Welcome to Florida Week! As the tours head southeast for the Miami Open, TENNIS.com and Baseline will feature all things Sunshine State. You’ll learn about the personalities, stories, teams and venues that have made Florida one of the tennis capitals of the world. We’ll also be reporting from the Miami Open in Key Biscayne.
As you’ll learn this week, when it comes to tennis, Florida isn’t just a state—it’s a state of mind.
The University of Central Florida is a force in both the men's and women's divisions. The men's team is ranked No. 47 with one player (Korey Lovett) ranked inside the Top 70 in the singles rankings. The women are unranked, but boast an 12-6 record so far this year.
Junior Danny Kerzerman is riding an impressive 14-1 singles record this season. The Brooklyn, N.Y. native is on a 11-match winning streak dating back to January 22. He transferred to Central Florida after two seasons at Alabama.
Senior Cortney Cesarini is thriving on the court and in the classroom. She earned a spot on The American All-Academic Team in 2015, and won American Conference Player of the Week earlier this season. So far this year, she leads the team with a 15-3 record in singles. The 6'0" right-hander with a one-handed backhand also has a 14-2 winning record at the No. 1 spot in doubles with Monica Matias.
John Roddick was named the Director of UCF Tennis in 2016 and oversees both the men's and women's programs. If his name sounds familiar, it should, because he's the brother of Andy Roddick. Before joining the Knights, the elder Roddick was the men's coach at the University of Oklahoma. He was named ITA Central Region Coach of the Year twice and earned the Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year nod four times.
The women are also coached by Bryan Koniecko, who was previously the men's coach at Brown University.
The Knights have settled into their new home at the recently opened 100-court USTA National Tennis Campus in Lake Nona, Fla.
THIS IS OUR NEW HOME?!?! ???????????? pic.twitter.com/IwNAmvTVfa— UCF Men's Tennis (@UCF_MTennis) January 17, 2017