The Montezuma Tennis Association (MTA) was started in October of 1978 by Hank Lantelme and adopted the official name by Bob Rhine. There have been many changes to Francis Field since 1978. Three of the six original courts have been replaced with the pay-to-park public garage. A great playground for children is adjacent to the remaining three tennis courts. St. Johns County has done a good job in maintaining the court surfaces, the nets, and lighting for night play.
Hank Lantelme continues to lead the activities at "City Courts". Play starts at 8:30 am and generally ends around noon on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Regardless of your skill level or gender or age, all players are welcome to come out and join the fun.
LOST KEYS Posted June 10, 2013
One our tennis members left their keys (two keys attached to a black gadget) at the courts on Friday morning, June 7, 2013. Anyone finding the keys, please contact Hank Rouland.
BLUE SATURDAY Posted June 9, 2013
The blue T-shirts with the MTA logo in white are outstanding. Since the weather cleared up, many players picked up their T-shirts at tennis on Friday June 7, 2013. Kathy is leaving for Massachusets June 19 so make sure that you make arrangements with Kathy to pick up your shirt before she leaves.
On Saturday, June 8, 2013, turned out to be Blue T-Shirt Saturday and the multitudes showed up.
We can start by having our friends come in with their name and birth date day,, not necessarily the year, but we can do this, and celebrate the ones who started this event and the ones that have been gone. To keep the memories alive and the group alive and welcoming new comers to the group.
We thank Kathy for a wonderful job for concieving the idea and seeing it through to the final product. Great job and many thanks from the group.
Click on the ball to see the pictures take at the event.
BACKBOARD DAMAGE Posted May 30, 2013
Hank R. has emailed Wil Smith, Director of the SJC Parks and Recreation Department, a photo of the damaged tennis backboard and a request to repair it.
DAVID AND ROZ FROM SEA LOVE 2 Posted May 13, 2013
Photo of David and Roz on their deck by Kathy on Sea Love 2 on her way to deep sea fishing. Click on photo for larger version.
HAPPY HOUR ON THE HUDSON Posted May 11, 2013
It was a perfect day for a perfect Happy Hour on the Hudson. Tennis players from St. Augustine were present. Some of the celebrities were Hank Lantelme and "Big Al" Smith. As advertised, the view from the balcony of David's and Roz's second home was spectacular. David has put in a lot of effort in renovating the property and the results are great. Everyone had a wonderful time, cheers to David and Roz.
Click on the ball to see the pictures that Kathy Furtado took during the party. Michael also took some photos and they will be posted when the webmaster gets them.
PHOTOS FROM TED AND MONA Posted May 3, 2013
Email from the Kusmiders:
"thanks Hank for posting the photos!! I could send you one from up here!! snow on May 3rd but not as much as rice Lake Wi. got! 17 inches of snow on the 2nd! enjoy the Florida sun! we don't have any today!! miss you all! Ted and Mona"
Click on the ball to see the photos.
LUNCHEON AT JAYBIRD'S Posted May 1, 2013
There was a great turn out for the luncheon. Everyone had a tasty lunch with excellent service. Kathy discussed the plans for the new shirt with MTA logo on the top left shoulder.
Special thanks to Steve Dill who organized the event. Click on the ball to see the photos.
AUSTIN COMES TO CITY COURTS Posted April 27, 2013
Here is a photo taken at city courts today...Mike Milillo brought his grandson, Austin, to meet everyone. His daughter, Jacqueline is to Mike's right. We had Hank stand to the left of Mike and he said a blessing over Austin. It was a beautiful day today!
HANK'S 96 BIRTHDAY Posted April 4, 2013
Hank's 96th birthday celebration was held on Saturday, March 30, 2013 with tennis, a wonderful cake and refreshments. The weather was perfect and everyone had a great time and are looking forward to Hank's 97th birthday.
Special thanks for all that participated, especially Donna Davis and Laurie Keller.
Click on the ball to see photos taken at the event.
LIMITED EMT ACCESS TO COURTS Posted April 4, 2013
Click on the ball to see the great letter written to address the limited access to EMT personnel to the city tennis courts on Orange St. The letter was signed by Hank and Soledad and mailed to the mayor with all your signatures. Click on the ball to see the letter.
MTA TRADITIONS BY dwParker
The Montezuma Tennis Association has been in existence for 33 years under the helm of Hank Lantelme. The association is unique in that it has always been organized, but disorganized at the same time to allow for socialization, which is an integral and important part of the experience. Recently, there has been a breakdown in some of the basic old traditions that have kept the experience pleasant and courteous to everyone. A primary example is the delay and confusion on the bench as to who is next to play and who is playing/not playing. This often leaves three players waiting an unreasonable time for the next player, often in unbearable heat, for the �next� player. A simple return to the old �traditions� would greatly improve the flow of play and be more courteous to the group as a whole. Click on the ball to read an attempt to revisit and document the traditions that have made the MTA so successful.