Galveston’s Bobby Kleinecke is the new executive director of the Texas Tennis Coaches Association.
The four-time O’Connell High School state doubles champion and Buccaneer Hall of Fame charter member officially takes over for Steve Buck.
Kleinecke’s appointment was made at the TTCA’s annual convention and clinic, which concludes today at Horseshoe Bay Resort in Marble Falls.
“I’m excited to be working with the TTCA at a new angle,” Kleinecke said. “This is a great organization already, and I am looking forward to helping the association reach an even higher level.
“I have been in conversations with the officers, and what we want to do is help create a culture of thinking out of the box as to how we can help the school tennis players enjoy tennis for the rest of their lives.”
More than 520 coaches are in attendance this weekend. Pat McEnroe was the guest clinician and addressed the coaches at Friday night’s Hall of Fame awards banquet.
“Family, teamwork are what comes with this great game,” McEnroe told the coaches, later adding, “There ain’t nothing like Texas. God bless Texas.”
Among those on hand were Clear Creek’s Derick Geise and Patrick Russell, Clear Springs’ Gregg Parker and Joyce Thomas, and Friendswood’s Brittany Campbell and David Cook.
TOYS FOR A CAUSE
Don’t forget about this Saturday’s mixed doubles tennis tournament at the Menard Park Scoggins-Stiglich Courts in Galveston.
Registration begins at 8 a.m., with tournament play starting at approximately 8:30 a.m.
Entry fee will be a toy — wrapped or unwrapped — per player (two per team).
The tournament is being hosted by Galveston’s Mitchell Moreno in cooperation with the city of Galveston Parks & Recreation Department.
For information, call 713-417-8062.
BARC OUT LOUD
Friendswood’s Natan Bondin teamed up with Waxahachie’s Silas Sandles to capture the boys 16-and-under doubles title at the Bay Area Racquet Club Doubles Only Championship Major Zone tennis tournament in Clear Lake City.
Bondin and Sandles, seeded No. 1, racked up five wins along the way, including a 7-5, 6-4 finals victory over Baytown’s Carson Champagne and Houston’s Mark Vinson, the No. 4 seeds.
After receiving a first-round bye, Bondin and Sandles defeated Sugar Land’s Jacob Berry and Kenneth Lam in the second round, 1-6, 0-1 retired, before rallying past Richmond’s Anthony Nguyen and Katy’s David Zhu, the No. 6 seeds, in the quarterfinals, 1-6, 7-5, 10-3.
Then, in the semifinals, Bondin and Sandles defeated Katy’s Jeffrey Dai and Akash Melachuri 6-0, 7-5.
MISS AND MISTERS NOVEMBER
Friendswood’s Danna Cai, Xavier Carbone-Larson and Rohan Sunkureddi each walked away with first-place honors at the BARC November Junior Open tennis tournament.
Cai won the girls 10s singles green-ball division, while Carbone-Larson was doing likewise in the boys 14s doubles with Katy partner Brian Ho.
At the same time, Sunkureddi and San Antonio’s Divyam Bansal were pairing up to win the boys’ 16s doubles.
Cai was a three-time winner, following a bye with a 4-1, 4-3 win over Humble’s Chukwumelije Clark in the semifinals, then beating League City’s Anika Sub in the final, 4-0, 4-2.
Sub advanced to the championship round with a bye and a 4-2, 4-1 semifinal decision past Humble’s Dana Locke.
Carbone-Larson and Ho, seeded No. 1, breezed to their championship, giving up only four games in three rounds, including an 8-3 finals victory over Baytown’s Dave Daymiel and Houston’s Ethan Flores, the No. 2 seeds.
Earlier, following a bye, Carbone-Larson and Ho had little problems putting away Houston’s Theodore Nemeth and Stuart Simpson in the semifinals, 8-1.
As for Sunkureddi and Bansal, they lived up to their No. 1 seed, as well, with three wins, including a 9-7 finals victory over Houston’s No. 2-seeded William Brogan and Aditya Nagpal.
To reach the final, after receiving a bye, Sunkureddi and Bansal outlasted The Woodlands’ Noah Sam and Cypress’ Nicholas Smeltzer in the semifinals, 8-6.
League City’s Katiana Gonzalez and Friendswood’s Megan Chu settled for second best in their respective girls singles events at the BARC November Open.
Gonzalez was runner-up in the 10s orange-ball division, and Chu grabbed silver in the 18s bracket.
Gonzalez won three times before losing to Houston’s Laila Nguyen in the championship match, 4-2, 4-0.
Following a bye, Gonzalez beat The Woodlands’ Aranza Palet in the quarterfinals, 4-0, 4-1, and Houston’s Lana Nguyen in the semifinals, 4-1, 4-1.
Chu, meanwhile, needed four wins to reach her final, two of those victories being three-set comebacks.
Chu, the No. 2 seed, first drew a bye, then proceeded to beat The Woodlands’ Laurel Coleman in the second round, 6-3, 6-2, and Houston’s Divya Tulluri in the quarterfinals, 4-6, 6-3, 10-8.
Later, in the semifinals, Chu held on for a 2-6, 6-1, 10-5 effort past Friendswood’s Quinn Radtke.
Radtke had advanced to the semis with three wins, the latter a 6-0, 6-3 upset of Houston’s No. 3-seeded Alejandra Lopez in the quarterfinals.
Radtke earlier had a bye, then defeated Cypress’ Shalom Victor in the second round, 6-4, 6-2.
Thursday is the last day to sign up for the BARC December Junior Open tennis tournament on Dec. 16-17.
This is an intermediate-level tournament.
Boys’ and girls’ 12s through 18s open singles is being offered, along with boys’ and girls’ 10s singles in both the green- and orange-ball divisions.
Entry fee is $38.13 per player. There is a one event limit.
Online registration is available. The tournament identification number is 800011717.
For information, call tournament director Eric Striesfeld or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TIP OF THE DAY
In doubles, serve up the “T” to reduce the angle of return.