January a great month to get your tennis game started

Jan. 17, 2013 at 11:03 p.m.
Updated Jan. 16, 2013 at 7:17 p.m.

As we begin 2013 and get to our New Year's resolutions, what a great time to start or regain your game of tennis.

Many of us have made commitments to be in better shape, perhaps lose weight or what have you.

Tennis is an opportunity to help each and every person in all of these areas. It will get you fit, keep you in shape and provide fun all at the same time.

A special congratulations goes to Sam Gisler for winning the boy's 10 and under tournament in Missouri City last week.

Abby Bauknight and Emily Cotton will play for the girls' 10 and under championship, as they were shut out by rain. The kids in the community are coming out to hit despite the weather, not only Victoria, but also Port Lavaca, Goliad, Shiner, Edna, and Cuero, too.

One of the biggest up-and-coming athletes is Christina Haynes. She is a lefty who actually is right handed from her days in archery. Her progress has been unbelievable, and her commitment is unstoppable. She has come so far in such a short amount of time. Also, Nicole Cobler and McKinley Pruski have also stepped up their game.

Another outstanding junior is Zach Hererra from Port Lavaca, who in 2011 was number one in the 10 and under age division and is currently in the championship 12's division.

I believe he is going to be an outstanding player.

Our area pros are doing a great job. Nathan Henderson, Alfred Serna and Gwen Robards are all about community and promoting tennis.

We believe that between all of us, we are building a sound base for tennis involvement.

And then there is Michael Collins who is the most experienced pro in the business. He won Junior Wimbledon twice (which most people have forgotten) and was the top-ranked and the number one junior in England. Michael has played some of the all time greats in Connors, Borg, Nastase.

He is as good as it gets.

Now, one last statement about tennis.

Most people do not know that tennis is the most policed sport when it comes to steroids and drug use.

The players are usually subjected to drug tests around 6 to 8 times a year.

It's random, and you do not know when they are coming.

The International Tennis Federation, The Association of Tennis Professionals and The Women's Tennis Association have done this, and have made it a priority for years to defend the integrity of our sport.

As opposed to other sports, professional tennis players are not criticized for performance-enhancing drugs and other drug abuse.

There is amazing tennis being played down under in Australia. Both in the men's and women's draws, these players bring out the best in each other's game.

Everyone should check it out on ESPN2.



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