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USTA FL Friday Blog: Bryans, Roddick News; French Starts Sunday

May 23, 2013 03:39 PM

Bryan Brothers on Record-setting Tear Going Into French

The Bryan brothers and the U.S. Davis Cup team at an elementary school in Jacksonville earlier this year prior to hosting Brazil
Florida's Bob (Sunny Isle Beach) and Mike (Wesley Chapel) Bryan won the ATP Rome event last week, their fourth straight final during the claycourt season. Their lead in the ATP Team Rankings, 4,350 ahead of the next team, is the largest ranking lead in their careers.
Rome was their 88th career title and sixth of 2013. They also lifted the title at Madrid the previous week. Of the 10 tournaments they have played this year, they have reached eight finals.
"We're obviously very pleased with the way the last couple weeks have gone and are hoping to carry this momentum into Paris," said Mike Bryan.
This week the twins have been in London, filming a commercial for Esurance.

Mailbag: International Juniors Playing Under Florida Flag?

Cathy writes in:
Mailbag graphicQ: "Just a comment about [player name witheld, from the story "Florida Juniors Going Deep at International Delray Beach ITF Grade 4 Tournament"]. He is listed as playing under the German Flag for all ITF's and is also listed as playing for the German Flag for ATP (Chris Evert Academy has him down as that too). Just a bit confused about how you can be a player for Germany for ITF's and ATP, and also be a Florida junior too? Unfortunately, this doesn't seem to be just this junior.
There are quite a few Floridian juniors who play under a different flag for ITF's, but still play in [Florida] sectionals and zonals. I am just not sure how that is fair? Thanks for reading and I appreciate your time in considering my questions."
A: Cathy that is something I also have seen at times and wondered exactly how the rules applied. So for the answer let's go straight to the expert -- Ann Brown, USTA Florida competitive education coordinator.
"The Florida Section's policy requires U.S. citizenship status to compete in designateds [tournaments], sectionals, and endorsement for national tournaments," Ann says. "This player has all the proper paperwork in the section office to prove Florida and U.S. residency according to USTA Florida regulations and USTA Regulation IX.A.2.a [2013 Friend at Court page 170]. When a player enters an ITF tournament, some players simply indicate their birth country in the "nation" field when entering an international competition for the first time, not aware of the implication in doing so.
The ITF is implementing an educational process to help our young U.S. players understand the policy. This could be the case with the player in question."


venus sittingAndy Roddick's retirement was short lived -- it was announced this week that the former Florida junior will be a full-time co-host on FOX Sport's new competitor to ESPN Sportscenter, named FOX Sports Live.
Roland Garros and France are always the more fashionable of the Grand Slam settings, with a host of companies and designers rolling out their latest. This week Florida residents Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams gave a preview of what they'll be sporting on the red clay next week.
Boca Raton's Tornado Ali Black continued her junior tournament tear last week, winning her second consecutive event at the international ITF Grade 4 in Delray Beach. The high school freshman has qualified via her ranking to get into the French Open juniors draw, but is looking for help with funding for the overseas trip.

Tennis on TV This Weekend

8am-noon -- WTA Brussels (live)
2-6pm -- ATP Nice (delay)
6-7pm Roland Garros Preview, Fan Guide
7-11pm -- ATP Dusseldorf (delay)
9:30-11:30am -- WTA Brussels (live)
3:30-5:30pm -- WTA Strasbourg (delay)
5:30-7:30pm -- ATP Nice (delay)
7:30-9:30pm -- ATP Dusseldorf (delay)
10am -- French Open 1st Round (live)
7pm -- French Open Tonight (premier)
The USTA Florida Friday blog is written by USTA Florida Communications Coordinator Rick Vach, former publications editor for the ATP World Tour and editor/publisher of Play Tennis Florida magazine. The opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent those of USTA Florida, USTA national, or anyone that can fire him. Want a USTA or tennis-related question answered? E-mail HERE.





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