The Greater Fort Worth Tennis Coalition is comprised of six area Community Tennis Associations (CTAs): ATA, FWTA, NETT, FWPTA, KATCH and PCTA. You can learn more about these CTAs below, on the CTA page or contact the GFWTC at email@example.com.
Fort Worth teaching pro, Val Wilder, was one of four Texans competing for the USA in France last month. He competed in two separate events in La Baule, France - the ITF Senior World Team Championships held June 8-13, 2015 and the complementary ITF Senior World Individual Championships held June 14-21. Wilder competed with Team USA in the team event for Men's 55 and Over (known as the Austria Cup). He then went on to compete in the individual Men's 55 and Over event the following week.
Last week we found Christian Gonzalez of Burleson on a JTT 12U Advanced team qualifying for nationals. This week, we find Christian Gonzalez on the 12U team that won the USTA 12U Central Zone Team Championship in Omaha, Nebraska. Gonzalez is a member of the "Texas Aggies", one of three teams from Texas at the event that plays 12 lines of singles (6 boys and 6 girls) and 6 lines of doubles (2 boys, 2 girls and 2 mixed) per team match. The Texas Aggies were the only undefeated team in this event consisting of 10 teams from the Texas (3), Missouri Valley (3), Intermountain (2) and Northern (2) USTA Sections. They beat the Northern Huskies (12-6), the Missouri Valley Blue Jays (14-4) the Intermountain Rebels (11-7) and the Missouri Valley Tigers (15-3) to advance to the finals. In the finals, they met the Texas Cougars, who went 3-0-1 in flight play. The Texas Aggies defeated the Texas Cougars in a singles only contest, 7-5. Through this competition, Gonzalez went undefeated in singles play winning all five of his matches without dropping a set. He was also had a winning record in his boys doubles matches winning 3 of the 4 matches he played.
Further, this is a repeat performance for Christian Gonzalez. He played the same event last year as a member of the Texas Cougars (the team his Texas Aggies played in the finals this year) and the Cougars had an undefeated record then as well.
Christian and his family would like to thank Bruce Sampley and the Fort Worth Tennis Association for their sponsorship, assistance and support with his travel expenses to tennis tournaments throughout the year.
The event Christian played was only one of the many USTA Zonal Championship events taking place the week of June 2-6. Sixteen Zone Team Championships were held across the country on the same weekend for the 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U age groups. One of these was hosted by the Arlington Tennis Center for the 14U group. This event was held for teams reprsenting five USTA Sections: Texas (5 teams), Florida (3 teams), Missouri Valley (2 teams), Southwest (1 team) and the Caribbean (1 team). The Florida Lightning defeated the Texas Stars to win this 14U Championship.
The USTA Junior Team Tennis (JTT) Sectional Championships were held in Dallas on June 26-28 for the Advanced division of the 12U, 14U and 18U age groups. The RTC Rebels 18U Advanced team representing NETT in the Fort Worth area, coached by Bobby Reeves, took the Sectional Championship over the T Bar M Dream Crushers from Dallas (2nd place) and the Polo Tennis & Fitness Club Black team (3rd place) out of Austin. The NETT team is comprised of three returning players from last year's National Championship team (also coached by Bobby Reeves): Riley Reeves, Jonathan Sheehy and Parker Wynn. New to the team this year are Chelsea Kung, Reagan Collins and Eric Morris. The team will now represent Texas as the JTT National Championships.
Congratulations to the RTC Rebels and good luck with the repeat!
Another Fort Worth area prodigy, Christian Gonzalez of Burleson, is also on a Nationals bound team. Christian now attends school at the T Bar M Tennis Academy in Dallas and is a member of the T Bar M Dream Crushers Blue 12U Advanced team. The T Bar M Dream Crushers 14U team also won their age division.
Photos courtesy of USTA-Texas
They did it! Two of the Fort Worth area's rising stars, Joshua Sheehy (Arlington) and Parker Wynn (Keller) won the Men's Doubles at the US Open Texas Sectional Qualifier held at Arlington Tennis Center June 22-27. This is the first year that men's and women's doubles have been offered in this event series.
On their way to the finals, Sheehy and Wynn defeated teams comprised of Texas players from Houston, New Braunfels, Katy, Austin and Arlington, and one from Florida. As fate would have it, the team met Sheehy's brother, Jonathan, and his partner from Mexico via Austin (Aitor Aramburu) in the Quarter Finals in a hard fought but solid 6-2, 6-2 win. In the Semi-Finals, the pair met two former touring professionals, Luka Belic (Croatia via Austin) and Levan Harper-Griffith (Sarasota, FL). Sheehy and Wynn won the first set 6-3 and were up 4-2 in the second when one of their opponents had issues with the heat and retired the match sending the pair to the finals.
In the finals, they met two collegiate players from Notre Dame, Josh Harper (Spicewood, TX) and Alex Lawson (Tempe, AZ). The big, lefty serves from both Sheehy and Wynn proved to be powerful assets for our local team. Lawson managed to hold his serve up until his serve at 3-5 in the second set. Sheehy-Wynn broke serve for the match and the opportunity to play in the US Open National Men's Doubles Playoff tournament in New Haven, CT on August 25-28 which feeds directly into the US Open Men's Doubles main draw.
The men's singles final was won by one of the men's doubles competitors, Josh Hagar (Spicewood, TX). Hagar dropped only one set in the tournament. Interestingly, that dropped set was to Joshua Sheehy in the quarter finals where Hagar won 6-2, 4-6, 6-2. He went on to beat Aitor Aramburu in the semi-finals (6-0, 6-0) and Julian Ziobinsky from Greenvale, NY in the finals (6-2, 6-3). He will advance to the US Open National Men's Singles Playoff in New Haven, CT on August 21-24 and an opportunity to win a slot in the US Open Qualifying tournament.
The women's singles final was won by last year's champion, Ashley Weinhold (Spicewood, TX). Weinhold, the 1st seed, didn't drop a set on her way to the finals defeating the 10th, 7th and 4th seeds along the way. In the final, Weinhold met the 6th seed, Maria Smith of Houston. The final was a two and a half hour, three set match full of long points with a final score of 6-2, 3-6, 6-2. Weinhold will advance to the Women's US Open National Women's Singles Playoff tournament (August 21-24) for her chance for a slot in the US Open Qualifying tournament.
Liga Dekmeijere (Delray Beach, FL) and Karina Traxler (Rockwall, TX) won the finals of the women's doubles. This pair made it through the tournament without dropping a set. In the finals, they defeated Fernanda Contreras Gomez (Austin, TX) and Tamijean Fumagalli (New Braunfels, TX) by a score of 6-3, 6-3. Dekmeijere and Traxler will also be playing in New Haven, CT on August 25-28 at the US Open National Women's Doubles Playoff.
Neil Kenner (Dallas, TX) and Karina Traxler (Rockwall, TX) were the mixed doubles champions. In the semi-finals, they beat Josh Hagar and Ashley Weinhold, the men's and women's champions, in a three set match (2-6, 6-4, 10-8). Traxler had earlier played Weinhold in the women's singles semi-final. In the finals, they beat Fernanda Contreras Gomez and Carlos Di Laura, both from Austin, in straight sets (6-3, 6-4). Kenner and Traxler will be competing in the US Open National Mixed Doubles Playoff in New Haven, CT on August 25-28 where the winner of that event will be placed directly into the main US Open draw.
See photos from the finals and the entire tournament on the USTA-Texas Facebook page.
The following is a message from a Hurst 4.5 team member to the rest of the team after the men's spring playoffs.
Published with permission of Mike Burch
This is what it's all about...
A quick note to say a few thoughts relative to our league tennis, more specifically, the playoffs at NRH this weekend.