NAPLES — In what is being called the “Play for Blue” tennis event, the Naples Community Tennis Center is hoping to raise some “green” for charity Saturday on its green clay courts.
Proceeds will go toward raising funds for research and awareness for prostate cancer.
Play for Blue was conceived in February of 2008 by two prostate cancer survivors. Play for Blue’s mission is to improve the quality of men’s lives by promoting charitable events to support prostate cancer research, awareness and education on a local, national and global level.
This event will be a round-robin for men and women of all levels. Play will run from 8:30 a.m. until about 2 p.m. The cost is $35, which includes souvenirs and a hot breakfast.
For more, contact Trish at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Juniors to play at Cambier: The Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center at Cambier Park will host the Spring Tropical Junior Super Series tournament March 17-19. This USTA-sanctioned event will have boys and girls from throughout the state competing in singles and doubles in 10s, 12s, 14s, 16s and 18s.
The entry deadline is Monday. Entrants may sign up online at usatennisflorida.com. Call 213-3060.
Singles Flex League planned: The USTA Flex league is a way for singles players to work on their games, stay in shape and meet new players. Players also get more match experience and can schedule matches around work and family schedules.
Players will be in a flight and play each opponent in that flight at an agreed-upon time and place. Matches can be one a week, two a week, three a week, and so on.
The league is open to non-USTA members as well, so results of Flex League matches do not affect USTA members’ NTRP level. All results are entered in tennislink by the players, so it is fun to view the standings each week.
Registration is now open on tennislink. Go to www.ustaflex.com
Flight play begins the week of March 19 and will run eight to 10 weeks. On March 18, all registered players will receive an email when the flights are published on tennislink, For more, contact Bob Baker at 450-0825.
Waldorf courts busy: The Waldorf Astoria Naples tennis facility is offering a new round-robin from 10 a.m. to noon for men and women 3.5-plus players. The cost is $15 per person for non-members. Also, clinics are offered each day of the week at 9 a.m. for all levels. Call 594-6033.
“Stroke” of the Week” popular: The “Stroke of the Week” sessions headed up by Curly Davis are at the Naples Bath & Tennis Club. Sessions are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. Each week features instruction in a different stroke. The price is $8 per person (per clinic) and advance sign-up is not required, but recommended. Call 321-292-8759.
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Other activities: A rundown of other activities and events follows:
■ Saturday round-robins – at Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club; Begin Saturday from 4 to 5:30 p.m.; Reservations required; Call 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.
■ 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.