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Tri-Level League Play-Offs Preview; 10-U Festival in Tampa

February 5, 2013 01:21 PM
Preview: First-ever USTA Florida Tri-Level League Play-Offs
 
USTA League new web.jpgFlorida league tennis participation increases in the USTA Tri-Level League has resulted in the first-ever USTA Florida Section Tri-Level League Play-Offs, to be held Feb. 9-10, 2013 at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach.
 
Teams from Duval, North Palm Beach, South Palm Beach, and Volusia/Flagler counties will compete to determine who advances to represent the USTA Florida Section among the 17 USTA Sections competing at the March 15-17, 2013 BNP Paribas Open Tri-Level Championship in Indian Wells, Calif.
 
"With the ever-increasing number of Tri-Level League teams in Florida, this is the first time USTA Florida is holding a section-level championship to determine which men's and women's teams will compete at the 2013 BNP Paribas Open Tri-Level Championship held in Indian Wells," said USTA Florida League Program Coordinator Jodi Manning. "We're excited to host this play-off for this growing league population."
 
Tri-Level League is for players who want to compete with friends who are different NTRP rating levels, on the same team. Tri-Level League tennis is comprised of three doubles positions at the 3.5, 4.0, and 4.5 levels. This socially competitive league is a great way to enjoy the camaraderie of friends and fellow players at different levels in a team experience. Players must be 18 years or older to participate, and the program does not generate ratings.
 
Here are the teams competing this weekend at the USTA Florida Section Tri-Level League Championships:
 
Women's Teams:
Duval County, San Jose Country Club, Jacksonville (captain: Lisa Miller)
North Palm Beach County, Heritage Oaks Racquet Club, Tequesta (Dianne Rescigno)
South Palm Beach County, Oaces Tennis Center at the Palm Beach Polo Club, Wellington (Ailsa Moseley)
Volusia/Flagler counties, Florida Tennis Center, Daytona Beach (Beth Good)
 
Men's Teams:
Duval County, Hidden Hills Country Club, Jacksonville (captain: Tim Haer)
North Palm Beach County, Jupiter Country Club, Jupiter (Warren McGovern)
Volusia/Flagler counties, Florida Tennis Center, Daytona Beach (John Hudson)
 
The national 2013 BNP Paribas Open Tri-Level Championship in Indian Wells, Calif., is a doubles competition in which each of the 17 USTA Sections provide the opportunity to send a team representing its section to compete in a tournament as well as enjoy viewing the final weekend of the 2013 BNP Paribas Open, a combined ATP/WTA event. Each team is comprised of a minimum of 12 players (6 men and 6 women) with one doubles team per gender in the 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 levels, to a maximum of 24 players (12 men and 12 women).
 
Men and women will compete for their own titles, with teams divided into flights. The flight winners will enter a single elimination playoff to establish the 2013 BNP Paribas Open Tri-Level Champion who will be recognized on Stadium Court. Players will also receive one complimentary Loge ticket to the 2013 BNP Paribas Open for the Thursday night through Sunday day sessions, an invite to a complimentary dinner to be held on Saturday, March 16, and a FILA gift. Individual awards will be presented to the winners of each flight. Each player on the winning team of the 2013 BNP Paribas Open Tri-Level Championship will receive a FILA product package and an additional award.
 
For more information on Tri-Level League in Florida go to www.florida.usta.com/USA-League-Tennis-Pages/Tri-Level_League.
 
 
City of Tampa's MacFarlane Park to Host 10 and Under Tennis Festival
 
Tennis_Festival_USTA_FL_graphicThe City of Tampa's MacFarlane Park will host a 10 and Under Tennis Festival on Feb. 16, 2013, from 3-5:30 p.m.
 
"Everybody is welcome to enjoy the game of tennis," says event organizer Barbara Soto. "Tennis can significantly help in a child's brain development since it requires mental alertness and logical or tactical thinking. This is one of the main reasons why many parents are enrolling their kids in infant tennis classes, preschool tennis classes or junior tennis classes."
 
Information will also be available for other play opportunities, classes, or area youth leagues such as USTA Jr. Team Tennis. USTA Jr. Team Tennis (JTT) brings kids together in teams to play singles, doubles and mixed doubles against other teams. It promotes social skills and important values by fostering cooperation and unity, as well as individual self-growth. It is designed for kids ages 5-18, and matches can be held anywhere from a local park or school to a commercial or private club. JTT teams are co-ed and divided by the play levels beginner, intermediate and advanced, and utilize the 10 and Under Tennis format for the 10-U and 8-U leagues.
 
For children age 10 and under the event will feature 10 and Under Tennis, the right-sized equipment for kids age 10 and under, utilizing smaller, lighter racquets and softer, lower-bouncing balls, and kid-sized nets and court sizes. 10 and Under Tennis is creating a whole new generation of players in the U.S., introducing kids to tennis in a fun format rather than with the frustration of regular tennis balls that bounce over their heads, heavy adult-sized racquets and too much court for little legs to cover.
 
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is hosting thousands of Tennis Festivals throughout the month of February and March, designed to showcase the fun and excitement of playing tennis, as well as sharing with parents the benefits of involving their children in the sport. The Tennis Festival efforts coincide with "Tennis Night in America" on March 4 at New York's Madison Square Garden. Tennis Night in America will feature the BNP Paribas Showdown with 2012 US Open champion and Olympic gold medalist, Serena Williams, against the world's No. 1 woman player, Victoria Azarenka. In addition, former world No. 1 Rafael Nadal will take on former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro.
 
MacFarlane Park is located at 1700 North MacDill Ave. in Tampa.
 
 
For more information contact Barbara Soto at barbarasoto@hotmail.com, (813) 764-3586, or go to www.tampabaytennislessons.com.
 
For information on other area Tennis Festivals, go to www.YouthTennis.com.
 
 
 
 

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