Originally published on Thursday, January 3, 2013
Congratulations to all of the junior winners at the local Victoria Country Club Holiday Tournament.
With a rain delay and windy conditions, the kids performed at a high level. Mason Matias from Shiner won a very competitive high school division that also featured Collin Hartman and David Du.
Christina Haynes was the lone female participant, but held her own by almost defeating Daniel Shay in a very close match.
In the middle school division, Cheyenne Stewart took first place, with Shabaum Kathpalia coming in second.
However, the most exciting division was in the 10 and under age division. Emily Cotton and Abby Bauknight played a very smart and competitive final with Emily prevailing in a third set tie breaker (10-6).
The level of consistency was tremendous with several rallies going over 20 shots (one went over 50).
It was great tennis that also featured Sam Gisler and Rishabh Kathpalia, and their efforts were tremendous as well. Thank you to everyone who participated, as VCC plans to host more local junior tournaments.
As we enter this New Year, I consider it a privilege to pursue my passion in the game of tennis.
All tennis professionals enjoy introducing newcomers to tennis. There will be a lot of local tennis to watch, with many local standouts.
My colleagues and I from around the area and around the state believe that tennis is headed in a great direction. I invite everyone to get involved with the sport and the game itself.
At the end of January, the true tennis fan in all of us comes out as we stay up all night watching live coverage of the Australian Open. Thank you to Suddenlink and ESPN for providing us with such great coverage.
However, what continues to haunt even the average tennis fan is the dismissal of the Tennis Channel.
A lawsuit against Comcast was won last July by Tennis Channel on the grounds of discrimination for putting a channel which it did not own in a higher tier, charging customers a higher rate than their basic package.
In large television markets you can get the Tennis Channel on that higher tier. Suddenlink, on the other hand, pulled Tennis Channel completely.
It is not offered on any tier. ESPN2 will have complete coverage every night, but some match replays and other events such as doubles will only be shown on Tennis Channel.
This is not a complaint, nor an editorial, merely an observation of the tennis community. I do believe as we go forward, this too will only improve itself. That is why we do what we do.
Philip Perez is the assistant head tennis professional at Victoria Country Club. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.