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TENNIS NOTEBOOK: Ailments faze Sweeney

Legendary promoter Hugh Sweeney not to worry; His game plan is to forever.

Never mind he told me that last from his bed in ICU in a Heights hospital. he has become all too familiar with the last year.

The 79-year-old Wimbledon and U.S. Nationals who, at 6-6, was the tallest man on the “amateur” circuit in the 1950s and the to play in long pants, has both a major heart and a broken hip that he incurred in a among other maladies.

because he assured me he was going to back, this isn’t to be as a thinly veiled obituary, a tutorial for younger Houstonians and about a creative, personable most important, honorable who was always far ahead of his time — so far in cases that he was still to work for a living before his calamities.

If good ideas, kindness and promises were cash, would be a gadzillionaire today.

He was the guy volunteer recruiting helped the Lamar University tennis into a major regional then got the Virginia Slims event in Houston moving on solid ground after Heldman organized the first-ever professional tournament at the Houston Club in 1970.

He was the guy who opened the Net Set Club. which hosted its Slims in 1973 and, as Tennis Club. its last in then later became to the ATP tour from 2001 2007.

He had a productive partnership with Hunt. too, in the formative of Hunt’s World Championship Tour.

Sweeney was also the guy who women’s professional basketball had of a future that he anteed up for a franchise in the ill-fated Women’s League .

His Angels became first-ever undisputed “world when they won the WBL title in

Still, when he gave up on venture after the second he says he was at least $100,000 in the

Ask him about his financial acumen and mutters, “Loser,” while a thumbs-down.

But he was a winner in every way, a lanky, dapper in a straw boater who made a contribution to helping Houston a big-league town.

In recent years Sweeney has OK by himself publishing the Houston corporate directory, keeping an — fittingly — in the U.S. Professional Association building in west

Longtime USPTA honcho Tim says of Sweeney: “He was an icon in so friendly to all. There a bad bone in his body.”

Former Davis Cupper Ron Holmberg met Sweeney in 1953, when the sensation was 15.

They’ve been of friends since 1955, Sweeney lent Holmberg a hand.

When he reached the of the U.S. Nationals at Forest in 1959, Sweeney came out day to practice with him.

know what people say promoters, but the one word that Sween over his entire is integrity,” Holmberg said. thick and thin, he never did that wasn’t on the up and up. He was just to everybody.”

Spot in U.S. Open

His cousin is former Wimbledon Richard Krajicek . the only man to Pete Sampras there an eight-year span.

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So perhaps Krajicek’s recent Boys 18s championship shouldn’t be seen as big of a surprise.

But Krajicek went to Zoo” — Kalamazoo, Mich. has the tournament for years — as only the seed before reeling off consecutive victories, beating Thatcher in a three-set final.

The earned the Texas AM sophomore-to-be be a in the main draw of the U.S. which starts Monday.

a pretty awesome feeling,” said of his free pass the Open.

Seniors summoned

A Super Plus league, for men and women age 70 and is being formed by the Houston Association .

Teams, with from 6.0 to 9.0, will be up of six players of the same gender.

The per player for the season is $15 plus a $3 Link registration fee. must be HTA and USTA members. or call 281 580-8313 as as possible if you’re interested in

Nadal-Federer replay

If you missed it the time, or just want to half a day mesmerized all over the historic Roger Federer-Rafael five-set Wimbledon final shown for the first time in its at 8 Friday night on the Tennis

And ESPN Classic also have it from 2 until 7 Sunday.

The Tennis Channel has showing Federer-Nadal matches night this week.

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