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The Hackberry Creek Country Club ladies’ USTA 3.5 tennis team is heading to Palm Springs, CA for the national competition October 9 – 11!

The ladies’ journey to nationals began this spring, when the team won their division 8-0 to qualify for the city championships. At that competition, they battled fellow ClubCorp clubs, Brookhaven and Canyon Creek Country Clubs, to win five straight matches and cinch the victory.

Texas is such a huge and very competitive state, that it is a section unto itself. At sectionals, the team played well, and was 3-1 going into the semis. They won the semi competition, defeating Dallas Country Club 4-1. In winning sectionals, they defeated the best that Texas could offer, including teams from San Antonio, Austin, Amarillo and Dallas.

Good luck to the Hackberry ladies as they take on the best 3.5 teams across the country!

Meet the Team


Captain – Melissa Szabo

Co-Captain – Alicia Harris
Co-Captain – April Newman

Amola Bagri Abrol
Kim Adkins
Lisa Croley
Blaine Eschenberg
Shannon Gregg
Angela Havard
Linda Hopkins
Ranika Klipsch
Kelly Lewallen
Myung McClure
Alissa McKinney
Lisa Meadows
Linda Van der Merwe
Ydiana Mulderrig
Kathy Myers
Vieng Nguyen
Dania Ramirez
Renee Thibodeaux

Coach – Brian Tennery, HC Director of Athletics


This past weekend the Tennis Department at Oakmont Country Club in Corinth, Texas held a 12-hour continuously running marathon doubles tennis match to raise money toward the club’s Charity Classic fundraising.

With a goal of raising $400, doubling the Tennis Department’s contribution over last year, more than 20 participants played two hour shifts, with a new team rotating in every hour. Players included both Members and Guests – including a reunion of mixed doubles partners, a father/daughter team, and old friends – plus several Tennis Department staff members and even Membership Director Joe Cotter, who surprised everyone with his skills on the court. 

Play was nearly interrupted at one point when a team had to cancel at the last minute but, luckily, the continuity was saved when one of the doubles team volunteered to play an extra two hours, for a total of four hours on the court.

At the end of the marathon – which began at 8 a.m. and ended at 8 p.m. – and thanks to one player’s extra contribution, the event raised a total of $500 – exceeding the goal.

The club already is discussing next year’s event and extending the marathon to 36 hours, beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday and playing through 8 p.m. on Sunday with playing going round the clock through the weekend. A great idea and a great reason to hit the courts!

Oakmont Country Club in Corinth, Texas, kicked off Wimbledon last weekend with their own Wimbledon tennis event that included an all-white tennis code, tea sandwiches, and strawberries and cream and, for the winner, a tennis bag from HEAD’s new Wimbledon collection. In addition, a consolation prize was given to the participant in most blatant disregard of the all-white dress code.


At Prestonwood Country Club in Dallas, Director of Tennis John Ingram III, his Tennis Staff and the Golf Course Maintenance Staff go all out each year creating a grass tennis court during Wimbledone. Members also don their whites and play a few matches getting a close-to-authentic grass courts experience.


Kudos to Oakmont and Prestonwood for paying tribute and honoring the oldest – and widely regarded as the most prestigious – tennis tournament in the world.

On Saturday December 7th Venus Williams stopped by Mission Hills Country Club to showcase her tennis and active wear line, EleVen by Venus. Inspired by her legendary tennis career, Venus wanted to create a clothing line that did not restrict movement and that “allowed you to express your individuality, cultivate strength and confidence and makes you feel good every time you put it on” (quote courtesy of 

To exhibit her clothes, Venus put on a fashion show at Mission Hills, which was a huge success! Members were so excited about the clothes that they even bought quite a few items at the Pro Shop after the show. 

Aside from the fashion show, there was a Q&A session with Venus where she reflected on her tennis career. Incase you didn’t know, Venus holds 22 Grand Slam titles (seven in singles, 13 in women’s doubles and two in mixed doubles), is considered one of the best grass court players, is a former World No. 1 ranked player and is an all-time great in women’s tennis! Oh, did we forget to mention the four Olympic gold medals she won too? Needless to say, Venus has had an amazing tennis career and has a promising future with her clothing line and other endeavors. 

EleVen’s motto “look good, play well” was illustrated at Mission Hills not only in the fashion show that took place, but on the faces of all the Members wearing their new clothes. 

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The USPTA Tennessee Chapter has awarded Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club's Tennis Director Bill Riddle the 2013 Tennessee Tennis Facility of the Year award!

Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club tennis offers a full schedule of social and competitive events, programs and activities for Members and the local community. Some programs include, camps, charity events, USTA Jr. Team Tennis, 10 and under tennis programs, local high school tennis matches, USPTA certification workshops and testing as well the USPTA summer coaches' workshop.

The award presentation took place on Saturday during the annual coaches' workshop at the Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville.

Congratulations, Bill! 

Serena Williams handled her task of defeating Victoria Azarenka on Sunday, making it her 17th Grand Slam Title and fifth U.S. Open title. These stats are only matched by one other person; Roger Federer.

Williams won in three straight sets: 7-5, 7-6 (8-6), 6-1. It was a long, hard-fought battle between the two tennis stars, lasting 2 hours, 45 minutes as Williams (31) became the oldest woman to win the Open. This also marks the longest women's singles Open final since 1980 when the time started to be recorded. 

Following her loss, Azarenka had encouraging words for the victor, “I think it’s incredible what she’s achieving. She’s playing definitely her best tennis right now. That’s just really exciting for me to be able to compete against that type of player who can be the greatest of all-time.’’

Serena won her first open back in 1999, making her the first player in tennis history to win a U.S. Open 14 years after winning their first. 

Each year County Club of Hilton Head holds an annual Cleats 'n Sneaks event in order to get golf members and tennis members together in a fun day of competition. In this Olympic-style event, the club pairs tennis members and golf members together in teams that compete in a variety of tennis and golf challenges.  Each of the 10 teams represent a country. At the end of the day, the points are added up, awards are handed out and the combatants dine together.

The club had 25 members compete in the first year of the event, but now quickly fills the field of 80 contestants.

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