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Lisa Jordan Kilborn's latest news items about the Fort Worth tennis scene.

ATA to Host Holiday Toy Drive in Conjunction with Fort Worth Tri-Level League Tournament PDF Print E-mail

Arlington Tennis Association is hosting a holiday toy drive as part of the Fort Worth Tri-Level League Tournament on Dec. 14-15 at Arlington Tennis Center. This is a fun combo event, but you don’t have to participate in both.

The ATA Toys for Tennis toy drive is Saturday, Dec. 14, and includes lunch and entry into a drawing for prizes. Toys should have a minimum $15 value and be unwrapped. RSVP for the toy drive by Dec. 10 to Claire Harrison at 817-797-3601 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The toys collected will be donated to Mission Arlington for distribution to children of needy families.

The Tri-Level tournament is Dec. 14-15, but registration closes on Nov. 23—so sign up today by calling Steve Miller at 817-821-5640 or by emailing him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Divisions include 3.0-3.5-4.0 (this division culminates with Sectionals) and 3.5-4.0-4.5 (this division culminates with Nationals).

Feel free to bring a toy and just enjoy the toy drive or to sign up for only the tournament; you can register for one or both events. But be sure to register in time for each—the tournament has a strict sign-up deadline, and the Toys for Tots organizers would appreciate knowing how many toys to expect.

Thanks to the ATA and ATC for their hard work in staging these events.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 November 2013 18:46
Richland Tennis Center's "Drill & Grill" Attracts Almost 50 Players PDF Print E-mail

David Webb leads livley program at RTCRTC director of tennis David Webb says the recent "Drill & Grill" held there included 49 players. Sounds as though it deserves to get 50 next year, even if just for the great food.

"Our pros donated their time to run two hours of free drills," Webb said. "Chef Andrew Huszar of Tastefully Yours Catering provided a great spread of food that he donated. We raised over $800 in donations that will be given to the Community Enrichment Center here in North Richland Hills."

RTC is also going to have a Toys for Tennis Tournament (click here for details). For more information, call the pro shop at 817-427-6680.

Last Updated on Sunday, 08 December 2013 18:01
A Day in the Life of Mitchell Krueger PDF Print E-mail

Mitch in action at Aberto Rio Preto in Brazil.Listen to this travel odyssey of a young pro tennis player: "Four continents in less than a month... Today: two-hour train ride from Latrobe City [Australia] to Melbourne Airport, 4.5 hour layover, nine-hour flight to Hong Kong with a two-hour layover before flying to Seoul, South Korea, and then a four-hour bus ride to Yeoungwol [South Korea], followed by a taxi ride to the hotel for much-needed sleep. Now that's a GRIND!!!!"
Thanks to Mitch's dad, Myron, for this gem, which we found on his Facebook page. Continued safe travels, Mitch!

Last Updated on Sunday, 08 December 2013 17:11
Kristi Ingram's Tennis-Playing Girls Like to Run, Too PDF Print E-mail

Lilli and Amelia Ingram with Mayor Betsy Price

Thanks to our friend Kristi Ingram for posting this great pic on her Facebook of her two girls Amelia and Lilli who participated in the Cowtown Calf Race as part of Fit Worth at the Coyote Drive-In. These two girls (as well as Kristi) count tennis among their many pursuits. Here they are with Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 November 2013 14:30
Big Victory at Little State PDF Print E-mail

Congrats to Denise's team...Denise McMillan’s Fort Worth team recently earned second place at Little State, the tournament for teams that finish second in local USTA adult leagues. Among her teammates is Marie Welsh, who represents the Parker County Tennis Association (PCTA) on the Greater Fort Worth Tennis Coalition (GFWTC). McMillan, a 4.0-level player, competes on several area teams, and we always appreciate it when she sends us team photos.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 17:09
UNT Coach Participates in ‘Tennis Congress’ PDF Print E-mail

UNT coach Sujay LamaSujay Lama, coach of the UNT women’s tennis team, has been chosen to participate in the first “U.S. Tennis Congress” Oct. 11-14 in Atlanta. He informed that players from the United States and abroad would attend.

“I'm proud to have been chosen for the prestigious faculty for the event,” Lama said, adding that it includes Olympic silver medalist Emilio Sanchez, several former ATP Top 100 players, a trainer on Dr. Oz's Top 100 list, and more than 30 other highly decorated teaching pros and experts.

Congratulations, coach Lama. The players are lucky to have you there.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 11:24
FWTA Welcomes new Executive Director at September Retreat PDF Print E-mail

(Front L-R): Laura Gilbert, Bruce Sampley, Ann Rhodes; (Back L-R:) Brenda Grubbs, Patsy Mills, Kathleen Johnson, Joyce Dreslin, Lynn Proctor. (Not pictured: Pushpa Mundluru).The Fort Worth Tennis Association (FWTA) recently hired Kathleen Johnson as its Executive Director. Johnson comes to Fort Worth from USTA Georgia where she supervised adult tournament play and assisted league players with rating concerns for seven years.

The FWTA has served the Fort Worth tennis community since 1958. The Association runs an adult Major Zonal tournament each year. It provides tennis equipment to over 50 Fort Worth ISD school and after school programs. FWTA also partners with area facilities and provides junior camp scholarships, funding for adult league teams to travel to playoffs and supports Fort Worth Community Center tennis programming for adult and juniors.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 October 2013 16:13
Fort Worth USTA Leaguers Love to Hang Out and Play Tennis PDF Print E-mail

Kaye Beth Pumphrey Vietti captains a USTA 3.5 team that plays out of Colonial Country Club. She loves her role so much that she is a poster child for all who play tennis for the camaraderie, exercise and competition, in no particular order. Thanks for this fun photo, Kaye Beth.

(L-R): Radha Carter, Robin Froeschke, Christi Handy, Kaye Beth Pumphrey Vietti, Jan McKean, Jane Tapper, Lynn Irwin and Sharon Keenum. Matt Watson coaches the team out of Colonial Country Club.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 October 2013 16:25
Southlake Tennis Center Hosts Another Fun NETT Tourney PDF Print E-mail

Second place flight winners 3.5--way to play, ladies!The ladies of Northeast Tarrant Tennis (NETT) take their doubles seriously, and STC takes good care of the doubles community. So they teamed up for the NETT Fall Pre-season Tournament,  NETT's Facebook page has photos (you need to be a member). Click here to see results from this popular event. Glad to see your smiling faces, ladies.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 15:54

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