Wimbledon; singles tourney
American Andy Roddick is gearing up for an eventful Wimbledon if he stays on target. He defeated Sebastien Grosjean on Sunday 7-6(4), 6-4 to win his second straight Queens Club title.
Roddick, the No. 1 seed at this event and No. 2 world-ranked player, defeated Grosjean at last year's final as well.
Roger Federer coasted by Mardy Fish 6-0, 6-3 at the Gerry Weber Open in Germany to prepare for his Wimbledon run.
Two young women pared off at the Birmingham Women's Grass Open final, 17-year-old Russian, Maria Sharapova, defeated 16-year-old Tatian Golovin of France 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.
Players who won't be attending Wimbledon this year are Justine Henin-Hardenne and Kim Clijsters of Belgium. Justine is out with a viral illness and Kim is still dealing with her wrist ailment.
While the men will be without Brazil's Gustavo Kuerten, out with hip problems, French Open Champion Gaston Gaudio has a foot injury.
Forty-seven year-old Martina Navratilova has yet to decide to take a Wild Card and play singles at Wimbledon once more. She first played there 31 years ago and won nine singles titles. Another run at singles would be a real crowd pleaser even if it was short lived.
My money is on Federer, Roddick, and Hewitt, but I'd love to see Tim Henman win this year for England. The women's side to me is up for grabs. Probably not a Williams past the semis, but this year could very well provide a relatively unknown player. How about our very own Meghann Shaughnessy who grew up in Scottsdale??? That's a long shot to say the least.
"Ready For Some Singles This Weekend?"
Saturday, June 19, from 4-8 p.m., a Singles Round Robin for 3.5 to 4.0 level players is being held at the Roughrider Tennis Center, open to the first 16 players to sign up. And then Sunday (June 20) afternoon from 2-6 p.m., another Singles Round Robin for 2.5 to 3.5 level players will be held, same format.
Cost is $15 per person, lunch and snacks provided, not to mention all the tennis you can handle in one day. Play is by ability, not gender, so come one, come all. Call 445-1331 to reserve your spot and see how your singles game is doing this summer.
"City of Prescott Junior League Plays First Event"
This past Thursday at PHS the first team tennis match of the summer was played, Prescott vs. Prescott Valley.
There were 15 juniors involved in some outstanding play, while high school coaches present were Mentken, Humphrey and Morales.
Matches will continue on Thursday evenings at 5 p.m., and in July will include the cities of Sedona, Cottonwood and Flagstaff.
To get involved, call Tish Sutherland at 777-1122 or Ken Jackson at 776-4245.
"Love Tennis? Visit The International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport R.I."
The year was 1954 and Jaes Van Alen founded the International Tennis Hall of Fame located at the Newport Casino in Newport, R.I.
Fifty years later, it has come to represent tennis' past, present and future ... its history, curiosities, artifacts, photographs and players.
If you've never played on a grass court before, you can make a reservation to play at this historic site, constructed in 1880, May through September.
If you're visiting the East coast, what a great place to take a day tour to get a real feel for how tennis has progressed since 1874.
"Fourth of July Parade-Tennis Entry"
"We want YOU!" We want all subdivisions and groups of tennis players represented through the Prescott Area Tennis Associations parade entry, Saturday, July 3.
All players who can make the two-hour event, can call 445-1331 and get the directions of where our float will meet. We want players of all ages, holding their racquet and walking down the streets of Prescott, touting the theme "American Pride", dressed in tennis clothes.
Please put this on your calendar and call. A fun event to see over and over on Channel 13.
(Chris Howard is a local USPTA Tennis Professional with over 30 years in the racquet and fitness industry. He can be reached at 445-1331 or email@example.com)