On a crisp, picture perfect Florida fall day last Saturday, November 15, eighteen local teams of enthusiastic tennis players met at Fort Gatlin Tennis Center for the USTA Florida Team Tennis Challenge. This event was the season ender for a very successful season of Junior Team Tennis in Central Florida, that included several weeks of league play for over 100 young players in the area. As well, other players from Port Orange and surrounding areas participated in the challenge to offer more competition.
Team Tennis is a great program that gets kids out playing tennis in a less pressured environment than tournaments. They get to join a team with their friends or make new ones in the process. The matches at this past weekend’s Team Tennis Challenge were friendly, but competitive! A lunch of pizza was provided by the tournament, and families were gathered all around cheering on their teams! Several of the younger players made cheer posters to encourage their teams.
This program is offered to players 18 and younger and include several matches, usually in a timed format so that players and families can plan when they will start and finish. There are levels of play including modified balls and equipment for players just getting started, and regulation play from intermediate to advanced. It’s an affordable and fun way to get match play experience, hone their skills, and most importantly have fun! Parents can volunteer to help the league by being Captains, Team Moms and Dads, or just by coming out to cheer.
A spring season of Junior Team Tennis in the Mid Florida region will be offered early next year. Contact Shelly Licorish Licorish@florida.usta.com for more information on joining, forming a team, or if you would like to volunteer for next season at one of the sites offering the program.
8U-Red Ball Division-Participation medals recipients:
Team: JEarp -Orlando
Roster: Mr. Basker (Captain), Tanvi Chirumamilla, Jozef Miesak, Sreenathan Shakhmoori, Ivan Basker
Team: Lake Cane Spinners—Lake Cane Tennis Center, Orlando
Roster: Vitali Urbanovich (Captain), Sofia Arquets-Restrepo, Juan David Arias, Riya Bhanji Victoria A. Roth
Team: Riverside Raptors- Riverside Country Club, Orlando
Roster: Vipin Goyal (Captain), Izzy Mogridge, Morgan OvermanChloe Pinkston
Team: Lake Cane Slicers Lake Cane Tennis Center, Orlando
Roster: Hunaina Sattar (Captain), Manha Kola, Anay Pachori, Noor Sattar, Zahra Zafar
Roster: Pavani Bikkini (Captain), Amanda Chambers, Cassidy Chambers, Shreyash Shakhamoori, Iyengar Sampada, Jathin Gadiparthi
Team: Wildcat- Orlando
Roster: Dave Dickinson (Captain), Alex Lam, Joshua Algee, Bryce Gottschalk, Carson Combs
Team: Country Club of Orlando
Roster: Mason Addison(Captain), Calvin Agar, Molly Hencken, Morgan Hyltin, Drew Middleton
Team: Fort Gatlin Tennis Center, Orlando
Roster: Zulcy Reina (Captain), Nichols Bertou, Jocelyn Lam, Adam Negron, Sabrina Rodriquez
Team: PopKids- Orlando
Roster: Tara Beacham (Captain), Adia Allen,Candace Camoche,Tyler Martin,Timothy Ryan, Paxton Sommers, Chelese Washington
Team: Topspinners- Riverside Country Club, Orlando
Roster: Vipin Goyal (Captain), Nicolas Cai, Charles Ellis, Yuk Yiu Fung, Chhavi Goyal, Conor Mohre