NAPLES — In Southwest Florida, tennis players generally don’t rake leaves to get into the autumn swing. Instead, many of them get in their swings by playing in the wide variety of local leagues that are offered.
Such leagues are now gearing up for another busy fall run.
The CTA League, sponsored by the Collier County Community Tennis Association, is an interclub adult tennis league with doubles play at all levels. Leagues for the Fall 2009 season are the Day League, Mixed Doubles League and Night League -- all beginning Oct. 15-21 and continuing through mid-December.
An informational and new captains meeting is coming up at 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, at the Longshore Lake Tennis Center.
The USPTA Bonita League is an adult day interclub league. Again this fall, the league will have men’s and women’s doubles teams competing at all levels. Clubs from the North Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero areas are encouraged to participate.
An informational and new captains meeting for this circuit is set for Tuesday, Sept. 29 at the Bonita Bay Country Club Tennis Center.
Computerized registration of teams for both leagues runs Sept. 28 through Oct. 4. The programs have a new Web site at www.swfla-tennis.com. For additional information, contact Vivian Welsh, league coordinator, at 571-6935 or e-mail Welsh at email@example.com.
Meanwhile, USTA Naples will hold the captains meeting for the fall session at 1 p.m. on Oct.3 at Hodges University, Science Building, Rooms S-5 and S-6. The leagues involved are the Senior, Senior Mixed, Super Senior, Super 70s and the Flex. It is important that captains -- or a designated person -- attend this meeting in order to be more well-informed to help the teams.
For more information on the Senior, Senior Mixed and Super Seniors, contact Linda Kleitch at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information regarding the Super 70s and the Flex Leagues, contact Bob Baker at email@example.com.
The Col-Lee Tennis League is organizing for the fall 2009 season. Play will begin Nov. 2 and continue through mid-December.
The League offers play in the following divisions: 50/60-plus women 2.5; 50/60-plus women 3.0; 50/60-plus women 3.5; 50-plus men 4.0-3.5, 60-plus men 2.5, 60-plus men 3.0, 60-plus men 3.5, 70-plus men open and 70-plus men 3.0.
Registration forms will be mailed soon to all tennis club professionals and previous team captains. Those who did not play last season and would like to enter a three-court team, or who would like more information, can call Rich Hennings at 597-7762 or visit the Web at www.colleetennis.com.
OPEN MEMORIES ABOUND: Roger and Amber Hill of Naples were the big winners of USTA Florida's adult membership drive. This week they returned home from their Grand Prize trip to the U.S. Open.
The package included including two tickets for two sessions in Arthur Ashe Stadium, roundtrip airfare for two and two nights of hotel accommodations.
"Taking 'The 7' (subway) from Grand Central Station to Flushing and then walking right into USTA's Fan Appreciation Day was great!" Roger said. "Walking into Arthur Ashe Stadium was such a rush it was surreal. Seeing Venus (Williams), then Rafa (Nadal) with the sun setting, the crowd ... We couldn't have had a better start to our trip. “Saturday we hit the jackpot: Roger Federer vs. Lleyton Hewitt, then (Maria) Sharapova vs. (Melanie) Oudin, then (Andy) Roddick vs. (John) Isner all in one day. It was the best session of the tournament."
Amber Hill said the trip to their first U.S. Open was a “dream come true.”
Roger is a 4.0 player and Amber a 3.0 player in Naples tennis leagues, and they also play in the Mixed 7.0 league together.
"Tennis is part of our lives year-round," Amber said. "My husband has played tennis his whole life and I am newer to the game. I actually took it up three years ago and have never been more passionate about a sport."
PLAY ON NORTH NAPLES CLAY: The North Naples Clay Court Championships tournament is coming up Oct. 16-25. This year will mark the 23rd annual event and throughout its run, the event has been called the largest amateur charity tournament in Collier County. Local tennis players and teaching professionals alike participate in the week-long action for the benefit of a designated charity, with local sponsors donating funds and prizes in support.
The charity for 2009 will be the “40 Love Foundation,” a new nonprofit endeavor whose mission appeals to those passionate about tennis and helping others. Initially, the Foundation will function as an outreach program, sending tennis professionals and volunteers to under-served populations of the community to teach the sport as a big part of a healthy lifestyle.
To find out more about participation and sponsorship, call 597-8431 or log onto www.naplescommunitytennis.com to register.
CCWTA MEETING SET: The Collier County Women’s Tennis Association (CCWTA) will hold its annual meeting event on Saturday, Oct. 3, at The Naples Tennis Club and Resort. There will be a round-robin direted by Bill Beverly and luncheon buffet. Space is limited. Reserve a spot by contacting Pam Kennedy at 498-5155 or firstname.lastname@example.org
TAKE IN THE ACTION: The USPTA International Championships will be held at The Players Club & Spa at Lely Resort and Eagle Creek on Sept. 21-24. The tournament offers complimentary viewing open to the public.
Play can be viewed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The event features men’s and women’s singles and doubles open (any age through 85 years). Denny Rager says many local tennis professionals will be competing.
INTER-CLUB ACTION COMING UP: The Naples Inter-Club Tennis Association (NICTA) will continue this fall for day and night sessions for ladies 3.5 and 4.0. The format is three courts of doubles.
For day teams, play is Thursday for 4.0 Women and Friday for 3.5 Women. For night teams, play is Tuesday for 4.0 Women and Wednesday for 3.5 Women.
Registration is $5 per player and continues through Oct. 2. NICTA is an alternative to USTA tennis during the fall. NICTA follows the USTA rules and guidelines. NICTA does not require players to be a member of the club they are playing out of.
A captains meeting is set for noon on Thursday, Oct. 1 Register a team by contacting Mira at email@example.com (287-2929) or Donna at firstname.lastname@example.org (269-4966).
More information is online at www.NICTAtennis.com
MARCO EVENT RETURNS: For the second straight year, the autumn will be celebrated on Marco Island with the playing of the City of Marco Island Fall NTRP Championships. Action will run Oct. 9-11 at the Marco Island Racquet Center on San Marco Road.
Divisions will be men’s 3.0 to 5.0 singles and doubles and women’s 2.5 to 4.5 singles and doubles. The entry fee is $40 per singles player and $20 per doubles player. The entry deadline is 6 p.m. on Oct. 6. For more details, call Bill Van Glabek at 394-5454.
“GIRLS OF AUTUMN” WANTED: The Quail Creek Country Club again will host its annual Girls of Autumn events for players in the 3.0 and 3.5 categories. The 3.0 tourney will be Wednesday, Oct. 7 and the 3.5 event will be Friday, Oct. 9.
Each event will run from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by lunch. The format will be fixed partner round-robin. The entry fee is $24 per person and all entries must have an appropriate NTRP rating.
To register, call 597-9725.
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A rundown of other 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 email@example.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).