Yp.Com presented The Challenger of Dallas, A USTA Pro Circuit Event, at the impressive T Bar M Racquet Club here in Dallas. I was invited out to the event to cover not only the semi-final matches but also to highlight the wonderful activities of the Dallas Tennis Association‘s National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) program. Specifically the kids from the program were out and about for the Challenger and after the second semi-final’s conclusion, the kids got to experience the courts. O and a very special guest, Dirk Nowitzki, showed up!!!
The T Bar M Racquet Club in North Dallas is a massive and well down club that houses 30 tennis courts, track, basketball court, pool, and other facilities. Dallas Publisher James Disco, who PSD will cover more extensively in a few weeks, invited me out to this wonderful tennis tournament. While there I would get a chance to see some of the Pro Circuits top talent, mingle with the kids of the DTA NJTL and also capture their interaction with Dirk Nowitzki.
As you can see, The Premier Tennis Facility in Dallas is the main court at The T Bar M Racquet Club.
The first semi-final of the Challenger of Dallas pitted American Alex Bogomolov Jr. (above in blue) and Australian Matthew Ebden (below in black).
Alex would take the match 6-2, 6-3 and move on to face 4th seeded German Rainer Schuettler in today’s final match. Speaking of Rainer, the top seeded talent would have his own straight set victory later in the evening.
Rainer’s tough battle with young American Alex Kuznetsov isn’t really showcased in the 6-4, 6-3 straight set semi-final victory for Schuettler.
Alex would jump out to a first set 2-0 lead and be up 4-2 before the German top seed would find his legs.
Overall a wonderful night of tennis.
Behind the Nets.
The Announcing team.
All for the chance to be added to this list.
Now the evening was made special not only because of Dirk’s appearance but because the kids got to have so much fun.
Ok, so yeah it was pretty awesome that Dirk came out to support his fellow German Rainer.
Dirk would watch the victory for Rainer and then take some photos with fans and the NJTL kids.
The kids would patiently wait their chance to hang with Dirk.
Dirk wouldn’t disappoint!!
In fact a lucky kid can say that Dirk Nowitzki “borrowed” by tennis racket and took some practice swings!!
The 7 foot future Hall of Famer played tennis back home in Germany and showcased his talents.
Then he said hi to the kids.
Then the kids would take their own swings against the pro’s of the T Bar M Racquet Club.
And then a real treat as two of the NJTL’s top youngsters took on two of their teachers.
The teams would be Kevon and Natalie.
vs those dreaded coaches!
The kids wouldn’t end up victorious but they sure did showcase their talents. Heck little Kevon, only 11 years old, even took a “bicycle ride” before the match.
But it was his talented game that shined.
A blast hanging out with the DTA NJTL and some great folks out at the Challenger of Dallas at the T Bar M Racquet Club.
Thanks to Bert Cole and James Disco for the wonderful evening. We’ll have more with both Mrs. Cole and Mr. Disco in the near future. And also thanks to Challenger of Dallas Public Relations Director Gina Kincheloe for the tremendous access to the tournament.