South African native Jarryd Botha has joined the proffessional instructional staff of the Midland Community Tennis Centers with general teaching responsibilities to meet growing demand from 3,000-plus members, reports Sharon Cleland, MCTC’s Director of Tennis.
Just graduated from the University of Alabama where he played # 1 singles, Botha will work alongside 25 other instructors at the MCTC.
“We have a large teaching cadre of certified tennis professionals, all of whom undergo currency training on the new trends of the tennis industry. According to the USTA, there are some 17-million people playing the game,” Cleland said.
A 2013 All American, Botha ended the year in the national college top 45 in singles and top 8 in doubles; achieved All SEC (Southeast Athletic Conference) honors, and led the team to its most successful season in a decade.
Botha comes by tennis through family ties. Father Dean Botha is CEO of the Botha Tennis Academy, Cape Town.
Jarryd can be reached at 989-631-6151x216 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over 90 juniors from around the Midwest played the Snow Flake Jr. Open at the MCTC snow and wind weather notwithstanding.
Midland juniors training in the TTP-Tournament Training Program, directed by Steve Host, competed in a variety of age group finals.
In the Boys’ 16, Varun Shanker won the singles championship with Stuart Jackson reaching the finals of the consolations. The Boys’ 12, was won by Anish Middha with Adam Jones a consolations finalist. Brandon Johnson reached the consolations finals of the Boys’ 14.
William Kirkman took the Boys’ 18 crown, with mate Luke Mills winning the consolation title. In the Girls’14, Samantha Burger won the championship, beating fellow finalist Panisa Sermchaiwong.
MIDLAND—Midland’s Ellie Coleman, 10, played up an age division at the USTA National 12’s in Deer Park, Texas, placing third in the 32-player singles draw, and third in the doubles, playing with mate Paige Herremans.
Both youngsters are coached in the Tournament Training Program (TTP) at the Midland Community Tennis Center. The MCTC’s Jessie “Downtown” Brown and partner Sarah Ismail reached the finals of the girls’ 14 doubles in the USTA Nationals in St. Louis, Missouri.
Ismail finished 9th in the 32-player singles draw by winning the consolation title. Finishing 6th, Brown reached the singles quarterfinals. She won three and lost two matches.
“This was a good national showing for these juniors with very high finishes,” said Coach Jared Flick, PTR. “We’ve been preaching that good things will happen when they work hard,” said Director of MCTC’s Junior Competitive Program Tennis, Steve Host.