NAPLES — The Dunes in North Naples will conduct its annual professional singles tournament Saturday and Sunday. This event will bring together the area’s finest professionals in a winner-take-all, prize-money format.
This year’s seeds are Tye Myers (The Dunes), Franco Mata (formerly from Mozambique and now the Port Royal Club), two-time winner Manual Encalada (Edcuador), Johnathan David (Canada), Sal Procacci (The Vineyards), Nester Nunez (Fiddler’s Creek) and former Clemson star, Brian Twente.
Play will begin Saturday with quarterfinal matches scheduled for noon and 2 p.m. On Sunday, the semifinals will be at noon and the finals at 3. This tournament is open to the public. For more information, call John or Lisa Preeg at The Dunes, 593-9736.
Super Seniors update: The 2010 Florida Super Senior circuit moves to the St. Petersburg Tennis Center this week. Some Naples resident winners from last week at the Meadows in Sarasota were Larry Turville in the Men’s 55s and Wolfgang Jaeger in the Men’s 60s. The Florida Grand Prix point standings as of Feb. 20 are (by age, player and points): 55 -- Joe Rasgado 925, Fred Robinson 500, Larry Turville 400, Roscoe Tanner 400; 60 -- Larry Turville 700, Wolfgang Jaeger 660, Jared Florian 515, Owen Robertson 375; 65 -- Fred Drilling 915, Donald Long 610, Niesi Sie 560, Jimmy Parker 500; 70 -- Joe Bachmann 900, Carlos Sendel 575, Bob Shaver 500, L. Hill Griffin 315; 75 -- Dick Crawford 779, Gordon Hammes 725, King Van Nostrand 700, Bob Thompson 560; 80 -- Clem Hopp 775, Fred Sarkis 560, Joe Beeson 550, Lorne Main 500; 85 -- Ben Moore 975, Joseph Sperrazza 560, Bob Meyerdierks 500, Duke Bown 350; 90 -- Ted Heisler 900, Anthony Coker 615, John Benn 375.
In other Super Senior news, a number of Southwest Florida players fared well in terms of the 2009 rankings. Len Bunge of Bonita Springs, for example, ended up No. 1 in the 80s indi dual doubles in the USTA national rankings. In the team rankings, Bunge was in the top 12 three times with three different players. He was No. 12 nationally in Men’s 80 singles. In Men’s 55 singles, Larry Turville of Naples reached the No. 22 national ranking. Turville ended up No. 10 in Men’s 55 national doubles team rankings, No. 6 in 55 individual doubles, No.3 in Men’s 60 singles, No. 23 in Men’s 60 individual doubles and No. 10 in Men’s 60 team doubles. Fred Drilling was No. 5 in Men’s 65 singles, 34th in 65 team doubles, 24th in 65 individual doubles. James Landin ended up 23rd in Men’s 70 singles, 26th in 70 individual doubles, 16th in 70 team doubles. Charles DeVoe was 22nd in Men’s 75 singles, 10th in Men’ s 75 individual doubles, while Robert Klein was 17th nationally in Men’s 85 singles.
Help out Haiti victims: The “First Serve for Haiti” and Sunshine State Foundation fund-raiser is coming up Saturday at the Naples Community Tennis Center. It will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds and donations will benefit the Sunshine State Foundation and Haiti Orphange in Need.
The event will include exhibitions by FGCU men and women team members, with ATP Tour pro Jesse Witten scheduled to participate. There will be a Babolat Demo Day sponsored by Pro-Am Tennis, as well as clinics, drills and other contests. The event is open to all participation is free. Organizers will be taking donations of children's clothing, shoes (new or used), over-the-counter medicines, Band-Aids, water, baby food and all other useful supplies. The fun will shift to South Street Grill from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Call 597-8431 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Exhibition set: Friday, the Naples Grande Tennis Center will host a tennis exhibition featuring players from the Florida Gulf Coast University's women's team. Bibiana Almeida, originally from Portugal, and Farah LeClercq from Belgium will entertain the crowd with a singles match, followed by a doubles match in which Jennifer Gabou, the FGCU team's head coach and 2005 NCAA Champion, will be joined by Scott Teller, one of the PBI Tennis Profesionals on staff at the Grande for a mixed-up doubles match. Members and non-members are invited and the fee -- it includes appetizers -- is $15 per person. The event will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Then on Saturday, the Grande will host its first Mixed Doubles Invitational Round-Robin, with players divided into three groups of six pairs each. The pairs will play each other to find out the winner in each division. The event is to begin at 8:30 a.m. with registration. Matches are from 9 a.mm to noon and lunch is afterwards. Members of the Grande pay $20 and non-members pay $30 and that includes lunch. For more details, please call PBI tennis Director Fabio Vasconcellos at 594-6033.
Put your ‘Racquets Up’: The sixth annual “Rackets Up!” tennis event will be held Saturday at Quail Creek Country Club off Immokalee Road. Players can join in the doubles round robin, grouped by ability for friendly competition.
There will be contests, prizes, a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle and refreshments. The $40 entry fee includes refreshments, an event shirt, sport drinks, and free items. To play, pre-register at the Quail Creek Tennis shop at 597-9725. The maximum is 96 players. Players’ friends are invited to observe events and to participate at the silent auction. Proceeds from this event benefit The Salvation Army Child Care Center. For information, contact Chris Nind 775-9447.
League meetings scheduled: The USTA Naples Spring Captains mandatory meeting will be held on March 6 at Hodges University. It will be at 1 p.m. for the Adult, Adult Mixed, Adult and Senior Combo, Tri-level and Flex Leagues. It is very important it for captains, especially those who are new, to attend in order to learn the ins and outs of league play and a captain’s responsibilities. Contact Linda Kleitch at email@example.com for the adult leagues, Donna Koenig at firstname.lastname@example.org for the Adult Mixed, Adult Combo and Senior Combo Leagues and Bob Baker at email@example.com for the Tri-level and Flex Leagues.
Watson, Clark dominate: Amid snowstorms, the Augusta National Open was held Feb. 13-17 at the Newman Tennis Center in Augusta, Ga. The first day of play was delayed by more than six inches of snow on the courts. Overall, though, the weather didn't seem to slow down Gordon Watson (16) as he pressed on to victory in both singles and doubles.
In singles, Watson faced his doubles partner, Naples’ Brett Clark, in the semifinals. The match ultimately was decided in a 12-10 third-set tie-breaker. In the finals, Gordon played fellow Floridian Roy Lederman and at 5-all, Lederman stretched for a forehand and turned his ankle, having to default. With the temperatures in the 20s, Watson and Clark teamed up to win the doubles against the Tennessee twosome of Nick Wood and Sean Karl.
Watson is ranked No. 2 in Florida in the boys 16s, and No. 6 in the state in the boys 18s. He is ranked top 25 in the nation.
Mid-Winter champs: The Arthur Allen Tennis Center was the site of the Naples Mid-Winter Junior Challenge this past weekend. The singles winners were Kanishkh Ramesh (Boys 10), Austin Yannone (Boys 12), Christopher Green (Boys 14), Piercarlo Bianchardi (Boys 16), Oliver Becerra-Jeriaa (Boys 18), Amanda Ruci (Girls 10), Mijana Vukajlovic (Girls 12), Ja'Cara Gillis (Girls 14), Grace Dowling (Girls 16) and Vivienne David (Girls 18).
Junior Series heats up: Taylor Scott rekindled her winning ways in the girls event of this past weekend’s USPTA/JusTennis Junior Tennis Series. Scott, the defending series champion, overcame QiQi Anderson 8-2 in the finals.
Colin Christensen won the Boys event with an 8-6 finals victory over Jared Kiefer. The series now has a four-way tie for first place in the Grand Prix standings. Scott, Anderson, Christensen and Jessica Rakich all have seven points. The next Junior Tennis Series event is a singles tournament March 6 at Vineyards Community Park. The registration deadline is Thursday, March 4. Contact Collier County Parks tennis pro Spike Gonzales at 248-0894.
Seacrest Fundraiser held: Naples Bay Resort recently held activities benefitting Seacrest Country Day School. Activities included an exhibition by area tennis pros, a clinic and round-robin tournament. This benefit raised more than $15,000 for Seacrest Country Day's athletic department.
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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.
■ 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.
■ 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).