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

Canyon Creek to Host Charity Tournament in March PDF Print E-mail
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STC's Stephen PoormanRichardson’s Canyon Creek Country Club is hosting the Serving Hope Tennis Tourney on March 23. Southlake Tennis Center is putting together a team for this tournament.

STC director of tennis Stephen Poorman said to contact him if you’re interested in joining STC’s team for this event. Call 817-421-5605.

Coach Bartzen poses with his Horned Frogs circa 1974 PDF Print E-mail
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Tut is the only one with a still-current hairstyleThanks to K. C. Miller for this awesome vintage shot of the 1974-75 TCU men’s tennis team with coach Tut Bartzen: (L-R) Randy Crawford, James Allin, Jim Hansen, K.C. Miller, Jon Gurian, Max Falls, David Kelly, Mark Litz Singer and Tom Buerger.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 18:47
Colonial Holding New 4.0 Ladies League PDF Print E-mail
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Colonial pro Matt Watson is stoked about the Friday Shootout League.Colonial pro Matt Watson says the club is holding a new league for 4.0-level USTA ladies on Fridays indoors from noon to 1:30 p.m. It is open to nonmembers and will run through Feb. 22.  It’s called the Friday Tiebreaker Shootout League. Anyone interested can contact Watson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 817-927-4250.

You sign up as an individual, and Watson will pair you randomly each week. “The idea is to get you a lot of play against several different players each week,” Watson said in a group email. “If you know anyone who might be interested in playing, please pass along so we can grow the competition.”

Here’s how he describes it: “You will play match tiebreakers (first team to 10), and the winning team will move up a court and the losing team moves down.  At the end of the 90 minutes, the team on the top court that wins will win some prize money (money dependent on how many teams play each week).  We can take up to 16 players each week... you sign up on a week-to-week basis ($15).

“I will send out a weekly e-blast to remind everyone, but spots will be given to the first 16 that sign up, with the first eight spots being held for members until Wednesday of that week, at which point all spots are open to any players.”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 18:44
Dallas Tennis Classic Starts March 11 PDF Print E-mail
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¿Qué te pasó con esa barba Deliciano?The ATP Challenger Tour returns to this area March 11-17 with the Dallas Tennis Classic, which has a $125,000 purse and a familiar field. It’s at the Four Seasons Resort and Club in Irving.

While you might not know every player, have fun reading the current list, which includes U.S. National Indoor finalist Feliciano Lopez of Spain. The Indoor, which was in Memphis, just ended.

On the Tennis Channel, I watched Lopez play at the Indoor, which he lost to Kei Nishikori in straight sets. Good match--and I’d love to see “Deliciano” do well here, too—but I just can’t get used to that beard!

Last Updated on Saturday, 02 March 2013 17:56
World Team Tennis Comes to Irving & You Can Help Name the Team PDF Print E-mail
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No. 1 doubles team Bob and Mike Bryan will likely come over with the new Irving-based teamWith the popularity of Junior Team Tennis (JTT) on the rise in these parts, here's good news: World Team Tennis (WTT) is moving a team to Irving. Details are being worked out, and the action starts in July. I used to attend WTT at Madison Square Garden when I was growing up, and it contributed to this lifelong love I have had for tennis.

Read this article about the new WTT team, posted by's friends at We met them at Davis Cup in Austin in 2011, when both of our websites were in their infancy. We're both still young, but we're both still here, thanks to visitors such as you.

The new local WTT team needs a name, and you are encouraged to offer ideas. Be creative, and make plans to take the whole family to WTT. You will love it.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 January 2013 13:10
Mardy Fish visits at T Bar M, Challenger coming up PDF Print E-mail
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ATP pro Mardy Fish gives T Bar M a little flashlight before next month's Challenger of Dallas. These kids are happy to shine their light there, as well.Mardy Fish stopped by T Bar M the other day to hit with fellow ATP pro Mark Knowles and took a moment for this photo with the kids. T Bar M is hosting the Challenger of Dallas in February, so make plans to watch the pros in action.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 18:30
Pro-Opening Alert: TNT Tennis Needs a New Pro PDF Print E-mail
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This comes via group email from Austin Wynne of TNT Tennis. Sounds like a good one:

"TNT Tennis is looking for a qualified tennis professional. TNT Tennis runs the tennis programs for eight different entities in the DFW area.  

"We have classes for everyone from tots to advanced academy drills. Professional should be comfortable working with all ages and abilities. Private lessons available immediately.  25+ hours a week." 

Contact Austin Wynne at 214-668-1619 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 January 2013 13:00 Junior Media Day Gets in on Action at TCU PDF Print E-mail
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TCU coach David Roditi runs the TCU High Performance Tennis Academy. Click to see a great TFW photo gallery.

One of our best nights on the courts with the kids is pictured in a great photo gallery. Special thanks to TCU coach David Roditi--mil gracias amigo mio.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 January 2013 13:25

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