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Free training with pros up for grabs for winner of Roddick Foundation tennis tourney

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

MARBLE FALLS — Younger tennis players have a great incentive for winning the fifth annual Junior & Adult Tennis Classic hosted by the Andy Roddick Foundation in a few days.

“One week of free training with Roddick pros in San Antonio,” tournament director David Holder said.

The event, which is June 14-16, will be played at the Marble Falls High School tennis courts, 2101 Mustang Drive in Marble Falls; the Horseshoe Bay Resort Marriott courts, 200 Hi Circle in Horseshoe Bay; and Lake Cliff Country Club, 1700 Kahala Sunset Drive in Spicewood.

The tournament is the fourth out of six Roddick Foundation-sponsored events.

The key to winning the free training is winning at least one more Roddick tournament, Holder said, since each player gets points based on finishes.

The event will draw players from Beaumont, Harlingen, Houston, the Texas Panhandle, the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Alaska and even Australia and Mexico, Holder said.

One of the top juniors who signed up is 10-year-old J.C. Roddick, the nephew of retired professional tennis player Andy Roddick. J.C. Roddick has been playing in several 12- and 14-year-old divisions. He won a national tournament in Dallas against 12-year-olds and a tournament in Kerrville against 14-year-olds.

“He’s really emerging,” Holder said.

The tournament also has an adult division, which forces officials to begin play June 14 at 6 p.m. On June 15 and 16, the tournament begins at 8 a.m.

“We have to start on (June 14) to get everybody in,” Holder said. “Parents work, and we don’t want to interfere with the work day.”

The Roddick Foundation tournaments are so popular, organizers will add two more tournaments next year. Holder said they might go as far as Georgia and Florida.

But the tournament director said the foundation is committed to having one in Burnet County because officials continue to raise money for the tennis center at Quarry Park in Granite Shoals.

“We’re trying to do it for the Highland Lakes area,” he said. “It really helps out the underprivileged. That’s what the foundation is all about.”

jfierro@thepicayune.com