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Tennis Briefs: Ft. Myers Kids Challenge; Tampa's Isner, Sock Win Atlanta

July 28, 2014 02:08 PM
Ft. Myers to Host USTA Florida Kids Team Tennis Challenge

JTT-Sun-2Kids love playing on teams, from junior team tennis to middle school tennis to high school. Now the new USTA Florida Regional Team Tennis Challenge is bringing recreational team play to Southwest Florida.

USTA Florida's Southwest Team Tennis Challenge, presented by Wilson Racquet Sports, will be hosted by the Barbara Manzo Tennis Center at Three Oaks Park in Ft. Myers on Sept. 20-21, 2014.

Registration is now open for the two-day tournament, which will host divisions including 10-under Advanced, 12-under, 14-under, and 18-under, with three skill divisions: novice, intermediate and advanced. All age 12- to 18-and-under intermediate/advanced teams need a minimum of two boys and two girls. 10-and-under advanced and all novice teams are gender-blind with a minimum of four players and a maximum of eight players.

These "BYOT" (bring your own team) events do not require previous team tennis league participation. Both USTA members and non-members can participate. Team registration will close on Sept. 10, and individual player registration will close on Sept. 15. Registration is $35 for USTA members, $45 for non-members.

USTA Florida strongly encourages coaches to register teams early. Lunch will also be provided.

To register or for more information go to www.ustaflorida.com/teamtennischallenges.

Tampa's Isner, Sock Win ATP Atlanta Titles

Tampa residents John Isner and Jack Sock, good friends who train together after Sock's recent relocation to Florida, each raised trophies on Sunday at the BB&T Atlanta Open in Georgia.

Isner showed he remains the king of tournaments where he is top seeded, in the final defeating Israel's Dudi Sela 6-3, 6-4 for his second tournament title of the year and career ninth. Sock teamed with Canadian Vasek Pospisil to defeat Americans Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey 6-3, 5-7, 10-5 for their second title of the year after Wimbledon.

A perfect 10-0 on the year in their new partnership and with a Grand Slam title under their belts, Pospisil and Sock have been suddenly thrust into the running to finish in the Top 8 on the ATP doubles team rankings and qualify for the year-end championships.

"We are trying to make the ATP World Finals. That is one of our small goals for the year," said Sock, who will team up with Pospisil this summer at Toronto next week, Cincinnati and the US Open. Following the Atlanta win they rose to No. 7 on the ATP doubles team rankings.


Sock in singles fell to Isner in two tight sets in the semifinals.

The 29-year-old Isner improved to 2-2 in Atlanta singles finals, finishing runner-up to fellow American Mardy Fish in 2010-11.

Isner now has the lead in the Emirates Airline US Open Series Bonus Challenge standings, where the top three finishers vie for up to $1 million in bonus prize money at the US Open. This week Isner is competing at the Citi Open in Washington as the No. 5 seed.


"This is my favorite time of year," he said. "I'm off to a very good start again. I look forward to playing Washington D.C. again. I've played well there my whole career."






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