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USTA Florida 10-U Match Club Standings; Beginner Blast

April 5, 2012 11:02 AM
USTA Florida 10 and Under Tennis Match Club -- 1st Quarter Standings

10andunderlogowebThe debut 2012 quarterly standings are out for the new USTA Florida 10 and Under Tennis Match Club, where players can earn a year-end colored bag tag inscribed personally with the players name to indicate their club level.

Players need to meet the following criteria by year's end to reach the club level:

Bronze Club -- 15 or more tournament matches in 2012
Silver Club -- 30 or more tournament matches in 2012
Gold Club -- 50 or more tournament matches in 2012
Platinum Club -- 60 or more tournament matches in 2012

USTA Florida will be selecting players for select 10 and under tournaments, such as the USTA Florida State Closed, based exclusively on number of matches played.

"USTA Florida is very excited to announce the Match Club for 10 and under players in lieu of 10 and under rankings," said USTA Florida Competitive Tennis Coordinator Andy Gladstone. "The Match Club is a new concept that promotes play by giving incentives to players who play more sanctioned tournament matches in 2012. USTA Florida's decision to disband 10 and under rankings was based on careful research from industry experts who felt there was too much emphasis on winning, and not enough on long-term game development and fun."

2012 1st Quarter 10 and Under Tennis Match Club Top 10 Standings:

Top 10 Boys
1. Dell, Phillip -- Bradenton -- 18 matches
2. Dancuart, Mark -- Boca Raton -- 17
3. Garcia, David Andre -- Boca Raton -- 15
4. Fischer, Duncan Pascal -- Cape Coral -- 14
5T. Zhu, Andy -- Bradenton -- 13
5T. Manibo, Joseph -- Fort Myers -- 13
7T. Reilly, Timothy John -- St. Petersburg -- 12
7T. Ayala, Nicholas -- Coral Springs -- 12
7T. Alcocer, Jesus Uriel -- Bradenton -- 12
7T. Eutsey, Kevin -- West Palm Beach -- 12
7T. Reilly, Andrew Steven -- St. Petersburg -- 12

Top 10 Girls
1. Tasdemir, Eva Melissa -- Bradenton -- 15 matches
2. Kung, Lisa -- Bradenton -- 14
3. Russell, Tallia -- Weeki Wachee -- 12
4T. Chetouane, Sandra -- Davenport -- 11
4T. Cortese, Kimberly Ann -- Seminole -- 11
4T. Hernandez, Mia -- Arecibo -- 11
7T. Alcobe-Garibay, Cecilia -- Chatham -- 10
7T. Beron, Kayleigh Susan -- Clearwater -- 10
7T. Smejkal, Lara -- Boca Raton -- 10
10T. Alvarez, Teresa -- Coral Gables -- 9
10T. Bandes, Zoe -- Oldsmar -- 9
10T. Opaciuch, Natasha Lauren -- Coral Gables -- 9
10T. Valbrun, Christi Lorin -- Delray Beach -- 9
10T. Zambrano, Isabella -- Miami -- 9

For more 10 and Under Tennis Match Club info and the full standings, go to www.florida.usta.com/Tournaments/10_and_under_tennis_tournaments/.

Beginner Tennis Adults Have a 'Blast' at Hillsborough Co. Event

Hillsborough County adult beginner tennis players received an introduction to round robin play, tennis etiquette and beginner league opportunities during a USTA Florida-hosted 2.5 F.L. (Fun League) Tennis Blast on Saturday, March 31 at Hunter's Green Country Club in Tampa, Fla.

Beginner players are typically rated 2.5 on the USTA League NTRP (National Tennis Rating Program) rating scale.

The players were welcomed by Jodi Manning, USTA Florida league coordinator, and Hillsborough Local League Coordinators Sylvie Roy, Alan Williams and Barbara Jones. The 26 players also received lunch and prizes.

"The goal of the USTA Florida Blast was to invite adult tennis players, who have had some former play experience, back into the game of tennis," Jones said. "Local professional tennis instructors led drills and a fun round robin was played, with participants having different partners. A lunch was held in the country club restaurant followed by a question and answer period."

USTA League is the country's largest recreational tennis league, helping more than 325,000 players nationwide get on the court, have a good time, and step up their game. The League is organized as competitive team match play, with teams made up of a minimum of 5-8 players depending upon division. Teams and matches are set up according to NTRP ratings, so teammates and opponents are at the same skill level, with leagues ranging from the 2.5 beginner level up to 5.0 advanced and Open divisions.






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