August 3rd, 2015

Tennis Briefs(3): U.S. Juniors in US Open Draw, PTR Conference, More

Youth Tennis News Junior Tournaments

Miami Junior Tennis Cup to Feature 10 and Under Youth Tennis Tournament Pathway Discussion

Featured News_Pathway 3An open discussion and Q&A about the new Florida 10 and Under Youth Tennis Tournament Pathway will be held during the Miami Junior Tennis Cup level 7 junior tournament on Sept. 19, 2015 at the Crandon Park Tennis Center on Key Biscayne, Fla., from 11 a.m.-noon.

USTA Florida Entry Level Tournament Coordinator Thad Hawkes, and USTA Florida Junior Competitive Committee member and assistant tennis professional at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center, Lowell Coffman, will be present to inform and educate players, parents and coaches on 10 and Under Youth Tennis Tournament Pathway, which was introduced this past July.

The 10 and Under Youth Tennis Tournament Pathway provides guidance on what level a child should start play, based on age and skill level, and how to move along the pathway through participation and achievement. For more info go to

To park on Key Biscayne, take the first right after the main entrance of the Crandon Park Tennis Center, and parking will be available near the stadium.

For more information on the Pathway discussion event, contact Jason Gilbert, USTA Florida director of competitive tennis, at (386) 671-8928.

PTR to Host Directors of Tennis Conference in October

Event_PTRProfessional Tennis Registry (PTR) will hold the 4th Annual Directors of Tennis Conference on Oct. 20-22, 2015, at the Shipyard Beach Club on Hilton Head Island, S.C.

“We recognize that the tennis industry needs to offer more business development opportunities for tennis directors,” said Dan Santorum, CEO of PTR. “After the success and positive feedback from our past Directors of Tennis Conference, we know PTR is on the right track to strengthening our profession, tennis facilities and our sport.”

The format is similar to most conferences, with experts presenting on a wide spectrum of topics that will facilitate a broad-based learning experience. Each day will close with peer-to-peer round table discussions so attendees can brainstorm and share their best practices.

The conference is limited to 75 attendees who are tennis directors and is on a first-come first-served basis. A variety of topics relevant to directors of indoor, resort, country club, public and private facilities will be addressed by a faculty that includes directors of tennis and consultants such as Doug Cash, formerly of Tennis Corporation of America (TCA); Greg Lappin, formerly of Life Time Fitness, and others.

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5 Florida Players in US Open Juniors Main Draw

2015 US Open Ticket Sale_LightsWimbledon Juniors champ Reilly Opelka (17 years old, Palm Coast), Michael Mmoh (17, Bradenton), Ulises Blanch (17, Pompano Beach), Sofia Kenin (16, Pembroke Pines), and Katerina Stewart (18, Coral Gables) are Florida juniors who gained direct entry to the 2015 US Open juniors main boys’ and girls’ draws, to be played Sept. 6-13 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

Standouts among the U.S. entrants will be world No. 1 junior Taylor Fritz (17, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.), French Open boys’ champion Tommy Paul Paul (18, Greenville, N.C.), and reigning ITF World Junior Champion CiCi Bellis (16, Atherton, Calif.).

Florida’s Tornado Alicia Black (17, Boca Raton) will contest the girls’ qualifying draw.

Other U.S. players gaining main draw acceptance via their rankings or wildcards via winning USTA national tournaments include William Blumberg (17, Greenwich, Conn.), Nathan Ponwith (17, Scottsdale), Sam Riffice (16, Roseville, Calif.), Usue Arconada (16, College Park, Md.), Michaela Gordon (16, Los Altos Hills, Calif.), Raveena Kingsley (17, Fulton, Md.), Francesca Di Lorenzo (18, New Albany, Ohio), Ingrid Neel (18, Rochester, Minn.), and Claire Liu (15, Thousand Oaks, Calif.).

The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level — from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 715,000 members, it invests 100 percent of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Emirates Airline US Open Series, linking seven summer tournaments to the US Open.

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