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Battle at the Breeze High School Tournament

The Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida (YTF) sponsored the First Annual Battle at the Breeze Junior Varsity Tennis Tournament held February 10-12, 2022 at Shoreline Tennis Complex in Gulf Breeze.

YTF Board member, Scott Harrison, presents Gulf Breeze coach Mitzi Schafer with a $500 check to help offset costs for the event. "This is a perfect type of event for the YTF's involvement," said Harrison.

Schafer, came up with a terrific idea for an early season event for junior varsity tennis players called the Battle at the Breeze. Coach Schafer reasoned that with four teams of boys and girls playing 5 singles and two doubles per each team match, the young jv players would get real match time that they would not ordinarily get during the regular season since many of the schools don't play jv schedules.

Actually 60 singles and 24 doubles matches were played on Thursday and Friday afternoon and all day on Saturday. The 10 court Gulf Breeze Shoreline Park Tennis Facility was used for the event. Shoreline is set up so well to handle team events like this one. Shoreline will be the host of the High School District tennis tournament again in April of 2022.

In addition to host Gulf Breeze, Niceville, Fort Walton Beach and Tallahassee Chiles players participated in the event.

Niceville Coach Brian Braziel's boys won the title in their division.

The Gulf Breeze team captured the girls title.

Players salute the flag in a pre-tournament playing of the National Anthem.

Coach Schafer addresses teams before each match.

Girls singles action between Gulf Breeze and Chiles.

Boys doubles matches between Chiles and Niceville.

Ft Walton Beach vs Chiles in singles.

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