Local tennis team going to nationals
Rick Benson is the captain of Prescott's and Arizona's only 3.0 USA tennis team that is going to Tucson, Oct. 19-22 to participate in the Nationals.
Each section, and there are 17 in total, holds their own tournament in each NTRP ability level competing against one-another and the top teams then go on to the national level. This year for the 3.0 division it just happens to be in Tucson at the Randolph Tennis Center.
The team consists of 10 players. Rick Benson (captain) partners with Dana Wingate, Russ Wagner and Rico Cananea, Todd Martin with Joe Hughs, Rod Spann and Mike Gilmore, while Jim Love and Kurt Stuckman play in the singles events.
They play three doubles and two singles against each opposing team. Each match is the best two out of three sets, with the third set consisting of a 10 point tie-breaker. (First to 10 points win by two.)
Rick said that he felt they had a pretty good shot this year. The team has been playing matches twice a week with an additional clinic for added instruction. They will be playing in the division with Texas, Inter Mountain, Southern California and the Caribbean. The winner of this round robin will continue to the semi-finals and then finals.
Good luck to you all. Play your best and have fun.
"BALLPERSON TRYOUTS ...Rub Elbows with the Pro's"
There will be an opportunity to work the State Farm Women's Tennis Classic, Feb. 24 to March 4 and/or the Franklin Templeton Men's Tennis Classic, March 3 to March 11, 2001 at the Fairmount Scottsdale Princess. They are looking for experienced ballpersons, but will allow anyone 12 years of age and older to attend training sessions and tryouts to be a ballperson at the tournaments.
If you are a student, you will be required to miss one to two days of school. Championship weekends, March 3-4 and March 10-11, will be staffed by all-stars that worked each tournament, and are selected by tournament staff. If you are interested in forming a ballperson team from a club, there is a requirement of eight persons on a team.
There will be a mandatory orientation session on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 10 to 11 a.m., on the stadium court at the Fairmount Scottsdale Princess, but your ballperson application needs to be received by fax or mail by Dec. 1, and can be picked up at the Roughrider tennis Center (at Yavapai College 778-7071.)
Adults wishing to volunteer as ticket takers, box office, check-in, security, transportation drivers or ballperson helpers are also needed, the same application needs filled out and mailed in by Dec. 1.
This is great fun, and a real life experience that any tennis playing juniors with good grades should take part in.
"The...I Want To Play On Courts 5 & Doubles Tourney...Oct. 29"
Our coming out one-day doubles tourney for having courts 5 and 6 resurfaced is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 29 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. "The I Want To Play On Courts 5 & 6 Doubles" will consist of A-B and C divisions. The cost is $15 per person and includes lunch, a full day of tennis and the most unusual prizes to the finalists. Be there for our grand reopening of our beautiful new courts. Call 445-1331 to sign up.
"Tennis Player...Running For School Board"
Dee Navarro, one of our illustrious local tennis players is running for a position on the Prescott Unified School Board. If you know Dee already you know how much good work and effort she has done for years on committee's with the school board, Prescott Area Leadership, and so many other community associations.
What you may not know is that many moons ago, when Yavapai College had a women's tennis team, Dee was on it. Now, I don't know what their record was, but I can assure you that she gave 100 percent trying for each point, and that's what she does for everything she is a part of.
Think of her Nov. 7.
(Chris Howard is a local USPTA Tennis Professional with over 25 years in the fitness and racquet industry.)