LET! Weekly roundup of JTCC and tennis news

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JTCC News

-We seeking a full-time employee to run our after school community outreach programming.  For full details, click here.

-On Sunday, May 5 (from 2 PM-4 PM), a free Tennis Festival geared towards children ages 5 to 13 will take place at the Tennis Center at College Park.  For more information or to sign your child up, please e-mail festival@thetccp.com

-Following his match in the Delray Beach ATP Champions Tour event, Senior Advisor and Hall of Famer Mats Wilander received his gold International Tennis Hall of Fame ring.  Congratulations Mats!

-JTCC’s annual major fundraiser, the GEICO Champions Celebration, will be held at the Swedish Ambassador’s Residence on Wednesday, May 15.  For tickets or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please click here.

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Tennis News

-Jelena Jankovic, a member of Team Fila, garnered her first WTA singles title in three years this week.  She defeated Paula Ormaechea in the Copa Claro Colsanitas finale.

-Delray Beach was selected as the host site for the upcoming Fed Cup match between the United States and Sweden on April 20 and 21.  The match will be played at the Delray Beach Tennis Center for a US record third time.

-The inaugural “World Tennis Day“, an idea hatched by President of StarGames Jerry Solomon, will be observed this upcoming Monday, March 4.

-The International Tennis Federation (ITF) turns 100 today!  In celebration of this momentous birthday, ITF published a book called A Century of Contribution to Tennis.  The book will be released on “World Tennis Day”.

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Tennis Links

-In an interview with Sandra Harwitt, James Blake chimed in on the dilemma for aspiring pro players:  Do you attend college or try to make it on the tour?  “If you’re ‘What should I do, what should I do’ then you should go to college for a year”, Blake opined.  “If you dominate [in college] and should’ve turned pro you didn’t lose anything. You got a year of training, you dominated college and you got better, stronger and won a lot of matches and got a lot of confidence. If you dominate in college there’s a good chance that you would’ve been out on the Future Tour not dominating, losing a lot of matches and possibly losing confidence.”

-Teenager and tennis aficionado Daniel Levine had quite the story to tell after his trip to the Delray Beach tournament.  As part of the Wilander on Wheels program, Levine  had the opportunity to share a court with Hall of Famers John McEnroe and Mats Wilander.  “It’s pretty crazy to go back and tell my friends I got to play with Mats and McEnroe,” said Levine.  You can read more about his experience on wptv.com.

-David Dinkins, former New York City Mayor, discussed the logistics and negotiations that landed the US Open in the Big Apple.  If you are looking for tickets to the US Open, contact JTCC.  We sell tickets as a fundraiser to support our community outreach initiatives.  Our prices are comparable to the brokers and any price you pay above face value is tax-deductible.

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Tennis Tweet of the Week

Bob Bryan started a Twitter account for his 1-year-old daughter.  We think there may be some tennis in her future.

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Tennis Video of the Week

Michelle Obama kicked off her “Let’s Move: Active Schools” campaign this week.  Can you find the tennis star in the background of this video?


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Non-Tennis Factoid of the Week

As a result of a friendly wager, a couple will name their first child after the Redskins star quarterback.  For Marissa Pena (Cowboys fan) and Emanuel Vega (Redskins fan), the outcome of the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins duel this past Thanksgiving decided the fate of their baby’s name.  Since the Redskins edged the Cowboys in a narrow 38-31 victory, Emanuel’s name choice of “Robert Griffin Vega” prevailed.

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