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Houston Team Will Represent Texas at 2015 JTT National Championship

Houston JTT Intermediate Champions The USTA Texas Section Intermediate team from Houston, Texas will compete in the 2015 USTA Junior Team Tennis 18U National Championships, held at the Cayce Tennis Center in Cayce, S.C. on October 22 through 25.

The 2015 USTA Junior Team Tennis 18U National Championships will bring together the top 32 teams (250 players) at intermediate and advanced levels from various USTA Sections throughout the country.

The Texas team is coached by Lowell Grageda and features Bethel-Crystal of Gabriel Meadows Place, Sunee Quirante of Richmond and five players from Missouri City: Caroline Latta; Harel Milan; Jessica Madamba; Tanner Stephenson, and Tristan Tongol.

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2015 USTA Texas League Combo Sectional Championship Results

2015 Ladies 8.5 Combo Champions Teams from Austin, Dallas, Greater Fort Worth, and San Antonio collected titles at the 2015 USTA Leagues Texas Combo Sectional Championships held in Austin October 16 through 18. View photographs from the championships on the USTA Texas Facebook photo gallery.

Combo Ladies 5.5 – Results

San Antonio went 3-1 to win the 2015 Texas Section Combo 5.5 Ladies Championship, over NETX and Abilene. The team playing out of the McFarlin Tennis Center is captained by Tracie J. Costello and includes Debbie Williams, Stephanie Bussey, Leah Garner, Laura Stawarz, Karen Boggs Smith, Regina Shafer and Patsy Padron.

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2015 Tennis with a Heart Charity Tournament

2015 Tennis with a Heart The 5th annual Tennis with a Heart charity tournament will be a weekend of good fun, good food, good friends, and good tennis...for a very good cause.

All proceeds from the event benefit Texas Children's Hospital and the American Heart Association.

Texas Children's Hospital is a non-profit organization that has been serving young patients with state-of-the-art medical care in Houston for 60 years, and the American Heart Association is our national champion for heart-health research, awareness, education, and treatment.

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Remembering Jodi Jablonski

image We mourn the loss of our friend and colleague, Jodi Jablonski, who passed away August 19 at the age of 39. Jodi had served the Houston Tennis Association as vice president, had served on the board of directors and multiple committees, and most recently served on the advisory board. She was an active league player and an outstanding Texas junior competitor.

Jodi played for Clements High School and earned a tennis scholarship to Stephen F. Austin State University, where she graduated with a degree in business administration and marketing. She and her mother initiated and organized HTA's "Adopt a Unit" program, which delevered care packages to military service members overseas.

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HTA Recognizes 19 Outstanding Students with $21,000 In Scholarship Funds

image The Houston Tennis Association has distributed college scholarships totaling $21,000 to 19 Greater Houston area high school graduates. (Click on the image at right to view a larger photograph.)

The students received sums from $1,000 to $1,500. In addition to funds provided by the HTA, donors included the World Oilman's Tennis Tournament, the National Senior Women's Clay Court Championships Tennis Tournament, and West Houston Ladies Tennis Association. Three of the awards were given in memory of Steve Wolford, one of Michael Horvath, Jr., and another of Leona Schroeder.

Students who received the grants and their high schools and college destinations are:

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HTA CMZ Tournament Names Top Seeds

Junior Open 2014 001 The Houston Tennis Association has named the top seeds in the eight age divisions of the HTA Championship Major Zone tournament, which will be held July 11-12. Seven 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 388 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—Luis Garcia of Mission and Andres Reyes of Spring; 16s—Gavin Salton and Jason Weinstein of The Woodlands and Kyler Bender of Dripping Springs; 14s—Race Haas of Friendswood and Keito Chiba of Austin; and 12s—Carter White of Austin.

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USTA 18 & Over Match Completion Dates Extended

Houston has experienced an unusual amount of rain this season. HTA realizes that rescheduling matches has been problematic for some teams. In an effort to accommodate this situation, HTA will extend the deadlines for regular-season match completion. Please keep in mind HTA will be unable to determine a subflight or division winner until after the new deadline has passed.

The deadlines for the divisions are:

  • Men's 3.0 & 3.5 July 9
  • Men's 4.0 & 4.5 July 16
  • Ladies 3.0 & 3.5 July 8
  • Ladies 4.0 & 4.5 July 14

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Houston's Youngest Tennis Star

image At 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, the Houston Tennis Association's newest member was born. Click the image to view a larger version.

Georgia Grace was a few days early. She simply couldn't wait to greet the world. Her mother, Blair Henley, is a member of the HTA Board of Directors, and is chair of the Marketing & Communications Committee. Blair called to order a lively committee meeting on Monday evening, and 28 hours later Georgia Grace was looking around for a junior-size Babolat Aero.

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Austin Aces Return for a Second WTT Season

image The Aces are offering a discount to USTA members for all seven home matches in Austin. Use promo code USTA15 to purchase online. Tickets went on sale May 28, and are first come, first serve—so don't delay.

All home matches will be held at a new venue: downtown at the Gregory Gym on The University of Texas campus from July 16-29. Home-match opponents include the California Dream, the Springfield Lasers, the Washington Kastles, and the San Diego Aviators.

The Austin Aces will field a strong lineup this season, once again headed by marquee player Andy Roddick, former world number one and 2003 U.S. Open champion. Joining Roddick are:

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Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth Teams Win JTT Titles

imageThe USTA Texas Jr. Team Tennis Spring Section Championships were held May 15-17 with the 10U, 12U Intermediate, 14U Beginner, 14U and 18U Intermediate divisions battling it out in New Braunfels, Texas.

The event featured 275 players along with parents, coaches and supporters, headquartered at the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch. Teams from Houston and Fort Worth won titles this year.

In the 10 and Under Intermediate division, Select Tennis of Dallas won the title with High Point Smashers of Dallas finishing second. The Houston based Willow Fork Tigers team finished third.

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Valdez and Janssen Draw Top Billing in HTA Houston Open

Defending champions Adrian Valdez of San Antonio and Rachel Janssen of Farmers Branch have been named the No. 1 seeds in the men’s and women’s open divisions of the 2015 Houston Tennis Association Houston Open, which begins Friday, April 3, at several sites around the city. Lee LeClear Tennis Center, 9506 S. Gessner, is headquarters.

Valdez also won the men’s open in 2006 and was a finalist in 2011.

Seeded second in the men’s open is last year’s finalist Rodney Vickers of Houston. Marco Valdez of San Antonio is No. 3, and Mike Beatty of Humble is No. 4.

In the women’s open Carla Cooper of Arlington is No. 2; last year’s finalist Kai Siewrattan of Houston is No. 3; and Megan Richardson of Tomball is No. 4.

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Juniors Compete for Championship Points in ZAT Tournament

Top seeds have been named for the HTA Zone Advancement Tournament, which will be held February 7-8 at seven 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 473.

Top seeds in the boys age divisions are: 18s–Ryan Stomp of Katy; 16s—Manuel Martinez of Dickinson and Sanmay Seth of Katy; 14s—Marco Nino of Houston, Cliff Xu of Katy and Rainey Terrell of Richmond; and 12s—Mario Urdaneta of Houston and Aditya Elango of Katy.

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