Friendswood High School’s tennis team will host a tennis marathon fundraiser Aug. 15-17, starting and ending both days at 4 p.m.

For 48 nonstop hours, the Mustangs will play against tennis enthusiasts from the Friendswood community who want to help supplement the team’s budget for uniforms, travel and food expenses.

Friendswood coach David Cook said community members can bring their own companion(s) and play among their friends if this seems like a more comfortable way to play.

A silent auction also will be held.

All action will take place at the Mustangs’ home courts, located on campus at Friendswood High School.

For information or to be a sponsor, call Cook at 832-452-3598.

Pearson takes title

Friendswood’s Max Pearson won the boys’ 14-and-younger singles championship at the Bay Area Racquet Club-Racquet Pro July Junior Open tennis tournament in Clear Lake City.

Pearson, seeded No. 2, won five rounds, including a 6-3, 6-3 victory in the finals against Houston’s Cole Rassner.

After drawing a bye, Pearson beat Galveston’s Antonio Corrales in the second round, 6-0, 6-0, and Houston’s Michael Weiner in the quarterfinals, 6-2, 6-2.

Pearson followed with a 6-1, 6-0 semifinals victory over The Woodlands’ No. 4-seeded Max Martakov.

In first-round action, Corrales outlasted Friendswood’s Adric Christensen, 2-6, 6-4, 10-7.

Doubles winners

Also at the tournament, Friendswood’s Kishan Patel teamed up with Seabrook’s Jose McIntyre to win the boys’ 18s doubles.

Patel and McIntyre, seeded No. 1, defeated Pearson and Houston’s Nickhil Pant, the No. 2 seeds, in the final, 8-0.

Patel and McIntyre faced their toughest challengers in the semifinals, slipping past League City’s Ford Cunningham and Brian Martin, 8-5.

Cunningham and Martin debuted with an 8-6 win over Seabrook’s Reed Collier and Houston’s Grant McKenzie in the quarterfinals.

Pearson and Pant advanced to the championship match with an 8-0 shutout in the other semifinal.

Tip of the day

In doubles, you want to hit high-percentage returns away from the middle of the court.

But keep your opponent honest and guessing by going down the line or sending up a lob every now and then.

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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