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USTA Florida August 2010 Tennis Notes

August 4, 2010 04:49 PM

USTA FLORIDA AUGUST NOTES

NORTH FLORIDA

AMELIA ISLAND -- New on the USTA Pro Circuit event calendar, Amelia Island Plantation will host a women's $10,000 USTA Pro Circuit event the week of Sept. 27-Oct. 3, 2010. In August a new owner for the Amelia Island Plantation, former home of the WTA Tour Bausch & Lomb Championships, will likely be decided from among three bidders during an auction for the still-functioning Chapter 11 bankruptcy property, which could be sold for nearly $50 million. Bidders include, according the the Jacksonville Business Journal, Noble Investments, while attorney Gardner Davis called the two additional bidders "top-flight, world-class hospitality companies." The Plantation includes a 249-room oceanside hotel, 49,000 square feet of meeting space, nine restaurants, 23 tennis courts and four 18-hole golf courses, 1,150 condominiums, 800 homes and 180 residential lots.

DELAND -- An Orlando businessman and avid tennis player has bought the tennis facility next to the DeLand Country Club, promising big improvements and tournaments, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal. Dohn Thornton was in negotiations for about two months before closing the $300,000 deal on Friday with DeLand Golf Course Inc., including six claycourts, a clubhouse and a 23-space parking area. Thornton, who co-owns the tennis facility with his wife, Elena, said they are renaming the center Tennis Maximus. After directing the Citrus Classic at the Orlando Tennis Center for 12 years, Thornton says he'll be moving the tournament to Tennis Maximus in December.

JACKSONVILLE -- Burnett Park in Jacksonville hosted a free QuickStart Tennis event open to the public on July 24 for beginner, intermediate and advanced 10-and-under children, featuring approximately 25 children. The event was headed by tennis teaching professional Patrick Diegan, who received a USTA Florida "Share the Love" grant for QuickStart Tennis equipment. The USTA Florida 'Share the Love' campaign is a $500,000 initiative to help fund tennis programs and projects throughout Florida communities during these challenging economic times. "Burnette Park will be the first public park in Jacksonville offering QuickStart Tennis and participating in the QuickStart divisions of the USTA Jr. Team Tennis league," said USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator Amanda Becker, who was also on hand at the event. "It is really exciting that the program can be offered at Burnette so any child that wants to pick up a racquet can have the opportunity to play and learn the sport."

The Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena was one of the finalists to host the 2010 Fed Cup final, but the USTA last month announced San Diego will host the final. Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena is among the highest-grossing venues in its class, according to a report from Venues Today. The publication ranked the arena 10th worldwide in the 10,001- to 15,000-seat category, based on event gross revenues from October 2009 to May 2010. The arena is managed by SMG property management. "Jacksonville is a good city for concerts and events and deserves to be recognized as a top stop in Florida," Larry Wilson, general manager of SMG Jacksonville, told the Jacksonville Business Journal. In 2008 the arena hosted an exhibition featuring Pete Sampras.

PENSACOLA -- The Gulf South Conference boasts some of the top programs in the history of Division II tennis, but the University of West Florida stood atop the others as the GSC All-Decade Team was announced by the conference office in July. UWF swept the East Division special awards, as Derrick Racine was named Coach of the Decade for men's and women's tennis and Radovan Chrz and Suzana Cavalcante were named men's and women's Player of the Decade, respectively. In addition to the special awards, UWF had four men's players and five women's players named to the all-decade team.  On the men's side, Chrz was joined by Guillaume deVerbizier, Paulius Jurkenas and Diego Zorzi on the first team. On the women's side, Cavalcante, Sabine Krawietz and Nicole Plikat were first team players while Tania Kovatchka and Andreea Petrisor earned honorable mention. "We're happy to be honored by the Gulf South Conference," said Racine.  "Division II is competitive and the Gulf South is one of the best conferences in D-II.  We're honored to be recognized for our hard work, and we've been fortunate to have had some great players come through West Florida over the years."

SEMINOLE COUNTY -- The Seminole County/Orlando area showed its school commitment to tennis by purchasing three-year USTA organizational memberships for 26 schools during a training for physical education instructors, supported by Curriculum Specialist Mary Lane.

SOUTH FLORIDA

ACES -- Florida Today (Brevard County area) newspaper named 16-year-old high school (home schooled) junior Robbie Dubuque its Boy's Tennis Player of the Year. Playing for Satellite High School, Dubuque remained unbeaten in singles until the second round of the Class 2A state tournament, and helped lead the Scorpions to a 13-1 record, the Cape Coast Conference title, district and regional crowns, and a second-place finish at the 2A state tournament...

 

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Harry Hoffman

Harry Hoffman, a member of the USTA Florida and USTA Middle States halls of fame, died in July at the age of 97. Hoffman, who split his time between Philadelphia and Hollywood, Fla., won 50 gold balls for USTA national championships during his playing career, which did not start until his late 20s, a late comer to the game. The 1979 USTA Florida Male Player of the Year, he was inducted into the USTA Florida Hall of Fame in 1991, and the USTA Middle States Hall of Fame in 1994. "He was a very tough competitor but a very fair competitor," said his friend Phil Caplan. "He loved the game like no one I know." A former president of USTA Middle States, he started the Middle States Hall of Fame, where his wife Ann was also inducted...

Zack Quigley of Boca Raton has committed to play for Florida Atlantic University men's tennis program for the 2010-11 season. Quigley was ranked No. 11 among players in Florida's 16-and-under age division, after moving from Connecticut, and is a former age group champion in the Gator Bowl tournament in Ponte Vedra. He trains at the Evert Tennis Academy is Boca Raton. "I chose FAU because it offers a great opportunity," Quigley said. "I am looking for a disciplined playing environment. I've always loved the competition in tennis and I won't ever stop competing. The fact that I can continue playing in a program that's close to my home and family was also very attractive."...

Fort Myers' Jimmy Martineau was named the Fort Myers News-Press Boys Tennis Player of the Year. The senior captured the individual singles title at the Class 3A state tournament, and he and teammate Chilu Kangwa also won the individual doubles title at state. Martineau will play college tennis for the University of West Florida...

Vero Beach's Andrew Butz was featured in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" section during the first week of July...

15-year-old Victoria Rodriguez, who trains with coach Gustavo Granitto of GTC/PTA EHPG in Pembroke Pines, won the ITF Regional Junior Closed in singles and doubles, the top junior event in Mexico. "Victoria was working very hard on the previous weeks of this event, always trying to improve her game even during competition," Granitto said. Within a year's time, Rodriguez has moved her ITF Junior World Ranking from No. 1578 to 142...

Laura Vallverdu, a senior this past year at the University of Miami, won the Honda Sports Award in tennis, designating her as the nation's top collegiate female athlete in the sport. The honor was based on the results of national balloting among 1,000 NCAA member schools as part of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards program, now in its 34th year.

BROOKSVILLE -- The Nature Coast Tennis Foundation will host its first Adult Doubles Tennis Tournament on Sept. 25-26, 2010, at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill. The tournament will include women's, men's and mixed doubles, and the entry fee is $25 for the first event and $40 for both events. For more info go to www.nctf.usta.com or contact Karen Lund at the Nature Coast Tennis Foundation at (352) 585-3733.

USTA Campus Showdown logoMELBOURNE -- All ages and skill levels are welcome to register for the USTA One-Day Campus Showdown, sponsored by Florida Tech for men (Aug. 21) and women (Aug. 22). The event gives participants an opportunity to compete against NCAA collegiate players, and provides varsity athletes a chance to play against competition outside of their regular season. Shortened scoring maximizes match play opportunity, and singles matches will begin at 8 a.m., with doubles to follow at 1:30 p.m. Entry fees are $10 a player for singles and $5 a player for doubles. To register visit the "Camps and Clinics" page at www.floridatechsports.com.

ST. PETERSBURG -- The YMCA St. Pete tennis program kicked off in June 14 with approximately 500 children participating. USTA Florida provided training and mentoring through USTA Florida volunteer Jeff Davis, equipment sponsorship through Wilson, and the Suncoast Tennis Foundation donated 36 memberships/scholarships. 

VERO BEACH -- Vero Beach native Mardy Fish and ACM Award-winning country artist Jake Owen will once again return home to Vero Beach to host the fifth annual Mardy's Tennis & Jake's Music Fest to Benefit the Mardy Fish Foundation on Dec. 10-11, 2010. The Mardy Fish Foundation benefits youth in Indian River County. The event will be held at Grand Harbor Golf & Beach Club. The event weekend will kick-off with a Friday afternoon Kids' Tennis Clinic followed by a Jake Owen Concert. Saturday will feature a luncheon with live and silent auction and tennis exhibition featuring event host Mardy Fish and current and former touring tennis professionals in a singles and doubles match. Tennis exhibition tickets are $75 for box seats and $35 for general admission tickets. Jake Owen concert seating and ticket price levels to be announced upon venue selection. To purchase tickets visit www.chevents.com.
 

 

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