Local tennis column: Regional USTA Adult League championships loom

— Regional USTA Adult League championships are on the line the next two weekends at eight sites around the Sunshine State. The Naples Grande Beach Resort is among the facilities hosting regional action. At stake are berths in the 2011 USTA Florida Adult League Section Championships.

The first weekend of regional competition will take place this weekend in Daytona Beach, Gainesville, Pensacola and Tampa. Next weekend, play will take place not only in Naples, but Altamonte Springs, Boca Raton and Daytona Beach as well.

Collier County and Lee/Charlotte teams will be participating.

At the Naples Grande Beach Resort on July 16-17, women’s participating teams are:

■ Women 3.0 Division -- Lee/Charlotte counties (captain: Amy Newton), Collier County (Claudia Hammon);

■ Women 3.5 Division -- Lee/Charlotte counties (captain: Joan Lake), Collier County (Lisa Weiler);

■ Women 4.0 Division -- Lee/Charlotte counties (captain: Jane Zito), Collier County (Jocelyn Badiu).

The men’s participating teams at Naples Grande are:

■ Men 3.5 Division -- Lee/Charlotte counties (captain: Mark Fair), Collier County (Steven Akers);

■ Men 4.0 Division -- Lee/Charlotte counties (captain: Ken Savage), Collier County (Richard Dingfelder);

■ Men 4.5 Division -- Lee/Charlotte counties (captain: Darin Schultz), Collier County (Frank Fourgeau) .

Players compete in National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) divisions according to their player ratings. NTRP is the official system for determining the levels of competition for USTA League.

The regional championship teams will advance to compete at the USTA Florida Adult League Section Championships, to be held Aug. 12-14 (2.5, 3.5 & 4.5 divisions) and Aug. 19-21 (3.0, 4.0 & 5.0 divisions) at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach.

USTA Florida Section winners will then advance to the USTA League National Championships at various locations in September and October.

Racket royalty in your future?: Pelican Marsh will host the first in a series of "King of the Court" and "Queen of the Court" summer tennis doubles tournaments this Saturday. This first event is open to all players rated 4.0 and above. Players choose their partners and play men's doubles or women's doubles. Each team plays at least three matches and each match is one set (or a "short-set" if needed). Warm-up is at 9 a.m., matches begin at 9:30 and the event will conclude by noon.

As of Tuesday, Pelican Marsh pro Pete Minarich said he had six 9.0 men's teams and eight 8.0 men's teams signed up for the first "King of the Court" competition. He added that some of the best players in Southwest Florida will be competing, including Tye Myers, Frank Fourgeau, Orlando Ferrer, Jr. and Jim Harris.

The cost is $10 per player. Beverages are provided throughout the morning and gift certificates are to be awarded to the top teams. The other dates this summer are: 7.0 combined (3.5 players) July 23 and the 6.0 combined (3.0 players) Aug. 6.

Call 514-3200.

Drop Shot Junior Classic: The Arthur Allen Tennis Center at Cambier Park will hold its Drop Shot Junior Classic this weekend. This USTA-sanctioned event will spotlight boys and girls from throughout Florida in singles 10s, 12s, 14s, 16s and 18s. The entry fee is $35. There will be consolation brackets for first-round losers. Call 213-3060.

USTA offers kids a deal: The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is offering free USTA Junior Memberships to all children age 10 and younger. The membership promotion, which was launched during the Fourth of July weekend, is open to all first-time junior members until Dec. 31. This special USTA membership offer has the potential to allow more kids to try USTA programs, including USTA Junior Tournaments and USTA Jr. Team Tennis.

In addition, participating junior members will receive a variety of benefits, including Bounce, a special quarterly publication geared toward young players and their parents, preferred ticket access to pro tennis tournaments throughout the country, and discounts on merchandise and apparel.

To join the USTA and receive the free membership, new junior members can sign up by one of the following ways using source code: NEWGAME: Calling USTA Membership Services at 1-800-990-8782, or visiting USTA Membership Services online at www.TRYUSTA.com/KIDS.

The special membership offer is part of the USTA's innovative initiative, 10-and-Under Tennis, designed to help get more kids involved in the sport.

Vanderbilt busy summer spot: Vanderbilt Country Club tennis pro Ronnie Hilburn says the summer round-robin schedule continues every Wednesday and Friday. Players must have a USTA rating of 3.0, 3.5 or higher. To sign up, call the tennis shop at 348-1725. There will be a cost of $3 for refreshments and balls to be provided.

For the men, summer play continues every Thursday and Saturday through the summer. The weekly cost again is $3.

Hilburn also is offering a clinic for women on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. Called “Moving Up,” the clinics are for 3.0 players who want to move to the 3.5 level. Clinics are limited to six students.

There is a series of clinics for ladies at the 3.5-and-above level. It’s called “Better Doubles Strokes and Strategies” and it is at 9 a.m. every Saturday. Hilburn breaks down a specific progression of techniques. Each week is to have a new shot. Clinics are limited to the first eight students.

Curly Davis Tennis Camp: Tennis author Curly Davis is offering free 20-minute tennis evaluations to juniors or adults at the Naples Bath & Tennis Club. He also is offering private and group lessons. Call 321-292-8759 to make an appointment

Summer round-robins: Heritage Bay has summer round-robins, with play at all levels. Men's 3.0 doubles are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Women's 3.0 play is on Mondays with the Women's 3.5 on Wednesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. Mixed Doubles 3.5/4.0 is on Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m.

The cost is $5 for non-members and players must call 304-5911 to sign up.

Quail Creek summer round-robins: Men's Interclub Wednesday and Friday from 9 to 11 a.m.; Women's Interclub on Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m.; Cost is $3; Call Marty Harvey at 597-9725.

Boot camps continue: The “Original 9-Hour Woman's Tennis Intensive Doubles Boot Camp” is running weekly through Aug. 5 at the Heritage Bay Golf and Country Club. The camp is from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Wednesday and the cost is $150 per person. This program is for 3.5-and-above players who want to raise their games to the next level. Players must be able to hit with pace and direction. Call 304-5911.

Men’s Interclub arranged: Pelican Landing hosts men’s interclub events each Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. now through Aug. 31. Play is for levels 3.5 and 4.0 and the cost is $4 per person. To find out more or sign up, call Pelican Landing Tennis Center one week prior to play at 495-8100.

Summer adult play at Bonita Bay: Paula Scheb at the Bonita Bay Club reports that the facility again is holding adult round-robin action through the week of Sept. 16.

All round-robins are from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Players simply need to call 495-3573.

Options for juniors abound: Area club pros have put together their summer junior programs. Dates, costs and the types of activities vary from club to club. Organizers who have provided details follow:

■ Heritage Bay Summer Junior Tennis Camp: ages 6-14; call 304-5911.

■ The Preeg-Doherty Tennis Academy: at The Dunes running through the summer; call John Preeg or Lisa Preeg a 593-9736.

■ Vineyards Country Club Junior Tennis: Tuesday and Thursday afternoons running to Aug. 18; Grades 6-12; call Joy Frederick or Nancy Geiman at 353-1105.

■ Vanderbilt Country Club junior tennis clinics: for ages 6-14; call Ronnie Hilburn at 348-1725.

■ Hammock Bay Summer Sports Camp: Tennis, golf and swim; Various sessions through Aug. 5; Cal Karolee Towe at 259-1132.

■ Olde Cypress Summer Sports Camp: Tennis, golf and swim; Various sessions start June 21 and run through Aug. 12; Call Karolee Towe at 259-1132.

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Other activities: A rundown of other activities and events follows:

■ Summer Drill Clinics: at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club Tennis Center; Monday 2.0-2.5 level, Tuesday 3.5 level, Wednesday 3.0 level; all clinics are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Cost: $20. Contact Chris Eddy at 435-4351.

■ Junior Development Tennis: Sessions held at Arthur Allen Tennis Center in downtown Naples at Cambier Park. Classes run Monday through Thursday. Pee-Wees 3:15-4 p.m. for ages 4-6; Futures 4-5 p.m. for ages 6-8; Tournament 4-5:30 p.m. for ages 7-16; Contact the Arthur Allen Tennis Center at 213-3060.

■ Hammock Bay Tennis Programs - Offering private lessons and clinics, Live Ball Drill Session on Tuesdays, Morning Tennis Drill and Round Robin on Wednesdays and "Just for Starters" Clinics on Thursdays. Contact Head Tennis Professional Karolee Towe at 465-2922.

■ 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.

■ Friday Night Round Robins – at Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club; 5:30 to 7 p.m; Cost: $11; Call 435-4351.

■ 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.

■ 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; Call 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.

Those wishing to have events or activities included in the weekly Friday local tennis roundup should email the information to Tom Rife at heart22@comcast.net by 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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