Eric Heeder

Eric Heeder

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Monday, 22 November 2010 21:56

Austin Tennis Club Year End Banquet

Please join us for our annual year end celebration. This years festivities will be held at the Mekong River Restaurant on 6th street. The club will provide food, drink tickets, as well as soda and tea. We will be taking donation for our Holiday toy drive charity. Please bring an unwrapped toy to donate. All toy donors will receive extra drink tickets!!


Date: 12/11


Where: Mekong River, 215 East 6th Street

during the dinner we will be giving out the annual club awards as well as announcing who the club has chosen for the 2011 board positions. 

For entertainment, we will be playing the White elephant game. If you choose to participate please bring a gift of around $15.00 in value. Lasts years gifts proved to be very interesting. This years should be no different! 

Guests are $25.00 at the door and are welcome to join in on any of the festivities. Rumor has it we will have a personal Asian cocktail waitress dressed in barely there holiday attire. 

We look forward to seeing you at the event.  Please be sure to RSVP on our club website,

Eric Heeder 
ATC President

Thursday, 19 August 2010 07:54

ATC Doubles Championship!

It's that time of year again!

We are very excited to announce this years ATC Doubles Championship tournament.  Call up your doubles partner, hit the practice courts, and get ready for some stiff competition.  be sure to save the date on your calendar and keep your eyes out for registration updates to follow.


Dates: October 22-24

Location: South Austin Tennis Center


Thanks and see you on the courts!

ATC Board Of Directors

Hello Members,

I am excited and proud to announce Austin Tennis Club  has partnered with South Austin Tennis center as our official club home court location.  As many of you already know, we host our weekly tennis social as well as various other events at the center throughout the year.  Brien Parsons, myself, and Jim Rainbolt, have been working together to come up with an exciting partnership that will offer our members some great new benefits for being a member of Austin Tennis Club.


  • A 10% Discount on all RippnerTennis merchandise
  • Host to our annual club singles and and doubles championship
  • Future team tennis seasons
The above discount is off of all regularly priced merchandise including shoes, racquets, bags, strings, and accessories.  Lessons, clinics, stringing, ball machines, and concessions are NOT included in the discount.


We will be announcing some exciting new events for the fall and want to thank all of our members for your continued support of not only ATC, but RippnerTennis as well.

See ya on the courts!!

Eric Heeder

President of Austin Tennis Club

Monday, 02 August 2010 09:26

Congratulations Team Heat Stroke!!

Hello Members,

I wanted to take a moment to congratulate team Heat Stroke.  As some of you are aware my 3.5 USTA team captained by Aubrey Wilkerson is off to sectionals in Dallas this Friday.  Our team consists mainly of Austin Tennis Club members who have all busted our buts on the court this season and finished #2 in our division and posted a 11-2 win loss record as a team. We are really excited to head into competition this Friday and I wanted to take a moment to congratulate our members who have worked really hard.  We have had a great season filled with amazing tennis, drama moments, and lots of laughter.
Aubrey Wilkerson
Mike Sepulveda
Jim Rainbolt
Eric Heeder
Tomoya "drama" Akashi
Doug Plumber
Josh Hooge
Andrew Knox
Eric Castilleja
Al Padilla
Ruben Herrera
Charles Lewis
Michael Carter
Tim Wei
Good Luck Strokes!!
Eric Heeder
President of ATC


The Houston Tennis Club is happy to offer EARLY BIRD prizes for three randomly selected players who enter and pay their fees by Saturday, October 16th.  For those players who register and pay by this date, they will be entered into a random drawing for one of the following prizes:
•    HOTEL * – Two free nights at the Westin Galleria (Host Hotel) during the tournament weekend.  (Note, you still would have one night on your own dime!)
•    AIRLINE – Two individuals will each win one Southwest Airlines flight voucher
•    HOUTEX31 – Free entry into the 2011 HOUTEX31 tournament
* The hotel prize will be selected from out-of-town players, but the airline vouchers and free entry can be won by any player who meets the October 16th payment deadline.

The Westin Galleria has set up the following link for players to make reservations.  The HOUTEX30 Tournament Room Rate is $104/night.
The Westin Galleria hotel is one of two Westin Towers at the world renowned Galleria Shopping Center.  It is located next to the Macy’s parking garage where players can park for free!
DEADLINE:  The tournament rate is available if booked by October 12th.   Should you miss that deadline, please contact Patrick Dominguez at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and he will request an extension from the hotel on the rate, but note that there is no guarantee.  SO RESERVE EARLY!

ADDRESS:  5060 West Alabama, Houston, TX  77056
PHONE:  713.960.8100


Friday, 16 July 2010 08:00

Melanie Oudin coming to Austin!!

Hello ATC Members,

2009 Us Open semifinalist Melanie Oudin is coming to Austin for an exhibition match.  This is a great opportunity for ATC to get out and watch some world class tennis. Check out the information below and be sure to purchase tickets.

Oudin, Stephens Coming to Austin

May 18, 2010 04:04 PM

Two of America's young stars, Melanie Oudin and Sloane Stephens will headline the Dell Tennis Classic presented by Fox 7 on Saturday, July 24th, at 1:00PM at Lakeway World of Tennis located at One World of Tennis, Austin. In addition to the Oudin and Stephen's singles match, the Tennis Classic will also feature local players in an innovative tiebreak shootout format.

"We are very excited to bring world class women's tennis to Austin" said Tim Stallard, President of Prolink Sports & Entertainment. "It's an honor to have two members of the US Fed Cup team participate in the 3rd Annual Classic."

Melanie Oudin, at the age of 17, became America's sweetheart of tennis with her improbable run to the quarterfinals of the 2009 US Open, where she defeated top ranked players including Maria Sharapova, Elena Dementieva, and Nadia Petrova. Oudin became the youngest American tennis player to play in the quarterfinals since Serena Williams in 1999. She was named the WTA 2009 Newcomer of the Year, and has led the US 2010 Fed Cup team to the world championship final to be held in November of this year.

Sloane Stephens turned professional in 2009 after an outstanding junior career including reaching the semifinals at the 2009 French Open and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 2009. Most recently she was also named to the US Fed Cup team. At the 2010 BNP Paribas she defeated Lucie Hradecka and then lost in a closely contested match against the defending champion, world number 12th ranked, Vera Zvonareva 6-4, 7-5.

The Classic is proudly supported by Dell, the United States Tennis Association, KTBC Fox 7, Wilson, and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

Tickets are available to the public beginning Saturday, May 22nd on-line through or by calling 800-514-etix(3849). Ticket prices are $22.50 general admission/lawn, $37.50 and $52.50.


Wednesday, 09 June 2010 18:49


Hello Members,

It's that time of the year again.  The weather is heating up, the lake is full, and our members have been spotted all over Austin snatching up the smallest possible bathing suits they can find. "TOMOYA" Last years event was quite the display of lake fashion, chilled cocktails, and just some good old fashioned lake fun had by all.  ATC will be providing all the food for the grill, salads, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages.  Feel free to bring your own alcoholic drinks to help unwind and relax after a killer spring season of ATC tennis.  After the buzz from last years party, this years event is filling fast.  Please be sure to RSVP under the events tab for your spot.  Please see below for dates, times, and further details.

Date: Sunday July 18th

Time: 12:00 - 6:00 "plan on arriving by 11:30 as we will be departing promptly"

Cost:$10 for members and $25 for guests.

We will be providing further details on payment in the coming weeks as we would like to have all RSVP guests paid for prior to the event.

We look forward to seeing everyone there and Josh Hooge or myself welcome any questions.  :)

See you on the water!!!!


Wednesday, 09 June 2010 18:40



I want personally thank the handful of dedicated members who came out to support the club and man the ATC pride booth.  We had record numbers of new member interest this year and ended up with over 35 new member forms filled out!! Half of which are female players .  With one of the boards goals this year being to make ATC a more diverse club, I am truly excited to have so many females interested in our club. We will be hosting a new member social one Friday evening in the near future and hope to have all of our current members come out to support the event and make the new players feel welcome.

Thanks again to all who volunteered and showed to the gay community how fun and welcoming ATC truly is.

Eric Heeder

President of Austin Tennis club


Please join is in supporting the annual Austin Gay Pride Festival On Saturday, June 5th. Austin Tennis club will be hosting a booth at the event to help promote the sport of tennis to the gay and lesbian community of Austin.  We are in need of volunteers and hope to see all our members attending stop by to support the club.  Please see below for further event information.

the above-mentioned Long Center plays host from 10 am until 6 pm to the Austin Gay Pride 3M Vendor Expo and Festival, featuring local businesses and community organizations. Also at the Long Center throughout the day are concerts by many more of the city's illustrious music talents: Kat Devlin, Lindsey Kane, Lisa Marshal, and others. Check the Austin Gay Pride events pagefor more information on entertainment and festivities, including kids' entertainment and a pet parade. Earlier in the day, fit-minded celebrants may want to enter the 5K Austin Pride Run, at 9 am, departing from the Long Center.

There are also plays, film screenings, and other entertainment on Saturday - one highlight is a a comedy concert by Sex and The City actor Mario Cantone, at 6 pm at the Long Center's Dell Hall. The Austin Gay Pride Parade takes place Saturday evening at 8:30 pm on the south side of Town Lake (which is what the Colorado River is known as in downtown Austin) around South 1st and Riverside. It then proceeds north across Town Lake, east along Cesar Chavez, north up Congress, west along 4th Street, ending at Guadalupe Street.

The Parade ends at the site of the Austin Gay Pride 4th Street Block Party, which is right in the heart of the city's gay-popular Warehouse District. The block party officially begins at 7:30 pm, but the leading entertainment - including Frenchie Davis, Blake Lewis, and DJ Chris Cox, starts at 10 pm.

Of course, additionally, numerous gay bars as well as gay-popular restaurants, hotels, and shops have special events and parties throughout Pride Week. Check local gay papers and resources, such as Austin Chronicle's Gay Texas Fun Guide,This Week in Texas GLBT paper and the Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce for details. Also take a look at the excellent travel site produced by the city's official tourism organization, the Austin CVB.

For more information please visit the official website at


Hello Members,

The board is excited to announce our first ATC social of 2010. We are really thinking outside the box this year with some new and fresh activities for the club.

In observance of Fat Tuesday, we have purchased a block of tickets at the Alamo Ritz downtown for their MARDI GRAS MASQUERADE SEXY POP Sing-Along! For those of you who are not familiar with a sing along.. It is basically a theater full of people in masks, drinking and eating, singing along to sexy pop hits of current and past while watching the videos on the big screen. I have attended many sing alongs in the past and can say they are a blast and always a night to remember. Masquerade masks are suggested but not required. I will buy a beer for any member who wears one!!!

We will be meeting at the Rusty Spurr around 8:00 pm for cocktails prior to the show. It is always a good idea to get a little loose before sing along, after all, who wants to be belting out Madonna or Justin Timberlake without a little buzz??

  • Cost:$12.00 - Bring $12 cash to event as we have prepurchased tickets
  • Date:Tuesday Feb 16th (Fat Teusday)
  • Time:9:30
  • Location:Alamo Ritz on 6th

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP under the ATC events tab. Please be sure you have signed up under the Events Tab as there is a separate registration and password for that system. Some members have been having issues with the RSVP, be sure you are registered properly.

We appreciate your support of Austin Tennis Club and Hope to see you at the event.

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