By Rick Vach, ustaflorida.com
USPTA World Conference on Tennis in September in California
The United States Professional Tennis Association's (USPTA) World Conference on Tennis will be held Sept. 27-Oct. 2, 2010, at La Quinta Resort & Club in La Quinta, Calif. It is the country's largest tennis gathering with approximately 1,500 attendees expected, including tennis professionals, industry leaders and representatives, manufacturers, wholesalers and media.
The conference will feature more than 40 seminars and courses, with speakers including Dr. Martin Baroch, Nick Bollettieri, Todd Ellenbecker, Allen Fox, Ph.D., Tom Gorman, Ron Holmberg, Mark Kovacs, Ph.D., Page Love, Rick Macci and John Yandell. Also during the conference, USPTA hosts its International Tennis Championships, the nation's largest tennis-only buying show, silent auction, nighttime parties, awards presentation and more.
You don't have to be a USPTA member to attend. The conference is open to non-member tennis-teaching professionals, tennis enthusiasts, USPTA members, their friends and family, industry leaders and media. More details about the conference, including registration information, are available at www.usptaworldconference.com
or by calling USPTA at 800-877-8248.
Foot Surgery to Sideline Serena Williams Until US Open
Following an accident in a restaurant where she cut her foot, world No. 1 Serena Williams will miss the U.S. hardcourt run-up to the US Open, requiring surgery on her right foot.
"I'm so upset I won't be able to play in the upcoming events because of this foot surgery," Williams told the WTA website. "I can't wait to get back on the courts."
The younger Williams sister has dropped out of tournaments she was planning to play prior to the US Open in Istanbul, Cincinnati and Montreal.
The 28-year-old, winner of the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year, says she hopes to be fit to compete at Flushing Meadows.
Atlanta Tennis Championships Begins 'Open Season' for US Open Series
The seventh season of the Olympus US Open Series, the six-week North American summer tennis season that links 10 ATP World Tour and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour summer tournaments to the US Open, launched this week with the Atlanta Tennis Championships, beginning six weeks of U.S. hardcourt action and tennis on TV.
Throughout the summer, the Series will feature more than 200 national television hours on ESPN2, Tennis Channel and CBS Sports, highlighted by back-to-back men's and women's finals on Sundays on ESPN2 and select finals on CBS Sports. The Olympus US Open Series premieres Friday, July 23, with two hours on Tennis Channel, followed by four hours on ESPN2. An additional seven hours of coverage on both networks will follow over the weekend, with the finals airing live on Sunday on ESPN2 beginning at 3 p.m. ET.
In addition, Tennis Channel will telecast the final of the inaugural US Open National Playoffs -- Men's Championship on July 25 at the Atlanta Athletic Club (during the Atlanta Tennis Championships).
"Coming off Wimbledon, I'm looking to take full advantage of the steady schedule that the Olympus US Open Series offers," said John Isner, competing this week in Atlanta along with top seed Andy Roddick. "These events are consistently becoming a vital part of my preparation heading right into the US Open."
For the full schedule of tournaments and televised matches go to www.usopenseries.com
Florida Natives Falconi, Ouellette Win USTA Pro Circuit Titles
Two former college stars collected USTA Pro Circuit titles over the weekend when Irina Falconi, the No. 1 player in the nation last year for Georgia Tech, won the $10,000 event in Atlanta, and former University of Florida star Greg Ouellette won the $10,000 event in Peoria, Ill.
Jupiter, Florida's Falconi defeated current University of Florida sophomore Allie Will 6-1, 6-4 in the final, and Ouellette topped Daniel Yoo 7-5, 1-6, 6-3.
The news followed that Falconi has turned pro.
"I spoke to her by phone while she was on her way to Lexington," blogged Colette Lewis at zootennis.com. "The 20-year-old from Florida said she had turned pro, feeling the time was right, and that her coach Bryan Shelton supported her decision."