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USTA League 3.0 Adult National Chps. Blog -- USTA Florida, 10-4-2010

October 15, 2010 10:04 AM
Womens-3.0-Ocala-1st-webCourtney Deaton is part of the Ocala women's 3.0 team out of Ft. King that won the USTA Florida Section women's 3.0 title, and blogs for ustaflorida.com from the 2010 USTA League 3.0 Adult National Championships, Oct. 15-17, 2010, at the Jim Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson, Arizona:

Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010

We made it to Tucson! Long day of traveling, but that didn't damper the excitement for any of us!
 
We got to practice at the Reffkin center this afternoon. Everyone on the team had the same feeling about the difference in the courts and balls in the different climate. The courts, even though they are hard/concrete, they seem to be a little "spongy." The ball definitely has more bounce and carries lighter. We may have to make some minor adjustments, but nothing we can't handle!
 
Everyone attended the dinner for the players. Great food, great music, and lots of energy in kicking off the weekend! There were lots of prizes in a drawing, nobody on our team won, but we said our prize will come on Sunday when we bring home the trophy! We sat next to the men's 3.0 team from Florida, nice to meet up with people close to home.
 
It's customary at this tournament to bring a souvenir to give to your opponent from your state. VisitFlorida.org provided us with flip-flop key chains and orange tags for luggage to give out, great gifts! Anxious to see what we receive...we play a team from Hershey, Pennsylvania on Saturday, yummy!
 
Tomorrow morning we start off with a team warm-up before our first match at 9AM. We play a team from up-state New York representing the Eastern section. Our captain has put together a great line-up that will give us a great start to the weekend!
 
So exciting just to be here and having the opportunity to play at the National Championship! The tournament director gave us an interesting statistic tonight at the dinner. 750,000 members of the USTA and only 5,000 get to play at the National Championships! Wow!!! 
 
 

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