A fond farewell to a great Crossroads tennis player

June 28, 2013 at 1:28 a.m.

A beautiful day of tennis was enjoyed by 15 attendants on June 22, as friends congratulated Missy Smith on her new endeavor and upcoming move to the Bryan/College Station area.

Missy is a friend and great tennis player, and will be missed.

Victoria Country Club juniors hosted a dual match against T-bar-M last Tuesday at the club.

It was a day of competitive singles and doubles match play. This was not a tournament, but merely practice matches for everyone who attended.

Also, during the dual matches, was the introduction of the Country Club's two grass courts.

Yes, I wrote it correctly, and you read it correctly . grass courts.

The club has had them for many years, however, they had not been set up the last five years. The courts themselves have been maintained the entire time, so it was a matter of defining the line dimensions again, inserting the net posts, and putting up the exterior windscreens/fences again.

Sounds easy enough, right?

As head pro Mike Collins said, "This is no easy task, and requires a lot of work, and many people were involved in order to get this done in a timely fashion."

Well they are here, and two of the only four grass courts in south Texas. The other two are in San Antonio at Oak Hills Country Club.

Westside Tennis Club in Houston used to have grass courts, but they are now miniature soccer fields. There's also one private grass court in River Oaks in Houston, but I do not believe any of us will be invited to play there any time soon.

VISD will be offering its second summer camp session next week, July 8 to 11.

Victoria Country Club will begin its fifth week of summer tennis camp July 9 to 12 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.,. The club will also continue its High School Academy from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m..

The second La Bahia Summer Tennis Classic was held in Goliad on June 14-15, hosted by Coach Neal Tolbert.

The number of entries were increased form the inaugural year.

The weather was warm, but cooperated nonetheless.

Results were as follows: Adult mixed doubles was won by Jordan Jackson/Lauren Coston; Bboy's and men's doubles was won by Wade Dillenbeck/Jesse Barrera; girl's and women's Doubles was won by Alyssa Beaudoin/Maddie Lewis; 18 and under Singles was won by Jordan Jackson over Alex Boothe; Girls 18 and under Singles was won by Hope Willms over Mariah Mesa; Men's Singles was won by Alex Crain over Coach Tolbert.

Pro Notes

What a first week it's been at Wimbledon.

The only legitimate threats left remaining are Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray. I will not go into details, but will only say this; with Roger Federer (3), Rafael Nadal (5), Jo Wilfred Tsonga (6) Thomas Berdych (7), Maria Sharpova (3), Victoria Azarenka (2), Sara Errani (5), all out of their respective draws, it gives the networks a chance to showcase some of the up and coming talents in the world of tennis that we would otherwise never get to see.

So my point is, keep watching.

Who knows, you might find a diamond in the rough that could become your new favorite player.

See you on the Courts.

Philip Perez is the assistant tennis pro at Victoria Country Club. He can be reached at pperez@victoriacc.com.



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