Local tennis: Marco Island's Embree seeded in USTA National 18s

— Yet another prestigious national event awaits Marco Island’s Lauren Embree. She is seeded fifth among the top eight players in the USTA Girls 18 Nationals that begin this weekend at the Berkeley Tennis Club and the Claremont Resort & Spa in Berkeley, Calif.

The significance of the event is that it will determine the recipient of U.S. Open wild cards in singles and doubles.

The top four seeds ahead of Embree, who graduated from Lely High this past spring and played as a wild card entry in the French Open in Paris in June, are Kristie Ahn (New Jersey), Gail Brodsky (New York), Christina McHale (New Jersey) and Sloane Stephens (Lauderhill, Fla.).

Brodsky goes in as the defending champion when matches begin on Sunday. The main draw will feature 192 players and all action will take place on hard courts.

In the 2008 Berkeley event, Embree won two matches in the main draw prior to losing in the third round and being relegated to the consolation bracket.

In the consolation draw, she went on a tear, prevailing in four straight matches before bowing out in the consolation quarterfinals to Ahn, who went on to claim overall consolation honors

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Saturday, Aug. 22 will be the final Pelican Marsh “King of the Court” and “Queen of the Court” events for the summer.

For men and women at the 3.0 skill level, these will be competitive doubles tournaments for men and women and the events are to be played to completion in one morning. Players are asked to sign up with a partner, and both must be rated at the correct level to compete.

To sign up, or for more information, contact the Pelican Marsh tennis shop at 514-3200.

The most recent event in the series was played this past Saturday and was for players in the 3.5 level.

“King of the Court” honors went to the team of Ken Beyer and Mark Childers, with Tom Curley and Keith Black in second place. Kudos in the “Queen of the Court” event went to Jane Shuey and Tracy Glass, with Marianne Kopriva and Mira Rochford taking second.

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The Naples Grande Beach Resort has been selected by tennis players as one of the top tennis resorts in the world by www.tennisresortsonline.com.

Under the direction of Peter Burwash International (PBI), the resort has been listed at No. 25 in the world in the “Gold Medal” category for the last listing published on May 1.

Tennis Resorts On Line allows tennis players who travel for their tennis vacations to review the resorts where they stay based on tennis instruction, player matching programs, tennis staff, courts condition among the tennis components and dining, quality of rooms, setting, value for dollar and overall service as the resorts’ components.

Fabio Vasconcellos, originally from Brazil and a veteran professional with the company, was appointed by PBI in October 2008 to take over the program.

The Naples Grande Beach Resort will begin a year-round after-school junior program in September. Naples resident Alex Millet has been hired by PBI to oversee the development and running of this junior program.

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Local junior standout Chase Burton, a nationally ranked player in the Boys 12-and-under division, recently returned from USTA Boy’s 12s National Clay Courts in Greensboro, N.C. Burton earned the winner’s trophy for the Southeast Bracket.

Burton won four straight matches, topping Nathan Perrone of Mount Laurel, N.J., 6-4, 6-4 in the Southeast Bracket final.

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A rundown of activities and events follows:

■ Heritage Bay weekly round-robins — 3.0 Women's Doubles on Wednesdays, 3.5 Women's Doubles on Mondays and Fridays, and 3.5/4.0 Mixed Doubles on Saturdays; all round-robins times are 9 to 11 a.m.; cost $3 per person; call 304-5911 for reservations.

■ Weekly mixed doubles round-robins — at Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club on Fridays from 5:30 to 7 p.m.; Cost: $11; Call 435-4351.

■ Mixed doubles round-robin — for intermediate and above, at Naples Beach Hotel Tennis Center; 3 to 5:30 p.m.; call 435-4351 to reserve a spot.

■ Collier County Women’s Tennis Association — Web site is colliercountywomenstennis@hotmail.com.

■ Daily tennis clinics/lessons — at Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort; all levels; call 877-8889.

■ Junior instruction at World Tennis Club — Instruction by former pro Pavel 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; Call 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 calling 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.; Call 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, call 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 be included; All directed by Doug Welsh; Call 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’s round-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; Call 592-1139.

■ Weekly mixed doubles round-robin — Fridays at Pelican Bay Community Park; Call 598-3025.

■ Men’s, women’s and mixed round-robins — Each day of the week at Pelican Bay Community Park; Call 598-3025.

■ Adult clinics — for all levels at Pelican Bay Community Park; Call 598-3025.

■ Colliertennis.com — the official Web site of the Community Tennis Association of Collier County.

■ Collier Tennis Connection — Call Connie Kormanyos at 394-8061 or 394-3144, Ext. 224.

■ 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, call 394-5454.

■ Ladies Day Round Robin, Men’s Day Round Robin, Saturday Mixed Round Robin — at Cambier Park Tennis Center, call 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.; Call 450-1000.

■ Saturday Mixed Doubles Round Robin — at Cambier Park Tennis Center at 10:45 a.m.; Call 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 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; for information on tennis programs or any information about the park, call 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).

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