• GACTA Annual Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Party

    Come out to celebrate our volunteers for GACTA’s Volunteer Appreciation Party on Sunday, December 13th, at the 300 Club from 3:30 – 6:30 pm! There will be a round robin, tennis clinic, drinks and pizza from Humble Pie. Tickets are $20!

    E-mail Addison Staples (addison@ acesinmotion.org) with your name and level to reserve your spot. We are capping this event at 50 players so make sure to e-mail Addison soon! Looking forward to celebrating our invaluable volunteers with you all.

  • The Fall Season of Junior Team Tennis is Starting: SCHEDULES

    Here is the schedule for the fall season of our Team Tennis League..  Teams in BOLD will be the home team. Robert Taylor is the coordinator for this fall season. Robert’s email is:  rt4tennis@nullgmail.com 
    League Notes:
    8 game pro sets (no-ad scoring)  Tiebreaker at 8-8
    2 singles/2 doubles matches
    Each Home Team will receive an allotment of balls for home matches for the whole season.  Each match use only 2 cans per match.  (most facilities will only be able to allot 2 courts for matches). Recycle balls at your facility for use.  If you run out of home match balls, please email me so I can send you more (lost balls, bad cans,etc)
    Schedules will be posted on www.jonesvilletennis.com website and www.gainesvilletennis.org websites for parents to access.
    Scores will be updated weekly and online on the Jonesville website as well..  Please email scores after match play so updating is easier..
    There will be some wiggle room in case of rainouts.. All matches must be completed by Nov. 13th.
    12 and Under Beginner Division: ALL MATCHES WILL BE AT 5 PM
       

    Oct. 4:  JTC-Smashers @ Haile

                JTC-Porter/Bethea @ Westside

                JTC- Aces @  DB

     

    Oct. 11:  Haile @ Westside

                  JTC-Aces @  JTC-Porter/Bethea

                  JTC-Smashers @ DB

     

    Oct. 17    DB  @   Haile

    JTC-Porter/Bethea @ JTC-Aces

                   Westside @ JTC-Smashers

     

    Oct. 18   Haile @  JTC-Aces

                  JTC-Porter/Bethea @ JTC-Smashers

                  Westside @ DB

     

    Oct. 25   Haile @ JTC-Porter/Bethea

                  JTC-Aces  @  Westside

                   DB @  JTC-Smashers

     

    Nov. 1     JTC-Smashers @  Haile

                   Westside @ JTC-Porter/Bethea

                   DB @  JTC-Aces

    12 and Under Intermediate Schedule:  ALL MATCHES ARE AT 3 PM

    Oct. 4:  DB @ Haile

              JTC-Beck/Phillips @ Westside

     

    Oct. 11   Haile @ Westside

                  DB @  JTC-Beck/Phillips

     

    Oct. 17  Haile @ JTC-Beck/Phillips

                 Westside @ DB

     

    Oct. 18   JTC-Beck/Phillps @  DB

                  Haile @ Westside

     

    Oct. 25    JTC-Beck/Phillips @ Haile

                   Westside @ DB

     

    Nov. 1      DB @ Haile

                    Westside @  JTC-Beck/Phillips

     

    14 and Under Intermediate Division: ALL MATCHES ARE AT 4 PM
    Oct. 4   Jordan Glen @ Haile             

    Porter @ 300 Club

     

    Oct. 11  Haile @ 300 Club

     Jordan Glen @ Porter

     

    Oct. 17  Porter @ Jordan Glen

    300 Club @ Haile

     

    Oct. 18   Haile @ Jordan Glen

    300 Club @ Porter

     

    Oct. 25    Haile @  Porter

     Jordan Glen @ 300 Club

     

    Nov. 1     300 Club @ Haile

    Porter @ Jordan Glen

    18 and Under Intermediate Schedule: ALL MATCHES ARE AT 2 pm 
     
    Oct. 3:  Lake City-CS @ Westside
                300 club @ Lake City- BGB
     
    Oct. 4:  Haile @ Lake City- CS
     
    Oct. 11: Westside @ 300 Club
                Lake City- BGB @ Haile
     
    Oct. 17:  Lake City- CS @ 300 Club
                  Haile @ Lake City- BGB
     
     
    Oct. 18:   300 Club @ Westside
     
     
    Oct. 24:   Westside @ Haile
                        Lake City-BGB @ Lake City-CS
     
     
    Oct. 25:    Westside @  Lake City- BGB
                        Lake City- CS@ Haile
     
     
    Oct. 31:     Haile @ 300 Club
     
     
    Nov. 1:      Lake City-BGB @ Westside
                       300 Club @  Lake City- CS
  • The Second Annual Bryan Shelton Celebration of Tennis

    A fundraiser to benefit GACTA’s Aces in Motion Tennis Outreach Program. 

    PURCHASE TICKETS

    Evening Celebration

    Friday August 21st, 2015

    Gainesville Woman’s Club

    6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

    Live music by Gosia and Ali

    Food by Southern Charm Kitchen

    Silent Auction and Raffle

    Let’s Make a Racket!

    Saturday August 22nd, 2015

    DB Racquet Club

    9 a.m.- noon (check in 8:30 a.m.)

    Community Tennis Clinic

    Refreshments by Bagel Bakery and Mojo Hogtown Barb-b-que

    Buy Tickets

    Evening Celebration: $50

    Saturday Tennis $30

    Both Events: $75

    Saturday Spectator: $10

    CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

    For more information, please contact Addison Staples, Executive Director GACTA, at Addison@nullacesinmotion.org or call 352-514-9975

  • GACTA Middle School Tennis League Completes its Fifth Season

    By Anne Koterba

    This spring, the Gainesville Area Community Tennis Association (GACTA) sponsored the fifth season of its no-cut GACTA Middle School Tennis league, which provided 100 local middle school students, from beginner to advanced players, an opportunity to play tennis in a team format for their middle school. The season ran during the months of April and May following the high school tennis season. Volunteer parent-captains recruited middle school students from seven middle schools under the guidance of Anne Koterba, President of GACTA and coordinator of the middle school tennis program. Both public and private middle schools participated in the program. Local schools included: Jordan Glen, Oak Hall School, Westwood, Kanapaha, Lincoln, Fort Clarke, and Howard Bishop Middle Schools.

    As in the previous seasons, a two-day Middle School League Team Championship, with a similar format to the FHSAA District Tennis Championship format, with an emphasis on doubles, was held at the Jonesville Tennis Center. Jordan Glen School “four-peated” as Tournament Champion (22 points), and the Oak Hall School “four-peated” as Tournament Finalist (11 points). Lincoln Middle School finished a close third behind Oak Hall. When asked about the continuing dominance of the small, private, Jordan Glen School, Dave Porter, Director of Tennis at Jonesville Tennis Center and Jordan Glen parent, commented, “Jordan Glen has a well rounded curriculum with rigorous academics, and a strong focus on the arts and athletics. Students grow up playing multiple sports, developing their overall athleticism and confidence. The family-like atmosphere also fosters bonds among the kids on and off the court, which strengthens their teamwork.”

    The GACTA middle school tennis program is sustainable because the hard costs are covered by a modest participation fee ($55), local private and public tennis facilities generously provide teaching pros for practices and courts for matches, and parents provide a great deal of volunteer help. The participation fee also generates enough revenue to provide scholarships for students from low-income families, as well as support GACTA’s Aces in Motion tennis outreach program for at-risk youth.

    The no-cut feature of the program allows even true beginners, who may never have played tennis before, to experience match play, as GACTA volunteers go on court to help them with scoring and rules.

    “We really want the kids to have fun playing for their school, no matter what their level of experience”, said Addison Staples, Executive Director of GACTA. “That’s what this program is really about,” Koterba said. “We just want kids of all backgrounds realize how enjoyable the game of tennis can be, so they will want to go out and play. Although tennis can be an individual sport, we like to emphasize that it can be a great team sport as well, whether playing for your school’s team or playing as a doubles team.”

    This year, the Jonesville Tennis Center (JTC), Westside Tennis, Oak Hall School, and the Haile Plantation Golf and Country Club provided courts for match play for the middle school league, and all of these facilities, as well as the 300 Club, “adopted” teams for practices.

    For more information on GACTA’s programs, please see www.gainesvilletennis.org or go to Gainesville Tennis or Aces in Motion on Facebook.

    Fifth Season GACTA Middle School League

    Tournament Results

    Finals Main Draw:

    Flight 1: Colby Stewart/Leo Asch (JG) def Ethan Cockey/Eric Chen (LIN)                                       6-3

    Flight 2: Christian Mazpule/Nolan Louis (JG) def Stephanie Miller/Alden Laborde(OH)            6-2

    Flight 3: Dagney Kaye/Jadon Kennard (JG) def Mac LaBorde/Kate Pickens (OH)                        6-3

    Flight 4: James Donnelly/Isaac Kaye (JG) def Anna Liu/Mallory Tutton (LIN)                             6-1

    Flight 5: Liz Arnold/Sidney Washburn (JG) def Adel Acs/Katie Kerensky(OH)                             6-3

    Flight 6: Lincoln Weaver/Graham Shoemaker (JG) def Sydney Miller/Sophie Miller (OH)        6-0

    Flight 7: Graham Louis/Lotus Campbell (JG) def Graham Bernstein/Avery Bernstein (OH)      6-3

    Flight 8: Jaden Rosillo/Morgan Tooke (JG) def Davis Beck/Tahsin               Nabi                           6-0

    GACTA middle school tennis champs

    GACTA Middle School Tennis Tournament Champions

     

    GACTA middle school tennis finalists

    Oak Hall GACTA Middle School Tennis Tournament Finalists

    middle school tennis flight 1 winners

    Flight 1 Champions: Jordan Glen’s Colby and Leo

    middle school tennis flight 1 finalists

    Flight 1 Finalists: Lincoln’s Ethan and Eric

     

  • “Hit Away the Nukes” Community Tennis Event!

    Logo+peace+signThe Gainesville Area Community Tennis Association, River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding and Eli Meyer Studio would like to invite you to attend a community event, “Hit Away the Nukes” on Saturday April 18th, from noon-3 pm at Westside Park.

    We will be meeting at the Westside tennis courts to hit a total of 16,000 tennis balls, each ball symbolizing one of the 16,000 nuclear weapons still in existence in the world today. Tennis experience is NOT necessary, and all ages are welcome!

    We join with Global Wave 2015, a world-wide series of events calling upon governments meeting in New York this April and May to cooperate on a process to abolish and eliminate nuclear weapons. Links to descriptions of our event can be seen at http://www.globalwave2015.org/news-2/2015/4/8/hit-away-the-nukes and http://www.april6.org/en/take-part/upcoming-events/hit-away-the-nukes.html

    A video will be made of this local event, and it will be shared on a global platform, so come be a part of the action to “Hit Away the Nukes”.

    We hope that you can stop by and hit a few balls! We plan to take a group photo around 1 pm.

    For more information, contact Addison Staples, Executive Director, GACTA, at addison@nullacesinmotion.org or text 352-514-9975.

    Please note: This is a local event to bring global awareness and not a fundraiser.

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  • 2015 GACTA Middle School Tennis

    The fifth season of GACTA’s popular Middle School Tennis program starts soon! Team practices will begin around the first of April, with matches likely starting on April 17th. The program is no-cut, open to all levels, and emphasizes fun and sportsmanship. Schools likely participating include:

    Kanapaha

    Lincoln

    Westwood

    Howard Bishop

    Fort Clarke

    Jordan Glen

    Oak Hall

    For more information, see the Middle School Tennis section on this website or contact Anne Koterba, Middle School Tennis Coordinator, at akoterba@nullaol.com or 352-665-9544.

  • GACTA Hosts Successful Fundraiser for Aces in Motion Program

    On Saturday, August 23rd, a morning community tennis event at DB Racquet Club and an Evening Celebration of Tennis were held to support the Gainesville Area Community Tennis Association’s Aces in Motion Tennis Outreach Program for at-risk children. The fundraiser, the The Bryan Shelton Celebration of Gainesville Tennis, Past and Present, was very well received by the Gainesville tennis community. The morning and evening events both sold out, and approximately 200 people attended.

    In a first for Gainesville, Don Blair of DB Racquet Club recruited tennis teaching pros from almost all the tennis clubs in town (including Fort King Tennis Center in Ocala) to come together and teach in the community tennis clinic. The UF Men and Women’s Tennis coaches also participated in the clinic, jumping on court along with tennis players from the community. Thanks to all the teaching pros who gave up their Saturday mornings to provide the “best Gainesville community tennis clinic ever”!

    Following the clinic, an exhibition was held, featuring Roland Thornquist, the UF women’s head coach and Bryan Shelton, the UF men’s head coach, who joined forces to compete against a former UF player, Chris McDonald and Tracey Smith Begley, a former FSU player.  Players from the community were then randomly selected to join in friendly tiebreakers with Bryan and Roland. To end the morning session, Bryan Shelton shared his thoughts with the crowd on the importance of the Aces in Motion program.

    The evening event featured Bryan Shelton, program directors Addison Staples and Chris McDonald, and participants in the organization’s Aces in Motion program, as well as live music and a silent auction. Attendees could also walk through a display of the highlights of Gainesville’s illustrious tennis history. As a part of the event, the Dr. John Ross Pre-Collegiate Scholarship was established, to honor the memory of Dr. Ross, a long-time Gainesville resident, beloved pediatric neurologist, and tennis advocate and enthusiast.

     

     

  • The Bryan Shelton Celebration of Gainesville Tennis Past & Present

    Saturday August 23rd, 2014

    A fundraiser to benefit the GACTA’s Aces in Motion (AIM) tennis outreach program.

    Click Here to Purchase Your Tickets Online Now!

    • Morning Tennis: Adult: $25; Junior (under 18): $15
    • Morning Tennis–Spectator only: Adult: $10; Junior (under 18): Free
    • Evening Celebration: Adult & Junior: $40
    • Both Events: Adult: $60; Junior (under 18): $50

    EVENTS

    Morning Tennis
    Time:  9 am – 12 noon (check-in is 8:30 am)
    Location: DB Racquet Club, 5100 NW 53rd Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32653

    Activities include: Tennis clinics by area pros, Pro-Am, and Exhibition, Silent Auction, Music and Refreshments and Award for “Best Dressed” in Vintage Tennis Attire.

    “AIM for the Stars” Evening Celebration
    Time:  6:30 pm – 9 pm
    Location: Gainesville Garden Club, 1350 NW 75th Street, Gainesville, FL (behind Red Lobster)

    Come and enjoy the:

    • Displays of Gainesville tennis history
    • Presentations by UF Men’s Head Tennis Coach Bryan Shelton and AIM participants
    • Live music provided by the Killer B’s
    • Silent auction and raffle
    • Dinner catered by 4 Rivers, appetizers, desserts, refreshments

    Any questions, please contact Addison Staples, Executive Director, GACTA @ adstennis@nullgmail.com

  • GACTA Middle School Tennis League Completes Fourth Season

    http://www.florida.usta.com/news/tennis_briefs3_florida_flex_league_ms_league_more111/

    From USTA Florida Tennis Briefs, June 13, 2014

    The Gainesville Area Community Tennis Association (GACTA) sponsored the fourth season of its no-cut Middle School Tennis League, which provided more than 100 area middle school students, from beginner to advanced players, an opportunity to play tennis in a team format for their middle school.

    The season ran during the months of April and May following the high school tennis season. Volunteer parent-captains recruited middle school students from seven middle schools under the guidance of Anne Koterba, vice-president of GACTA and coordinator of the middle school tennis program.

    Both public and private middle schools participated in the program. Schools included Jordan Glen, Oak Hall School, Lake City, Westwood, Kanapaha, Lincoln, and Howard Bishop middle schools.

    “This program is a sustainable one because we cover all our hard costs with a modest $45 participation fee, but we are still dependent on local private and public tennis facilities being willing to provide teaching pros for practices and courts for matches, and on volunteer help from parents,” Koterba said. “The participation fee also generates enough revenue to provide scholarships for students on free or reduced lunch, as well as support GACTA’s ‘Aces in Motion’ tennis outreach program for at-risk youth.”

    The no-cut format allows players of all levels to experience match play, with volunteers serving as on-court monitors to help players with scoring and rules. Before each dual match, parent-coordinators work together to match-up players of similar ability.

    “We really want the kids to have fun playing for their school, no matter what their level of experience,” said Addison Staples, executive director of GACTA.

    As in the previous two seasons, a two-day Middle School League Team Championship, modeled after the FHSAA District Tennis Championship format, was held at the Jonesville Tennis Center to end the season. Jordan Glen School, undefeated in the dual match part of the season, three-peated as tournament champion (15 points), and Oak Hall School three-peated as tournament finalist (6 points).

    Lincoln Middle School finished in third place (5 pts). In Division 1 (advanced), Ben Nagoshi/Howard Williams (Lincoln) defeated Ifadare Harris/Colby Stewart (Jordan Glen). After the matches were completed, an awards party was held to end the season. This year the Jonesville Tennis Center, Westside Tennis, and Oak Hall School, as they have in the past, provided tennis courts for match play for the middle school league, and Haile Plantation Golf and Country Club and the 300 Club also “adopted” teams for practices.

    For more information on GACTA’s programs, please see www.gainesvilletennis.org or go to Gainesville Tennis or Aces in Motion on Facebook. Photos of the middle school teams are posted on Gainesville Tennis Facebook page.

     

     

     

  • GACTA Middle School Tennis Season Begins April 25th

    What a great day of tennis! Congratulations to the many kids from Lake City, Westwood, Howard Bishop, Kanapaha, Lincoln, Oak Hall, and Jordan Glen, who played in their first tennis match ever! And to the experienced players who played some very competitive tennis matches. So wonderful having the opportunity to watch kids learn a new sport, work together with their partners, make new friends from other schools, and just enjoy this wonderful game of tennis! Thanks especially to our parent coordinators and coaches who make this happen, and to our volunteers who helped out the beginners on court yesterday,: Linda Green, Libby Smith and Kathy Menendez!
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