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Reflections on the Past Four Years

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John Mills, USPTA

Dear readers,

Since my last article, I have left my position at Windemere Racquet and Swim Club and am now teaching at the University of Houston at Clear Lake. What a beautiful and quiet setting for tennis it is.

I started teaching at Windemere four years ago, at about the same time that I started writing for Tennis Server. Instead of my usual tennis tip, this month's column will serve up some area highlights during that period:

  • Adam Stone at Clear Lake High School qualified for the Super Championship Division in the Boy's 16 Singles at San Antonio.

  • Jennifer Jassawalla at Clear Lake High School was invited to play Excellence (the top players in the state in the Girl's 16 Division).

  • Brent Massey of Brookside placed 1st Boy's Singles eighth grade district.

  • Thomas Atwater of Space Center placed 2nd Boy's Singles eighth grade district.

  • Charlie Jones of Seabrook placed 3rd Boy's Singles eighth grade district.

  • Shawn Duffy of Clear Lake High School placed 1st in District 24-5A Boy's Singles.

  • Ryan Plourde of Clear Creek High School placed 2nd in District 24-5A Boy's Singles.

  • Robert Leewright/Todd Stallings of Clear Lake High School placed 1st in 24-5A Boy's Doubles.

  • Nick Blocke/Juilian Wozniak of Clear Lake High School placed 2nd in 24-5A Boy's Doubles.

  • Amanda Panneton/Karishma Turakhia of Clear Lake High School placed 1st in 24-5A Girl's Doubles.

  • Jennifer Jassawalla of Clear Lake High School placed 1st in 24-5A Girl's Singles.

  • Lauren Leftin of Clear Creek High School placed 2nd in 24-5A Girl's Singles.

It has been a great experience to know these young people and see them develop both their on-court tennis games and as individuals off the court. I would also like to thank all my friends at Windemere Racquet and Swim Club for their support over the past four years and extend my congratulations to Brad Flesher for accepting the Windemere Head Professional position.

I look forward to continuing to contribute tips to Tennis Server from the University of Houston.

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John Mills currently teaches tennis at the University of Houston, Clear Lake campus. John Mills' experience includes four years as head pro at the Windemere Racquet & Swim Club, where he was responsible for organization of all tennis activities at the club. John also played college tennis at the University of Houston and has spent 20 years teaching tennis at the Memorial Park Tennis Center, the Pasadena Racquet Club, and as the head pro at the Bay Area Racquet Club.


 

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