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  • Inside Tennis | YEARBOOK 2013 2 i ns ide tenn is .com

    2013 Texas Diversity Grant DeadlineThe Texas Diversity Grant strives to reach

    players who are in need of financial

    assistance with expenses relating to both

    tournament preparation and tournament

    play. The age limit is 6-18, and applicants

    should not be entering college in 2013. The

    application deadline is Jan. 25. Grant

    recipients serve as role models and

    ambassadors to the multicultural community

    and to the sport of tennis. Email Carlos

    Hernandez at

    with questions relating to the grant or go to

    to download the application.

    2013 Athletic Trainer Matching GrantThis grant is to assist tournaments in

    covering half of the cost of having a trainer

    present at a tournament. In addition to

    providing help for injuries, athletic trainers

    can be used as an educational tool.

    The grant application deadline is Jan. 31.

    For more information or questions contact

    Paige Schumacher at or call

    (512) 443-1334 ext. 211. You can go to

    Us/grants_and_scholarships/grants/ to

    download the application.

    USTA Texas Tournament Schedule Guide AvailableThe USTA Texas

    2013 Tournament

    Schedule Guide

    has been

    released. Each

    current USTA

    Texas member


    received a copy

    by mail. To view

    the online version

    of the publication go the USTA Texas website

    at; then click the Adult

    Tennis tab; Tournaments / Rankings; then

    2013 Tournament Schedule Book.

    Davis Cup teams. He then coached at

    Schreiner University and was the director of

    tennis at numerous Corpus Christi clubs.

    Amarillo Tennis Ambassador Leo LaBorde PassesIt is with great sadness that

    USTA Texas was notified

    about the passing of

    Amarillo native Leo O.

    LaBorde, a longtime

    ambassador of tennis,

    mentor and coach to

    hundreds of junior and

    collegiate players. Living in Dallas, he died

    on Oct. 14 at the age of 94. He coached

    Baytown High School to 75 district, regional

    and state titles from 1949-55. He served as

    the Southern Methodist University tennis

    coach from 1956-66. He also was an

    organizer of the Dallas Cotton Bowl Indoor

    Tennis Tournament in 1957 that continues to

    this day. Leo touched many people in the

    Amarillo community for over 40 years

    teaching and coaching at Amarillo Junior

    College from 1969-78 and was a teaching

    pro at the Amarillo Country Club. He was

    inducted into the Texas Tennis Coaches Hall

    of Fame in 1983 and the Texas Tennis Hall of

    Fame in 1997. He played competitively well

    into his 80s.

    Texas Tennis Hall of Famer Nancy Penson PassesOn Oct. 21, Nancy Penson

    passed away in her home

    after a battle with cancer.

    She was 88. Nancy was

    inducted into the Texas

    Tennis Hall of Fame in 2002

    and reached the ranking of

    No. 1 in Senior Womens

    Tennis and No. 2 in Senior Womens Doubles

    with her partner Nancy Swenson while

    playing. Born in Dallas to Robert and

    Elizabeth Penn, Nancy was a 1945 graduate

    of Wellesley College with a degree in

    classics. She was also involved with the

    Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Meyerson

    Symphony Center and the SMU Meadows

    School of the Arts. She is survived by her

    husband of 69 years John and her daughters

    Annie, Suki and Read.

    USTA TEXAS NEWS & NOTES2013 Texas Officials Certification School Dates Set The USTA Texas Officials Certification School

    dates are set for 2013. All new and or re-

    certifying officials must take and pass the

    test before attending. For more information,

    locations and dates go to


    Spring Branch Opens First Set of Public CourtsThe Spring Brach Tennis Center opened its

    first two public courts in the Bulverde /

    Spring Branch, Texas community on Nov. 29,

    2012. The center has plans to complete 10

    courts and a club house. The project was

    supported by Comal County community

    members as a facilities grant by USTA. The

    courts are located at 101 Jumbo Evans

    Parkway, Spring Branch, TX 78070

    Texas Tennis Hall ofFamer Crawford PassesChristopher Lee Crawford,

    a former resident of Corpus

    Christi, Texas passed away

    on the evening of Nov. 15,

    2012, in San Antonio after

    bravely fighting prostate

    cancer for seven years. Chris was inducted

    into the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame in 2003

    because of his coaching and playing

    accomplishments. At 17, he made the finals

    of the Junior National Tournament in

    Kalamazoo and went on to represent the

    U.S. on the Junior Davis Cup team from

    1956-58. He won the Orange Bowl Boys 18

    singles title in 1957 and was the No. 1

    ranked junior singles player that same year.

    He was a member of the 1959 and 1964 U.S.


    Leo O. LeBorde

    Nancy Penson

    Spring Branch Tennis Center. Photo by Sam Roberts

  • Teams from Austin, Texas

    representing the Texas USTA

    Section, captured the Advanced

    Title at the 2012 USTA Jr. Team

    Tennis 18 & 14 and Under

    National Championships at the

    Cayce Tennis and Fitness

    Center in Cayce, S.C., back in


    Both JTT National Champi-

    onships brought together the

    top 32 teams (more than 250

    players) at Intermediate and

    Advanced levels from various

    USTA Sections throughout the


    The Austin 18U team, also

    known as the ATA Dream Team,

    defeated a team from El Paso,

    Texas (60-13) in the Champi-

    onship match. The El Paso

    team, because of location, is in

    the USTA Southwest section.

    Earlier in the tournament, ATA

    defeated a team from

    Jacksonville, Fla., in the

    semifinals (59-33). The 18U

    Champions join the Texas 14U

    team, who won the JTT 14 and

    Under Advanced National


    The USTA Texas Section

    14U team defeated a team from

    Providence, R.I. (4-1) in the

    Championship match. Earlier in

    the tournament, they defeated a

    team from Maui, Hawaii in the


    Both the 14 and 18U Texas

    Advanced teams are coached

    by Kendall Brooks. The 18U

    team features: Brittany Brewster,

    Josh Hagar, Meredith Parks,

    Jonah Kral, Austin Mayo,

    Morgan Barnhill and Meghan

    OMalley. The 14U team

    featured Georgia Wright, Haarika

    Somarouthu, Alexandria

    Beardsley Mjos, Abigail Chiu,

    Erik Alexander Kerrigan, Payton

    Holden, Jack Schiffman, Tyler

    Anson, and Jesse Wikso.

    The national championships

    serve as the crown jewel of

    USTA Jr. Team Tennis as the

    nations top teams compete for

    the title. Each year the USTA

    crowns a national champion in

    two age divisions (14U and 18U)

    in both the Intermediate and

    Advanced play divisions. This

    year, there are 32 teams from

    across the United States who

    have advanced to the national

    championships totaling 249


    Inside Tennis | YEARBOOK 2013 4 i ns ide tenn is .com


    Austin Team Wins JTT 18U & 14U National Championship


    Three Texas players, Ellie

    Douglas (McKinney), Hada

    Chang (Trophy Club) and Abigail

    Chiu (Austin) made big

    statements at the Eddie Herr

    International Championships at

    IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

    that took place from Nov. 22

    Dec. 2, 2012.

    GirLs 12s siNGLes:

    Ellie Douglas of McKinney,

    Texas won the Girls 12s singles

    main draw, and was a finalist in

    the Girls 12 Doubles.

    In the singles semifinals,

    Ellie defeated the overall No.

    1 seed Abigail Desiatnikov

    (Ohio) 6-1, 6-3. After losing

    the first set 6-7(4) in the

    finals to Anastasia Potapova

    (Russia), Ellie battled back

    by winning the next two sets

    6-0, 6-2 and therefore

    clinching the Girls 12s


    Ellie has benefited from

    repeated participation in

    USTA Texas Regional

    Training Center Camps,

    presented by a partnership

    with USTA Player

    Development and USTA


    Congratulations to Ellie

    on a great tournament!

    GirLs 14 DOUBLes:

    Hada Chang from Trophy

    Club, Texas and Abigail Chiu

    from Austin, Texas were finalists

    in the Girls 14 doubles main

    draw. Top seeds Dalma Glfi

    (Hungary) and Tereza Mihalikova

    (Slovak Republic) defeated

    Chang and Chiu, 7-5, 6-2 for the

    Girls 14s Doubles Champi-


    Hada and Abigail are also

    recent and repeated participants

    in the Regional Training Center.

    USTA Texas congratulates

    Ellie, Hada and Abigail on a

    great tournament!

    Texas Players Shine at Eddie Herr International Championships

    The city of Austin, Texas has produced powerhouse teams in recent years,