Delayed and revised, Mardy Fish tennis event set to start

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Delayed and revised, Mardy Fish tennis tournament set to begin


Harvey Fialkov
 |  Particular to TCPalm

Though tennis was one of many first sports activities to return, the pandemic nonetheless robbed tennis gamers from all ranges of both creating their expertise or incomes a dwelling for many of 2020.

The virus led to the cancellation or postponement of a whole lot of junior, faculty {and professional} tournaments, together with the annual Mardy Fish Championships, held each April since 1995 in Vero Seashore.

Because of the persistence of co-tournament administrators Randy Walker and Tom Fish, the event, that includes a 48-player singles draw and 14-doubles draw will run Monday via Sunday at The Boulevard tennis membership, with strict protocols in place to keep away from the unfold of COVID-19.

As a substitute of enjoying for ATP or ITF rating factors in a USTA Futures or an ITF event, the occasion can be staged on the Common Tennis Score (UTR) platform with $10,000 in complete prize cash, the singles winner receiving $3,000 and the doubles champions splitting $1,500.

“We’re delighted that we had been in a position to sculpt out a various and proficient area that might rival any ITF World Tennis Tour occasion,’’ Walker mentioned. “We now have a number of the prime juniors within the nation, together with a number of of Vero Seashore’s finest younger gamers, in addition to former champions corresponding to 2018 winner Juan Benitez, the sixth seed. A number of of our gamers competed on the ATP stage and are members of their nation’s Davis Cup groups.”

The sphere is headed by No. 1 seed Diego Hidalgo, ranked No. 378 within the newest ATP World Tour rankings and a member of Ecuador’s Davis Cup group, adopted by Alejandro Gomez of Colombia, the No. 2 seed ranked No. 508. Venezuelan Davis Cupper Ricardo Rodriguez, the 2018 singles runner-up in Vero Seashore ranked No. 526 on the planet, is the No. 3 seed. Juan Benitez of Colombia, the 2018 singles champion on the Mardy Fish Kids’s Basis Tennis Championships, can be within the area and is seeded No. 8.

Two rising American teenagers, Jack Anthrop, 16, of Orlando and pleasant rival Alex Bernard of Bonita Springs, are seeded No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. Bernard’s brother John Bernard, a Florida State participant, is seeded No. 10.

“I’m pleased we get to play gamers that good on this event … proper now guys like me must be enjoying proper now and get in as many tournaments which are accessible to the juniors,’’ mentioned Anthrop, who in 2019 received the distinguished Eddie Herr boys 16s title amongst many different worldwide junior titles. “We don’t have many ITF Grade 4s (stage occasions), and it’s very onerous to play in different nations as a result of we’d need to quarantine for 2 weeks. We’ve been sitting round since March ready and it wasn’t good for us.’’

Anthrop, who has been coached by UCF coach John Roddick, a former professional and older brother of American Corridor of Famer Andy Roddick, in addition to UCF girls’s coach Brian Koniecko, participated in a sequence of six UTR occasions held in Orlando held over the summer time. He reached the semis and finals within the first two and received the third for a $500 payday.

“That is my dream since I’m 7,’’ Anthrop mentioned. “John tells me to ‘give the ball a trip. You bought to hit it or another person goes to hit it.’ … I despatched a video of me imitating Andy’s serve. Andy mentioned that it was correct, however, ‘simply add a 100 extra miles-per-hour.’ ‘’

There’s loads of native taste to savor this week, together with Vero Seashore Excessive College tennis coach James Van Deinse and his brother Joseph, the coach of St. Edward’s College. The siblings, who personal and function the Vero Seashore Tennis & Health Membership in Timber Ridge, are enjoying doubles Monday night time, and James and Joseph are additionally enjoying singles earlier Monday.

Along with the gamers getting each day temperature checks, hand sanitizers can be accessible and the membership will solely enable 35 p.c capability with social distancing seating. There are not any each day ticket gross sales however for these concerned about buying reserved seats for your entire event, e-mail rwalker@newmediachapter.com or lsouth1072@gmail.com.

All proceeds from the occasion go to the Mardy Fish Kids’s Basis, a non-profit charity geared towards serving to at-risk youngsters in Indian River County. Fish, a Vero Seashore native and former Prime 10 professional, is the U.S. Davis Cup captain.

Fish’s basis promotes hygiene and health for kids and contains his six substances for a wholesome life, which is extra vital than ever throughout these tough instances: eat wholesome, get train, drink water, brush and floss daily, get a great sleep and make mates. For extra info, go to www.MardyFishChildrensFoundation.org



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