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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
League Opportunities RIGHT NOW. Women's Summer 40 and Over. Women's Summer 55 and Over. Men's and Women's COMBO DOUBLES weekly league. 18 and Over Mixed Doubles. Go to the Adult Page to reach a league coordinator.
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.
USTA Fort Worth 4.5 League and tournament player, Darrell McCallum, is also a singer/actor. Unfortunately for us tennis players, Darrell has been suffering from various injuries and has been conspicuously missing from the tennis court. However, he can be found at the Artisan Center Theater in Hurst playing the role of Olin Britt (bass singer in the quartet) in "The Music Man". Darrell is the only cast member to be in every performance - 8 shows a week - so you won't miss him if you go. Should you get a chance, check out Darrell and the rest of the Artisan cast in this musical standard. "The Music Man" is showing through July 4th.
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.