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USTA FL Friday Blog: T-shirt Tennis Love; TV Weekend

May 17, 2013 09:56 AM
blanketHow many old tennis t-shirts do you have in your closet or drawers that you no longer wear, but can't bear to part with?
USTA Florida League player Tom Morrison sent us this photo of a blanket made out of old tennis t-shirts. Project Repat at www.projectrepat.com turns old t-shirts into blankets, and is also a "green" project -- did you know that the average American throws out 65 pounds of clothing per year? That's a lot of t-shirts in landfills. Doesn't your old Ellesse/Fila t-shirt deserve better?
NuPath, Inc., one of Project Repat's production partners, is a non-profit organization employing individuals with disabilities. They have been working for over 40 years to train people with disabilities how to do work that makes them feel valued and appreciated. NuPath staff fulfill orders and train new employees so they can increase operations.
The website is www.projectrepat.com, and they have a video for a Kickstarter campaign at http://projectrepat.tumblr.com.

Blockbuster Friday Falling Flat in Rome

The women's quarterfinals at the Internazionali BNL D'Italia were set up to be blockbuster meetings today featuring world No. 1 Serena Williams and former No. 1s Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka and Jelena Jankovic, but a considerable amount of drama was removed immediately Friday morning.
Serena Williams
Serena Williams
Bradenton's Sharapova withdrew from the event and her match against Sara Errani citing a virus. Errani in the semis will meet the winner of the Azarenka-Samantha Stosur match to be played later today.
Serena's Friday encounter was a don't-blink-or-you'll-miss-it affair, defeating Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-0. In the semifinals Saturday Serena will face unseeded Simona Halep, who this morning ET beat Jankovic in three sets.
In Thursday action of note Sharapova dismissed No, 16 seed Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-1, and the unseeded Jankovic upset No. 5 seed and former French Open champ Li Na 7-6(2), 7-5.
On the men's side this morning, No. 6 seed Tomas Berdych upset world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

Florida Juniors Going Deep at International Delray Beach ITF Grade 4 Tournament

Some Florida 18-year-olds and younger are making waves this week at the Delray Beach ITF Grade 4 international junior event, where three unseeded Florida boys advanced into the semifinals on Thursday.
Sarasota's Joel Link moved into the semis with an upset win over No. 16 Kevin Major of Nassau, Bahamas 6-2, 7-6(8). Boca Raton's Jake DeVine is in the semis after a three-set win over Alexander Knight of Miami Shores, and Miami's Baker Newman joined them after upending No. 5 seed Alp Horoz of Turkey 6-0 in the third set.
They were joined in the semifinal round by No. 2 seed Tommy Paul of Greenville, N.C.
In the girls' draw Florida is also well represented with No. 2 seed Tornado Ali Black of Boca Raton and unseeded Katerina Stewart of Miami into the semis.
Stewart is the reigning Florida girls' champion after last year capturing the Girls' 18 division title at the USTA Florida Bobby Curtis Junior State Championships at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach.
Semifinal action in Delray Beach begins this morning.

Tennis on TV This Weekend

ATP Rome (live) 6-10am, 3-5pm
WTA Rome (delayed) 5-9pm
WTA Rome (live) 6-10am
ATP Rome (live) 10am-12:30pm, 2-4:30pm
WTA Rome (live) 7:30-10am
ATP Rome (live) 10am-12:30pm
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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