Tennis 4 Futures

Tennis 4 Futures is a tennis program providing no-cost year-round tennis activities for middle school students in the ABQ area. #TENNIS4FUTURES

Tennis 4 Futures – Bringing Opportunities to Albuquerque Youth Tennis 4 Futures is a tennis program founded in 2014 with the goal of providing an opportunity for middle school students to play tennis year-round. Melissa Clark, the co-founder of Tennis4Futures, says the idea for the program came out of her experience assisting volunteer head coach Don Larrichio with the Grant Middle School Tennis team. The USTA Northern New Mexico Tennis Association (NNMTA) Fall Mid-School Tennis League started in 1996 and attracts upwards of 700 students playing on nearly 40 teams each year. Tennis4Futures shares the NNMTA vision to further the development of tennis in the local area by bringing tennis opportunities to mid-school students beyond the introduction provided during the fall mid-school tennis season. Tennis4Futures bridges the gap for middle school students who are interested in playing tennis beyond their fall tennis season. Tennis4Futures encourages students to participate in the NNMTA Lucky 7 Rookie Tournament Circuit and pays entry fees as necessary. Tennis skills are taught by co-founders Melissa Morris and Melissa Clark, various University of New Mexico Lobo Tennis Club teaching pros, and other volunteers from the community. Tennis 4 Futures provides a fun, safe environment for the students to develop tennis skills and be part of a team. The program emphasizes the importance of doing well in school, working hard, being healthy, and good sportsmanship. Tennis4Futures sets the groundwork for continued involvement in tennis, from mid-school to high school, and ultimately as a lifetime sport. The sport of tennis teaches important life lessons and can positively influence a student’s life. Tennis4Futures is committed to bringing tennis to those who would not traditionally have access to the game. We look forward to working with the USTA NNMTA Southwest Section to develop and grow Tennis4Futures with the goal of reaching larger numbers of mid-school students in the local area. The majority of Tennis4Futures students are from Grant Middle School and the program provides tennis activities, including free clinics, for up to 12 students. For first full year of the program, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Southwest Section and the Southwest Tennis Foundation awarded grants to Tennis4Futures. These grants partially funded the program, with additional funding from private donations and volunteer hours. For more information on Tennis4Futures please message Melissa Clark or Melissa Morris or email us at [email protected].

Stopped practice 30 minutes early today watch the UNM Men’s Tennis team! Awesome experience for our players to watch great tennis and end with high fives from the team! 🎾💜🏆

Coach Lee, Coach Melissa, and Coach Young attended the 2020 NM Coaches Workshop! Thank you NNMTA and USTA Southwest for a great event!

Getting geared up for the next tournament!

Dec 1st: Lucky 7 Reindeer Games Green Ball Tournament
Deadline is Friday 11/29
We're switching from Turkeys to Reindeer! Sign up soon.

Emily came to our Grant Middle School tennis practices when she was a 5th grader - this year she came back as an assistant coach. Emily is everything a coach hopes for - she works hard and she is a leader on the court ❤️

Tommy Barber Memorial Indoor Classic Girls Sportsmanship Award Winner Emily Armijo🏆🙌

Tournament Director Matt Neeld noticed that these two set their bags next to each other and sat next to each other on changeovers ❤️ Great tennis and sportsmanship from these two!

Tommy Barber Memorial Indoor Classic 🎾 Girls 12s Singles 🏆 Carmen Valentino, 🥇Winner (left), Olivia Suazo, 🥈Runner-up (right)

Andres is a natural athlete and came to us from Coach Leland at Garfield MS. He took to tennis quickly and we look forward to seeing his progress as he starts playing high school tennis! Marco is from First Serve in Santa Fe - 8 of his teammates also played in the tournament!

Tommy Barber Memorial Indoor Classic 🎾 Boys 14s Singles 🏆 Andres Jaquez, Consolation Winner (left), Marco Gonzales, Consolation Runner-up (right)

Aiden has been working with Tennis4Futures at Grant Middle School since 5th grade and worked really hard this weekend to get to the finals of the consolation draw!

Tommy Barber Memorial Indoor Classic 🎾 Boys 12s Singles 🏆 Ayden Little, Consolation Winner (left), Aiden Parra, Consolation Runner-up (right)

We like to call Jhaydah “tiny dynamite” because if you see her play that’s what she looks like!

Tommy Barber Memorial Indoor Classic 🎾 Girls 14s Singles 🏆 Jhaydah Detvongsa, Consolation Winner

Gizelle lost a hard fought final in the 14s today. She has been coming to our Sunday Tennis4Futures sessions since 2017. Not only is Gizelle constantly working to become a better tennis player, but she has worked with beginners through Tennis4Futures and has volunteered for the USTA Northern New Mexico Tennis Association Lucky 7 Rookie Tournaments.

Tommy Barber Memorial Indoor Classic 🎾 Girls 14s Singles 🏆 Stephanie Romero, 🥇Winner (left), Gizelle Amaya, 🥈Runner-up (right)

Congratulations to Jolene and Nena on their tournament result this weekend. Jolene was at the very first Tennis4Futures practice at Lobo Tennis Club in January 2015! She is a Grant Middle School alumni, played on the GMS tennis team with Tommy ❤️, and has come back to the GMS tennis team as an assistant coach every year since she started high school. So proud of you Jolene, you are a great tennis player and an amazing person.

Tommy Barber Memorial Indoor Classic 🎾 Girls 18s Singles 🏆 Nena Dorame, Consolation Winner (left), Jolene Silva, Consolation Runner-up (right)

First day of the Tommy Barber Memorial Indoor Classic at Lobo Tennis Club is complete! We’re going into the final rounds tomorrow and the champions will be revealed! #play4tommy

❤️Tennis4Futures student-athletes that played with Tommy and #play4tommy 🎾

Tournament is underway at Lobo Tennis Club!!! #play4tommy

Beautiful morning here at Lobo Tennis Club for the Tommy Barber Memorial Indoor Classic! #play4tommy

Our players will be there!!! 👍🏼

Register by Friday Nov 8th for the Lucky 7 Turkey Trot
Green Ball non-ranking tournament.
Perfect for mid school players!


Draws are out!!! 🎾❤️ The 3rd Annual Tommy Barber Memorial Indoor Classic at Lobo Tennis Club! It’s a great weekend for junior 🎾! #play4tommy Be competitive. Live healthy. Make friends. Have fun. Play USTA Tournaments!

✅Enter by Monday night! 🎾No one else can play your part ❤️ The 3rd Annual Tommy Barber Memorial Indoor Classic at Lobo Tennis Club! Deadline to enter is Monday night 🗓 Snacks/hydration throughout 🍌🍎🍪 Saturday lunch 🥪, player gift, and 🏆 for the 🥇🥈winners and consolation winner. It’s a great weekend for junior 🎾! #play4tommy

It’s time for the 3rd Annual Tommy Barber Memorial Junior Indoor Classic Tennis Tournament! It’s November 8-10, 2019. Sign up by Monday, Nov 4th. Tennislink Tournament ID 750000519.

Thank you to Bob Scott of Lobo Tennis Club for hosting this tournament for us each year!

Player gifts, Saturday lunch, and lots of snacks and hydration throughout the weekend!

Lobo Tennis Club

Everytime we play and coach, we #play4tommy - and we have this tournament each year in his honor. Tommy was extremely proud to be a part of Tennis4Futures, loved tennis, and he would have absolutely loved to play in an indoor tournament at LTC ❤️🎾

We’ve set up this tournament to be a great experience for the players with a player gift, lunch on Saturday, and great snacks and hydration throughout.

Mark your calendars - The 3rd Annual Tommy Barber Memorial Junior Indoor Classic L6 Tennis Tournament will be held at the Lobo Tennis Club November 8-10, 2019. Player gifts, trophies, Saturday lunch, snacks, and hydration will be provided! Reigister by midnight Monday Nov 4th!

2019 State Middle School Results

Official results from last weekend! Go Grant Middle School! Click Here for the 24th NM State Middle School Tournament Results. The season finished with another outstanding year of participation, including 33 Schools, 48 Teams and approximately 600 kids.

Congratulations to the Grant Middle School Tennis Team for winning the consolation championship in the Northern NM Tennis Association mid school tennis tournament this weekend!

Eagles on 3... 🎾 🦅 ⭐️ Eagles with a win for their last regular season match 🔥 Heading into the end of season tournament strong! 🎾

In one week the the Grant Middle School Eagles Tennis Team will be playing in the end of season tournament for the @nnmtaprograms Fall Mid School Tennis League! It’s a short season where the volunteer mid school coaches take students, many of which never picked up a racquet, and in about 8 weeks turn them into tennis players ❤️🎾 The work these student-athletes put in is amazing - there are about 100 things we need to teach them, but can only get to about 20... but it’s just enough to get them through 🤣 Good luck to all the teams next weekend, especially our Eagles ❤️🦅🎾

Lobo Tennis Club

3rd Annual Tommy Barber Memorial Indoor Classic Junior Tournament!!!! 🎾 #Play4Tommy

Attn Junior Players!!! 🎾 3rd Annual Tommy Barber Memorial Indoor Classic L6 Junior Tournament! Entries close Mon Nov 4, tournament weekend Nov 8-10.

Grant Middle School (GMS) Tennis first home match of the season! Go Eagles!!! 🦅🎾

“I love watching you play” is all you need to say 👍🏼🎾

Parents. Stop the madness. The lectures. The play-by-plays. The analysis. The should’ve, could’ve...

Look around and you will see on every court, field, ballpark...

All the talk.

Think about it.

As an adult, how would you feel if you came out of a huge presentation at work and had someone immediately going over every sentence? How would it feel for someone to criticize your every word or move, in your ear...going on and on???

What would happen, instead, if after a game we gave kids room to breathe; if we let them marinate in knowing we simply enjoyed watching them play; rather than giving them a lecture, what would happen if we instead gave them permission to take it all in and have fun; what if we simply praised them for their effort?

Even when...they didn’t score. Even when...they didn’t win. Even if they turned over the ball, flubbed up, or missed the catch.

What if we just listened? Quietly.

Most likely the child would bring the game up later—they might want to talk about what went well or where they have room to improve.

Maybe they wouldn’t want to discuss it at all.

But, what our children really need to know is that their worth is not measured by wins and losses or missed balls or baskets. And if we want them to have a love of the game... they need to discover the intrinsic joy.

More importantly, if we want a relationship with them, our children need to know we have their backs and that we aren’t their critics.

“I Love Watching You Play.”

If we just tell our kids, “I love watching you play,” everything changes for the better. It’s a game-changer. What’s more—a life changer!

Try it.

*Inspired by Positive Coaching Alliance

©️Written by Valli Gideons

A fun time-lapse of our ladder work today! Great practice today! #tennis4futures #tennis4life #play4tommy

Grinding in the 🔥sun today! ☀️💜🎾 #tennis4futures

Great T4F practice today with these awesome student-athletes. Many of them showing off the stuff they learned at BD Tennis Camp! #tennis4futures #tennis4life #summertennis #juniortennis

Almost too big for the kids table! 🤣 Fun morning of liveball at @lobotennisclub with these T4F student-athletes from Sandia HS, Highland HS, and Manzano HS!

This dynamic duo has been with Tennis4Futures since the very first practice on Jan 18, 2015. How fitting that they would play doubles today for Sandia HS and clinch the 5th match win for the state title! Congratulations Sandia HS on your 2019 State Championship! You ALL worked hard for this successful season and played with class!

A little dynamic stretching to warm-up our T4F student-athletes for the last @nnmtaprograms Lucky 7 tournament today! Smiles for days ❤️🎾🏆
#juniortennis #greenball #tennis4life #tennis4futures

They started at Grant MS and look at them now! ❤️This is an amazing group of student-athletes! #proudcoach #play4tommy #tennis4futures 🎾❤️ #repost @jxee.s
I love them sm 🤧💕
*jack is in the pic as well, but spiritually*

That feeling 😊when you see that Tennis4Futures has worked with players in 5 of 6 singles and all 3 doubles matches in this recent high school tennis match! 💜🎾#tennis4futures #juniortennis #ustasouthwest #nnmta

Tennis4Futures played in the @nnmtaprograms Lucky 7 Leprechaun Doubles Tournament today! 🎾🍀Beautiful weather and a great tournament - smiles all around!

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