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Tennis Stars Duval, Townsend at Free Kids Play Day in Orlando; More

October 18, 2013 09:38 AM
Mylan_smash_hits_orlandoUSTA Florida and Mylan World TeamTennis will host a free Mylan WTT Smash Hits Kids Play Day, sponsored by Macy's, on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 from 12:30-3 p.m. at Macy's Florida Mall in Orlando.

The event will feature U.S. up-and-coming tennis stars Vicky Duval and Taylor Townsend, who will speak with children and sign autographs prior to a tennis clinic. The first 100 children registered will receive a free junior racquet from Mylan WTT. Duval had a breakthrough performance at the 2013 US Open, while Townsend is the former No. 1-ranked junior girl in the world. Both played Mylan World TeamTennis this summer and are also participating in Mylan WTT Smash Hits later that evening.

Play Days provide kids and parents of all skill levels with the opportunity to experience tennis in a social and fun setting. The events are open to the public with an emphasis placed on family participation, effort and sportsmanship. Information will also be available on 10 and Under Tennis, Jr. Team Tennis leagues, other local play opportunities, and special free USTA memberships for qualifying participants.

The Play Day is in conjunction with Mylan WTT Smash Hits presented by GEICO, a charity night of tennis co-hosted by longtime friends Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King, featuring former world No. 1s Venus Williams and Andy Roddick on Sunday, Nov. 17 at the HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort. Other players include 2013 Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli, John Isner, Duval and Townsend. Tennis action is set for 6 p.m. with the pre-match VIP Reception and Auction kicking off at 4:30 p.m. For ticket information, visit www.WTTSmashHits.com. The event has raised more than $11.5 million over the past two decades for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and local AIDS charities.
 
"For more than 20 years, Mylan WTT Smash Hits has been one of the most rewarding and meaningful events in tennis," King said when it was announced that the event was returning to the Orlando area for the first time since 1997. "Having both Venus and Andy as part of this year's event and returning to the Orlando area will help us continue the momentum we set with last year's record-breaking event."
 
For smaller children the Play Day event will utilize the USTA 10 and Under Tennis format, which allows kids to play tennis on smaller court sizes, with racquet sizes that fit their hands, foam and low-compression balls, a simple scoring system, all adjusted to ease kids into the sport. Similar mini-tennis formats have long been popular in Europe, where stars such as Roger Federer and Kim Clijsters first learned the game with age-adjusted racquets, balls and court sizes.

Macy's Florida Mall is located at 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando. To register to participate in the free Play Day go to http://smashhitsplayday.eventbrite.com.


Palm Beach Gardens 'Century Doubles' Men's Tennis Nov. 2

Century-Doubles-logoThe new 2013-14 Century Doubles Men's Tournament series, presented by Cliff Drysdale Tennis and an official USTA Florida Pilot Event Series, will kick off with its first tournament on Nov. 2-3, 2013, at BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
 
The series is open to men's doubles teams with a combined age of 100 years or over, featuring a Club Division and an Open Division. Players must be age 35 or older to compete.
 
For each individual tournament, players will earn points on a sliding scale toward qualification in the end-of-series Grand Finals at The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, Miami in April 2014. A minimum of 60 total points will be required to participate in the Grand Finals.
 
"Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded for each tournament's division winners and runners-up, with the addition of luxury hotel getaways awarded to the series winners," says series coordinator Bertan Cikigil. "All participants are guaranteed at least two matches, with a maximum of three per day at each event."
 
The Club Division and Open Division at each event will be limited to 16 teams each. Scoring is best of three sets, with a 10-point tiebreak in lieu of a third set. USTA rules and regulations apply, including the point penalty system and 15 minute default rule. Teams must be available to start at 9 a.m. each Saturday and Sunday.
 
"USTA Florida is excited about partnering with Cliff Drysdale Tennis to offer alternative events that will offer different play opportunities compared to our traditional events," says USTA Florida President Bob Pfeander.
 
Event entry fee is $100 per team, and players must be active USTA members.

Upcoming Series Events:

Nov. 2-3, 2013 -- BallenIsles Country Club, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Dec. 7-8, 2013 -- West Bay Beach and Golf Club, Estero, Fla.
Jan. 25-26, 2014 -- Weston Tennis Center, Weston, Fla.
March 1-2, 2014 -- Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, Fla.
April 5-6, 2014 -- Miami Grand Finals & Awards hosted by The Ritz-Carlton Tennis Garden, Key Biscayne, Fla.
 
For more information contact Bertan Cikigil at b.cikigil@cliffdrysdale.com or (914) 815-4093, or to register online go to www.CenturyDoublesTennis.com.


ATP Delray Beach Pre-Qualifying Tournament in Nov.

Delray_Beach_venetian_logoAnyone can compete to reach the main draw of an ATP event when the Pre-Qualifying Survivor Series I tournament kicks off on Nov. 23-26, 2013, with the winner of the event receiving a wildcard into the qualifying draw for the 2014 Delray Beach Open by The Venetian Las Vegas.

The qualifying will be held Feb. 15-17, 2014 at the Delray Beach Tennis Center, and the main draw for the ATP event will take place on Feb. 17-23.

The main draw and consolation matches (first-round losers only) will be played on claycourts. The draw will be posted online on Friday, Nov. 22. No refunds will be distributed once the draw is made. The play format is best two of three sets for the main draw.

In addition, all participants will receive a special discount to the ATP World Tour event, the world's only 10-day combined ATP Champions Tour and ATP World Tour event featuring tennis legends and today's ATP stars.

The pre-qualifying event registration deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, at 11:59 p.m. For more information or to register go to www.yellowtennisball.com/pre-qualifying-survivor-series.
 
 

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