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USTA Florida Releases 10 and Under Tennis Instructional Videos

February 24, 2012 01:27 PM
USTA Florida Releases 10 and Under Tennis Instructional Videos

10andunderlogowebThe USTA Florida Section has released three videos demonstrating 10 and Under Tennis on-court activities for the three 10 and Under Tennis age groups, serving as a visual instruction for volunteers, parents and 10 and Under Tennis providers.

In the videos USTA Florida Jacksonville-area Tennis Program Coordinator Amanda Becker and her assistant Nolan demonstrate the fun on-court activities that develop coordination, footwork, and racquet quickness while keeping children constantly engaged.

"Since almost all of the activities involve partners and games, the kids are always moving and there is no standing in line waiting to be fed a ball," Becker says. "These videos are a great learning tool for teachers, parents or volunteers participating in 10 and Under Tennis PlayDays, festivals or school events for the first time."

To see the age-appropriate activities demonstrated, click on the links below:

5-6 year old activities -- http://youtu.be/gl2fcYmcBOE

7-8 year old activities -- http://youtu.be/6abSPFUbWck

9-10 year old activities -- http://youtu.be/1G160kcntFc 

10 and Under Tennis follows the same logic as other youth sports like baseball or soccer, which use kid-sized courts and kid-sized equipment. Now with 10 and Under Tennis, balls bounce lower, don't move as fast through the air and are easier to hit. Racquets are sized for small hands and courts are smaller and easier to cover. By using this format, the benefits are immediate and within a short time kids are rallying, playing, and excited to keep playing.

For more info on 10 and Under Tennis go to http://www.florida.usta.com/youth_tennis/10_and_under_tennis/.


Celebrity Tennis Pro-Am to Benefit Israel Tennis Center in Hollywood, Fla.

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Pending outcomes at Indian Wells, a formidable line-up of tennis celebrities are scheduled to turn up at the Westin Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, Fla., on March 17-18, 2012, to play tennis for the Israel Tennis Centers, a not-for-profit children's charity, and the largest tennis school for children in the world. The event is being co-hosted by the Diplomat's Goldfine Smatt International Tennis Academy.

Pros currently scheduled to appear at the Pro-Am include doubles champions Mike and Bob Bryan, in addition to a host of other Top 50 tennis professionals. Depending on Indian Wells, the Pro line-up is also expected to include Brad Gilbert, Andy Ram, Dean Goldfine, Yoni Erlich, Shahar Peer and others. The Israeli players are all alumni of the Israel Tennis Centers.

"We're excited to support this unique organization," said Bob Bryan. "Nobody understands better than we do what tennis can do for children's lives."

Brad Gilbert, Patrick McEnroe and Dean Goldfine played in the ITC's MDC Partners' Celebrity Pro-Am in Toronto this past September. The event in Canada is named after presenting sponsor MDC Partners, an international marketing and business transformation organization.

"We're very excited about the expansion of our Pro-Am from Toronto and New York," said ITC President Alan Goldner, who resides in New Jersey. "Winners of these Pro-Ams will ultimately be invited to compete at the Israel Tennis Centers' in Ramat Hasharon, Israel, home to the Israeli Davis Cup team."

The Miami Pro-Am kickoff party and fundraising event for the Israel Tennis Centers will take place on Saturday, March 17 at the Diplomat, and involve the auctioning of the celebrity pros to the amateurs, with proceeds benefiting the children of the ITC. The Israel Tennis Centers Foundation (ITC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has worked for over 35 years to enhance the social, psychological, and physical development of Israeli youth through the medium of sport.
 
For contact information go to www.diplomatresort.com/tennis.

 
Haas Receives ATP Delray Beach ITC Wildcard

DelrayITC-Tommy-Haas.jpgFormer champion Tommy Haas has been given a wildcard to play in the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (ITC) ATP World Tour event that begins Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center.

Haas, the 2006 ITC champion, joins former champs Xavier Malisse (2005, 2007) and Ernests Gulbis (2010) in the field. It will be the Bradenton resident's fifth appearance, where he has compiled a 7-3 record. The 33-year-old veteran is returning from hip and elbow surgery in 2011. The No. 167-ranked German is 2-1 in ATP play this year, retiring in the second round of the Brisbane event, and losing in the second round of the Australian Open to Rafael Nadal.

After reaching No. 2 in the world in 2002, the four-time Grand Slam semifinalist missed the entire 2003 season following shoulder surgery but climbed back to the Top 20 in 2006 beginning with his title in Delray Beach. He reached the Top 10 again in 2007 before more shoulder surgery, but by 2009 he was back in the Top 20, reaching the Wimbledon semifinals. The winner of 12 ATP World Tour titles in his 16-year career, Haas is one of 32 players in a strong Delray Beach field that includes headliners Andy Roddick and top seed John Isner.

The Delray Beach ITC opens with ATP Champions Tour action this Friday evening with two matches under the lights: Grand Slam champions Pat Cash vs. Carlos Moya at 7 p.m. and Hall of Famer Ivan Lendl vs. Jimmy Arias at 9 p.m.
 
To purchase tickets call (561) 330-6000, order online at www.YellowTennisBall.com or in-person at Walmart's Ticketmaster outlets or the Delray Beach ITC box office.

 
 

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