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 Orange County captured two titles, and Jacksonville and Miami one each during the 2011 Jr. Team Tennis Summer Sectional 8-Under, 10-Under & 12-Under Championships, held July 22-24 on the claycourts at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach.Orange County (part of the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford metropolitan area) announced itself as the capital of 10 and Under Tennis in Florida when it swept the two 10-and-under divisions, with its "United 8s" team winning the 8-and-under division title, and its "United 10s" squad capturing the 10-and-under title.This was the first year that the USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis Summer Sectional Championships featured an 8-and-under division, played with the new USTA 10 and Under Tennis equipment, featuring shorter nets, smaller racquets, softer balls and 36-foot court dimensions (compared to a 78-foot adult court) so that small children are not forced to adjust to heavy adult racquets and high-bouncing balls.
Orlando repeated at the 14-Intermediate champion, and Gainesville, Jacksonville and Broward County also earned berths to the USTA Jr. Team Tennis Nationals during the USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis 18-U & 14-U Summer Section Championship, held July 29-31, 2011, at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach. The Summer Section Championships is a national qualifier, with the winning divisional teams advancing to represent Florida at the USTA Jr. Team Tennis National Championships. The 2011 USTA Jr. Team Tennis National Championships will be held in Surprise, Ariz., on Oct. 20-23 (14 and under division) and Oct. 27-30 (18 and under division) at The Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex. "The Florida Summer Section Championships always brings out the highest levels of competition with berths to nationals on the line," said USTA Florida Team Tennis Coordinator Michelle Willis. "Congratulations to the Orlando, Gainesville, Jacksonville and Broward County teams for surviving the 90 degree temperatures and supporting their teams all season through local play to make it to the sectional and nationals."
    Twenty-six male beginning tennis players received a free morning of clinics, demonstrations, prizes and give-ways, and lunch during the USTA F.L. (Fun League) Tennis Blast, held recently, at the tennis facility located at Coral Reef Park in the Village of Palmetto Bay, Fla.    "The morning started out with a 30-minute clinic put on by Babolat representative Richard Mennig and Steve Hanssen, our men's league coordinator," said USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator for the Miami area Cathy Nordlund. "They tried out the different Babolat racquets and Richard explained the importance of understanding the basic trade-offs between power and control in relation to string tension. All this was very informative to the beginner players."    Players were assigned a court and played some friendly round-robin tennis, rotating every 20 minutes to play and meet different people. The group had lunch at the Park Cafe, where they learned more about USTA League opportunities and programs for beginner players. Participants received goodies and gear, including t-shirts, and two Babolat tennis bags were raffled.
The "Coral Reef Cool Kids" 8-and-under team wasn't hard to miss in their tie-dye t-shirts at the USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis 8-and-under Championships in July at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach. Neither was their team captain, Kara Borromeo, in her tie-dye shirt and clipboard, roaming the courts and speaking to her parent court-captains.The teaching pro at Coral Reef Park in South Miami, Borromeo and her fellow pro Leroy Pettis have seen the USTA's new 10 and Under Tennis format create an explosion of junior tennis interest at their center. The two began as a "traveling team," using the 10 and Under Tennis equipment on their own before their city-run facility embraced the format.Now Borromeo and Pettis oversee a small herd of 10 and Under Tennis and Jr. Team Tennis players, as exemplified at the Jr. Team Tennis Florida Section Championships where they fielded teams in the 8-and-under, 10-and-under, 12-and-under, 14-and-under, and two in the 18-and-under divisions.
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers have recalled Colombian defender Cristian Quiñones from the Atlanta Silverbacks, pending USSF approval. The team has also loaned Scottish midfielder Grant Kerr to Atlanta for the remainder of the season, pending USSF approval. “We felt it was important to have Cristian back here as a defender to give us cover,” said Strikers head coach Daryl Shore. “Injuries have left us a little thin at the back, and Cristian is a young defender who did well with us when he was here on trial.” Quiñones, 20, had been on loan with the Silverbacks since June 22. He has served as a reserve most of the season thus far, starting in Atlanta’s 1-0 loss to Carolina on July 30.