March was a championship month for several area tennis players, both young and old.
Teenagers Hada Chang of Trophy Club and Parker Wynn of North Richland Hills won national championships at the USTA National Spring Tennis Championships in Mobile, Ala.
And a USTA Tri-Level team based in Hurst and representing Texas won a national championship on March 20 at Indian Wells, Calif.
Each team at the National Spring Tennis Championships consisted of two players from each of the 12-and-under, 14s, 16s and t 18s divisions. The players were selected from around the country by ranking for competitive balance and assigned a coach.
Chang, a 17-year-old who trains at Lake Tennis Academy in Frisco, was part of the Stingrays, coached by James Ragsdale. She is ranked No. 3 in Texas and No. 63 in the USTA national junior rankings.
Wynn, who has signed with Louisville, went 8-0 in singles and doubles to help the Rams, coached by Tomas Catar, win the boys championship. Wynn, 18, lost one set in four singles matches in Mobile. He is ranked No. 2 in Texas and No. 21 nationally.
Among his many championships, Wynn won the 2015 Texas Grand Slam and the Texas U.S. Open Doubles Qualifying Tournament, and won back-to-back USTA JTT National Championships while competing in singles and doubles.
The Tri-Level Championship featured players from 4.5, 4.0 and 3.5 NTRP rating levels.
Captain Wayne Rigney’s team was made up of 4.5 players Michael D. Kelly, Stephen Brent Shreiner and Donnie Pollard, all of Dallas; 4.0 players Mark Nguyen of Fort Worth, Scott Faris of Dallas, Alan M. Abbruzzese of Dallas, Hai Thanh Nguyen of Hurst, Mike Zackary of Irving; and 3.5 players, Dong Long of Dallas, Tam T. Huynh of Arlington and Phat T. Vu of Southlake.
The team cruised though pool play, before defeating the Southern champions 2-1 in the semifinals and edging the Caribbean champions 2-1 in the finals. The Texas team earned its spot at the national tournament with a 3-0 victory over Dallas in the Texas sectional championship in February in Kingwood.
The Fort Worth Pro Tennis Classic has been elevated from a $10,000 to a $25,000 USTA women’s Pro Circuit event that features rising stars of women’s tennis.
The Classic, scheduled Aug. 1-7 at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center at TCU, is one of only four professional women’s tennis events in Texas.
The tournament committee is seeking individuals to contribute $100 each in grass-roots fundraising efforts to meet the dual mission of bringing world-class tennis to Fort Worth and supporting health and wellness in the community. All partners will receive their name on the tournament’s official T-shirt, sponsor board and program.
A portion of the proceeds from the tournament will benefit HOPE Farm.
Fort Worth’s Val Wilder, along with Alex Behar of Trophy Club, have been selected to compete in the ITF Seniors World Championships in June in Helsinki, Finland, as part of the United States’ team in the Austria Cup for the men’s 55 age division.
They will be joined by captain Michael Tammen or Portland, Ore., and Mike Fedderly of Palm Desert, Calif. Wilder, a veteran of the international competition, helped the U.S. defeat Spain for the title last year.
Rusty Hall: 817-390-7816, @RustyHall10s