Congratulations to all who participated in their respective district tournaments. If your school's tennis team has ended for the spring, keep hitting the ball and continue working on your game. There are many tournaments to participate in through the USTA and also smaller local tournaments.
Keep reading this article and you'll hear about them.
As I mentioned last week, Victoria West is pairing Nicole Cobler and Celine Wappler at number one girls' doubles for next week's District 30-4A tournament. Coach Jeff Davidson informed me earlier this week that Nicole and Celine will be seeded fourth. In addition, West's number one boy's doubles team Chase Bennett and Sean Charoenteanlert will also be seeded fourth in their draw.
Next weekend on April 13, John Newcombe's Tennis Camps will be in Victoria offering group kids for all community tennis players from age 7 up through the adults.
There will also be a team challenge competition offered as well. It is open to everyone from beginner to advanced players. If you are interested, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Victoria Country Club Tennis Pro Shop at 361-575-3501.
Next week, the Pro Tour comes to Houston as it hosts The U.S. Clay Court Championships at River Oaks Country Club. This is the official start of the clay court season that culminates with the next Grand Slam, The French Open in late May.
The Sony Open concluded the brief American hard court season last weekend with fairly predictable results.
On the women's side, Serena Williams defeated Maria Sharapova 4-6,6-3,6-0. The men saw Andy Murray defeat David Ferrer 2-6,6-4,7-6(1).
However, the real news was how upset tennis fans nationwide were when at the beginning of the third set tie breaker, the TV coverage left CBS and switched over to the Tennis Channel.
Remember in one of my earlier articles I was curious as to why Suddenlink does not offer the Tennis Channel. This still puzzles me and frustrates me to no end as the sport of tennis gets disrespected again.
Anyone from Suddenlink that wants to contact me, feel free.
I know Comcast is trying to get Astros and Rockets games here and at least that's a step in the right direction.
But to cut off a Men's Final at the most critical time of the match to switch to college basketball? C'mon.
Don't get me wrong, I love college basketball and March Madness. I filled out my bracket (I picked Louisville to win it all), but I will not totally blame CBS and Suddenlink as the tournament organizers should have just left the coverage on ESPN as it was during the week.
They should not have let CBS cover only the Final, and proceed to cut it off because of time constraints.
And now I have wasted newspaper space talking about the politics of tennis and the networks, instead of talking about the game itself.
Locally, Suddenlink is not helping grow the sport of tennis in this area, only hindering it.
District 26-3A Results
Adam Dock (Giddings) def. Sam Crank (Smithville) 6-4,6-1.
Alex Crank (Smithville) def. Rubi Correa (Yoakum) 6-1,6-2.
B. Hickman/S. Moyer def. L. Bunch/P.Martin 6-2,6-0.
C. Brinker/B.Hairgrove (Smithville) def. L. Colman/J. Shields (Yoakum) 6-2,6-3.
B. Hairgrove/G. Morris (Smithville) def. K. Boening/J. Partridge (LaGrange) 6-2,6-4.
District 30 2A Results:
Ryder Billo (Goliad) def. Brett Davis (Refugio) 6-0, 6-2.
Valdez/Garcia (Refugio) def. Bitterly/Thedford (Industrial) 6-1, 6-3.
Allison Kotlar (Edna) def. Briana Naranjo (Goliad) 6-4, 6-3.
Beaudoin/Lewis (Industrial) def. Cabrera/Thompson (Aransas Pass) 6-2, 6-0.
Miro/Klassel (Industrial) def. Wineman/Coscetti (Refugio) 6-3, 6-1