Florida’s Embree Kicks off WTA Career

Florida senior Lauren Embree, ranked No. 1 in the country, hits a serve in a match against Mississippi State on April 7, 2013. The Gators won 4-0.

Florida senior Lauren Embree, ranked No. 1 in the country, hits a serve  on April 7, 2013.

I was curious to see what Lauren Embree has been up to since her career at the University of Florida ended this past May.

Embree, who finished her career with the Gators with 2 national titles and a No. 1 ranking in her senior season, has played in a couple of tournaments since. She’s been to New York and California and has a 1-2 record in WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) events.

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Gator Tennis Teams to Host NCAA Tourney

Florida Gator tennis fans, and area college tennis fans in general, should be thrilled with the NCAA.

Starting May 10th, both the men’s and women’s tennis teams will be serving as hosts of the 1st and 2nd rounds of the NCAA tournament. That means a great opportunity to watch some good tennis here in Gainesville.

Florida women’s tennis eyes 3rd straight title

After dropping a couple of matches earlier this season, the Florida women’s tennis team is back to No. 1 in the country.

They’ve won 15 straight matches, including a sweep in the SEC tournament last month. And in that time, the Gators have 10 shutouts and are coming off a 4-0 win against No. 3 Georgia for their 4th straight conference title.
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Gainesville’s Goldberg, Slaton Win State Singles Titles

The city of Gainesville should be quite proud of its high school tennis programs.

The Gainesville High School boy’s tennis team brought back 2 individual state titles and a runner-up finish as a team.

They took 3rd at the FHSAA tennis finals a year ago.

Gainesville’s No. 1 singles player Zach Goldberg, a senior, won the Class 3A individual title on Tuesday with a 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 win over Barron-Collier’s Jorge Vargas. He won his previous 2 matches dropping only 5 games in all.

Goldberg also played in the overall singles championship match, but lost in 3 sets, his only loss of the year.
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Gainesville’s Northside Park is a Tennis Gem

Northside Park in Gainesville, FLAs weird as it may seem, I first heard about the tennis courts at Gainesville’s Northside Park from my assistant college tennis coach in Kansas.

Seriously.

He just happened to spend a few summers here and, recently, told me about what I now consider a hidden gem for Gainesville tennis players. It’s Northside Park and it really is about as far north as you can get in this city.
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Gainesville Boasts 4 Tennis Teams in State Tourney

I’ve been wanting to write about high school tennis for a while and now is the perfect time with 4 of Gainesville’s tennis teams moving on to the state finals.

Despite some inconvenient weather on Thursday, the Gainesville High boy’s tennis team, the Eastside High boy’s and girl’s teams, and P.K. Yonge’s girl’s team all qualified with wins.
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Summer Tennis Options in Gainesville

Tennis BallsI wrote earlier about all the tennis clubs in Gainesville, but with summer approaching I think it’s a good time to run down all the options for you or your kids to fill your summer with tennis!

My favorite option is to find a tennis partner and start playing right away. On the other hand, group tennis is a great way to go for both kids and adults!
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Florida Women’s Tennis Team Rolls on Senior Day

Florida senior Lauren Embree, ranked No. 1 in the country, hits a serve in a match against Mississippi State on April 7, 2013. The Gators won 4-0.

Florida senior Lauren Embree, ranked No. 1 in the country, hits a serve in a match against Mississippi State on April 7, 2013. The Gators won 4-0.

The last home match of the season for the Florida women’s tennis team went like all the others.

They won.

In fact, it went like the previous 118 matches at Ring Tennis Complex in Gainesville, Fla. The 2nd-ranked Gators sent seniors Lauren Embree and Caroline Hitimana out with a 4-0 win over Mississippi State.

They’re now 17-2 on the season.
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