TENNIS TODAY: No R&R for tennis players during spring break
March 14, 2013 at 11:02 p.m.
Updated March 13, 2013 at 10:14 p.m.
While it is spring break for most of the kids in the Crossroads, there have been many kids working on their games every day during the break.
Fortunately, we have had very nice weather allowing this to happen.
Also, we have had several kids from the community travel to New Braunfels to attend John Newcombe's Tennis Ranch for a weeklong tennis camp, which include drills, off-court circuit training and match play.
The camp runs the entire spring break, includes lodging, meals and a lot of tennis and camaraderie as kids come from all around the state, the country and even the world.
So, while there are no local tournaments to report on this week, there has been plenty of practicing, running and gym time for the players preparing for next weekends' tournaments.
In addition, we are coming up on one month before district play starts.
For the high school kids, this is their target. The goal is to be as competitive as possible, improve in their match play and for everyone to have a positive experience.
For the younger kids, it's all about their next USTA tournament and preparing for summer events.
But the goals I mentioned remain the same.
On the Pro Tour, as I mentioned last week, the big tournament is in California, at Indian Wells. On the women's side, Maria Kirilenko (RUS) and Maria Sharapova (RUS) are through to the semifinals. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) will be playing Angelique Kerber (GER) in the second semifinal match.
The men are in the quarterfinals round, which features seven of the top eight players in the world. In order: World No. 1 Novak Djokovic (SRB) plays No. 8 Jo Wilfred Tsonga (FRA). Most intriguing is No. 2 Roger Federer (BEL) playing No. 5 Rafael Nadal (ESP). No. 3 Andy Murray (GBR) plays No. 7 Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG). Finally, No. 6 Tomas Berdych (CZE) plays unseeded Kevin Anderson (RSA). Anderson defeated world No. 4 David Ferrer (ESP) in the round of 16.
It should make for some great and interesting tennis.