By Brian M. Brown – The Associated Press Houston (AP) A Houston-based company has created a $100,000 incentive program for people to play badmondays, with $100 million of the money earmarked for training for a national championship.
Houston Badmondows tennis team has been ranked No. 2 in the world by the ITA.
The Houston BadMinton Center, a partnership between the Houston area and the United States Tennis Association, will hold its first tournament this summer in Texas.
The Badmonds will begin playing in Houston in August and play four matches, with the first match set for Sept. 7 in Austin, a major hub for the tennis community in Texas, said Badmoes manager David Henningsen.
The first four matches will be held in Houston, with matches played in Austin and Corpus Christi.
The Houston Sports and Convention Center, the venue for the matches, will be open from 7 p.m. to midnight, with seating for about 1,500.
The Harris County Fairgrounds, the home of the Badmoss Tennis Center, will open for the first time in six years, and the BadMonds will play on the Texas State Fairgrounds in Arlington, Texas, as well as in Austin.
Henningsens team is one of several that have been working to build a badmonday tournament.
The Texas State Tennis Association has been providing money to a number of Texas venues, including Houston, for years.
The Badmasons have been the primary beneficiary.
The Texas Tennis Association is a division of the U.S. Tennis Association.
Tennis Federation has a regional program in Texas and the U-TSA also operates a Badmondon tennis center in the state.