Local tennis: Best of Naples and Marco Island battle on Saturday

In the fall, the annual Naples-Fort Myers Challenge determined bragging rights between Collier Countians and Lee Countians.

Now, it’s time “match” the best from the city of Naples against the top players from the city of Marco Island.

The Arthur Allen Tennis Center at Cambier Park on Saturday will host the inaugural Naples vs. Marco Island City Tennis Champions Challenge. This is a one-day event where this past year’s city champions will step up to represent their respective city for countywide hootin’ and hollerin’.

Spectators are welcome to see the play that will start at 11 a.m

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The Collier County Women’s Tennis Association’s winter season begins Monday. The CCWTA provides three seven-week sessions throughout the year: winter, spring and fall.

There is play for women at the 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0 levels -- day or night -- throughout many clubs and facilities throughout Collier County. There is a $5 annual membership fee to join CCWTA, and court fees of approximately $35 for the seven weeks of play. The top two scoring players from each team qualify for tournament play, which also is held three times per calendar year at the Pelican Bay Community Park.

The CCWTA, celebrating its 30th season, is always open to having new members. For additional information, contact Denise Skelton, CCWTA president, at dkskelton@comcast.net, or phone 455-8180 and leave a message.

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Two top tennis professionals will lead a three-day tennis "fantasy camp" at the Naples Grande Resort & Spa come Jan. 25-27.

Designed for avid adult tennis players ranging in skill from recreational to tournament-level, the Naples Fantasy Tennis Camp will be hosted by former Australian Open champion Johan Kriek of Naples and Wimbledon finalist Malivai Washington, along with Naples Grande tennis director Adam Lane.

The Naples Fantasy Tennis Camp is offering a commuter package for area tennis players. The package includes three days of instruction and play with the legends, the camp's welcome party and lunch with the pros. The cost is $499.

Daily packages also are available for Friday, Jan. 25 for $150 per person and Saturday, Jan. 26 for $250 per person. These packages exclude social events, but they may be added for an additional charge.

For more information or to register for commuter packages call Adam Lane locally at 594-6033 or Todd Nicholson at 203-758-8828. You also can e-mail info@cttennis.com. Packages, including accommodations, can be reserved at 800-247-9810.

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The Naples Tennis Club, home of the Academia Sanchez-Casal, will host a Super Seniors tournament Jan. 28 through Feb. 3.

The USTA. National Designated II Super Senior Grand Prix event will have draws in both singles and doubles for the 55s, 60s, 65s, 70s, 75s, 80s, 85s, and 90s. The entry fee is $70 per event. Players are limited to one singles and one doubles category. Entries will be accepted through 5 p.m. on Jan. 21. Entries are being accepted online and at the Naples Tennis Club, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Phone 384-5641.

Matches will start at 10:30 a.m. daily.

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The Mid-Cape Racquet & Health Club is the host for the second stop of the Southwest Florida Super Seniors Grand Prix tennis tournament, according to tournament director and club tennis pro Jack Dunmead.

The tournament will take place Monday through Sunday at the club, which is located at 1300 Ceitus Terrace in Cape Coral. It is stop two of three in a USTA Florida-sanctioned event featuring singles and doubles matches for men ages 55 to 90. The other two stops in the tour will be held at Colonial Country Club in Fort Myers and the Arthur Allten Tennis Center at Cambier Park in Naples.

The event will bring 185 ranked senior men players to the area. Players are to come from all over the country and Canada to compete for prize money and advanced rankings.

Registration for the singles matches are closed, but doubles competitors may register until Monday. Spectators are welcome.

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Tickets are now for sale for the Oliver Group Champions Cup, the first event on the 2008 Outback Champions Series.

Play will be held March 12-16 at The Players Club & Spa at Lely Resort east of Naples.

Tickets can purchased by calling (877) 332-TIXX (8499) or by visiting the Web at www.championsseriestennis.com/ or ChampionsSeriesTennis.com.

The Oliver Group Champions Cup – a third-year event on the Outback Champions Series, the international tennis circuit for champion tennis players age 30 and older -- will again spotlight eight players competing for $150,000 in prize money.

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A new USPTA/JusTennis Junior Tennis Series begins with a singles tournament Saturday at the East Naples Community Park. Today is the registration deadline.

The series will consist of eight tournaments designed to offer “user-friendly” competition for juniors looking to develop competitive skills and for parents to learn registration procedures and spectatorship protocol. Matches are supervised by USPTA pros, with special emphasis placed on sportsmanship and developing friendships.

Those interested in finding out more about the program may contact Collier County Parks and Recreation tennis pro Spike Gonzales at 248-0894.

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A rundown of activities and events follows:

-- Heritage Bay Country Club - Men’s doubles round-robins on Tuesdays/Thursdays at 8:30-10:15 a.m. for men’s 3.0 and 10-noon for 3.5 men; women’s doubles round-robins on Mondays/Fridays at 8:30-10:30 a.m. for women’s 3.0 and 10 a/m/ to noon for women’s 3.5; mixed doubles 3.5/4.0 on Saturdays from 9:30-Noon; adult clinics and private instructions for all levels; to register, contact Tony Martin at 464-0027.

-- 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 Tennis 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.

— NBTC Adult Tennis Academy - at the Naples Bath and Tennis Club; 4-day Super Session and 3-day Training Program available; Phone 261-5777 Ext. 29.

— 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 overlooking 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.

— Round-Robin Mixers for Men and Women - at Naples Bath and Tennis Club; 2.5, 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0: Times are: Wednesday: 6-8 p.m. and Saturday: 9-11 a.m.; free for members and $10 for non-members; phone NBTC Pro Shop at 261-5524.

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USTA Naples Senior Fall Leagues

3.0 WOMEN

Pelican Marsh 7/1-Fall Winners

Worthington Wildcats 5/2

Longshore Lake 5/3

Vineyards 2/5

Pelican Sound 0/1

3.5 WOMEN-Flight X

Ramblin Racquettes-5/2-Subflight Winners

Village Walk 5/2

Pelican Marsh Racquettes 4/3

Quail Creek 3/4

Naples Beach Hotel Blue 3/4

Vineyards 3/4

Pelican Landing 3/4

Cambier Park 1/5

3.5 WOMEN-Flight Y

Golden Girls-6/0-Fall Winners

Naples Grande 5/1

Longshore Lake 3/3

Pelican Bay Park 3/3

Naples Bay Resort 2/4

Naples Beach Hotel Red 2/4

Grey Oaks 0/6

4.0 MEN

Naples Grande 7/2-Fall Winners

Island Walk 6/3

Mediterra 3/6

Pelican Bay Barracudas 2/7

4.0 WOMEN

Naples Grande Goddard-6/0-Fall Winners

Naples Grande 5/1

Pelican Landing 3/3

Longshore Lake 3/3

Pelican Marsh 2/4

Shadowwood/Mediterra 2/4

Pelican Sound 0/6

USTA Naples Super Senior Fall Leagues

6.0 MEN

Quail Creek 9/1-Fall Winners

Pelican Sound 6/4

Marco Racquet Center 6/4

Pelican Bay Park 5/5

Imperial Racquet Club 4/6

Kensington 0/10

6.0 WOMEN

Lady Lakers 9/0-Fall Winners

Worthington Wonders 6/3

Marco YMCA 3/6

Pelican Sound Girlfriends 0/1

7.0 MEN

The Brooks-Ron Mishko 8/2-Fall Winners

Vineyards 8.2

Pelican Bay Tornados 7/3

Pelican Marsh 4/5

Naples Beach Hotel 1/8

Island Walk 1/6

7.0 WOMEN

Longshore Lake 7/0-Fall Winners

Terminators 5/2

Naples Tennis Club 4/3

Pelican Marsh 4/3

Vineyards 4/3

Quail Creek 3/4

Marco Racquet Center 1/5

Cambier Park 0/3

8.0 WOMEN

Pelican Landing 9/0-Fall Winners

Quail Creek 6/3

Sterling Oaks 3/6

Pelican Marsh 0/3

Those wishing to have events or activities included in the weekly Thursday local tennis roundup should e-mail the information to Tom Rife at heart22@comcast.net by 6 p.m. on Monday.

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