Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Senior Dean Tsamas
with Coach C. J. Weber
Coming up really soon, as in this coming weekend (Sat. the 12th) is the last home match for FGCU’s Men’s Tennis and it happens to be Senior Day as well. That means that some of our favorite FGCU players will be playing their last home match and saying their goodbyes to their fans and vice versa. Check out the details here.

LCCTA Tourney
There are a few events for juniors coming up. The first is USTA Florida’s Level 5 Lee County CTA Boy's & Girl's 16s at the Barbara Manzo Tennis Center at Three Oaks Park, April 26 – 28. There are already more than 100 players registered for this one, and some top juniors in the area should be heading down to Three Oaks for this one.

Among the top local juniors already scheduled to 
Thankdiwe Kangwa
Photo courtesy of News-press
participate are Thandiwe Kangwa, John Carlin, Max Garramone, and Allison Ghuman of Fort Myers; Philippe Nino of Naples; and Stevie Kennedy of Bonita Springs. In fact, players are coming from all around the State for this one, so if you want to view some high level junior tennis, or have a junior in this age group who likes to compete, get the dates on your calendar! Entries close this Sunday the 13th at midnight, and potential participants can register here.

Tennis for a Better Life Charity Event
There’s another event on the horizon, less than a month away, that I hope will receive the support of the community that has been so generous throughout the season. If you haven’t yet heard of Tennis for a Better Life (TFBL), I hope you will take a look at their website.

TFBL is a Christian, nonprofit organization that seeks to “provide tennis and education scholarships to children in America and around the world starting in Africa,” and to “share the love, hope and message of Jesus Christ.” I am not big on religion myself, but I am always willing to get behind a good cause regardless, and this appears to be a cause very worthy of getting behind.

TFBL is hosting the Inaugural Kids Helping Kids junior 
Paul Segodo giving instruction
Photo courtesy of Segodo
Academy website
tournament at Park Meadow Tennis Center, May 2 – 4 (matches begin after 3pm on Friday). Draws will be available for players aged 10-and-under through 18-years old. Tournament Organizer, Paul Segodo, himself a beneficiary of the kindness of tennis players is seeking to do unto others as has been done unto him. According to the TFBL website, Paul, a native of Benin, Africa, was given the opportunity to come to the US to learn the game of tennis at age nine. He now has his own academy!

Entries for the inaugural event close on April 28, and participants can Register here. Contact Paul at 239-600-0821 or for more information about the event.

National Clay Court Championships at Landings
Paul D'Amico- Director of Tennis
at The Landings
Pro League may be over, but if you are a fan of tournament play, and you have a favorite teaching pro in the area, here’s something you will definitely want to put on your calendar, Chances are you will get to see your favorite pro and many others compete in the USPTA National Clay Court Championships at The Landings Yacht, Golf & Tennis Club, Thursday, May 8 - Sunday May 11.
Among the locals you are likely to see will be Steve Shortridge of Colonial Country Club, who recently defeated Roscoe Tanner in the 11th Annual Florida Cup played in Sarasota. If you know Steve, you know he is pretty low key, so he downplays the victory, but a W is a W…and when it comes against a player who was among the top-five in the world, well, that’s worth acknowledging around here.
Other popular locals likely to participate include former Wimbledon participant, Kim Jones of The Landings, Bob Green of Pelican Preserve, Armor Persons of Breckenridge, Erica Cossairt and Dave Rowat of Gulf Coast Total Tennis & Fitness
John Ramsey of Kelly Greens, Kerry Kendrick of Casa Ybel, John Jerome of Wildcat Run, along with some of the heavy hitters from Naples like Tye Myers and Franco Mata. I’ll do an update prior to the start of the event with a bit more detail on the field. Until then, game, set, match...T. A.

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