News & Notes

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

Three Cheers for USTA-Leaguer Alvaro Aristizabal, Who Earned his GED PDF Print E-mail

Thanks to Debbie Abraham for posting this shot of Alvaro Aristizabal at his graduation. He looks so happy! couldn’t be happier for Alvarado Aristizabal, a maintenance worker at Walnut Creek Country Club, is a beloved employee and friend. He’s such a good guy that he helped a friend try to deliver tennis goods to Mexico, but, when they were turned away at the border, wound up finding homes for them through Texas churches. Muy bien hecho y felicitaciones, Al.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 17:08
For These USTA Regulars, Friendship is the Name of the Game PDF Print E-mail

(L-R): Kaye Beth, Gonzalo & MistyUSTA 3.5 teammates Kaye Beth Pumphrey Vietti and Misty Brown play for Colonial, but they play to make friends as well as to win. So, after coming back from losing the first set, 6-0, to win a SuperTiebreak, they got their picture taken with the opposing coach, Gonzalo Nuñez.

Nuñez teaches tennis at Granbury's Pecan Plantation, which has produced some powerhouse teams. But powerhouse friendships are also what tennis is about, as thousands of longtime leaguers can attest.

Last Updated on Saturday, 27 April 2013 16:52
KATCH’s Kids Tournament Attracts Winners PDF Print E-mail

8-and-under division winners (L-R): Matias Sosa, Emily Zimmerman and Jayden SizemoreKeller Alliance Tennis Charter, better known as KATCH, held a children’s tournament March 30. Pictured are the winners of the 8-and-under division: Matias Sosa (first place), Emily Zimmerman (second) and Jayden Sizemore (third).

In the 10-and-Under Division, the winners were Ryan Alvarez (first place), Nash Kendal (second), and Jonah Ndunga and Hayden Whitehead (tied for third). 12-and-Under winners were Haley Winterseller (first place), Chloe Vogel (second) and Sydney Sizemore (third).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 April 2013 11:15
Sisters Are Learning How to Compete at Tennis by Signing Up for Mid-Cities Tournaments PDF Print E-mail

GretchenJustineLocal mom Jill Pfeiffer was kind enough to send photos of her daughters participating in Mid-Cities events. Gretchen (left) and Justine (right) are getting an early start on our sport for life.

Mid-Cities tournaments are outstanding choices for getting young players used to competition. Please send us pictures of your kids playing, if you can.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 May 2013 16:45
Mean Green Tennis Wins Second Consecutive Sun Belt Championship PDF Print E-mail

UNT celebrates in Lafayette, La.Congratulations are in order again for North Texas and coach Sujay Lama for winning their second straight Sun Belt Conference title, clinching the win with a 4-2 decision over No. 2 seed Georgia State. You can read more at

Last Updated on Saturday, 27 April 2013 16:43
Get to Know the Greater Fort Worth Tennis Coalition—It Represents Your Leagues PDF Print E-mail

The Greater Fort Worth Tennis Coalition (GFWTC) participated in the recent USTA League captains meeting at Walnut Creek Country Club in Mansfield. The GFWTC governs USTA leagues in the Greater Fort Worth area, so it would be a good idea for leaguers to familiarize themselves with its representatives.

Before the group got its new name last year, we wrote about its significance, especially with regard to starting this very website,

Since then, the GFWTC has expanded to include representatives from the Keller Alliance Tennis Charter (Nancy King) and the Parker County Tennis Association (Marie Welsh).

When the GFWTC meets, its members have long, important discussions about league tennis, of course, but also about how to increase participation and put tennis within reach for more players. It discusses this website,—we attend its meetings from time to time—so we can improve our work here, too.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 April 2013 12:43
Southlake Tennis Center Hosts Popular Boot Camp PDF Print E-mail

Stephen Poorman, the director of tennis at Southlake Tennis Center, reports that the facility recently held a fitness-focused boot camp. There were about 30 participants in the three hours of nonstop tennis, plus a TRX court, which Poorman described as “fitness on court with the cables.”

“The players can’t wait to do it again,” said Poorman, who ran the event with fellow STC pros Nathan Byrnes, Alejandro Chong, Clint Laukhuf, David McKinney,  Jonathan Renwick, Saman Samii and Manuela Santos.

Last Updated on Saturday, 27 April 2013 16:53
Roland Garros Took Flight Here In Fort Worth PDF Print E-mail

Aviator Roland Garros made a historical flight in Fort WorthReading the paper during the Australian Open, I stumbled upon an aviation article about... Roland Garros. I realize the French Open with its red clay is still months away (May 26-June 9, 2013), but they're both Grand Slams.

So check out this piece about Garros, who was a World War I fighter pilot and led a heroic, if short, life--which brought him to Fort Worth for a big event back in 1911.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 February 2013 15:53
Texas Wild Team Tennis Starts in July PDF Print E-mail

You might have heard that team tennis was coming, but the logo has only recently been released. It’s in line with Irving’s mustang theme, as they say on their website, which has all the info.

The Bryan brothers--Bob and Mike--are the marquee names on the roster. Click here for the full list.

Maybe some local players will join the team, but for now it’s just nice to have team tennis around here. Home matches will be at the Four Seasons Resort and Club in Las Colinas.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 March 2013 17:11

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