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Tennis Briefs(5): Florida Cardio Tennis Workshops, League Nationals Results, More

September 27, 2011 02:12 PM
Jacksonville USTA 5.0 Men Finish 4th at League Nationals
 
duval-50M-champs-webThe men’s 5.0 team from Jacksonville, the USTA Florida Section men’s 5.0 division champions, finished fourth on Sept. 23-25, 2011, at the USTA League 5.0 Adult National Championships, held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif.
 
The Jacksonville squad lost 2-1 to the eventual champion USTA Southern (Atlanta) team in the semifinals, and then to the USTA Northern California team in the 3rd/4th place playoff.
 
In the championship match, the Atlanta squad defeated USTA Texas (Austin) 2-1.
 
The Jacksonville 5.0 men, playing out of the Florida Yacht Club in Jacksonville, went undefeated at the USTA Florida Section Championships to advance to nationals. Captained by Louis Ballantyne, the team roster included Christopher Snoap, Alex Henderson, Darren Harper, Magnus Berglund, Joseph Reiney, Chris Henderson, Frank Vermeer, Al Dario Restrepo, Marco Turra, Charles "Billy" Curtis and Frank Bronson.
 
This year’s USTA League 5.0 Adult National Championship drew the Top 30 teams (15 men’s and 15 women’s) from throughout the nation.
 
USTA League celebrates its 31st anniversary this year. Established in 1980, it has grown from 13,000 participants in a few parts of the country in its first year, to over 779,000 players across the nation today, making it the world’s largest recreational tennis program.
 
 
Cardio Tennis Workshops Coming to Destin, Orlando
 
Cardio Tennis Logo resized.jpgCardio Tennis Workshops will be held in Orlando at the RDV Sportsplex Athletic Club on Oct. 23, 2011, and in Destin at TOPS’L Beach & Racquet Club on Nov. 19.
 
Both workshops are $140 and will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the registration fee including lunch, workshop manual, a music CD, drill DVDs and more.
  
Topics to be covered include: cardio tennis components; the three segments of a proper Cardio Tennis class; the best games for Cardio Tennis; warm-up and cool down exercises and sideline activities; practical peer teaching; marketing and making money; tools for success; and understanding the heart rate monitor and heart rate training.
 
"In April of 2011 I attended a Cardio Tennis workshop in Houston, Texas and what a splendid educational experience it was," said USTA Southern Tennis Service Representative and President Bill Phillips. "I went expecting to learn a lot but I was surprised at how much the program has evolved and has been enhanced."
 
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Florida Tennis Industry Leaders Receive USPTA Awards
 
USPTA_logoThe United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) honored those who stand out and go above and beyond in all aspects of the tennis industry, from tennis coaches to players to volunteers, during its annual World Conference, held Sept. 19-24, 2011 at Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel, Fla.
 
Florida award recipients were Ira Peskowitz of West Palm Beach who received the USPTA Diversity Award for his work with the Kids and Police Tennis Association (KAPTA), a program that allows kids to play tennis and positively interact with police officers.
 
The program, which uses the 10 and Under Tennis format of play, is comprised of 300 kids between the ages of 4 and 16. The goal of the program is to give kids an activity to help them to look outside their community and see something other than crime (specifically those in high crime, multi-ethnic and low- income neighborhoods), and to positively interact with law enforcement. Peskowitz is also a deputy sheriff at the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.
 
Derrick Barnett of Palm Beach Gardens received the Manager of the Year Award--Large Facility. Barnett is the general manager of BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens. He oversaw the planning, design and completion of a 72,000-square-foot sports complex with extensive tennis and fitness facilities.
 
The club also believes in giving back to the community by donating courts for at least six charity tournaments a year and by supporting various outreach programs, including free clinics through Tennis Across America and First Serve.
 
Ben Rakusin of Fort Lauderdale was named the George Bacso Tester of the Year. Rakusin, a USPTA Professional 1, is a tennis pro at the Country Club of Coral Springs. He has been a tester for the Florida Division for 19 years and has tested 69 people in the past year.
 
Named Player of the Year in their respective divisions were Kamil Kuchta of Fort Lauderdale in the Men's 35-and-over, Gewan Maharaj of Tampa in the Men's 55-and-over, and Robin Keener of Melbourne in the Women's 35-and-over division.
 
 
Last Chance for Young Professionals to Register for Jacksonville 'Sets in the City' Tennis Event
 
sets in the city jacksonvillleRegistration closes next week for participants to register for the Jacksonville "Sets in the City" social and tennis event for young professionals, which will raise money for the MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation (MWKF).
 
United States Tennis Association-Florida (USTA Florida) is teaming with the MWKF to provide young professionals who enjoy a social tennis experience the opportunity to play at and raise money for a good cause on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011.
 
"This is a first-time event focusing on getting young professionals active and meeting new people with similar interests," said USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator for the Jacksonville area Amanda Becker. "There are many young professionals that played tennis in high school but haven't picked up a racquet in eight or more years. This is a great opportunity for them to get back on the court."
 
The tennis event from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the MaliVai Washington Youth Center on Saturday, Oct. 8, will be preceded by a player's social on Friday, Oct. 7, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Whiskey River restaurant in the St. Johns Town Center. Registered players will receive two free drink tickets and enjoy complimentary appetizers.
 
The Saturday event will feature a tennis clinic and round robin play, with a break for lunch provided by TacoLu Baja Mexicana. The fee for early registration (before Sept. 30) is $40, and $45 after Sept. 30. The social-only registration is $25 (no tennis, but entry to player social at Whiskey River and TacoLu lunch on Saturday).
 
All proceeds from the event will benefit the MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation, whose mission is to develop champions in classrooms, on tennis courts and throughout communities via after-school programs and summer camps for at-risk youth. Event sponsors include USTA Florida, The NETworkers Young Professionals Group of Jacksonville, the MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation, Buzz Magazine, Dicks Sporting Goods, and restaurants Whiskey River and TacoLu Baja Mexicana.
 
 
For more information contact Amanda Becker of USTA Florida at becker@florida.usta.com, or Erika White of the MWKF at Erika@malwashington.com.
 
 
Naples Women’s 3.5 Tennis Team Prepares for USTA League Nationals
 
by Fran Coryell, TennisLife-Florida Region 7 (South Gulf Coast) columnist
 
Women-3.5-Winners-CollierCongratulations go out to the women's 3.5 team from the Naples Community Tennis Center for winning at districts held in Daytona Florida and advancing to compete at USTA Nationals held in Arizona in October.
 
The team, captained by Lisa Weiler and co-captained by Kendra Boyack, won both halves of the regular season and achieved their first goal of playing at regionals.
 
"Our tennis pros , Mindy Rashbaum, Joy Frederick, and T.J. Cardwell, deserve a lot of credit for helping us along the way, and the support from Linda Kleitch and Donna Koenig has been wonderful," says Lisa. "Many of us just started playing tennis a few years ago, and now were playing at nationals at 3.5."
 
The first round of playoffs started in Lee County. Playing against the women's team from Paseo, Fort Myers, the Naples team was able to advance to Daytona with a convincing sweep of their opponents, and set their sights at sectionals. To get ready for the challenge, many of the team members played every day of the week, but what really helped was the camaraderie among teammates.
 
"Everyone is friends on and off the court," said Lisa. "Many of us have been team members for the past 2 -3 years, and we knew this might be our best chance to go as far as we can."
 
All the practice paid off as all three matches at sectionals came down to third-set tiebreakers. The singles matches were key in the round robin format. The Naples team swept both singles matches and won one doubles match in all three team head-to-heads to make it to the finals.
 
Against a strong team from Sarasota-Lakewood Ranch, the roles were reversed as the doubles teams came through with two wins and the lone singles was enough to earn the team a 3-2 win.
 
Now the challenge is to get ready for the hardcourts after playing all year on clay.
 
"All you can do is put your best foot forward, and play the best that you can," says Lisa. "We're thrilled to make it this far, but the best is yet to come."
 
Congratulations to all the team members: Kelly C. Castronovo, Lisa Carney, Diane Parys, Angelika Dean, Kate McMeekan, Leann Schechter, Stephanie Rouleau, Scheri Grammen, Virginia Benecke, Anita Cowles, Kerry A. Castronova, and Linda Boyd.
 

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