Just in case you missed the write up in the News-Press this past Friday, I just wanted to give a shout out of congratulations to Parker, a senior at Cypress Lake High who helps out at Steve Hedrick's Park Meadow junior camp. Parker won the individual state singles title by defeating Lakeland’s Danny Mack 6-1, 7-5 Thursday in the Class 3A state tournament in Altamonte Springs.
Parker also teamed with Kyle Yates to make it to the final of the individual doubles championship before falling 6-1, 7-5 to Leon’s Albert Alaya and Josh Record. I'm not at all surprised by Parker's success given how much he has improved over the past few months. A couple of months ago I managed to squeak out a set amongst the several that he won. These days, I'd be struggling to get games. Congrats and keep up the good work Parker!
Love tennis? Would like to see more kids having a terrific time on the courts, perhaps developing into tournament players? Wouldn’t mind traveling Lee County developing playing opportunities for kids? Well USTAFlorida might have just the thing for you.
|Susie Bessire- USTA Florida|
Tennis Program Coordinator
Chances are the individual assuming the position will work closely with the Lee County Community TennisAssociation (LCCTA) and Susie Bessire, if efforts to make the initiative a success. Some of the main responsibilities for the position include:
- Design a business plan to develop 10 and under tennis from schools to tennis facilities in the assigned geographic community via the USTA 10 and under tennis target market initiative.
- Develop and build relationships with local tennis partners such as schools, parks, youth organizations and tennis facilities in building the infrastructure of 10 and under tennis.
- Help develop both in school and out of school tennis informal play opportunities via Kids Tennis Clubs and Play Days as well as more formal play opportunities via USTA Jr. Team Tennis.
All interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to Andy McFarland at email@example.com.
FGCU Men's Tennis Season Ends
|Coach Weber advises Matt Rock |
and Lance Lvovsky vs. Stetson
|USPTA Pros Van & Alex of Gateway|
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|Don Ackerman- FGCU Booster|
|Jerry "Duke" Babson-|
|Rafael Nadal- courtesy of|
|Novak Djokovic- courtesy of|
Rafa didn't drop a set during the event, while Novak struggled to tow three-setters en route to the Final. In all fairness, Novak's portion of the draw appeared to be fraught with quite a bit more danger than Rafa's. The two aren't likely to be in the same draw until the next Masters 1000 event in Madrid early next month.
|Victoria Azarenka- courtesy|
|Maria Sharapova- courtesy|
If you're more interested in the women's game, a big one with most of the heavy hitters is on tap this week at the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany. The top eight women in the World Rankings will be in the draw including top-ranked Victoria Azarenka, who is having almost as good a start as Novak did last year, and Maria Sharapova who has fought her way back to No.2 in the world.
Azarenka will be coming off her first loss of the year (to Marion Bartoli in Miami) after having gone 26-1, so we will see if she returns as dominant as she was prior to that loss.
|Aggie Radwanska- courtesy|
With defending Wimbledon Champ Petra Kvitova also in the mix, the fireworks should be flying even though we're quite a ways away from July 4th.