August 31st, 2015

Tennis Briefs(3): Comedy Fundraiser for USTA League Team; More

Adult Leagues Play Days Festivals

Miami Comedy Fundraiser for Men’s USTA League Team Headed to Nationals

comedyA Miami Men’s 4.5 USTA League tennis team is preparing to laugh all the way to USTA League Nationals.

Earlier this month the team, captained by Will Lopez and playing out of the North Miami Beach Tennis Center, defeated fellow Miami natives out of the Salvadore Park Tennis Center of Coral Gables 3-2 in the final of the 2015 USTA Florida Adult 18 & Over 4.5 League Sectional Championships at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach.

Now captain Lopez will take the comedy stage to raise money for the team’s trip to Rancho Mirage, Calif., in October for the national championships.

“Since it’s a costly trip they’re having a fundraiser next month at the Hard Rock Improve comedy club,” says local league coordinator Cory Browarnik. “Their captain is a part-time stand up comedian. All proceeds from the $15 admission ticket will go to the guys.”

The comedy set on Sept. 17, 2015 at 7 p.m. will also include a performance by Dom Irrera, who has appeared on Seinfeld and the Late Show with David Letterman.

The Hard Rock Improv is located at 5700 Seminole Way in Fort Lauderdale.

Tickets are just $15 per person, and all proceeds from the ticket purchase will go to benefit the travel expenses for the trip to USTA League Nationals. Other members of the team’s roster in addition to the captain Lopez are Jorge Cervantes, Caesar Stewart, Gera Mats, Herbert Portillo, Ervin Mendel, Michael Kelly, Jose Chavez, Piyush Chhabra, Eric Clarke, Micha Porat, Diego Mizrahi, Javier Martinez, Lester Gruda, Kevin Chavez, Alex Gregory, Gary Fong, Pedro Pozzobon, and Ulisses Lopez.

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Jacksonville Julius Guinyard Tennis Tournament to Benefit MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation

JGTA bannerThe Julius Guinyard Tennis Association Annual Tournament, benefiting the Malivai Washington Youth Foundation, will be held Oct. 3-4, 2015, at the Clanzel T. Brown Tennis Complex in Jacksonville, Fla.

The event’s NTRP-rated divisions are Men’s 3.5-5.0+ singles and doubles, Women’s 3.0-5.0+ singles and doubles, and Mixed doubles 6.0-9.0. The entry fee is $28 per event with a two event maximum.

The Clanzel T. Brown Park in Jacksonville was the beneficiary of $20,000 in USTA funding in 2013 as part of its Davis Cup Legacy Program when Jacksonville hosted a U.S. Davis Cup match against Brazil. The City of Jacksonville also contributed funding for the project which included the resurfacing of seven standard courts and the creation of stand-alone 10 and Under Tennis courts.

The Julius Guinyard Tennis Association is a nonprofit organization that introduces tennis to youth and adults. The target audience is inner-city and low-income individuals, but free clinics are open to anyone who would otherwise not have an opportunity to learn the game. A secondary goal is to encourage and enable volunteerism, using tennis as a vehicle. The association is named after Julius Guinyard who introduced tennis, among other sports, to youth and adults in the black community in Jacksonville prior to desegregation.

Online registration for the event closes on Sept. 30.

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Free Tennis Event in West Palm Beach

nick 2015A USTA Free Tennis Play Day event, celebrating Nickelodeon’s World Wide Day of Play, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015 from 10 a.m.-noon at Gaines Park in West Palm Beach, Fla.

The event is open to youth and adults, and will feature tennis games and activities, prizes, music and more.

Information and registration for all programs will be available on-site: Junior Team Tennis League and Adult League, Kids’ Tennis Clubs/After-school Tennis and Tutoring Program K-8, Educational College/Test-Prep Services for High School Students, and Summer/Holiday Camps for ages 5-12 only.

The USTA is leveraging its partnership with Nickelodeon, one of the largest cable TV networks capable of reaching children and their families, to promote and bring USTA Free Tennis Play Days to tennis sites across the country. The event is hosted by the East Coast Tennis Foundation, an official USTA Community Tennis Association and a member of the USTA National Junior Tennis & Learning network.

To RSVP, email or text/call (561) 385-7399.