Alpine Regional Tennis Association

Alpine Regional Tennis Association

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#MemberShoutout to Alpine Regional Tennis Association! ARTA is a non-profit, all volunteer organization striving to foster interest and skill development for the lifelong sport of tennis for all ages in northern Michigan.

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Thank you Paul Hartman for running the Tuesday Night Men’s League. You have grown this event each year thru your hard work and dedication and we all appreciate it. #tennis #ga***rdmichigan #alpineregionaltennisassociation
The first annual "Roper" Men's Tennis Tournament was completed Thursday night at the Sportsplex Tennis Center. After rain delays and rescheduling obstacles the fans were treated to a very good finale. The team of Mike Ziska and Rod Regan battled through the semis last week beating a tough team featuring Dan Hawkins and John Tithof. With that effort they earned a chance to play top seeds John Mock and Eric Morrow for the championship. Ziska/Regan dominated the first set of the Fast Four Format, 4-0. Mock and Morrow rebounded in the second set winning 4-2 which then required a third set 10 point Tie-Breaker to determine the winners. Mock and Morrow jumped out to an early lead and held on to win 10-6 securing them as the first winners of the annual "Roper" event.

This event was organized to honor and celebrate Mike Roper who was an Alpine Regional Tennis Association ( ARTA) board member. Mike was very active in the early days of ARTA and a great promoter of the new courts we now call home at the Sportsplex Tennis Center. I know Mike would be pleased to see the success that the courts have brought to the Ga***rd Community !! A big thanks to Mike's children for supporting the tournament with their time and financial contributions.
The first annual "Roper" Men's Tennis Tournament was completed Thursday night at the Sportsplex Tennis Center. After rain delays and rescheduling obstacles the fans were treated to a very good finale. The team of Mike Ziska and Rod Regan battled through the semis last week beating a tough team featuring Dan Hawkins and John Tithof. With that effort they earned a chance to play top seeds John Mock and Eric Morrow for the championship. Ziska/Regan dominated the first set of the Fast Four Format, 4-0. Mock and Morrow rebounded in the second set winning 4-2 which then required a third set 10 point Tie-Breaker to determine the winners. Mock and Morrow jumped out to an early lead and held on to win 10-6 securing them as the first winners of the annual "Roper" event.

This event was organized to honor and celebrate Mike Roper who was an Alpine Regional Tennis Association ( ARTA) board member. Mike was very active in the early days of ARTA and a great promoter of the new courts we now call home at the Sportsplex Tennis Center. I know Mike would be pleased to see the success that the courts have brought to the Ga***rd Community !! A big thanks to Mike's children for supporting the tournament with their time and financial contributions.
My previous post about the 1st annual Mike Roper Men's Doubles tournament disappeared, so here it is again. Mike was an integral part of our tennis community, who died recently of a brain tumor, surrounded by his caring family members. We miss his presence on and off the courts. Please pass the word to any men who are able to join this special event in Mike's honor.
Please join us for the !st Annual Mike Roper Men's Doubles Tennis Tournament Sat. June 26 9am at the Otsego County Sportsplex Tennis Center in Ga***rd. Mike was an integral part of our tennis community, who recently died from brain cancer, surrounded with loving care from his family. We hope to make this an even more expanded tournament in the future!
Thanks to ALL the 22 Alpine Regional Tennis Assoc. (ARTA) volunteers who came out this morning to get the windscreens up on all the courts! With many hands we were able to get the work done in just over 2 hours! BRAVO to any amount of time you were able to help today!! ARTA memberships, our Holiday Green sale and grants helped us fund the windscreens in the past, and the next important addition will be a new soon-to-be-delivered state of the art backboard !! We appreciate all the ways people support and help fund this community Tennis Center at the Otsego County Sportsplex! Come on out and play!
Calling all High School gals and guys! Be among the very first Otsego county wide high school tennis team! Tennis is a great crossover sport to improve skills for other sports too. No experience necessary, and ARTA will provide equipment if you need it. Interested students can sign up at your High School office or contact tennis pro Dave Johnson at [email protected].
There is a LOT happening at the Otsego County Sportsplex Tennis Center this summer. Check it out! More details for registration for activities can be found at www.ga***rd.tennis.com!
There is a LOT happening at the Otsego County Sportsplex Tennis Center this summer. Check it out! More details for registration for activities can be found at www.ga***rd.tennis.com!
Fun factoid in the March/April Tennis magazine: "In two recent studies, tennis players were shown to live longer lives than people who played any other sport." "After controlling for education, wealth and age, Danish researchers found that people who played tennis added an average of 9.7years to their lives, compared to 3.7 for cyclists, 3.2 for joggers, and 1.5 for those who worked out."
One more reason to keep playing and improving our skills!
Good am....i'm Ed Mallari....wish to apply for a membership in your ARTA if i cld be one?...
Planed in frm the Philippines last July 7 and will be staying here for 6 mos;
I did had already played with good guys a couple of days ago,their names were Sirs Charles,Dors,Nick,Mike and Dave?....did got a schedule also yesterday for a doubles game but unfortunately it got rained,it must be with Madam Laura?...
Seeing also a chance if i cld be lucky to play on your schedules for any tournaments in any near future?.....

PS:
i'm staying here at my daughter's residence,Celeste Mallari at Michaywe,Ga***rd....
Recently, we introduced you to the dedicated individuals at Alpine Regional Tennis Association and their mission to bring tennis back to the community. Today, we take a trip back to Ga***rd, Michigan to see how they are introducing residents to the lifelong sport through events such as the annual Alpenfest and other community outreach initiatives. 🎾| http://bit.ly/2JMUnCo

The Alpine Regional Tennis Association will foster interest & skill development for the lifelong sport of tennis for people of all ages in Northern MI.

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Photos from Alpine Regional Tennis Association's post 09/12/2022

As we say goodbye to summer the 2022 ARTA Mixed Doubles Tournament was played on Saturday September 10th. Mother Nature was extremely generous with sunny sky's, light wind and temps in the upper 70's. Nine teams consisting of one male and female battled throughout the day in this eighth edition of the annual tournament. New champions were crowned as Anjuli Hawkins and her brother Dan Hawkins dominated the competition without dropping a set. The finals saw Anjuli and Dan triumph over Escanaba's Tom Penegor and his daughter Tamara in straight sets for the championship! The Consolation Bracket for third place was won by Eve Elden and Mark Cromell over a game Rachel Chapko and Dave George. A big thanks to everyone who participated in the tournament and supports ARTA in their mission to grow tennis here in Otsego County and Northern Michigan.

09/11/2022

The ARTA Men’s Doubles League is officially in the books and here is some competitive match footage recorded the final night of the league, August 30th. Hope you enjoy as Jeff Vezina, Mark Cromell, Rod Regan, and Joe Mankiewicz battle it out! Two set tiebreakers, wow!

09/02/2022

Hope you enjoy this great singles match between J. Mock and R. Amis from this past Friday, 8/26! It was a great match to watch as we finish up our singles season! Enjoy!

08/27/2022

Here's some great ARTA Women's League doubles from this past Monday, 8/22 between L. Hansmann, D. Hall, E. Elden, and K. Passiak. It was 3 fun sets of tennis with the sun setting to finish off the evening! Enjoy!

Photos from Alpine Regional Tennis Association's post 08/24/2022

The inaugural ARTA Youth Tournament is officially in the history books! It was an exciting start on Saturday, August 13, but after only 2 matches, the rain came and halted play despite everyone's best efforts to continue. A few days later, all participants were able to rearrange their schedules and the excitement continued on a beautifully hot summer day. Despite the tough conditions and back to back matches for many, all players battled hard and champions were eventually crowned for each singles/ doubles division! A big congratulations to the winners and a special thank you to all parents and youth that braved the elements with patience, positivity and determination. Prizes were awarded to all participants and medals were given to each winner. It has been a fantastic outdoor summer season and the ARTA Youth tournament was a fun way to finish the summer season!

08/23/2022

Come join another FUN tennis event in Ga***rd!

Photos from Alpine Regional Tennis Association's post 08/02/2022

Thanks to all who made the 1st annual Moxie tournament a competitive FUN event!

Photos from Alpine Regional Tennis Association's post 07/31/2022

Saturday July 30th

Under blue skies and warm temps the inaugural Moxie Women's Doubles Tournament was played at the Sportsplex Tennis Center in Ga***rd. 8 teams battled throughout the day in a modified format featuring "no ad" games and 10 point tie-breaks in deciding third sets. The number one seeds of Eve Elden and Julie Regan gave an impressive performance without dropping a set throughout the tournament. The number one seeds defeated three seeds Anjuli Hawkins and Sheila Simpson 6-1, 6-3 for the championship. The match of the day took place in the semi-finals where second seeded Laura Hansmann and Tamara Penegor lost a very tight and exciting three set match to third seeds Hawkins and Simpson 6-1, 5-7, T11/9.
The consolation match for third place went to Connie Tithof and Hannah Blume who defeated Hansmann and Penegor in a tiebreak 10/6. Alpine Regional Tennis Association, who sponsored the tournament, congratulates all of the participants and looks forward to promoting the tournament for many years to come!
ARTA extends Special thanks to Cathy Johnson and Coach Dave Johnson for organizing the event to run so smoothly, and to Karen Savage, northern Michigan TSR who traveled to spend the day for the event and brought surprise gifts for prizes.

07/29/2022

S. Thomas vs M. Roman - ARTA Singles League 7/22/22

Hope you enjoy this great singles match between M. Roman and S. Thomas from this past Friday, 7/22! It was a great battle on a windy day on Court 1. Enjoy!

07/28/2022

Another fun new tournament...this one for area Youth...is planned for August 13. ARTA is rockin activities this summer!

07/28/2022

The first annual "The Moxie" ladies doubles tournament is this Sat July 30 and it's going to be competitive FUN! Glad we won't be wearing those fashions tho😅

07/18/2022

ARTA Singles League - E. Morrow vs S. Thomas 7-15-22

Here is a great singles match recorded this past Friday(7/15) at the ARTA Singles League, Court 1 with undefeated S. Thomas vs the lefty E. Morrow. Enjoy! Video picks up after Morrow held his serve in the first game, score in bottom left hand corner.

07/10/2022

Cheers to all the competitors in the 2nd annual "The Roper" Mens Tennis Tournament at the Otsego County Sportsplex Tennis Center, held Saturday July 9.
Left to right: Rod Regan, Charlie Simpson, Mike Ziska, Dan Hawkins, Event Organizer Dave Johnson, PTR, John Thompson, Mike Turnbull, Jeff Vezina, Jim Driver, Paul Hartmann, Christopher Roper, John Mock. Not pictured: Dave George

Photos from Alpine Regional Tennis Association's post 07/10/2022

The second annual Roper Mens Tennis Tournament was held Saturday July 9. Under near perfect weather conditions six teams battled for the title and an opportunity to hoist the coveted ARTA Champions Cup. After teams battled all morning the top two seeds found their way into the finals without dropping a set. The stage was set for top seeds Dan Hawkins and his partner Jon Thompson to go to work against the second seeded team of John Mock and Mike Turnbull. The fans on hand were not disappointed. Dan and John turned in a dominating performance in the finals knocking off Mock and Turnbull 6-1, 6-2 wrapping up the championship!

It was Great to have Christopher Roper from Ann Arbor join the event with doubles partner Mike Ziska, cheered on by fans that included his wife Jen, sister Jamie and her husband Gabe and their two young children from CA. Christopher and Mike battled Jeff Vezina and Rod Regan for the 3rd place Consolation prize. Congrats to Jeff and Rod for that win.

Christopher presented ARTA with a surprise, generous check for $1000 on behalf of his family for remembering their father Mike with this annual tournament. We are so grateful for their gift!

06/24/2022

ARTA SINGLES LEAGUE Week 3 - S. Thomas vs D. Hawkins - Part 2

06/17/2022

ARTA Singles League 6-17-22
J. Mock vs S. Thomas

06/15/2022
06/10/2022

Inaugural ARTA Singles League
Jeff P. Vs Shawn T.

05/17/2022

ARTA President Sheila represented ARTA as one of the nearly dozen nominated non profit organizations at the May10 Otsego Community Foundation's '100 Women Who Care' event. Donors each gift $100 and together raised $16,000! ARTA was one of the 4 finalists randomly selected to present information to the large gathering about their organization, before people vote to award $5000. While we were not the 1st place worthy winner (The Last Resort to support those recovering from addiction), we appreciated the opportunity to share all the ARTA successes, events and programs for youth and adults, and current ARTA goals to the room full of attendees.🙂

05/17/2022

Be sure to check out our updated website to see all of the exciting tennis programs going on this summer! We have something for all ages. Click below to go straight to the page!

https://alpineregionaltennisassociation.com/tennis-programs

05/16/2022

The windscreens are up at the Otsego County Sportsplex Tennis Center! And you thought it just magically happened? Here are just a few of the mighty volunteers who got the job done in 2 hours Sunday!

Photos from Alpine Regional Tennis Association's post 05/14/2022

What a beautiful, fun night for the free USTA Midwest/ARTA Play Tennis event in Ga***rd MI! Thanks to all the kids, parents and other players who came out. The smiles on court throughout the evening were a joy to see....and the talent just keeps emerging! Check out www.ga***rdtennis.com for other fun tennis happenings throughout the summer.

05/13/2022

More tennis fun ahead! If you are over 18 and want to learn the game...or perhaps used to play in the past and want to brush up your skill...the START/RESTART if for you! Taught by our gifted tennis Pro, Dave Johnson.

05/06/2022

ARTA Summer Youth Tennis Programs are here! Sign up today at the link below! It's going to be a fun summer of tennis!
https://alpineregionaltennisassociation.com/youth-tennis-program

04/26/2022

Play Tennis Midwest - Friday, May 13

Photos from Alpine Regional Tennis Association's post 04/04/2022

Here are just a few pictures of the Community Center fun

Photos from Alpine Regional Tennis Association's post 04/04/2022

Coach Dan Hawkins continues more tennis fun in April for youth, High Schoolers and adults at the Otsego County Community Center! Checkout his April flyer for details!

02/12/2022

Michael Fernandez, who got his tennis start in Ga***rd with Coach Dave Johnson, continues his ascent in the world of junior tennis by winning the Eau Claire Wisconsin USTA Level 5 18s last weekend at the Menard Tennis Center. Michael,17, was dominant throughout the tournament serving up a ton of Aces!! Well done Michael! ARTA and Northern Michigan Tennis are very proud of all you have accomplished.🎾

02/12/2022

Fabulous Tennis Fun last night for all ages at the Community Center! Come join us Feb 18 and 25 for more fun with Coach Dan!

02/01/2022

More tennis fun happening to keep growing your skills. Thanks, coach Dan!

Photos from Alpine Regional Tennis Association's post 01/22/2022

Well we are having blizzard conditions here in Northern Michigan today! But mentally I'm out on court and it's 75 and sunny lol. Wanted to pass along a few thoughts and pics regarding the serve toss. The serve is really the only shot that you have full control over but can be difficult if the toss isn't consistent. One of the biggest issues I see in recreational players is short arming the toss. The tossing arm/hand should continue up even after the ball has left the hand at about eye level. I have attached some pics of players I have photographed along the way. You will see that this extension is one thing they all have in common. By letting the arm/hand continue straight up you can achieve a very consistent placement of the ball which will lead to a much higher serve consistency. The pics really point this out!

Coach Dave

Blog - TopspinPro 01/08/2022

Blog - TopspinPro

Thanks to our tennis pro, Dave Johnson, here is an interesting link about life lessons learned with tennis.
http://topspinpro.com/blog

Blog - TopspinPro Credit: pixabay.com 10 Life Lessons from Tennis By Zoë Jeffery on 31st December 2021 Tennis is not for the faint hearted. It’s one of […] Read more

December CTA/Parks Newsletter 12/12/2021

December CTA/Parks Newsletter

WOW...how cool is this that ARTA was recognized by USTA as one of 5 highlighted Community Tennis Association (CTA) organizations in the country!! " See USTA CTA E-news link:
"To close out 2021, we would like to feature five CTAs that have done outstanding work in their communities this year. The USTA thanks each CTA for their time and commitment to the sport of tennis throughout the year."
Listed among the 5 were Austin Tx, Raleigh NC, Washington DC, Wilmington Del and GA***RD MI!!

December CTA/Parks Newsletter To close out 2021, we would like to feature five CTAs that have done outstanding work in their communities this year. The USTA thanks each CTA for their time and commitment to the sport of tennis throughout the year.

12/07/2021

ARTA board member and tennis coach Dan Hawkins, PTR, recently completed the USTA's level 1 National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) certification class. Through ARTA he was awarded a grant to attend the class which originally was going to be 2 virtual and 1 in-person. Due to COVID it turned into an all virtual class. The class consisted of three 4 hour virtual classes via zoom as well as a final coaching project that had to be filmed and presented at the final class. According to Dan, “The USTA coaches/ teachers did a great job balancing active virtual class time and online learning module. There was plenty of homework, including a practice delivering parts of a tennis lesson virtually via zoom with our fellow zoom classmates which was interesting and very effective.” The attached picture shows how he converted the Sportsplex pickleball room into a 60' orange ball court space for the final video lesson using painters tape and some imagination. His teachers appreciated his creativity for the final coaching project video with an A+ grade.
Congratulations, Coach Dan, on achieving another important milestone to your toolbox of coaching talents, especially for our area youth, but also for adults!

Photos from Alpine Regional Tennis Association's post 11/20/2021

WOW, what another successful ARTA Holiday Greens sale we had! Thanks to all the hard working volunteers who decorated the beautiful varying size wreaths and Kandy Kanes with hand made ribbons and hand wired pine cones that we collected all Spring/Summer! Thank you All the customers who order the wreaths, Kandy Kanes and garlands. We are Grateful for your support!

10/27/2021

Congratulations to Ga***rd team Tamara Mankiewicz and Jeff Vezina, the Mixed Doubles Champs at the 2021 Governor's Cup tennis tournament! The popular, annual weekend event, was held at Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City, MI October 23-25. According to Gov Cup Organizer and Tennis Director, George Lowe, "They were a force! They won the 3.0 Mixed Division and went 3-0 in the Round Robin Event!"
YAY Team Tamara and Jeff!

Photos from Alpine Regional Tennis Association's post 10/16/2021

At a recent end-of-season gathering, ARTA pals snuck a Gratitude SURPRISE for Coach Dave Johnson, PTR who has been SO instrumental in growing tennis in the Ga***rd area. His skill and strategy clinics, individual and group lessons, Start/Restart groups, tournament organization, and resourceful help, especially to our new PTR Dan Hawkins, have been extremely valuable for the success and growth of our tennis community. We figured it was time to celebrate all he has done and continues to do. In addition to a special etched decanter honoring Dave's efforts, pals signed a poster of his favorite player, Roger Federer, with words of appreciation. Players made additional donations in Dave's honor that will be given to the Otsego County Sportsplex Tennis Center court maintenance fund.
Dave and wife Cathy have made such a GREAT impact on our hearts and talents. We APPRECIATE both of you!

Photos from Alpine Regional Tennis Association's post 10/14/2021

The Men’s Summer Tennis League, organized by Paul Hartmann, came to an exciting final match for the championship between top players John Mock and Dan Hawkins. Both men tied for the league’s highest score at 177 points, so they squared off for the top prize of the trophy that Mike Roper’s family donated to the men’s league for the winner. Despite several rain delays that interrupted their rescheduled matches, the duo was finally able to play their challenging singles match recently.
Hawkins won the first game in a 7 point tie breaker, and went on to win the second set 6-2. While the trophy went to the winner,both Mock and Hawkins names will be on the 2021 Championship plaque at the Otsego County Sportsplex.
According to organizer Hartmann, “Both played very well and it was fun to see such good tennis talent being played at the Tennis Center!”

Videos (show all)

The ARTA Men’s Doubles League is officially in the books and here is some competitive match footage recorded the final n...
Hope you enjoy this great singles match between J. Mock and R. Amis from this past Friday, 8/26!  It was a great match t...
Here's some great ARTA Women's League doubles from this past Monday, 8/22 between L. Hansmann, D. Hall, E. Elden, and K....
J. Mock vs S. Thomas - ARTA Singles Court 1 - 7/29/22
S. Thomas vs M. Roman - ARTA Singles League 7/22/22
ARTA Singles League - E. Morrow vs S. Thomas 7-15-22
ARTA Singles League 6-17-22J. Mock vs S. Thomas
Inaugural ARTA Singles League Jeff P. Vs Shawn T.
Play Tennis Midwest Night
ARTA Membership

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