Tennis Christmas list; results of local tournament
Just 7 days until Christmas, do you have all of your tennis gifts gathered together?
A can of balls as a stocking stuffer; a new racquet for that friend or high school player who wants to go out for the team; a new warm-up for your sweetie; a series of lessons with your local pro to start someone off right or to improve their game?
All of these things would be nice presents for a tennis player to receive during the holidays.
On that same note, if you have a high school son, daughter or grandson/daughter, you might ask them if they have any thoughts of going out for their high school team in February.
If so, see if they might like to attend the "Eight-Day Holiday High School Players Tennis Camp" held at the Yavapai College Tennis Facility (Roughrider) Dec. 26, 27, 28, 31 and Jan. 1, 2, 3, and 4.
There are two different leveled classes that will be held. (Class 1) Beginners to Low Intermediates players from 12-1:30 p.m. and (Class 2) Intermediates to Advanced players from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
The cost of this eight-day camp (12 hours of instruction) is $100. If you can't make all eight days you can join in on the days you can for $10, if space is available.
Call 445-1331 to reserve your spot and give yourself a fighting chance to make the team.
"Christmas Doubles Results"
Who would have guessed that with our recent snow and colder weather that a tennis tournament could be played this last weekend, only optimists like Larry Cobb, Dave Justice and myself…and that's because we like to shovel snow and squeegee courts.
It didn't start until 11 a.m. and we did the first three or four rounds as mini-tennis, using only the half-court lines and serving underhanded until the back-court ice melted. But after that it was full-court tennis until about 3 p.m. Heck, some of the players even developed their touch game by shortening the regular court lines.
In the A division, Don Jones and partner Lander Sims downed the seasoned team of Pat McCormick and local pro Cody Williams 5-3 to take the title. Semi-finalists were Orlando Marinez and Dave Humphrey who lost in a tiebreaker and Russ Wagner and Ricco Cananea.
The B division went to Gene Steffin and Jack Burdick in a close 5-3 decision over Greg Jones and Debbie Cassidy. Semi-finalists were Gene Herndon and Dave Justice who also lost in a tiebreaker and datesters Megan Perry and Jason Stewart.
Mike Phillips and Brian Buckholtz (who filled in for Marilyn Michaelson the last two rounds) blitzed the C division 5-0 over Gail Wagner and Norma Justice to take those honors. Semi-finalists were Peter Stevens and Larry Cobb, Isabelle Kimball and Jenny Cobb.
*A special note of congratulations to local tennis player Miguel Phelps. Miguel won the Men's Singles 45 National Senior Fiesta Bowl Tennis Tournament in Scottsdale two weekends ago. He played 4 tough matches to cinch that title.
"January and February Singles Leagues"
Do you like to still consider yourself a singles player? Then you might like to get in on this five-week singles league for men and women players that begins the week of Sunday Jan. 13.
This league is by ability, not gender, and includes tennis balls and a trophy to the winner. There will be two levels of play, 3.0-3.9 (Intermediate) and 4.0 (Advanced) and above. Times for play will begin at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The cost is $25.00 per person. Call 445-1331 to get signed up. Entry deadline is January 6.
Tennis thought of the day: When you lose a match don't make any excuses, congratulate your opponent and when you win make your opponent feel as good as possible about their loss. It's only a silly game that we play for fun, right?
(Chris Howard is a local USPTA tennis professional with more than 25 years in the fitness industry. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org).