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

TNT Tennis Raises $1,517 for Charity PDF Print E-mail

TNT Tennis' Austin Wynne happily represents his JTT kids in presenting a big donation to Cook Children's Health Foundation.Austin Wynne reports that TNT Tennis' Junior Team Tennis players sold their team shirts and collected donations in a charity event designed to benefit Cook Children's Health Foundation. Wynne says the team gave all of its profits--totaling $1,517--to the charity, specifically to help children who have leukemia lymphoma. TNT Tennis fields a lot of JTT teams for Northeast Tarrant Tennis (NETT), and this was a very special effort by the group.

Last Updated on Saturday, 31 August 2013 15:41
Colonial Country Club to Demolish Shop, Build New One (And Put Everything on Sale!) PDF Print E-mail

Matt WatsonColonial director of tennis Matt Watson says the club is about to demolish its tennis shop and begin construction of a two-story facility that is expected to be completed by April 2014. He says the facility, which is slated to cost $1.9 million, is going to have an indirect positive impact on local players: a big sale!

Everything from hats to frames is marked down, so hustle over to Colonial to get some healthy discounts—and to say goodbye to the shop. Can’t wait to see the new one.

Boys Ride Bikes to Overton Park Tennis Courts PDF Print E-mail

Fort Worth buddies Adrian and Travis (orange sunglasses) gutted out the midday heat Saturday by riding bikes to the courts, playing tennis and then riding home. Notice Travis’ vintage metal racket—on loan from Adrian. Love that.While riding bikes in Fort Worth on a blistering August Saturday (my husband reported 113° on his bike computer), we spotted two boys playing tennis on the neighborhood courts in Overton Park, near Tanglewood Elementary. Their bikes were in the corner near the fence, and they were having fun hitting. Our favorite part was that the taller boy, named Travis, was using a metal racket from the 1970s, while his friend, Adrian, was featuring a Babolat® model.

When we asked Travis where he had gotten his vintage equipment, he said Adrian had lent it to him. Maybe next time Adrian will use the metal model so that his friend will have a fighting chance! Thanks for letting us take your picture, guys. Enjoy the game.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 September 2013 16:22
Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. David Roditi PDF Print E-mail

Mr. & Mrs. David Roditi enjoying the moment.A couple of TCU coaches got married July 27 in Mexico: men’s tennis coach David Roditi and assistant women’s golf coach Lori Sutherland (her TCU bio already has been updated to say “Lori Roditi”). The two were star athletes at TCU who then played in the pros before coming back here to share their knowledge with the next generation of Horned Frogs athletes. Felicitaciones, amigos.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 15:30
California Sisters Win USTA Pro Circuit Doubles at TCU PDF Print E-mail

Sierra (L) and sister RoxanneRoxanne and Sierra Ellison, who reached the doubles semifinals of this tournament last year, returned to win the $10,000 Women’s Pro Tennis Classic at TCU. They beat Lauren Herring and Mia King, 6-3, 6-4, in Saturday’s final.  Former Florida Gators star Lauren Embree won the singles title, 3-6, 6-1, 3-1 (retired), over Japan’s Miyu Kato in Sunday’s final. Kato struggled with the 104-degree heat and needed help leaving the court. Click here to see our photo gallery.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 14:23
Arlington’s Brasko Celebrates 73rd Birthday with Bryans & Company at Texas Wild Match PDF Print E-mail

Peggy and Bunnies with doubles duo extraordinaire Mike & Bob BryanIf you have played tennis in Arlington for a long time (especially at Arlington Tennis Center), you have probably met Peggy Brasko—or heard her having fun with friends on a nearby court (or barking orders at them, like the hands-on, veteran captain she is). I have known her for more than 20 years, and she is always a bundle of energy, ready to head south to Newk’s tennis ranch in New Braunfels with a bunch of friends or host a luncheon for all-comers.

Brasko turned 73 on July 25, and to celebrate she organized a group outing to the July 20 Texas Wild World Team Tennis match at the Four Seasons. She and her pals also spent the night at the hotel, adding to the adventure.

They got their pictures taken with the Bryan Brothers and with Eugenie Bouchard, all of whom play for the Wild, as well as with team owner Jeff Launius. Bouchard unwittingly set up Brasko to utter a classic USTA captain’s line.

“[Eugenie Bouchard] ran over to become a BRASKO BUNNY,” Brasko told via email. “We told her she was welcome on our team if she would play singles ... What a blast we had.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 14:25
Krueger Sends Tips to DTA Juniors Via Video from Holland PDF Print E-mail

Mitchell Krueger won his first pro singles titleAledo’s Mitch Krueger recently recorded a video for Dallas Tennis Association juniors while he was playing a few pro tournaments in the Netherlands. While there, he won his first pro singles tournament and made the doubles final of another with partner Bjorn Fratangelo.

In the video Krueger made, he offers tips to young players about what it takes to become a pro, which he did in the summer of 2012. He admits that he hasn’t made it yet but that the discipline he has had throughout his young career helped get him to this point.

He credits lots of practice, thick skin (“Everyone loses,” he says), and the support of his parents, who attended his junior matches as often as they could. The video is about six minutes long and worth a viewing by young players.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 16:07
Refreshing Victory for 3.5 Doubles Partners PDF Print E-mail

Destiny and AllyUpon upsetting the top seeds in the East Texas Major Zone’s 3.5 doubles, Fort Worth partners Allyson Garrison and Destiny Opitz kept their pre-match promise: “Destiny said, ‘If we beat those hotshots from San Antonio, then we have to jump in the pool in our tennis clothes,’ ” Garrison said.

They needed a SuperTiebreak to knock out the San Antonio team, and then they got to work on fulfilling their promise. The tournament was June 14-16 at Tyler Tennis & Swim Club, but they didn’t want to invade the pool there. “We figured they would frown upon our plunge,” Garrison said. Instead, they jumped into a hotel pool down the street.

“It was a very difficult match,” said Garrison, who plays at McLeland Tennis Center. “We were so thrilled when we won. It was extremely hot and humid in Tyler, so the water was quite refreshing!” Opitz plays at Richland Tennis Center.

My favorite part is that this was only their first-round match. They had to win three more matches to earn the championship. Guess they must have dried themselves off by then. Congratulations, ladies.

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 June 2013 16:37
Fort Worth’s Galvin Wins Two SuperChamp Titles at Major Zone PDF Print E-mail

Shauna Galvin (left) defeated Meghna Tripathy in the Girls 12s final in Abilene.Shauna Galvin of Fort Worth won the Girls 12 singles and doubles championships at the Abilene Super Championship Major Zone, which was held from July 13-15. Galvin, the No. 2 seed, defeated No. 7 Meghna Tripathy of Sugar Land, 6-1, 6-3, in the singles final.

Galvin and partner Kiana Graham of Austin were the top seeds in the doubles bracket. They beat Austin duo Anushka and Megha Dania in the final, 8-3 —but they didn’t get medals, because the medals said “14s” instead of “12s.” They were happy as could be, nonetheless, and looked adorable in their yellow  “Little Mo” T-shirts.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 July 2013 16:44

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