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Valdez and Akewule draw top billing at HTA Houston Open tournament

Defending champion Bhakthavachalam

Valdez and Akewula draw top billing in HTA Houston Open tournament

Adrian Valdez of San Antonio and Biola Akewula of Houston have been named the No. 1 seeds in the men’s and women’s open divisions of the 2014 Houston Tennis Association Houston Open, which begins Friday, April 18, at several sites around the city. Lee LeClear Tennis Center, 9506 S. Gessner, is headquarters.

Valdez won the men’s open in 2006 and was a finalist in 2011.

Seeded second in the men’s open is defending champion Gandhi Bhakthavachalam of Spring. Rodney Vickers of Houston is No. 3, and Zachary Northey of Lincoln, Neb., is No. 4.

Rachel Janssen of Farmers Branch is the No. 2 seed in the women’s open. She was a finalist last year.

The men’s and women’s finals are on Sunday, April 20. More than 575 players have entered the adult, senior and super senior divisions.

Houstonians Eoin Collins and Rodney Vickers are the top seeds in the men’s open doubles event, and Janssen and Meaghan Ocanas of Rowlett are No. 1 in women’s open doubles. Emma McDougall and Dickson Ogu, both of Houston, are the No. 1 seeds in mixed open doubles.

Seeds in all divisions can be accessed through the HTA website under Events/Tournaments.

The tournament is sponsored by the Houston Tennis Association and the Houston Parks & Recreation Department. It is sanctioned by the United States Tennis Association and is a Texas major zone tournament for adults.

In addition to Lee LeClear, sites used for the adult tournament include Homer Ford and Memorial Park tennis centers, Lost Forest Racquet Club and Clements High School.

Tournament viewing is free. For more information call the HTA at 281-580-8313.

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