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Tennis Briefs: Florida USTA Campus Showdowns; G-Cast; Lacroix Wins

September 29, 2010 04:53 PM
USTA Campus Showdown logoThree USTA Campus Showdowns in Florida in Oct.-Nov.

Florida will host three USTA Campus Showdowns in October and November in Lake Wales, Tampa and West Palm Beach. USTA Campus Showdowns are one-day, short-format tournaments open to juniors, college players, professionals and adults -- basically anyone.
 
Draws are usually compass draws for both singles and doubles with matches being one set, with a tiebreaker at 5-5, although format and scoring is at the discretion of the director. Events can be men's, women's or coed, and entry fees are kept low to provide access to full range of players. These tournaments are non-sanctioned, non-ranking events.

USTA Campus Showdowns give junior and college players opportunities for more competition -- on their college campuses AND within NCAA rules. The events also get more American junior players on college campuses, giving them a taste of college life and a chance to compete against college players and more experienced adults. The events also help build stronger ties between college programs and the local tennis community.

The three upcoming events are:

October 9, 2010
Warner University

Lake Wales, Fla.
Contact: Jose Martinez, tennis@warner.edu
 
November 6, 2010
Hillsborough Community College

Tampa, Fla.
Contact: Shaimaa Elsisi, shaimaaseif@yahoo.com
 
November 20, 2010
Palm Beach Atlantic

West Palm Beach, Fla.
Contact: Chi Ly, chi_ly@pba.edu


G-Cast_144x144New G-Cast: Florida Jr. Team Tennis Champions 'Team Topspin'

USTA Florida's Andy Gladstone rolls out a new podcast, the G-Cast, this month focusing on Team Topspin, the USTA Jr. Team Tennis squad from Volusia County that will be representing Florida at the JTT Nationals in Arizona.

"Tennis players don't like 'surprises,' but Team Topspin is very excited to advance to the USTA Jr. Team Tennis Nationals in the 14s Advanced division in where else, but, Surprise, Arizona," Gladstone said.

Gladstone is a guest at Coach Bacha's house, and gets to know the six players on the team in a roundtable chat featuring funny stories and discussions about the benefits of playing Jr. Team Tennis.

Check out the podcast for download at http://www.usatennisflorida.usta.com/Podcasts/G_Cast/.


 
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Alexandre Lacroix (right) and Antoine Benneteau
Florida Gator Lacroix wins Napa Valley Classic

The NCAA-meets-USTA experiment was deemed a huge success by all the parties involved as the final day of the Land Rover Napa Valley Tennis Classic concluded at the Meadowood Resort last Sunday, with University of Florida senior Alexandre Lacroix capturing the title.

Lacroix started his morning beating US Open champion and newly turned 18-year-old Jack Sock, 6-3, 6-1, and then mowed his way through the championship tiebreaker round, beating Cal's Nick Andrews, 10-3, and then taking out a pair of Kentucky players -- Alex Musialek, 10-6, in the semifinals and Eric Quigley, 10-7, in the final, to win the 10th annual event which pitted four players from six top collegiate teams and eight top USTA juniors.
 
USTA Director of Men's Tennis Jay Berger announced after the match that Lacroix would receive a USTA wildcard into a future professional event.

"It was a great weekend for me," Lacroix said. "It's tough in those tiebreakers [format] because not always the best player wins. I just tried to play smart and not make too many mistakes."
 
After three days of round-robin play, the eight flight winners moved onto the quarterfinal tiebreaker round. Two USTA juniors advanced that far, including Mitchell Frank of Annandale, Va., who was the only junior on the weekend to win all three of his matches. "You just kind of say a little prayer and hope you play well," said Frank of the tiebreaker shootout in which he lost in the first round, 12-10, to Musialek. "It was a great weekend for me. I got some good experience and liked playing against the collegiate guys."
 
USTA coach Jose Higueras said he hopes there will be more events featuring both collegiate players and the top juniors. "We're hoping to do this a couple of times during the year," Higueras said. "I think it's a great way for the USTA to deliver the message that we do care about college tennis and that we want to get some pros out of college tennis just like so many other sports do. Most of the kids are going to go to college. The percentage that turn pro is very, very small but at the same time just because you go to college doesn't mean you can't turn pro."


vegosenVegosen Nominated as USTA National President/COB
for 2011-12

The USTA Nominating Committee announced the nomination of Jonathan Vegosen as USTA chairman of the board and president to serve a two-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2011. Vegosen, who has served on the USTA Board of Directors for four years and is currently completing a two-year term as first vice president, is a long-time volunteer who, for over 25 years, has raised funds for tennis causes. He has also devoted more than 16 years of volunteer service to the sport of tennis at the district, sectional, national, and international levels. When elected, Vegosen will become the 50th chairman of the board and president of the USTA.

In addition to his USTA Board responsibilities, Vegosen will continue to serve as a member of the Compensation and International Committees and continue representing the USTA on the Grand Slam Committee and the ITF Constitutional Committee. Vegosen will continue to serve as a board member for both USTA Serves, the charitable arm of the USTA, and the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Vegosen is a former varsity collegiate tennis captain at Northwestern University and was selected to the 1973 All-Big Ten Conference team. While in law school, he taught tennis for three years. 
 
In addition to the Vegosen nomination, the following individuals have been nominated as the slate of new officers and directors of the USTA Board:

David A. Haggerty, of Pennington, NJ, and the USTA Middle States Section, is currently a vice president on the USTA Board of Directors and has been nominated as first vice president; Katrina M. Adams, of White Plains, NY, and the USTA Eastern Section, is currently an elite athlete and a director at large on the USTA Board of Directors and has been nominated as vice president; Carol J. Welder, of Austin, Texas, and the USTA Texas Section, is currently a director at large on the USTA Board of Directors and has been nominated as vice president; Donald L. Tisdel, of Lake Oswego, Ore., and the USTA Pacific Northwest Section, is re-nominated for his third consecutive term as secretary-treasurer of the USTA Board of Directors; Seth G. Abraham, of New York, NY, and the USTA Eastern Section, is nominated for his first term as director at large of the USTA Board of Directors; Dale G. Caldwell, of New Brunswick, NJ, and the Eastern Section, is nominated for his first term as director at large of the USTA Board of Directors; William J. Kellogg, of La Jolla, Calif., and the USTA Southern California Section, is nominated for his first term as director at large of the USTA Board of Directors; John N. Korff, of Key Biscayne, Fla., and the USTA Florida Section, is nominated for his third term as director at large of the USTA Board of Directors; Delaine B. Mast, of Lancaster, Penn., and the USTA Middle States Section, is nominated for her first term as director at large of the USTA Board of Directors; Andrew A. Valdez, of Salt Lake City, Utah, and the USTA Intermountain Section, is nominated for his first term as director at large of the USTA Board of Directors; Patrick J. Galbraith, of Bainbridge Island, Wash., and the USTA Pacific Northwest, is nominated for a third term as an elite athlete and a director at large of the USTA Board of Directors; Chanda Rubin, of Lafayette, La., and the USTA Southern Section, is nominated for her first term as an elite athlete and a director at large of the USTA Board of Directors; Jeffrey G. Tarango, of Manhattan Beach, Calif., and the USTA Southern California Section, is nominated for his first term as an elite athlete and a director at large of the USTA Board of Directors.

 
 

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