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Tennis Briefs: Courier Looks to New Davis Cup Talent; Florida College Recruitment

November 1, 2010 08:52 AM
by Rick Vach, ustaflorida.com

US Davis Cup Team.jpgCourier Looks to Next Talent Wave as Incoming U.S. Davis Cup Captain

Former U.S. Davis Cup Captain Patrick McEnroe dealt with the sporadic availability of aging superstars Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi by nurturing along the next generation of stars in Andy Roddick, James Blake and the Bryan brothers. Now Jim Courier has a head start with John Isner and Sam Querrey, but he is likewise looking to bring Ryan Harrison and additional young U.S. players into the mix as Roddick, Blake and the Bryans enter the final stretch of their careers.

"I think we're at a transitional period now where the core team who has been really representing the United States with Andy and with James and the Bryan brothers, it looks like there's going to be some space now for some other players to come along," Courier said. "You have other guys who are coming into the team like Sam Querrey and John Isner who are really hitting their strides and I think will be a big part of the team going forward. You have a younger group led by Ryan Harrison and hopefully Donald Young Jr. that will be part of the team going forward, along with some others."

Courier says he looks to Roddick, Blake, the Bryans and Mardy Fish to still be part of the squad that helps usher-in the next generation of players.

"I think the role with Andy and the Bryans and Mardy Fish, who has been a part of the team on and off, was a real hero in Colombia, the veterans I think will be a big part of bringing the younger players into the fold and making them comfortable, making them a part of the squad," Courier said.

The former No. 1 player will make his debut as captain when the United States faces Chile in March during at the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first round of play. He added that long-time contributor Jay Berger will stay on as coach.

"Obviously the goal of any captain is to win Davis Cup titles," Courier said. "That certainly is where I will start. But I have another big goal along the way here, which is to help our players who are both playing on the team and those that are hopeful to be on the team maximize their abilities along the way. I'll have a unique opportunity to help our players in competition and I'll hope to be able to advise them, along with their coaches, who are in the trenches with them on a day-to-day basis along the year, and be of assistance as I can."

College Tennis Recruitment Showcase at FIU in December

The Florida International University Tennis Center in Miami will host the "V USP College Tennis Showcase" on Dec. 8, 2010, for players looking to be recruited and earn scholarships for college tennis. Over 250 colleges are invited to the event for boys and girls who are juniors or seniors in high school, or have graduated in 2009.

The event is limited to the first 48 players, at a cost of $95 per session or $150 for the full day. The morning session will run from 9 a.m.-noon, and the afternoon session from 2-5 p.m. To register or for more information go to www.universitysports.com, or e-mail usp@universitysports.com.

Play Tennis with Martin, Pernfors, at Hammock Beach in Palm Coast

Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Fla., will host a day of tennis with former ATP stars Todd Martin and Mikael Pernfors on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, at the Courts at Yacht Harbor Village.

A fee of $60 per person includes a tennis clinic from 9-11:30 a.m. with Martin and Pernfors, a tennis exhibition between Martin and Pernfors from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and match play from 2:30-5 p.m. where participants will take to the courts with Martin and Pernfors in match play format.

To sign-up by Nov. 18 call (888) 252-6294 or e-mail hbmembership@hammockbeach.com.






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