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Florida Tennis Briefs(3): Chang, Isner to 2012 Delray Beach; More

November 23, 2011 10:00 AM
MaliVai Washington Foundation Delivers 15,000 lbs. of Food to Needy
 
MWKF logoJacksonville community volunteers lent a helping hand to deliver more than 15,000 pounds of pre-Thanksgiving food (12,000 from Winn-Dixie) to 125 area families from the MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation (MWKF) on Nov. 22-23, 2011.
 
Volunteers and staff sorted food on Nov. 22, and on Nov. 23 bagged and delivered food to families, serving approximately 500 adults and children.
 
"Volunteer groups included employees of General Electric, students of the University of North Florida’s Mentoring Program, and the families from the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School," said the MWKF’s Ashley Strickland.
 
Organizations and individuals donating food included Winn Dixie, Stanton College Preparatory School, Citi, UNF’s Mentoring Program, The Bolles School of Ponte Vedra, AT&T, San Jose Country Club, Martin J. Gottlieb Day School and others.
 
"This volunteer experience is just one of many activities MWKF has planned to insure a bright holiday season for their students and families," Strickland said.
 
MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation is a local, non-profit youth development organization in Jacksonville, Fla., which operates the TnT (Tennis-n-Tutoring) after-school program. The TnT program serves over 160 underserved youth in the community and provides free homework assistance, tennis lessons and life skills classes to youth in grades K-12 Monday through Friday.
 
For more information about MWKF visit www.malwashington.com.
 
 
Chang, Isner Added to 2012 ATP Delray Beach; Bangoura Wins Pre-qualies
 
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John Isner (left) and Bethanie
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American John Isner and Tennis Hall of Famer Michael Chang have been added to the ATP and Champions Tour line-ups for the 20th annual Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (ITC), which will be played Feb. 24-March 4, 2012 at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center.
 
The No. 18-ranked Isner joins Andy Roddick in the ATP World Tour event, while the 1989 French Open champion Chang joins fellow Hall of Famer Ivan Lendl as the headliners in the tournament's ATP Champions Tour eight-player round-robin event.
 
Both players will be looking to improve on former appearances in Delray Beach. Isner last year lost in the opening round, and in 2009 in his only other appearance lost in the qualifying. Chang made one appearance in Delray Beach during his ATP days, falling in the first round to Aussie Andrew Ilie in 2000.
 
"The addition of fan-favorite John Isner and perennial Top 10 Michael Chang gives us strong fields already," said Mark Baron, tournament director of the ITC. "Our ATP Champions Tour field is set, and we are expecting our ATP World Tour event to be the best in our history by the time our final draw is announced."
 
Grand Slam champions Mats Wilander, Pat Cash and Johan Kriek, Grand Slam finalist Mikael Pernfors and Aaron Krickstein, the youngest player ever to be ranked in the Top 20, round out the ATP Champions Tour field. Chang, the youngest-ever Grand Slam winner, was also a three-time Grand Slam runner-up and a member of the winning U.S. Davis Cup team in 1990. He reached No. 2 in the world in 1996, and won 34 ATP titles.
 
The Delray Beach ITC also completed its "Survivor I" pre-qualifying tournament, where former University of Florida player Sekou Bangoura, Jr., emerged at the top of the 128-player field, defeating Richard Malobicky 6-2, 6-3, in the final.
 
"I feel pretty good," said Bangoura, who turned pro in August. "This was a pretty long tournament with all the rain. I'm not used to playing three matches in one day, but I feel good about it."
 
The win carries a wildcard berth for the Bradenton resident into the Delray Beach ITC's 32-player qualifying tournament (Feb. 25-28, 2012).
 
The Delray Beach ITC is offering a holiday special for fans searching for that special gift. The tournament is offering discounts of 50% off box and reserved seats and 40% off grandstand seats for specific sessions: Opening Night (Friday, Feb. 24) and Day Sessions on Monday (Feb. 27) and Wednesday through Friday (Feb. 29-Mar. 2).  The discount will be in effect through Dec. 31. To purchase tickets call (561) 330-6000, order online at www.YellowTennisBall.com or in-person at Walmart's Ticketmaster outlets.
 
 
Ft. Lauderdale’s Colton Commits to Vanderbilt Tennis
 
Courtney Colton action shotThe Vanderbilt women’s tennis team this week announced three new members to their signing class in Frances Altick (Monroe, La.), Courtney Colton (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), and Georgina Sellyn (Glasgow, Scotland), who signed national letters of intent to play for the Commodores in the 2012-2013 season.
 
"We are very excited to have these three join our team next year," said Head Coach Geoff Macdonald.
 
Ranked No. 15 nationally, Colton was ranked No. 12 at her peak in August of this year. The Ft. Lauderdale native and senior from Saviano High Performance Tennis boasts a 53-19 win-loss record, and is ranked No. 7 in the Southeast and No. 3 in Florida.
 
Colton is a two-time USTA Florida State Closed singles and doubles winner, a two-time national Level 2 doubles winner, a national Level 2 finalist, and a national Level 3 tournament winner.
 
Sellyn, who trains in Florida, rose to No. 240 on the ITF junior rankings and has been competing in women’s pro circuit events.
 
 

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