Perez column: Remembering a great Victoria tennis player
This article was supposed to be about our recent junior successes, the excitement of the U.S. Open, and all of the upsets that have occurred since Monday. Instead, we are mourning the loss of a very nice man and avid tennis player. The following is from Sara Thompson, Victoria Tennis Association President:
One of our members, Arthur Nelson, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 27. His memorial service will be held Friday, Aug. 30, at 9:30 a.m. at the Salvation Army located at 1302 N. Louis St., Victoria. A visitation and reception will follow the service. Arthur has been a blessing to the tennis community, and we grieve his passing but celebrate his life. Instead of flowers, Josephine suggested a donation be made to the Salvation Army. Alternatively, some members have indicated that they plan to make a cash donation to Josephine to help with expenses. VTA will be contributing food for the reception.
Thank you, Arthur, for all of your years being involved in Victoria community tennis. I did not know you personally, however, I have spoken to many that did.
Eunice Collins, avid tennis player, owner of the Cuttery Hair Salon, and organizer of "Painting the Town" classes had this to say about Arthur, "He was a very nice gentleman with a great heart, loved his tennis, and looked forward to playing all the time. The last time I played with him was in June, and we played well and had a lot of fun on the court. He will truly be missed".
The always difficult segue leads me back to local tennis.
Zach Herrera recently made the semifinals at his last championship tournament. In that semifinal, he lost a very close match that went to 6-4 in the third set.
He played, fought and competed well.
His parents and I were very proud of his effort.
He is getting close to making the Super Championship level in the boy's 12-yea-old.
Collin Hartman is very close to making the Championship level in the boys 18's.
The fall season is shaping up for all three high school teams here in Victoria.
It truly is going to be a great year for Victoria tennis, and the surrounding communities.
All will be competitive and have good success.
They are all working hard and making great strides in their improvement.
Last week, I went to the USPTA conference in Bastrop.
There were some very good seminars, and it is always good to catch up with other pros from around the state and do some information sharing.
Whether it is about new drills, techniques or footwork, it is always good to keep it fresh when you are out on the court.
Victoria Country Club Head Pro Mike Collins will be traveling to Orlando, Fla., for the USPTA World Conference Sept. 23-27.
Mike already has a wealth of knowledge but is always looking for new techniques, drills, etc.
As for myself, next year I get to go to the USPTA World Conference in New York City.
Not a bad trade off.
As I said earlier, the U.S. Open is in progress.
I am not going into the details and the upsets of the tournament, rather I want the readers to engage and look up results.
It is being televised on ESPN2, or you can go to usopen.org.
It is very exciting tennis, and very fun to watch.
There are some amazing athletes out there on the courts.
You think football has amazing athletes, watch the tennis and you will see some killer athletes.
No steroids, no drug busts, no arrests - just true athletes playing their passion.
See you on the courts.
Philip Perez is the head tennis coach at St. Joseph and assistant tennis pro at Victoria Country Club. He can be reached at email@example.com.