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UF Wins Club Tennis Title; Miami Tourney Benefits Cerebral Palsy

January 15, 2013 02:25 PM
UF Wins USTA Florida 'Tennis on Campus' FGCU Open Club Tourney
 
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The champion UF-"A" squad
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The finalist USF-"A" team
The University of Florida club tennis team reasserted itself on Jan. 12, 2013, at the FGCU Open Dirty Bird Classic, on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers, Fla.
 
The UF-"A" team overcame teammates UF-"B" in the semifinals before defeating the University of South Florida-"A" team in the final of the Gold Bracket division. In their semifinal the USF-"A" team defeated the University of Central Florida-"A" team to gain the final, their second final of the 2012-13 season after the West Coast Invite (Masters)in Tampa.
 
The UCF-"C" team was the winner in the Silver Bracket, in the final defeating the UF-"D" squad.
 
If was the fourth title in five tournaments this season for UF's club tennis squad, who were stopped from raising a trophy only once this year by the UCF team at their own UCF Knitro Cup in Orlando on Nov. 17.
 
Other participating schools at the FGCU Open Dirty Bird Classic were Florida State University, and host Florida Gulf Coast University. Ranking points earned for the event were UF-785, UCF-375, USF-310, FGCU-110, and FSU-60.
 
The next event on the 2012-13 USTA Florida "Tennis on Campus" calendar will be the USF Bullrun (Grand Slam division) on Jan. 26 in Tampa.
 
The Tennis on Campus team format features men's and women's singles, doubles and mixed doubles, with a minimum of two men and two women per team. The format uses World TeamTennis (WTT) scoring, where the first up to five games wins the match, with a 12-point super-tiebreak if the match is tied at four games all. Total cumulative games determine the overall winning team of each match. The WTT scoring format also features no-ad scoring, player substitutions, and player on-court coaching is allowed.
 
2012-13 USTA Florida "Tennis on Campus" Rankings (as of Jan. 13, 2013)
 
1. University of Florida 4785
2. University of Central Florida 2375
3. University of South Florida 2310
4. Florida Gulf Coast University 1960
5. Florida State University 1560
6. University of Miami 850
7. Stetson 400
8T. Rollins College 300
8T. Florida A&M University 300
 
2012-2013 USTA Florida "Tennis on Campus" Schedule and Results
 
Sept. 15 -- UF Gatorbowl (Grand Slam), Gainesville (FINAL: UF d. UCF)
Oct. 6 -- FSU Capital Challenge (Grand Slam), Tallahassee (FINAL: UF d. FGCU)
Oct. 27 -- West Coast Invite (Masters), Tampa (FINAL: UF d. USF)
Nov. 17 -- UCF Knitro Cup (Grand Slam), Orlando (FINAL: UCF d. UF)
Jan. 12 -- FGCU Open (Tour), Ft. Myers (FINAL: UF d. USF)
Jan. 26 -- USF Bullrun (Grand Slam), Tampa
Feb. 16-17 -- Florida TOC Championships (Grand Slam), Orlando
March 2 -- East Coast Invite (Masters), Daytona Beach
 
USTA Florida "Tennis on Campus" Year-end Championship Winners
 
2012 -- University of Central Florida
2011 -- University of Florida
2000 -- University of Florida
2009 -- University of Florida
2008 -- University of Central Florida
2007 -- University of Central Florida
* Prior to 2007, all Florida teams advanced directly to nationals
 
For more information on the USTA Florida Tennis on Campus series go to www.florida.usta.com/CommunityTennis/tennis_on_campus.
 
 
Miami's Marissa Nestor Tennis Invitational to Battle Cerebral Palsy
 
Join United Cerebral Palsy of South Florida (UCP of South Florida) for a friendly tennis competition and pro-am at the 5th Annual Marissa Nestor Invitational Crandon Park Tennis Center on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, with all proceeds benefiting UCP of South Florida.
 
Attendees will enjoy a day of tennis with local tennis coordinators Daniel Capote and Dean Goldfine. The tournament will offer a doubles and pro-am format tournament, with pros such as Eddie Dibbs playing. Entry fees are $150 per doubles team and $85 per single player. Players wanting to play with pros such as Eddie Dibbs can enter into the tournament for $250. For those who want to come out, watch the matches, participate in the silent auction and stay for the awards luncheon, tickets are only $50 for adults and $15 for children.
 
The event will be hosted by Dr. Eva Ritvo co-author of The Beauty Prescription: The Complete Formula for Looking and Feeling Beautiful and Jason Starkman, Owner of Epicure Gourmet Market & Cafe. Elliot Rodriguez of CBS4 will participate in the tournament and will emcee the awards luncheon. This year, in an effort to raise more money to help chldren and adults with disabilities, Starkman and his wife Diana, will host an exclusive dinner party for up to 40 guests on their private tennis court in Bay Harbour. The event, "Cooking on Courts," will take place the evening before the tournament, Jan. 25, and will feature five top area chefs: Michelle Bernstein (Michy's); Hedy Goldsmith (Cooking Channel's Unique Sweets); Michael Love (Epicure Gourmet Market); Hector Morales (Epicure Gourmet Market); and Steve Martorano (Cafe Martorano).
 
"I thought this event would be something unique and special that people would really enjoy, especially since chefs today are becoming more celebrity than actors," Starkman said. In addition to providing the food for both events, Starkman will also donate $500 Epicure gift cards to the tournaments pros and team winners.
 
For more information about these two events and how you can become a part of it, please contact: Jessica Dominguez at (305) 325-9018 or Jessica.Dominguez@ucpsouthflorida.org. To learn more about UCP's programs and services, please visit us online at www.ucpsouthflorida.org.
 
 
 
 

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