NAPLES — A trip to Daytona Beach was one sweet ride for three local men’s tennis teams.
After finishing with a 7-1 record in Collier County action, the Players Club & Spa at Lely Resort's USTA 3.0 Men's Super Senior squad represented Naples in the USTA Sectional at Daytona this past weekend. While more than 400 players of various skill levels competed from all over Florida, the Naples USTA 3.0 team swept all of its Men’s Super Senior Doubles matches to become USTA Florida Sectional champion.
The Naples USTA 3.0 Men's Super Senior doubles team at Daytona was captained by Jim Moore. The final win was over Gainesville/Lake City.
The Naples 4.0 men, captained by John Suter, won top honors over Pensacola. The men’s 4.5 Naples-based team also won first-place honors. That squad was captained by George Morton and it beat teams located in Jacksonville and St. Pete/Clearwater in a double-round robin format over three days.
The section champs now will represent Florida in the USTA nationals in April of 2011. The site is to be determined.
Jacksonville edged defending champion Naples, captained by Linda Larkin, in the Women's 4.0 division.
Turville tops: While local junior standouts Gordon Watson and Bjorn Fratangelo were winning boys Easter Bowl titles last week in Palm Springs, Calif., Naples resident Larry Turville was also in Palm Springs, winning the National Men’s 60 Hard Courts at Mission Hills Country Club.
Turville defeated No. 1 seed Brian Cheney in the finals 6-1, 6-2. After a trip to Germany in May to play for a German club team in Pforzheim, Turville will be headed to Sylva, N.C. to work at the Balsam Mountain Reserve for the summer.
City tourney nears: With just one week remaining before play begins, staffers at the Arthur Allen Tennis Center at Cambier Park continue to feverishly accept registrations for the 41st annual City of Naples Tennis Championships. The action runs throughout May.
Friday is the entry deadline for adults. The Junior section of this year’s tournament will be played the first weekend of May. The entry deadline for the junior divisions is Monday.
The tradition of this event and the convenient set-up-your-own-match format draw extraordinary numbers of participants. Past numbers have exceeded 600 entries of various types.
The Players Party will be on the evening of May 20. There also will be a month-long silent auction going on to benefit youth
Call the pro shop at 213-3060 or go to www.allentenniscenter.com to sign up to play.
One more time: Naples Grande’s last tennis event for the season will be Thursday, April 29, from 8:30 to 11 a.m., with lunch to be served afterward. The PBI professionals at the Grande are inviting players from the Naples Grande Tennis Club and from the local community to play in a round-robin mix-up with the PBI pros Jacob Hansen, Mike Manzella, Alex Millet and Fabio Vasconcellos. The cost per player is $20, which includes lunch and prizes. For reservations, phone 594-6033 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good cause served: The Lee Memorial Health System Foundation recently announced that more than $165,000 was raised at the Bonita Bay Celebrity Tennis Tournament. Proceeds from the event will benefit Barbara's Friends, an organization that raises funds for The Children's Hospital Cancer Unit. Barbara Haskell, who lost her life at the age of 32 to breast cancer, is
the inspiration for Barbara's Friends. After her passing, her parents, Betty and Frank Haskell, helped make her wish to help children come true by establishing Barbara's Friends.
The event featured 18 former tennis professionals who competed in a Pro Challenge narrated by noted network tennis analyst Mary Carillo of Naples.
Browne honored: Doug Browne of Marco Island is the Collier Division Pro of the Year, named by the United States Professional Tennis Association. Browne will be honored at the USPTA Florida Division Convention luncheon June 5 in Key Largo. It marks the second time in four years that Browne has won the award.
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A rundown of other activities and events follows:
■ Junior/high school lessons – given by Ron St. John, USPTA 1 Pro; all levels but also those interested in improving to play at the high school level; Call 289-1963.
■ 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.
■ 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, call 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.
■ 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, call 213-3060; Tuesdays at 11 a.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).