Thursday, November 1, 2012

November Tennis in Fort Myers

(Courtesy of Lyn Bruner of LCCTA...mostly)
Pic courtesy of
A qualifying event for the Florida State Senior Games will be held at Rutenberg Park this Saturday, November 3, starting at 8:30am. Events are offered in Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles, for players aged 50 through 100 years old! And yes, I met a Senior Games player a couple of years ago who was 100 years old.

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Essentially, all participants will qualify to play in The 2012 Florida Senior Games State Championships to be held in Polk County (Lakeland), December 1-9, 2012. Tennis is one of 14 qualifying sports that will be contested at the Games. Top finishers in Lakeland can then move on the National Senior Olympics to be held in Cleveland in August, 2013.

The Florida State Senior Games will return to Lee County in 2014. Cape Coral hosted the Games from 2006 – 2010. You can read more about the Florida Sports Foundation and the FL Senior Games at It is too late to enter, but it isn’t too late to go see if you might want to participate the next time around. I think I’ll take a look myself. See you out there.

Naples-Fort Myers Challenge 
(Courtesy of Paula Scheb and the Staff at Bonita Bay)
The venue is set.  The Volunteers are prepared.  The Corporate Sponsors are in place.  The best tennis professionals and amateurs are gearing up and getting ready.  And, the team captains are setting their game plans for the 32nd Annual Naples - Ft. Myers Tennis Challenge.  Here are some insights into a few of the 22 matches that will be played between 2:00pm and 5:30pm on November 10, 2012,  

Tye Myers
Some of those scheduled to play for their respective teams include Wimbledon Champion Joanne Russell and ATP Tour Player and world ranked, Jesse Witten. Tye Myers and Tyler Owens one of the top tier doubles teams in the area are splitting up for the Challenge and playing for their teams of Naples and Ft. Myers.

Steve Shreiner
Former Clemson Tiger and Barron Collier tennis coach Tyler Manring and former FGCU top player, Jose Pastrello team up against two of FGCU's best.  Terry See, singles and doubles winner of the USPTA Grand Master Tournament and partner Steve Shreiner, USPTA National Champion, take on professional Tad Connerton and Doug Welsh, Quail Creek's Tennis Director and USPTA professional.

Phil Landauer University of Arkansas star and winner of over 30 USTA singles and doubles championships will take on T. A. Niles, University of Hartford Hall of Fame and No. 1 singles player.  University of Florida and member of the NCAA Champions team All-American Paula Scheb and doubles partner and former tennis coach at the University of Delaware Holly Chomyn, team up again this year trying to match their success of a year ago. 

Denny Rager
Also on the rosters are George Wachtel, Franco Mato, Eddie Neese, Ido Abougzir, Alejandra Aguilar, Scott Harrington, Carlos Huerta, Jonathon David, Eddie Neese and Denny Rager.  In all, there will be 36 players on each team.

Come on out and watch Southwest Florida's longest running annual tennis event.
WHEN:           November 10, 2012
WHERE:        Bonita Bay Club, Bonita Springs
TIME:              Matches Begin at 2:00pm 

The Sanctuary Hosts Annual Hope Hospice Event
The Hope Hospice Tennis Challenge, the Annual NTRP tournament hosted by The Sanctuary Golf Club on Sanibel Island and its Director of Tennis & Fitness, Christie Bradley, will be here in less than two weeks! On Saturday and Sunday, November 10 & 11, The Sanctuary’s 10th annual tennis for charity event, will feature 3.5 – 4.5 Men’s and Women’s doubles tourneys.

Breakfast and Lunch will be provided both days, and I know from experience that the Sanctuary puts on quite the spread for this event, so it’s worth it just for the food! But there is no better cause, and Christie runs a class event. Last year, 62 players participated and raised approximately $10,000 for the charity.   

The deadline is Wednesday the 7th at 5pm, and the entry fee is $75 per person. To enter the event, you can call Christie at 239-472-5276 or email

Florida Gulf Coast University Tennis
Coach C.J Weber welcomes
crowd @ Grandezza
FGCU Men’s Tennis “Fuzz Fans” want you! So you love tennis, right? And you especially love good tennis, right? Well we have some of the best tennis in town at Florida Gulf Coast University, and you can be a part of it.

Jordi Vives- Fall Invitational Singles Champ
After a terrific Fall campaign in which the Eagles won the FGCU Fall Invitational against competition such as University of Miami, University of Central Florida, Florida Atlantic University, Barry University, the Eagles are gearing up for the most intensive Spring Season ever faced by an FGCU Men’s Tennis squad.

Lance Lvovsky-
Fall Invitational Doubles Champ
Oklahoma State, which beat three nationally ranked teams last season; Florida State, which had a winning record against nationally ranked teams; and other programs from across the country will be among the competition this coming Spring. In all, the Eagles will play at least 19 dual matches, with nine of those matches held at FGCU.

FGCU crowd at Grandezza
A group of FGCU Eagles tennis fans who believe in Coach C.J. Weber and his troops are gathering on Wednesday, November 14 at 5pm, at Alico Arena on campus to explore the formation of a “support group” (due to admin reasons we can’t call it a “booster club”). Until someone comes up with a better name, which may happen on the 14th, we’re calling the group “Fuzz Fans” because we love seeing the fuzz fly at FGCU matches, and fly it does!

FGCU crowd at dual match
If want to be a part of the fastest rising tennis program in the Atlantic Sun Conference (ASC), want contribute to the college experience of a number of young men, and/or want to expand the Greater Fort Myers tennis community experience, we would love to have you on board.

Please call or email me (407-466-4652, if you would like to attend on the 14th or are interested in being a Fuzz Fan yourself. Yes, if all you can do is clap, the Fuzz Fans would love to have you!

Tennis Leagues
USPTA Pro League
The Fort Myers Ritzman Tennis USPTA Pro League got off with a bang this past Friday, October 26 at Palmira, and continues today, November 2, at Gulf Harbour. The action promises to be as scintillating as ever, with two more play dates in November (16th at Pelican Landing and 30th at Fiddlesticks). Check out the new format and all other Pro League details here.

Women’s Leagues
As you probably know by now, the Lee County Women’s Tennis League (LCWTL) is in full swing (wish more of my Hideaway players took a full swing!). There are a number of other Women’s leagues underway.  Sun Coast “A” Tennis, popularly known as “SCAT” since 1984, and which features seven teams of the top women players in town, started a week ago and will play through early April. Defending Champ, Park Meadow Diane (now Park Meadow “D,” will have some tough competition as they try to repeat.

BonEro, a 50-Plus women’s league for women in Bonita Springs and Estero and thereabouts that lists eight teams for its Fall Schedule. BonEro teams are currently being formed for the 2013 Spring Season, and the deadline is Tuesday, November 13. You can check out the BonEro website for more information.

Men’s Leagues
The Men's 50 Plus Tennis League of Lee County gets underway on November 12, and will continue through March 18, 2013. Eighty-seven men’s teams in 12 divisions will compete for bragging rights in the League.

The newest men’s league in town, Southwest Florida Team Tennis (SWFTT), begins play on November 9, and runs through mid-April. According to the league website“SWFTT is composed of age 50+ high level 4.0 plus players along with 4.5 level players in Lee County, Florida.” Seven teams are on board for this inaugural season, and a number of local USPTA professionals have agreed to play, including yours truly. The Landings, Cape Coral Racquet Club, and Plantation are among the local clubs fielding teams. Log on to the league website for more info.

USTA Florida Leagues
Not yet on par with LCWTL or Lee County Men’s, USTA Florida leagues are still among the most substantial around. According to League Coordinator, Susie Bessire, 77 teams are participating in fall leagues, and that number is likely to grow when winter leagues come around.

Ultimate Tennis League
Ultimate means final doesn’t it? Well, last on my list, but first among flex leagues is Ultimate Tennis, and we are smack in the middle of the Fall 2012 Season. I took a tough tumble in my last outing, and wouldn’t be surprised to go down in my next match against league leader Alex Blagojevic.  You better get me this time while the getting is good Alex :). 

Well that's about all I have for now. If you have more, please send it on over and I'll get try to get the word out. Game, set, match...T A

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