First Tournament of 2014 Complete!

The first tournament of 2014 finished last Sunday the 19th.  The Elks Adult Indoor was held at the Elks Tennis Center in Billings and was played Saturday and Sunday.  Singles winners included Nelson Miller and Julia Fenn in the Men’s and Women’s open and Frank Witt in the Men’s 4.0.  Doubles action included Matt Hamlin and Joe Sawatzke teaming up to win the Men’s Open Doubles and Lorna Brooks and Julia Fenn winning the Women’s Open Doubles.  Other doubles winners included Frank Witt and Russ Fagg in the Men’s 4.0, Becky King and Terry Perkins in the Women’s 4.0, Barbra Beck and Thomas Kohley in the Mixed 3.5 and Gail Nutting and John Salkowski in the Mixed 4.0.  Congratulations to all the winners!  Next up on the tournament schedule is the Peak Junior Winter Championships next weekend in Missoula at The Peak.

Tournament Magnets and Scheduling

The 2014 USTA-MT Tournament Magnets are in the mail!  Look for them soon in your mailbox!  If you want to see the schedule online click here!  If you want just the League Schedule click here!  We had a great year in 2013 at USTA-MT with increased League participation, membership and a huge increase in our 10 and Under program.  Thank you to everyone who helped make this year special especially Niki, Lauren and the USTA-MT Board!  Have a fun and safe Holiday season and we will see you on the courts in 2014!

USTA-MT Annual Meeting

The USTA-MT Annual Meeting was held last week in Missoula and the USTA-MT Board and staff were all present to discuss the state of tennis in Montana and how we can continue to grow the game that we love.  Everything from scheduling to league to juniors to tournaments and more were examined at length.  In the end, the meeting proved to be productive and is hopefully the start of a great 2014.  The tournament and League schedule was approved and can be viewed by clicking here!  If you want to simply see the League schedule click here! The Board of Directors also created a slate that was sent to the Organizational and Community Members in Montana and approved.  The Board of Directors for USTA-MT in 2014 will consist of:

Scott Potter-President
David Herrera-Vice President
Beth Brennan-Secretary
Douglas Morton-Treasurer
Kyle Wilson
Lew Kosich
Mike Ellis
Colleen Green
Joanne Knapp
 

It was a great meeting and we will see you all on the court in 2014!

Peak Pro-Am Continues its Support for Local Children’s Shelter

In its third year of support for the Watson Children’s Center, the Peak Pro-Am in Missoula was able to donate over $60,000 to the children’s shelter.  This event pairs bidding members from the tennis community with tennis professionals throughout the state and region.  This year ATP Tour players Robert Kendrick and Jesse Witten also attended.  Funds were raised through bidding for a partner, a junior and adult clinic, a silent auction and donations.  The Watson Children’s Center is a haven for neglected and abused children throughout Western Montana and supports hundreds of children each year.  This is the third year for the Pro-Am and although this has been the most successful year, the three year fundraising total exceeds $100,000.  Congratulations to Juliette, Fran, the staff at the Watson Children’s Center, all the pros who came to Missoula and donated their time, and of course, Scott Potter for all his tireless work.

5th Annual Play with a Griz Day!

Get out and support your local college team as the Griz Women host their 5th Annual Play with a Griz Day!  The event will be at the Lindsey Outdoor Tennis Center at the U of M on Sunday the 15th of September.  Come play doubles with the Griz Women, meet the players and have some fun!  To find out more information contact Steve Ascher at 406-370-9436 or Steven.ascher@mso.umt.edu.  You can also click here for the online pamphlet!

Adult 18 & Over League Deadline Approaching!

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer!  Just a quick reminder that the USTA-MT Adult 18 & Over District Championship Tournament is July 8th!  This tournament will be held in Missoula on July 25-28.  We only have one registration deadline this year so you only have a few weeks left to register your team or register for a team.  Please go to our website at www.montanatennis.org  and click on “Leagues” to register.
If you are new to tennis and do not know a team captain, we can help you find a team.  Contact Niki at nfroines.mta@gmail.com or 406-529-1425 if you have any questions or if you need help creating or finding a team!  Also, try our new “Forums” link on the top right of the USTA-MT homepage to use our message board to try and find teams or players!

Tennis Day at Elks Center in Billings

The Elks Tennis Center is hosting a kick-off for the 2013 summer tennis season on June 1.  This special event, located at 934 Lewis Avenue in Billings, will feature something for all ages and tennis ability levels.  For more information, call the club at 406-839-2896 or Tennis Professional Coach Peach at 406-839-6982.
The Tennis LaLaPalooza will be highlighted by a playing exhibition of Kimberly Yee, the #1 ranked junior female tennis player in the United States.  Kim has a world ranking in womens tennis and has qualified for the US Open in the past.  She will take the courts later in the afternoon to play an opponent for the enjoyment of the viewing public in Billings.
Tennis players interested in participating should come to the cushion courts at the Elks Club during the following schedule:

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2013 USTA-Montana Grants!

The 2013 grant applications are now available!  This year we have 2 grants, one for juniors and the other for Montana communities.  To see the junior grant click here!  To see community grant click here!  Apply soon as the application deadlines are not too far away!