Tennis in the Southwest. That’s the area covered by Counterpuncher. The aim of our Counterpuncher online segment is to bring you stories behind the news. Feature articles and opinion pieces on the people, places, events and controversies of tennis. Information and entertainment you cannot find anywhere else.
Toby Smith has been writing on tennis for more than 40 years. A resident of Albuquerque, he reported on the sport for two decades while with the Albuquerque Journal. He has written about tennis for numerous publications, including Tennis, World Tennis, and Sports Illustrated.
Toby, a past member of our USTA Southwest Marketing Committee, has contributed to our southwest.usta.com and Northern New Mexico (www.nnmta.usta.com) websites for a couple of years now, bringing his unique and expansive tennis knowledge to our followers.
You can reach the Counterpuncher and even offer up story suggestions by contacting him at TobySmith68@gmail.com or 505-681-0667.
Check below to follow the links to these online stories.
NEW: Have Players, Need Courts
A Life Worth Living
The Legacy of Loren Dils
Education of a Tennis Writer
The Applewood Lane Gang
Lion in Winter
What's That Noise?
El Paso Old Timers' Night
The Courtship of Hillsboro (N.M.)
In Command: Marion Colbert
One Ship, Two Men, 1,517 Deaths
Tennis Central in ABQ
Nasty & Me
To One and All, He's Ocho
Nambe Clay: Sweep, Water, Roll, Play
Stop Hitting Rocks With Your Racquet
Visit with Tom Gullkson
Sitdown with Roy Emerson
Roots: Fort Apache Tennis
Look Ma, Two Hands
Backboards on a Comeback
Lynch-Parkes Academy: Accomplishment, Controversy
For Jim Parker, the Matches Go On and On
The Onion Peels Away At The Stuffy Side of Tennis
Making a Return
QuickStart on a Fast Track
WNMU Mustangs: All Aboard the Bus
The Wall - Why It Won't Come Back
Beers & Tears: Remembering Dick Gorman