PT&E's Road to the Davis Cup

Prior to the Davis Cup Angel, Cesar, Gerry, and Miguel participated in the ball kids tryouts and all four of them were selected to be ball kids throughout the three days of Davis Cup matches. 

Friday Day One:

First day of the Davis Cup matches. Early in the morning all out scholar athletes headed out to prepare for the big day. Our ball boys went off to their last practice to work out all the last kinks. The rest of our Scholar Athletes went off to their seats setting up their pompoms and clappers ready to cheer on the US Team. It was a epic match up first match Jack Sock V.S. Marin Cilic. Jack Sock was down two sets to love, but in the third set he brought his game to a completely different level taking the third set, then fourth, and finally clinching the fifth set to take the US team to a 1-0 lead. (4-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4). The kids were off their seats the entire match, still in disbelief that Jack Sock was able to comeback from a two sets to love deficit, winning in five sets. John Isner made quick work against Borna Coric. Isner serving 22 aces taking it straight sets. (6-4, 6-4, 6-3). Leading the US to a 2-0 lead against Croatia. All the Scholar Athletes were inspired to serve like Isner and preserver like Sock. after day one of the Davis Cup.

Saturday Day Two:

All the Scholar Athletes and coaches included were still running on the hype from the matches on Friday. But Saturday was a little different instead of singles it was doubles. With one of the greatest double pairings playing for the US, Bob and Mike Bryan were going to play against Croatia's Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig. But before the matches started fifteen of our scholar athletes were chosen prior to the matches to be official flag bearers, each carrying and representing countries that participate in the Davis Cup. (Click Here to watch the Flag Ceremony.) It was a long grueling match the Bryan brothers played well, but the Croatian's were able to win the key points in the match winning the match in four sets. (2-6, 6-2, 2-6, 4-6)Turning the score 2-1 US leading. The Scholar Athletes were impressed by how well the Bryan brothers played together and how well they communicated. They were inspired to play doubles like them some day. 

Sunday Day Three:

It was the final day of the Davis Cup with the US team leading 2-1. It was going to be a long grueling day with the sun beating down on the Scholar Athletes, they were all prepared wearing sunscreen and hats. All ready to sit through hours and hours of tennis. The match ups were big serving number one American John Isner against 2014 US Open Champion Croatia's number one player Marin Cilic. It was a tough match for both players, John's massive serve made it hard for Cilic to get a break, and Cilic's superb all around grinding game made it hard to win points against Cilic's service. In the end Cilic was able to clinch a straight sets victory over John Isner. (6-7(9), 3-6, 4-6). Creating a 2-2 tie between the US and Croatia. The final match was going to decide the winner of the quarterfinal match leading to the semifinals. America's young gun Jack Sock was going to face off against Croatia's young gun Borna Coric. It was a tough match for both players as well, Jack's massive serve and forehand had Coric on the defense. Coric's defensive game allowed him to create opening to turn defense into offense. The Scholar athletes continued to cheer on Sock to give him support. But Coric was able to clinch out a victory over Sock in four sets. (4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 4-6). Giving the Croatian's a 3-2 victory coming back from a 0-2 deficit. It was a rough lost for the US crowd. The Scholar Athletes were a bit upset about the lost, but they understood how hard of a match it was for the US Davis Cup team. They understood how big of a opportunity it was for them to be able to witness such a event. They were all inspired to work harder both on and off court to achieve excellence just like all the players. 

 

 

Chase #ReturnTheServe

To celebrate the achievement of the attendees in the 10 NJTL chapters, JPMC will host a #ReturnTheServe Fun Day presented by Chase in all ten cities (New Orleans, Dallas, San Francisco, Jacksonville, New York, Los Angeles, Portland, Chicago, Houston, and Washington D.C.)

With 155 participants coming from PT&E, James John SUN School, Sitton SUN School, Boys and Girls Club, and various high schoolers. There were six stations where all the participants were able to learn the game of tennis, learn about health, fitness, while earning prizes along the way. At the end Coach Danice receives a check of $10,000 from Chase!

Davis Cup Coin Toss at Pioneer Square

Early in the morning PT&E Coaches and Scholar Athletes headed out to Pioneer Square to set up 5 mini tennis courts to play on. Our Scholar Athletes demonstrated their foam ball skills, attracting attention from everyone passing by, some even stopped by to watch and play. 

With more and more attention the crowd grew larger and larger. All awaiting to see what all the commotion is about. Finally an announcement was made that the US Davis cup and Croatian Davis Cup teams will be arriving to watch the coin toss ceremony to determine the order of serves. The event officially began with the PT&E "Let's Move It" Modified Flash Mob Dance. (Click Here to see the Dance.) 

After both the US and Croatian Davis Cup teams were introduced it was time to decide the order of play and which team will serve first. It wasn't any regular coin toss, we had four of our Scholar Athletes, Alberto and Angel playing against Gerry and Ristom first to 3. It was a intensive match Gerry and Ristom being behind 0-2, came back and got to 1-2, with a long rally with almost every single tennis stroke known to mankind being hit back and forth Alberto and Angel were able to win the rally with a big forehand to win 3-1. That wasn't the end of the matches, then teammates Alberto and Angel had to face off against each other first to 3 again. Alberto and Angel battled it out, giving it everything they had. Alberto led with a dominating 2-0 lead, but Angel kept his head cool and continued to grind out all the points chasing after every ball even chasing the ball all the way out to the audience. Making a comeback to 2-2. After a long hard fought last point Alberto clinched a 3-2 victory over Angel with a massive forehand winner to the backhand side. Alberto was given the honor to draw a ball out of a bowl to decide the order of play and serve for the Davis Cup. 

Top Collegiate Players Visits PT&E!

The US Davis Cup selects the most talented and upcoming young tennis players from colleges to be practice partners and travels with the team. They took time out of their busy practice schedules to come and visit all the scholar athletes at Portland Tennis and Education! 

They enjoyed and experienced Coach Danice's Peace Circle, where our guests had to link together to hold as many peace balls as possible not allowing them to drop. Afterwards all the guests were split into groups and told the scholar athletes a story about them, then the scholar athletes had to reenact the story in a skit. 

Finally PT&E along with our guests created a video to support the US Davis Cup team. (To see the video (Click Here) The video was featured at the day three of the Davis Cup. 

Davis Cup Family Fun Fair!

Davis Cup is coming to Portland and Portland Tennis & Education celebrated with the U.S. Davis Cup Team and USTA Pacific Northwest on Monday, July 11th, at the US Davis Cup Team Family Fun Fair! Eighty people from our Portland Tennis & Education family spent the evening at Tualatin Hills Tennis Center for fun on and off-court activities for all ages. They had the opportunity to play with the top-ranked American and world No. 17 John Isner, world No. 26 Jack Sock, 16-time Grand Slam doubles champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, and legendary coach and former No. 1 Jim Courier! 

After on-court activities, the Portland Tennis & Education Scholar Athletes, Coach/Tutors, and families worked together to create a mural using tennis balls covered in paint. Our family welcomed the US Davis Cup Team members to the mural area with a high-five pathway. Soon after, John Isner, Jack Sock, and Bob and Mike Bryan joined PT&E in creating the mural by adding their own flare. The players autographed the mural and took a photo with Portland Tennis & Education. 

Thanks to the USTA Pacific Northwest for inviting us to sponsor a court, create a mural, and for holding this amazing event at Tualatin Hills Tennis Center to kick off an exciting week of activities! [Insert photo of scholar athletes with team]

Kirk Anderson Comes to PT&E for 10 & Under Training!

Kirk Anderson Comes to PT&E for 10 & Under Training!

Portland Tennis & Education at St. Johns Racquet Center is thrilled to have welcomed Kirk Anderson, Director of Coaching Education for the USTA, back to Portland Tennis & Education for two 10 & Under Workshops on June 13 and June 14. We extend a huge "THANK YOU" to Kirk Anderson and the USTA Pacific Northwest Section (particularly former PT&E Coach/Tutor Alyssa Morrison), as well as the USTA team, for helping us host two coaching 10 & Under tennis training workshops PT&E at St Johns Racquet Center! These workshops helped introduce our staff and volunteers to teaching young people tennis, as well as getting everyone excited for our "Serving Up Success" Summer Program at PT&E. We had over 55 people participate in the workshop, including many tennis community members.

Kirk Anderson also taught the 10 & Under Workshop at Portland Tennis & Education in January of 2015. His expertise in the sport of tennis and incredible skill at teaching youth are qualities that our program and staff hope to model.

Junior Wheelchair Tennis Clinic - June 11th

Junior Wheelchair Tennis Clinic - June 11th

THANK YOU to Debbie Borchers and her team with the Northwest Wheelchair Tennis Association for providing people of all ability levels the opportunity to play tennis! We are proud to support the Northwest Wheelchair Tennis Association and everything it does for the community. Welcome to Paraolympian David Wagner who will be featured at this Saturday, June 11th, clinic at St. Johns Racquet Center (7519 N Burlington Ave). 

NWTA Clinics like this weekend's give Scholar Athletes at Portland Tennis & Education the opportunity to earn service hours in their community, starting as young as middle school. Portland Tennis & Education has enjoyed a multi-year partnership with NWTA, Debbie, and all of the staff and players who make the Junior and Adult Wheelchair clinics a success.

Third Annual "Ladies of the Court" Luncheon

Portland Tennis & Education is celebrating "Women in Tennis" at their annual Ladies of the Court Luncheon, June 1, 2016 (12:30 pm), at St. Johns Racquet Center.  We will be inviting and recognizing the local college and high school women's coaches, tennis club managers, women working in the tennis industry (stringing racquets, sales representatives, racquet and clothing sales), omen working in design and marketing of major tennis brands, and the
women serving as "captains" of women's ennis eague teams (USTA, City League, Junior Team Tennis) at the luncheon.  

We would like to recognize he Board Members f the Greater Portland City League, as well as USTA Pacific Northwest League Management Staff, because we are keenly aware of the time and hard work that goes into promoting and managing league play. As part of this year's Ladies of the Court celebration, we will have a photo booth to capture photos of all our
pecial uests who are working to promote the sport of in their community.  e are hoping that they will invite the Captains of the Greater Portland City League Teams to  join them at the celebration.

The event includes a "Team Challenge", exhibition match, a never-before-seen adidas Style Show, and great raffle prizes. Join us by purchasing tickets at this site: www.ptande.org/ladies-luncheon/ or by clicking the invitation below.

Questions or comments? Email our Development Director nina@ptande.org or call 503-823-3629.

THANK YOU for attending!

THANK YOU for attending!

On Thursday, May 5th, 2016, Portland Tennis & Education held its Sip, Serve, and Celebrate fundraiser. This "happy hour" event featured beautiful silent auction items, complimentary wine and appetizers, and an energetic live auction with incredible items. PT&E was honored to see its supporters, new and old, creating connections and fostering friendships. The event was a great success, and we are excited to see everyone at future events!

"THANK YOU!" to all of our sponsors for their generous contributions to make Sip, Serve, and Celebrate possible! This beautiful event at the Sentinel was also made possible by Jake's Catering at Sentinel, Stokes Auction Group, Greater Giving, the PT&E Fund Development Committee (Ken Hick, Danice Brown, Dave Northfield, Elise Orban, Trish Satchwell, Harry Aldrich, Suhail Khan, Nina Nguyen, and Steph Haas), PT&E Staff, PT&E Board of Directors, all of our wonderful volunteers, and supporters like you!