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The 10th annual USTA/Pembroke Pines Girls’ 14 Sectional was at the Pembroke Lakes Racquet Club in Pembroke Pines. Pierre Arnold Tennis Inc. hosted the tournament, directed by Pierre Arnold, tennis director of the City of Pembroke Pines.
The top Florida players in the Girls’ 14 age bracket traveled to Pembroke Pines, competing for valuable ranking points.
Eighth seeded Sofia Sewing of Doral defeated fifth seeded Meible Chi of Weston, 6-1, 6-1 to win the tournament. Chi upset top seeded Melissa Plambeck of Bradenton, third seeded Amanda Meyer of Hypoluxo and seventh seeded Sasha Belaya of Melbourne en route to the finals.
Miami’s Miranda Ramirez was third via walkover to an injured Belaya who took fourth. Amanda Arisimova, an 11-year-old alternate from Hallandale Beach, defeated Meyer for fifth place. Meyer received the sixth place trophy.
“In our 10th year, we look forward to this event every year,” Tournament Director Pierre Arnold said. “It is a great event for the City of Pembroke Pines.”
During the tournament, players, parents, coaches, club members and spectators were asked to join the “SMILE REVOLUTION.” The “SMILE REVOLTUION” is an initiative, led by Jaimes Tennis Management Inc. and inspired by “MAKE DC SMILE,” to spread positivity by documenting the question, “What makes you smile?” The goal of this initiative is to share moments of happiness and encouraging smiles no matter what is occurring in the world or your own personal circumstances. The goal is to acquire 2013 photos of the answered question.
In December there will be a VIP gallery event featuring the photos in Miami’s Wynwood District. For information on the SMILE REVOLUTION, visit the Official Smile Revolution Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Smile-Revolution/156836354473512 or call 954-399-8056
For information on Pierre Arnold Tennis Inc./Jaimes Tennis Management Inc. or the 2013 USTA/ Pembroke Pines Girls’ 14 Sectional Tournament, call Lynn Jaimes at 305-588-0564.
More than 300 children, parents and family members celebrated the grand re-opening of the Tamiami Tennis Center, where the new permanent 36’ and 60’ tennis courts designed especially for kids were unveiled.
“The kids didn’t want to get off the 60’ courts; it was a huge success,” USTA Florida Miami-area Tennis Program Coordinator Cathy Nordlund said. “Those who came early had an opportunity to see the 8-and-under and 10-and-under league matches. Special thanks to the staff at Tamiami Tennis under the direction of Kevin and Andre Chow and all of our great volunteers who came out to help.”
The event also featured games, prize-giveaways, face painting, tennis ball crafts and more.
“Tamiami Tennis Center is one of the most kid-friendly tennis facilities in the country,” Nordlund said. “The center after the construction now features four permanent 36’ courts and four permanent 60’ courts. The court installation is part of a commitment by the USTA to encourage children in diverse communities to become more active by playing tennis.”
Tamiami Tennis Center was the first facility in Florida to feature 36’ and 60’ permanent courts for kids (compared to a full 78’ court). The Tamiami courts are the result of a collaboration of grants from the USTA national body, the USTA Florida Section, the USTA Florida Section Foundation and Friends of Miami Tennis. Friends of Miami Tennis, a 501(c)3 organization, manages the Tamiami Tennis Center.