Day 5: Tuesday Updates + Officials Appreciation
It's Tuesday and the draws are narrowing, big matches are coming up and Texas Slam players (and the Texas sun) continue to bring the heat. We're one day from finals matches in Doubles and we've got a full slate of Singles quarterfinals ready to hit the courts.
Here's an overview of the Singles draws as we go into the quarters.
Girls 12s Singles: All remaining players are seeded: 1-7 as well as an 11-seed. Matches will be at EVHS.
Girls 14s Singles: Two unseeded players have progressed to the quarters. Matches will be at EVHS.
Girls 16s Singles: All remaining players are seeded. A 27-seed and an 11-seed have progressed to the quarters. Matches will be at SWU.
Girls 18s Singles: Two unseeded players have progressed to the quarters. The 1-seed was defeated in R16 and the 4-seed was defeated in R64. Matches will be played at SWU.
Boys 12s Singles: The first six seeded players are through, plus the 13 seed and 18 seed. Matches will be at GHS.
Boys 14s Singles: Two unseeded players have progressed to the quarters. Matches will be at GHS.
Boys 16s Singles: All eight players are seeded with both the 22 and 23 seeded players in the quarters. Matches will be at WMS.
Boys 18s Singles: All eight players are seeded. The 1-seed was defeated in R16, and the 4 seeded was defeated in R32. Matches will be at WMS.
Sunshine and clouds mixed. Hot. High 97F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.
Looking forward to slightly cooler temps today, but that's no reason to slack on the sun protection and water. Your on-court roller-cooler has been working hard this week, be sure to give it a pat on the back and a few extra ice cubes today.
Lots of work goes into running one of the largest junior tournaments in the United States. One aspect of that is recruiting and managing a staff of USTA Officials to attend and monitor sites throughout the tournament. The Texas Slam 2023 has a staff of over 30 certified USTA Officials and they are managed by a Tournament Referee.
Did you know you don't have to be an adult to become an Official? Officiating is a great way to be around the game of tennis and to earn some extra cash (think lifeguarding, but with way more tennis.)
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