Austin Tennis Club's Texas Cup team for 2013 has been selected and is practicing hard! Pictured is the 2012 team, which competed in Dallas. You'll see a few new faces, and many old friends this year. Come out to the UT Penick Allison courts on Saturday and Sunday to support your friends and frenemies, show the legendary Austin hospitality to our guests from Dallas and Houston (primarily off the courts), and have a fun time watching great tennis!
After months of planning, ATC is ready to host the annual Texas Cup team tennis tournament May 17-19.
Every year, Austin, Dallas and Houston battle to take home the coveted Texas Cup, during a weekend tournament that rotates between each city. Each team consists of the top 24 players from each city's club. Each competitor plays one singles match and two doubles matches. A club is awarded one point for every match victory, ultimately determining who wins the Texas Cup. Austin is primed to win back the Texas Cup, after narrow losses the past two years.
Location. Location. Location.
It’s all about location, so we’ve secured the best possible venue to host the 2013 Texas Cup. The University of Texas (UT) Penick-Allison Courts is considered to one of the finest collegiate tennis facilities in the nation, featuring 12 lighted courts and more than 1,800 premium stadium seats. Penick-Allison was selected as the "Outstanding Tennis Facility in the Nation" by the United States Tennis Association, and this is the first time it has hosted Texas Cup.
Singles matches begin Saturday morning promptly at 9, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Doubles play begins at 3 p.m. Saturday, and continues Sunday at 9 and 11 a.m. All players must be at the courts by 8:15 a.m. Saturday for the official line-up exchange and team photos. While there is ample parking at state parking garages and some on-street parking, finding spots could be challenging due to UT graduation weekend. Garage parking costs approximately $10. Please plan ahead and if possible, carpool.
Tennis + Friends = ATC Friday Night Mixer
ATC will host a welcome mixer Friday night on the back patio of Oil Can Harry’s (OCH) with a cash bar from 7 – 9 p.m.
Texas Cup Dinner: Frozen or on the rocks?
For the team dinner Saturday evening, we’re heading to one of the hottest areas in Austin – South Congress, otherwise known as SOCO. Located at 2910 S. Congress just across from St. Edward’s University, El Gallo is a 50-year tradition in Austin and a regular ATC hangout. Mariachi music, margaritas and authentic Mexican food make El Gallo one of Austin’s favorite “local” restaurants. Texas Cup competitors are invited for dinner and drinks from 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Austin Tennis Club sponsored the 11th annual Heart of Texas Classic March 1-3, 2013. The tournament featured 138 players in five divisions competing over the weekend at three Austin tennis venues - South Austin Tennis Center, Pharr Tennis Center, and the UT Penick-Allison courts on Sunday for the semifinals and finals.Winners took home rainbow-edged trophies made by NPGlass. The competition was as stiff as the slightly chilly winds that blew through Austin on Saturday and Sunday after Friday's perfect weather.
The draw party was held Thursday night at Rain on 4th, and a buffet banquet on Saturday night was enjoyed at Abel's on the Lake.
Congratulations to the following players who took home hardware:
Open singles winner: Dan GarzaOpen singles finalist: Christopher TrepteOpen doubles winners: Dan Garza/John WhitneyOpen doubles finalists: Ian Shipps/Kiko UrenaA singles winner: Aaron WilliamsA singles finalist: Clark PetersonA doubles winners: Jeremy Cooper/Mike FlynnA doubles finalists: Oliver McKistry/Troy Zabel
B singles winner: Kyle GordonB singles finalist: Steve NugentB doubles winners: Andy Fouche/Xavier PenaB doubles finalists: Tom Calderon/Carlos Martinez
C singles winner: Pacifico MarquezC singles finalist: Marco CastellanosC doubles winners: Seth Tribble/David VansuchC doubles finalists: Ben Brock/Christopher Lewis
D singles winner: Danny HuynhD singles finalist: Jeremy MoserD doubles winners: Adam Hasson/Jeremy MoserD doubles finalists: Roman Castillo/Curtis Walters
The ATC Holiday Party was another great success this year. We gathered at El Gallo Restaurant for margaritas and queso. Candy, as usual, stole the spotlight. We collected a tableful of toys for the Austin Children’s Shelter, and the white elephant gift exchange was slightly less naughty than in past years.
Doug, our outgoing president, announced the new Board for 2013:
President – Andrew KnoxVice President – Steve FloresSecretary – Rick RoemerTreasurer – Takao NonakaCompetitive Chair – Geoff DudleySocial Chair – Hector VelazquezMembership Chair – Debarun Mujamdar
Doug also announced this year’s award winners:
The Michael Garcia Member of the Year Award – Keith BundasPlayer of the Year – Darin UpchurchMost Improved Player – Otis Larry Newcomer of the Year – Brian CaveTexas Cup MVP – Aubrey WilkersonOutstanding HOT Director 2012 – Mike FlynnSpecial Thanks – Tim Wei
Please join us in thanking our outgoing board members for their service, welcoming the new board, and congratulating the winners of the 2012 award!!
(More party photos on ATC's Facebook page)
Austin Tennis Club Boat Party 2012
Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale of a fateful tennis club trip. After a drought hiatus last year, ATC resurrected the Lake Travis boat party. Twenty-two passengers set sail Sunday aboard the Golden Mermaid, for a five hour tour, a five hour tour. It was a beautiful day: blazing sun, warm water, plentiful drink, including vile Lake Juice (water). Who knew it would end in a wild adventure?
Swimming, sunscreen, sausage; fun and games as usual. A few worked; a few drank a bit much; and a few wore obscene swimsuits. (You know who you are.)
As the Golden Mermaid set sail for home port, the weather started getting rough. The party barge was tossed. The Captain ordered us first to one side, then the other, and a debate raged. We had already tied some of our more petite members down so they wouldn’t get blown away, but could not decide who we would have to eat first if we were ship wrecked on an uncharted desert isle. One member spent time trying to contact Anderson Cooper to give the dramatic interview, in case we survived.
Luckily, the courage of the fearless crew saw us home through the 60 mph gale, stinging sideways rain, an overmatched outboard motor, and the leaning barge of Lake Travis. The Golden Mermaid was not lost, and no one was swept overboard (we think).
Pictured is club president, Doug, who ended the day with a lesson on how to deal effectively deal with PTSD, or a ladder match loss. Take your pick.
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