February 15th, 2016

Tallahassee Tennis Blog: Special Olympics, Sweetheart Doubles

Adult Tennis News

Leon County Special Olympics Starting Up

Featured_Special Olympics 3-31-15Players representing Leon County Special Olympics will begin practicing for their upcoming spring season that will officially kick off on Feb. 26, 2016. These players will soon join the more than 400 other local area players who can choose tennis as their sport to compete in during the Special Olympic Area Games that will be held on March 26 at Lincoln High School.

Practices will be held on Friday mornings at Winthrop Park with volunteer tennis coaches and teacher’s aides, in addition to practices that will be held during P.E. at local area schools. Practices for the adult Special Olympic athletes will be held on Sundays afternoons at Leon High School with volunteer coach Darcy Bellflower.

Training for the Special Olympic tennis coaches who will be sending athletes from Leon County Schools to compete in the Area Games will be held on Feb. 28 at Leon High School.

For more information about Special Olympics and/or how you can volunteer, please e-mail Melba Jacobs at jacobsm@leonschools.net.

Sweetheart Mixed Doubles at Forestmeadows

The Tallahassee Tennis Association (TTA) held its annual Sweetheart Mixed Doubles Tournament on Feb. 14, 2016 at Forestmeadows. Fifty-four players participated in a round robin that consisted of a six-game set with no-ad scoring.

Everyone tallied up their total points for each round to determine the overall winner at the end of play. Everyone got to play five rounds with the exception of one division which had a bye and was only able to play four rounds.

Everyone seemed to love the new format because of the opportunity to play more. A dozen red roses was given to Lois Carrington, the lucky winner of the early registration drawing. Participants were treated to a sweetheart breakfast along with special valentines day treats.

The winners of the tournament include:
6.0 Division — Linda Huffman and Kevin Carr
7.0 Division — Kathy and David Maus
8.0 Division — Hope Suber and Dave Arciaga
8.5 Division — Susan Morton and Peter Jilek

A special thanks to Sue James, tournament director and president of the TTA, as well as TTA volunteers Wanda Peterson and Dennis Kelley, who made sure all of the participants had a great time. The money raised from the tournament goes to supporting tennis programs throughout Tallahassee.