Marco Islander Lauren Embree has had quite an adventurous summer on the tennis court, one that has included her first title in a professional event and a national championship run in the Girls 18 National Clay Courts in Memphis.
The action continued this week in the Girls 18 National Hard Courts in Berkeley, Calif. On down the road, the Lely High senior-to-be hopes to land a wild card entry into the U.S. Open Juniors in New York.
In Memphis, Embree was the No. 3 seed and in the finals, she defeated the top-seeded Beatrice Capra of Ellicott City, Md.., 6-4, 6-2.
Embree played seven singles matches in the Memphis tourney and never lost a set. She also was in the doubles draw, where she advanced to the quarterfinals with partner Rachel Saiontz of Miami before bowing out.
Embree’s first-ever win in a professional event came in late June in the $10,000 VIA Chrisi Pro Tennis Classic in Wichita, Kan. She was not seeded in the event that was part of the ITF Women’s Circuit, but prevailed in five consecutive matches to claim the championship.
In the finals of that tourney, Embree prevailed over the fifth-seeded Jamie Hampton 6-0, 7-6 (3).
Another pro tourney in New Jersey looms later this month. When not on the court, Embree will be busy making visits to colleges throughout the Southeast. Among the schools she is considering are the University of Florida and the University of Georgia.
Like the national clay courts, the hard courts this week in California featured a singles draw of 128 players. The 17th-seeded Embree recorded two straight-set victories after an opening-round bye.
But in the round of 32 on Wednesday, Embree bowed to the fourth-seeded Irina Falconi of Jupiter, 7-5, 7-6 (5).
Embree and Saointz are doubles partners again this week and were in the round of 32 on Wednesday.
Also still alive in that doubles draw is Naples’ Amy Simidian. She’s playing with Blair Seiderman of Glen Head, N.Y. In singles, Simidian was defeated in the first round of the main draw and also lost her first appearance in the consolation draw. Chloe Smith of Naples also was out of the singles with opening-round and consolation losses.
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The Collier County Women’s Tennis Association is getting organized for the fall and has set Oct. 18 as the date of its annual meeting and luncheon.
The group always welcomes new members, new players and new board members.
CCWTA is a non-profit organization that is managed and maintained by five executive board members, six directors and positions of tournament director, publicity and membership. The board members serve a two-year term. Several vacancies within the board are currently being filled. The commitment involves four meetings a year.
To find out more about the CCWTA and to inquire about board positions, e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact current group president Denise Skelton at 455-8180.
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The Dog Days of Summer Rookie Challenge looms this weekend at Cambier Park’s Arthur Allen Tennis Center, the city’s downtown court complex.
This is a United States Tennis Association-sanctioned tournament. Play is designed with the less-experienced player in mind.
The tournament will involve boys and girls 10s with a state ranking no better than 200 and boys and girls 12-18s with a state ranking no better than 400.
Only singles action will take place. Entry closed on Wednesday. For more information, call the Cambier staff at 213-3060.
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The next USPTA JustTennis Junior Tennis Series event is a singles tournament Aug. 16 at Vineyards Community Park. The registration deadline is Thursday, Aug. 14 . Contact Collier County Parks tennis pro Spike Gonzales at 248-0894.
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They’re looking ahead to the fall at the Academia Casal-Sanchez at the Naples Tennis Club and Resort (formerly the Naples Bath & Tennis Club).
The Junior After School Advanced Program for boys and girls ages 10 and older will begin Monday, Aug. 25. Sessions will be held Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m.
The Kids Zone Program for boys and girls ages 4-10 will begin that same date. These sessions will be Monday through Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
The Academia’s second annual Fulltime Tennis Training/Academic School Year will begin Monday, Aug. 18.
Meanwhile, the weekly summer Intensive Sessions end Aug. 15. Weekly Intensive Training Programs will continue through the fall, winter and spring starting Aug. 18.
For any additional program details or enrollment information, call 384-5657.
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Frank Carleton, USPTA Tennis Director at Tarpon Cove Yacht and Racquet Club, will instruct a series of pre-season tennis camps. The focus will be on doubles in the intensive three-day, three-hour program emphasizing high speed in play drills, doubles formations and strategies and match play.
The Ladies 3.0 session will run Aug. 20-22 with the 3.5 group to attend Aug. 27-29. The Ladies 2.5 session will be Sept. 24-26, followed by the men’s 3.0 group from Oct 8-10.
The cost is $175 for members and $200 for non-members. The fee includes lunch at Tarpon Cove each day.
To sign up, call the pro shop 513-9242.
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Local pro Chris Eddy says some special activities are taking place at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club Tennis Center.
Mixed doubles round-robins are Fridays, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The level is for intermediate and higher. Eddy urges players to call the tennis pro shop at 435-4351 to reserve a space.
In addition, weekly adult drill clinics for varying levels are being held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings now through September. Phone 435-4351
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The Heritage Bay Golf & Country Club is offering a variety of doubles activities throughout the summer.
Women's 3.5 doubles play takes place on Fridays from 9 to 11:30 a.m., with 3.5 Mixed Doubles on Saturdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and Men's 3.5/4.0 doubles on Tuesdays from 9 to 11 a.m.
Additionally, the nine-hour instructional Women's Competitive Doubles Boot Camp continues to meet weekly on Monday through Wednesday each week from 9 a.m. to noon.
The Team Boot Camps are filling up fast. Call 304-5911 for more information or to sign up. This program is for competitive doubles and strategies.
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The Imperial Racquet Club in North Naples has several open-to-the-public events going during the summer.
There are men’s round-robins at 9 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. All levels may participate.
Women’s round-robins take place at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, again, for all levels.
Mixed doubles round-robins are at 8 a.m. Saturday for all levels.
The Imperial Racquet Club also offers a junior camp from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. All levels are welcome.
For more details on these and other summer programs, phone 566-3442, 370-4032 or 404-3913.
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The Longshore Lake Tennis Center each Tuesday is hosting a Women’s Interclub Round-Robin throughout the summer. Play will begin at 9 a.m.
Women should call one week in advance at 566-2783 to sign up for these fun interclub round-robins. The cost each week is $3 per player.
The Longshore Lake Tennis Center is located just off Immokalee Road at Valewood Drive.
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A rundown of activities and events follows:
-- Daily tennis clinics/lessons – at Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort; all levels; call 877-8889.
-- Academia Sanchez-Casal After School Program -- Kids Zone; Monday-Thursday 3:30-4:30; Advanced Group 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; Phone 384-5641 or 641-0010
-- Junior instruction at World Tennis Club -- Instruction by former pro Povel Slozil (former coach of Steffi Graf); call 263-7411.
-- Tom Avery's Tennis Outlet - Private and group lessons, cardio tennis for teams, earlybirds and all levels. For schedule, fees and more information call Tom Avery at 592-5920.
-- Quail Creek Country Club round-robins -- 3.5 and 3.0 women every Thursday 9 to 11 a.m.; 3.5 and 3.0 men every Wednesday and Friday 9 to 11 a.m.; Cost: $3; Phone 597-9725.
— Vanderbilt Country Club - Individual, team instruction and Cardio Tennis; given by Director of Tennis Christina Oldock; Cardio Tenni for singles, couples, teams, young professionals, earlybirds, beginners, intermediates, and advanced; To sign up for clinic times and fees, phone 348-1725.
— 3.0 and 3.5 women’s round-robins - at Quail Creek Country Club; Every Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m.; Cost: $3 per player; Sign up in advance by phoning 597-9725.
— The Plantation Club at The Dunes - Preeg-Doherty Junior Tennis Academy: Monday through Friday, 4 to 6 p.m.; Ladies Day: Tuesdays, 9 to 11 a.m.; Men’s Day: Thursdays, 9 to 11 a.m.; Ladies 3.0 Clinic: Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.; Ladies 3.5 Clinic: Fridays, 9 a.m.; Phone 593-9680.
— Pelican Bay Community Park events - Most levels of round-robins for men and women available each week; Adult and junior clinics held daily; For specific days-times, phone 598-3025.
— Quail Creek Junior Tennis -Tuesdays and Thursdays: Tiny Tots from 3:30-4 at $6; Beginners from 4 to 4:45 at $9; Intermediate and Advanced from 4:30 to 5:30 at $12; Clinic and Ralleyball to beincluded; All directed by Doug Welsh; Phone 597-9725.
— Quail West Tennis programs - Tuesdays,Thursdays and Saturdays; Events include 3.0-3.5 ladies round- robin from 9 to 11 and 3.5-4.0 men’sround robin from 9 to 11; 3.5-4.0 ladies doubles clinics on Wednesdays from 9 to 11; Also: Wednesday clinics for men and women from 9 to 10:30 a.m.; Also: "3 students and the Pro" on Mondays; Phone 592-1139.
— Weekly mixed doubles round-robin - Fridays at Pelican Bay Community Park; Phone 598-3025.
— Men’s, women’s and mixed round-robins - Each day of the week at Pelican Bay Community Park; Phone 598-3025.
— Adult clinics - for all levels at Pelican Bay Community Park; Phone 598-3025.
— Men’s round-robin match play - at Imperial Racquet Club; for days and times, phone Dick Morrissey at 566-3442.
— Colliertennis.com - the official Web site of the Community Tennis Association of Collier County.
— Collier Tennis Connection - Phone Connie Kormanyos at 394-8061 or 394-3144, Ext. 224.
— Tennis instruction, lessons - For schedule at Miromar Beach Club, phone pro Rick Kobleur at 992-0024.
— Marco Island Racquet Center - Round- robins, league play, USTA competitive teams, Stroke of the Week clinics, beginners lessons, junior programs and racquetball challenges; For the complete schedule, phone 394-5454.
— Men’s and women’s round-robins - at Imperial Tennis Club; men on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. for 3.0-3.5 players and at 10:30 a.m. for 4.0 -4.5 players; women on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. for 3.0 players; Phone 566-3442.
— Ladies Day Round Robin, Men’s Day Round Robin, Saturday Mixed Round Robin - at Cambier Park Tennis Center, Phone 213-3060; Tuesdays at 11a.m. women of all levels welcome to participate; Thursdays at 11 a.m. men of all levels welcome to participate; Saturday mornings are "Mixed Troubles" round robin at 9:30.
— Bridgewater Bay Tennis Club - Weekly activities include: Tuesdays beginner/intermediate clinic 5 p.m., Thursday mixed round robin 6 p.m.; Saturdays intermediate clinic 9:30 a.m.; Phone 450-1000.
— Saturday Mixed Doubles Round Robin - at Cambier Park Tennis Center at 10:45 a.m.; Phone 213-3060.
— Tony Kamen Youth Tennis Clinics - For beginners/intermediate/high school players; Mondays and Wednesdays 4-5:30 p.m. at Naples High School courts. $15 per session or $96 per month; Phone 272-9223; Also, Beginner to Intermediate players ages 6-12 on Tuesdays 3:30-5 p.m. at Naples High courts; contact Fleischmann Park at 213-3013.
— Pelican Bay Community Park tennis facility - 764 Vanderbilt Beach Road; 8 lighted Har-Tru courts; park also provides users with racquetball courts, volleyball courts, basketball and bocce courts, softball and soccer field and an enclosed playground for children; 1-mile paved walking/jogging path and a pavilion d.looking a lake; For information on tennis programs or any information about the park, phone 598-3025.
— Wednesday night mixed doubles round-robins - at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club; 5:30 to 7 p.m.; Cost: $15 (includes balls, court time and light refreshments).
— The Preeg-Doherty Tennis Academy - at The Dunes and the Imperial Racquet Club; for tournament players, intermediates and beginners; phone John Preeg or Lisa Preeg at The Dunes, 593-9736.
Those wishing to have events or activities included in the weekly Thursday local tennis roundup should e-mail the information to Tom Rife at email@example.com by 6 p.m. on Monday.