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Vaks and Janssen Named Top Seeds in HTA Houston Open Adult Major Zone

image Mikhail Vaks of Katy and Rachel Janssen of Farmers Branch have been named the No. 1 seeds in the men's and women's open divisions of the 2016 Houston Tennis Association Houston Open, which begins Friday, March 25, at several sites around the city. Lee LeClear Tennis Center, 9506 S. Gessner, is headquarters.

Janssen won the event in 2014 and was a finalist the year before.

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USTA National Men's 70 and 75 Indoors Begins March 14 at the Met

imageMichael Beautyman of Lake Worth, Florida, and Ivo Barbic of Atlanta, Georgia, have been named the No. 1 seeds respectively in the United States Tennis Association National Men's 70 and 75 Indoor Championships, which will be held in Houston March 14-19 at the Downtown Club at the Met, 340 W. Dallas.

This is the fourteenth year the event, which has attracted 88 players this year, has been held in Houston and the eleventh year at the Met. Viewing is free to the public.

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Gigi Fernandez Headlines Successful Gala Benefiting HTA NJTL

image Two-time Olympic Tennis Gold Medalist Gigi Fernandez charmed the 380 guests at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Galleria Legends Ballroom February 11 with tales of her introduction to tennis in her hometown of San Juan, Puerto Rico, her climb to the rank of the No. 1 women’s doubles player in the world, induction in the International Hall of Fame and playing tennis with the Bush family at Camp David.

Bev Taylor, chair of the Houston Tennis Association’s National Junior Tennis & Learning program, and Gala Chair Lara Lehmann report that the event netted nearly $120,000 to continue providing the free tennis and educational classes and scholarship opportunities for mostly underserved children. More than 6,000 children benefit from the program each year at 60+ neighborhood parks and schools.

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HTA has an Open Full-time Position for Communications Associate

image If you are as passionate about tennis as we are, you may have as much fun working for the Houston Tennis Association as we do. We have both full- and part-time positions with varying—and often flexible—hours in our offices conveniently located in the Westchase area between Westheimer and Richmond on Briarpark.

We currently have a position open for a driven, outgoing, creative individual who loves tennis, who can help establish marketing plans aligned with strategic goals and help implement those plans with minimal direction, who enjoys interacting with people, and who has a flare for oral, written, and visual communication.

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Help Support HTA Programs at No Cost to You

image Did you know that you can help support HTA programs like National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL), Junior Team Tennis (JTT), scholarship programs, and wheelchair tennis without having to lift a finger? Well, takes only a couple of mouse-clicks. And it's completely free!

What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Houston Tennis Association every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as always, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate to HTA a small portion of the purchase price for all eligible items.

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Challenger Tournament Offers Championship Points for Juniors

Top seeds have been named for the HTA Challenger #1 Tournament, which will be held February 6-7 at six Houston tennis sites. Lee LeClear Tennis Center, 9506 S. Gessner, is headquarters.

Draws are limited to 32 players, resulting in multiple seeds in some age divisions. Entrants total 388.

Top seeds in the boys age divisions are: 18s—TyAnthony Jones of Humble; 16s—Irving Logan of Houston, Ryan Cao of Sugar Land and Michael Barrett of Cypress; 14s—Patrick Sim of Spring, Teo Nogaret of Houston, and Kiertan Patel of Friendswood; and 12s—Caleb Guse of Sugar Land and John Butler of Houston.

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Tennis Industry Magazine Names Ortwein Wheelchair Champion of the Year

Randy Ortwein Tennis Industry Magazine has named Randy Ortwein, advisory board member and past president of the Houston Tennis Association, its Wheelchair Tennis Champion of the Year for 2016.

The national magazine, the only publication covering all the racquet sports, selected Ortwein because of his years of dedication and contributions to wheelchair tennis. The Magnolia, Texas, resident got involved in wheelchair tennis in the late 1990s when he was introduced to it by tennis wheelchair pioneer Randy Snow.

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HTA Names Top Seeds for Houston Open SCMZ 12-14s

image HTA has named the seeds for the super championship junior 12-14 level 3 major zone tournament, which begins Saturday, January 16, at six sites.  Headquarters is Lee LeClear Tennis Center, 9506 S. Gessner.

Top seed in the super championship boys 14 singes is JC Roddick of San Antonio. The top seed in the girls 14s is Nika Vesely of Plano. Top seed in the super championship boys 12s is Lucas Brown of Plano, and Patience Monroe of San Antonio is No. 1 in the girls 12s.

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Top Seeds Play for Championship Status at HTA ZAT #2 Tournament

Top seeds have been named for the Houston Tennis Association Zone Advancement Tournament, which will be held December 5-6 at eight Houston tennis sites. Lee LeClear Tennis Center, 9506 S. Gessner, is headquarters.

Draws are limited to 32 players, resulting in multiple seeds in some age divisions. The youngsters earn points to qualify for championship status.

Top seeds in the boys age divisions are: 18s–Evan Plunkett of Austin; 16s—Benjamin Berkheimer of Kingwood and Joshua Kao and Anthony Masington of Houston; 14s–Michael Hopkins of Missouri City, Noah Smistad of Friendswood and Samir Sureshbabu of Sugar Land; and 12s–Dave Daymiel of Baytown, Alessandro Sergiacomo of Houston and Joseph Legato of Beaumont.

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Annual Meeting and Holiday Party

2015 Holiday Party Our annual event will be held December 9 this year, again at the Galleria Tennis & Athletic Club. GTAC is a wonderful venue with great food, a marvelous dining room, a full-service bar, casual seating and conversation areas and, of course, a good view of some of the indoor courts.

The annual meeting is open to voting members. If you are a league player or have donated at least $20 to the HTA this year, you are a voting member. The nominated slate of board members and officers for 2016 will be voted on at the meeting. The party begins at 7:00 p.m. and the annual meeting at 8:00 p.m. See the Calendar entry for more information and a link to directions.

Houston Men's 8.0 Team Wins 2015 USTA Texas 65 & Over Sectional Championships

Team Photo The 2015 USTA Texas 65 & Over Sectional Championships were held at the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch in New Braunfels from November 6 through 8. Community Tennis Association local-league winners from all across the state gathered to play for the Texas title.

David Peterson's Houston team was the big winner in the Men's 8.0 Division. The team includes Hal Steinkopf, Robert Walker, George Orchard, Robert Schmidt, Ronald Wells, Gary Hippenstiel, Aubrey Frazier, and Paul White. In their round-robin portion of the tournament, they outlasted the teams from Fort Worth, SETX, and NOHO. They met Austin in the final, and won 2-1. They almost pulled off a 3-0 victory, but Austin managed to win Line 1 in a match tiebreak.

HTA Fall Junior Team Tennis Champions

Congratulations to all the Junior Team Tennis (JTT) players who participated in the 2015 HTA fall season. The Houston City Playoffs were held October 24 and 25. Division champions and runners-up for the fall 2015 season are listed below.

10u Advanced Blue
     King Daddy TSG Purple
     Giammalva Green Smash

10u Advanced Red
     Giammalva Green Slime
     HCC Green Hooligan

10u Intermediate Orange Ball Red
     Giammalva Girl Power
     King Daddy TSG Gray

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