May 20th, 2015
Palm Beach Gardens Teams Win at USTA Florida Team Tennis Challenge
Champions were crowned in age divisions 10-18 when the Ballen Isles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens hosted a USTA Florida Team Tennis Challenge on May 16-17, 2015.
The event was “BYOT” (bring your own team), and teams did not need to have prior participation in a local league to participate. All players received a complimentary lunch on Saturday during the event. The USTA Florida-organized events offer kids the camaraderie of team play along with the opportunity for match practice.
The two-day tournament hosted divisions that included 10-under advanced, 11-14 and 14-18, with three skill divisions: novice, intermediate and advanced. All age 11 to 18 intermediate/advanced teams needed a minimum of two boys and two girls. Ten-and-under advanced and all novice teams were gender-blind with a minimum of four players and a maximum of eight players.
Youth Tennis Foundation $250 scholarship recipients were Palm Beach Gardens’ Rory Renzy and Blake Puya (see photo below).
Winning and finalist teams:
10-Under Advanced Division
Final: Terminators (Palm Beach Gardens) d. Topspinners (Palm Beach Gardens)
Terminators’ Roster: Jaden Brady, Wade Zemanian, Matias Moran, Alexander Georgiev
Topspinners’ Roster: Tara Muthuswamy, Madison Gardner, Sebastian Pintado
11-14-Under Intermediate Division
Final: Smashers (Palm Beach Gardens) d. Strikers (Palm Beach Gardens)
Smashers’ Roster: Emily Phillips (captain), Charlie Phillips, Olivia Phillips, Cooper Musser, Andrea Turner, Allison Turner, Zak Caudil
Strikers’ Roster: Paul Czerniak (captain), Paul Czerniak, Aiden Alley, Mya Gardner, Sebastian Moran, Kiara Fierman, Anissa Cazeau
14-18-Under Intermediate (Individual) Division
Final: Sean Butler (Palm Beach Gardens) d. Rory Renzy (Palm Beach Gardens)
For more information about Team Tennis Challenges visit www.USTAFlorida.com/TeamTennisChallenges.