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Tennis Briefs: Florida No. 4 in School Participation; NFL Jaguars Discount for USTA Members; Venus Out

October 7, 2010 08:50 AM
NFHSA logoHigh School Tennis Players, School Tennis Programs Increasing; Florida No. 4

The National Federation of State High School Associations has reported in their 2009-2010 High School Athletics Participation Summary that the number of boys and girls playing tennis in high schools in the U.S. rose more than 3 percent over the last year, from 334,758 students to 345,150.

The number of schools offering tennis also increased, with 417 additional schools upping the total to 9,916 for boys, and for girls a rise of 473 for a total of 10,166 schools.

Texas (1,245 schools) led all states in school tennis participation, followed by California (895), New York (517) and Florida (470).

Tennis ranks as the 8th most popular sport of the Top 10 for boys, and 7th for girls. The annual NFHS athletics summary looks at high school participation in more than 50 sports. The pdf of the report can be downloaded at www.nfhs.org.

jaguars-stadiumUSTA Members Receive 20% Off Jacksonville Jaguars NFL Tickets

What could be better than a Jaguars 59-yard field goal to beat the Indianapolis Colts? How about a 20% ticket discount for USTA members for ANY group size to see one of the remaining five Jaguars home games?
You can get this special discount for just two people going to Monday "date" Night football on Oct. 18 to see the Tennessee Titans. Or, gather a few neighbors and teammates for one of the four 1 p.m. games in Nov./Dec. There is no minimum number of tickets required to purchase for the group discount of 20% off Game Day prices. Ticket availability is limited, however, so call or e-mail Brian Farmer today to reserve your seats.
For more info e-mail FARMERB@NFL.JAGUARS.COM or call Brian Farmer at (904) 633-5276.

venus sittingVenus Williams Out for Remainder of 2010

Florida's Venus Williams will miss her remaining events on the 2010 pro tennis calendar, including the WTA year-end championships and the U.S. Fed Cup final versus Italy, due to a slow-healing left knee injury.

"I am very disappointed to announce that I will be unable to play in the season-ending WTA Championships and Fed Cup final," Williams said. "I have been getting treatment and therapy on my knee and have been making progress, but unfortunately must continue to keep weight off my knee for the short term and won't be ready to return to competition in 2010. I am looking forward to returning to full health in time for the start of 2011 season and hopefully having the opportunity to play in both the Fed Cup and WTA Championships next year."

The 30-year-old Palm Beach Gardens resident is ranked No. 3 in the world, but has not played since the US Open. Her sister Serena, still ranked No. 1, has not played since July after stepping on glass and cutting her foot, which required surgery.






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