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August 1, 2014
Summer issue of Colorado Tennis now online
The summer issue of Colorado Tennis is now available online. Enjoy!
• USTA Colorado set to debut third chapter of Breaking the Barriers project
Hall of Fame 2014
HighFIVE: Zach Fryer, Gonzo Garcia, Clarence Milton, Tate Schroeder, April Tsosie
PROFile: Jackie Bingham-Levine
PREP Rally: 4A/5A Girls State High School results
YourGAME: Drama, Drinks & Double Faults an inside joke on ladies league tennis
The Last Word: Another look at the problems facing youth athletics

Subaru’s Racquet Donation impacts the Denver Indian Center
Thanks in part to Subaru of America – Official Vehicle of USTA Colorado - youth at the Denver Indian Center are experiencing tennis first hand this summer as a part of the Center’s eight-week summer camp program. Subaru donated forty new racquets - sized just right for kids - to the Center.

USTA Colorado seeking nominations by September 15
Nominations are being accepted for the USTA Colorado Annual Awards. Awards will be presented at the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame Gala & USTA Colorado Annual Awards Celebration on January 23, 2015. The nomination deadline is September 15.

Scholarships Available to 2014 Tennis Development Workshop
The 2014 USTA Tennis Development Workshop will be held November 6-9, 2014 at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta, GA. Partial scholarships are available to assist leaders from registered Community Tennis Associations and National Junior Tennis & Learning chapters attend the TDW this fall, and a full scholarship is available to a professional from a USTA member Parks & Recreation agency. If you missed the TDW in Denver last year or you want to get more people from your organization to participate in this comprehensive experience in community tennis programming and professional development, be sure to submit an application by August 8, 2014.

Play Day Series events

Aurora September Play Day
Date: September 20
Time: 3-5 pm
Location: Utah Park
Age: 6-12 years old
Cost: $5
Registration #: 303-326-8700
Contact: Aaron Holland

What's a Play Day? Check out the video.

ATTENTION FACILITES: the USTA has partnered with Nickelodeon, the #1 media brand for families, to promote Free Tennis Play Events/Play Days during September. Register your event during September to take advantage of the huge media impact from the US Open promotion.

CYTF Punk Relic Charity Doubles Tournament – Registration Deadline Today
Registration is open for the 15th Annual CYTF Punk Relic Charity Doubles Tournament, to be held at Gates Tennis Center on August 17. The event pairs juniors (punks) and relics (adults) in an all-day fun round robin tournament, and raises much needed dollars for the Colorado Youth Tennis Foundation and its memorial funds. Space is limited. For information and to register.

Upcoming affiliated events to benefit the Colorado Youth Tennis Foundation
Tennis with the Stars - August 23 at Columbine Country Club: Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind tennis extravaganza! The 7th annual Tennis with the Stars is slated for August 23 at Columbine Country Club. Watch, play and participate on court with pros, celebrities, adults and experience juniors. Enjoy drills and games and rounds of “Beat the Pro” as well as world-class exhibition tennis. Proceeds benefit the CYTF and Wish of a Lifetime. Registration is now open.
Meadow Creek’s August Golf Tournament – a benefit for the CYTF: Join Meadow Creek for their annual golf tournament at Hiwan Country Club on August 25. Proceeds from the “Swing for Charity” hole in one contest benefit the Colorado Youth Tennis Foundation. The event is open to all levels of golfers, and features a competitive and recreational division. For more information and to download an entry application.

Second Annual Love Set Match benefits The Adoption Exchange
Join The Adoption Exchange for the second annual Love Set Match event being held at Gates Tennis Center on Saturday, August 16, 2014. Tickets are $35/person for players and $20/person for spectators. The first-year event sold out with 108 players, four teaching pros, and this year's Love Set Match event promises to be just as successful, featuring an exceptional evening of mixed doubles tennis, a spectacular taco bar, beverages, entertainment and more. All levels of players are encouraged to participate, to have a great time and help raise funds for an amazing cause! Love Set Match benefits The Adoption Exchange, and 100% of the net proceeds raised through this event will help The Adoption Exchange fund their Family Recruitment Programs. A family is the best preventive service a child in foster care can receive to avoid a life of poverty and hardship, and to become a productive member of the community. Since 1983, The Adoption Exchange has helped find families for more than 7,500 children who were waiting in the foster care system for a place to call home. The children who will benefit from your support are our country’s most vulnerable. They have survived abuse and neglect, and they long to have what most take for granted—a permanent, loving family. Join us in our mission to help find every child in foster care a family, so that they will not be left in a struggle to survive physically, emotionally, academically, and financially.

Tennis Fundraiser to benefit The Gabby Krause Foundation
The OH YEAH GANG is hosting a tennis clinic at The Lone Tree Tennis Center on August 22 to help raise money for the Gabby Krause Foundation, which provides gift filled backpacks to children facing cancer and other life threatening illnesses. If you 'd like to promote your business at the event, there will be forty-eight avid tennis players participating. The two-hour clinic will be followed by lunch and a silent auction. For more information, please contact Sally Hall at 303/726-3584 or via e-mail at

Team Fees for Adult League Teams that Advance to Sectionals
2014 Sectional Championship Entry Fees: Teams participating in an Intermountain USTA League Sectional Championship will be charged an entry fee at the time of team registration.

The following are team entry fee(s) per league division and age group:
Adult 18 & Over (2.5 & 5.0) $216.15/team (includes $16.15 administrative fee)
Adult 18 & Over (3.0, 3.5. 4.0, 4.5) $270.13/team (includes $20.13 administrative fee)
Adult 40 & Over: $270.13/team (includes $20.13 administrative fee)
Adult 55 & Over: $216.15/team (includes $16.15 administrative fee)
Mixed 18 & Over: $216.15/team (includes $16.15 administrative fee)

Find a Team/Find a Player
Are you looking for a team to play on or to find players for your existing team? The USTA Colorado league department keeps a list of players looking for teams and teams looking for players. Please visit our find a team page on and submit a player information form to or fax to 303/695-6302 if you would like to add your name to our list.

Upcoming Colorado Sanctioned Tournaments
(Entries closing in the next 45 days)
Tournament Name Entries
South Suburban Championships (DESIGNATED 2.5)
NMW(2.5-5.0)sd; NX(2.5-5.0)d
07/19/2014 (Open)
08/30/2014 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
09/05/2014 (Start)
09/11/2014 (End)
TOURNAMENT CANCELLED - Bookcliff Junior Classic Championship
BG(18-12)sd,SE; XJ(18-12)d,SE; BG(10 (60'Court/Orange Ball) )sd; XJ(10 (60'Court/Orange Ball) )d
08/06/2014 (Open)
09/02/2014 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
09/05/2014 (Start)
09/07/2014 (End)
Indian Summer Championship
Open: BG(18-12)s,RR; Open: BG(10 (60'Court/Orange Ball) ,8 (36'Court/Red Ball) )s,RR
07/05/2014 (Open)
09/02/2014 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
09/06/2014 (Start)
09/07/2014 (End)
Colorado Athletic Club Monaco Jr. Challenger #2
BG(10 (60'Court/Orange Ball) ,12-18)sd
07/09/2014 (Open)
09/02/2014 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
09/08/2014 (Start)
09/12/2014 (End)
Colorado State Open (DESIGNATED)
MW(Op,35-80)sd,SE; X(Op,35-80)d,SE; NMW(3.0-5.0)sd,SE; NX(3.0-5.0)d,SE; FS(0)d,SE; FD(0)d,SE; MS(0)d,SE; MD(0)d,SE
04/12/2014 (Open)
09/04/2014 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
09/12/2014 (Start)
09/21/2014 (End)
Flying Horse Stakes Championship
07/12/2014 (Open)
09/05/2014 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
09/12/2014 (Start)
09/14/2014 (End)
Rocky Mountain Tennis Center - Fall Challenger #3
Challenger: BG(12-14)s,RR; Quick Start: BG(10 (60'Court/Orange Ball) )s,RR; Quick Start: BG(8 (36'Court/Red Ball) )s,RR
04/01/2014 (Open)
09/06/2014 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
09/13/2014 (Start)
09/13/2014 (End)
Southern Colorado Challenger
Satellite: BG(14-10)s
07/19/2014 (Open)
09/12/2014 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
09/19/2014 (Start)
09/21/2014 (End)
Fox Hill Fall Open
06/01/2014 (Open)
09/14/2014 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
09/19/2014 (Start)
09/21/2014 (End)
Miramont Open Championship Girls 16
Open: G(16 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )sd,COMP
07/20/2014 (Open)
09/16/2014 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
09/20/2014 (Start)
09/21/2014 (End)
Denver Clay Court Doubles Championships
NM(3.5-4.5)d; NW(3.0-4.5)d; NX(3.5-4.5)d
07/21/2014 (Open)
09/19/2014 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
09/25/2014 (Start)
09/29/2014 (End)
September Spectacular
03/01/2014 (Open)
09/20/2014 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
09/24/2014 (Start)
09/28/2014 (End)
Lewis Tennis Pumpkin Championship
Open: BG(18-12)s,FMLC; Open: BG(10 (60'Court/Orange Ball) )s,FMLC
07/27/2014 (Open)
09/21/2014 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
09/26/2014 (Start)
09/28/2014 (End)
Aurora Fall Doubles Classic
NMW(2.5-5.0)d,FMLC; Combo MX(5.5,6.5,7.5,8.5,9.5,10.5)d,FMLC
07/17/2014 (Open)
09/21/2014 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
09/24/2014 (Start)
09/28/2014 (End)
Parker Fall Open
Regular: MW(Op)s,SE; NM(3.0-4.5)s,SE; NW(2.5-4.5)sd,SE; NM(2.5-4.5)d,SE; NX(2.5-4.5)d,SE
07/01/2014 (Open)
09/23/2014 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
09/25/2014 (Start)
09/28/2014 (End)
Rocky Mountain Tennis Center - Fall Jr. Open #3
Open: BG(12-18)s,RR; Quick Start: BG(10 (60'Court/Orange Ball) )s,RR; Quick Start: BG(8 (36'Court/Red Ball) )s,RR
07/01/2014 (Open)
09/26/2014 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
10/03/2014 (Start)
10/05/2014 (End)
Pikes Peak Fall Classic
Open: NM(Op,2.5-5.0)s,SE; NW(Op,2.5-4.5)sd,SE; NM(Op,3.0-5.0)d,SE; NX(Op,2.5-4.5)d,SE
03/31/2014 (Open)
09/26/2014 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
10/03/2014 (Start)
10/05/2014 (End)
Lewis Tennis Autumn Challenger
Satellite: BG(18-12)s,RR; BG(10 (60'Court/Orange Ball) ,8 (36'Court/Red Ball) )s,RR
08/03/2014 (Open)
09/28/2014 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
10/04/2014 (Start)
10/04/2014 (End)
South Suburban Fall Classic (DESIGNATED 3.5)
NMW(3.5-5.0)sd; NX(3.5-5.0)d
08/03/2014 (Open)
10/04/2014 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
10/10/2014 (Start)
10/16/2014 (End)
Gates NTRP Outdoor Championships in honor of Rob Fortino
NMW(3.0-5.0)s,SE; NM(3.5-4.5)d,SE; NW(3.0-4.0)d,SE
01/31/2014 (Open)
10/06/2014 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
10/11/2014 (Start)
10/19/2014 (End)
Lewis Tennis October Fest Championship
Open: BG(18-12)s,RR; Open: BG(10 (60'Court/Orange Ball) )s,RR
08/10/2014 (Open)
10/07/2014 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
10/11/2014 (Start)
10/12/2014 (End)
Major Mortgage Autumn Classic
MW(Op)sd; X(Op)d; NMW(3.0-4.5)sd; NX(3.0-4.5)d
07/13/2014 (Open)
10/10/2014 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
10/17/2014 (Start)
10/19/2014 (End)
Rocky Mountain Tennis Center - Fall Jr. Challenger #4 sponsored by 5430 Kids' Tennis Foundation
Challenger: BG(12-18)s,RR; Quick Start: BG(10 (60'Court/Orange Ball) )s,RR; Quick Start: BG(8 (36'Court/Red Ball) )s,RR
08/01/2014 (Open)
10/11/2014 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
10/18/2014 (Start)
10/18/2014 (End)
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