Terri Hartman of Holiday believes that singles play and officating have much in common.
Hartman, an all-around athlete at Hudson High School, played four years of basketball on a full scholarship at the University of Florida. After coaching Florida State's women's basketball team in 1986 and playing in a women's professional league, Hartman began officiating about five years ago.
"I liked coaching, but I also like to be involved and to run," said Hartman, a physical education teacher. "Officiating was a good avenue for that; singles works the same way."
Although a late starter in tennis, Hartman developed quickly due to her natural athleticism. This year, she was one of four singles players on the area's 4.0 women's team that captured the U.S. Tennis Association Adult Tennis League district title and will advance to regional playoffs next month.
"I'm an all-around player but I like the net," said Hartman. "I'm not so consistent from the baseline, but I do like to run around _ staying at the baseline drives me crazy.
"For both singles and officating, I think you need confidence and assertiveness. I feel like I have both and the two complement one another."
This season, Hartman played five singles matches for the McMullen team. In the two playoff matches with the Racquet Club of St. Petersburg, she beat her opponents 6-0, 6-1 and 6-2, 6-3.
Hartman just returned from a weeklong officiating camp at FSU with 100 others, including 21 women. Last season, she refereed junior college and Sunshine State Conference games. She hopes to reach the Division I college level.
"In officiating and singles play, you have total control of how good you can be," said Hartman. "For both, you need confidence and assertiveness and you can't afford to lose control."
USTA playoffs: Men's champions in the U.S. Tennis Association Adult Tennis League were crowned Sunday for the 3.5, 4.0 and 5.0 levels.
Innisbrook blanked Bardmoor Tennis and Fitness Club 3-0 in a one-match playoff for the 5.0 district title, McMullen downed the St. Petersburg Tennis Center 4-1 in 4.0, and East Lake Woodlands eliminated Dunedin 4-1 in 3.5.
Innisbrook's Bob DeFranco won singles in two sets, as did the No. 1 doubles team of Alex Deeb and Tim Wahl. Innisbrook's No. 2 team of John Miller and Bob Ironsmith survived three sets.
Innisbrook, East Lake and McMullen will join the Belleview Mido's 4.5 team and the Vinoy's open team at the USTA Adult Tennis League men's regional playoffs July 21-24 in Naples.
Junior grand prix: The third in a series of four junior singles tournaments is July 7-9 at Royal Racquet Club in Clearwater. The Junior Grand Prix Challenger Series is sponsored by the Suncoast Tennis Foundation, Morton Plant Mease Health Care and Checkers.
Boys and girls age divisions are scheduled in a compass-draw format that allows each player to participate in three proset matches.
Points are earned in each of the series events to qualify for the Junior Grand Prix Masters Aug. 12-13 at Countryside Country Club in Clearwater. For more information, call 796-1136.
Pasco lessons: Adult and junior lessons at all levels are offered by the Pasco County Parks and Recreation Department at a minimal fee. Certified teaching professional Jim Smith is at Veterans Memorial Park (861-3033) and instructors are available at the Holiday Complex (934-4198).
For other information, call 929-1260.
Coming up: Junior singles tournaments sanctioned by the USTA/Florida Section are July 1-3 at Royal Racquet Club in Clearwater (791-8415) and July 8-10 at the Bardmoor Tennis and Fitness Club in Largo (391-2205). Junior singles and doubles action is July 15-17 at the McMullen Tennis Complex in Clearwater (462-6144). Adult NTRP competitions are July 8-10 at the Cheval Country Club in Lutz (948-2282) and July 21-23 at Innisbrook (942-5241).