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USTA OKLAHOMA TENNIS MAGAZINE
2016 USTA Missouri Valley Female Player of the Year
MV Female Player
of the Year
USTA Oklahoma President
By: Emmy Tigert
"34 yrs & counting"
By: Cory Kamerschak
Hall of Fame
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Missouri Valley is one of 17 USTA sections around the country and USTA Oklahoma is one of seven districts comprising the USTA Missouri Valley. USTA Oklahoma is a not-for-profit organization that has over 5,600 individual and organizational members.
The US Open and pro tennis around the country are part of the USTA, but USTA is so much more. The mission is simple : to promote and develop the growth of tennis by allowing people of all ages and abilities to play the sport.
Volunteer Committee Chairs
USTA Oklahoma consists of 6 Board of Directors and 4 representatives from each quadrant. The Board is elected each year and our volunteers. Each board member has a love for the game of tennis and is dedicated to USTA Oklahoma.
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Hall of Fame
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The United States Tennis Association Missouri Valley is proud to announce its 2016 Hall of Fame inductees. This year, the USTA Missouri Valley is recognizing three people who have served the game of tennis through their play, dedication to volunteerism and their passion for improving the game.
The honorees are Bob Bates of Prairie Village, Kan., Mark Johnson of Henryetta, Okla., and Wilbur Jones of Shawnee, Kan. The three new members of the USTA Missouri Valley Hall of Fame was inducted during the USTA Missouri Valley Hall of Fame and Awards Luncheon on December 3 at the Sheraton Hotel in Overland Park.
Mark Johnson was born on June 16, 1960, in Henryetta, Oklahoma. He grew up less than a block from the Main Street Tennis Courts in Henryetta. His dad, C. Eugene Johnson, began tossing balls to him at the age of two and he started taking group lessons from Coach Mike Kennedy in Dr. Carlton E. Smith's Summer Tennis Program when he was just three years old.
Mark began playing tournaments at the age of six. Competing against much older kids, he reached the finals of his first tournament in Little Rock, Arkansas. Mark was a Junior High School State Champion in 1975. He won the Oklahoma High School State Championship at #1 Singles in 1976 and 1977 and led Henryetta High School to the State Team Championship in 1977. Between 1971 - 1980, he played the Missouri Valley Sectional Championship eight times. He reached the Finals every year and won the Singles Championship five times. He also won the Missouri Valley Sectional Doubles Championship four times. Mark's numerous National Rankings included being ranked #3 in the Nation in Doubles in 1976. In 1977, he was a National Prep Sports Magazine High School All-American and was invited to the United States Junior Davis Cup Camp in San Antonio, Texas.
Mark Johnson inducted into 2016 USTA Missouri Valley hall of Fame
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In January of 1978, Mark graduated from Henryetta High School a semester early. Two days after finishing High School, he began his college career at the University of Arkansas, and later that spring made history by becoming the first Arkansas player to win a Southwest Conference Singles Championship, thus completing a semester of college and winning a conference singles title before his 18th birthday. After winning another Southwest Conference Singles Championship Title in 1979, he transferred to Oklahoma State University, where he played his final two years for Hall of Fame Coach James Wadley. Mark won two Big 8 Conference #1 Singles Titles and two Big 8 Conference #1 Doubles Titles for OSU in 1981 and 1982. The 1981 OSU team won the Big 8 Team Championship and Mark earned NCAA All-American honors by reaching the Quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships in Doubles.
After completing his college eligibility, Mark remained at OSU as an Assistant Coach for OSU's 1983 Big 8 Conference Championship Team. He then worked as a Tennis Professional for five years at Quail Creek Country Club in Oklahoma City and Oak Tree Country Club in Edmond. In 1988, Mark was hired as the Head Women's Tennis Coach at the University of Oklahoma. During the next 20 years, his teams recorded an OU record 306 wins. He was named the Big 8 Conference Coach of the Year in 1991, 1994, and 1995. He was named the Big 12 Conference Coach of the year in 1999 and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Coach of the Year in 2003. He retired from coaching in 2008.
Mark and former OCU tennis player Michelle Blake have been married since 1986. They live in Norman, Oklahoma.
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What is your favorite food?
So, I do a not-so-bad shrimp boil that combines fun and good food. I think that the experience we have with our favorite dishes is as important as the food itself when thinking about our favorite food. I love shrimp boils.
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Something that is interesting that perhaps your friends do not know about you? Or they do and it is an interesting fact?
Most of our tennis friends are aware of this but Alicia and I’s two younger children are adopted. It is difficult for me to put into words what an amazing experience and journey this has been for my family. And with us every step of the way has been the tennis community. One of the amazing things about tennis is that tennis is not about the social experience of the guys you play a round with, like golf, it is about the community experience that occurs when you play. Tennis is about much more than what happens on the court.
This was 100% evident with the two adoptions Alicia and I experienced. Both had significant challenges for us to navigate. And right there, at every stage, step and turn, was the community of tennis that had our back. It is, without question, one of the most powerful experiences I have ever had in my life. That is why tennis owes me nothing and I owe tennis everything. While I will never be able to achieve this it is my hope to serve USTA Oklahoma as President as well as the community of tennis has served my family and I.
Bill Towler with his wife, Alicia
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getting to know bill towler
2017 USTA Oklahoma President
The USTA Oklahoma membership recently voted in Bill Towler as our new 2017 President
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What is your mission as president?
Steve Henry and the President before Steve, Lisa Minihan did an incredible job over the past 5 years. USTA Oklahoma has become the model district, not only within Mo Valley but across the country. All tennis players in the state owe them a sincere thank you for their dedication to the game. My goal is to take the hard work over the last several years and continue to develop and implement strategies focused on enhancing the tennis experience in Oklahoma for all players, regardless of who, where and how they play. You will see us even more active in the development and support of junior programming committing more resources to junior tennis. We are working to re-architect the E&R Foundation to play a much more visible and impactful role in this process. We will continue to polish and improve our adult programming. We will treat our staff with professional respect and support their ideas for improving the tennis experience.
How many children do you have?
Alicia and I have 4 children – Alexandra, 24, Will, 20, Ashlyn, 5 and Max, 2.
When did you start playing tennis?
At 14. Played off and on until age 27. Took 20 years off. Started again at 47 and have been seriously hooked ever since.
Who is your favorite tennis player?
Roger – all class.
What USTA League Teams do you play on and how many do you captain?
I have been actively playing league tennis since 2008. I have played in men’s, mixed and tri-level. I was lucky enough to have captained a men’s 18+ 4.0 team to Nationals in 2009 and a men’s 18+ 4.5 team in 2016. Since 2009 I have always captained at least one men’s team per year.
What were your USTA league team results in 2016?
As mentioned I was lucky enough to captain a 4.5 team to Nationals. My men’s 4.0 40+ also went to Nationals. My wife and I have played on the same mixed teams for years and really do enjoy the Sunday afternoon mixed tennis. That team did not make it out of the league but we have a blast playing.
Best Tennis Memory?
Easy – meeting my wife through tennis.
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Hall of Fame Inductees
Oklahoma Hall of Fame
& Awards Banquet
The 18th Annual USTA Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Awards Ceremony will take place February 4, 2017 at the Jim Thorpe Museum Sports Hall of Fame located at 4040 N. Lincoln Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73105. Join us as we recognize those that stood out during the 2016 year along with the Hall of Fame inductees. If you would like to attend, click here for a Reservation Reply form.
Community Service Excellence
The Greens Country Club
Facility of the Year
Case Tennis Center at LaFortune
Member Organization of the Year
Henryetta Tennis Association
Tennis Family of the Year
The Powers Family
Junior Player of the Year - Male
Junior Player of the Year -Female
Recreational Adult Player of the Year
Recreational Junior Player of the Year
Edwin & Kevin Bosquez
JTT Organizer of the Year
Event of the Year
NCAA Championship at the University of Tulsa
Outstanding Adult Tournament
The Fall Classic Benefiting the Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma
Outstanding USTA League Programming
Melissa McCorkle & Staff
Outstanding Junior Tournament
Hideaway Jr. Mixed Doubles
Mrs. Jean Baxter
10 and Under Facility of the Year
Oak Tree Country Club
High School Coach of the Year
Skip Griese - Ada High School
Outstanding Contributor to Youth High Performance
Outstanding Diversity Achievement
Jim Thorpe Museum Sports Hall of Fame
HALL of FAME & AWARDS
2016 USTA Oklahoma Award Recipients
Saturday, February 4, 2017
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Outstanding Diversity Achievement
Coordinator for Special Needs at LaFortune Tennis Center
Co-founder of Parents Helping Parents
Started the Special Needs Tennis Academy
The Powers Family
Tennis Family of the Year
Tom & Carrie Powers - Plays & captains local USTA leagues
Alexa Powers - Plays USTA tournaments and trains at Tucker Tennis Academy
Ryan Powers - PlaysUSTA tournaments and trains at Tucker Tennis Academy
Becca Powers - Plays USTA JTT
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FEMALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
USTA Oklahoma Players in the Spotlight
Started Playing Tennis: 4 years old
Favorite Tennis Player: Angelique Kerber & Caroline Wozniacki
Favorite Food: Salmon
Pre-match Ritual: "Talk to coach and then listen to music and prepare by myself. I will run or bike to warm up so I have blood flowing from the first point."
Favorite thing about playing tournaments? "I love to compete so playing tournaments is the best way to do that. I also enjoy traveling around the world to play a sport I love."
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2016
Female Player of the Year
Career high ITF Jr. ranking of #34
Junior French Open
Junior US Open
2014 Gold Ball Singles Champion
Held the #1 ranking of each age division in MV at some point during her junior career
High School Coach of the Year
Ada HS Coach since 1984
Won Eleven State Championships
2016 Boys & Girls State Champs
Coached over 60 Individual State Champions
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Each year the USTA Missouri Valley honors volunteers, organizations, programs and members who have done an outstanding job on and off the court to help promote our great sport. Oklahoma was well represented as there were eight recipients from this great state.
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Junior circuit changes for 2017
Junior NTRP Will Be Used Seeding
Probably the biggest change for 2017 will be the usage of the Junior NTRP ratings to determine the seeds for challengers, champs and MV tournaments.
Junior NTRP is a measuring tool that indicates a standard of play that allows players to track their progress as they develop their games. The rating scale is shown as 1.0-7.0 with 1.0 is a player just starting tennis and 7.0 is a world class player and has a ATP/WTA points and a world ranking in the Top 50.
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Elimination of Boys and Girls 18 Challengers Circuit
After studying boys and girls 18s the last two years, the OKJCC decided to eliminated the challenger circuit for the 18s divisions.
While the inventory is solid in both champs and challenger BG18s, the active participating players are low. Therefore to ensure that draws are consistently healthy, BG18 players will no longer have to qualify through the challenger circuit to participate in the champs.
Learning Character traits, one of many benefits to edc camps
By Lisa Minihan, Oak Tree Director of Athletic Operations
Rising Stars Renamed
The entry level circuit will be renamed to the NETS to align with the Missouri Valley section. The NET circuit are for players that are new to tournament tennis and are getting their feet wet in tournament competition in a stress-free environment
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The Oklahoma Junior Competition Committee recently met and made a few important adjustments to the 2017 Oklahoma junior circuit. Parents, coaches and players will want to make sure they read over all of the changes and contact David Minihan at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions they might have.
Balancing Girls 12s
The OKJCC voted to grandfather any player that has 175-350 Girls 12 challenger points into the Girls 12 champs circuit. This will help balance the inventory of players in both challenger and champ circuits.
I was faced with my most hated task as a tournament director. I had to split a 3-way tie for first place in the Girls U10 Orange draw. I had three beautiful girls looking up at me and six hopeful eyes watching every click of my button. Two girls would go home with trophies that day. One would not. I announced the winners and then sympathetically hugged the player who received no award. She was brave in front of me, but I knew she was just holding it in until she was safe with her mother in a private space.
This same little girl was spending the night in our area and coming back for the U10 Orange EDC camp at Oak Tree the very next day. Her mother said she had been on the losing end of a 3-way tie more than once in her short tennis career. I knew their hotel room that evening was filled with tears and disappointment, but this brave little girl showed up for her high performance camp the next morning despite her disappointing day before.
At the player meeting that morning, Coach Eric Wedemeyer, the USTA Missouri Valley EDC Lead Coach, discussed the structure of the camp and the agenda for the day. Each EDC camp has a technical focus – ground strokes, serves, athletic development are all examples. But more importantly, each camp has a character trait focus as well. Coach Wedemeyer announced that day’s focus word – RESILIENT. The players were briefed on the meaning of resiliency and encouraged to demonstrate that trait throughout the day.
The camp coaches watched as this same young competitor that has faced a edc1heartbreaking loss the day before worked as hard as she ever has at the previous camps. She was determined. She was confident. She was tough. She was positive. She was focused. Guess who won the character trait award for resiliency that day? Not only did she receive an award that was more valuable that the little trophies she will earn dozens of in her future, but she also learned a very valuable life lesson. She learned to be a competitor. She learned what it meant to be resilient.
That is what the EDC camps are all about to me. The coaches can work on the continental grip. They can teach your child how to hit a good return. The players meet and train with players from all over Oklahoma. They build relationships and get to participate in team activities. These are all fantastic benefits of being selected for the EDC camps. Snack time is pretty great too. However, the moments when young players are able to turn real world experience into life learning skills that help them on the tennis court and in life are the moments that make the EDC camps truly special.
Refer to the tournament searchable schedule for 2017 camps
By Lisa stone, parentingaces.com
FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THE 2017
NATIONAL JUNIOR COMPETITION CHANGES
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A tournament director, a coach, and a Tennis Parent walk into a room . . .
What happens when you get a group of tennis folks together and charge them with coming up with a world-class junior competition structure? Two years and countless meetings later, you get the 2017 USTA Junior Competitive Structure (click here)!
USTA’s Junior Competition Committee is staffed by Bill Mountford and consists of members from a range of tennis backgrounds and involvement. The list includes at least one tennis parent, a couple of long-time tournament directors, several coaches, and others who have a lifetime of experience in the sport. They have worked long and hard to come up with a system of tournaments to meet the needs of junior players of all ages and levels.
It’s crucial that parents (and coaches) understand these changes and what they mean in terms of planning your junior’s training and tournament blocks in the coming year.
One major change that has been a source of debate for many years now is the dilemma juniors face when aging up to the next age group. Prior to January 1, 2017, when a player aged up, all of his/her ranking points in the lower age group just went away. The only way a player could age up AND maintain a ranking in the higher age group was to play up and win matches. Now, though, USTA has made a provision for the lower-age-group ranking points to count at a rate of 20% in the higher age group which should allow players aging up to qualify into higher-level tournaments as soon as they reach the new age division. While some committee members fought for a higher percentage based on what’s allowed in other federations, the 20% seems to be a decent compromise that will take care of most juniors as they move through the various age groups. For more on this new policy, click here.
It’s important to understand this new “points counting up” policy in order to fully understand how selection will work for national tournaments moving forward. According to USTA, “the first National Standings Lists of 2017 will look significantly different than the last lists of 2016 because all of the next-younger division players will be appearing on the next-older division lists with 20% of their points. This also means that next-younger division results will be a part of the selection process for all national junior tournaments that use National Standing Lists, including for the first time all USTA National Championships.” I encourage you to do the math for your child(ren) before year-end so you can plan accordingly.
USTA is also introducing additional national tournaments in 2017 to give more juniors the opportunity to play at this high level. These include:
◊ USTA National Indoor Championships, to be held in late November, in support of the vast number of players that play and train indoors during the winter months and in recognition of the prevalence and importance of indoor play. It also will expose players who play less frequently on this surface to one that is widely used in college tennis and provide a college recruiting opportunity just after the mid-November signing deadline when coaches learn whether they have openings in their lineups.
◊ USTA National Spring Championships as a National Level 1 Gold Ball tournament. For many years the “Easter Bowl” has been one of the strongest tournaments on the national schedule, and this designation returns the event to the highest-level national ranking status. The BG18 tournament will continue to be an ITF tournament, governed by ITF Regulations, but the top finishers will receive Gold, Silver, and Bronze Balls.
◊ USTA National Level 3 Tournaments which will be sanctioned up to 6 times per year in each division. One or more tournaments will be held in these date blocks with up to 192 total draw spot offerings in each division.
◊ Split of USTA National Spring Team Championships, creating a separate tournament for 18/16/14 division players and 12 division players. The split will create a more age-appropriate event for 12 division players that includes more in this division able to compete (96 boys and 96 girls). It will also permit both events to have a tournament format that mirrors the college tennis dual match format.
With the addition of these events, USTA has decided to eliminate the Level 4 regional tournaments and to replace them with National Level 3 Tournaments that are held on weekends that have no other concurrent national tournaments. The USTA’s reasoning behind eliminating the L4s is explained here: “While concurrent National Selection and Regional Tournaments were intended to give players that could not make it into the National Selection Tournaments an opportunity to earn their way to a higher level, the pathway wasn’t perceived as a reality and introduced one of the most complex aspects of the previous structure – entering multiple tournaments and the Freeze Deadline – the date by which a player must decide whether to remain on the alternate list of the higher-level tournament, or commit to the lower level tournament.”
The 2017 National Junior Tournament Schedule offers more date blocks on which national tournaments are held, particularly National Level 3 Ranking Tournaments. The Committee has concluded that more options for play on the calendar will permit players to choose a schedule of national tournaments that best meets the varying academic demands, work schedules, and Sectional requirements that are different for every player and family. The intent is to provide a menu of options that allows players to make customized decisions about their development. I urge you all to study the new schedule below and make the appropriate choices for your junior.
Beginning on Page 3 of the document located here, you can learn about the format, selection criteria, section quotas, and various levels of national tournaments being presented in 2017. Take a close look at the selection process for each level of tournament – they are different, and you need to have a clear understanding of how players will be chosen to participate.
USTA has also taken this opportunity to make some recommendations to Sections on how to create and run junior tournaments. I was most excited to read the last bullet point about educating parents, an issue I’ve been asking – begging! – for since my son started playing tournaments. I’m hopeful the sections will take advantage of the resources available and put on more parent-education events.
I know this is a lot to digest, but I really do encourage you to take some time and read through all the information carefully. You might be able to avoid some unnecessary travel and spending if you plan well and mix in some of the new UTR events along the way (click here for their schedule of tournaments). Please remember that this is a journey, one that needs to be mapped out well in order to steer clear of roadblocks.
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By David Mullins, davemullinstennis.com
The same goes for the video. Everyone looks like the next NCAA champion when you can only see their strokes and not where their ball is going and/or the type of ball they are receiving. Get right down to the points. I would always fast forward to the points at the end of the clip when I received a video. Who came up with the format that you must start with an awkward introduction which then leads into some crosscourt forehands with the latest Tiesto track playing in the background? Put your points at the beginning of the clip and leave the hitting to the end (if you want). The coach wants to see how you play and win & lose points, not what you look like when someone is feeding you forehand volleys out of the hand!
If you don’t have something relevant to put in the subject line, then that should make you stop and think whether or not you applying to the right college program. College tennis is not like the job market. If you have a catchy resume or some interesting life experience, or a masters in some obscure subject matter, Google or Nike may feel compelled to take a chance on you and give you a job. If you want to impress a college coach, impress them with your results.
Results are a very good predictor of future success, not rankings. However, players who do chase ranking points obviously have more results; and therefore it is easier for a coach to get a clearer sense of their level, for better or for worse. It is important to remember that rankings are a very good starting point for coaches and relatively accurate correlations can be drawn between a player’s UTR/NTRP or tennisrecruiting ranking and their future success in college. But they are just that – a starting point.
If you are ranked 197 do not apply to the University of Virginia and expect a response. Maybe instead of putting down a ranking in the subject header, put down “WALK-ON prospect” and you may actually hear back from the coach. A coach is far more likely to take an email seriously if the player has a clear picture of what form of scholarship their results deserve.
Once interest has been established by the coach then they will want to hear about how you have been saving kittens from trees and the time you first beat your mother in a game of tennis!
In all seriousness, be concise, be realistic and if you get the coaches attention with your results or with the video of your points, they will contact you to figure out if you have the intangible qualities and mindset to be a part of their team. It starts with results (most of the time) and then the academics and human qualities follow after, and will ultimately be the deciding factor for the coach as the level of your play has already been established from your very first contact.
My name is David Mullins and I started playing tennis at the age of 10. It all started when my father took me to a local park and threw some tennis balls to me. Since then…. blah, blah, blah, blah… I cannot tell you how many times I received letters like this from players, telling me their entire tennis history and life successes, both on and off the court. I am here to tell you that college coaches do not care about any of this, well, at least not initially.
Your parents, brother, sisters, coaches, grandparents, friends will all give you the same advice - that you should approach the recruiting process like a job interview, telling you to put together a cover letter and resume in order to “wow” your potential college coach. DO NOT DO THIS! Instead, come up with the most concise way to grab the coaches’ attention. Understand that most coaches are receiving several recruiting letters per day. They want to be able to sum up within a couple of seconds whether or not you can help their team get better and compete for a spot in their lineup. It all starts with the subject line.
The subject line should include your name and year of graduation, but right after that indicate something that might make you stand out from the all the other emails and letters the coach will inevitably receive that same day. I would include your UTR, TR, NTRP placing, a tournament victory, recent win or even a recent loss to a player that you know the coach will know and be impressed by the close score line.
Here is an example:
Subject: David Mullins – Class ’18 – lost to Roger Federer 6/4 6/4
Once you get into the email, give clear bullet points as to what your most relevant rankings and results are and what events you will be playing, and where, in the months ahead. Including your coaches name and contact details can also be helpful. Coaches don’t care about what you accomplished in the U-12’s and they certainly don’t need to hear about how great you will be if only someone would give you the chance! Coaches care about what you have accomplished in the last year or two, what way your results are trending. Understand that it is their job to determine where they believe your potential may lie either by watching you play or speaking about your game and potential, with coaches they trust. If you can’t keep all that to one page or less, then it is too long. There should be no attachments and/or letters of reference. Obviously, a link to your video is a must to include in your introductory email.
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Jackson Fine, ACU
Jordan Henry, ACU
Getting the Coaches Attention
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The 2017 tournament schedule is now on the online searchable schedule! Finding a tournament can often be a little confusing. Here is how to find a tournament in five simple steps!
1. Click here for searchable schedule page
2. Define Month/Year
3. Define by Juniors or Adults
4. Specify Missouri Valley - Oklahoma
5. Hit Search and you are there!
The Champ circuit is for players ages 7-18 and qualified through the Challenger & Smasher circuit. (17-18 year old players do not play the Challenger circuit.). Champ players are eligible to play any champ tournament including District Championships and Future Qualifiers. All tournaments earn Missouri Valley points.
Players ages 7-10 that has NET experience and is ready to work through the progression from Orange to Green ball.
Oklahoma Junior Pathway
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Players ages 6-18 that has never played a tournament should play the NET circuit
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Finding a Tournament
Players ages 7-16 that has NET experience and has graduated the 10 and under Smasher circuit will start playing the Challenger circuit. These players are normally at the intermediate level. Their goal is to earn 375 points which will qualify them for the Champs circuit.
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Beginning January 2017, USTA Oklahoma will be using the Junior NTRP for seeding the Challenger and Champs circuits. In addition, USTA Missouri Valley will also be making this change for all junior sectional events.
According to USTA, the Junior National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) is a measuring tool that indicates a standard of play that allows players to track their progress as they develop their games. An accurate rating should give a player access to level-based competition. Ratings are based on a scale of 1.0 to 7.0.
While USTA has been studying rating systems for a number of years, Oklahoma decided to test some of their own tournaments with NTRP. Some select tournaments were seeded off of Jr. NTRP while others were simply tested if the higher NTRP player won the match. 78%-93% of all Oklahoma tournaments tested, the higher NTRP player won the match. There were also many draws that 100% of the players with the higher NTRP won the match. In one particular Challenger tournament that used the most recent standings list as the seeding criteria, zero number one seeds won the tournament. However, in 6 out of the 8 draws, the higher NTRP player won the tournament.
To find your rating for tournament players/providers, click here and Junior Team Tennis players/providers, click here. You must be logged into your USTA account in order to search for a junior rating level.
For more information about junior ratings, go to www.usta.com/junior_ratings/ or click here.
Winning Teams for each division:
10U Orange - Southern Hills
10U Green - Trent Tucker Academy
12U Green Dot - Southern Hills
14U Yellow - Trent Tucker Academy-Red
18U Yellow - Trent Tucker Academy-Red
Players ages 7-10 that has NET experience and looking to progress through the earned advancement system. In the Smashers circuit, players will progress out of orange to green by earning 20 virtual stars/trophies. Players will then progress to BG12 Champs (yellow ball), but completing 20 virtual stars/trophies in U10 green.
Starts March 26th!
Click here for more info
by David Minihan, USPTA Master Professional
USTA Oklahoma Executive Director
Congratulations to the Tulsa & OKC Winners
Southern Hills, Trent Tucker Academy, & Earlywine Tennis Center
Tulsa had a great turn out this Fall for Junior Team Tennis. We had 8 facilities sign up this season with several teams and different age groups allowing young players to experience team competition and a lot of court time to improve their game. The facilities were Bixby, Indian Springs, La Fortune, Philcrest, Southern Hills, Trent Tucker Academy, and TU Academy.
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JTT FALL 2016
Junior Team Tennis
JTT SLIDE SHOW
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jr. ntrp to be used in 2017
Kids can get active, have fun and make friends by playing tennis on a team.
Junior Team Tennis allows kids to enjoy the sport for a lifetime from the very first day of play.
Get on the Bus with USTA School Tennis
Our vision for tennis is to be the most popular sport in physical education classes, at recess, and after school and that when participation studies are done in the future, people will remember their first tennis experience in school as a great one! The overall philosophy of USA School Tennis must reach beyond introducing tennis to students in physical education classes. The goal is to establish and direct students to organized after-school and summer programs (ideally involving team tennis formats). The most effective school tennis approach involves coordinating with local parks and recreation, youth organizations, and facilities in order to create a complete pathway of program options for children of all ages. Key initiatives that support this philosophy include Adopt-a-School efforts like Kids’ Tennis Clubs and the establishment of intramural and/or interscholastic programs (e.g. middle school leagues).
Ultimately, by focusing on quality and accountability, we will be able to affect long-term growth on a much greater scale. We need to create value for the equipment and services we are offering and require accountability for the time and energy invested in each school.
To that end, we have partnered with Fields & Futures whose mission is to grow student participation in sports within Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS) by making sure coaches and students had the most basic resources needed, starting with a safe, and quality athletic field. Since 2012, Fields & Futures, with the help of many committed partners, has rebuilt or renewed 14 OKCPS athletic fields and is on track to grow that number to 20 by the end of 2016 with the goal to have all 44 OKCPS fields completed by the end of 2019 – progress! In 2016, USTA Oklahoma stepped up and simply asked “why aren’t tennis courts part of the plan?” And our partnership began … USTA Oklahoma approved funding for each of the 55 OKCPS elementary schools in the Fields & Futures service area to receive a USTA School Tennis curriculum and equipment, including right-sized racquets, low-compression tennis balls, and mini-nets that can be set up in the gym, on the playground or activity area. We are starting with the elementary schools that feed Northwest Classen High School and each are investing $500 per elementary school. In addition, the USTA Adult Leagues in OKC will align one team per school in an adopt-a-school program resulting in hundreds of volunteers being engaged in the partnership insuring that tennis sticks to each and every school we go into. Training on the USTA School Tennis curriculum was conducted to all PE Teachers in the OKCPS and several schools have already conducted their tennis unit in PE. We are starting Kids’ Tennis Clubs, and partnering USTA Adult League teams to each KTC at two elementary schools beginning January 2017!
Providing quality tennis courts across the OKC school district and ensuring after-school programming is in place, will create new opportunities for more students to learn the game, join a team and find their reason to go to school, stay in school and graduate… and kids will have the opportunity to enjoy the sport of a lifetime – TENNIS!
By Laura Puryear, USPTA Professional
Tennis Service Representative - USTA Missouri Valley Oklahoma
The USTA NTRP 2016 Year End Ratings were published on Dec. 1. Here's what you need to know:
Players new Year End Ratings can be viewed by logging into Tennislink.usta.com/leagues by using their log in acct name or number and password. Across from the “Welcome” on the leagues home page, their NTRP Rating Level will be visible. New rating levels will have a date of 12/31/2016. If the date is 2015 or 2014 they may not be generating a new rating for 2016 and will continue to play with their valid prior year rating or current self rating.
Ratings are valid immediately. Players will be allowed to register for new teams with their new rating only.
If players are participating in an Early Start League and get a new, higher rating, they may continue to play with their team, on the Early Start League, (if they do not reach the clearly above rating level), but can not advance to any play-off or championship.
All NTRP appeals are completed, either , by using the Auto Appeal Function on Tennislink Leagues, or at the Point of Registering for a new team. To access the Auto Appeal function, click the words “Appeal Rating Level” found directly below their posted rating level.
Players may appeal their rating even if they participated in a post season championship or play off (benchmarks), EXCEPT players who were eligible for National League Championships. Players appealing must meet specific criteria to be granted however.
By Marc Claude', USTA Oklahoma OKC Adult League Coordinator
Oklahoma adult league tennis once again had a stellar year. Participation in Oklahoma City was up 6.8% compared to 2015 while Tulsa was up 4.1%.
In 2016, adult leagues in Oklahoma reached record numbers. Not only in number of participants, but also in other areas. Oklahoma had 20 teams qualify for National Championships! We have never had this many! Among those 20 teams, we had a 6.0 Mens 55+ team finish 2nd, a 5.0 Mens 18+ team finish 3rd, and a 3.0 Women's 40+ team finish 4th in the nation.
Oklahoma City also implemented two new leagues. An Indoor Winter league was created for 18+ players and also a Fall 39&under league. Both leagues were a success and will continue to grow.
Year end ntrp ratings are out
For henry, it's 34 years and counting
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By Kevin Garlington, Tucker Tennis Academy
In this video you're going to learn how to take control and keep control of the court. The reason this video is important is because most matches are won by whomever controls the court...meaning making the other person feel uncomfortable. Watch this video to learn how.
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By Cory Kamerschak, special to USTA.com
SURPRISE, ARIZ. – When it comes to sports, there is something to be said about consistency and longevity. Steve Henry knows a thing or two about that.
Henry is in his 34th consecutive year of USTA League play and is competing at his fifth League National Championships. Not only that, this year he qualified for the National Championships in two separate divisions and was forced to choose in which one he was going to participate.
“My 18 and Over team also qualified for the National Championships,” Henry said. “But they are competing this same weekend, and with my age, I felt I would be able to contribute more to these guys.”
Henry, 56, represents the USTA Missouri Valley and competed in the Adult 55 and Over 9.0 National Championships. His 18 and Over team is competing for the national title in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
This is his first time being back in Nationals since his team finished second overall in 2008. Regardless of the outcome, he always recognizes that it is an exciting time that few people get to participate in.
“It’s like one or two percent of the people actually make it to Nationals,” Henry said. “So you’re really in an elite group and just have to appreciate that you made it this far.”
If his team makes the finals or semifinals, that would be an even bigger accomplishment.
Although it’s been an eight-year drought since his last appearance here at the National Championships, nothing has changed for him. At 56, Henry said it’s all about the group of guys that you’re playing with and that he has no signs of slowing down.
“Oh I’m gonna keep on keeping on, we’re continuing to have fun and do what we love,” Henry said. “I’ve met a lot of people, seen a lot of places and have had a great journey along the way.”
Henry runs a tennis facility in Oklahoma City and said he remains focused on keeping tennis a part of his life and mentoring younger generations of tennis players.
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By Emmy Tigert, Executive Director First Serve OKC, USTA Oklahoma Diversity & Inclusion Chair
First Serve OKC
As a tennis coach, Director of Tennis, and former college player, I felt pretty knowledgeable about USTA and all that it has to offer. However, it wasn’t until 2014 when I began working for First Serve OKC that I learned about USTA’s charitable counterpart, the USTA Foundation. First Serve OKC and the USTA Foundation share a similar mission of bringing tennis and education together to change lives.
First Serve OKC is now strategically aligned with USTA Oklahoma in how we expand our impact to youth from low income families. This strategic partnership is in large part due to the development of our organization by the USTA Foundation. They provide similar levels of support to over 500 “National Junior Tennis and Learning” chapters throughout the country, all of whom share a similar vision of improving the lives of children through tennis and education.
First Serve OKC is joined by several other NJTL programs in Oklahoma- Youth At Heart (Tulsa), Britton Christian Church Tennis Academy (OKC), and Advantage in Sports (OKC), to name a few. Other programs that promote diversity in tennis include the North Tulsa Tennis Association and the Chickasaw Tennis Team. My current role with USTA Oklahoma as the Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair is to bring visibility and a voice to those who have been working for decades to ensure that our sport, which has historically flourished among more affluent demographics, is made available to all.
While the achievement of diversity is not synonymous with serving low-income demographics, the statistics certainly cut in favor of it. Information gleaned from the US Census show us that African Americans had the highest poverty rate (27.4%), followed by Hispanics at 26.6% and whites at 9.9%. Another staggering fact is that 45.8 percent of young black children (under age 6) live in poverty, compared to 14.5 percent of white children.
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A final and unfortunate facet of our society is that the poverty gap for children living with disabilities compared to those without is over 12%, while the gap for disabled to non-disabled adults rises to more than 15% (www.disabilitycompendium.org). It’s no surprise that the Title I (low income) public schools are largely absent from the Oklahoma State Tennis Tournament.
And so the question becomes, why tennis? Sure, there are other sports that could undeniably be offered to low income children for far less money. In the past four years, I have seen how the community of First Serve OKC has brought families together through difficult times, including divorce and deportation. Special needs students with low self-esteem who were bullied in traditional team sports have found their home and slowly rebuilt their self-confidence at the OKC Tennis Center. Still, other elementary students anxiously wait to join our year-round program while being simultaneously recruited for gangs. At First Serve OKC, we are steadily increasing our funding through local partnerships and support from the local tennis community so that we can reach these most at-risk students.
There are many other tennis players and organizations in Oklahoma who are working to spread hope where it often does not exist. For most of us, it is nearly impossible to imagine our lives without tennis, the friendships we have made, and the opportunities we have been afforded. To explore how you can make a difference in your community, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Serve OKC are part of the United States Tennis Association’s network of National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) programs. NJTL was co-founded in 1969 by Arthur Ashe as a way to serve youth who would not otherwise have the opportunity to play tennis. Our mission is to strengthen the lives and enhance the character of Oklahoma City youth through tennis and education.
Tennis on Campus
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What tennis on Campus means to me
There’s no better sport than tennis for making friends, staying fit and having fun! Whether you’ve played before or are just picking up the game, USTA Tennis On Campus has a way for you to find yourself in the game. All across the country, college students are enjoying the excitement of tennis through co-ed team play that keeps their competitive fires burning and opens up doors to new friendships and endless fun.
Visit tennisoncampus.com for more info!
Junior Team Tennis
I enjoyed playing Tennis on Campus because you really build a team from scratch. You go around campus, build a team, organize practices and play tournaments in the area. Our favorite event was nationals by far, which we qualified for every year. Every team member is there to represent the University by choice. There are no scholarships or great financial aid, so everything we did was from our hearts, which made us compete even harder. As a freshman it was the best experience I had, because I was able to still compete and travel with a team of new friends that shared the same passion as I did. After that year I had the privilege to serve as president of our OU Tennis Club. My favorite moment was probably finishing 12th in the nation with only five people in our team. All the odds were against us and we managed to qualify to the golden draw and upset a few Universities throughout the tournament. I met great people in the process and to this day I still compete very hard. If it wasn’t for tennis on campus, I probably wouldn’t be playing as much as I continue to do so today.
-Andre' Rocha, University of Oklahoma
2017 Tournament Schedule
we have three volunteers from Oklahoma that will serve on a 2017 national USTA committee
Deli Style or Wrap sandwiches · Ham, turkey, roast beef. Avoid sandwich fixings like bologna, salami, or pepperoni due to high fat content.
· Bring from home or get from Petty’s , Subway, Quizno’s, Panera, Sonic, Arby’s or Bill & Ruth’s
Good Ol’ PBJ
· Limit peanut butter to 2 tablespoons and strive to use a lower sugar jelly or preserves.
Grilled chicken sandwiches (Wendy’s, McDonalds, Arby’s)
Spaghetti or other pasta with sauce (meat, marinara, meatballs)
· Bring from home or take out from Olive Garden. The kid’s meal size is recommended.
Baked Potato with Chili
· Would you believe Wendy’s chili has a decent nutrition profile?
· Broth based soups that have veggies and protein source are great. Think of the soups with pasta and beans (Pasta Fagioli).
Nutrition Ideas for a Tournament
by: Cece Gifford Davis, RD, CSSD, LD
Owner of Nutrition Consultants of Tulsa, www.nutritiontulsa.com
Some background information:
High amounts of fat really slow down digestion. Athletes can feel sluggish after a high fat meal. So…skip the burgers and fries.
High fat intake can actually make blood vessels constrict.
If it has trans fats, put it down and walk away.
Try to limit saturated fat to less than 5 grams per meal.
High amounts of sugar at one time can cause your body to increase respiration rate. That’s because you’ve got more CO2 to get rid of.
Mixing carbohydrates, lean proteins, and healthy fats provide sustained energy.
Eating a light meal 45 minutes or so before a match provides enough energy to get through the match.
Eating just a carbohydrate provides a quicker source of energy. So eating a carbohydrate snack about 15 minutes before a match will provide energy for that match.
The fueling up is different for tournaments vs. practice.
Sustained Energy Snacks
Trail Mix (Make your own using a whole grain cereal, nuts and dried fruit…put in snack size zip lock baggies.)
Granola. Look at the ingredients and avoid those with trans fats.
Pair peanut butter with apples, bananas, celery, rice cakes or crackers.
GORP…Good Ol’ Raisins and Peanuts mixed together. Any nut will work.
Pair fruit with a string cheese stick or two.
Snack bars. I like the ones from Kashi, South Beach, Cliff, KIND, Lära bars, and Zone. ·
Pasta salad or tabouli salad
Carnation Instant Breakfast mixed in milk.
Baked goods baked without vegetable shortening (source of trans fats). Check out the offerings at Starbucks (Fruit Stella, Chew fruit & Nut Bar, Apple Bran Muffin).
Protein based smoothies. -Check out the Vivanno smoothies at Starbucks.
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By David Minihan, USTA Oklahoma Executive Director
becoming a usta official
Check out the latest addition of the SERVE
USTA Missouri Valley was awarded Tennis Industry's USTA Section of the Year. "We have a strong staff and great relationship with our board," says Executive Director Mary Buschmann, "plus so many great volunteers, with such great passion for this sport." Click here for more information.
The Michael and Anne Greenwood Tennis Center was honored by the United States Tennis Association as a USTA Outstanding Tennis Facility in the educational category which recognizes facilities at colleges universities, elementary schools, middle schools or high schools. Click here for more information
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Missouri Valley Calendar of events & meetings.
"My favorite thing hands down,
is the places I've traveled and
the friends I've made"
-Nick Fliente, Official
Congratulations to Oklahoma City Tennis Center for winning the 2016 USTA Outstanding Large Facility Award and the Tennis Industry Municipal Tennis Facility of the Year! Click here for Information.
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When reviewing tournament evaluations, probably the number one complaint or request, is the need for more officials at district tournaments. The Oklahoma Junior Competition Committee makes it a requirement to have at least one official for District Championships and Future Qualifiers. Outside of those events, it is up to the tournament director to supply an official. The challenge is, we don't have enough officials.
The need for USTA Officials throughout the country is high. Currently, there are only 20 certified officials that reside in Oklahoma with only approximately 10-12 active. In addition, these 10-12 active officials are also ITA officials and are normally tied up with collegiate events. On a national level, there are only 2,500 USTA certified officials in the United States. Each year the USTA sanctions and conducts over 8,000 tournaments throughout the country.
Needless to say, we need more officials! If you are interested in making some extra cash while helping to ensure fairness and teach sportsmanship during Oklahoma tennis tournaments, you can do so by five simple steps!
1. Become a USTA member
2. Complete the online Safe Play Training
3. Complete the Introduction to Officiating, Rules and Regulations modules, and Roving 1 (once available) to complete the testing requirement for Provisional Certification.
4. Shadow an experienced umpire at a USTA event (your district officials committee chair will arrange)
5. Apply for a NUCULA database account.
USTA Tennis Officials enforce the rules of tennis to ensure fair play. There are different types of Officials with different responsibilities (juniors, adults, seniors, roving, chairs, referee…etc.) But the common goal for all officials is to make sure that individual and/or tournament matches are conducted under the fairest possible conditions. Be Fair…Have Fun…Make it about the Players.
Junior and adult tournaments
State high school championships
Officiating-Opportunities District and sectional events
USTA Pro Circuit events
Over 8,000 tournaments throughout the country
Click here for more information on how to become an official. Also, you can contact Dean Richardville, USTA Oklahoma Officials Chair at email@example.com.
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Outstanding Diversity Achievement
High School Coach of the Year
Hideaway Pizza Jr. Mixed Open
Junior Tournament of the Year
Female Player of the Year
Greens Country Club
Community Service Excellence
Player of the Year
The Powers Family
Family of the Year
10 & Under
Facility of the Year
Congratulations to all of our Oklahoma
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In life we’re told "fall down seven times, stand up eight". At some point, standing up the eighth time starts to get a little difficult. As the New Year rolls around, most people start to make resolutions as to what they can do better in life, in their health, and so on. However, research consistently shows that resolutions fail – only eight percent of those who make them actually achieve success.
This is why you need to find a program that is unique and specifically designed to keep you engaged during your progress so you're seeing results and your body is always having to guess what’s going to happen next. Just like in tennis, the opponent’s shot is never going to be laid out for you because that’d be too easy. You have to react, make adjustments, and have your body respond to the demands of what that player gives you.
I recommend a team training program. Workout with other like-minded people who have similar goals as you do, even if everyone has a different starting point. Make it a judgment free, encouraging place to celebrate the victories, no matter how small they might be. Remember the first match you ever won? Or even learned how to serve well enough that it was getting over the net consistently? It's all about going through the ups and downs of a fitness journey, together. It also helps you stay accountable in your journey. If you’re not there, someone’s going to notice. You’re not letting them down. They are there. They are working hard, but they notice absences, and they care. Just like your tennis team will care if you miss practice. It’s a day where you’re not getting better and that’s detrimental to the team.
It's also all about who you surround yourself with. If you surround yourself with people who can help you succeed, in whatever aspect you're trying to get better in, be it sports or health, you're going to start to grow in that area. If you start to surround yourself with negative minded people, you also are going to start to see things through a glass half empty perspective. Continue pushing yourself harder each day by using functional fitness to make the body stronger and improve the body’s motions –helping you serve the ball better or sprint back and forth on the court faster. So get dressed, lace up your shoes and don’t let anything stop you from setting goals and smashing them this year. You can do it, and Life Time is here to help.
The new USTA National Campus helps tennis enthusiasts innovate, inspire, motivate and educate around the sport of tennis. Our groundbreaking, state-of-the art complex is designed to enhance the sport at every level and create an unparalleled playing, training and educational experience for recreational players, competitive players, coaches and spectators.
Set to open in early 2017, the center will be a destination for all people who love tennis. It will provide local play for residents of Orlando as well as for national, individual and collegiate tennis events.
The USTA National Campus will also be the home base for USTA Player Development and the USTA Community Tennis division, which focuses on strengthening the grass roots of the game and developing the next generation of American tennis champions.
Built on more than 64 acres of land in the Sports and Performance District in Orlando, Florida, our cutting-edge facility will feature:
100 fully lit tennis courts, including two championship courts, Collegiate Tennis Hub, home to the University of Central Florida varsity tennis team, and used to host College MatchDay events, and more USTA Player Development courts and facilities to train top U.S. players
Open 364 days a year, everyone in the local community is welcome to use the center’s exciting additional features:
A 50,000-square-foot welcome center, player lounge, full service café with a wide range of healthy food and beverage options, pro shop, including racquet stringing, customization locker rooms, concession stands and pavilions throughout the grounds with shade, restrooms and water-bottle filling stations.
We know staying connected will make your experience at the USTA National Campus even better. Most of our courts are outfitted with the latest digital technology, including PlaySight live streaming services so you can watch tennis and events.
For more information, go to ustanationalcampus.com.
Courtesy of www.ustanationalcampus.com
USTA National tennis center opening January 2017
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Boys' 16 Singles (Semifinal Round)
Haley, Daniel (2) (Edmond, OK) def. Han, Alex (3) (Tulsa, OK) Wd (inj)
Bracks, Luke (Seminole, OK) def. Robertson, Wes (Edmond, OK) 6‑1; 6‑2
Boys' 16 Singles (Final Round)
Bracks, Luke (Seminole, OK) def. Haley, Daniel (2) (Edmond, OK) 6‑2; 6‑2
Boys' 18 Singles (Quarterfinal Round)
Vaughn, Jeremy (2) (Broken Arrow, OK) def. Owens, Todd (Edmond, OK) 6‑1; 6‑3
Richards, Alexander (1) (Tulsa, OK) def. Fritts, James (Oklahoma City, OK) 6‑4; 6‑4
Knutsen, Karsten (4) (Tulsa, OK) def. Wheeler, Logan (Bixby, OK) 6‑1; 6‑1
Elias, Nicholas (3) (Tulsa, OK) def. Orr, Logan (Enid, OK) 6‑2; 7‑6
Boys' 18 Singles (Semifinal Round)
Richards, Alexander (1) (Tulsa, OK) def. Elias, Nicholas (3) (Tulsa, OK) 6‑2; 6‑1
Vaughn, Jeremy (2) (Broken Arrow, OK) def. Knutsen, Karsten (4) (Tulsa, OK) 7‑6(1); 6‑2
Boys' 18 Singles (Final Round)
Richards, Alexander (1) (Tulsa, OK) def. Vaughn, Jeremy (2) (Broken Arrow, OK) 6‑0; 6‑1
Girls' 12 Singles (Quarterfinal Round)
Wilson, Ivy (2) (Tulsa, OK) def. Hessen, Carrington (Tulsa, OK) 6‑0; 6‑0
Swift, Sydney (Owasso, OK) def. Ricaurte‑Cabas, Victoria (Edmond, OK) 6‑0; 6‑1
Atturu, Sindhya (Edmond, OK) def. Jacobsen, Ava (Tulsa, OK) 6‑0; 6‑0
Latham, Lucy (1) (Tulsa, OK) def. Stonis, Marisa (Jenks, OK) 6‑1; 6‑0
Girls' 12 Singles (Semifinal Round)
Wilson, Ivy (2) (Tulsa, OK) def. Swift, Sydney (Owasso, OK) 6‑2; 6‑2
Latham, Lucy (1) (Tulsa, OK) def. Atturu, Sindhya (Edmond, OK) 7‑5; 6‑0
Girls' 12 Singles (Final Round)
Latham, Lucy (1) (Tulsa, OK) def. Wilson, Ivy (2) (Tulsa, OK) 6‑4; 6‑2
Boys' 12 Singles (Quarterfinal Round)
Cameron, Jacob (2) (Tulsa, OK) def. Bracks, Ian (Seminole, OK) 6‑4; 6‑3
Boshoff, Enre (4) (Tulsa, OK) def. Kanchanakomtorn, Trenton (Oklahoma City, OK) 6‑4; 6‑4
Henry, Ryan (Tulsa, OK) def. Nhin, Kobe (Edmond, OK) 6‑2; 7‑6
Grieve, Daniel (Tulsa, OK) def. Quattro, James (1) (Edmond, OK) 6‑1; 6‑3
Boys' 12 Singles (Semifinal Round)
Grieve, Daniel (Tulsa, OK) def. Henry, Ryan (Tulsa, OK) 6‑1; 6‑3
Cameron, Jacob (2) (Tulsa, OK) def. Boshoff, Enre (4) (Tulsa, OK) 7‑5; 6‑0
Boys' 12 Singles (Final Round)
Grieve, Daniel (Tulsa, OK) def. Cameron, Jacob (2) (Tulsa, OK) 6‑0; 6‑4
Boys' 14 Singles (Quarterfinal Round)
Shrestha, Rohan (2) (Tulsa, OK) def. zetik, patrick (Tulsa, OK) 6‑3; 6‑0
hessen, caylor (4) (Tulsa, OK) def. Ford, Paxton (Oklahoma City, OK) 6‑0; 6‑3
Keeling, Brett (1) (Tulsa, OK) def. Carter, Andrew (Tulsa, OK) 6‑1; 7‑6
Chandrasekar, Ashwin (Tulsa, OK) def. Rule, Nicholas (Tulsa, OK) 6‑1; 6‑0
Boys' 14 Singles (Semifinal Round)
Keeling, Brett (1) (Tulsa, OK) def. Chandrasekar, Ashwin (Tulsa, OK) 6‑4; 0‑6; 10‑5
Shrestha, Rohan (2) (Tulsa, OK) def. hessen, caylor (4) (Tulsa, OK) 6‑3; 7‑6
Boys' 14 Singles (Final Round)
Keeling, Brett (1) (Tulsa, OK) def. Shrestha, Rohan (2) (Tulsa, OK) 6‑7(4); 7‑5; 10‑5
Boys' 16 Singles (Quarterfinal Round)
Haley, Daniel (2) (Edmond, OK) def. Dyer, Christopher (Oklahoma City, OK) 6‑1; 6‑0
Han, Alex (3) (Tulsa, OK) def. Fuller, Caleb (Edmond, OK) 6‑3; 6‑4
Robertson, Wes (Edmond, OK) def. Baird, Brenden (Oklahoma City, OK) 7‑5; 3‑6; 18‑16
Bracks, Luke (Seminole, OK) def. Vaughn, Zachary (1) (Broken Arrow, OK) 6‑4; 6‑2
Champs Future Qualifier #6 MV Level 5 RH91 November 18-20, 2016
Oklahoma City adult leagues up 6.8% compared to 2015
Girls' 14 Singles (Quarterfinal Round)
Lorenz, Grace (1) (Oklahoma City, OK) def. Bailey, Aubrey (Claremore, OK) 6‑0; 6‑2
Powers, Becca (4) (Bixby, OK) def. Parkhill, Julia (Tulsa, OK) 6‑1; 6‑0
Thompson, Brooke (Edmond, OK) def. Lee, Savannah (3) (Broken Arrow, OK) 6‑2; 6‑3
Holcomb, Maggie (2) (Bixby, OK) def. Parmar, Seerut (Tulsa, OK) 6‑3; 6‑1
Girls' 14 Singles (Semifinal Round)
Powers, Becca (4) (Bixby, OK) def. Lorenz, Grace (1) (Oklahoma City, OK) 6‑1; 6‑3
Holcomb, Maggie (2) (Bixby, OK) def. Thompson, Brooke (Edmond, OK) 2‑6; 6‑1; 10‑8
Girls' 14 Singles (Final Round)
Holcomb, Maggie (2) (Bixby, OK) def. Powers, Becca (4) (Bixby, OK) 7‑6(7); 6‑3
Girls' 16 Singles (Quarterfinal Round)
Miller, Addison (1) (Edmond, OK) def. Swift, Courtney (Owasso, OK) 6‑0; 6‑1
Tirunelveli, Teja (Edmond, OK) def. Walman, Hannah (4) (Tulsa, OK) 6‑0; 6‑1
Thompson, Ryan (Edmond, OK) def. Jennings, Houston (3) (Tulsa, OK) 6‑0; 6‑0
Jabrzemski, Natalia (2) (Norman, OK) def. Evans, Natalie (Claremore, OK) 2‑6; 6‑4; 10‑6
Girls' 16 Singles (Semifinal Round)
Thompson, Ryan (Edmond, OK) def. Jabrzemski, Natalia (2) (Norman, OK) 6‑1; 6‑1
Tirunelveli, Teja (Edmond, OK) def. Miller, Addison (1) (Edmond, OK) 6‑0; 6‑2
Girls' 16 Singles (Final Round)
Thompson, Ryan (Edmond, OK) def. Tirunelveli, Teja (Edmond, OK) 6‑2; 7‑5
Girls' 18 Singles (Quarterfinal Round)
Zayat, Alyssa (Broken Arrow, OK) def. Wise, Annie (Tulsa, OK) 6‑2; 6‑0
Girls' 18 Singles (Semifinal Round)
Morgan, Haley (1) (Edmond, OK) def. Miley, Reagan (Tulsa, OK) 6‑4; 6‑7; 10‑4
Zayat, Alyssa (Broken Arrow, OK) def. Boggs, Lora (2) (Edmond, OK) 6‑1; 3‑6; 10‑6
Girls' 18 Singles (Final Round)
Morgan, Haley (1) (Edmond, OK) def. Zayat, Alyssa (Broken Arrow, OK) 6‑2; 6‑4
Challenger average entry count down 3% compared to 2015
JTT Participation growth in the Oklahoma City metro area
Inside the Numbers
Over all, junior tournament participation was up 13% compared to 2015
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Tulsa adult leagues up 4.1% compared to 2015
Average tournament entry count up 12% in 10 and Under Smasher compared to 2015
JTT participation growth in Tulsa metro area
Champs Future Qualifier #6 MV Level 5
Champ average entry count up 24% compared to 2015
Don't miss a single thing in your tennis
community this winter & spring!
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2420 Westport Drive
Norman, OK 73025
JTT Spring Coaches Meeting
OKC Winter Indoor Leagues
OK Junior circuit (Click here!)
Hall of Fame & Awards Banquet
Text USTAOKADULT to 84483 to receive
USTA Oklahoma Adult League alerts
Text USTAOKJUNIORS to 84483 to receive
USTA Oklahoma Juniors alerts
Mark these on your calendar to be part of
all the fun! And of course, check oklahoma.usta.com
for up-to-date news & events
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