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USTA 10 and Under Tennis International Debuts at Club Med in Florida; More

October 19, 2011 12:23 PM
'Mini Mo' International Debuts USTA 10 and Under Tennis Tournament in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

club-med-tennis-logoClub Med announced that it will host The Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation's 1st annual "Mini Mo" International Tennis Tournament at Club Med Sandpiper, in Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Dec. 16-19, 2011.
The first-of-its-kind Mini Mo International is inviting players 5-10 years old from around the world to play and compete in their age group using the USTA 10 and Under Tennis format.

"The Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation with its 40-year history of the Little Mo International tournaments and Club Med Academies are teaming up to bring the Mini Mo International to life," say event organizers. "The Mini Mo International fully supports the latest $300,000 USTA 10 and under national program initiative and even taking it to the global level."

Club Med Sandpiper, the only all-inclusive family resort in the U.S situated on the Saint Lucie River between Miami and Orlando, has recently undergone a $25 million transformation. The 216-acre resort property also features world-class tennis and golf academies for amateurs and more experienced players, championship FIT Performance training and yoga retreat programs. Club Med Sandpiper features 14 hard tennis courts (eight of which are lit in the evening), three 36-foot 10 and Under Tennis mini-courts that cater to younger players, top-of-the-range equipment and both individual and group lessons for adults.

10andunderlogo_stack_4c-201"Club Med Academies vision is to develop and build champions in sport -- and in life," says Scott Delmastro, director of operations for Club Med Academies. "As a result it is natural for us to host the Mini Mo International, a competition that encourages the youngsters' interest in the game through the newest development standards of the 10 and under Tennis."

Matches will be played on the new 36-foot courts for 5 & 6 and 7 & 8 age divisions, as well as 60-foot and full 78-foot courts for the 9 & 10 age divisions. Players who are age 5-8 will use the low compression red ball on the 36-foot courts. The 9 & 10 age divisions will be divided into two groups: 60-foot court with orange ball and full 78-foot court with green ball. The entry fee is $50, and trophies, sportsmanship medals and prizes will be awarded. The tournament is open to anyone is the U.S. and abroad. 

"We are excited about the new 'Mini Mo' International tournament which will feature the new shortened courts and low compression balls," said Carol Weyman, executive vice president of the MCB Tennis Foundation. "We hope this event will bring more children into tennis which is one of the few sports you can play from age 5 to 85."

The "Mini Mo" is one of the many events the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation organizes to promote junior tennis development. The foundation was co-founded by Maureen "Little Mo" Connolly Brinker and her friend Nancy Jeffett, in 1968. Connolly was the top-ranked woman's player in the world in the early 1950s, winning Wimbledon in 1952, 1953 and 1954. In 1953, she became the first woman (at age 18) to win the Grand Slam. She remains the youngest player and the only American woman to ever win the Grand Slam. 

For more tournament info go to http://clubmedacademies.com/en/events/2011/05/mini-mo-international.aspx or contact the tournament director at lleclerc@clubmedacademies.com.

Dickson Joins Miami Men's Tennis Team as Assistant Coach

miami university mascot graphicFormer touring pro and accomplished college player and coach Mark Dickson has signed-on as an assistant coach of the University of Miami's men's tennis program.

"We are really excited to have Mark join our Hurricane family," said head coach Mario Rincon. "Mark played at the highest level in professional tennis becoming one of the best tennis players in the world, and he was able to develop his game and accomplished all his goals by playing collegiate tennis."

Dickson was a captain and leader of three Top 8-finishing Clemson University men's tennis teams as a three-time All-American and ranked No. 2 and No. 5 in college singles and doubles, respectively.

"I am thrilled to be joining the University of Miami tennis program and head coach Mario Rincon," Dickson said. "I am so appreciative of the opportunity to work with Miami's dedicated student-athletes and return to the ACC Conference. I know how competitive the league is, and I look forward to helping our team thrive in the ACC."

As a professional he was ranked as high as No. 12 on the ATP prize money list, No. 23 on the ATP Tour doubles rankings, No. 32 on the ATP Tour singles rankings, No. 20 on the WCT Tour singles rankings, and No. 10 on the US Men's Open singles rankings. He is a 10-time winner of international professional tournaments, including WCT River Oaks International and ATP Toulouse. In bigger tournaments, including the US Open and the Australian Open, he has advanced to the quarterfinals and defeated numerous Top 10 players in the world, including then-No. 1 Ivan Lendl. 

Dickson began coaching privately in 1990 in Sarasota, Fla. In 2008 he opened the Mark Dickson Tennis Academy LLC in Sarasota and is now the president, manager and director of Tennis and Athletic Performance. His academy has provided coaching, player development, fitness and movement skills to players of all ages from QuickStart through NCAA Division I college. Last season, he was a volunteer assistant coach of men's tennis at Florida Gulf Coast University, which received the 2011 ITA All-Academic Team Award.

Dickson also holds the certifications USPTA Professional 1, ATP World Tour Professional and USPTA Specialist in Competitive Player Development, and was named as one of the 2011 USTA Regional Player Development Camp Coaches. Dickson replaces CJ Weber, who recently took the head coaching job at Florida Gulf Coast University.

"CJ gave us five great years at UM," Rincon said. "I'm so grateful for everything that he did for our program, and for becoming a great friend to me and my entire family. He will accomplish great things at FGCU."

USPTA Florida Meeting in Conjunction with QuickStart, USTA Futures Pro Event

USPTA_logoThe November USPTA District 1-Panhandle Division district meeting will be held in conjunction with the USTA Pro Circuit $10,000 tournament at the Roger Scott Tennis Center in Pensacola, Fla., including a free 10 and Under Tennis clinic featuring the QuickStart Tennis format of play.

"There is no charge for the QuickStart event, and kids 12-and-under enter free to the tournament, accompanied by a coach or parent," says Joe D'Aleo, USPTA District 1 president and director of tennis at the TOPS'L Beach & Racquet Resort. "On Saturday, Nov. 12 at 9 a.m., coaches can bring your QuickStart students ages 5 to 10 or any children that have never played before to expose them to a fun atmosphere of tennis with other kids in the Panhandle. This is truly going to be a fun day of tennis and as a bonus we get the opportunity to watch some of our future stars in professional tennis compete. We will have the 8-and-under format with red balls, 36-foot courts and the 10 and Under Tennis set-up with orange balls and 60-foot courts."

D'Aleo says parents are encouraged to attend to help on-court.

"Parents and coaches can stay and watch the tournament at the approximate 11 a.m. start," D'Aleo says. "The Top 2 players in 8-and-under and 10-and-under will play a match in between the singles and doubles on stadium court. Food and drinks with be provided for everyone with gifts and prizes compliments of USTA Florida."

Parents and coaches are asked to RSVP for the event via e-mail to jdaleo@resortquest.com.






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