TENNIS COLUMN

Hughes Brothers Capture Clearwater Hot Shot Doubles Title


Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 12:05 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 12:05 a.m.

Lakeland brothers Holleman Hughes and Nelson Hughes claimed the Clearwater Junior Hot Shot Super Series boys' age 16 doubles title during the weekend with an 8-1 victory over Gage Fox and Richard Golinello.

The two were not seeded and won three matches including the final.

Stephen Madonia, 15, of Lakeland reached the final of the boys' age 18 division of the Clearwater tournament.

Madonia was unseeded and upset two seeds to reach the championship match. He topped fifth-seeded Parker Hayslett 6-2, 6-3. Madonia also upset second-seeded Tristian Kaye 4-6, 7-6, 13-11 to reach the semis.

He fell to eighth-seeded Mohd Merzuki 6-4, 6-3 in the final.

Madonia advanced to the quarterfinal round of the boys' age 16 division of the USTA Bobby Curtis Sectional Championships in Daytona last week.

Madonia suffered a 6-3, 6-2 loss to Mirko Radosevic. He fell in consolation to Reilly Opelka 6-4, 6-3.

Gavin White of Lakeland was seeded fourth in the boys' age 18 group of the Clearwater tournament.

He won two matches before losing to Oscar Janglin 6-7, 7-6, 10-2.

Madonia and White teammed in doubles, earning the No. 2 seed. They reached the final with two victories. Their streak ended when they fell to Miles Holvoet and Nicholas Litsky 8-6.

Up And Coming

Watch these names — Katerina Stewart and Jaeda Daniel.

The two girls each captured their age group titles in the USTA Florida Bobby Curtis Junior State Championships, winning a state closed title for the second consecutive time.

Stewart was the No. 3 seed in the girls' age 18 draw who had won the girls' age 16 title last year.

She earned the victory with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Maci Epstein.

Daniel claimed the girls' age 12 title last year and won the girls' age 14 title this year, as the No. 8 seed.

She upset top-seeded Adriana Reami 6-3, 6-3 to win it all.

Dominic Cotrone made USTA state closed history.

He was unseeded and playing for the Florida State University team, but was still eligible to compete in the state closed event. He topped Grayson Goldin 6-4, 6-2, becoming the first college player to win it. Both Cotrone and Goldin are from Bradenton and train together.

Honor Your Coach

Here's something interesting on the USTA website to honor high school coaches.

The USTA Florida section is accepting applications through June 29 for nominations for the USTA Starfish No-Cut Coach of the Year Award.

This is an award for high school coaches who make the effort not to cut players from their teams.

It promotes the coaches who put in extra time to make sure that all those who want to be part of their high school team can be, and have a positive experience.

The winning coach receives registration, travel and lodging to the USTA Community Tennis Development Workshop.

Plus they will receive one guest ticket to the CTDW Awards dinner.

The eligibility requirements include a coach who implements a no-cut tennis team program for the past school year and who is registered with the USTA as a no-cut coach. The coach must be currently coaching a team and has coached for a minimum of five years.

If a coach implementing a no-cut program is not yet registered as a no-cut coach, they can do so online at www.florida.usta.com/youth_tennis/schools_tennis/?intloc=headernavsub.

Anyone can make a nomination, but the forms must be submitted by the section's schools coordinator.

For more information contact USTA Florida Schools Coordinator Rebecca Halpern at Halpern@florida.usta.com.

A Touch of Wimbledon

The Hummel Tennis Center is hosting "A Touch of Wimbledon" doubles mixer Sunday from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Players compete in a round robin for prizes and enjoy strawberries and cream.

It's $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Partners are not needed, but the event is limited to the first 32 players to sign up.

Don't forget to wear all white in Wimbledon tradition.

Call 863-965-5544 or e-mail Carol Mahler at cmahler@auburndalefl.com.

Create A Court, Win A Trip

Check this out.

The USTA is encouraging players to create their own tennis courts.

It's a photo contest where contestants make their own courts with their own personal touches for a chance to win a trip to the 2013 U.S. Open.

The website says entrants can make a tennis court out of their driveway or a spot on the beach or just about anywhere.

Entrants can send their photos at www.createyourowntenniscourt.com.

The contest is paired with the USTA's youth initiative for 10-and-under tennis. The initiative is to show that tennis can be played anywhere.

The contest has two phases. The first phase runs through July 8.

The second phase is July 17 through Sept. 12.

The rules of participation are on the website.

[Lisa Coffey can be reached at 863-401-6971 or at lisa.coffey@theledger.com.]

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