Tennis is BIG in Nassau County!
Yulee Tennis Foundation, Inc. is the Community Tennis Association for Nassau County. Its mission as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization registered with the State of Florida is to promote the sport of tennis throughout Nassau County. Your donations are tax deductible, and receipts for your donations will be sent to you.
What's New for December:
No Shave November/Prostate Cancer Awareness Initiative Results
Maharaj Tennis instructors Rod Gibson and Vishnu Maharaj participated in the No Shave November prostate cancer awareness initiative this past month. The two local tennis professionals grew beards for the month of November and then accepted monetary bids for shaving rights that will be donated to the Mayo Clinic Prostate Cancer Research program.
The two pros then joined forces with 40 tennis enthusiasts and participated in a charity round robin sponsored by Kraft Tennis Players on Sunday to help generate funds for this event.
The beards were shaved at the conclusion of the round robin in which donations totaled $2,300!
Ladies 7.0 finalists Kassy Suggerud, Page Daniels, Sandy Mann, Karen Goertler.
Beard Shaving winners Patti Clifford and Diann Schindler with Tennis Professionals Rod Gibson, Vishnu Maharaj
Men's Doubles Winners Vishnu Maharaj, Rod Gibson with Men's Doubles Champs Dave Mathe and Randy Ferndon
Team Mirschel captured the Final Four Championship by defeating the regular season co-champions Team Outlaws in the final round of the WTT event on Friday night at the Central Park Courts. The WTT format league ran for 6 weeks of competitive Friday night play and concluded last Friday night with a Final Four Tournament. The Outlaws defeated Team Slammers and Team Mirschel defeated Team Barracudas in the semi final rounds to earn their places in the final challenge. WTT league format is held during the Fall season with matches scheduled at various sites in Nassau County.
USTA Crab's Team: Captain Michele Maharaj, Talynn Keen, Tyler Hargis, Presley " Pretzel" Rushing, Captain Vishnu Maharaj.
Team Mirschel: Liz McCall, Elisabeth Hervy, Sandi Eldridge, Arlene Mirschel, John Mirschel, Benjamin Mirschel, Not pictured are Danielle Spence and Evan Mirschel
USTA Junior Team Tennis Results
A USTA Junior Team Tennis event was held this past weekend at OAIP Racquet Park. Four local teams competed against numerous visiting teams over the 2 day event. Maharaj Tennis' Team Crabs finished 2nd in the 16 and under intermediate division with OAIP's Animal Strong placing 3rd. In the 14 and under intermediate division "Vishnu's Team" and "Rod's Team" competed against 6 other teams and placed 3rd and 4th respectively.
Vishnu and Michele Maharaj compete in the USTA National Husband and Wife Clay Court Championships
COFB tennis professionals Vishnu and Michele Maharaj competed in the USTA National Husband and Wife Clay court championships held at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation this past weekend. They also participated in the USTA Florida Husband-Wife 100 division and won the consolation finals defeating Mike and Debra Dager of Potomac, MD 4-6, 6-3, ret. A 100 division exhibition match was played Sunday afternoon where the pair lost to Betsy Savit and Martie Colin of Delray Beach 6-4, 4-6, 3-6. Congratulations to Michele and Vishnu!
USTA Husband-Wife 100 competitors Vishnu and Michele Maharaj, Besty Savit, and Martie Colin at OAIP Sunday afternoon exhibition match.
Kraft Tennis Club receives $5,000 USTA Facilities Grant
The Kraft Tennis Club received a $5,000 USTA Facilities Grant for two new courts. The Kraft Tennis Club has recently constructed two new Har-Tru courts, increasing the Kraft club Har-Tru court total to seven. The non-profit Kraft Club is a United States Tennis Association (USTA) member and received a $5,000 facilities grant to help with the new court construction costs.
By adding the two new courts Kraft was able to increase court availability and add 30 additional club members. The two new courts are the only courts with lights for night play, which the Nassau World Team Tennis League has already begun using.
Vishnu Maharaj, Nancy Barnes, Cyndee Robertson, and Cathy Harbin at the Kraft Night League debut of the 2 new courts.
WTT league play continued this past Friday night. Current standings have the Outlaws in 1st place followed by the Barracudas in 2nd, Teams OAIP, Mirschel and Slammers tied for 3rd place, North Hampton in 6th, Team Stine in 7th and Team Rice in 8th. There are 2 more weeks left of season play before the Final Four championship on November 8th.
WTT Barracudas Jane Handscomb, Cathy Harbin, Dennis Harbin, and Susie DeMille
City of Fernandina Beach Mixed Doubles Champions Crowned
The City of Fernandina Beach Mixed Doubles Championships were held August 9-11 at the Central Park Courts.
In the 7.0 division Sherry Hutzler and David Weihe defeated Jessie and Vernon Hiott in a marathon final round match 6-4, 6-7, 1-0.
Nancy Barnes and John Bray are repeat champions defeating Talyn Keen and Carl Bazarian 7-5, 7-6 in the 8.0 division.
16 teams competed in the weekend competition.
8.0 Champions John Bray and Nancy Barnes, Finalists, Talyn Keen and Carl Bazarian
7.0 Champions Sherry Hutzler and David Weihe, Finalists Jessie and Vernon Hiott
The Nassau County 3.0-3.5 Women's League will begin play in September. Team entries are now being accepted. Each team consists of 6-10 players to field 3 doubles lines in weekly league matches. Play will be on Thursday afternoons at 1pm. Email email@example.com for further information or to enter your team.
The Nassau County Men's League continues their summer season with Kraft in first place followed by the Salty Pelicans and OAIP tied for 2nd place....North Hampton in 4th place, Amelia National in 5th place and Stine's Lost Boys in 6th place.
Salty Pelikan's Mike Foley and Paul Drayton paired up to win the Amelia Island Clay Court Doubles Championships Men's Open Division on July 13th at OAIP
Team Salty Pelicans....John Robinson, Paul Drayton, Paul Griffin, Doug Haynam, John Bray, and Team Captain Mike Foley
OAIP's Bob Spaeth, Mark Olbina, Lee Kaufman, Carl Bazarian, Chris Peters
Stines Lost Boys Mike Morando and Bob Stine playing Kraft's Randy Ferndon and Don Clark
The Nassau County Men's League continues their summer season with Kraft in first place followed by North Hampton in 2nd place....Salty Pelicans, OAIP, and Amelia National tied for 3rd and Stine's Lost Boys in 6th place.
The Nassau County 3.0-3.5 Women's League will begin play in September. Team entries are now being accepted. Each team consists of 6-10 players to field 3 doubles lines in weekly league matches. Play will be on Thursday afternoons at 1pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or to enter your team.
Amelia Island Summer Clay Court Doubles Championships July 12-14, 2013 Results:
Amelia Island Clay Court championships were held this past weekend at the Omni Amelia Island Racquet Park. Final winners in each division include Paul Drayton and Mike Foley defeating Chris and Cameron Heath for the Men's Open division, Jim Holland and Dennis Harbin defeated Louis Highsmith and Mike Patrick in the Men's 50 and over division, Gabby Hebert won the Junior Girl's Round Robin and Liz McCall and Joyce Menz defeated Cyndee Robertson and Lois Brough for the Women's 50 and over division.
Also, Yulee Tennis Foundation players participated in a July 4th Firecracker Round Robin at the Amelia National Courts. Winner of the final game played was Gaby Nobles.
Front Row: YTF Dir of Tennis Vishnu Maharaj, Keaton MacDonald, Page Daniels, Jordan Braund, Mathew Taylor. Back Row: Jessie Macdonald, Gaby Nobles, Olivia Taylor, Gabby Hebert, Josh Hebert.
Girl's Junior Champ Gabby Hebert
Women's 50 and Over Finalists Lois Brough, Cyndee Robertson, Joyce Menz, Liz McCall
Men's 50 and over Finalists Dennis Harbin, Jim Holland, Louis Highsmith and Mike Patrick
Tennis Thanks the Troops! Adult "Mixed-Up" Doubles Round Robin Results:
Maharaj Tennis along with Cliff Drysdale Tennis sponsored a Memorial Day Weekend Event in support of Thanks USA. A 'Tennis Thanks the Troops' round robin event was held at the OAIP tennis park and over $2,000 in donations were received from the 40 participants for Thanks USA. The "Thanks USA" scholarship program benefits the families of U.S. military men and women.
Photo at Tennis Thanks the Troops/round robin participants: Cyndee Roberts, Patriot Jerry Gardner, Sal "Ironman" Barbaro, Meredith Hodge
Tennis NEWS for June:
Summer tennis classes are underway at the Central Park courts. The schedule is available at the Parks and Rec Department. The Nassau County 7.5 Men's League will begin their summer season on June 4. Entries are still being accepted for those looking to be on a team.
The Nassau County Ladies 3.0/3.5 league will begin again on September 12. More information on this league can be obtained by emailing email@example.com.
Summer Camp schedules are available for the City of Fernandina Beach. Junior Tennis camps will be held through the summer at the Central Park Courts beginning May 27th.
The Nassau County Spring Men's League concluded with Kraft posting 1st place in the league. North Hampton won the playoff event with a 2-1 victory over Kraft. Entries are now being accepted for the summer season which will begin match play on June 4th.
The Nassau County ladies league concluded their regular season with the "Locals" placing 1st and the "Krafty" ladies taking second, Betty's Beach Combers finished 3rd and OAIP 4th.
For information on clinics, lessons, equipment repairs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kraft Mixed Doubles YTF Fundraiser Results
Kraft Tennis Players recently held a mixed doubles fundraiser to benefit the Yulee Tennis Foundation junior development program. 46 tennis enthusiasts particpated in the event and $750 was received in donations. Event winners were John and Arlene Mirschel, Phil Scanlan and Sandra Shelton, Tracy Smythe and Luca Misciasci.
Photo from Kraft Tennis Fundraiser:
Front row: Jerry Gardner, Paul Griffin, Nancy Barnes
Middle Row: Elisabeth Hervy, Kraft Community Outreach Director Frances Blancett, Pam Rea, Karen Goertler, Mike Perry
Back Row: Ric Borum, Susan Perry, Diane Langert, Charlotte Bowling, Bob Langert, and John Bray.
City of Fernandina Beach City Doubles Championship Results
The City of Fernandina Beach City Doubles Championships were held this weekend at the Central Park Courts. Despite chilly temperatures and challenging winds, 46 tennis enthusiasts participated in the event that was sponsored by Ciao Bistro. Winners are as follows:
Ladies 6.0 Tracy Huff and Kathy Wesche,
Ladies 7.0 Yan Zhou and Sherry Hutzler,
Ladies 8.0 Kim Erickson and Susan Perry,
Men's 7.0 Ed Tribuzio and Luca Misciasi,
Men's 8.0 Dennis Harbin and Larry Elliott.
The Nassau County Ladies 3.5 Local Players League Inaugural Results
The Nassau County Ladies 3.5 Local players league had their inaugural matches this past Wednesday. Results are as follows:
Kraft Locals defeated OAIP 2-1,
Kraft Ladies defeated Betty's Beachcombers 2-1.
This is the 2nd league to be formed by local tennis players who enjoy competing against their fellow Nassau County residents. The Nassau County Men's league initiated local competitive matches last year.
Betty Conte and Brooke Rowe of Betty's Beachcombers in their league kick off match against Kraft Ladies Cathy Harbin and Pam Rhea
Ladies 6.0 COFB Champs Tracey Huff and Kathy Wesche
Ladies 8.0 COFB Champs Kim Erickson and Susan Perry
Men's 7.0 COFB Champs Ed Tribuzio and Luca Misciasi
Men's 8.0 COFB Finalists Dennis Harbin, Larry Elliott, Josh Hopper, David Weihe
COFB Finalists Frances Blancett, Liz McCall, Yan Zhou, and Sherry Hutzler
Nassau County Tennis in Full Swing for 2013
The new tennis schedule has been posted and classes are under way keeping USPTA instructors Vishnu Maharaj, Rod Gibson, Karen Rembert and Tracy Smythe busy on the courts. Information on classes, instruction, tennis equipment, area leagues, etc., is available by contacting the City Parks and Recreation Department or by contacting Michele Maharaj at 548-1472 or emailing email@example.com.
Tennis classes resume at the Yulee Sports Complex on January 9th. NCHE classes are held on Wednesdays from 11am 1pm. Private lessons and custom clinics are also available. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2013 Nassau County Men's Doubles 7.5 League begins in February. Team entries are being accepted for the Nassu County Men's Doubles League. The league is open to male players rated 3.5-4.0. The season kickoff is scheduled for February 10 and will run through April 28th. Team commitments are due by January 25th. Each team must have a minimum of 6 players for the 3 line format of play. Cost per person is $25.00. Anyone interested in entering a team or needing further information can contact Michele Maharaj at email@example.com.
Kraft Tennis Players Outreach program along with Maharaj Tennis, the Yulee Tennis Foundation, Omni Amelia Island Plantation and Ciao Bistro, are hosting a Charity Round Robin on Janaury 27th to support a local food pantry. Entries are now being accepted for the men's and women's doubles round robin. Entry fee is one bag of nonperishable food items that will be turned in to a local food pantry at the conclusion of the event. Deadline to enter the event is January 23rd. Email entries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
6th Annual Food Pantry Restocking Event
76 players took to the courts on January 27th in support of the 6th Annual Tennis Players Food Pantry Restocking event. Entry to the event required one bag of non-perishable food items per person that were delivered to the Barnabas Food Pantry following the event. Over 1400 pounds of donated groceries were collected. The event was sponsored by Kraft Tennis Players community outreach program, The Yulee Tennis Foundation, Maharaj Tennis, Omni Amelia Island Plantation, and Ciao Bistro. The event was played at 3 different sites and included 5 divisions with adult and junior players participating.
Division winners are as follows:
Men's 4.0, Mark Olbina and Michael Brooks,
Men's 3.5, Rette Alexander and Ryan Deems,
Ladies 4.0, Cricket Poston and Michele Staples,
Ladies 3.5A Liz McCall and Joyce Menz,
Ladies 3.5B Monique Boekout and Susie Bryant,
Girls Juniors, Laura Page.
"The tennis community was given a goal of 1000 pounds this year. They were very generous in their donations enabling us to pass our goal with 1,417 pounds received and a record attendance of 76 players," reports event director Michele Maharaj.
Junior finalists Blakely Rembert, Maharaj Tennis Instructor Karen Rembert, Laura Page.
Charlotte Bowling, Kraft Community Outreach Director Frances Blancett, Liz McCall, Joyce Mens, Monique Boekhout, Susie Bryant, Amy Wilstermom, and Marianne Dahl.
City Tennis Director Vishnu Maharaj unloads the donations at Barnabas Food Pantry following the tennis event.
Nassau County Men's 7.5 Spring season kicks off Feb 10th.
The Nassau County Men's 7.5 Spring season kicks off Feb 10th. The League consists of 6 teams and matches are played at various sites throughout Nassau County. Email email@example.com for more info.
Nassau County Women's 3.0-3.5 Doubles League.
New for Spring 2013 is the Nassau County Women's 3.0-3.5 Doubles League. The league is anticipated to begin play on Wednesdays at 1pm begining late Feb- early March. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
"Bid for Beard" Prostate Cancer Fund Raiser ResultsKraft Tennis Players hosted the "Bid for Beard" prostate cancer research fund raiser on Sunday. City Director of Tennis Vishnu Maharaj grew his beard for "No shave November" and accepted bids that were donated to the Mayo Clinic prostate cancer research program. The winning bid offered by the Kraft Consortium won the honor of shaving the beard on Sunday at the conclusion of the Kraft sponsored Round Robin event that raised $800.00 in donations for the Mayo Clinic research program.
Round Robin winners were Karen Goertler and Kassy Sjuggerud defeating Elisabeth Hervy and Cecy Koppel in a final set tiebreaker.
The Kraft Tennis Players are currently expanding their club to include 2 additional lighted clay courts at their existing 5 court facility. Memberships are available by contacting Bo McCollum at 321-2233 or emailing KTPBoard@gmail.com.
Kraft Research Round Robin Winners
Winning Beard Bidders Shaving Vishu's Beard
5th Annual Tennis Player's food pantry restocking Round Robin set for Jan 27th
January 27th, 2013, Kraft, Yulee Tennis Foundation, Omni AIP, and Mahraj Tennis will be co hosting the 5th annual Tennis Player's food pantry restocking Round Robin event. Further information on this event can be obtained by emailing email@example.com
December Junior Championship Round Robin Results
The December Junior Championship Round Robin was played this Saturday at the Central Park Tennis Courts. Nine junior players competed and the event finished with Gabby Hebert and Tailynn Keen tying for first place.
2013 USTA Women's Leagues Forming
Scott Colebourne of Omni Amelia Island Plantation states that he is interested in forming Women's 40 and 55 and over USTA Teams for the 2013 Women's season, please see below.
If there is enough interest to form a 55 and over team and play out of OAIP we will do so, the team will be captained by myself and Sal, with the assistance of a captain that is a team member. The format is 3 doubles lines and I think having approx 10 on a team would be a good number.
Each team is at a set level from 2.5 to 4.5, I think we could have enough interest at 3.5 and 4.0, possibly others.
I will need 10 positive replies at each level prior to November 20th before we enter a team.
Also, if you would like to play on a team that is 18 and over, or 40 and over, at any level from 2.5 - 4.5 please let me know and I'll help find you a team to play on, we have players from our area travelling to play on teams at other clubs already.
If you have friends that might be interested then do send this information to them.
For more information, please contact Scott Colebourne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For all Adult Women in the First Coast Area:
Carson Phillips is the USTA FL Local League Coordinator, for First Coast Region 2.
You may contact her to field, or find a USTA Women's team.
USTA Adult Women 55+ play on Saturdays at 10 A.M. -- Some Divisions may play earlier or later.
Earliest Start Date: 1/19/13.
Levels: 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5
Format: 3 Doubles
Please contact Carson if you wish to field a team out of your club. She will be taking team reservations throughout the month of November.
Registration will open Dec. 3.
The Captains' Meeting will be Saturday, January 5th from 10-11:30 @ San Jose Country Club--Terrace Room.
Eligibility will include current USTA membership and an $18 League fee.
Age requirements will include anyone 55 or older or anyone turning 55 in 2013. I look forward to hearing from you as we move into this exciting new season of USTA Tennis. As always, thanks so much for you support and participation !!
Carson is also Coordinator for:
Adult Women 18+, 40+, 55+ and 65+
Contact Carson at 904-363-6422
Tennis classes for Home Schooled students
Tennis classes for Home Schooled students are being offered at the Yulee Sports Complex by the Yulee Tennis Foundation. The classes are structured according to age and abilities and there is also a "Mom's" class to make the all encompassing home schooled program complete. YTF instructors Vishnu Maharaj and Karen Rembert keep the Yulee Sports Complex tennis courts busy on Wednesdays with their offerings of classes and drill sessions. For further information regarding tennis for "home-schoolers" email email@example.com.
(from left to right) Abby Leinbach, W. Baron Guthridge, Nate Hebert, Wyatt Smith, Karen, Hayden Parr, Georgianna R. Guthridge, Joshua Ross
Vishnu Maharaj, John Forrest, Mikey Eggers, Hunter Parr, Lexy Eggers, Hunter Forrest, Rhiannon Forrest
Jenny Hebert, Tammy Robinson, Vishnu Maharaj, Adrienne Smith, Teresa Taylor
Olivia Taylor, Gabby Hebert, Will Robinson, Karen, Matthew Taylor, Joshua Hebert
WTT "Final Four" tournament Set for Nov 2nd
The regular WTT season ended Friday night with the Outlaws finishing in first place, followed by the Barracudas, the Mirshcels, OAIP, North Hampton, the Slammers, Amelia National, and Team Stine. The "Final Four" tournament will be held November 2nd at 6pm on the City courts at Central Park.
WTT participants...Nancy Barnes, Diann Schindler, and Darlene Morris.
Fall Tennis Classes
Tennis classes continue through December for junior and adult players at the Central Park courts. Information on scheduling can be obtained by contacting the Parks and Recreation office or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amelia Island Plantation Team Wins Men's 7.5 Summer Doubles League
The Nassau County Men's 7.5 Doubles League Summer Season concluded it's rain delayed season finale last Tuesday with a 3 line round robin at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Tennis courts. The winning Team for this season was the Amelia Island Plantation Team edging out the Kraft Tennis Players who came in second place. City Longshots took 3rd, Amelia National 4th, Southern Comfort 5th, and Team "Beer" Stine took 6th.
OAIP team co-captain Carl Bazarian commented, "Michele Maharaj put together a league which created tennis competition and friendships among the tennis clubs in the area and combined levels of play within each club team which was challenging and fun." The men's league will resume play again in early February.
WTT league play begins on September 21st. Team committments are due this week, Email email@example.com for further information. Tennis classes continue through the Fall season at the Central Park City Courts. Scheduling information can be obtained at the Parks and Recreation Office or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amelia Island Plantation 7.5 Men's Team Photo:
Left to Right, Chris Bux, Herb Jervis, Rollins Snelling, Bob Spaeth, Co-Captain Carl Bazarian, Curt Platte, Chris Roberts.Missing from photo, Co-captain Jim Holland, Mark Childs, Rob Roberts and Bill Gingrich.
City Of Fernandina Beach Fall Tennis Schedule
On the Schedule:
Adult Beginner Clinics
Adult Inter. Clinics
Women's Beg-Int Clinics
Men's Inter Clinic
Coed Adult Inter/Adv Drill clinics
Cardio Tennis/Adult Inter
Instructors: Director of Tennis Vishnu Maharaj, USPTA 1, PTR. Assistant professionals Rod Gibson, USPTA 1, Karen Rembert, USPTA 1 and Tracy Smythe, USPTA 1.
Preregistration for classes is required. Class fees are due on the first class day of each month.
Junior Clinics $8.00 per person per hour/$12.00 per 1.5 hour clinics.
Adult Clinics $10.00 per person per hour/$15.00 per 1.5 hour clinics.
Private lessons $60.00 per hour with DOT or $50.00 per hour with Assistant Pros.
20% surcharge applied to non city residents. Customized clinics and private lessons are always available.
For more information, email email@example.com or contact the Parks and Recreation office.
Used Tennis Balls Still Needed - 1,450 delivered, and we need more!
520 used tennis balls were recently delivered by Judi Turner and Michele Maharaj to:
Callahan Elementary School
Fernandina Beach Middle School
Southside Elementary School
Yulee Primary School
Yulee Elementary School
Yulee Tennis Foundation has delivered a total of 1,450 tennis balls to our community, and we are still getting calls for balls! We are accepting donations to be dropped off Dave Turner Plumbing 474390 East State Road 200 Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034 or call Judi at 904 524 3758. People do have the option of taking their used balls to any local school, daycare or nursing home. This saves the expense of new balls used on bases of chair legs.
Thanks to all!
YTF Judi Turner and Maharaj Tennis.
Junior City Tennis Champ Crowned
Page Daniels won the City of Fernandina Beach Junior Tennis Championships at Central Park this past Friday defeating Tailynn Keen in the final round. Junior players weathered the 98 degree temperature Friday and provided local fans with some great match play.
Page Daniels, left, Tailynn Keen right
Nassau County Men's league continues through August
The Nassau County Men's league continues through August with matches being played at different sites throughout the County. There are currently 6 teams competing in the League with representation of teams from the COFB, Kraft Tennis Players, Amelia National and OAIP.
NCHE tennis classes resume on August 15th - Yulee Sports Complex
NCHE tennis classes resume on August 15th at the Yulee Sports Complex. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or to register for these classes.
We have Used Tennis Balls Available
Yulee Tennis Foundation and Maharaj Tennis has used tennis balls for Daycares/Pre-Schools and Primary School Teachers, for use under their classroom chairs. Instead of asking parents to provide new tennis balls, please contact either YTF Judi Turner 904-524-3758 or Michele Maharaj of Maharaj Tennis 904-548-1472 for used balls to be delivered to the schools.
Former World Ranked Doubles Champ Visits Nassau County
Yulee Tennis Foundation patrons along with local Maharaj Tennis students were treated to a series of instructional clinics from former ATP world ranked doubles expert Francisco Montana.
Francisco volunteered his time on court this weekend to help raise funds for the YTF junior development program. A local men's group was treated to an on court drills and doubles strategy clinic. Francisco then provided a ladies clinic and a mixed doubles drill session.
Mr. Montana was a world ranked junior player from age 12-18, competing alongside Jim Courier and Andre Agassi. At age 15, he was the #1 world ranked junior player. He also played on the ATP tour with doubles partner Don Johnson from 1992 thru 2000. During that time, they reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open and captured 2 ATP Masters Series titles. They claimed a #4 world ranking together in 1997.
Presently, Francisco heads up his international tennis academy in Miami. He also spends time visiting non-profit Community Tennis Associations similar to the Yulee Tennis Foundation volunteering his time to help grow the game of tennis and help raise funds for local programs.
Top Left: Francisco Montana during the instructional weekend clinics.
Top Right: Mark Olbina, Vishnu Maharaj, John Guinn, John Paul McTague and Carlos Chavez-Taifur taking instruction from Touring Pro Francisco Montana.
Left: Group photo of the Men's Drill clinic....Mark Olbina, John Paul McTague, Carlos Chaves-Taifur, Francisco Montana, John Guinn, and YTF's Vishnu Maharaj.
Summer tennis camps begin June 11th at the City Courts, Amelia National, and North Hampton.
Summer tennis camps begin next week at the City Courts, Amelia National, and North Hampton. Clinics for adult and junior players will continue through the summer. Email email@example.com for scheduling or for further information.
Nassau County Men's Doubles League Set to Start
The Nassau County Men's Doubles league kicks off Tuesday, June 12. 6 local teams are competing through the summer months at various sites throughout Nassau County. Email Michele Maharaj firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Tennis Thanks the Troops - Results - May 26th and 27th
Tennis Thanks the Troops!!!!
Local tennis professionals spent the Memorial Day weekend hosting tennis events and clinics for junior and adult players in exchange for donations to support "Tennis Thanks the Troops" scholarship program for ThanksUSA. This is an organization that provides scholarship funding for families of United States military men and women. The staff of Maharaj Tennis along with OAIP's Scott Colebourne volunteered their weekend hours to help support the cause. Donations totalled $1800.00 from junior and adult clinics and round robin competitive events that were held on Saturday and Sunday. Events were held at the COFB Central Park courts and at Omni Amelia Island Plantation's Racquet Park. Over 80 tennis enthusiasts weathered the hot sun of Saturday and the wild winds of Sunday to hit the courts in support of the Troops!
OAIP's Director of Tennis Scott Colbourne with Maharaj Tennis' Vishnu and Michele Maharaj at the Omni Ameila Island Plantation Saturday Round Robin Event.
COFB's Maharaj Tennis Professionals Kacie Dickinson, Rod Gibson, Tracy Smythe. and Vishnu Maharaj at Central Park Courts Sunday afternoon.
ThanksUSA tiny tot participants Joseph and Dustin Doyle, Nick and Chris Stine, and Isaac Graham.
Round Robin players Bill Hatch, Bob Stine and Angie Post at OAIP.
"Tennis Thanks the Troops" is a United States Professional Tennis Association fund raiser to assist ThanksUSA in funding scholarships for the families of military men and women. As part of this national initiative, tennis professionals across the country are being asked to donate their time over the Memorial Day weekend by hosting clinics and/or events. Since its inception in 2006, ThanksUSA has awarded 2,500 scholarships totaling nearly $7.5 million dollars.
City of Fernandina Beach Doubles Championships, May 18-20, 2012 Results
The City of Fernandina Beach Doubles Championships were held this weekend at the Central Park Courts. Winners of the Women's 6.5 division were Jane Mcknight and Terri Oliver, the Women's 7.5 division was won by Angie Post and Cricket Poston, and Men's Champions were Larry Elliott and Dennis Harbin.
Womens's 6.5 finalists Jane McKnight and Terri Oliver def. Tailynn Keen and Shirley Rushing
Men's Finalists Doug Haynam, Bill Jump lost to Larry Elliott, and Dennis Harbin
Women's 7.5 finalists Angie Post, Cricket Poston def Cyndee Robertson and Liz McCall
Men's consolation finalists Peter Johnson and Phil Scanlan def Michael Graham and David Greyard
Kraft Tennis Players Mixed Doubles - Charity Round Robin, Results:
The Kraft Tennis Players hosted a Mixed Doubles Fund Raiser on Sunday to benefit the Yulee Tennis Foundation Junior Development Program. 24 players competed in 2 divisions and raised $300.00. Winners of the Dream Team division are Carl and Linda Bazarian who tied in the final round with Patti Clifford and Richard Billings. Winners of the Nightmares Division are Joe and Carol Simon. YTF tennis directors Vishnu and Michele Maharaj were onsite to coordinate the event.
Mixed Doubles Fund raiser at Kraft: Back Row: "Dream Team" Division Winners Carl and Linda Bazarian, Patti Clifford and Richard Billings. Front Row: Jerry Gardner and Kraft Community Outreach Director Frances Blancett.
"Nightmare" Division winners Joe and Carol Simeon with YTF tennis director Vishnu Maharaj
Kraft Tennis Club Super Senior Ladies Team wins Florida State Championships!
The "Kraft Tennis Club Super Seniors" ladies Team recently won the Florida State Championships in Daytona at the USTA Florida Tennis Center.. The victory now qualifies the team for the USTA National Championships to be held early in 2013.
Super Seniors: First Row: Diann Schindler, Nancy Barnes, Mary Jo Hanlon, Deborah Hale Second Row: Kris Barger, Sandy Mann, Cyndee Robertson, Captain Carol Simon, Sue Ragan, Lois Brough Not pictured: Betty Perry, Rosemary Jacobs.
FREE 1 year membership to USTA
Parents of Kids 10 and under can sign their child up for a FREE 1 year membership to USTA...a $19.00 value. The membership includes "Bounce", a quarterly newsletter for 10 and under, and access to Junior Tournaments and a chance to play USTA Jr. Team Tennis. Call 1-800-990-8782 and reference source code JOIN2PLAY, or go to www.usta.com/membership and use same code. The offer is available until December 31,2012.
2012 Spring Tennis is in Full Swing in Nassau County
Classes are in progress at the Central Park city courts for both, adult and junior players. Information on scheduling can be obtained by calling the Parks and Recreation office, emailing email@example.com, or phoning 548-1472. Instructors for the city program include Vishnu Maharaj USPTA 1, Rod Gibson USPTA 1, Tracy Smythe USPTA 1, and Kacie Dickinson USPTA 2. Preregistration for summer tennis camps is now under way. Camps run June 11th -July 5th and July 9th - August 2nd. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for specific age group and time/day scheduling. Space is limited....register early.
Clinics also continue at the Yulee Sports Complex and at Amelia National. Clinic instructors for Maharaj Tennis Services include Vishnu Maharaj, Rod Gibson, Tracy Smythe, Kacie Dickinson, and Michele Maharaj. More information on class schedules and services can be obtained by calling 548-1472 or emailing email@example.com.
The new tennis schedule has been posted and classes are under way keeping USPTA instructors Vishnu Maharaj, Rod Gibson, and Tracy Smythe busy on the courts. Information on classes, instruction, tennis equipment, area leagues, etc., is available by contacting the City Parks and Recreation Department or by contacting Michele Maharaj at 548-1472 or emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tennis classes resume at the Yulee Sports Complex on January 11th. NCHE classes on Wednesdays from 11am -3pm. Junior clinics are also offered on Friday afternoons from 3:30-5:30pm. Private lessons and custom clinics are also available. email@example.com
THE HOTTEST HOLIDAY GIFT THIS SEASON IS 10 AND UNDER TENNIS. It is fun, easy, and can be played indoors, playgrounds or driveways as well as tennis courts. The right size equipment is available at local sporting good stores or online. One site is Mark Montano's Holiday Gift Picks.
Yulee Tennis Foundation Tennis classes continue in the Yulee Sports Complex with NCHS (home school) schedule Wednesdays 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Junior clinics are offered Fridays 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Specific clinics, private or group lessons can be scheduled through Michele Maharaj (548-1472) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Scheduling for 10 and under Quickstart tennis is also available.
Yulee Tennis Foundation is sponsoring the Nassau County District Schools USTA membership for another year. We are currently working with USTA to get QuickStart Tennis in the primary grades. If you are interested in the QuickStart Tennis program please contact Judi Turner email@example.com and reference school tennis. Courts are not necessary.
"Tiny Tot" Josie Steele
Raleigh Simmons, Josie Steele, Wyatt Steele in their "tiny tots" tennis class at the city courts.
Grayson Street, at his first "tiny tots" tennis lesson.
If you have a child 10 and under who would like to participate in Quickstart, contact Michele Maharaj firstname.lastname@example.org for scholarship information.
There are three "10 and Under" Quickstart facilities available to residents of Nassau County:
Yulee Sports Complex
Yulee Florida 32097
Nassau County Recreation Department
Call 904-548-4689, or Email Michele Maharaj at email@example.com
City of Fernandina Beach Recreation Department
Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034
904-277-7350 or Maharaj Tennis at 904-548-1472, or Email Michele Maharaj at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kraft Tennis Partners
961023 Buccaneer Trail
Amelia Island,Florida 32034
Call Susie DeMille, at 904-261-3185
All three of these sites offer 10 and Under programs through the USTA (United States Tennis Association).
Parents of children participating in the program may register their child for a FREE one year membership with the USTA ( a $19) value. Membership includes Bounce, a quarterly newsletter, and access to junior tournaments and a chance to play USTA Junior Team Tennis. Call 1-800-990-8782 and reference source code JOIN2PLAY. This offer is available until Dec 31 2011.
Donations of goods to sell to benefit YTF continue to be accepted and may be dropped off at Dave Turner Plumbing or call, and we will pickup. Receipts for donated goods and for purchase of items from YTF will be given. Proceeds from the YTF sale, (a 501 (c)(3) not for profit foundation with the State of Florida) will go toward scholarships for the USTA QuickStart program offered in the Yulee Sports Complex.
Donate used balls to schools, hospitals or nursing homes of your choice. If you want, you can drop them off at Dave Turner Plumbing or the Community Flea Market on September 17th in Deerwalk on A1A and we will distribute them.
Rescuing Animals In Nassau Humane Society SPCA (RAIN) also needs used tennis balls for animal recreation. You can drop your tennis balls off at the RAIN Resale Store located in the Harris Teeter Shopping Center, Wed-Sat from 10-5, or at Nassau Animal Services.
If your organization needs used tennis balls please contact Judi Turner at email@example.com.
Nassau County Men's Doubles League
The Nassau County Men's Doubles league played round 6 of the season on Sunday. Standings are as follows: 1. Kraft Hot Shots, 2. Kraft Blues, 3. Amelia National, 4. Team Law and Southern Comfort, 6. Team Stine. League play continues on April 29th with Round 7.
Team matches are scheduled twice a month at rotating Nassau County tennis sites. The current season will run through May 6th. Summer season will begin June 3rd. For more information on the league, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday Men's League Players photo - Front Row: Dennis Harbin, Mark Olbina, Randy Ferdon, Dave Mathe. Back Row: Russel Bryant, Clay Moore, John Paul McTague(aka Coach Mc Thirsty).
Yulee High School Women Win against West Nassau, Feb 8th
The Womenís Tennis Team Scored a 4 to 3 win against West Nassau Feb 8th.
Kaysi Cordell and Channelle Brown won their singles match.
In doubles Arianna Aragon and Kaysi Cordell won as well as Channelle Brown and Lexie Richter.
The Menís Team put up a good fight, but lost to West Nassau. Everyone played well, but only Dustin managed to pull out a win for the Menís team.
Feb 8th Match Score Cards:
Men's Monthly Round Robin First Season Results
The Amelia National Men's Monthly Round Robin tournament wrapped up its first season with John Paul McTague winning the final monthly event. The Round Robin Tournament was held monthly with the men's group competing for the "wandering" trophy. Each monthly winner won the right to possess the trophy and have their name added to one of 12 slots on the trophy. Over the past 12 months, winners included Mark Olbina, Carlos Chavez-Taifur, Ed Clifford, David Weihe and John Paul McTague. The overall winner for the year was Mark Olbina who now owns the "wandering" trophy.
Photo: Vishnu Maharaj, Carlos Chavez-Taifur, John Paul McTague, Mark Olbina, and Ed Clifford.
Tennis Players help stock Local Food Pantry
56 players hit the courts on Sunday, Jan 29th, to support the donation of groceries to the Barnabas Center Food Pantry. Kraft Tennis Players along with Maharaj Tennis, and Yulee Tennis Foundation sponsored the afternoon Round Robin tennis event. Three divisions were played at 2 different sites and resulted in 722 lbs of donated groceries! Entry fee to the event was one bag of nonperishable food items and it seems that entrants were extemely generous in their donations this year. The Food Pantry tennis event has been an annual occurence since Maharaj Tennis came to town in 2006.
In 2011, The Kraft Tennis Players joined forces with Maharaj Tennis and the Yulee Tennis Foundation to sponsor the event as part of their Community Outreach programming. For 2012, they were once again the host site for the event. The Ritz Carlton also participated in the cause by donating use of their courts for one of the women's division round robin. Winners of the events are as follows:
Ritz Women's Group - Susan Perry, Jesse Hiott, Julie Dobinski and Barbara Welling
Kraft Women's Group - Lois Brough and Fan Aylward
Men's Group - Mike Perry and Vernon Hiott.
The event was coordinated by Michele and Vishnu Maharaj.
Food Pantry Event Photos:
Mike Perry, Frances Blancett, and Vernon Hiott
Michele Maharaj, Frances Blancett, Susan Perry, Jesse Hiott, Julie Dobinski and Babs Welling
Michele Maharaj, Frances Blancett, Kraft Community Outreach Director, Lois Brough and Fan Aylward
Tennis Director Vishnu Maharaj with Barnabas program Manager Mary Ann Blackhall
The Yulee Tennis Foundation's mission remains to promote tennis in Nassau County.
For more information concerning the Ladder, Clinics, and Playdays, call Vishnu Maharaj Director of Tennis, at 904-524-0243, or E-Mail Vishnu at: Vishnu@YuleeTennisFoundation.com
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