Kingman Tennis Club takes tennis to new heights

Kingman Tennis Club wins annual match against Havasu

COLLEEN MACHADO/Miner<br> 
Lake Havasu Tennis Association’s Pratana Charoephol serves the ball during her doubles match with partner Peter Patel against Kingman Tennis Club’s Joe Machado and Dustin Beasley Saturday at the tennis courts of the Aquarius Casino in Laughlin, Nev. Machado and Beasley won the match 7-5, 6-4.

COLLEEN MACHADO/Miner<br> Lake Havasu Tennis Association’s Pratana Charoephol serves the ball during her doubles match with partner Peter Patel against Kingman Tennis Club’s Joe Machado and Dustin Beasley Saturday at the tennis courts of the Aquarius Casino in Laughlin, Nev. Machado and Beasley won the match 7-5, 6-4.

The Kingman Tennis Club's annual match with the Lake Havasu Tennis Association took on a new twist Saturday.

Instead of playing the match in Kingman or in Havasu, the clubs decided to play in Laughlin, Nev., and instead of hosting the match at a park, the clubs decided to take to the roof of the Aquarius Casino.

"When you lose a ball, they are really lost," said Brooke Fix, president of the KTC, of playing on the casino's tennis courts, located on the roof of the parking structure next to the pool.

The KTC won the match 5-3 with Kingman picking up doubles wins by Lisa Patel and Sue Matthews, Bill Moorefield and Lilian Houston, Joe Machado and Dustin Beasley, and Sam Martin and John Patel.

Patel and Matthews won, 6-4, 6-1 over Havasu's Butch Wood and Iren Vass while Moorefield and Houston won 6-2, 6-3 over Sue Fitch and Melinda Broadstock.

Machado and Beasley won 7-5, 6-4 over Peter Patel and Pratana Charoenphol and Martin and Patel won 6-0, 6-1 over Rolf Siemon and Denny Murtaugh.

The event was planned by LHTA and the decision to hold the event at the Aquarius' tennis courts came from the simple fact that a majority of the Havasu players were staying at the hotel.

"Laughlin is a destination for a lot of things," Fix said.

While Fix and the rest of the KTC are pleased with the location and would consider having it in Laughlin again, Saturday's match was plagued by several problems including not having a regulation size court, problems with the court surface and net as well as the wind.

"I think it's more for those people who don't take the sport as serious as us and are just staying at the hotel," said Fix of the court. "We consider ourselves good tennis players and things like that and the tennis court makes it hard. It's hard enough to make line calls when the lines aren't straight and the court surface isn't smooth, plus the wind affects a lot of things. I don't think we will use that venue again, but we will keep having the event.

"We do think we want to come back to Laughlin, but there is another facility which is a little out of town which I think is a public park, and I think we are going to grab those courts for the next time we come to Laughlin."