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Tennis a Blast for Beginning Women Players at USTA F.L. (Fun League) Events

February 1, 2011 10:28 AM
From left: Jacksonville Golf & C.C. Director of Tennis Bill Gist, USTA Florida Director of Leagues Sandy Marshall, USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator Amanda Becker, and local league coordinators Tami Moe and Carol Chastain
Beginning women tennis players experienced a day of fun play and more when facilities in Jacksonville and Miami hosted USTA F.L. (Fun League) Tennis Blast events, free to local players.

Players from nine Jacksonville-area facilities participated in the event held on Saturday, Jan. 29 at the Jacksonville Golf & Country Club. A number of facility teaching pros brought groups of players, including ATP Tennis Club, Deerwood Country Club, Eagle Harbor Country Club (players escorted by teaching pro Elad Gabay), Jacksonville Golf & Country Club (pros Bill Gist and Gus Treyz), Julington Creek Plantation, Marsh Creek, Mills Field, San Jose Country Club (pro Zach Ganger), and Southside Tennis (pro Will Kitchens).

"There is nothing more important in life than being able to share your gift with others, and that's just what Jacksonville local tennis professionals Bill Gist, Gus Treyz, Elad Gabay, Zach Ganger, and Will Kitchens did by volunteering their time and services for 35 up-and-coming beginner tennis players to develop their game," said USTA Florida Director of Leagues Sandy Marshall. "Focus was placed on fun, friendships, exercise, and good health. USTA Florida thanks everybody involved for their inspiration, motivation, and providing this opportunity in Jacksonville to help tennis flourish and touch so many lives."

Participants played round robin doubles while receiving tips from teaching pros on scoring and doubles strategy, then participated in a "Hit for Prizes" before lunch was served. During lunch participants were treated to a mixed doubles exhibition featuring four former Division I college tennis players: Zach Ganger (Utah) and Amanda Becker (College of Charleston) vs. Gus Treyz (Montana) and Julie Weiss (Air Force).

"It was great to see all of beginner players out on the courts having fun and developing their game," said USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator for the Jacksonville area Amanda Becker. "Everyone left with some prizes as well as tips from the pros who volunteered their time on court and new friends. We're excited to be able to continue and grow this event in the future."

The USTA F.L. (Fun League) Tennis Blast at the Jacksonville Golf & Country Club was the first of three events in Jacksonville for 2011. The second will be held in May during National Tennis Month, featuring men and women, location to be announced, and the third in September in conjunction with the US Open.
Miami Tennis Blast participants
On Friday Jan. 28, USTA Florida's Region 8 (North Miami area) hosted a USTA F.L. (Fun League) Tennis Blast at the Diplomat Tennis Club, featuring 18 beginner ladies participating in round robin play.

"All the women where thrilled and had a great time. They are all looking forward to the next one," said Cathy Nordlund, USTA Florida tennis program coordinator for the Miami Dade region. "It helped beginner players to get a feeling of what USTA Leagues is all about, and give them information on playing in the 2.5 division for the Fall 2011 season which will start in September. Thanks to our local league coordinators Cory Browarnik and Sue Kiss-Wielenga who organized the event."

The dates for the next beginner round robins are on Feb. 18, March 18, and April 8 (all Fridays). For more information contact Cory Browarnik at coryustanorthdade@gmail.com or Sue Kiss-Wielenga at msue@wielenga.org.

Additional USTA F.L. (Fun League) Tennis Blast events are being planned throughout Florida, with locations and dates to be announced.

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 (National Tennis Rating Program) ratings, so your teammates and opponents will be at your skill level, with leagues ranging from the 2.5 beginner level up to 5.0 advanced and Open divisions. The competition is exciting, the atmosphere is social, and since players compete on teams, you have a built-in cheering section.

For more information on USTA Leagues or USTA F.L. (Fun League) Tennis Blast events, go to www.ustaflorida.com or e-mail USTA Florida Director of Leagues Sandy Marshall at marshall@florida.usta.com.






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