With the lingering effects of the Covid shutdown impacting all, many senior players are looking forward to the resumption of “normal life” next year; and at the top of that list is the status of the Florida Super Senior Grand Prix series.
The Planned Schedule
Mark Taylor, USTA Florida, Florida Cup Commissioner, provides this latest information… “Here is the 2021 SSGP schedule as of now. As with seemingly everything these dates and/or clubs are subject to change but as of now this is what we have.”
January 6-10……NSMTA Larry Turville Memorial Super Senior Doubles Championship (Sterling Oaks CC; Naples)
This event now in its fourth year and is moving to Sterling Oaks Country Club in Naples. Rogelio, who has been at Sanchez-Casal, will be relocating over to Sterling Oaks and team up with Paul Barrus there. According to Mas Kimball, “the event will continue to be a doubles only event, ages 55 – 80, played in a flight round robin format with single elimination playoffs for winning teams from each flight. Depending on the number of entries, we will attempt to guarantee every team at least 3 matches.”
January 11-15…….World Tennis Center; (Naples) (This event is a newly designated Category 3 event; no ITF points).
“Congratulations to Mark Vines and his team of staff and volunteers for obtaining this upgraded designation. The highly rated event annually by participants will be January 11-15 and is a go to be held at this time.”
January 18-24…….Category 2 National (Sterling Oaks CC; Naples)
“This event is also moving from Sanchez-Casal and will be returning to Sterling Oaks where it was held previously and is a go to be held at this time.”
January 25-29……GT Bray Park (Bradenton)
“The situation in Manatee county is a difficult one right now (see Longboat Key cancellation). The location and dates on this are tentative right now and an alternate venue and dates are being explored. I will have more on this week as the calendar advances.”
February 1-5…..Lakewood National (Lakewood Ranch)
“This tournament is confirmed and will be held.”
February 8-12…..Meadows Country Club (Sarasota)
“The week is locked in and the tournament currently is tentative; I will have more on this as the calendar advances.”
February 15-19…..Palm Aire Country Club (Sarasota)
“Palm Aire Country Club has opted out for the 2021 season.”
February 22-28…..Raymond James Category 2 National (St. Petersburg CC)
“Tommy Judson is no longer at the club as the tennis director; and has been replaced. The facility is going to host again and probably will be streamlined a smidge with some of the off court amenities. This is currently a go and will be held.”
“I will update more as we move along calendar wise; the above is what we have for now. Things are fluid and can change seemingly day to day. Not much surprises me these days.” Mark Taylor
Thanks to Mark for the work in putting this series together and for this update… and check back here for further updates.
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