USTA Northern | June 29, 2017
Congratulations to Team Minnesota who defeated Team Iowa 4-1 at the first-ever Alex J. Kuhn Invitational Minnesota/Iowa Border Battle at the All-Iowa Lawn Tennis Club in Charles City, Iowa. Members of the Minnesota team included Amanda Diao, Annika Munson, Sarah Shahbaz, Vunnisa Vu, Matthew Fullerton, Nolan Ranger and Hank Trondson. Scott Courter served as the coach.
But the weekend was so much more than the play on the court as the event was highlighted with the dedication of the court in honor of the late Alex Kuhn - the son of court owners Mark and Denise Kuhn. A former state representative in the area, over 200 people came out to honor Alex, watch the kids play and enjoy lunch that included strawberries and cream.
Friday evening, both teams arrived and practiced on the grass – most for the first time in their lives. ADVERTISEMENT That was followed by a reception where the players were introduced at the town celebration and some go-karting.
A flag ceremony opened the festivities on Saturday, followed by the court dedication and introduction of both teams. Minnesota opened the match by winning the girls singles points. Iowa then stormed back to win the boys singles point, before Minnesota claimed both the boys and girls doubles points. On Sunday, Minnesota took the mixed doubles point, earning the 4-1 victory. There was also a full complement of officials and ball kids during the matches.
“It was a lot of fun playing on the grass,” Amanda Diao said. “With the chair umpires, ball kids and crowd, it was like playing on Centre Court at Wimbledon.”