October 23rd, 2017
Miami/Florida Keys Tennis Blog: New Leagues, Sportsmanship Recognitions
By Donna Kass, USTA Florida local league coordinator
2018 Miami Tennis Events for Players 21-35 Years of Age
Want to get in the game, meet some new tennis players, or just get back into the swing of things?
Join us for four weeks of fun on the tennis courts at Ron Ehmann Tennis Center in Miami. We will be hosting two-hour tennis events for players 21-35 years of age with a different theme each week.
All playing abilities are welcome. Be ready for round robins, high-energy fitness, tennis games, goodie bags, prizes, and more!
Jan. 30 — Round-robin meet and greet
Feb. 3 — Fun, fast-paced games
Feb. 10 — High-energy fitness
Feb. 24 — Tournament and party time
Call (305) 273-6428 for more information.
USTA League Captains Forman, Kallick Recognized for Sportsmanship
Good sportsmanship is not just waiting for a late player, but something that shows our love of the game. Each season, we recognize outstanding sportsmanship in our area.
For the spring season, Jane Forman was recognized. Not only does she captain a multitude of teams, but one of her teams is representing South Miami-Dade at USTA League Nationals. For the first match of the season, her opponent, a new captain, did not have enough players to field a full line-up. Instead of taking the default, Jane motioned to another court and said she had extra players that may be interested in playing.
They approached these players, signed them up on the spot, and both teams had full lineups. These players have actually remained on their new team.
For the summer season, Jon Kallick was recognized. The summer Combo season always has a lot of teams entering and leaving, which makes scheduling difficult. When the schedule changed two days before the league was to start, one team needed to play a match on short notice and felt they could not.
This team wanted to leave the league, but Jon approached the opposing captain and asked them to remain in the league and reschedule their match. They agreed on a date for that match, and the team remained in the league.
Both these stories show the love of the game and how important it is to have more people involved.
Monroe County Tri-Level Leagues
If you want to play with friends but everyone has different NTRP rating, or you’re having a hard time getting enough people together to form a team, the Tri-Level league is for you.
Play doubles with your friends in a USTA Florida Tri-Level league, with teams in Monroe County including Islamorada Founder’s Park, Paradise Tennis, Key Largo YMCA, Ocean Reef, and Hawk’s Cay.
Tri-Level is a unique format where 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0 players, or 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 players form a team. Matches consist of three courts, one at each level. Teams compete locally with the top teams advancing to the USTA Florida Tri-Level League Sectional Championships on Feb. 2-4, 2018, at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach.
Women’s Tri-Level matches will played on Thursday mornings at locations to be determined.
This socially-competitive league is a great way to enjoy the camaraderie of friends in the ultimate team experience. For more information or to join a team, email Donna Kass at firstname.lastname@example.org.