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Westside Lexus and Northside Lexus Fall Festival super senior and senior and adult tournaments begin September 28

Kristian Rodriquez of Houston and Yamilet Castillo of Katy have been named the top seeds in the men’s and women’s open divisions of the Westside Lexus and Northside Lexus HTA Senior Major Zone and Adult Open Fall Festival tennis tournaments, which begins September 28.

Matches will be held at Memorial Park and Homer Ford tennis centers and Lost Forest Tennis Club.

The super senior major zone tournament begins Thursday, September 28, at Memorial Park. Gerald Lee of Humble is the No. 1 seed in the men’s 55 singles.

The tournaments are presented by the Houston Tennis Association and sanctioned by USTA Texas.

No. 1 seeds in the men’s adult and senior divisions, which begins September 29, are: 4.5—Husain Virani of Richmond; 4.0—Thurston Woods of Houston; and 3.5—GJ Flores of Mansfield.

Mary DeForke of Houston is the top seed in the women’s 4.0 division.

Other top seeds in the super senior singles are: 60s—William Koster of Texas City; 65s—Carl Morris of Austin; 70s—Hugh Burris of Friendswood; and 75s—William Koziol of Hewitt.

Tournament viewing is free.

Deadlines approach for Northside and Westside Lexus Fall Festival tournaments

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18 high school seniors receive college scholarships from HTA

The Houston Tennis Association (HTA) has distributed college scholarships totaling $24,500 to 18 greater Houston area high school graduates.

The students received sums from $1,000 to $2,000. In addition to funds provided by HTA, donors include the National Senior Women’s Clay Court Championships Tennis Tournament, West Houston Ladies Tennis Association, the World Oilmen’s Tennis Tournament, CSE W-Industries and Copperfield Racquet & Health Club. Four of the awards were given in memory of Steve Wolford, one in memory of Michael Horvath, Jr., and two HTA NJTL (National Junior Tennis & Learning) scholarships in memory of David Scott and Sean Rudolph.

Students who received the grants and their high schools and college destinations are Aava Azad (Clear Springs, University of Houston); Taylor Marie Bacarisse (Barbers Hill, UT Tyler); Andrew Joseph Brown (Cypress Woods, UT Austin); Melody Duong (Clear Springs, UT Austin); Meagan Marie Foster (George Ranch, UT Austin); Michael Landon Gloaguen (Lamar IB World, Baylor); Cade Harrington (Ball Galveston, Hawaii Pacific); Amy Nicole Harvey (Barbers Hill, UT Austin); Hudson Hopper (Houston Christian, UT Austin); Sean Dang Le (Dobie, UH); Fredy Martinez (Cypress Springs, Texas State at Cypress); Jocelyn Martinez (Cypress Springs, PrattMWP Institute); Sara Phung Trinh Nguyen (Cypress Springs, UT Austin); Steven Phan (Dobie, UT Austin); Lars Wiik (Seven Lakes, Trinity); Mitchell James Moreno (Ball Galveston, Sam Houston State); Jordan Meza (Stratford, Vanderbilt); and Arya Shetty (Cypress Ranch, Rice).

Scholarship luncheon at Beck's Prime, Memorial Park

All 18 students played either varsity tennis for their high school teams, participated in NJTL or in local USTA tournaments.

The HTA has awarded more than $274,000 in scholarship funds to deserving high school seniors since 1992.

Champ juniors begin competition Saturday

HTA has named the top seeds in the eight age divisions of the HTA Championship Major Zone tournament, which will be held July 8-9. Six 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 343 entries. The juniors will compete at five area sites, with headquarters at Lee LeClear Tennis Center, 9506 S. Gessner.

The No. 1 seeds in the boys championship divisions are: 18s—Jacob Brooks of Forney; 16s—Richard Zhu of Houston, Anthony Nguyen of Richmond and Silas Sandles of Waxahachie; 14s—Jenks Currie of Amarillo and Christian Potter of Corpus Christi; and 12s—Dave of Baytown.

Championship girls top seeds are: 18s—Nicole Barron of Houston; 16s—Maura Mitchell of Friendswood and Flora He of Austin; 14s—Sanjana Karnam of Sugar Land and Megan Zeng of Austin; and 12s—Taisia of Garden Ridge.

In addition to Lee LeClear, matches will be held at Homer Ford and Memorial Park tennis centers, Lost Forest Tennis Club and Ridge Point High School.

Tournament viewing is free. For more information call the HTA at 281-580-8313 or visit the tournament on TennisLink (TID# 800029217).

HTA provides college funds for graduating 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. Students attending college on a tennis scholarship are not eligible to apply.

In addition to HTA contributions, money for the scholarships has been provided by the HTA/NJTL (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 Scholarship, David Scott Scholarship, Sean Rudolph Memorial Scholarship, World Oilman’s Tennis Tournament Scholarship, CSE W-Industries Excellence Scholarship and the Copperfield Racquet Club Scholarship.

Selection of students will be based on financial need, academic record, a personal letter explaining why the student deserves the scholarship, extracurricular and volunteer activities and two letters of recommendation. Contact 281-580-8313 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application.

The deadline to apply is May 25.

The HTA has awarded more than $249,000 in scholarship funds to deserving high school seniors since 1992.

Copy and paste this link in your browser to download the 2017 scholarship application form:

RBC Wealth Management HTA Super Champ 16-18 top seeds named

Top seeds have been named for the May 13-15 RBC Wealth Management HTA Super Champ 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 Nevin Arimilli of Austin, and Chelsea Kung of Fort Worth is the top seed in the girls 18s division.

Top seed in the super championship boys 16 division is Rajiv Saralaya of Amarillo, and Sydney Fitch of San Antonio is No. 1 in the girls 16s.

Entrants total 474. Matches will be held on courts at Lee LeClear, Homer Ford and Memorial Park tennis centers, Lost Forest Tennis Club Club, Sienna Plantation, Chancellors Family Center, Clements High School and Missouri City Recreation & Tennis Center. Viewing is free.

For more information call 281-580-8313 or log on to

Lyeons and Mireles win RBC Wealth Management HTA Houston Open men's and women's open singles events

Lyeons, Zhu, Cheryl Hultquist

Old age and treachery failed to beat youth and exuberance at the Easter weekend RBC Wealth Management HTA Houston Open Adult tournament.

The four finalists in the men’s and women’s open singles ranged from age 14 to 17. Along the way, they ousted many seasoned adults and former Houston Open champions.

Jaycer Lyeons, 16, of Houston won the men’s open singles title over 16-year-old Kevin Zhu of Pearland, and 14-year-old Jeannette Mireles of Houston won the women’s open singles over 17-year-old Maya Smith of Houston.

Top-seeded Lyeons downed second-seeded Zhu 6-4, 7-6 (1) in the finals, and Mireles outlasted Smith 7-6 (6), 1-6, 7-6 (6) in a three hour, 48 minute match. Both were seeded fifth.

No. 3 seeds Stuart Kenyon and Robert Voss, both of Houston, won the men’s open doubles over the No. 4 seeds Brett Bernstein and Hersh Pise, both of Richmond, 6-2, 7-5.

Women’s open doubles winners were Spring’s Micah Hermsdorf and Kaysie Hermsdorf, who defeated Lucia Garcia of Houston and Ashley Penshorn of Montgomery 6-1, 6-1.

Seeded third, Houston’s Megan Flores and Voss won the mixed open doubles over Ross Gelhausen of Cypress and Emma McDougall of Houston 4-6, 6-0, 6-2.

For a complete roster of draws visit TID #800034517 on TennisLink.

Lyeons and Janssen are named top seeds for the RBC Wealth Management Houston Open

Jaycer Lyeons of Houston and Rachel Janssen of Farmers Branch have been named the No. 1 seeds in the men’s and women’s open divisions of the 2017 RBC Wealth Management Houston Open, which begins Friday, April 14, 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.

Seeded second in the men’s open is Kevin Zhu of Pearland. In the women’s open Carla Cooper of Arlington is No. 2.

Open men’s and women’s singles finals are on Sunday, April 16, with the women scheduled at 9:30 a.m. and the men at 12:45 p.m. A total of 575 players have entered the adult, senior and super senior divisions.

Max Motlagh of Richardson and Zhu are the top seeds in the men’s open doubles event, and Janssen and Meaghan Ocanas of Rowlett, 2016 finalists, are No. 1 in women’s open doubles. Sonya Bhakthavachalam and Gandhi Bhakthavachalam of Spring are the No. 1 seeds in the mixed open doubles.

Seeds in all divisions can be accessed at TennisLink (#800034517).

The tournament is presented by the Houston Tennis Association and the Houston Parks & Recreation Department. It is sanctioned by the United States Tennis Association and is a Texas major zone tournament for adults.

In addition to Lee LeClear, sites used for the tournament include Homer Ford and Memorial Park tennis centers, Lost Forest Tennis Club, Clements High School and the Houston Racquet Club.

Tournament viewing is free. For more information call the HTA at 281-580-8313.

One and Two-Day Challenger tournaments begin Saturday

Top seeds have been named for the Houston Tennis Association two-day Challenger Tournament, which will be held February 11-12 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. The youngsters earn points to qualify for championship status. Entrants total 355.

Top seeds in the boys age divisions are: 18s–Ryan Cao of Sugar Land; 16s—Wenjun Fan of Houston and Brandon Smith of Nacogdoches; 14s—Jason Madamba of Missouri City, Alex Navarro of Katy and William Fong of Houston; and 12s—Britton Buckingham of Houston and Luke Smith of The Woodlands

. Top seeds in the girls age divisions are: 18s–Jaden Hyde of Cypress; 16s—Savannah of Pearland and Chloe Redies of Sugar Land; 14s—Jenna Lapierre and Ariel Chang, both of Sugar Land; and 12s—Anshu Lakshman of Katy and SoRelle Brogan of Houston.

In a related tournament on Saturday, 120 10-and-under boys and girls will participate in a one-day Challenger event at Lee LeClear and Memorial Park tennis centers and Missouri City Recreation Center.

Katrina Adams to headline HTA NJTL gala February 17

Katrina Adams

HTA and Tennis Express will present the Game Set Match Gala and Tennis Fashion Show Friday, February 17, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Galleria, 2222 W. Loop South.

The event raises funds to support the HTA National Junior Tennis & Learning youth development programs, which provide free tennis and educational classes and scholarship opportunities.

More than 6,000 students ages 4 to 18 are served each year at over 60 neighborhood parks and schools.

Katrina Adams, chairman of the board, CEO and president of the United States Tennis Association, is the featured speaker. The former touring pro is executive director of the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program, an organization similar to HTA NJTL. She has been a commentator with the Tennis Channel since 2003 and co-host of “We Need to Talk,” the CBS Sports Network all-female hosted show since 2015.

Kriste and John Sullivan are honorary chairs of this sixth annual event. Lara Lehmann is the gala chair. Rachel McNeill, KPRC Channel 2 News will emcee.

Tickets to the evening, which begins with a cocktail reception and silent auction at 6:30 p.m., followed by the dinner and tennis fashion show, begin at $150 for individuals. Sponsorship tables are available from $2,000 to $20,000.

Information is available at and by calling Bev Taylor at 713-721-5515.

RBC Wealth Management HTA Houston Open names super championship 12-14 seeds

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

Top seed in the super championship boys 14 singles is Benjamin Zhou of Allen. The top seed in the girls 14s is Caroline Wernli of Austin.

Top seed in the super championship boys 12s is Marko Mesarovic of Austin, and Kinaa Graham of Austin is No. 1 in the girls 12s.

Tournament entrants total 327.

Finals of the divisions are scheduled for Monday, January 16, for the main draw and Tuesday, January 17, for the feed-in consolation. Viewing is free.

HTA elects new leaders for 2017

Ted Erck was elected president of the Houston Tennis Association at the annual meeting in December. Serving with him will be Mickey Sharma and Peter Farrell as vice presidents, Gary Lemp as treasurer and Claire Goosey as secretary.

Board members who will serve three-year terms are John Bramblett, Frank Del Nogal, Parker Dobson, Srimonto Ghosh, Bronwyn Greer, Zina Jackson and Preston Pinto.

Continuing to serve for either one or two-year terms are Steve Ash, Marianne Bianchi, Jeni Dao, Luis Lu, Hersh Pise, Charles Solomon, Jan Sweezey, Patricia Gardner Young, Victoria Jaeger, Raouf Hadad, Douglas Pritchett, Tu Tran, Andrea Villasana and Michael Wong. Mariaan de Swardt continues as the pro advisor. Cheryl Hultquist Horvath is the executive director.

Nolan Craven and Steven Herzog are new members of the advisory board.

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