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Volunteers Needed for Fort Worth Adult Major Zone PDF Print E-mail
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Patsy MillsPatsy Mills, a longtime Fort Worth Tennis Association board member, is making her annual call for volunteers for the upcoming Fort Worth Adult Major Zone. The tournament is scheduled for July 19-21 at the usual facilities: Arlington Tennis Center, McLeland Tennis Center, Richland Tennis Center and TCU.

For details or to sign up to volunteer, contact Mills via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Tell her which dates and times you are available, and at which tournament desk(s) you would like to work.

This is a big, popular tournament, so the FWTA could use all the help it can get. Mills can fill you in on other ways you can volunteer for the tournament besides working the desks, so get in touch with her as soon as possible.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 June 2013 17:12
Aledo's Mitch Krueger Wins First Pro Singles Title PDF Print E-mail
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A happy Mitch in the NetherlandsUnseeded Mitch Krueger of Aledo defeated No. 2 seed Ricardo Hocevar of Brazil, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2, Sunday in the final of the Netherlands Futures for his first pro singles championship. The tournament, held on clay in Alkmaar, Netherlands, was a $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit event.

"It feels amazing," said Krueger, who passed on a tennis scholarship to Texas A&M in favor of turning pro last summer. "It's definitely worth all the hard work. The weather was pretty crappy the last two days, so we had to play two matches today [Sunday]. Thankfully, I could pull both of them out."

Krueger, 19, won a 2012 pro doubles tourney with fellow rising star Bjorn Fratangelo of Pittsburgh for his first pro title overall. Now he can work on adding a third.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 June 2013 15:48
Parker County Outlaws JTT Making Strides PDF Print E-mail
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Members of Don Quy’s 18-Intermediate JTT team are (front row, L-R) Kori Wright, Desiree Dority, Willow Griffith, Mackenzie Morelock; (back row, L-R) team captain Don Mader, Alec Mader, Chase Ballard, Josh Gebbie and Preston Spivey, who is standing near coach Quy.

The Parker County Outlaws, an 18-Intermediate team that plays Junior Team Tennis in Parker County, recently competed at Sectionals in San Antonio. While they finished out of the running, just getting there was significant, and it should be noted that the Parker County Tennis Association generously sponsored the trip.

Congratulations to coach Don Quy (rhymes with “Try”) and his team: Chase Ballard, Desiree Dority, Josh Gebbie, Willow Griffith, team captain Don Mader, Alec Mader, Mackenzie Morelock, Preston Spivey and Kori Wright.

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 June 2013 16:00
Southlake's Poormans Host Cliburn Finalist PDF Print E-mail
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(L-R) Stephen Poorman, son Sebastian, Cliburn finalist Sean Chen, Sarah Alexander and Edward Francis. Stephen and Sarah are former students of Francis’.Stephen and Mia Poorman, who run Southlake Tennis Center so well that it has been recognized by the USTA as a Facility of the Year, also are ardent fans of classical piano. They hosted Sean Chen during the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which took place from May 24 through June 9 at Fort Worth's Bass Hall. Chen, who placed third, studies under Stephen's former teacher, Edward Francis. In fact, Stephen was Francis' first student!

Last Updated on Monday, 24 June 2013 16:01
Former TCU Player Emily Bintliff Passes Away PDF Print E-mail
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Emily Elizabeth Hanna Bintliff, a founding member of the TCU women's tennis program, died Saturday at age 60. Bintliff, a breast-cancer survivor who was involved with a cancer support group in Dallas, was an avid tennis player with ties to Colonial Country Club, Paschal High School and Fort Worth Country Day.

She was beloved in these parts, and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram published a moving obituary about her in the newspaper's June 23 edition.

Send Us Your Teams Photos and Other Tennis Goodies PDF Print E-mail
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USTA leaguers Amy Cooper and Tracy Conrad are TCU teammates, but they love to make friends with their opponents, such as Richland Tennis Center’s Marsha Taylor.We always welcome photos of USTA leaguers, whether you send us team shots or pictures of individuals. I met some Richland Tennis Center and TCU leaguers recently, and they were so chummy that I had to snap the photo below: TCU teammates Amy Cooper (the self-described “short redhead”) and Tracy Conrad flank RTC’s Marsha Taylor. Thanks for the stop-and-chat, ladies.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 May 2013 16:19
Southwest Community Center Chooses Teaching Pro PDF Print E-mail
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Athena Cajas is the new teaching pro at Southwest Community Center.Burleson’s Athena Cajas is the new teaching pro at Southwest Community Center, which recently christened its two gorgeous 10 & Under courts. Cajas, a USPTA-certified pro, is trained in 10 & Under tennis and has an impressive resume.

The new courts were built with help from a USTA grant, and SW Community Center supervisor Adrienne Lacy worked hard behind the scenes to spearhead the effort. We’ll have more from Lacy in an upcoming blog.

For now, sign your kids up for lessons at SW Community Center if you’d like, or at least go see the courts. They’re worth the trip.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 June 2013 14:49
Christian Gonzalez Wins "Little Mo" Sectionals for Second Straight Year PDF Print E-mail
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Cindy Brinker, daughter of Maureen "Little Mo" Connolly-Brinker, with Christian

Burleson's Christian Gonzalez keeps adding trophies. The 9-year old won his age group at "Little Mo" Sectionals at Arlington Tennis Center on April 28. Christian also won the tournament's Sportsmanship Award. Good luck at Regionals in May, Christian.

Check for more results.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 09:56

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