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USTA Florida January 2011 Tennis Notes

January 4, 2011 01:02 PM
Random notes on upcoming events and tennis news from across Florida:

NORTH FLORIDA

JACKSONVILLE --
A QuickStart Tennis Workshop for parents, coaches and organizers will be held on Saturday, Feb. 26 from 1-4:30 p.m. at Southside Tennis Center. For more info e-mail Amanda Becker at becker@florida.usta.com.

JrTeamTennis-wallpaper.jpgThe Jacksonville 2011 USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis Coaches and Captains' Meeting will be held on Jan. 6 at 12:30 p.m. at the library off Gate Parkway. Join organizer Diana Gardner to see an informative PowerPoint presentation to kick off the Spring tennis season. Learn more about captaining a team. Pick up your new Captain's Guide and USTA 2011 Regulations. Light refreshments will be served. For more info e-mail jrtennisjax@yahoo.com.

PENSACOLA -- Arthur Anastopoulo, the tennis director for Holley by the Sea, has accepted the position of tennis director at The Portofino Island Resort on Pensacola Beach. As tennis director for Holley by the Sea for the last five years, he has developed Florida's largest community association tennis program into one of the most active and vibrant programs in Northwest Florida. "Three ladies teams have won flights in the ladies league program in Northwest Florida, and the USTA Jr. Team Tennis players won the USTA local league the last three out of four years," Anastopoulo said. "Over 100 children participated in the junior program each week during the summer and HBTS recently received a grant from USTA Florida to establish a QuickStart program." Anastopoulo, a former ATP touring pro, Davis Cup player, and All-American at the University of South Carolina was chosen by Reebok sporting goods as one of the top tennis directors in the nation.

ST. AUGUSTINE -- QuickStart Tennis for Kids is offered at the Treaty Park Tennis Welcome Center in St. Augustine every Friday on Court #6 from 4-5 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Using the 10-and-under QuickStart play format, children as young as 5 can start playing tennis -- even if he or she has never picked up a racquet before. Coach Bobby Ritacco will have a QuickStart clinic for kids ages 5-7 from 4-5 p.m. and for ages 8-10 from 5-6 p.m. For more info call (904) 471-2463 or e-mail tennis4all@comcast.net.

SOUTH FLORIDA
 
ACES -- Palm City's Michael Rinaldi and Australia's William Kwok won the doubles title in January at the Casablanca Cup (Grade A ITF event) in Mexico. Playing together for the first time, they beat No. 1 seeds Oliver Golding of Great Britain and Julien Cagnina of Belgium in the semifinals 7-6(5), 3-6, 10-6, and in the final beat the unseeded Chilean team of Matias Sborowitz and Benjamin Ugarte 6-3, 6-2.

Ft. Myers' Carmen Boland will be installed as a member of the Rollins College Sports Hall of Fame on March 26, 2011. Boland competed at Wimbledon, the US Open and the Italian Open, and with her late partner Nancy Reed competed for Rollins College, going undefeated in four years of competition.

Chris Capps has been named head tennis professional at the Tennis & Fitness Center at Verandah in Fort Myers. He is a graduate of Florida State University with nearly 30 years of professional coaching experience with the NCAA, WTA Tour and USTA. Most recently, Capps served as head tennis professional for the Fort Myers Racquet Club.

holiday-designated-webJunior players (left) roast marshmallows and keep warm during the Holiday Designated in December in Delray Beach at the site hotel, the Courtyard Marriott. From left to right: Adam Ambrozy, Michael Plutt, Max Borland, Jacqueline "Munchie" Lazaro, Jake Gabay, Nelson Hughes, Julia Gabay, Stephen Madonia, Josh Gabay, Holleman Hughes and Scott Plutt.

BROOKSVILLE -- QuickStart Tennis is being offered by the City of Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department from 5-6 p.m. at McKethan Park on Monday, Jan. 10. The City of Brooksville Recreation Department is also offering Little Buddies (indoors) Tennis, for children ages 3-4, running from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 12 at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 306 Darby Lane, Brooksville. The program is designed to help parents work one-on-one with their children while teaching them the fundamentals of tennis. No equipment is necessary. The cost for each program is $50 per child for six weeks of instruction plus a t-Shirt. To sign up for either program or for additional information, contact the City of Brooksville staff at 540-3835.

NEW DelrayITC.jpgDELRAY BEACH -- Todd Martin, Mikael Pernfors and Jimmy Arias have been added to the lineup for the ATP Champions Tour event at the 2011 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (ITC) on Feb. 18-27, 2011, at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center. The trio join Grand Slam champions John McEnroe, Mats Wilander and Pat Cash, two-time Grand Slam finalist Mark Philippoussis, and 1990 US Davis Cup champion Aaron Krickstein in rounding out the eight-man roster for the 2nd annual event. The ATP Champions Tour matches kick off 10 days of ATP action in Delray Beach that also includes the 19th annual ATP World Tour event.

 
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Marathon 10-and-under players and organizers "Share the Love"
MARATHON -- Nicole Berger of Paradise Tennis, LLC, out on the stretch of the Florida Keys, shares some of her success with 10-and-Under Tennis after receiving a "Share the Love" grant for 10-and-Under Tennis equipment from USTA Florida: "I would like to thank USTA for the Share the Love grant. With the help of the Share the Love Grant I am able to run a quality 10-and-under program. In May I was given little nets, the red balls, orange balls, as well as racquets. With these supplies the children are having more fun and success. Within the last few months the program has grown from four to 30 students! I could not have done it with the Share the Love grant."

SARASOTA -- The ustasarasota.com website is now live and fully functioning, check out the local league services and more at www.ustasarasota.com.

SPRING HILL -- The Nature Coast Tennis Foundation will host the 2011 Simon Toftegaard Memorial Junior Tennis Tournament on Jan. 29-30, 2011, at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill. The singles tournament is open to youths up to 18 years old, and the entry fee is $30 per player. The entry deadline is Jan. 22. For more info call Phil Zee at (352) 263-9546 or go to www.nctf.usta.com.
 
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