Straight Ace: Florida Advanced Team Scorches Competition

October 23, 2010 08:11 PM
The Acers show off their homemade banner
The Sanlando Acers are a close-knit team who have grown to love the sport of tennis for a variety of reasons. While many young kids look up to and are inspired by sports icons, these kids have been inspired by people much closer to home.

This USTA Florida 14U Advanced team, based out of Altamonte Springs, FL, is equipped with talent, drive and an inspirational group of devoted parents.

Nita Klingenberg has dedicated much of her spare time to helping out with many tennis programs and organizations. She is the head of Central Florida USTA JTT and also started the USTA No-Cut program at her local high school.

"My mom has always been really involved with tennis," said Nita’s daughter Anna. We have a court at my house and my whole family plays doubles together. I like that my mom is interested in the same things I am, it gives us something to do together."

Angela Robinson, the Head Pro at the Country Club of Orlando, is the captain of several USTA women’s teams, is a local high school coach and is the coach/captain of the one and only Sanlando Acers.

Rita and Andy Gladstone have been involved with the USPTA and USPTR for several years. They have been influential within the Junior Team Tennis program and are responsible for bringing the USTA QuickStart program to their area.

"My parents were the ones who first got me interested in tennis," Rita and Andy’s son Paul stated. "They taught me how to play doubles and make sure that I always show respect to my coach, my team and my opponent.

"These volunteers are instrumental in helping players develop a life-long love of tennis," said Coach Robinson. "They really set an example for their kids of the importance of sportsmanship and respect both on and off the court."

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