Our LNTA athletes covered a lot of ground in the winter and early spring, playing in every level tournament from state L5’s to nationals! At all levels, they expanded their games, learned how to win and lose, and gained some great life experiences. Some stayed local, competing in school and USTA matches. Others traveled throughout the state and south, competing in Raleigh, Louisville, Knoxville, Baton Rouge, Rome (GA), Charleston, Augusta, Winston-Salem, and more! Everyone came back with stories, and we know you have pictures. If you’d like to share them, please send them to us. We’d love to share the stories and pictures. The picture above was taken on day two of the Winter Southern Closed Championships, December 2012. Olivia and Hannah were leaving to warm-up for early matches, hoping to cross paths with Ryan in prep for the tough competition ahead. Although the matches were indoor, a snowstorm swept through Louisville for the second year in a row during this tournament, causing issues with road conditions and concerns about match-time delays. In the end, it all worked out, and the players enjoyed the first big snowday of the year!
ADVANCE, NC — Several Lake Norman Tennis Academy (LNTA) athletes competed well at this year’s NC Level 1 Championships near Winston-Salem as they prepared for the Tar Heel Qualifier in May. This included six players who made it deep into the singles tournament and five who played in a doubles quarterfinal or better. Of particular note, Ryan was a finalist in 12 doubles, Courtney was a finalist in the main draw of 16 singles, and Courtney won the Sportsmanship award (pictured right). Anderson made it to the semifinals of the main draw in 10 singles. Olivia played in the finals of 14 singles consolation. Hannah (16 singles), Morgan (12 singles), and Ryan (12 singles) made it to the quarterfinals of their consolation draws.
It’s time to start thinking about the Winter Tennis Session. What a fantastic fall we have had. We are hoping for our luck to hold and for this great training weather to continue as much as possible. Click here for the winter session registration form, which includes the months of January and February. As always, please let us know your plans for the next couple of months, so we can plan accordingly. Hope you are all enjoying the break and having a wonderful holiday season!
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation will be adjusting the hours of operation at the tennis facilities during the winter months. Starting December 10 and going through February 26, the courts will be open sunrise until 9:00 pm. As the temperatures continue to get colder, there is not a need to keep the facilities open as late. This is a cost saving measure as well as a safety issue. Signs will be made and posted at the facilities this week to inform users of the new policy.