Local father-daughter duo wins top doubles draw at STA tourney
July 26, 2015
Steamboat Springs — At 55, Dave Lorenzen looked out of place on the court Sunday, the final day of the annual Steamboat Tennis Association tournament at The Tennis Center of Steamboat Springs.
He was playing alongside his daughter, 2014 Steamboat Springs High School graduate Kira Lorenzen, in their final match of a three-team round robin in the Combined Mixed 9.0 Doubles flight. Opposite them was the team of 13-year-old part-time Steamboat resident Ella Walker and junior-to-be at SSHS, Charlie Smith.
"I think you could have added all three of your ages together and it still wouldn't match me," Dave told his daughter after the match. "It was tough competition. I felt really old out there."
On Sunday, however, it was the experience that won out, with the Lorenzens sneaking past Walker and Smith, 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (7-4), 10-8, to finish 2-0 in the tournament after a win Saturday. Kira also won the women's 4.5 singles round robin.
The United States Tennis Association sanctioned tournament is primarily a fundraiser for youth tennis in Steamboat, and even helps cover about a third of the high school boys and girls tennis teams' budgets for the year. The tournament had 163 entries with 117 individual players heading into weekend play.
For Kira, the tournament was a chance to relax and practice her skills as a doubles player. She is home for the summer following her first year at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, where she made the school's traveling tennis team a year ago.
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"I was No. 7, so I played a lot of exhibition matches. Those were fun because it doesn't matter if you won or lost. Just swing away," Kira said. "I'm happy to be at CC. I'm happy to still be on the court. I'm going to keep going with both."
Kira is predominately a singles player, and has only played alongside her father about eight times. They have won flights of the STA tournament in year's past, but always at lower levels. This year they moved up to 9.0, the highest level of doubles play the tournament offers.
"One thing that was really nice was my daughter didn't coach me when we were playing," Dave said with a laugh. "She wasn't coaching me, so it was really good. She played really well. I didn't have my best this one. I played well the first match. She played well the second match, and that's what's nice — to have somebody step up."
Dave also admitted after the final match that he had been playing with a separated shoulder and is scheduled to get an MRI this week, which could slow down his summer tennis plans.
Kira is preparing for her second year at Colorado College where she plans to get back to work with the women's tennis team. Before that happens, however, she will leave for Madrid, Spain, in August to spend a semester abroad. She has plans to enter the medical field.
"I'm so impressed at how well she played," Dave said of Kira. "We are very happy that the STA put this tournament on. It all earns money for the kids' tennis here in Steamboat. We are glad to support that cause."
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