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Tennis Briefs (3): Florida Senior QuickStart, Arthur Ashe Kids Day, More

July 28, 2011 10:55 AM
Seniors Experience QuickStart Tennis Events at Florida's The Villages
 
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Grandparents and grandchildren at The Villages rally on four 10 and Under Tennis mini-courts set up within one regulation-size court during the Camp Villages summer program
Seniors age 55 and up at The Villages, "Florida's premier active adult retirement community," experienced tennis in a whole new way using the QuickStart Tennis play format in late July when USTA Florida held events for seniors on 60-foot courts with lower-compression balls.
 
USTA Florida also partnered with the Camp Villages summer program with tennis activities for residents and their grandchildren using the modified tennis equipment such as lighter, smaller rackets, lower-compression balls and shorter courts.
 
"Many seniors due to age or injuries aren't able to cover the full tennis court as well as they used to. The 60-foot court with the QuickStart 'green balls' that are a little less lively are perfect for seniors who still want to enjoy tennis but have limited mobility," said USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator Amanda Tobin. "The Villages has 25 recreation facilities with 58 tennis courts, with plans to include at least three more facilities in the next 3-5 years when the build-out will be complete, so tennis is big here."
 
The 60-foot court is marked with lines inside of a conventional 78-foot court. The Villages is an active retirement community for age 50 and older, located north of Orlando and south of Ocala. Conceived over 50 years ago, the sprawling community boasts over 100,000 residents, many of who regularly engage in tennis and other sports or physical activities.
 
quickstart-60-_10-undercourtClinics were held within The Villages at the Paradise Regional Center, Laurel Manor Regional Center, and Sea Breeze Regional Center, with more than 90 senior players in attendance. During the Camp Villages program, seniors were able to rally with their grandchildren using 10 and Under Tennis equipment, featuring kid-sized racquets, lower nets, lower-bouncing balls and smaller court sizes.
 
"I had a chance to speak with most everyone that participated and for the most part I got a lot of positive feedback," Tobin said. "I also asked if we started a QuickStart senior tennis program if they would be interested in participating and most everyone was interested. Moving forward we will take the responses from the surveys we had each participant fill out and determine if we should permanently line a few of the courts with 60-foot court lines for a program."
 
For more information contact Amanda Tobin at tobin@florida.usta.com.
 
 
Save Jacksonville H.S. Tennis, Get Free Stringing at Go Pro Tennis
 
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Jacksonville's Amer Delic (back) at an Andy Roddick charity event
Next month's "Serve an Ace for Our Students" tennis exhibition to raise money to offset district budget cuts for Jacksonville high school tennis now has an extra incentive. Buy a ticket for the event at either of the Go Pro Tennis store locations in Jacksonville by Aug. 10, 2011, and receive a free racquet stringing, including the cost of the string and labor.
 
The full day of tennis play for ticket holders and a pro exhibition at the "Serve an Ace for Our Students" event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011 at the San Jose Country Club. Recreational play and clinics will be followed by Jacksonville-area former touring ATP pros Brian Gottfried, Todd Martin and MaliVai Washington, along with current touring pro Amer Delic, a local Wolfson High School tennis standout, putting on a doubles exhibition.
 
"This will be a great event and it's for a great cause," says Go Pro Tennis owner Nils Leonard.
 
Morning clinics offering a menu of lesson choices with celebrities and local pros are scheduled from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. on multiple courts, and will give way to the pro doubles exhibition at 6:30 p.m. Due to educational spending cuts by the State of Florida, the Duval County School Board has made a decision to eliminate the boys' and girls' tennis teams as part of cuts in varsity sports. As a result, none of Duval County's 17 high schools will be offering students the opportunity to play tennis in the upcoming spring season unless funding is raised.
 
The Save Jax High School Tennis group, made up of representatives from the Jax Youth Tennis Association, the Northeast Florida Professional Tennis Association, the First Coast Tennis Foundation and other organizations, is asking for support from the greater Jacksonville area and the tennis community to help raise the necessary funds to keep tennis in Duval County public schools.
 
Tickets for the free stringing incentive can be purchased at either Go Pro Tennis location in Jacksonville at 11757 Beach Blvd. near the Beach and 9A intersection, or at 11362 San Jose Blvd.
 
For complete information on the event go to www.firstcoasttennis.com/save_jax_tennis.asp.
 
 
Actor Bradley Cooper, NBA’s Carmelo Anthony Among Stars at 2011 Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day at US Open
 
arthur ashe kids dayThe USTA announced this week that reigning US Open Champions Rafael Nadal and Kim Clijsters, world No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic, former US Open Champion Andy Roddick, and the 2010 US Open Wheelchair Champion David Wagner will team up with actor Bradley Cooper, New York Knicks All-Star Carmelo Anthony, and pop star Cody Simpson at the 16th Annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Hess on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
 
Hosted by TV personalities/actors La La Anthony and Quddus, the show will feature more musical guests and tennis stars set to be announced in coming weeks. The popular full-day tennis and music festival for children and adults alike prior to the US Open – including interactive games, musical entertainment and tennis activities – will also feature performances from up-and-coming stars including Girls Nite Out, Action Item, Jacob Latimore and Nickelodeon's The Fresh Beat Band.   
 
From 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., kids and their families can experience an exciting schedule of free tennis games, live music and attractions taking place throughout the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Inside Arthur Ashe Stadium from 1-3 p.m., the live tennis and music show will feature fun exhibition matches and skills competitions with Nadal, Djokovic, Clijsters, Roddick, Wagner and other top players.
 
Stadium show tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster (1-866-OPEN-TIX), www.usopen.org and at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center box office. 
 
 

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