Sixty-six new volunteers are in attendance at this weekend’s United States Tennis Association-Texas Section annual meeting, which concludes today at Horseshoe Bay Resort in Marble Falls.

One of those newbies is Beep Sullivan, executive director of The Christina Grillo Sullivan Foundation, as a member of the adaptive-wheelchair committee.

“I am honored to have been chosen, and I look forward to learning, networking with other committee members, sharing ideas to continue promoting opportunities for USTA-Texas adaptive-wheelchair tennis,” Sullivan said.

Present, too, is Galveston native Bobby Kleinecke, now the head coach at Rudder High School in Bryan and executive director of the Texas Tennis Coaches Association.

Kleinecke told the USTA-Texas crowd, “The average high school player wants to have fun. They don’t want to do the boring drills. They have to be entertained.”

Kleinecke, honored at Saturday’s awards luncheon as a 2013 inductee of the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame, was one of four to serve on a question-and-answer panel at the general session.

Several born-on-the-islanders listened in, including Becky Bergara Wortham, a 1972 graduate of Ball High School, and Matthew McCoy, whose father was once president of Galveston College.

Others present with Galveston ties is Laredo’s Tina Gonzales Trevino, a ’65 Tor alum.

MORE LOCAL FLAVOR

Taking place simultaneously at Horseshoe Bay Resort is the United States Professional Tennis Association Texas Conference.

In attendance is former Ball High standout Philip Perez.

Also on hand is former Galveston Racquet Club head teaching pro Tommy Connell.

BIG THANKS

Dickinson High School recently hosted its 2nd annual Varsity Invitational Tennis Tournament.

Gators head coach Christopher Reyes said he was appreciative of two big helping hands.

“I couldn’t have done it without Coach Kevin Etchberger here at Dickinson and Coach Gregg Parker at Clear Springs,” Reyes said.

WHO’S YOUR KING DADDY?

Friday is the deadline to sign up for the King Daddy March Challenger 1- & 2-Day tennis tournaments in Houston on March 9-10.

Entry fee is $36. Online registration is available.

The tournament identification number is 800042519.

For information, call tournament director Todd Folsom at 281-723-8633 or email him at kdsports@aol.com.

TIP OF THE DAY

In singles, when you hit crosscourt, the ball travels longer in the air, giving you more court to work with and more time to recover.

Manuel Moreno Jr.: mmjtenicon@aol.com.

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