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Williams Sisters Back, USPTA Awards; Florida Tennis Briefs

June 7, 2011 03:43 PM
Destin's D'Aleo Wins 2, Tennis Pros Recognized at USPTA Florida 2011 Awards

Award winner Joe D'Aleo (right) and USTA Florida Executive
Director Doug Booth
The United States Professional Tennis Association-Florida Division (USPTA Florida) held its 2011 Awards Presentation on June 4, 2011, at Club Med in Port St. Lucie, Fla., where the top professionals across the state were recognized for outstanding performances on and off the courts.

USPTA Master Professional Will Hoag served as master of ceremonies, assisted by presenters Jeff Cohen and Terry See. USTA National Executive Director Gordon Smith offered opening remarks, and featured speaker Dr. Robert Pangrazi gave insights on the growth and learning tendencies of 10 and Under Tennis players.

Joe D'Aleo, director of tennis at TOPS'L Beach & Racquet Resort in Destin, Fla., was the big winner of the evening, collecting both the District President of the Year (Panhandle district) award, and receiving the USTA Florida/USPTA Florida Division Service Award from USTA Florida Executive Director Doug Booth. The USTA Florida/USPTA Florida Division Service Award also went to Interlachen Country Club head pro Henner Lenhardt.

"Joe D'Aleo and Henner Lenhardt exemplify the impact a teaching professional can have in their community, ensuring that the next generation of children learn the sport of tennis," Booth said. "Their efforts working as district presidents of USPTA Florida and volunteers for USTA Florida have been immeasurable over the last year."

District Professional of the Year awards by region were presented to Michael Edge, Roger Scott Tennis Center (Panhandle region); Bill Chapman, Eagle Harbor C.C. (Jacksonville); Brian Morrissey, Sanlando Park (Central Florida); Adam Zastempowski, Jacaranda West C.C. (Sarasota); Tom Fish, The Windsor Club (Vero Beach); Sandy Bell, River Walk of the Palm Beaches (West Palm Beach); Kyle LaCroix, The Oaks at Boca Raton (Boca Raton); Pete Minarch, Pelican Marsh (Naples); Robert Gomez, Biltmore Tennis Center (Miami); Christie Bradley, Sanctuary Golf Club (Lee County); Mike Dickens, City of Melbourne (Melbourne); and Jason Gilbert, Oakland Tennis Center (N. Dade/S. Broward).

The District of the Year award went to Jacksonville, accepted by Randy Jenks. Beth Miller of Spanish River High School in West Palm Beach was awarded High School Coach of the Year. Kelvin Rivera of Lake Nona Golf & Country Club was presented with the Division Tester of the Year award.

The USPTA Florida/USTA Florida Service Award Recognition went to Past USTA Florida President Donn Davis of Punta Gorda, Fla. Derrick Barnett of BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., was presented the Facility Manager of the Year award, and Robin Keener of the Swiss Inn Tennis Center in Rockledge, Fla., received the Division Professional of the Year award.

Division Players of the Year on-court awards went to Paulo Barros (Winter Garden, Men's Open division), Jeanne and Lindsey Schwartz (Wellington, Women's Open), Kamil Kuchta (Ft. Lauderdale, Men's 35), Susie Brown (Delray Beach, Women's 35), Jeff Cohen (Boca Raton, Men's 40), Bruce Kurtz (Parkland, Men's 45), Greg Wheaton (Boca Raton, Men's 50), Gewan Maharaj (Tampa, Men's 55), and Joe Bouquin (Delray Beach, Men's 60).

For more info on the USPTA Florida Division go to http://usptadivisions.uspta.com/default.aspx/MenuItemID/1402/MenuGroup/Div-Florida.htm.

Serena, Venus Williams Return to WTA Tour Next Week

Serena Williams
Serena Williams
Former No. 1 Serena Williams was last seen on court approximately one year ago at Wimbledon, lifting the trophy. Since then her life has been a mix of accidents and illnesses that have combined to sideline the American for approximately 12 months.

Days after winning the 2010 Wimbledon title, she stepped on glass in a German restaurant, severing two tendons in her foot. Two surgeries later she looked on the path to a comeback, until she was rushed to a hospital emergency ward, diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism and a stomach hematoma.

The 29-year-old 13-time Grand Slam champion has seen her ranking fall to No. 25 since a year ago. It remains to be seen whether the Wimbledon seeding committee will keep the defending champion's seed in the mid-20s, or more likely elevate her into the Top 5.

The younger Williams sister announced Monday night that she will make her comeback next week on grass at the Aegon International Tournament in Eastbourne, England.

"I am so excited to be healthy enough to compete again," Williams said in a statement. "These past 12 months have been extremely tough and character building. I have so much to be grateful for. I'm thankful to my family, friends and fans for all their support. Serena's back!"

The four-time Wimbledon champ will be joined in Eastbourne by her five-time Wimbledon champ sister Venus, who due to various injuries of her own has not competed since the Australian Open in January.





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