Former Tiki Island resident Paul Christian had a busy weekend at the United States Tennis Association-Texas Section annual meeting held at Horseshoe Bay Resort in Marble Falls.

Christian, who recently moved to Bellville, was first recognized at the awards luncheon for his 25 years of service to USTA-Texas.

Then, Christian, as chairman of the state association’s first-ever sportsmanship task force, made a presentation at the board of directors meeting.

There, Christian told the volunteer members his task force needed to immediately address the following: parents and players; officials; teaching professionals and tennis academies; and sportsmanship ambassadors.

“Our goal is to improve sportsmanship (during tournament and league match play),” Christian said. “We want kids and parents to be in a friendly setting and want them to come back.

“We’re off to a great start. We have a smart and enthusiastic group. We have a long way to go.”

NOT BOARD AT ALL

Also, Galveston’s Bobby Kleinecke added another title to his list of plenty, being named to the USTA-Texas’ board of directors at the annual meeting of the membership.

Kleinecke, head tennis coach at Rudder High School in Bryan and executive director of the Texas Tennis Coaches Association, will serve as chair of the Section’s Southeast Zone through 2021.

The appointment was unanimous.

“Being named to the USTA-Texas board of directors brings one more opportunity to collaborate between the TTCA and the USTA,” Kleinecke said. “I look forward to giving back to the game of tennis that has been so gracious to me in my lifetime.”

Kleinecke is also chairman of the USTA-Texas schools committee.

CHECK IT OUT

Wilson Sporting Goods is stopping off in Houston on March 15-16 to showcase its newest racquet series, the Wilson Clash.

Wilson’s Clash Revolution Tour bus will be at Tennis Express, 10770 Westheimer Rd., from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on March 15 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on March 16.

“This new Wilson launch is probably the biggest in the racquet industry in quite some time,” spokesperson Tim Calhoun said.

There will be door prizes and Wilson Clash giveaways.

For information, call Tennis Express at 713-435-4800.

TIP OF THE DAY

In doubles, aim most of your serves down the “T” (close to the center service line) or into the body.

Manuel Moreno Jr.: mmjtenicon@aol.com.

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