LCCTA Partners with Beach Tennis USA on Fort Myers Beach
|Mike Stevens & T. A.|
Photo by Steph
Finally an event I can play without worrying about how well I do! Of course as a competitor I always want to do well, but if I don’t, I won’t be too concerned about it. I’m entered in Fun Men’s Singles and Fun Mixed Doubles. Sure sounds like “fun” to me…Steph and I tried it out on the beach the other day with Mike Curran, Frank Fourgeau, Sergio Rebolledo, Mike Stevens and their wives. It was a blast, and I know we’re all looking forward to this weekend!
|Frank Fourgeau & Mike Curran|
Photo by Steph
Listen, there are so many divisions you can’t help but find a division for you. If you like to have a good time on the beach, Men’s and Women’s Singles and Doubles as well as Mixed Doubles, from Pro to Fun are available. Click here to check out details of some of the events and click here to register; today is the last day to enter.
|How about that form!|
Photo by Steph
Oh, one last thing, you that the Lee County Community Tennis Association (LCCTA) contributes a ton to this tennis community right? Well, your participation in the Beach Tennis (now being called “All Volley Tennis”) might just result in a charitable contribution to the LCCTA as it is a charitable partner for the event.
Three Oaks Opportunities
Speaking of the LCCTA, one its member sites, the Barbara Manzo Tennis Center at Three Oaks Park, is hosting a tournament series that is ongoing, with one more weekend in April (27-28) and two in May (11-12, 18-19). The events offer competitive divisions for both adults and juniors.
For the adults, the divisions include men’s and women’s singles from 2.5 through 4.5 ratings, doubles for men and women, as well as mixed, from 5.0 through 9.0 combo ratings. Essentially, if you want to compete, there’s a place for you in the Three Oaks Spring Smash Series. Prizes are awarded to first, second and third place finishers in all divisions and first round consolation draws will be provided.
|Future Tennis Star at 3-Oaks|
The Spring Smash Series offers a variety of opportunities for the juniors as well. Divisions for the kids include singles and doubles in10 and under through 16 and under divisions. You can check out Three Oaks Tennis at the LCCTA website or go directly to the Three Oaks Tennis website. You can also email Angie Guillette at email@example.com.
A-Sun Championship for FGCU Men’s Tennis
|Eagles crowd at USC match|
After splitting their final two home matches against University of South Carolina Upstate (USC) and East Tennessee State University (ETSU) Florida Gulf Coast University Men’s Tennis Eagles went 1-2 to finish up the regular season and their conference schedule, losing two 3-4 heart-breakers to University of North Florida (UNF), No.66 in the country, and Stetson University, which finished No.3 in the Atlantic Sun Conference (A-Sun).
|Former Eagle Mitchell Lvovsky & |
Coach Weber's dad Mel in the crowd
The Eagles .500 conference record earned them a fourth-seed in the upcoming A-Sun Championship (click here for tournament info and results) to be held in Johnson City, Tennessee this weekend (19 – 21). As it was last year, the tournament amounts to a "home match" for defending champion ETSU, who was seeded No.1 in last year's event, and toppled second-seeded UNF in a close 4-3 battle.
|Coach Weber flanked by Collin Brown & |
Jackson Moore, graduating seniors
In the first round of the tournament, our fourth-seeded guys in green and blue will take on fifth-seeded USC, a team from which they took a tough victory on March 28 at home. In that match, Jackson Moore and Lance Lvovsky had to pull out three-set singles matches to claim victory and the doubles matches were hotly contested as well. The match promises to be a closer one on a neutral site, given FGCU's 3-6 record on the road.
|Lance Lvovsky & Tianyu Bao vs. ETSU|
If our guys take the first match, they will meet the top-seeded UNF, which finished undefeated in A-Sun dual match play. UNF squeaked by your FGCU by a 4-3 score and posted the same against ETSU. Your basketball Eagles made some noise in the their tourney, and I'm looking for the tennis Eagles to do the same.
Amazing Madisen’s Match
|Madisen in Uncle Duane's arms with celebrity |
pros, Paul D'Amico & Kim Jones
Photo by Gale Van Rossem
|2013 Madisen's Cup crowd|
The event is fast becoming a “must attend” activity for members of our tennis community. In addition to the fund-raising dinner on Friday, which, again according to Duane, “…raised enough money to purchase 3 Vecta Distraction Stations at a cost of $6,000 each which will be placed in the Children’s Hospital,” the Tennis Celebrity Clinic, Pro-Am and exhibitions on Saturday were well attended.
|Joel Hampton- Doesn't get any better|
New to the event this year was Madisen’s Cup, a mini, prize money tournament involving some of the top USPTA Pro Leaguers…and me (hey, sometimes carrying a camera works to your benefit). Anyway, it was a fun competition, with the winners walking away with a tidy little sum (only the IRS has to know…well, I suppose wives too).
|Paul D'Amico- Director of Tennis|
Photo by Gale Van Rossem
|Elliot Debolt & Scott Harrington|
Owens/Rager def. D’Amico/Barnes 6-0, 6-3
Andreae/Encalada def. Katterfield/Hampton 6-4, 6-3
Harrington/Debolt def. Diggs/Niles 6-3, 6-2
Fourgeau/Jerome def. Rebolledo/Maloney 6-4, 6-4
Owens/Rager def. Fourgeau/Jerome 6-3, 6-1
Harrington/Debolt def. Andreae/Encalada 7-5, 6-3
|Tyler Owens & Denny Rager,|
Madisen's Cup Champions
Owens/Rager def. Harrington/Debolt 7-6, 6-2
In giving his assessment of the new event, Paul noted, “I believe that the addition of this event brought some excitement to the overall event. And it is something that we can build on for next year.” Paul went on to thank the sponsors of the entire event, which included
numerous local businesses (click here for all sponsors),
but in addition to the Host Sponsor, The Landings Yacht, Golf & Tennis
Club, the Grand Slam Sponsors included Lee County Reprographics, Vein Specialists,
McCulloch Sports Consultants (MSC). I suspect Madisen’s Match will be even
bigger next year.
|Madisen & Kerry Kendrick|
|Hideaway Copper Team at Banquet|
Other than USTA leagues (which are available year round), our various area leagues, have wrapped up for the season. All of the leagues, Lee County Women’s Tennis League (LCWTL), SCAT, BonEro,
|Breckenridge Copper Team at Banquet|
Lee County Men (50 & 70-plus), Southwest Florida Team Tennis (SWFTT), and Ultimate Tennis seemed to have successful 2012-2013 seasons. I’m looking to have my League Round Up done by month’s end if not before.
After attending a few LCWTL banquets and our USPTA District 14 Meeting, there may be some new developments on the horizon for our most populous league. Stay tuned for discussions about those as well.
Well, I've got to get this out so that anyone who didn't know about the Beach Tennis deadline can register, so I'll be back with you within the next couple of days. This should be a busy rest of the month for the blog. Don't forget to let me know if you want out. Game, set, match...T. A.