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‘Champions’ Program Partners with HEAD Penn
The Junior Tennis Champions Center, a not-for-profit junior development program in College Park, Md., announced an official partnership with HEAD Penn Racquet Sports. The three-year agreement will see Penn become the official ball of the Junior Tennis Champions Center, and Head racquets become an official program racquet sponsor.
“Our players love Head racquets, and Penn is a great ball,” says Martin Blackman, director of the Champions program. “A partnership with an industry leader like HEAD Penn brings us one step closer to our goal of establishing our program as the best in the world. Whether it is on the court or in the classroom, our program is all about excellence.” The partnership will give students access to new Head equipment and product testing.
“It’s great to be associated with a boutique academy that works with nationally ranked junior players and helps juniors that may not normally have the financial capabilities to play tennis,” says Amy Wishingrad, HEAD Penn’s national promotions manager.
The Junior Tennis Champions Center began in 1999 and has produced 10 national champions in all junior age groups. More than 40 of its players have gone on to play tennis at top universities and four former Champions Centers students are currently competing on the pro tours. The center also offers free clinics and financial aid for underserved families. This year, the program awarded more than $200,000 in financial aid to kids in the program.
Gimelstob Headlines Tennis Teachers Conference
Do you teach or coach tennis? Stay up on the latest techniques shaping the sport and be a part of the changing U.S. approach to teaching tennis to thousands of youth and adult players by attending the 38th annual USTA Tennis Teachers Conference.
The TTC will be at the Grand Hyatt in New York City from Aug. 23 to 26, just as the 2008 US Open begins. Special on-court demonstrations will be at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
More than 600 teaching pros and coaches from across the country and internationally are expected to attend. Greg Patton, Ken DeHart and Pete Collins will lead the American contingent of speakers, while international faculty include Dave Miley from the ITF, Steve Martens from the LTA and Wayne Elderton from Tennis Canada. The sessions offer a full array of topics including drills, mental skills, film analysis of strokes, team practices, conditioning, injury prevention, nutrition, singles/doubles, and a look at QuickStart Tennis. In addition, there will be a resource center where attendees can talk one-on-one with the top experts, manufacturers and suppliers in the industry.
Justin Gimelstob will open the conference as the keynote speaker on Sunday, Aug. 24. Gimelstob retired from the tour in 2007 after winning 13 doubles titles and now is a tennis TV commentator and writer for SI.com. On Aug. 25, the conference will open with a special session, the TIA Tennis Forum, presented by Tennis Magazine, and will conclude with a reception at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on the opening night of the US Open.
Registration this year will include an audio recording of all TTC sessions that will be sent to all registered attendees. For more information or to register, visit usta.com/ttc. (Early bird registration ends Aug. 4.)
Wilson Celebrates 30 Years as Official US Open Ball
This is Wilson’s 30th year as the official ball of the US Open, and in honor of the anniversary, the company has changed the design of the US Open label, featuring a new, sleek black image. Each year during the Open, about 72,000 Wilson balls are used.
In conjunction with the anniversary, Wilson also is offering a chance to “Win a VIP Trip to the US Open.” The grand prize winner will win an all-expense-paid trip for two to the 2008 Open, which is played from Aug. 25 to Sept. 7 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. For details, visit wilson.com/usopentrip.
This year, the Wilson US Open Tennis Ball also will be the official ball for the tennis competition at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China. It’s the second consecutive Olympics to use the US Open Ball. (The Olympic tennis venue in Beijing also is using the same DecoTurf surface that is used at the US Open.)
Wilson is also the official ball of the Australian Open, the Davis Cup, Fed Cup and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, as well as more than 50 ATP and WTA events.
Prince Debuts O Series Performance Footwear
After months of design and validation trials with competitive players, Prince is launching its new O Series of performance footwear. Prince says the O Series builds on the original M Series line by delivering improved Precision Tube technology, which rounds the tubes for maximum energy return, providing quicker acceleration and improved footwork.
This second-generation Precision Tube technology also provides greater shock absorption for a smoother, more stable ride, says the company. O Series is available in two versions: the OV1 for a slightly firmer ride while optimizing ventilation and breathability, and the OC1 with lighter gauge Precision Tubes for a softer, more cushioned ride.
“Prince continues to succeed in footwear by understanding what tennis players need,” says John Embree, president of Prince Americas. “We are excited to introduce O Series as we look to bring the best quality products to players and continue to grow our footwear category.”
O Series saw immediate on-court success when Nikolay Davydenko, laced up a pair of OV1s for the Sony Ericsson Open, then went on to capture the biggest title of his career. And at the start of this year’s French Open in May, about 20 ATP and WTA players wore O Series footwear.
The men’s and women’s OV1 and OC1 have a suggested retail price of $110; the OC1 for juniors is $60. For more information, visit princesports.com or call 800-2-TENNIS.
USPTA Offers ‘Junior Circuit’ for Novice Players
The USPTA Junior Circuit provides an opportunity for older children to have fun and stay active while competing with peers. The USPTA circuit is a series of tournaments created to introduce less experienced junior players, ages 10 to 18, to competition and allow them to prepare for higher-level tournament play.
This year, the USPTA Junior Circuit is tied into “Tennis — for the health of it!”, the USPTA’s newest initiative, which strives to make the general public aware of the health, fitness and psychological benefits of tennis and encourage people to get out and play the sport as a part of their regular fitness regimen.
The majority of local or regional tournaments are typically designed for players with competitive experience, and they draw the area’s top tennis athletes. Being matched against one of these players may make for a negative experience for a novice. The USPTA Junior Circuit’s flexibility places no requirements or restrictions on tennis teachers or on the beginner competitor and helps build positive tennis experiences for junior players and enthusiasm for the sport throughout the community.
USPTA Junior Circuit tournaments target lower-level competition or recreational players with a consistent tourney format. It also provides a “series” of events, in one city or metro area. A points system rewards all participants, even if they don’t win a match, and let’s them track their standings. There could also be “masters” tournaments or divisional playoffs.
Junior circuits are run by individual USPTA members. Visit uspta.com for more information.
Sportsmanship Survey Available
Dr. Robert Heller has compiled a “Sportsmanship Tennis Quiz” as an aid to developing character and sportsmanship in players. Heller, a sport psychology consultant and tennis teaching pro, recently presented a seminar at the USPTA Florida Division’s annual conference on the topic of sportsmanship and character development. Free copies of the survey are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trion:Z Introduces Broadband Line
New from Trion:Z is the Broadband line of ionic/magnetic wristbands. The Broadband line has a more traditional sports wristband look than the dual-loop Trion:Z bracelets. But the new line has the same technology of minus-ion producing minerals and twin 1000-gauss magnets. The wider band provides extra moisture absorption.
The company says the Broadband line was developed from feedback from tennis champion and avid golfer Ivan Lendl, who endorses the product. “I’ve worn Trion:Z for over two years,” says Lendl, “and it’s helped me enjoy my active lifestyle.”
Broadband wristbands are hand-washable and will maintain their ion-producing power after repeated washings or use in water sports, says the company. It’s available in five colors. For wholesale and other bulk pricing, and to learn about custom logos, contact the company. Visit trionz.com or call 760-496-1048 for more information.
Henin Goes Out On Top
Top Wilson athlete Justine Henin announced her retirement from pro tennis in May, leaving the game with the No. 1 world ranking. Henin left with a record that includes 41 titles and 493 wins in her 10-year professional career. She’s won seven Grand Slam singles titles. She’s been with Wilson for the past 11 years.
USPTA Hosts Clinic with Garrison, Partners with Sports Medicine Group
The USPTA hosted a free Tennis Across America clinic in May with the theme of “Tennis – for the health of it!” at Zina Garrison’s All Court Tennis Academy at MacGregor Park in Houston. The clinic, which was open to the public, officially kicked off USPTA’s 19th annual Tennis Across America.
Zina Garrison (below), U.S. Fed Cup captain, former WTA touring pro and president of the Zina Garrison All Court Tennis Academy, accepted a $5,000 donation from the USPTA foundation, presented by Randy Mattingley, vice president of USPTA board of directors.
Jack Groppel, Ph.D., vice president of USPTA board of directors, and Adrian Hutber, vice president of the American College of Sports Medicine’s Exercise is Medicine, were also in attendance to announce a partnership between the USPTA and ACSM. The partnership ties together major initiatives from the field of medicine with the arena of sport.
California Club Chooses NGI Sports Surface
After abnormal winter freezes cracked the asphalt courts at the Livermore Valley Tennis Club in Livermore, Calif. (below), over the past 18 years, the club has chosen to resurface the 11 courts with NGI Sports’ Nova’ProXtreme synthetic surface.
The surface will go on top of the existing base and the courts, according to Kim Fuller of the LVTC, will have limited downtime, with no damage to current landscaping and fencing. “The fact that NGI Sports could renovate two courts at a time was a real bonus,” says Fuller.
The Nova’ProXtreme surface is softer than asphalt and will be the only synthetic surface in the area, says Fuller. Rick Burke, president of NGI Sports, says the product is an environmentally friendly solution.
For more information on NGI Sports and Nova’ProXtreme, contact 800-835-0033 or visit NGISports.com.
PTR Kids Tennis Launched
The PTR has launched a new set of tools and resources designed to help tennis teachers work with children under age 10. PTR Kids Tennis updates the organization’s Munchkin Tennis, adding new elements to create a methodology that ensures success when teaching tennis to youngsters.
PTR Kids Tennis Workshops introduce tennis teachers to the key concepts of understanding physical development, communicating with and organizing young players, maximizing learning in children, and developing key skills like rallying, serving and scoring. Also covered is using modified courts and equipment.
Workshop participants will receive the new “PTR Kids Tennis Instructor’s Manual,” designed to complement the workshop. The manual includes progressions for teaching more skills, formats for organizing and competing, and more than 60 drills and games designed for children. It also comes with a CD with logos and other graphics, along with editable certificates to use in any PTR Kids Tennis program.
PTR Kids Tennis Workshops are being scheduled around the country. For more information, visit www.ptrtennis.org or call 800-421-6289.
Palmer Wins with Black Knight, Ashaway
The fourth time was the sweetest for squash great David Palmer. The fifth-seeded Palmer beat England’s James Willstrop in an epic final to claim his fourth British Open men’s squash title in Liverpool. Palmer uses racquets from Canadian manufacturer Black Knight, which he helps to design. In September, Black Knight will introduce a high-end line of David Palmer signature squash frames. All the new racquets will be strung with Powernick 18 from Ashaway.
2008 GSS Symposium
Behind the Scenes: How Racquets Are Made
One of the most popular presentations at last year’s Grand Slam Stringers Symposium, presented by the USRSA, was a behind-the-scenes look at the racquet manufacturing process presented by Wilson. Ron Rocchi, Wilson’s principal designer and Global Tour equipment manager, will once again lead the seminar at this year’s GSS Symposium in October.
“I plan to expand the presentation for this year with even more hands-on involvement by the participants,” says Rocchi. The presentation starts with ideas and concepts being developed for a racquet model and tracks the development process all the way to the finished product. Participants will see an idea turn into a concept and then into detailed drawings and a prototype. After a vigorous research and development process, the prototype is ready to manufacture and market.
The presentation includes a video tour of one of the Wilson manufacturing plants showing the entire manufacturing process. It’s a rare opportunity to see the complex and labor-intensive process of manufacturing a premium racquet. But it gets better. In the seminar, participants will be able to feel the raw materials as Rocchi provides examples of the racquet at various stages of production.
Attendees will see materials such as raw carbon fiber evolve through many stages to become a tennis racquet. Then the racquet is drilled, painted and graphics applied. They will see the handle, grommets and bumper added and finally strung and ready for play. “It is truly a unique process that most people in our industry never get to see,” says Rocchi.
The GSS Symposium, presented by the USRSA, will be Oct. 11-14 in Orlando, Fla., at the Regal Sun Resort in Walt Disney World. Cost is $495 per person (register online on or before July 10 and receive a 10 percent discount). Group lodging rates start at $115 per night.
To learn more about the GSS Symposium, including information on other seminars and presentations, seminar leaders, and the trade show, or to register, visit gssalliance.com.
Prince Unveils O3 Speedport Squash Frames
Prince Sports had come out with two squash racquets in its new O3 Speedport line — the O3 Speedport Tour (right) and Black (below). The company says the new frames deliver a key component to a squash player’s game: extra speed.
Prince’s O3 Technology, introduced in 2005, uses oversize string holes called “O-Ports” to improve aerodynamics. Prince says O3 Speedport racquets are up to 24 percent faster through the air than traditional frames.
“By refining the size, location and shape of these ports, we have been able to increase racquet speed dramatically, which improves the ability for players to get their racquet in position, making better ball contact and hitting cleaner, more precise shots,” says Roberto Gazzara, director of research and development at Prince.
The string holes, called Speedports, are sculpted like the air intake ducts on fighter planes and high-performance sports cars. They allow more air to pass through the frame more quickly. In addition, Gazzara says the sweetspot is “up to 59 percent larger than traditional racquets.”
The O3 Speedport Black, used by world No. 1 player Nicol David and No. 3 James Willstrop, is for players looking for more power and control in an aerodynamic and lightweight frame. The Speedport Tour, used by former No. 1 Peter Nicol, is designed for advanced players looking for a crisp hitting feel and more control. Visit princesports.com.
New Book Hits the Stands for Players Over 50
Available in July is a new book from tennis industry veterans Kathy and Ron Woods, “Playing Tennis After 50: Your guide to strategy, technique, equipment and the tennis lifestyle.” Whether you have older players just starting out in tennis, players who have been competing for decades, or players who are returning to the game after an extended break, the book will help them improve their play and enhance both the on-court and off-court experience. The book is published by Human Kinetics (hkusa.com) and sells for $17.95.
Congratulations To the Following For Achieving MRT and CS Status
New Master Racquet Technicians — MRTs
Matt Zeldin, San Diego, CA
New Certified Stringers — CSs
Alex Henthorn, Vacaville, CA
ESPN, Wimbledon Extend Deal
ESPN and The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club have finalized a six-year agreement for continued coverage of the Wimbledon Championships through 2013 featuring enhanced digital and international rights. ESPN has televised an extensive Wimbledon schedule on its networks since 2003, plus Spanish-language coverage in the U.S. via ESPN Deportes.
“Wimbledon is a special place in the sports world, and we are proud to extend and expand our terrific relationship with the All England Club,” says John Skipper, ESPN executive vice president of content. “We believe tennis fans will actively pursue and enjoy the offerings that this new agreement makes possible on ESPN’s growing multimedia and wireless platforms.”
USPTA Accepting Nominations For Annual Awards Program
The USPTA is accepting nominations for its 2008 national awards program. Each year the USPTA seeks nominations for deserving USPTA Professionals who go above and beyond their call of duty as tennis-teaching pros. The national awards recognize members who have winning strokes, who teach tennis’ many life lessons, who build businesses that spur the industry, and who serve the sport and their communities with distinction.
The deadline for nominations is July 3. Recipients will be honored during the annual awards breakfast on Sept. 18 at the La Quinta Resort & Club in La Quinta, Calif., during the 2008 USPTA World Conference. All Professional-level USPTA members are eligible. The award categories are:
- USPTA Stars — members who have dedicated many years to volunteering in grassroots tennis, and bring the sport and sportsmanship to players.
- USPTA Industry Excellence Award — given to teaching pros who take both an altruistic and entrepreneurial attitude toward their jobs. The recipient will receive a $1,000 grant from the TIA and a Tennis Tutor ball machine from Sports Tutor.
- Alex Gordon Award for Professional of the Year — recognizes a member who, over a career, has demonstrated exemplary achievement.
- Facility Manager of the Year Award — the only USPTA award available to nonmembers.
- College Coach of the Year and High School Coach of the Year — usually selected based on their results as team coaches, however individual coaches may be considered.
- Touring Coach of the Year — selected on the basis of his or her work with professional-level players.
- Player of the Year Awards — players who have been the most successful at the USPTA International Championships, as well as at international, national and sectional competition, may apply, available in eight categories.
- George Bacso Tester of the Year — recognizes the USPTA tester who does the most to advance certification opportunities and the certification process.
Tennis Mag Company Beefs Up Digital Side
The Tennis Company, which owns Tennis.com and Tennis and Smash magazines, has named Dave Morgan as chairman and partner. Morgan, an expert in digital media, is the founder of Real Media and Tacoda, the world’s largest and most advanced behavioral targeting advertising network.
“Bringing Dave on board signals our shift from being just a magazine company with a website to a true multi-platform sports enthusiast media company,” says Tennis Company principal Bob Miller. “Tennis.com will no longer just be a site to complement our magazine. It will be the primary driver of our business and will lead us into a future that will be driven by digital video on a global basis, always keeping tennis enthusiasts first.”
“Tennis is an underleveraged sport with amazing numbers,” Morgan says. “Enthusiasts are international, affluent, active, passionate, loyal and most importantly, are growing. The Tennis Company has great assets thanks to Bob’s visionary leadership. The company is poised for future growth with cross-platform delivery of premium branded content and digital media growth around the world.”
Head has re-signed an agreement with world No. 11 Andy Murray, who plays with the MicroGEL Radical MP. The partnership will continue through the end of 2011.
Yza Shady has joined the Membership Services staff of the PTR. Shady, an avid tennis player and enthusiast, is responsible for assisting PTR members worldwide with all the benefits and services PTR offers.
John McEnroe won his first ever title on the Outback Champions Series at the event in Boston in early May. He beat Aaron Krickstein in the final.
The International Tennis Hall of Fame has announced that Juan Maria Tintore, president of the Real Club De Tenis Barcelona, is the 2008 recipient of the Golden Achievement Award, presented annually to individuals who have made important contributions to tennis in the fields of administration, promotion or education, and have devoted long and outstanding service to the sport.
Former ATP touring pro and Boston businessman Peter Palandjian will co-chair the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s 2008 Legends Ball. Palandjian, a Harvard alum, is chairman and CEO of Intercontinental Real Estate Corp. He joins fellow co-chairs Phil de Picciotto, president of Octagon Athletes & Personalities, and Alexander Seaver, co-founder and managing partner of Stadium Capital Management, LLC. The Legends Ball — honoring Billie Jean King and 2008 Hall of Fame inductees Michael Chang, Mark McCormack and Eugene Scott — will be Sept. 5 in New York City.
Sven Davidson, who was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame last summer died in May of pneumonia. He was 79. Davidson was Sweden’s junior champion in 1947 and became the first Swede to win a Grand Slam title, the French, in 1957, the year he reached a career high ranking of No. 3 in the world. He also was a member of Sweden’s Davis Cup team from 1950 to 1961.
USTA Foundation Awards Grants, Scholarships
The USTA Tennis & Education Foundation awarded $312,260 to 19 programs across the U.S. through its Spring 2008 “Aces for Kids” grant cycle. The grant recipients included 12 NJTL programs.
“Aces for Kids” is a national initiative that strives to promote healthy lifestyles by combating childhood/adult obesity by providing disadvantaged, at-risk children the opportunity to learn to play tennis and improve their academic skills in a structured format. The USTA T&EF also has committed an additional $300,000 to the Ford Foundation/USTA NJTL “Community Building Through Tennis” initiative.
Also, the USTA T&EF awarded $287,000 in scholarships to high school seniors this year. In addition to the scholarships listed below, 37 College Educational Scholarships of $6,000 each and 10 Textbook Awards of $1,000 were awarded.
Student recipients include: Marian Baird Scholarship, $15,000 — Alison Krantz, Sugar Grove, Ill.; Dwight Mosley Scholarships, $10,000 — Tonique Merrell, Newport News, Va. and Grace Johnson, Naples, Fla.; Dwight Davis Scholarships, $7,500 — Max Nelson, Cheney, Wash., and Marissa Kelley, West Harwich, Mass.; Eve Kraft Scholarships, $2,500 — Nelson Iginla, Minneapolis, and Chelsea Whitehurst, Aiken, S.C.
- Prince’s website, Princetennis.com, recently received another industry award, this time taking home a Gold Award, the highest level, for Consumer Information in the 2008 Horizon Interactive Awards. Development partner in the site is eMediaEFX. In 2007 the website received a Silver Davey Award, was a W3 Gold Award winner, and won the Web Marketing Association’s WebAward.
- DecoTurf was the surface of choice for this year’s NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championships, which was played in May at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center at the University of Tulsa. The center has 12 outdoor and six indoor courts.
- Lejay’s Volley Girl package offers junior girls a deep discount on Lejay apparel. The package includes two tops, two skirts, a jacket, a cotton screen printed T-shirt, and logo hat and has a retail value of $325. Juniors can purchase the package for $180 plus the cost of shipping. Contact Lejay at 800-932-7535 or email@example.com.
- “Pressure is a Privilege: Lessons I’ve Learned from Life and the Battle of the Sexes,” the first book by tennis legend Billie Jean King in more than 20 years, is scheduled to be released Aug. 12. Pre-orders are available at WTT.com.
- The U.S. Junior Davis and Fed Cup teams, as well as the boys’ and girls’ World Junior Tennis Teams went undefeated at the 2008 North/Central America & Caribbean Regional Championships in May, and qualified for the World Finals. The World Junior Tennis Finals will be held Aug. 4-9 in Prostejov, Czech Republic, and the Junior Fed and Davis Cup Finals will be held in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, Sept. 23-28.
- The USTA and the River Oaks Country Club in Houston have extended their agreement to host the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships for the next four years. The event remains the second longest-running USTA National Championship — only the US Open has a longer history. The Clay Courts was first contested in 1910 and has been held every year since, with the exception of 1928.
- American Doubles — The Trials … the Triumphs … the Domination is a new book by longtime tennis journalist Marcia Frost that explores the phenomenon of U.S. doubles and offers a revealing look at the personalities, partnerships, struggles and successes. The book is published by Mansion Grove House. Available in local bookstores or visit americandoublesbook.net.
- Nine new members were inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Men’s Hall of Fame recently. Players inducted were: Steve Denton of Texas, David DiLucia of Notre Dame, Donald Johnson of North Carolina, Patrick McEnroe of Stanford, Jim Pugh of UCLA, Robbie Weiss of Pepperdine and Chris Woodruff of Tennessee. Coach Jerry Noyce of Minnesota also was inducted and Tom Jacobs was inducted for his longtime contributions while at the NCAA.
- Adrians Zguns of Port Saint Lucie, Fla., won the men’s open title at the $8,000 USPTA Clay Court Championships, held in May at the Ibis Golf and Country Club in West Palm Beach, Fla. He beat Fernando Sanchez of Raleigh, N.C., 6-1, 6-2. Marina McCollom of West Des Moines, Iowa, defeated Jackie Bohannon of Sarasota, Fla., 6-0, 6-1, for the women’s open championship. The USPTA Grass Court Championships will be Aug. 22-24 at the Philadelphia Cricket Club. Contact 800-USPTA-4U.
- Tennis star Anna Kournikova and SportsMates Inc., the global sports social network, today announced the relaunch of Kournikova.com, Anna’s official website, with K-Swiss as lead sponsor. Originally launched in 2001, Kournikova.com has consistently ranked as one of the most popular official athlete websites. According to Lycos, Kournikova was the most searched-for athlete on the internet in 2007, a title she’s held for the past eight years.
College Tennis News
Georgia, UCLA Capture NCAA Titles
The Georgia men and UCLA women captured the NCAA Division 1 team titles in May, and both teams finished the season at No. 1 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Collegiate Tennis Rankings. The NCAA title was Georgia’s second straight and sixth overall. UCLA won its first national title while making its sixth final appearance
In the individual tournament, Virginia’s Somdev Devvarman (right) repeated as men’s singles champ and Georgia Tech’s Amanda McDowell (right, below) captured the women’s title. UCLA’s Riza Zalameda and Tracy Lin and Southern California’s Robert Farah and Kaes Van’t Hof claimed the doubles titles. (Van’t Hof’s father, Robert, won the 1980 NCAA singles title while at USC.)
Following the Georgia men’s team in the Top 10 is: Virginia, Ohio State, Texas, UCLA, Mississippi, Southern California, Baylor, Tennessee and Florida. Following UCLA in the women’s Top 10 is: Northwestern, California, Baylor, Florida, Georgia Tech, Stanford, Georgia, Duke and Vanderbilt. Visit itatennis.com.
ITA Announces Division I All-Americans
NCAA singles champions Somdev Devvarman of Virginia and Amanda McDowell of Georgia Tech highlight the 2008 ITA All-America Teams for Division I men’s and women’s tennis. This is the third-straight year senior Devvarman has earned ITA All-America honors and the first year for sophomore McDowell. Devvarman also finished the season at No. 1 in the ITA singles rankings, while McDowell finished at No. 3.
Georgia senior Travis Helgeson is the lone male player to have earned ITA All-America honors each of the past four seasons. On the women’s side, five seniors from five different schools are being honored as All-America for the fourth time in their careers: Susie Babos of California, Kristi Miller of Georgia Tech, Megan Moulton-Levy of William & Mary, Zuzana Zemenova of Baylor and Riza Zalameda of UCLA. Also highlighting this year’s teams are NCAA doubles champs Tracy Lin and Zalameda from UCLA, and Robert Farah and Kaes Van’t Hof from Southern California.
ITA National Award Winners
Division 1 — Women
- Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year — Claire Pollard, Northwestern
- Assistant Coach of the Year — Dave Mullins, Northwestern
- Senior Player of the Year – Riza Zalameda, UCLA
- Rookie of the Year – Hilary Barte, Stanford
- Player to Watch – Maria Mosolova, Northwestern
- ITA/Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship — Olya Batsula, East Tennessee State, and Dunja Antunovic, DePaul
- ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship — Kristi Miller, Georgia Tech
Division 1 — Men
- Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year — Brian Boland, Virginia
- Assistant Coach of the Year — Ricardo Rubio, Texas
- ITA/Farnsworth Senior Player of the Year — Somdev Devvarman, Virginia
- Rookie of the Year — Alex Clayton, Stanford
- Player to Watch — Oleksandr Nedovyesov, Oklahoma State
- ITA/Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award — Kaes Van’t Hof, Southern California
- ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship — Lars Poerschke, Baylor
- ITA/John Van Nostrand Memorial Award — Greg Ouelette, Florida
Division II — Women
- Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year — John Black, Grand Valley State University
- Senior Player of the Year — Iuliia Stupack, Armstrong Atlantic State University
- Rookie Player of the Year — Hewenfei (Elwen) Li, Brigham Young Univ.–Hawaii
- Player to Watch — Senka Softic, Florida Southern College
- ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship — Kelly Nugent, Bentley College
Division II — Men
- Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year — James Helvey, Cameron University
- Senior Player of the Year — Ondrej Vana, Ouachita Baptist University
- Rookie Player of the Year — Philip Pakebusch, Anderson University
- Player to Watch — Michael Knoedler, Florida Southern College
- ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship — Dan Gal, Bloomsburg University
Division III — Women
- Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year — Ann Lebedeff, Pomona Pitzer College
- Senior Player of the Year — Gabriela Carvalho, University of the South
- Rookie Player of the Year — Janelle Arita, DePauw University
- Player to Watch — Jordan Cook, Wheaton College (Ill.)
- ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship — Trish Devine, Wellesley College
Division III — Men
- Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year — Rush Cole, Christopher Newport
- Senior Player of the Year — Andy Bryan, Gustavus Adolphus
- Rookie Player of the Year — Michael Greenberg, Kenyon College
- Player to Watch — David Maldow, Johns Hopkins University
- ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship — Josh Williams, Wheaton College (Ill.)
NAIA — Women
- Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year — Scott Kidd of Auburn University-Montgomery
- Senior Player of the Year — Kamila Dadakhodjareva, Auburn University-Montgomery
- Rookie Player — Kristin Strimple, Point Loma Nazarene University
- Player to Watch — Paige McKinney, Bethel College (Kan.)
- ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship — Shefat Baishakhi, Lewis Clark University
NAIA — Men
- Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year — Dave Paschal, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
- Senior Player of the Year — Mislav Hizak, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
- Rookie Player — Fabio Silva, Fresno Pacific University
- Player to Watch — Carlos Bes, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
- ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship — Jonathan Bowman, Point Loma Nazarene University
Junior/Community College — Women
- Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year — Mike Napoli, Cuesta College
- Player of the Year — Ashley Irvin, Tyler Junior College
- Rookie Player — Monica Lalewicz, Abraham Baldwin College
- Player to Watch — Eva Sambrano, Hillsborough Community College
- ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship — Natalie Kelley, Santa Monica College
Junior/Community College — Men
- Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year — Ron Albers, Vincennes University
- Player of the Year — Paul Fitzgerald, Abraham Baldwin College
- Rookie Player — Dominic McLuskey, Tyler Junior College
- Player to Watch — Christopher King, Vincennes University
- ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship — William Blake Sherman, Meridian Community College