Friendswood’s Megan Chu won the girls’ 14-and-younger singles Qualified Division at the Deer Park Junior Open tennis tournament.

Chu, seeded No. 2, collected four wins in all, including a 6-0, 6-0 shutout of Houston’s Ruth Ling in the final.

Chu drew a bye before beating Pearland’s Annissa Aamoum in the quarterfinals, 6-3, 6-3, and Houston’s No. 3-seeded Sophia Huynh in the semifinals, 1-6, 6-4, 11-9.

Meanwhile, placing third in the boys’ 12s singles open round-robin division was League City’s Christian Dadd.

Island’s future finest

The Galveston Parks and Recreation Department concluded its free six-week summer tennis program with a postseason tournament.

Taking top honors in the 10-12 age bracket was Zoe Overton, with Edward Hoffman finishing second and Lucy Ma and Kate Walker tying for third. Abby Westhause placed fourth.

The 9-and-younger winner was Riley Heffernan. Porter Devane, Sofia Grasso and Tiana Wang tied for second, and Isaac Alegria was third.

Avery Walker won the 7-and-younger title, and Phillip Grasso was first in the 5-and-younger age bracket.

The beginner and intermediate players were taught by Dominic Elzner and Jonathan Viernes under the direction of city superintendent of recreation John Armstrong and yours truly, the head instructor.    

Play time

Menard Park’s Scoggins-Stiglich Tennis Courts will be the site of the second annual Galveston Tennis Play Day from 10 a.m. to noon on Sept. 27.

Cindy Benzon of the United States Tennis Association-Texas Section once again will provide a number of fun games and prizes for tennis enthusiasts of all ages.

Members of both the Ball and Dobie high school tennis teams will be on hand to assist Benzon.

For information, call event organizer Margo Walters at 817-793-3760.

Tip of the day

To cut down on double faults, practice playing sets by allowing only one serve per point instead of the usual two. A way to do this is imagine you already missed your first serve.

Playing one-serve tennis will help you conquer those fears of double faulting, especially on the big points.

So, think first serve each and every time.

What’s All the Racket?

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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