, Pete Sampras, Justine Henin, Jim Courier and Andre Agassi are among the game's top stars who began their career on the USTA Pro Circuit. The past few years have seen breakout performances by a number of USTA Pro Circuit players, including John Isner, Sloane Stephens, Jack Sock, and Madison Keys. For more info go to www.usta.com/Pro-Tennis/Pro-Circuit.

Tallahassee Challenger Tennis Wildcard Tournament in April

Tallahassee_Challenger_logo_generalThe Tallahassee Tennis Challenger, a USTA Pro Circuit event, will hold a men's wildcard tournament on April 21-23, 2014, at Forestmeadows Athletic Center in Tallahassee, Fla.

The FAMU Wildcard Tennis Tournament winner will receive a wildcard into the qualifying tournament for the Tallahassee Challenger, to be held April 26-May 3, 2014 at Forestmeadows Athletic Center.

"This tournament raises money to support the Florida A&M tennis teams," says Tallahassee Challenger Tournament Director Karen Vogter. "It is the only way a person without ATP points can get into the Challenger other than a wildcard. We have all sorts of folks play in it -- kids from academies, up-and-coming juniors, older players and those who just think it would be fun to see how they do against other good players."

Deadline for entry fees for the FAMU Wildcard Tennis Tournament is Saturday, April 19. The entry fee for the event in $50. The tournament draw will be posted on the tournament website on April 20 at 6 p.m.

For more info e-mail levan.clark@gmail.com or go to www.TallahasseeChallenger.com.

National Adaptive Tennis Grant Deadline March 21; Award Nominations

mediawall-USTA ServesUSTA Serves, the official grant-making arm of the United States tennis Association national body, awards grants twice a year to programs that support at-risk youth and people with disabilities through tennis and education programs designed to improve health, build character and strive for academic excellence.

To date USTA Serves has granted more than $12 million to fund 247 programs in 184 cities in 47 states, including more than $900,000 to adaptive tennis and wounded warrior programs for people with disabilities.

The next deadline to apply for a grant is March 21, 2014.
For additional information about submitting a grant proposal, please e-mail foundation@usta.com or go to www.ustaserves.com.

Nominations are also open through April 17 for the USTA Adaptive Tennis National Community Service Award. The award recognizes groups or individuals who demonstrate continued excellence and dedication to tennis-related service for individuals with physical and/or intellectual disabilities. For the nomination form go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/CDK3ZWL.

USTA Florida Restructures of Jr. Team Tennis, Adds Team Tennis Challenges in 2014

JTT-Sun-2USTA Florida continues to move forward with the new Team Tennis Challenge series, the two-day kids events presented by Wilson Racquet Sports that saw 26 teams of more than 130 children competing in Orlando at the first event in February.

Team Tennis Challenge events compliment junior team tennis leagues across the state of Florida, and capitalize on the popularity of USTA Florida Section-organized team events. Following the low trending participation at the Jr. Team Tennis Sectionals, the volunteer-led USTA Florida Team Tennis Committee in November 2013 voted to discontinue the sectional event and national qualification in favor of increased regional events across the state.

There are 14 Team Tennis Challenge events in 2014 scheduled for Orlando, Gainesville, Clearwater, Satellite Beach, Weston, Miramar Beach, Miami, Ft. Myers, Amelia Island, Plantation and Port Orange.

"Organizer and parent feedback cite our Section-run events as a highlight, and the Team Tennis Challenges allow us to deliver quality-run events across the state," said USTA Florida Associate Executive Director Andy McFarland. "Unfortunately the participation level was not there to continue the JTT Section Championships, but with the Team Tennis Challenge events we can deliver multiple team play opportunities on a regional basis. We can attract more kids into team tennis and impact more children on a year-round basis."

The Team Tennis Committee maintains the new Team Tennis Challenge events will offer team play with no USTA membership requirement, but with member value pricing, less requirements and more flexibility,

"The Team Tennis Challenge concept will allow a more effective and easier way to foster the camaraderie, teamwork, and competitive play that Jr. Team Tennis was founded upon," said Team Tennis Committee Chair Christine Ducey. "Our new regional events provide a fast paced, fun, family friendly environment that truly embodies the spirit of Jr. Team Tennis."

For more information on Team Tennis Challenges or other junior play opportunities in Florida, go to www.ustaflorida.com/youthtennis.

More info: JTT/TTC FAQ






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