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Monaco Pro Am benefits CYTF
The fourth annual Pro Am to benefit the Colorado Youth Tennis Foundation will be held at the Colorado Athletic Club of Monaco on November 14th from 5:30 to 10:00 pm. Amateurs will bid on the pro of their choice to play with them all evening. Bidding will start the week before the event. Pros scheduled to appear: Jerad Harbaugh (1st/3rd year winner), Shannon Cross, Andy Zurcher; from Monaco: Jason Tudor, Charlotte Wells, Steve Graves, Milos Koprivica, Trent Broach, Kuba Ilowski (2nd year winner); from Arapahoe Tennis Club: Cary Hodges; from Columbine Country Club: Andy Zodin; from Inverness: Chris Croxton, George Tavarez; from Metro State: Daniel Hangstefer; from Denver Country Club: Art Turnbill. Special thanks to Wendy Donovan for donating the courts, Ben Atlee (from J Alexander's) for the prizes, and Dan Washburne (Mile High Catering) for the refreshments. Bid high, and bid often, it's a great cause! Contact event organizer, Eileen Pero for more information at

Team Colorado Viewing Day Set!
The Team Colorado Viewing Day will take place on Sunday, October 18 at the Gates Tennis Center. See schedule below. Click here to get details on the program and download an application.

Viewing Schedule - Gates Tennis Center:
10am-11am 10 and under viewing
10 and under will be viewed on 60 foot court with orange ball
11am-12:30pm Boys 12 and under viewing
12:30pm-2pm Girls 12 and under viewing

Early Development Camp #2
USTA Colorado’s Early Development Camp #2 took place at The Ranch Country Club on Saturday, September 10.

USTA Early Development Camps (EDCs) are half-day, local training opportunities for 7, 8, and 9 year olds with 10 & Under coaches trained specifically on Orange Court (60’) tennis. These camps are offered to inspire, motivate and to assist players in reaching their highest potential.

USTA Colorado is excited to be a part of this new offering within the Player Development structure as it is designed to reach young aspiring players and to expand our reach with a coaches and parent education component that we feel will further enhance the developmental experience for junior players.

Our last two camps are scheduled for the following dates and locations:
Saturday, October 10, 12–4pm at Greenwood Athletic Club
Saturday, November 21, 1-5pm at Life Time Athletic-Centennial

Anyone interested in learning more about Colorado’s EDC’s may contact Cindy MacMaster at 970-980-3326.

High School RFA Challenge – It’s On!
Compete against other high school tennis teams off the court and make a difference for kids on the court. We are challenging boys’ tennis teams across the state to collect gently used racquets that Racquets for All will, in turn, refurbish and share with kids and adults who don’t have access such equipment.

Bring the racquets to Regionals and/or State in October to be tallied or contact to arrange drop off. The team that collects the most racquets will receive recognition and a cash reward of up to $200! Get all the details at COLORADOTENNIS.COM.

Breaking the Barriers exhibits return to Denver
USTA Colorado partners with the Denver Public Library to display the full Breaking the Barriers Portrait Series in the exquisite Gates Reading Room, which houses the Western History and Genealogy research collections. Thirty-seven portraits will be on exhibit for a three-month period starting in October through December.
Building awareness through education, inspiring action through art, these unique portraits celebrate the accomplishments of diverse tennis pioneers, contributors and rising stars in Colorado were produced by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Barry Gutierrez. Additional activities at the Central Library will include: the screening of Crossing the Net: Denver City Park and The Black Tennis Experience on Mon, Oct 26 at 6:00PM-7:30PM and a Photographer’s Workshop with with Barry Gutierrez on Tues, Nov 16, 6:30PM-8:30PM
For more information about celebrating diversity in tennis go to

USTA Tennis Development Workshop
Registration is open for the 2015 USTA Tennis Development Workshop taking place November 5-7 in San Diego. This annual workshop is the largest gathering of community tennis leaders from across the country and offers incredible networking opportunities. Educational programming tracks will focus on a variety of areas including youth, adult and league play, marketing and PR, diversity & inclusion, fundraising and organizational development. Additionally, James Blake, Chairman of the USTA Foundation, will be the Awards Dinner emcee and closing speaker. Visit the TDW website for an agenda and all of the details.

USTA Colorado crowns Sectional Champions
Congratulations to the five Colorado squads who won their respective divisions at the 2015 USTA Adult 40 & Over Section Championships held in Denver, Sept 18-20, and will now advance to the National Championships.

USTA Adult 40 & Over Sectional Champions

3.0 WOMEN, CSU GREEN (Colorado State University): Team Captains: LaRae Sehr and Christine Anne Houldsworth; Dawn Sprich, Joy Filomena Godbee Miller, Tracey Stefanon, Darla Roselle, Stacey Harnisch, Michelle Christine Athanasiou, Natalie Patterson, Shannon Ellis, Karen L Kotecki.

3.5 WOMEN, HW RED (Homestead in the Willows):  Team Captains: Randy Eidler and Carol Lynn Decker; Yvette Watson, Stephanie Vincent Luther, Beth H. Quinlan, Sophia Burke, Tina Parks, Jennifer Marlowe, Kelly Hyer, Leslie B. Cutter, Corby McGrath.

4.5+ WOMEN, HRCA RED (Highlands Ranch Community Association): Team Captain: Heidi Trichler; Karen J. Allen, Shiela Enser, Gloria G. Gonzalez, Chessa Ronning, Erin Eggland, Janet McNutt, Denise Belk, Jill A. Vanderkooi, Susan L. Silva, Amy Hand, Sarah Marr, Kathy T. Anselmo.

3.5 MEN, LTFCS RIDLER (Life Time Fitness-Colorado Springs): Team Captains: Thomas J. Ridler and Jeff F. Voltattorni; John P. Cordasco, Brad Davis, Andrew Cowan, Steven Spillers, Thomas Leffler, Ben Lobato, Chris A. Bush, Jerry Henderson, Miklos Horvath, Michael Charles Reece, P. Nguyen.

4.0 MEN, LTFC BLUE (Life Time Athletic-Centennial): Team Captains: Andrew Harrison and Stephen W. Houy; James J. Hull, Ty Mathew Bartels, Michael Moses, Randy Schumaker, Thomas Forti, Michael L. Wright, Robert Alexander, Phil J. Kelly, Wade E. Doidge, Mark Rapp, Sean A. Hudelson, Timmy Bromell, Brian Swift, Anthony Garcia, Craig J. Swegle, Carl Norgren, Andreas T. Ford, Michael S Walker.

For National Championship dates and locations, visit

USTA Adult 55 & Over Sectional Champions
Congratulations to the three Colorado squads who won their respective divisions at the 2015 USTA Adult 55 & Over Section Championships held in Denver, Sept 25-27, and will now advance to the National Championships.

6.0 WOMEN, LEBTC SILVER (Lebsack Tennis Center): Team Captain: Teri Manley; Barbara Jo Chapman, Marylou Cate, Holly McDonell, Linda K. Backus, Carole LaBounty, Diana Rouse, Joan Hruby, Phyllis Gaskill.

9.0 WOMEN, CR RED (Castle Rock): Team Captain: Susan Silva; Janet McNutt,
Sarah Watson, Sarah Marr, Jo Anna Cline, Marcy E. MacDonnell, Carol Stuller, Gwen Wiley.

9.0 MEN, CACI GREEN (Colorado Athletic Club Inverness): Team Captains: Andy Rinehart and Hans N. Carlson; Mike Pennell, Michael Demong, Randy T. Sontheimer, Kevin Kavanah, Robert D. Balboa, Schuyler Wells, Dave Romberg, Scot Sturgis.

Note: The 6.0 MEN, LAC BLUE (Longmont Athletic Club) won the Colorado District Championships and are advancing directly to Nationals, as there were no other Districts in Intermountain that had a team advancing in that division. Team Captain: Jerome Cross; Jeffrey H. Smith, David R. Bluhm, David D Pratt, Kenneth Richard Anderson, Dave T Fitzgerald, Larry Hartman, William Berry, Michael Zachary Josephs.

For National Championship dates and locations, visit

Thank You Facility Coordinators, League Captains and Players!
As we conclude our final league of the year this weekend at the CTA Twilight District Championships, we thought we would take this opportunity to thank everyone throughout Colorado who participated in our league programs this year, as well as those who helped players at all of the facilities throughout the state! Without you, these programs would not be as exciting, fun and successful as they are. This year started off with plenty of challenges for players across Colorado, as we had more rain than normal. Still, through the dedication of hundreds of facility coordinators, thousands of captains, and tens of thousands of players, most of those matches ended up being played. We hope this season has been very enjoyable for you and look forward another great season in 2016!

Finding the right tournament for your junior player
Parents looking to make plans for the summer tournament season are encouraged to review the complete listings of RED (8 and under), ORANGE (10 and under) and GREEN (12 and under) ball events. And before you sign your child up for their event, be sure you know the answer to the 8 Questions Every Tournament Parent Should Know.

This year, all Level 8/Futures (Entry-level) and Level 7/Challenger (Intermediate) Colorado tournaments will utilize the ACE Format. It’s a better tournament experience, and it’s as easy as 1-2-3!

Upcoming Colorado Sanctioned Tournaments
(Entries closing in the next 45 days)
Tournament Name Entries
Lewis Tennis October Fest Championship (Level 6)
Open: BG(12-18 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )s,RR; Open: BG(10 (60'Court/Orange Ball) )s,RR
08/09/2015 (Open)
10/06/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
10/10/2015 (Start)
10/10/2015 (End)
Rocky Mountain Tennis Center - Fall Jr. Challenger #4 sponsored by 5430 Kids' Tennis Foundation
Challenger: BG(12 (78'Court/Green Ball) ,14-18 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )sd,RR; Challenger: BG(10 (60'Court/Orange Ball) )sd,RR; Challenger: BG(8 (36'Court/Red Ball) )sd,RR
07/31/2015 (Open)
10/10/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
10/17/2015 (Start)
10/18/2015 (End)
Gates NTRP Singles Championships in honor of Rob Fortino
NM(3.5-5.0)s,SE; NW(3.0-4.5)s,SE; NW(3.5)d,SE
01/01/2015 (Open)
10/10/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
10/15/2015 (Start)
10/18/2015 (End)
Rolling Hills Jr. Pumpkin Open Championship (Level 6)
Open: BG(12-14 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )s,SE
08/31/2015 (Open)
10/11/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
10/15/2015 (Start)
10/19/2015 (End)
Gates NTRP Doubles Championships in honor of Jim Lays
NM(3.5-4.5)d; NW(3.0-4.0)d
10/01/2015 (Open)
10/11/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
10/17/2015 (Start)
10/20/2015 (End)
Flying Horse Clay Stable Challenger (Level 7)
BG(10 (60'Court/Orange Ball) ,12 (78'Court/Green Ball) ,14-18 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )s
08/16/2015 (Open)
10/16/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
10/23/2015 (Start)
10/25/2015 (End)
Gates Ladder - Fall Classic
NM(3.0-5.0)s,SE; NW(2.5-4.5)s,SE
01/01/2015 (Open)
10/16/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
10/23/2015 (Start)
10/26/2015 (End)
Denver Clay Court Singles Championships
NM(3.0-5.0)s,SE; NW(3.0-4.5)s,SE
08/23/2015 (Open)
10/18/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
10/23/2015 (Start)
10/26/2015 (End)
Rolling Hills Jr. Pumpkin Open Championship (Level 6)
Open: BG(16-18 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )s,SE
09/13/2015 (Open)
10/25/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
10/29/2015 (Start)
11/02/2015 (End)
Evergreen Tennis Club Turkey Shoot
08/22/2015 (Open)
10/25/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
10/28/2015 (Start)
11/01/2015 (End)
Flying Horse Winter Championships #1
NMW(2.5-4.5)sd,SE; NX(3.0-4.5)d,SE
09/06/2015 (Open)
10/30/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
11/06/2015 (Start)
11/08/2015 (End)
Major Mortgage Autumn Junior Classic Championship (Level 6)
BG(10 (60'Court/Orange Ball) ,12-18 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )s,FMLC; B(10 (60'Court/Orange Ball) ,12 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) ,14 (78'Court/Green Ball) ,16-18 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )d,FMLC; G(10 (60'Court/Orange Ball) ,12-18 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )d,FMLC
09/14/2015 (Open)
11/02/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
11/06/2015 (Start)
11/08/2015 (End)
Flying Horse Clay Downs Championships (Level 6)
BG(10 (60'Court/Orange Ball) ,12-18 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )s
07/01/2015 (Open)
11/06/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
11/13/2015 (Start)
11/15/2015 (End)
Colorado Athletic Club Inverness NTRP Championships
08/13/2015 (Open)
11/06/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
11/13/2015 (Start)
11/16/2015 (End)
Pueblo Indoor Turkey Shoot
NM(Op,3.0,4.0)s,FMLC; NW(3.0-3.5)s,FMLC; NM(3.0,4.0)d,FMLC; NW(Op,3.0-4.0)d,FMLC
07/01/2015 (Open)
11/15/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
11/18/2015 (Start)
11/22/2015 (End)
Turkey Shoot Thanksgiving Junior Championship (Level 6)
Open: BG(12-18 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )s,SE; BG(10 (60'Court/Orange Ball) )s,RR
09/12/2015 (Open)
11/19/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
11/26/2015 (Start)
11/29/2015 (End)
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