Remembering a place where memories were made
It was a very solemn day two weeks ago when I found out The Galveston Racquet Club had been sold.
The Schlitterbahn group bought it which is located in very close proximity.
However, what was really sad was when I found out the groups intentions to demolish the club and turn it into a satellite parking lot.
I had a lot of fond memories growing up there as a kid, practicing there every day, tournaments challenge matches, and swimming at the pool after a very hot July afternoon practice.
The kids I knew, some of whom I still keep in touch with, became great friendships there at the club. And back then we had some of the best pros in Jim Robinson, who went on to coach at Baylor. Then Tommy Connell, who has had an extraordinary career at Lakeside Country Club.
Then there was David Bryant, who was a monster on the court at 6-feet, 4-inches, but also a mental coach like no other. He has been the Head Pro at Quail Creek Country Club in Oklahoma City for almost 30 years now.
My doubles partner and I credit him, along with our high school coach Don Fuller, for making it to State 5A finals our senior year.
So for me, and I am sure for many others, The Galveston Racquet Club has been thought of fondly over the years and will be greatly missed.
This weekend Collin Hartman will be traveling to Waco to play in the USTA ZAT tournament. He is seeking to qualify for the Championship level in the Boys' 18s.
Emily Cotton will be traveling to Austin to play in her ZAT tournament in the girls 10 and under age division.
A word about Emily, as she has flown under my radar, so therefore I have not been able to report on her.
When I finally spoke with her mother, Kelli, I got the full scoop, which is as follows:
Competed April 13 at the Waco Tennis Association ZAT in Waco.
April 27 and 28 "The Little Mo" Texas Sectionals in Arlington, where Emily won the Sportsmanship Award. She was invited back to compete via wild card.
May 11th Lost Creek ZAT in Austin, where Emily won the Consolation final.
May 25 and 26, she competed at the Little Mo Regionals in Arlington.
June 1 - She played the Corpus Christi ZAT.
June 6 and 7 - The MCCTA in Missouri City, she played up to 12's, defeated in the main draw semi-finals.
June 15 - Emily competed in the Onion Creek Future Stars Tournament in Austin. Emily played a 14-year-old boy in the Consolation Final and lost 5-4, 4-1.
That's a pretty busy schedule.
Now that Wimbledon, the third major championship of the year, is over, everything turns to the hard courts of the U.S. leading up to our fourth major championship, the U.S. Open in late August.
There will be exciting tennis all over the country and in Canada that are all warm up tournaments leading to New York City.
Many of the pros say this is the most grueling time of year because the hard courts are very difficult on your knees and ankles and your whole body in general.
So, it will be interesting to see what unfolds mid September.
Philip Perez is the assis tant tennis pro at Victo ria Country Club. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.