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Social Network Lifts McLeland Doubles Partners into the 4.5 Winning Zone PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lisa Jordan Kilborn   

Mixed doubles team extraordinaire Jen Weldon and John Samuel are on a roll.

Jen Weldon and John Samuel have narrowed down their tennis to one discipline. Mixed doubles is what they love, and they get all of the coaching, practice and support they need at their favorite tennis center in south Fort Worth.

As they continue to contend at USTA Major Zones throughout Texas (they have won three), we thought it would be fun to talk about their tennis chemistry and the success they are having--they are No. 1 in the state in 4.5 mixed. Read more in Lisa's Tennis Talk.

Also, here's a reminder that there are many exciting tennis leagues in Northeast Tarrant Tennis, better known as NETT. Below is a Facebook photo from a match between the Colleyville City Park Poachmasters, a 4.0 NETT team that plays on Mondays, and their Southlake Tennis Center opponents, the STC Penn Pals. You can't tell which ladies play for which teams, because they're all hanging out together.

"That's the beauty of NETT," VP of Outreach Teresa Risley said via Facebook. "These girls are from BOTH teams. Friends playing friends and then sitting together afterwards cheering on those still playing!"

If you'd like to play for either of these teams--or any other NETT team--contact NETT via its logo here on the TennisFortWorth.com homepage (down the lefthand column) or via NETT's Facebook page.

NETT fields so many teams in so many leagues that many players play for multiple teams. Fun is always the name of the game, though.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 17:40
It's Child's Play for MATA PDF Print E-mail
Written by TennisFortWorth.com Staff   

MATA board members gathered at Apex Indoor Sports in Mansfield for their tourney.Mansfield Area Tennis Association (MATA) board members gave 10 & Under Tennis gear a workout April 8. Using kid-size rackets and low-compression oversized balls made their first tournament unique. You can visit MATA on Facebook.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 13:34
Vol. 4, No. 3: Send Your Tennis Questions for Tut's Take... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tut Bartzen   

Q: Our website visitors love reading your descriptions of the old days of professional tennis, especially when you mention players they have heard of but know little about. For example, how did "Gorgeous Gussie" Moran and Pancho Segura fare on Jack Kramer's pro tour, and who else played on it?

A: Jack Harris, who was a good promoter, promoted the tour with Bobby Riggs and Jack Kramer, and eventually Kramer and Riggs handled it alone. After Kramer beat Riggs, Riggs was out of the lineup, so they signed whoever won Wimbledon or Forest Hills to play a pro contract in the United States and Europe. This would have been in '49 or '50, when Kramer beat Riggs and was player and promoter.

It was a real tour but a small group. Generally, it was Pancho Segura, a good showman and a heck of a player, but who, day in and day out, wasn't the best player. Segura generally played another player of sort of that stature and won nearly all of those matches. That's how good he was. And then Kramer would play [Frank] Sedgman or [Tony] Trabert or whoever the current champion was, and then at some point they added women.

Scandalous tennis star "gorgeous Gussie" MoranGussie Moran was attractive and a pretty good player, and she would play Pauline Betz, who was a great athlete--but that's what Kramer was afraid of. They were there to showcase Gussie; she had all of that lace-panties thing and publicity at Wimbledon, and was big news and was very attractive, too. But when she signed to go on tour, it was a mismatch in favor of Pauline.

Kramer wanted Gussie to win sometimes, but Pauline was the best gal around at that point. But it didn't matter that Pauline won almost all of the time; Kramer figured no one would get as much attention as Gussie, because the scandal over her short dress at Wimbledon got her a lot of attention, so people wanted to see her.

Tut Bartzen, the legendary TCU coach whose 16-0 record in Davis Cup play remains unequalled among Americans, lives in Fort Worth. He coached TCU tennis for 25 years, and the varsity courts are named after him. Send your questions for Tut's Take to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:35

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