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U.S. Davis Cup Players to Visit Stockton Elementary in Jacksonville

January 2, 2013 08:24 AM
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Sam Querrey and John Isner
The Davis Cup international tennis event will visit Jacksonville, Fla., for the first time on Feb. 1-3, 2013, when the U.S. hosts Brazil, and on Jan. 29 the students of John Stockton Elementary will get a close-up view when the U.S. squad visits their school.
 
Stockton earned a visit from the U.S.'s top-ranked tennis squad when fourth-grader Wallace Grissett was named the winner of a Duval County Public Schools' district-wide writing contest with the theme "How does tennis make you a healthy person?"
 
Grissett wrote in part, "Tennis helps you have a healthy body...It makes your arms, legs, heart and lungs strong when you run around the court hitting the balls...Tennis teaches you about having a positive attitude and to never give up. Even if you lose many points, you can still come back and win."
 
Stockton Elementary will receive a tennis assembly at the school on Tuesday, Jan. 29, featuring the U.S. Davis Cup team. In addition they will receive $1,400 worth of United States Tennis Association (USTA) 10 and Under Tennis equipment, and 40 tickets to the Saturday doubles session of the Davis Cup match at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
 
The runner-up essays in the competition came from Waterleaf Elementary School (Carson Bayne, fourth grade, taught by Mr. Bontrager), J. Allen Axson Montessori School (Yash Agrawal, fourth grade, taught by Ms. Keyser), and Henry Kite Elementary School (Leiya Green, fourth grade, taught by Ms. Finkel). All of these schools will receive a $1,400 USTA 10 and Under Tennis equipment package, and 20 tickets to the Davis Cup for students at the schools.
 
"We had great participation in the contest, and look forward to these students getting an up-close look at the U.S.'s best tennis players," said USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator for the Jacksonville area Amanda Becker. "The school tennis assembly and seeing the Davis Cup will be an unforgettable experience for these students."
 
It could be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many of the Stockton Elementary students, as this is the first time the Davis Cup has appeared in North Florida since the competition was founded in 1900. The U.S. is undefeated in Florida (6-0), as this will be the seventh Davis Cup tie played in the state, and the first since the U.S. defeated Sweden 4-1 in the 2004 quarterfinals at the Delray Beach Tennis Center. The matches in Jacksonville will begin on Friday, Feb. 1 at 1:30 p.m. with the opening two singles. The doubles will be contested on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 1:30 p.m., and the final two singles will be played on Sunday, Feb. 3, starting at 11:30 a.m.
 
The U.S. team, which has yet to be officially named, is coached by former No. 1-ranked player Jim Courier. Players who competed in 2011 for the U.S. team included John Isner, Sam Querrey, Ryan Harrison, Mardy Fish and the Bryan twins, Bob and Mike. The U.S. has not received home-court advantage in the international competition since 2011.
 
"Jacksonville will be a great venue when we host Brazil next year," captain Courier said. "This could be a great opportunity for players like John, Sam and Ryan to experience a home court advantage for the first time in their Davis Cup careers."
 
The Davis Cup is organized and staged by the United States Tennis Association. For ticket information visit www.ticketmaster.com or call (888) 484-8782, or for more event information visit www.usta.com/daviscup.
 
 
 
 

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