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(Page last updated 3/2/09)


Dear Wisconsin District,

Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. ~Voltaire

As 2008 comes to a close, the Wisconsin Tennis Association would like to acknowledge, congratulate and thank all the members and players in the Wisconsin District for your enthusiasm, dedication and commitment to our great sport of tennis.

Because of your time, devotion and passion for tennis Wisconsin District USTA Adult Leagues achieved the highest level of participation ever. Junior Team Tennis participation increased 30% in one year. Both adult and junior teams advanced to Midwest Sectional and National tournaments. QuickStart Tennis for 10 and under junior players is growing throughout the district. USTA representation at Summerfest brought huge crowds of youth and adults to be introduced and to enjoy tennis fun. New programs, Community Tennis Associations, Block Parties and tennis events were instrumental in promoting and announcing the benefits and enjoyment of participation in this great game!

Plans are well under way for 2009! There will be exciting new initiatives, programs, grant opportunities and events throughout the year. We anticipate continued growth and increasing fun!

The Wisconsin Tennis Association appreciates and thanks all its members for their achievements and the extraordinary excellence of the Wisconsin District!!



The WTA Awards Committee, Dick Arnold, Tom Chorney, Jan Dowden, Jay Massart, Mark Medow, Marion Mueller, Bill Van Lieshout and Chairman, Linda Freedman is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2008 Wisconsin Tennis Association Awards.

John Powless Tennis Center - Member Organization Award

Marc Rukavina - Rollie Mueller President’s Award

Caroline Starck - Frank Parker Junior Award

Billy Bertha - Frank Parker Junior Award

Kay Yuspeh - Bill Letwin Award

Pam Hammond - WTA Award

Jane Breun - League/Tournament Player Award

Scott Beyer - League/Tournament Player Award


Wisconsin Tennis Association 2008 Award Nominations

Each year, the Wisconsin Tennis Association recognizes outstanding leadership, communities and players that contribute and serve the sport of tennis in Wisconsin District.

Please consider nominating Wisconsin volunteers for any of the following awards: Member Organization of the Year Award, the Wisconsin Tennis Association Award, the Bill Letwin Award, the Rollie Mueller President’s Award, the Frank Parker Junior Awards for boys and girls, and the USTA League Player or Tournament Player of the Year Award.

Please contact Linda Freedman, Awards Chairman, at lssf1@aol.com or 414-352-9728 for more information and to receive award applications. All nominations must be received by October 1, 2008.

All award winners will be honored at 12:00 noon at the WTA Annual Meeting Luncheon at the Western Racquet Club in Elm Grove on November 9, 2008.

Thank you in advance for helping to honor those who have given so much to tennis and the Wisconsin Tennis Association.


Summerfest 2008 Serves Tennis!

The Wisconsin Tennis Association, in cooperation with the USTA/Midwest Section, will appear at Milwaukee’s Summerfest again this year with a fun-filled, exciting tennis extravaganza. The USTA Tennis on Tour Vehicle will be featured at the Sentry SportsZone with News radio 620 WTMJ Stage on Saturday, July 5 and Sunday, July 6 from 12:00-4:00 PM.

The USTA Tennis on Tour Vehicle will feature kid’s courts, short courts, a serving cage, practice balls and racquets. In addition, the tennis fun will include meet the pro and beat the pro contest as well as lessons and guidelines to playing the fabulous sport of tennis. The Wisconsin Tennis Association is also offering a free racquet to anyone who joins the USTA at the event.

Local League coordinators, players, USTA members, adults and juniors are invited to volunteer their time and expertise promoting and playing tennis at the Big Gig. Stop by, join the fun and volunteer your time.

Please contact Amy Richmond, Event Coordinator and WTA Board Member at amythetennisgal@yahoo.com, 414-520-6164, or Linda Freedman, Marketing Coordinator of the Wisconsin Tennis Association at lssf1@aol.com, 414-352-9728 to volunteer or learn more about Tennis on Tour.


Wisconsin District Opens the 2008 Season

In celebration of the upcoming summer tennis season, the month of May is designated at Tennis Month. Communities throughout Wisconsin are celebrating with USTA Block Parties to introduce youth and adults to tennis, promote local programs and have a day of tennis fun!

The WTA is proud to announce the locations, dates, and contact information for the many block parties hosted in our district. All events are open to the public and we encourage you to attend the block party in your area!

May 17
Sussex Hamilton High School
1-4 PM
Megan Sackett

Heyer Park, Brookfield
2-5 PM
Mike Sharp

May 18
Oskhosh YMCA Tennis Center
1-3 PM
Sheila Counts
920-236 9479

Southview Park, Neenah
10 AM-1 PM
Jim Kluge

West Bend High School
1-4 PM
Richard Zurowski

West Side Tennis and Swim Club, Kenosha
4-6 PM
Gretchen Moffat

May 24
Forest Hills, LaCrosse
10-11:30 AM
Dale Barclay

May 27
Brandt Quirk Park, Watertown
6-9 PM
Linda Henkel

June 7
Fowler Park, Oconomowoc
9-11 AM
Jennifer Froemming


The Wisconsin Tennis Association congratulates tennis player and Tennis Trivia Contest Winner, Kerren Kollock for her knowledge and enthusiasm of our great sport! In appreciation for receiving a case of balls, Kerren has shared this thank you and picture for all to enjoy! Thank you, Kerren.

I am Kerren Kollock the winner of the free tennis balls. I thought I would send you this picture to show you how excited and glad I was to receive them! Enjoy!"

Kerren Kollock


The winner of the Tennis Trivia drawing is Kerren Kollock from Plover. Congratulations, Kerren!

Thank you to the many respondents to the Tennis Trivia questions in the Winter Newsletter. We appreciate your enthusiasm and hope you enjoyed participating in WTA Tennis Trivia!

Tennis Trivia
Win a Case of Tennis Balls

1. Who are the 3 new Wisconsin Tennis Association staff?
Nancy Massart, Executive Director
Judy Veloff, District League Coordinator
Christy Etten, Junior Team Tennis District Coordinator

2. Wisconsin District membership increased by what percentage in 2007?
Wisconsin District membership increased by a remarkable 12.5% in 2007!

3. Who is the only tennis player to have won the US Open on three different surfaces (grass, clay and hard court)?
Jimmy Connors was the only tennis player to win the US Open on grass, clay and hard court.

4. What is the record for the fastest serve ever recorded in a professional tennis match during the 20th century and who set that record?
The fastest recorded serve in the 20th century was accomplished by Greg Rusedski, serving at 149 mph on March 14, 1998 during the ATP Champions’ Cup at Indian Wells, California.

(Andy Roddick holds the record for the fastest serve ever at 155 mph in the 21st century on September 27, 2004 in a Davis Cup match against Vladimir Voltchkov.)


WTA Recreation Committee Grant Opportunities

The WTA Recreation Committee, dedicated to the promotion of grassroot tennis programs throughout the State of Wisconsin announces the 2008 available grants. Through the generosity of this committee, Park and Recreation Departments, Community Tennis Associations, YMCA’s, schools and communities have grown tennis programs for nearly two decades. Grant applications are now available on the web site at www.wisconsin.usta.com. For additional information, contact Rick Luther, WTA Recreation Committee Chair at rluther@cityofbaraboo.com or 608-355-2760 or the WTA office at 800-WIS-TENN.

Recreation Seed Grant March 1
For Park and Recreation Departments to start or expand tennis programming

Multicultural/Diversity Seed Grant March 10
For non-profit organizations to initiate or expand programming that serves diverse populations.

Community Tennis Association Start up Grant Ongoing
For groups organizing new community tennis associations to help with beginning expenses.

Grow the Game Grant Ongoing
For groups or individuals with plans for programs that will promote tennis growth

Wisconsin Teaching Professional Grant Ongoing
For tennis professionals who want financial help to attend clinics or workshops that will improve their teaching skills.

(1/5/08) - Celebrating 2007, Anticipating 2008

We applaud and acknowledge the achievements of Wisconsin District and the growth of tennis membership, participation, programs and initiatives in 2007.

To complete the year, Wisconsin District adult players participated in the Fiesta Bowl, the final Category II National Tournament of 2007, held December 12-16 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Congratulations to all the participants on great efforts and successes with the following achievements:

Jens Bolleyer, Sheboygan was #1 seed in 30’s, playing in the semi-finals of the men’s 30’s singles and the finals of the 30’s doubles.

Bob Liebman, Milwaukee played in the finals of the 45 mixed doubles and the round of 16 of the men’s 50’s singles.

Saeed Nowrasteh, Madison played in the semi-finals of the 55 singles division.

Cathy Kestle, Madison, won the women’s 70 singles.

Elizabeth Barnhill, Madison won the women’s 60’s singles and the women’s 60’s doubles with Barbara Mueller of Oconomowoc.

Barbara Mueller won the 55 mixed doubles in addition to the women’s 60’s doubles.

While the weather is cold and the snow continues to fall, tennis is always happening. Stay tuned for information on new programs, adult leagues, junior leagues, grant opportunities and more…


The Wisconsin Tennis Association invites you to "Give the Gift of Membership" in the USTA this holiday season. Our Wisconsin District is a leader in membership in the Midwest Section and we strive to continue to grow the game, increase participation, introduce new players and benefit from membership in the USTA.

Give the Gift of Membership Ad

Le Club Junior Team Performs at Nationals

Congratulations to the Le Club Junior Tennis Team for an outstanding performance at the 2007 USTA Junior Team Tennis National Championships. The Le Club team placed 2nd in the 18 and under Intermediate Division in a competitive final match against South Carolina. The tournament was held at the Hilton Conquistador Resort in Tucson, Arizona.

The National Championship Event, consisted of 32 teams from throughout the country. Each team had won their local, regional and sectional championships to earn their spot at the tournament. Each of the 250+ athletes competing participated in rigorous and dedicated training both on and off the court.

Wisconsin District's Le Club team is coached by Chip Liefert, Tennis Professional and Director of Junior Tennis at Le Club Sports Club. Chip is a member of the Wisconsin Tennis Association Board of Directors, has served on the WTA Ranking Committee and has coached Junior Team Tennis for 5 years.

His team consists of the following players and are pictured below:
Elisa Vogt, Homestead High School
Kristin Kurer, Port Washington High School
Saira Khanna, University School of Milwaukee
Evan Geissman, Whitefish Bay High School
Desmond Aaron, School of the Arts
Michael Sherer, Rufus King High School

Le Club Junior Team

Congratulations on an outstanding second place finish. Wisconsin District and the Midwest Section applaud the performance of these outstanding athletes.

Fall is very busy in Wisconsin District as we begin preparing for new programs and presenting tennis at conventions around the state.

Wisconsin Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (WAPHERD) Annual Convention is October 25-26, at the Radisson Center, Green Bay. The USTA Midwest Section will have a booth at the convention hall.

Wisconsin Park and Recreation Association (WPRA) Annual Meeting will be held at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in the Wisconsin Dells, November 7-8. Again, USTA Midwest Section will have a booth at the trade show with information on tennis programs and news.

Wisconsin High School Tennis Coaches Association (WHSTCA) will host the annual coaches clinic November 9-10 at the Pleasant Valley Club.

If you are attending these conventions, please stop by and say hello.

Congratulations to the Wisconsin Senior Olympics

The Wisconsin Senior Olympics Tennis Tournament celebrated another successful year with significant increases in participation, long and competitive matches, representation from over 37 Wisconsin communities and the renewal of old friendships.

Special thanks to the Pleasant Valley Tennis Club for hosting 75 registrants in 98 events with 42 brand new participants this year. The tournament boasts player categories from ages 50 to 84 and competition and fun for all. Credit for the success of this event is due to the many volunteers and countless hours of dedicated planning, organizing and execution of a great tournament. Particular thanks to the following event coordinators and leaders: Dee Berglin, Tennis Coordinator, Rick O’Connor, Gerry Heck, Mel Wade, Paul Kinsley, Ken Miller, Roger Stafford, George Dahlem. This event could not occur without the numerous hours devoted to publicity, equipment, draw sheets and statistics and general coordination.

Dee Berglin Photo

After many years of service leading this outstanding event, the Wisconsin Senior Tennis Olympics is looking for a new coordinator. Please consider volunteering your time, expertise and tennis passion for the continuation of tennis in the Wisconsin Senior Olympics.

For more information, please contact Mel Wade, 10smelwade@sbcglobal.net or Linda Freedman, 414-352-9728, lssf1@aol.com.

The Oconomowoc Community Tennis Association has been awarded the 2007 USTA Outstanding Facility Award. They are one of 18 award winners and will receive the award September 3 at the USTA Semi Annual Meeting in New York. They will be highlighted in a brochure, receive a large Lexan sign for the facility, a commemorative plaque and a free one year organizational membership to the USTA.

The OCTA also received the Midwest Section Outstanding Community Tennis Association of the Year Award this spring. On Sunday, Sept. 9 from 1-3 at the Oconomwoc Tennis Center the Oconomowoc Community Tennis Association will be hosting its 2nd annual afternoon of tennis and fun. Both awards acknowledging the outstanding contribution to all aspects of the sport of tennis by the Oconomowoc Community Tennis Association will be formally presented to the OCTA by the Wisconsin Tennis Association.

The USTA announces a new member introductory rate for first time members only of just $25 through August 31, 2007.

New, renewal and current members will gain from additional discounts on travel, sports gear, hotel reservations, entertainment and dining as part of the new partnership with the Active Network Inc.

The new benefits of USTA membership include:
* Dining discounts at thousands of restaurants nationwide.
* Rental car savings with Enterprise, Avis and Budget.
* Hotel discounts at 19 major brands, operated under the Choice Hotels and Wyndham Hotel Group properties.
* Savings on movie tickets at AMC/Loews theaters and Regal/Edwards/United Artist theaters. (Members also can save on concession purchases at AMC/Loews.)
* Online savings on purchases at Barnes & Noble, Circuit City, GNC and more

To join now, visit USTA.com or call 1-800-990-8782. You must specify Source Code 4610 in order to receive the introductory $25 new member rate.

To take advantage of all these benefits, visit www.MemberBenefits.usta.com.

Be sure to come out and support the USTA Futures of Elm Grove tournament which will be held in Elm Grove, Wisconsin on August 3-12 at the Western Racquet Club.

USTA Futures events are professional tournaments offering $10,000 to $15,000 in prize money and are typically the proving ground for top-ranked juniors, college players and pros at the beginning of their careers. Players competing in Futures generally have an ATP Entry System ranking ranging from No. 150 to No. 900. The singles qualifying draw size is 64 or 128 players for the $10,000 events, and 64 players for the $15,000 events. Players must reach the round of 16 to earn a ranking point.

To learn more about this great event, contact the Western Racquet Club of Elm Grove at (262) 786-7060.

(6/14/07) - Tennis at 2007 Summerfest!
The Wisconsin Tennis Association (“WTA”), in cooperation with the USTA/Midwest Section will appear at Milwaukee’s Summerfest again this year with a fun-filled, exciting tennis extravaganza. The USTA Tennis on Tour Vehicle will be featured at the Sentry SportsZone with News radio 620 WTMJ Stage on Sunday, July 1 from 12:00-3:30 PM.

The USTA Tennis on Tour Vehicle will feature kid’s courts, short courts, a serving cage, practice balls and racquets. In addition, the tennis fun will include meet the pro and beat the pro contest as well as lessons and guidelines to playing the fabulous sport of tennis.

The Wisconsin Tennis Association is also offering a free racquet to anyone who joins the USTA at the event. The Wisconsin Tennis Association is the governing body for the sport of tennis in the state of Wisconsin. The WTA provides and supports Park and Recreation tennis programs, funds school tennis assemblies and programs, supports USTA Team Tennis, provides special needs programs, minority programming, collegiate programs and grant opportunities for tennis throughout the state of Wisconsin.

Stop by, join the fun, join the USTA and participate in tennis, the sport of a lifetime.

Feel free to contact Amy Richmond, Event Coordinator and WTA Board Member at 414-520-6164, or Linda Freedman, Marketing Coordinator of the Wisconsin Tennis Association at 414-352-9728 with questions.

(5/29/07) - Refresh, Revive, Renew, Regrip, Restring
The summer season has begun and we hope you are all ready to renew your membership, rejoin your league, get out on the courts and enjoy a great summer of tennis.

Wisconsin District is excited to recognize all the new and growing tennis activities around the state.

Congratulations to the following new Junior Team Tennis Programs and good luck with your exciting new season:

USTA South Central Junior League 18 and Under in Edgerton, Milton, Stoughton, Monroe, Oregon and Janesville.
USTA Lake Country Junior League 14 and Under, and 18 and Under in Watertown, Oconomowoc, Hartford and Beaver Dam.
Watertown Junior Team Tennis 10 and Under Pilot Program
Oconomowoc Junior Team Tennis 10 Under Pilot Program
Greater Madison Tennis Association Junior League

Carroll College Junior League

Remember to visit SUMMERFEST, July 1, 12 PM- 4 PM. The Midwest Section Tennis on Tour Vehicle will be located at the Sentry Sportz Zone. It features kid’s courts; short courts, a serving cage, practice balls and racquets meet the pro and beat the pro contest as well as lessons and guidelines to playing the fabulous sport of tennis. Do stop by.

Keep in touch, say hello and let the marketing department service your tennis needs and tennis news. Contact Linda Freedman at lssf1@aol.com.

Wisconsin District continues to be an innovator in tennis programming, new events and growth in our state. A special thanks to all the members, volunteers, community leaders and tennis enthusiasts that work to grow the sport of tennis in Wisconsin.

We especially applaud the many communities that advance our sport with awards, new programs and plans for 2007 and would like to highlight the following leaders.

Watertown, Wisconsin

Watertown has been selected by the USTA/Midwest Section as one of twenty pilot programs to create a new USTA Junior Team Tennis Association 10 and under youth tennis league. A town hall meeting will be held January 23 at the Senior Citizen Community Center.

Watertown is also building 14’s and 18’s USTA Junior Team Tennis and the school district is working to create the USTA Schools Program in the elementary and middle school.

Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

The Oconomowoc Community Tennis Association has received the USTA Midwest Section Community Tennis Association of the Year Award to be presented at the spring meeting in April in Indianapolis.

The OCTA is also organizing a Welcome Back to Tennis Event in early summer as well as 10 and Under Junior Team Tennis and 14’s and 18’s Junior Team Tennis.

The marketing of tennis in our state continues to be exciting and evolving. Watch for emphasis on tennis press releases in your community newspapers, watch for continued new programs to be established and keep in touch with our marketing department for news on grants, initiatives and programs. Feel free to email me at lssf1@aol.com.