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August 11, 2010 04:18 PM
Betsy Nagelsen McCormick
by Rick Vach, ustaflorida.com
Former Pro Betsy Nagelsen Recruiting for New State College of Florida Women's Tennis

Coach Betsy Nagelsen McCormack is currently recruiting players for the inaugural women's tennis team at State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota (SCF), which competes at the Division I level of the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Nagelsen McCormack joined SCF earlier this year and brings experience from the college tennis, pro tour and business sides of the game. Nagelsen McCormack was born in St. Petersburg and during her pro career won the Australian Open doubles in 1978 and 1980 with Renata Tomanova and Martina Navratilova, and reached the singles final at the 1978 Australian Open, losing to Christine O'Neil. She won a total of three singles titles and 24 doubles titles during her career, retiring in 1996.

"As a longtime admirer of Betsy's tennis accomplishments, I am very excited that she has agreed to come to SCF as our first women's tennis coach. There is no doubt in my mind that she will lead SCF to national prominence," said SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner.

Plans supporting the SCF tennis program include building a new tennis facility to host hardcourts, a fitness center, classrooms and other amenities. The college is situated across the street from IMG Academies, a premiere training ground for elite junior and pro athletes that shares a friendly relationship with SCF.

"I have real passion for the sport and a real heart to help young people improve their games and their whole attitude toward competing and for success -- on and off the court," Nagelsen McCormack said. "SCF Tennis is a unique opportunity for women who want to compete at the collegiate level."

High school tennis players who wish to learn about the SCF tennis program can visit www.SCF.edu/tennis for details and application information. The team begins play as the Fall 2010 semester begins in September.
1st Annual FSUCares Tennis Round Robin Tournament in August

Florida State University will host the 1st Annual FSUCares Tennis Round Robin Tournament on Aug. 28, 2010, at the FSU Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The format will be doubles round robin, open to all players, with combined NTRP 6.5, 7.5 and 8.5 men's, women's and mixed divisions, and a "fun" unranked doubles division. Individuals and teams can register.

All registration fees and donations will be supporting FSUCares, a non-profit student organization at the Florida State University College of Medicine devoted to providing health services, including medical care, education, and counseling, to underserved and underprivileged populations both locally and internationally while providing an interactive, clinical learning environment for FSU College of Medicine students.

"FSUCares and Florida State University-Panama campus have developed an intimate relationship with a small village in the mountains of Panama, named Filipina, over the past 10 years," says FSU College of Medicine's Liesl Jenkins. "Filipina is home to approximately 85 families with only two cars and located an hour walk to the nearest paved road, and a 2-1/2 hour walk to the nearest healthcare clinic. Through FSU and Filipina's relationship and generous donations, FSU has been able to build a school and a building to house a future health clinic. In return, Filipina has graciously opened their community to allow FSU College of Medicine students to visit yearly to learn the importance of serving those in need, practice cross-cultural medicine, and how to become compassionate physicians. As our relationship with Filipina grows and develops we hope to turn the now empty clinic building into not only a fully-functioning facility were the residents of Filipina and its surrounding communities can receive quality health care, but a place where FSU College of Medicine students can learn how to be caring and competent physicians throughout the year."

For more tournament info go to http://med.fsu.edu/students/FSUCares/tennis.asp.

Palm Beach Gardens' Gullickson and Sister Win at WTA Cincinnati

Palm Beach Gardens resident Carly Gullickson and sister Chelsea, a current University of Georgia All-America and winner of last year's NCAA title, won their first round of doubles after receiving a wildcard at the WTA Tour Cincinnati event. The Gullicksons upset No. 6 seeds Alisa Kleybanova and Ekaterina Makarova in the first round of the Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open.

The 23-year-old Carly won the US Open Mixed Doubles title last year. Younger sister Chelsea says she will return to Georgia for her junior year. Chelsea received a wildcard in the qualifying singles draw in Cincinnati, losing 7-6(1), 6-3 to No. 104-ranked Hungarian Greta Arn.

USPTA Announces Florida Tennis Teaching Pro Certification Exams

The United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) has announced two tennis-teaching certification exams to be held in Florida in September and October 2010.

Exams will be held on Sept. 4-5 in Boca Raton, Fla., at The Oaks at Boca Raton, and on Oct. 10 in Rockledge, Fla., at the Swiss Inn Tennis Center.

USPTA's Certification Exam includes an on-court evaluation of tennis strokes and playing skills, stroke and grip analysis, private and group lesson instruction, and other skills needed in the tennis-teaching profession. The exam also includes a two-hour written test covering teaching, playing and business management skills, rules, club activity programming and other topics. Applicants can now opt to take the written and grip exams online after completing the on-court portions of the certification test.

"A tennis-teaching professional's success in becoming certified through the USPTA demonstrates that the person has the skills necessary to excel in the game, and business, of tennis," said USPTA CEO Tim Heckler. "We know that tennis players and club owners and managers hold tennis-teaching professionals to the highest standard in regard to professionalism and knowledge and we expect our certification and education process to prepare them to live up to and surpass that standard."

Contact USPTA at (800) 877-8248 or e-mail membership@uspta.org to register for an upcoming exam, or for further details. Advance registration is required. The total fee for the exam and application is $175, plus pro-rated USPTA membership dues.






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