Court Status: Plans for new courts are proceeding slowly. We believe the engineer is currently developing the plans and hope to hear progress soon. We are disappointed that the USTA tennis grant was NOT awarded to
501C7 Tax Exempt Status was approved thanks to the efforts of Darrell Latham. Hurray!
ATA CHRISTMAS PARTY was
hosted by Sintra and Ruthvan Sampath.
Highlights were good food, tacky gift exchange, and lots of laughs. Thanks Sintra and Ruthvan!
USTA Southern New Mexico Meeting was held Nov. 17th in
Correction! Results for the Men’s 55 Doubles were incorrectly reported!
Men's 55 Doubles Jeff Lazar (AZ) / Jeffrey Murray (1) def. James Crouse / Thomas Springer (2) 6-7(4); 6-0; 6-4.
Thanks to Tom Van Hook for junior tennis racket donation!
There will be no Jan. newsletter or Jan. board meeting due to holidays and board member absences. Some info will be sent out via email or posted on court bulletin board. Play days are: Jan. 5th and Feb. 2nd at 9:00 at city courts.
If you are interested in hosting a play day, please contact Steve Schuster or Neil Bottger or contact any board member.
Next ATA Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 5th at The 19th Hole (Desert Lakes Golf Club Restaurant). Please be reminded that ATA members are always welcome and encouraged to attend board meetings.
Words can’t really describe the
--Gracious tennis on well maintained clay courts.
--Gifts: Alamogordo/Chihuahua dual “meat” t-shirts, key chains, pillows
Club DePortiva President Dr. Jose Lozoya accepting plaque from ATA president John Genta
ATA and club
Gabrela, Sabine, Diane, and Linda
Nell’s lottery. Sabine picked closest arrival time.
Cathy, Harold, Grady, Dale, Sabine, Wolfgang
ATA in hotel lobby
Adventures of Tom Sawxxx Springer
By Grady Nicholson
US Team Places Second
Tom Springer, our ATA member from Cloudcroft, and his US team members placed second in the Bitsy Grant Cup competition (for 75+ age group) just completed in New Zealand. The
In the individual (non-team) competition that followed the Cup competition, Tom played both singles and doubles in the 75-age category, teaming again with his Cup partner, Leslie Devoe, for the doubles. In the 28-player singles draw, Tom, unseeded, won three matches including a 6-3, 6-3 defeat of the number 2 seed, one of the Canadians that Tom played doubles against in the Bitsy Cup finals. Unfortunately, Tom lost in the semi-finals to the number 3 seed, a Japanese and former Davis Cup player. The Canadian number one seed, Lorne Main-the other player Tom played against in the Cup doubles final, won the event. This was
Tom and Leslie Devoe were seeded number 2 in the 12-team doubles competition but lost in the semi-finals to the unseeded team of George McCabe, one Tom’s other