Patrick McEnroe will be the keynote speaker and clinician at the Texas Tennis Coaches Association’s annual convention on Dec. 1-3, once again being hosted by Horseshoe Bay Resort in Marble Falls.

Local coaches — elementary, junior high school, high school and college — are urged to attend this three-day event.

The deadline to register without a late fee is Nov. 1.

“Each year Wilson Racket Sports provides a special keynote speaker to address the coaches, on and off the courts, but this year they have ‘hit an ace’ with Patrick McEnroe,” TTCA executive director Steve Buck said.

“What an honor this will be for the tennis coaches across the state of Texas to have an opportunity to visit with and hear from such a tennis star.”

The famed player, coach and announcer — most notably the younger brother of John McEnroe — will present on-court sessions during the weekend along with participating in the Wilson Racket Sports Coach of the Year and Hall of Fame awards banquet on Dec. 1.

More than 500 coaches from throughout Texas and neighboring states attend to “learn, rejuvenate and share ideas” with each other, Buck said.

The convention also features over 35 booths at the trade show, where vendors from across the nation show off their wares to the coaches.

This is the third year the convention is being held at Horseshoe Bay Resort.

To register, visit the TTCA website at www.texastenniscoaches.com. Rooms at the resort are limited and given on a first-come, first-serve basis.

SIGN UP — NOW!

Bay Area Racquet Club will host its 9th Annual Fall Festival Adult & Junior Open tennis tournament this Friday through Sunday.

Entry deadline is today at 11:59 p.m.

The non-sanctioned tournament is offering a variety of singles, doubles and mixed doubles events, including boys’ and girls’ 10-and-under green- and orange-ball division singles and parent-child doubles.

Entry fees are $54.25 for singles and $87 per doubles team. There is an event limit of one singles and one doubles, or two doubles.

Online registration is available. The tournament identification number is 800013617.

For information, call tournament director Eric Striesfeld at 281-488-7026 or email him at bayarearacquetclub@yahoo.com.

NEAR-PERFECT 10s

Friendswood’s Madison Duong and League City’s Katiana Gonzalez both reached their respective girls 10-and-under orange-ball singles finals at the Racquet Pro Deer Park Fall Challenger 1-Day tennis tournament in Clear Lake City.

Both were three-time winners before losing in the championship round.

Duong, competing in the Keys division, first received a default win against Houston’s Lana Nguyen, then defeated Spring’s Emma Angelkov in the quarterfinals, 4-1, 4-2, and Houston’s Aadya Sachdeva in the semifinals, 4-0, 4-2.

But in the final, Duong lost to Spring’s Marta Pacuraru 4-1, 4-0.

As for Gonzalez, a competitor in the Kvitova division, she debuted with a 4-0, 4-0 shutout over Houston’s Elena Sepesi before also beating Spring’s Sophia Zlatkova and Tomball’s Angelina Pham in the quarters and semis by the same 4-1, 4-0 scores.

Gonzalez later lost to Houston’s Laila Nguyen in the final, 4-1, 4-2.

MORE TO BARC ABOUT

League City’s Grayson Van Pelt and Friendswood’s Heinzll Unson each advanced to boys’ singles finals at the Racquet Pro Deer Park Fall Challenger 2-Day tournament.

Van Pelt, seeded No. 2 in the 16s white division, won four times before losing a three-set marathon to Kemah’s No. 3-seeded Chris Alberto in the championship match, 5-7, 7-6 (7-3), 11-9.

Van Pelt first received a bye, then beat Spring’s Eli Lane in the second round, 2-6, 6-4, 10-5, and Sugar Land’s No. 7-seeded Shrev Mehta in the quarterfinals, 6-2, 6-2.

Later, in the semifinals, Van Pelt eased past Katy’s Justin Chai 6-2, 6-3.

Meanwhile, Unson also collected four wins en route to the 18s final before dropping a 6-3, 6-1 decision to Cypress’ Omar Dadabhoy in the final.

Unson defeated Spring’s Tyler Flanders in the first round, 6-1, 6-2, and Houston’s George McDonald in the second round, 6-2, 6-0, then upset Kingwood’s No. 4-seeded Bryce Guynes in the quarterfinals, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 10-6.

Unson followed with a 6-3, 6-4 effort past Houston’s Jose Rosette in the semifinals.

MOVING ON UP

Michael Leger and Juan Barney both recorded perfect scores of 18 to win their respective courts in week No. 3 of the Galveston Island Thursday Night Tennis League.

Joining the two in the winners’ circle were Mike Vishon with a score of 17, Ann Reiser (14), Frank Mencacci (12) and Lawrence Weiser (9).

This week’s court assignments are: Court 1 — Mencacci, Jeff Dubrow, Steve Cunningham and Weiser; Court 2 — Liz Castillo, Heidi Harrison, Dominic Etienne and Reiser; Court 3 — Mary Lou Dallas, Tammy Willner, Jacque Creswell and Barney.

Also, Court 4 — Brandon Locklin, Adrienne Skiles, Ed Hooven and Vishon; Court 5 — Beep Sullivan, Tony Liles, Gail Kilgore and Ledger; and Court 6 — Susan Dudek, Maureen Sykora, Dana Magnuson and Becky Cunningham.

TIP OF THE DAY

In singles, you want to push forward, giving your opponent less time to react.

Time kills.

Manuel Moreno Jr.: mmjtenicon@aol.com

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