Pete Garcia, Alice Echo-News Journal
The success Oscar Martinez enjoyed this past school year has spilled over into the summer.
The Alice High School sophomore qualified to the super championship level of the United States Tennis Association Texas Section by winnings the Corpus Christi Championship Major Zone earlier this summer.
Martinez defeated number one seed Ricardo Perez of Corpus Christi in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2, to win the boys 16's singles final.
To qualify for the next level, super championship, a player must either win a Championship Major Zone or accumulate 64 points from his or her best four consecutive tournaments of the year.
Championship Major Zones are competitive tournaments sponsored by the USTA. They are offered once a month in different regions of Texas. Players compete to qualify for the highest level, super championship.
The next Championship Major Zone is July 7, and the next Super Championship Major Zone is July 4.
During the school year, Martinez and his doubles partnerTravis Whitty won the junior varsity doubles title.
The USTA Texas Section is the governing body for the sport of tennis in Texas and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level — from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. It is one of 17 sections across the U.S. and Puerto Rico which make up the USTA.
A not-for-profit organization with 50,000 members, it invests 100 percents of its proceeds in growing the game.