Galveston’s Paul Mabry placed second in the men’s 60-and-older singles at the Missouri City Community Tennis Association August Tournament.

Mabry lost to eventual champion Dennis Hiilsmeier, of San Antonio, in round one of the round-robin event, 6-1, 6-4.

But in his next matchup, Mabry eased past Spring’s Charles Roach, 6-1, 6-3, to claim his runner-up finish.

Flex those muscles

Bay Area Racquet Club in Clear Lake is giving local tennis enthusiasts a chance to play league singles matches at courts and times that best fit their schedules.

The United States Tennis Association Flextennis League fall season for both juniors and adults begins Sept. 13. Deadline to register is Sept. 6.

BARC’s Flextennis League is under the direction of coordinator Sam Chadwell.

“Just arrange the time and place with your opponent each week,” Chadwell said.

The league features an eight-match regular-season schedule against a variety of opponents.

“You have a span of approximately two weeks to schedule and complete each match,” Chadwell said.

When the regular season is completed, the top players in each division qualify for a postseason playoff tournament.

The junior division for both boys and girls is broken up into two age brackets — 11-14 and 15-18.

Cost to join the league is $79 per player.

For information, call Chadwell at 713-818-9109 or email him at

Coming soon

Bay Oaks Country Club in Clear Lake will host the Racquet Pro Cup tennis tournament Aug. 30.

Entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. Tuesday. Entry fees vary.

Various junior and adult singles and doubles events are being offered.

Online registration is available. The tournament identification number is 800046814.

For information, call tournament director Seth Suresh at 281-488-3675 or email him at

Tip of the day

“Australian” doubles, where you and your partner line up serving on the same half of the court, is a good way to confuse your opponents.

The server should stand as close to the centerline as possible to avoid opening up angles for the returner.

Also, try serving into the body of the returner.

Manuel Moreno Jr. is head tennis coach at J. Frank Dobie High School and Texas Tennis Coaches Association’s Class 5A Coach of the Year for 2005. Email him at

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