Thank You New Mexico for 20 great years of Women’s USTA tennis! We are proud to continue to support New Mexico Youth Tennis and Tennis on Wheels. www.tennisonwheelsnm.org
Mandy Minella, the first seed, was the Singles Winner of the 2016 Coleman Vision Tennis Championships, defeating Veronica Cepede Royg of Paraguay 6-4, 7-5. Minella’s ITF ranking after this event is now 97 in the World. Minella took home $11,400 and Runner-Up Cepede Royg was presented with $6,080. Below, left to right are Bobby Bull, Co-Tournament Director, Dr. Stephen Coleman, Mandy Minella, and Sue Jollensten, Outgoing Tournament Director. On the right are Cepe Royg and Minella with their trophies.
Michaella Krajicek (NED), formerly ranked 30th in the world, is the Singles Winner of the 2015 Coleman Vision Tennis Championships, having defeated Naomi Broady (GBR) 6-7(2) 7-6(3) 7-5. Krajicek served 18 aces and Broady served 31. Krajicek took home $11,400 for the win and Runner-Up Broady was presented with $6,080. Paula Cristina Goncalves (BRA) and Sanaz Marand (USA) defeated Tamira Paszek (AUT) and Anna Tatishvili (USA) in a 4-6, 6-2, 10-3 tie break match to take the doubles title. The winners each won $2090 in prize money while the Runners-Up each received $1045.
This year at the Coleman Vision Tennis Championships, Enrique Aguilar, the Wheelchair “Chairperson” for USTA NNMTA, worked with the tournament to set up a wheelchair clinic and a Wheelchair Exhibition. The Wheelchair Exhibition was held between the Singles and Doubles Finals at Tanoan Country Club on Sunday, September 27th. What a fun and educational event for all!! During the tournament week, over 400 young people had an opportunity to participate in the clinics and special events, act as ball kids and assist with the events as part of their community service for the New Mexico Youth Tennis Foundation.
The tournament is conducted by the New Mexico Youth Tennis Foundation, and raised close to $30,000 to support its mission of providing education and opportunity to NM youth through tennis.
2014 marked the 17th consecutive year of the Coleman Vision Tennis Championships, the longest running professional sports event in New Mexico. Dr. Coleman, a lifelong tennis enthusiast and player, picked up the title sponsorship of this tournament, formerly a WTA Virginia Slims tour stop, in an effort to bring the future of Grand Slam tennis back to the southwest.
Strategically held each Fall just 3 weeks after the U.S. Open, high profile players from around the world are attracted to the near-perfect playing conditions that Albuquerque offers, in one of the most highly regarded tennis communities in the country. Over 120 volunteers come together for this annual event that the USTA has called “one of the 5 best tournaments in the country” as voted by the participating players.
The true focal point of the Coleman Vision Tennis Championships is the New Mexico Youth Tennis Foundation (NMYTF), established in 2007 by tournament director Sue Jollensten. This Foundation receives all proceeds from the tournament in order to fund after school programs for junior players throughout the state. This year nearly 1,000 young students attended the tournament and participated in various activities with professional players.
Without a doubt, an unexpected highlight of 2014 had to do with the live-streaming cameras that the USTA put in place on stadium court for the entire tournament. Former #7 in the world, Nicole Vaidisova announced her comeback to tennis at the Coleman Vision Tennis Championships and was granted a wildcard entry. On the morning of her match marking her return to tennis, 55,000 people from her home country of the Czech Republic set their alarms and tuned in to watch her live, and win. All with the Sandia Mountains in the background on a bright clear New Mexico day. What an introduction to New Mexico for eastern Europeans!
The Singles crown went to Anna Tatishvilli, a player known to all with a #104 world ranking. Born in the Republic of Georgia, formerly a state of the Soviet Union, she defeated Irina Falconi in a hard-fought final, 6-2, 6-4. The crowd was ecstatic as Anna had been the 2013 Singles runner-up. In the Doubles final, Jan Abaza, the tournament darling, teamed up with former U.S. Open winner Melanie Oudin to defeat the #4 seeded pair of Nicole Melichar and Allie Will, 6-2, 6-3.
Again, the weather cooperated. Again attendance was up. And thankfully, even more New Mexico youths were exposed to a sport that will hopefully become a lifelong passion!
The perfect combination of exceptional weather, the best draw ever and over 1500 people in attendance resulted in a most successful 2013 ColemanVision Tennis Championships. Players on the Pro Circuit say year after year that this is their favorite tournament to play. This tournament really is a place to ‘Catch a Rising Star’. Many of these players had success in majors this year. The play was certainly at the major level.
The semi-final matches in both singles and doubles felt more like a finals as Chieh-Yu Hsu and Shelby Rogers powered through three sets. Rogers, the tournament’s 8th seed, won the match 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7). In her next match she met Anna Tatishvili. Rodgers was crowned Queen of the Court in two sets: 6-2 6-3.
Tatisvili came into the singles finals the day after two marathon semi-finals in both doubles and singles. In her singles match she went three sets with the tournament’s number one seed, Alison Riske. Tatisvili won 3-6,.7-5, 7-5. In her doubles semi-final, Tatisvili and partner Irina Falconi also went two sets and a third set tie-break, eventually losing to Melanie Oudin and Taylor Townsend 4-6, 6-2 [11-9].
The doubles final match up was between Oudin/Townsend and CoCo Vaneweghe and Eleni Daniilidou. Daniilidou had celebrated her birthday earlier in the week and said this tournament and Albuquerque will always be special because of this. It also helped that she and Vandeweghe won the doubles finals 6-4, 7-6 (2).
The efforts of an army of volunteers and the support of the sponsors make this tournament run smoothly. Preliminary numbers indicate attendance was up 20 to 25 per cent over last year and close to $30,000 was raised for the New Mexico Youth Tennis Foundation.
Watch for next year’s tournament---an annual fall event here in New Mexico!
2012 marked the 15th consecutive year of the Coleman Vision Tennis Championships, the longest running professional sports event in New Mexico. Dr. Coleman, a lifelong tennis enthusiast, picked up the title sponsorship of this tournament, which was formerly a WTA Virginia Slims tour stop, in an effort to bring the future of Grand Slam tennis back to the southwest.
Strategically held each Fall just 3 weeks after the U.S. Open, high profile players from over 30 countries around the world are attracted to the near-perfect playing conditions that Albuquerque offers at this time of year. Over 120 volunteers come together to create an atmosphere that the USTA has called “one of the 5 best tournaments in the country” as voted by the participating players.
The true focal point of the Coleman Vision Tennis Championships, however, is the New Mexico Youth Tennis Foundation which receives all proceeds. Over 700 elementary and middle school students attend the tournament each year and are introduced to the game of tennis, hopefully resulting in a lifelong activity and passion!