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Tennis Briefs(6): Fla. State 18s Winners Into US Open Playoffs; More

May 22, 2014 01:57 PM

Florida 18s State Tennis Champs to Receive US Open Playoffs Entry

Recent USTA Florida 'Bobby Curtis' Junior State Championship 18s division winners:

Boys 18s

2013 -- Chase Perez-Blanco
2012 -- Dominic Cotrone
2011 -- Brett Clark
2010 -- Jeremy Efferding
2009 -- Gonzales Austin 
2008 -- Brennan Boyajian 
2007 -- Clint Bowles 
2006 -- Ryan Kim 
2005 -- Marc Spicijaric 
2004 -- Daniel Yoo 
2003 -- Alex Ortega 
2002 -- Ryler DeHeart
2001 -- Jesse Witten
2000 -- Stefan Tell

Girls 18s

2013 -- Bennett Dunn
2012 -- Katerina Stewart 
2011 -- Danielle Collins
2010 -- Lindsay Graff
2009 -- Danielle Collins 
2008 -- Chichi Scholl 
2007 -- Monica Chow 
2006 -- Melissa Saiontz 
2005 -- Chelsea Preeg 
2004 -- Jennifer Stevens 
2003 -- Lolita Frangulyan 
2002 -- Christyn Lucas/Stacia Fonseca (unfinished)
2001 -- Lolita Frangulyan 
2000 -- Courtney Bergman

USONP_2014_Florida_logoNew for 2014, the Boys' 18 and Girls' 18 Division winners of the USTA Florida 'Bobby Curtis' Junior State Championships will receive a free entry into their choice of either the 2014 or 2015 US Open National Playoffs-Florida tennis tournament.

The USTA Florida 'Bobby Curtis' Junior State Championship will be held on June 7-11 at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach. The entry deadline for the event is Sunday, May 25, 2014.

The 2014 US Open National Playoffs-Florida event will be held June 19-22 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center on the Florida State University campus in Tallahassee.

"This is a great opportunity for the 'Bobby Curtis' 18s winners this year to take it one step further and compete against the top recreational players, fellow juniors, college players, tour players and others that compete at the US Open National Playoffs-Florida each year," said USTA Florida Director of Competitive Tennis Jason Gilbert.

Florida “Bobby Curtis” age division winners also received an entry into that same age division for the USTA National Hard Courts event.

For players 14 years or older, the US Open National Playoffs will for the fifth year again offer players a chance say they've competed in the pre-qualifying for the US Open. The US Open National Playoffs include both men's and women's singles, as well as mixed doubles. The USTA created the US Open National Playoffs to expand the footprint of the US Open to cities nationwide.

"The US Open National Playoffs is all about connecting people to the US Open and giving everyone the opportunity to fulfill their dreams of playing on tennis' biggest stage" said USTA National Chairman, CEO, and President Dave Haggerty. "We're thrilled to be holding this event for the fifth straight year. It truly is one of a kind, and we look forward to another exciting year of watching top junior players, collegians, teaching pros, 'weekend warriors,' and recreational players earn their way into the US Open."

Florida Section winners qualify for the national event. The US Open National Playoffs men's and women's national singles champions earn a wildcard into the US Open Qualifying Tournament, held the week prior to the US Open. The US Open National Playoffs national mixed doubles champions receive a wildcard into the main draw of the 2014 US Open. For more tournament info go to http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153889.<​/p>

The 66th edition of the USTA Florida 'Bobby Curtis' Junior State Championships will be held in age divisions 18-10 at four Central Florida tournament sites -- the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach, Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Red Bug Lake Park in Casselberry, and at the Ormond Beach Tennis Center.

To the enter the USTA Florida 'Bobby Curtis' Junior State Championships or for more information go to http://bobbycurtis2014.youthtennisflorida.com.

Junior Tennis Events in Miami-Dade and Broward Co. in June

ROGY-LOGO-3B_ARCHEDFrom entry level and rookie to advanced events, kids have all kinds of opportunities to play tennis across Broward County and the Miami-Dade area in June.

Kids events include:

ROGY Tourn-events -- USTA Florida ROGY "Tourn-events" (for the Red, Orange, Green, and Yellow ball progressions) "Tourn-events" are half-day entry level play periods for children age 6-18. Kids participate in a fun, no-pressure atmosphere using age- and skill-appropriate equipment, and play and scoring formats. Depending on a child's age and experience, they play with an appropriate racquet size (smaller for kid's hands) and court size (36-foot for beginners or very young children, up to 60-foot and regulation 78-foot courts), and with lower-compression balls that bounce in a child's hitting zone rather than over their head. See more info at www.ustaflorida.com/rogy.

Team Tennis Challenges -- USTA Florida's Team Tennis Challenges, presented by Wilson Racquet Sports, are two-day tournaments with a minimum of two boys and two girls, and no more than eight players per team. Age divisions include 10-under Advanced, 12-under, 14-under, and 18-under, with three skill divisions: novice, intermediate and advanced. These "BYOT" (bring your own team) events do not require previous team tennis league participation. Both USTA members and non-members can participate. See more info at www.ustaflorida.com/teamtennischallenges.

USTA Tournaments -- From entry level to advanced, and age groups 18-U to 10-U (in 10-under using age-appropriate equipment), kids can compete in USTA tournaments year-round. Kids can advance their game by getting on the court, learning from the best and connecting with friends. Competing in junior tournaments can help kids take their game as far as they want to go -- high school, college, or the pros. To search for more USTA tournaments in your area go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/schedule/SearchResults.aspx

Events in the Broward County and the Miami-Dade area in June:

June 7 -- Tournament: Friends of Miami Ready for Summer Level 7 (Intermediate), Miami
Ages: 14-U, 12-U, 10-U; Contact: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=143497

June 7 -- Tournament: Kendalltown Level 8 Challenge (Entry Level), Miami
Ages: 16-U, 14-U, 12-U, 10-U; Contact: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=144849

June 7 -- Tournament: Andy Lake Pearl Level 7 at Hawks Landing (Intermediate), Plantation
Ages: 18-U, 16-U; Contact: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=146175

June 7 -- Tournament: Papa Johns and ATPF's Summer Beach Bash at the Westin Diplomat Level 8 (Entry Level), Hallandale Beach
Ages: 18-U, 16-U, 14-U, 12-U, 10-U; Contact: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=146294

June 14 -- Tournament: Broward Sun & Fun Championships Level 7 (Intermediate), Coral Springs
Ages: 14-U, 12-U, 10-U; Contact: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=146192

June 14 -- ROGY Summer Classic, Heinser Tennis Academy, Miami
Ages: 6-18; Contact: (786) 205-3751, www.ustaflorida.com/rogy

June 21 -- Tournament: Rick Macci Summer Supers Level 6 (Intermediate/Advanced), Boca Raton
Ages: 18-U, 16-U; Contact: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=143757

June 21 -- Tournament: Extreme Tennis Academy Level 7 (Intermediate), Miami
Ages: 14-U, 12-U, 10-U; Contact: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=144439

June 21 -- Tournament: CB Summer Level 6 (Intermediate/Advanced), Pembroke Pines
Ages: 18-U, 16-U; Contact: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=142871

June 21 -- Tournament: Broward Level 6 Championships (Intermediate/Advanced), Coral Springs
Ages: 14-U, 12-U, 10-U; Contact: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=146199

June 28 -- ROGY at Midtown Athletic Club, Weston
Ages: 6-18; Contact: (937) 621-2533, www.ustaflorida.com/rogy

June 28 -- 10-U Team Tennis Challenge, Tamiami Tennis Center, Miami
Ages: 6-10; Contact: coates@florida.usta.com, www.ustaflorida.com/teamtennischallenges

June 28 -- Tournament: Broward Tennis Festival Level 7 (Intermediate), Coral Springs
Ages: 18-U, 16-U, 14-U, 12-U, 10-U; Contact: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=146201

For more junior event information go to www.ustaflorida.com.

Winning Teams Crowned at Florida Northwest Kids Team Tennis Challenge

Kids tennis teams from the Florida Panhandle area and surrounding regions were crowned on May 17-18, 2014 at the USTA Florida Northwest Regional Team Tennis Challenge, held at the TOPS'L Beach & Racquet Resort in Miramar Beach, Fla.

The two-day event featured teams with a minimum of two boys and two girls, and no more than eight players per team. 

"From the comments from my kids and their families, this may be the best event they have ever played in," said Frank Zerbinos, captain of the Enterprise Blue 18's team from Alabama. "I cannot imagine a better event -- unless we had won," said the smiling captain of the runner-up team.

Division Results:

12U-14U Intermediate Division

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The champion Destin Heat The finalist Four Aces

Winner: Destin Heat (Sandestin)
Team Roster: Sara Miller (coach), Anastasia Miller, Stella Blumberg, Wesley Shackelford, Lily Stiles, Jarrett Gray

Finalist: Four Aces (Sandestin)
Team Roster: Patricia Chisholm (coach), Josie Jacks, Emily Chisholm, Jim Gray, Brycen Musser

12U-14U Advance Division 

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The champion Racqueteers The finalists SP Tennis

Winner: Racqueteers (Panama City Racquet Club)
Team Roster: John Whitlock (coach), Mary Beth Whitlock, Austin Grant, Ariane Cortes, Alexander Ramos

Finalist: SP Tennis
Team Roster: Phillis Stephens (captain), Sophie Cohen, Gregory Soloview, Logan Petty, MacKenzie Petty, Cameron Stanford, Beck Holorhand

14U-18U Advance Division


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The champion Terminators The finalists Enterprise Blue 18


Winner: Terminators (Panama City Racquet Club) d. Enterprise Blue 18 (Enterprise, Ala.)
Team Roster: Thomas Dobbins (coach), Emmy Dobbins, Daniel Lozier, Emily Whitlock, Davis Meeks

Finalist: Enterprise Blue 18 (Enterprise, Ala.)
Team Roster: Frank Zerbinos (coach), Lindsey Zerbinos, Jarrett Grubb, Mikaela Grubb, Brett Blackburn, Sam Blackburn

For more info on USTA Florida Team Tennis Challenge events for kids or to find upcoming events go to http://www.usptaplayer.com/communities/usta_florida.

Masters Tennis Events Across Florida in Coming Months

USTA-Masters-Tennis-No-Shield_co_webVeteran players looking to get back in the game after injuries and adults new to the game looking for a fun new challenge can now experience tennis on a whole new level, with Masters Tennis events across Florida in the coming months.

The new Masters Tennis option is the perfect format for communities or facilities looking to introduce the game of tennis to adults, or bringing former players back to the game, regardless of ability. 

Played on a 60-foot court (lined within a regulation 78-foot court) with the lower-bouncing "orange ball" in singles or doubles, Masters Tennis is a great way for players to stay active and in the game. Players that have stopped playing tennis due to injuries will find the format more forgiving and accessible.

"Masters Tennis is the ultimate innovative way all adults can play tennis," says USTA Florida Masters Tennis Coordinator Christine Murphy. "It can be used as a social event, a shorter tennis game during those hot summer months, enjoyed indoors, and can be played with mixed levels."

Upcoming Masters Tennis events include:

City of Largo Tennis Center -- Now offering Masters Tennis for all ages and skill levels. Silver Sneaker members can play for free with a valid Silver Sneaker card. 

Club Med (Port St. Lucie) -- USTA Florida/USPTA Florida Semi-Annual Meeting, USPTA On-Court Drill Training with Masters Tennis as one of six training courts, May 30, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Florida Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference (Orlando) -- Masters Tennis presentation, Aug. 27, 2:15-3:15 p.m.
Palm Coast Tennis Center -- Will offer a Masters Tennis demo during the Florida State Games on Sept. 14-20, specific date and time to be announced.

YMCA Suntree (Melbourne) -- Masters Tennis demo for National Senior Day on May 28, 1:30-2 p.m.

YMCA Titusville -- Masters Tennis demo for National Senior Day on May 28, 10:15-10:45 a.m. with open play following.

Other current Masters Tennis programs across Florida include Sterling Heights at The Villages, Glenview Champions Golf and Country Club at The Villages, Embassy Lakes (Cooper City), Ft. King Tennis Center (Ocala), Ezell Hester Jr. Community Center (Boynton Beach), Forestmeadows Athletic Center (Tallahassee), Jake Gaither Community Center (Tallahassee), Halpatiokee Park (Stuart), Hancock Park Tennis Center (Ft. Myers), Rutenburg Park Tennis Center (Ft. Myers), Harbour Island Tennis Centre (St. Augustine), Heritage Isle Club (Melbourne), Heritage Springs (Trinity), Hidden Palms Tennis & Swim Club (Vero Beach), Naples Community Tennis Club, Apopka Tennis Academy, and Rotonda Community Park (Charlotte).
To see additional Masters Tennis offerings at facilities across Florida go to www.MastersTennisFlorida.com.

For more information on any Masters Tennis events contact USTA Florida Masters Tennis Coordinator Christine Murphy at murphy@florida.usta.com.

UF’s Janowicz Named ITA Most Improved Senior of the Year

JanowiczTHThe ITA announced its 2014 national award winners for Division I men's and women's tennis this week, and the University of Florida’s Olivia Janowicz was named the ITA Most Improved Senior of the Year.

Janowicz has won more than 200 singles and doubles matches during her four years at Florida. This year she attained career-high rankings of No. 7 in singles and No. 25 in doubles with Kourtney Keegan. 

Janowicz is regarded as an excellent leader who helps keep her team united, and an extremely fair player who would rather lose than cheat during a match. A 2014 All-SEC First Team selection, Janowicz won the 2013 Dorothy Anderson Scholarship Award, presented annually to the Gator who displays the best combination of academics and character on and off the court. She will compete in both the singles and doubles draws at the 2014 NCAA Championships.

For the full ITA awards release go to www.itatennis.com/AwardsAndRankings/ITA_Award_Winners.htm.

Florida Players, Coaches at BNP Paribas Wheelchair World Team Cup

wheelchair-watching-webThe United States Tennis Association (USTA) this week announced the players and coaches who will represent the United States at the 2014 BNP Paribas World Team Cup.  The nation's top wheelchair tennis players will compete against participants from around the globe on May 26-June 1, 2014, at the Nieuwe Sloot Tennis Centre in Alphen, Netherlands.
The World Team Cup is the ITF's flagship wheelchair tennis event, often referred to as the Davis Cup and Fed Cup of wheelchair tennis. 

Paul Walker of Lakeland, Fla., will coach the women’s team, while Chris Herman of Gulfport, Fla., will compete for the junior team, and Karin Korb of North Lauderdale, Fla., will coach the junior team.

A total of 52 teams representing more than 30 countries will take part in the 2014 competition in Alphen. Teams will compete in the men's World Group (12 nations), men's World Group 2 (12 nations), women's World Group (12 nations), quad event (8 teams) and junior event (8 teams). 
The USTA was officially designated by the USOC as the national governing body for the Paralympic sport of wheelchair tennis in June 2002, becoming the first Olympic national governing body to earn this recognition. As the national governing body for wheelchair tennis, the USTA manages wheelchair tennis in the United States, including the sanctioning of tournaments, overseeing wheelchair rankings, creating and managing a High Performance program for developing elite disabled athletes, and selecting teams to compete internationally for the United States.

For more info go to www.usta.com.






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