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U.S. Junior Teams Announced

Recently, the USTA announced the top American juniors who will represent the United States in the Junior Davis Cup (16-and-under) and Junior Fed Cup (16-and-under) by BNP Paribas and the World Junior Tennis Competition (14-and-under) North/Central American and Caribbean Championships. Each event features a four-team round robin competition April 26-28 in Merida, Mexico. Other nations participating include: Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

The top two teams from each division in the North/Central American and Caribbean Championships in Mexico will advance to the 16-nation World Final. The World Junior Tennis World Final will be held August 13-18 in Prostejov, Czech Republic, while the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup World Finals will be held September 25-30 in Barcelona, Spain.

Junior Davis Cup & Fed Cup

Jared Donaldson, Cumberland, R.I. ; Gabrielle Andrews, Pomona, Calif. ; Ernesto Escobedo, West Covina, Calif.

Brooke Austin, Indianapolis; Stefan Kozlov, Pembroke Pines, Fla. ; Taylor Townsend, Stockbridge, Ga.

Coach: Nicolas Todero

 Coach: Kathy Rinaldi 

World Junior Tennis – Boys & Girls

William Blumberg, Greenwich, Conn. ; Jada Hart, Colton, Calif. ; Michael Mmoh, Temple Hills, Md.

Emma Higuchi, Los Angeles Frances Tiafoe, College Park, Md.

Raquel Pedraza-Simpson, Claremont, Calif. Coach: Ricardo Acuna

 Coach: Sylvain Guichard 

Kozlov and Townsend train full-time at the USTA Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., while Blumberg trains at the USTA Training Center-East in Flushing, N.Y., and all three members of the girls’ World Junior Tennis team train at the USTA Training Center-West in Carson, Calif.

The three members of this year’s Junior Fed Cup team comprised the 2011 Junior Fed Cup team which qualified for the World Final but did not compete due to security concerns, and also made up the 2010 World Junior Tennis girls’ team that won a fourth consecutive title for the U.S.

In 2008, the U.S. became the first country to sweep all four titles in the same year. In addition to 2008, the U.S. boys’ World Junior Tennis team won back-to-back titles in 2002-03, and the Junior Davis Cup team won the title in 1999. The 2008 title was the first for the Junior Fed Cup team.

Former U.S. junior international team members include Jim Courier, Michael Chang, Andy Roddick, James Blake, Christina McHale, Sloane Stephens, Lindsay Davenport, Denis Kudla, Jennifer Capriati, Mardy Fish, Robby Ginepri, and Lisa Raymond.


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A Tennis Auction You Don’t Want to Miss!


NEWPORT, R.I., August 31, 2011- On the eve of the US Open women’s final, tennis legends, industry leaders, and dedicated fans of the sport will gather at Cipriani Wall Street for an exciting celebration of tennis to honor the greatest champions of the sport, particularly the newest inductees to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Andre Agassi and Peachy Kellmeyer. A highlight of the event will be a live and silent auction featuring incredible packages ranging from Centre Court tickets for the 2012 Wimbledon finals and autographed racquets from Hall of Famers Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl to an exciting Canadian Heli-Skiing Adventure and exclusive tennis training vacations.All proceeds of the event will benefit the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of tennis, inspiring junior tennis development, and providing a landmark for tennis enthusiasts worldwide.In addition to honoring the Hall of Fame Class of 2011, a number of tennis legends are scheduled to attend, including Chris Evert, Tracy Austin, Martina Navratilova, Pam Shriver, Bud Collins, Tony Trabert and many more. The event will also salute two great contributors and long time supporters of tennis, Dick Enberg and the Campbell Soup Company. Former WTA star Mary Carillo will serve as emcee.

More than 60 unique items will be offered in the live and silent auctions at The Legends Ball. Auction items may be previewed online, and advance bids may be submitted at: http://www.biddingforgood.com/tennisfameauction

Absentee bids are now being accepted and may be submitted via the website, or by contacting Gibby Harnett at gharnett@tennisfame.com or 401-324-3061.

Hugh Hildesley, Executive Vice President of Client Relations for Sotheby’s, will serve as auctioneer during the Live Auction. The following packages will be up for bid in this “Tribute to the Slams.”

  • Two coveted Centre Court tickets to the 2012 Wimbledon Ladies Final and Gentlemen’s Finalplus a three-night stay in a posh apartment in the Mayfair section of London.
  • An extraordinary Australian Open package including two seats in the President’s Suite for the 2012 Australian Open Men’s and Women’s Finalsand four nights accommodations at the Hilton on the Park in Melbourne.
  • Two great seats in Philippe Chatrier Stadium for both the Men’s and Women’s finals at the 2012 French Open.
  • Two tickets, with hospitality, to view the Men’s and Women’s Finals of the 2012 US Open from the President’s Box.

Topping of the Live Auction of Grand Slam tickets, an incredible five-day heli-skiing adventure in British Columbia will be up for bid. The package includes accommodations and skiing at the winning bidder’s choice of three spectacular destinations and is valued at more than $11,000.

A diverse selection of event tickets, luxury vacations, exclusive experiences, and unique collectible memorabilia will be offered in the silent auction. Highlights include a week-long stay in a six-bedroom villa in Jamaica, an exotic cruise on the luxe Azamara Cruise Line with ports ranging from Mumbai to Singapore to Buenos Aires; tickets to tennis events around the world including the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters Series in Monaco and the 2012 WTA Championships in Istanbul; autographed memorabilia from Hall of Fame tennis stars and other athletes including NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire and NHL star Brandon Dubinsky; golf at exclusive courses; tennis industry internships and much more.

A highlight of the silent auction will be a one-of-a-kind piece showcasing Andre Agassi’s career and Hall of Fame induction created by renowned sports and entertainment painter Malcolm Farley.

Additional highlights of the silent auction will include:
Exclusive Experiences: Tennis hit session and a round of golf with tennis great Todd Martin in Florida; a round of golf with Hall of Famer Stan Smith at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey;  internships with Tennis.com and the WTA; and the opportunity to be a racquet tester for Tennis.com.

Luxury Vacation Packages: Several dream vacations for tennis fans including an escape to the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club; a five-night stay with tennis and spa services at the luxurious Four Seasons Resort in Nevis, West Indies; and a four-day getaway to Longboat Key Club & Resort; a one-week stay in a downtown Paris apartment; a one-week stay at a luxe resort in Tortola or Antigua; family ski trips to Park City, Utah and Aspen, Colorado; and multiple getaways packed with amenities in Vermont, Delaware, and Memphis.
Unforgettable Events: Access to September and February Mercedes-Benz Fashion Weeks in New York; VIP experiences at the Rolex 24 at Daytona; 2012 Taste of Tennis tickets; concert tickets for an upcoming Dave Matthews Band concert, with an autographed poster from the band; New York Yankees tickets; 2012 US Open golf week-long grounds pass; and a Boston sports fan super package including tickets to home games for the Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics, and Patriots.

Autographed Memorabilia: Tennis racquets signed by Hall of Famers Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl; an autographed photo collection highlighting the great rivals of tennis, Agassi and Sampras, McEnroe and Borg, and Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal; and jerseys singed by New York Knicks star Amar’e Stoudemire and New York Ranger Brandon Dubinsky.
Tennis Tournament Ticket Packages: 2012 ATP World Tour Finals in London; 2012 WTA Championships in Istanbul, Turkey; Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters; 2011 Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic; WTT Smash Hits Celebrity Event in Ohio; Opening Day at the 2011 French Open; 2012 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells; 2012 Sony Ericsson Championship in Miami; and Opening Day at the 2012 US Open.

Tennis Camps & Academies: One week session for a junior player at the Chris Evert Academy; one week session for a junior player at the Mark Weil Tennis Academy; plus a weekend for adults at the nearby Ojai Valley Inn & Spa; one week for a junior at the IMG Academy of choice, including tennis, golf, football, baseball and more; and a one week at Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, along with an autographed racquet bag from doubles superstars Mike and Bob Bryan and a Prince EXO3 racquet.

Much More! Including apparel packages from Fila, Reebok, and Loriet Sports Apparel and membership at CityView Racquet Club.
For tickets, sponsorship opportunities, or to learn more about The Legends Ball, contact Meredith Forts at 401-849-3990 or mforts@tennisfame.com.

A preview of all auction items, and advance bidding, is available now on  http://www.biddingforgood.com/tennisfameauction 

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What’s 10 and under tennis?

It’s a chance for kids to learn real tennis and have real fun doing it. 10 and Under Tennis follows almost every other youth sport and uses racquets, balls and courts that are sized right for kids so that they enjoy the game right from the start.

Why “10 and Under Tennis” instead of “QuickStart Tennis”?

When the USTA launched the QuickStart Tennis Play Format in 2008, the name QuickStart was chosen to convey that this new play format was a quick and easy way for kids to start playing tennis. After a few years of experience and feedback, we’ve discovered the following:

For parents with young kids who already play tennis, the “QuickStart” name could have a negative connotation – that it’s not “real” tennis or refers to just beginner tennis.

 Whether a 10 and under player is a beginner or an advanced player, they should be playing on smaller courts with lower-bouncing, slower-moving balls and lighter, shorter racquets. These specifications will help kids at all levels improve their skill development.

QuickStart Tennis refers to a play format that can be used by anyone at any age to learn tennis more quickly – whether they are 6 years old, 12 years old or 70 years old. QuickStart Tennis is not a brand name that denotes “tennis for kids”.

With the 2012 rule change for kids 10 and under requiring tournament play on smaller courts with lower-bouncing, slower-moving balls and lighter, shorter racquets, it was an opportune time to change the name for this audience. Listening to your feedback, we decided on the name “10 and Under Tennis” to leverage the promotion of the rule change and to position this as “real tennis” for all kids under 10, whether they are beginners or advanced players.


10 and Under Tennis using the QuickStart Tennis play format takes a new and better approach to introducing kids to the game. Balls are lower in compression; they bounce lower and don’t move as fast so they are easier to hit. This allows kids time to get to the ball and helps them develop optimal swing patterns. Racquets are sized for small hands, and the courts are smaller and easier to cover. All that equals more fun and less frustration. Full sized courts can be reconfigured to accommodate up to six 36-foot courts, so instead of waiting in line, kids can spend their time playing.


Kids learn to play baseball by first playing t-ball; they use shorter, lighter bats and larger, softer balls. Kids learning basketball shoot baskets with kid-sized balls and lowered backboards; they play soccer on smaller fields with smaller goals. But when it comes to learning tennis, we still make children play on adult-sized courts with yellow balls and adult-sized racquets. This is asking a lot of a kid who could be 2/3 the size of an adult.

But tennis has finally caught up.

10 and Under Tennis follows the same logic as other youth sports like baseball or soccer: kid-sized courts and kid-sized equipment. The benefits are immediate. Within an hour kids are rallying, having fun and psyched for more. They’re playing real tennis and having real fun. And isn’t that the point?


There are many ways to get your kids involved in a 10 and Under Tennis program. By clicking on the Parents link on the right you can find valuable tips and information in our Parents’ Guide, learn about Community Programs near you, find organizers and facilities teaching 10 and Under Tennis, find programs and leagues – even information on becoming a coach yourself. 


The basic philosophy behind 10 and Under Tennis, using the QuickStart Tennis play format, is for kids to have fun learning and playing tennis. Besides being introduced to the sport through tennis programs, there are three ways for kids to get into and enjoy the game.

The first is spontaneous play. This can be as simple as hitting off a wall outside, and practicing hand-eye coordination and getting a feel for the ball and racquet. Courts can be set up at home in driveways or backyards – no different than the way kids play catch or shoot baskets.

Second is some kind of supervised play with parents or organizers getting a group of young players at local courts just as they would any other youth sport.

Lastly is structured play within an organized 10 and Under Tennis program.

The common theme with each of these types of play? Play. Get kids playing with the right racquets and low compression balls, and let them have fun.



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