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

NETT hosts ‘Packing Party’ for Adopt-A-Unit Program PDF Print E-mail
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(L-R): NETT president Teresa Risley, NETT founder Laura Gilbert, NETT president (1997-2000) Lynn Jumper, NETT president (2002) Sandy SchwanNorth East Tarrant Tennis (NETT) is assisting an "adopted" military unit by creating care packages for our troops filled with tennis equipment, snacks and other items. The USTA's Military Outreach Adopt-A-Unit Program will send a unit deployed to Afghanistan portable tennis equipment for them to enjoy in their rare down time.

NETT held a packing party in conjunction with their team captains' meeting on Feb. 6 in Southlake.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 February 2013 17:00
Emily Buell Earns Doubles Crown PDF Print E-mail
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Emily Buell (L) and Fiona Crawley teamed up to win the Girls 12sFort Worth's Emily Buell and partner Fiona Crawley of San Antonio won the Girls 12s Doubles division at the SuperChamp Major Zone in Dallas on the first weekend of February. They were the top seeds.

Crawley also won the singles crown, defeating Buell in the semis. Partners meet in singles draws fairly often, but they have to be able to handle it. Evidently, these youngsters were mature enough to do so.

Buell's dad, Tom, runs McLeland Tennis Center in south Fort Worth, and her sister, Jane, competes in the Girls 14s. Both sisters play at the SuperChamp level, highest in Texas for juniors.

Last Updated on Monday, 04 February 2013 17:15
Mansfield-Area Tennis Association Forms New Presence PDF Print E-mail
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The fledgling Mansfield Area Tennis Association, MATA, is just getting off the ground, but already the group is starting a kids' club and a senior tennis club, and they have a special playdays scheduled for Sunday, February 24th from 2-4 PM at Crossroads Church and Saturday, March 23rd from 9:30 to 11:30 AM at the at Mansfield Activities Tennis Center.

Contact MATA president Trina Gibbs at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Look for more info about MATA here and on Facebook.

Last Updated on Sunday, 10 February 2013 18:34
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

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