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Juniors compete this weekend in Tennis Express HTA Fall Festival

The Tennis Express HTA Junior Fall Festival will be held October 22-23 at Lee LeClear Tennis Center.

Top seeds in the boys divisions are Lucas Tronchin of League City in the non-qualified 16s; Alexander Sanders of Sugar Land in the non-qualified 14s; Mario Angelo Dominguez of Missouri City in the 14C division; and Gabriel Shu of Sugar Land in the open 12s.

No. 1 seeds in the girls divisions are Isabella Venegas of Missouri City in the open 18s; Brissa Mendoza of League City in the qualified 14s; and Laurel Coleman of The Woodlands in the non-qualified 14s.

Ten-and-under boys and girls will also compete.

Tournament viewing is free.

Tennis Express HTA Fall Festival names adult, senior and super senior seeds

Jonathan Sessom of Missouri City has been named the top seed in the men’s open division of the Tennis Express HTA Fall Festival tennis tournament, which will be held at Lee LeClear Tennis Center September 30-October 3. Defending champion Neil Carpenter of Houston is the No. 2 seed.

The super senior major zone tournament begins Thursday, September 29, at Memorial Park Tennis Center. Keith Kandt of San Antonio is the No. 1 seed in the men’s 55 singles.

No. 1 seeds in the men’s adult and senior divisions are: 50s—Darren McGilbray of Houston; 4.5s—Igor Milisavljevic of Houston; 4.0s—Mark Howard of Houston; and 3.5s—Albin Guillot of Houston.

Kendra Dorty of Austin is the top seed in the women’s 3.5 division, and Jose Arriaga of Houston is the No. 1 seed in the wheelchair B singles.

Other top seeds in the super senior singles are: 60s—Harlan Hopchik of Dallas; 65s—Carl Morris of Austin; 70s—Royce Bobo of Missouri City; and 80s—Douglas Kerin of Austin.

Tournament viewing is free.

HTA improves public tennis courts with $141,000 donation

HTA President Ted Erck, Executive Director Cheryl Hultquist Horvath and Houston Council Member Mike Laster admire the resurfaced courts at Lee LeClear. "I am grateful to the Houston Tennis Association for donating this money to resurface the courts at the Lee LeClear Tennis Center. HTA's donation goes hand in hand with many exciting new improvements coming to the tennis center. I know that all those who frequent this public facility are greatly appreciative," Laster remarked.

The Houston Tennis Association has allocated $141,000 to resurface courts at Homer Ford and Lee LeClear tennis centers.,

Resurfacing on all 16 courts at Homer Ford has been completed, and work has begun on the 26 at Lee LeClear. The new surface is blue acrylic with blended lines. The expected completion date for the Lee LeClear project is by the end of September.

The project is being administered for the Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD) by the Houston Parks Board. Houston Parks Board Project Manager Tom Gall reports that EMA Sport Solutions of Houston is the contractor.

“HTA is blessed to have the opportunity to give back to the community by updating two of our largest and most active tennis facilities,” Ted Erck, president of the Houston Tennis Association, said.

“These updates will benefit tournament, league and recreational players of all ages and abilities for many years,” he added.

HTA has been an active partner with the Houston Parks and Recreation Department since their early formation in the 1950s. The organization has been instrumental in supporting tennis centers and youth tennis in parks; this improvement is one of their largest signature gifts to Houston parks.

“We thank the Houston Tennis Association for the funds that made these improvements possible for the benefit of Houston’s tennis community,” said Joe Turner, Director Houston Parks and Recreation Department. “Perhaps the next Zina Garrison or Lori McNeil will find their start on these new courts.”

HTA hosts nine sanctioned USTA tournaments every year at park centers with players coming from local areas and across the state.

“We are so pleased to be able to play a supportive role in helping restore these tennis centers,” said Beth White, president and CEO of the Houston Parks Board. “We are grateful to the Houston Tennis Association for stepping up to help get these facilities tournament-ready.”

Roger White, echoed his enthusiasm for the resurfacing of the courts.

“It is such a wonderful thing HTA has done for the tennis center! On behalf of the patrons at the center I can't say thank you enough. With the replacement of the light bulbs and the resurfacing of the courts, HTA has given the center new life and energy…”

HTA improves public tennis courts with $141,000 donation (2)

HTA President Ted Erck, Executive Director Cheryl Hultquist Horvath and Houston Council Member Mike Laster admire the resurfaced courts at Lee LeClear. "I am grateful to the Houston Tennis Association for donating this money to resurface the courts at the Lee LeClear Tennis Center. HTA's donation goes hand in hand with many exciting new improvements coming to the tennis center. I know that all those who frequent this public facility are greatly appreciative," Laster remarked.

The Houston Tennis Association has allocated $141,000 to resurface courts at Homer Ford and Lee LeClear tennis centers.,

Resurfacing on all 16 courts at Homer Ford has been completed, and work has begun on the 26 at Lee LeClear. The new surface is blue acrylic with blended lines. The expected completion date for the Lee LeClear project is by the end of September.

The project is being administered for the Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD) by the Houston Parks Board. Houston Parks Board Project Manager Tom Gall reports that EMA Sport Solutions of Houston is the contractor.

“HTA is blessed to have the opportunity to give back to the community by updating two of our largest and most active tennis facilities,” Ted Erck, president of the Houston Tennis Association, said.

“These updates will benefit tournament, league and recreational players of all ages and abilities for many years,” he added.

HTA has been an active partner with the Houston Parks and Recreation Department since their early formation in the 1950s. The organization has been instrumental in supporting tennis centers and youth tennis in parks; this improvement is one of their largest signature gifts to Houston parks.

“We thank the Houston Tennis Association for the funds that made these improvements possible for the benefit of Houston’s tennis community,” said Joe Turner, Director Houston Parks and Recreation Department. “Perhaps the next Zina Garrison or Lori McNeil will find their start on these new courts.”

HTA hosts nine sanctioned USTA tournaments every year at park centers with players coming from local areas and across the state.

“We are so pleased to be able to play a supportive role in helping restore these tennis centers,” said Beth White, president and CEO of the Houston Parks Board. “We are grateful to the Houston Tennis Association for stepping up to help get these facilities tournament-ready.”

Roger White, echoed his enthusiasm for the resurfacing of the courts.

“It is such a wonderful thing HTA has done for the tennis center! On behalf of the patrons at the center I can't say thank you enough. With the replacement of the light bulbs and the resurfacing of the courts, HTA has given the center new life and energy…”

Labor Day weekend ZAT tournament benefits HTA NJTL

Top seeds have been named for the HTA NJTL Zone Advancement Tournament, which will be held September 3-4 at five Houston tennis sites.

Lee LeClear Tennis Center, 9506 S. Gessner, is headquarters. Other sites are Memorial and Homer Ford tennis centers, Lost Forest Racquet Club and Clements High School.

The tournament benefits the HTA NJTL free Houston youth tennis program.

Draws are limited to 32 players, resulting in multiple seeds in some age divisions. The 12-18 age division entrants total 341, and the 10s division totals 90.

Top seeds in the boys age divisions are: 18s—Jonathan Yap of Katy; 16s—Adric Christensen of Friendswood and Jett Wright of Austin; 14s—Derek Young of Montgomery and Joshua Rassin of Houston; and 12s—Brady Enstrom of Tomball, Kieran Coffey of Houston and Jack Campbell of The Woodlands.

Top seeds in the girls age divisions are: 18s–Cassidy Chen of Corpus Christi; 16s—Emma Bayless of Humble and Kaitlyn Gans of Beaumont; 14s—Alden Allen of Conroe and Jada Hill of Missouri City; and 12s—Anshu Laksman of Katy and Isa Barajas of Cedar Park.

The youngsters earn points to qualify for championship status.

The tournament identification number for the 12-18s is 809660316 on TennisLink, and 800039316 for the 10s.

HTA recognizes 15 outstanding students with $22,000 in scholarship funds

HTA has distributed college scholarships totaling $22,000 to 15 greater Houston area high school graduates.

The students received sums from $1,000 to $2,000. In addition to funds provided by HTA, donors included the National Senior Women’s Clay Court Championships Tennis Tournament. Four of the awards were given in memory of Steve Wolford and one of Michael Horvath, Jr.

Students who received the grants and their high schools and college destinations are Halle Brazda (Kinkaid, University of Texas at Austin); Angelica Calvillo (James Madison, University of Houston Main Campus); Jesus Gallardo (North Shore, UT Austin); Gregory Goetschius (Texas City, Texas A&M); Shelbi Hinson (Nederland, Lamar Institute of Technology); Nadia Kiani (Cypress Woods, UT Austin); Chris Kocurek (Angleton, Texas A&M); Albert Luu (J. Frank Dobie, UT Austin); Charles Maldonado (Pearland, Alvin Community College); Vanessa Phung, Stafford, University of St. Thomas); Shane Promsaka (Spring Woods, UH); Maria Sorto (Galena Park, UT San Antonio); Teresa Tong (Westfield, UH); Rebecca Williams (Jack Yates, UT Austin); and William Yung (Elsik, UT Austin).

All 15 students played either varsity tennis for their high school teams, participated in NJTL or in local USTA tournaments.

HTA has awarded more than $250,000 in scholarship funds to deserving high school seniors since 1992.

G&H Air Conditioning and Heating Provides City Wide Bag Tags

HTA’s latest supporter is G & H Air Conditioning and Heating, owned by Mark and Allyson Hoag. The company, which has served the greater Katy and West Houston areas since 1989, contributed the popular bag tags distributed to players during the City Wide tournament in July.

The full service company provides residential and commercial repair, maintenance and installation of air conditioners, gas furnaces and heat pumps. More information about the company is available at www.gandhac.com.

Allyson Hoag plays on two 18-and-over HTA teams out of Willow Fork Country Club.

JPMorgan Chase and USTA Foundation Provide Houston's Free Tennis Program with $10,000 Grant

image For the third consecutive year the USTA Foundation, the national charitable organization of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), has partnered with longtime US Open sponsor JPMorgan Chase & Co. to award the Houston Tennis Association National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) chapter and nine other NJTL chapters across the country with $10,000 each to go toward year-round tennis and education programming.

A $10,000 check was presented to the HTA at Memorial Park Tennis Center by Julia Cheney of JPMorgan Chase, while 200 HTA NJTL youngsters participated in tennis drills, ACE (Academic, Creative, Engagement) activities and a dance contest.

HTA's Executive Director Cheryl Hultquist Horvath, who accepted the check for the HTA, observed, "The Houston Tennis Association greatly appreciates JPMorgan Chase's contribution to HTA NJTL, which offers free youth tennis and education classes at more than 60 neighborhood park sites and schools in collaboration with the Houston Parks & Recreation Department."

"The USTA Foundation is proud to once again partner with Chase to award 10 of our very-deserving NJTL chapters with these generous grants," said Dan Faber, Executive Director, USTA Foundation. "We commend Chase for giving back to thousands of NJTL participants through the #ReturnTheServe Fun Day that will surely bring a lasting impact to the lives of many."

"Access to physical activity and education can have a critical impact on the health and overall wellbeing of children, particularly those in underserved communities," said Barbara Paddock, managing director for sports and entertainment at JPMorgan Chase. "As a sponsor of the US Open for 35 years, we're proud of the USTA Foundation's work to strengthen communities, and we're proud to help build on the impact the NJTL programs have on the hundreds or thousands of youth involved across the country."

HTA Tennis Express CMZ Tournament Names Top Seeds

HTA has named the top seeds in the eight age divisions of the HTA Tennis Express Championship Major Zone tournament, which will be held July 9-10. Eight of the top seeded players are from the Houston area.

The USTA-sanctioned tournament, a major zone for championship players who are competing to achieve super championship status, has accepted 386 entries. The juniors will compete at six area sites, with headquarters at Lee LeClear Tennis Center, 9506 S. Gessner.

The No. 1 seeds in the boys championship divisions are: 18s—Tory Templin of College Station and Bryce Arvin of Houston; 16s—Isaac Whitley of Houston, Clark Crookston of League City and Alejandro Cuellar of San Antonio; 14s—Andrew Sall of Houston, Jake O’Donnell of Austin and Edwin Pua of Eagle Pass; and 12s—Stuart Simpson of Houston.

Championship girls top seeds are: 18s—Christine Schrader of Austin; 16s—Julia Thomas of Magnolia and Tabitha Tran of Pearland; 14s—Brissa Mendoza of League City and Sydney Williams of Austin; and 12s—Josephine Rousseau of Austin.

In addition to Lee LeClear, matches will be held at Homer Ford and Memorial Park tennis centers, Clements High School, Sienna Plantation and Lost Forest Racquet Club.

Tournament viewing is free. For more information call the HTA at 281-580-8313 or visit the tournament on TennisLink (TID# 800010716).

HTA Names Seeds for Super Championship 16-18 Major Zone Championships

Top seeds have been named for the May 21-23 Houston Tennis Association Houston Open Super Championship Junior 16-18 Major Zone tournament, which is headquartered at Lee LeClear Tennis Center, 9506 S. Gessner.

The top seed in the super championship boys 18 singles division is Chase Wood of Dallas, and Janice Shin of Houston is the top seed in the girls 18s division.

Top seed in the super championship boys 16 division is Nathan Armilli of Austin, and Addison Guevara of Keller is No. 1 in the girls 16s.

Entrants total 484. Matches will be held on courts at Lee LeClear, Homer Ford and Memorial Park tennis centers, Lost Forest Racquet Club, Sienna Plantation, Chancellors Family Center, Rice University, Clements High School and Missouri City Recreation & Tennis Center. Viewing is free.

Tennis Groups Recognize Volunteers for Outstanding Services

Congratulations to HTA’s most recent award winners—Ed Williams, Bev Taylor, Emily Schaefer, Randy Ortwein, Dave Noble and Ann Eaton.

Williams, HTA president, was named the Volunteer of the Year at the USTA Texas Section Community Development Workshop in October 2015. This award is presented to a volunteer who has demonstrated outstanding service and dedication to all aspects of the game of tennis during the year in which the award is given and/or over a period of years.

The Tennis Advocate of the Year Award was presented to Taylor, chair of HTA’s NJTL program, at the same meeting for her role in inspiring others to grow grassroots tennis in their community.

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HTA Offers Scholarship Funds to Graduating High School Seniors

The Houston Tennis Association is accepting applications for several college scholarships to be granted to graduating seniors in the greater Houston area.

The scholarships, which range from $1,000 to $2,500, will be awarded to high school students who have participated in high school varsity tennis and/or USTA Texas tournaments or programs.

In addition to HTA contributions, money for the scholarships has been provided by the Leona Schroeder Memorial Scholarship Fund (for a National Junior Tennis and Learning participant), the National Senior Women's Clay Court Championships (for a young woman), the Michael Horvath Junior Memorial Fund, the Steve Wolford Memorial Fund, the Jodi Jablonski Memorial Fund, West Houston Ladies Tennis Association, and the World Oilman's Tennis Tournament.

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Vaks and Wall Capture Houston Open Titles

The HTA Houston Open adult tournament sported an international flavor this year, with both the men's and the women's open singles champions European products.

Mikhail Vaks, who defeated Ryan Anthony Ybarra of Palestine, Texas, 6-4, 6-2, in the men's final, arrived here recently from Russia, and Karolina Wall, who won the women's singles 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 over Houstonian Maya Smith, is a native of Poland.

Both Vaks and Ybarra, who train together at the AJ Elite Academy, considered their Houston Open competition a warm-up for the $25,000 Memphis Futures April 4.

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