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Event should be a success

© St. Petersburg Times
published November 10, 2002

Final preparations are being made for this week's 10th Annual Tennis Classic at the Paul Kronk Tennis Center in Crescent Oaks.

The tournament benefits the Good Samaritan Health Clinic of Pasco, Inc. and is in memory of Ariel Rothschild Goldman.

Dale Slive, who is co-chairing with Ellie Paladine, has focused on organizing volunteers for the four-day event. Paladine, representing tournament sponsor Pasco County Medical Society Alliance, has concentrated on keeping the volunteers up to date on the event's progress.

Tournament organizers pride themselves in keeping expenses down so that the clinic receives more than 90 percent of the funds.

"It's amazing how the community pulls together for this event," honorary chairperson Lynn Goldman said. "It looks like we'll have another record year and raise between $60,000 to $65,000.

"In our first year in 1992, we raised $13,000 and used 20 volunteers to run the event for about 70 players. This year, we have more than 30 committee members and use more than 90 volunteers throughout our planning. With 160 players this year, it's really grown."

Players are given special treatment. Goodie bags, commemorative T-shirts, complimentary massages, door prizes and eight meals are provided.

"Lynn and her group treat the players like the cream of the crop," clinic executive director Barbara Holton said.

The Good Samaritan Clinic is a free clinic housed in New Port Richey. Last year, over 2,300 residents received treatment. It is the only free clinic in the U.S. providing testing and treatment for Hepatitis C. This year, the clinic provided assistance to seniors in completing paperwork for free medications from pharmaceutical companies.

INTERSECTIONALS: Area players represented Florida in this month's USTA Intersectionals in Jackson, Miss. Team members included Jose Campos of Lutz and Roger Cypriano of Wesley Chapel in the 35-and-over, Clearwater's Kevin Manning in the 45, St. Petersburg's Dave Krebs the 65 and St. Petersburg's Bob Meyerdierks the 75.

Competing among teams from nine USTA sections, Florida's 35 and 65 teams finished first and the 75 team finished second. Overall, Florida was second to USTA Southern. In the 35 division, Campos was 2-1 in singles competition and 3-1 with Cypriano in doubles. Florida defeated USTA Southwest 5-0, Texas 3-2, Southern California 3-2 and Southern 3-2.

NATIONALS: McMullen's 4.0 senior men's team, representing Florida at the USA League National Championships in Tucson, Ariz., was two sets shy of reaching the semifinal round. Despite defeating USTA Middle States 2-1 and New England 3-0 and losing just 2-1 to Hawaii Pacific in round-robin flight play, Florida was edged by Middle States. Both teams had a 2-1 team record, but Middle States had the fewest sets lost to edge Florida.

NET SHOTS: Stacia Fonseca of Lutz recently appeared in Sports Illustrated after winning state championships in the 18-and-under, 16 and 14 age divisions.

In last month's Les Grandes Dames in Winter Park, New Port Richey's Ria Graham teamed with Clearwater's Henrietta Skoczen to win the women's 60 doubles consolation draw. In singles, Graham lost in the final to Grace Woo of New York 7-5, 7-6(2).

COMING UP: The 10th Annual Frenchy's Gumbo Tennis Classic is Nov. 15-17 at the McMullen Tennis Center. Players may enter at Advantage Yours (442-7923), Big Brothers Big Sisters (518-8860) or McMullen (669-1919). ... Men's and women's age division singles competitions will begin Friday at the Weston Innisbrook Resort. Call (727) 942-5241. ... The Junior Clay Court Challenge begins Saturday at the Hunter's Green Tennis Center. Singles competition with consolation draws are planned for players 18 and under. Call (813) 973-4220 today.

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