It was a perfect paddle day and a perfect way to close out the season...The Last Chance Invitational celebrated its 7th year in style - wonderful food, great people, and entertaining play! Thanks to all the participants and organizers for reminding us how much fun paddle can be! See the complete results and photos.
It rained and it rained and it rained...it was only 3 days, not 40, but we think that the fact that the film "Noah" was opening this weekend must have had something to do with the weather for the Mixed Masters held at Saucon Valley Country Club! On Friday, the 60+ Mixed Nationals featured 8 teams and a lot of fun while dodging raindrops. Gold medalists Diane Straus Tucker & Scott Estes already have an impressive array of medals, and added another at the expense of Connie Jones & Ken Persson. Saturday was the day for the 50+ Mixed Nationals, and as the weather got sloppier the play got more intense. In the end, sister-brother duo Laurie Hissey & Tim McAvoy repeated as champs, defeating Bobo Delaney & Mike Gillespie. Sunday's Husband-Wife 50+ tournament featured 16 teams who travelled from as far as Massachusetts and Ohio to compete for the gold. For the third day in a row we had #1 vs #2 in the finals, with Heather & Vince Prop defeating Cynthia & Ken Dardis for the crown.
Saturday, March 22nd marked the third annual NJ Men’s Municipal Platform Tennis Invitational Tournament. Open only to municipal (public park) teams in the NJMPTA, there was enthusiastic participation from Maplewood, Bernards, Glen Ridge / Bradford, Florham Park / Colony and Farifield players. Jeff Regan, Chuck Molinary and Bob Kopchains hosted the event at Bernards on an unseasonably warm paddle day and supplied ample food and adult beverages... Read more
Viking Low Bounce League
Viking, announces the launch of the first ever, multi-region summer league as one additional step to help grow the sport across the U.S.A. Registrations have already flooded in since the announcement that landed the week of Nationals.
Full Press Release
On March 1st, a day that started on the chilly side but became a pleasant day of platform tennis, the 5th Annual Pioneer Valley Women’s Open tournament took place at the Field Club in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. With a draw of 20 teams, the day was busy but well coordinated by our hut commander Jeff Morneau while Barbara Horne handled food and refreshments.
Amy Hutter and Kathleen Buckley once again took home the top trophy by winning over the duo of Kelly Hellstein and Yvonne Ting. Quarter Reprieve winners were Amy Chafee and Deb Schmutzler. Trish Griggs and Jen Bauman took home the Consolation prize while Peggy O'Brien and Diane Mayland won the Consolation Reprieve.
Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all the women who participated! ~ Submitted by Asa Nilsson and Leslie Haskins View the complete draw
PPTA: Platform Tennis Spin Serve
On this episode of "How'd they do that?", provided by the PPTA (Professional Platform Tennis Association),
see how to develop an explosive spin serve in Platform Tennis. Play This Video --- more instructional videos
Lehigh Valley Classic
They came from north, south, east and west to play in the Lehigh Valley Classic. Most of the top players participated, although many switched up partnerships for the day. When one of the #2 seeds was a late scratch due to illness, it wasn't hard finding a replacement - the players really enjoy coming to this event, and it is an easy commute for most. Those from Chicago, Virginia, Washington, DC and Massachusetts had longer journeys, but were all willing to make the effort to earn Region 3 Presidents Cup points and to vie for the best prize out there - a stay at tournament director Chip Morrow's Dominican Republic villa. Drew Broderick and Steve DeRose continued their winning ways (3 tournaments - 3 titles). They ousted Jeff Morneau & Johan duRandt in an exciting semifinal and then, in an all-American final, topped Mike Marino & Dane Schmidgall. Backdraw results: Bostrom & Bredberg finished 5th; Levanat & Rhazali won the Conso; Kahler & Grangeiro won the 16 Reprieve and Furman - McGrath claimed Last Chance honors. View the complete draw here
Wilson Proudly Sponsors Paddle Tennis Fundraiser For The Todd Martin Development Fund
Todd Martin, a former professional tennis player, held a professional paddle tennis fundraiser that Wilson Sporting Goods Co. was thrilled to sponsor. On February 7th at the Skokie Country Club in Glencoe IL, Todd Martin and 11 of Chicago’s top paddle players and pros combined with a seasoned group of amateurs to participate in this exhilarating competition and dinner program.
The sun was shining in Westchester County on Wednesday...one of the few days in February without snow! The Westchester Women's PCQ took place before a major storm came through that would have made play impossible. Judy Takach and Jill Feher stormed through the field to win the crown over mother-daughter duo Louise Cash and Lauren Gebbia by the score of 6-4, 6-2. Conso winners were Julie Kennedy & Lynn House. Reprieve Winners were Molly Brown & Kallie Hapgood; Jen Demsey & Danielle Lenois claimed 5th place, and the Last Chance winners were Yuiko Hebner & Yuko Nishii. Thanks again to Carrie Rabuse & Lauren Mandell for organizing...and to Carrie for staying up nights creating the unique prizes. View the complete draw
Paddle is a winter sport...but there are limits to what the heaters can do to clear the courts! Nevertheless, the Columbus Open was played on Saturday, February 8. Director Denny English (winner of the Men's 90+ with partner Mark Kebe on Friday), reported that in the Men's Open division, the 4 seeds held through the semis, and #1 Ryan Baxter and Ricky Heath topped #2 Rob Bakker and Eric Miller in the finals. Brad Meadors & JR Randall claimed the Consolation title; The Reprieve crown went to Triplett & Allison; McEnery & Ghidotti were Conso Reprieve winners; and Vens & Shaeffer claimed 5th place with their Quarterfinal Reprieve victory. View the complete draws
Plain City, OH Brian Heil and the Elysium Tennis Club resurrected the women's portion of the Columbus Open. This is Brian's recap:
The Columbus Open was played on Friday February 7th and was a huge success. We had 24 teams battle it out in single digit temperature with the team of Budde-Glassmeyer eventually prevailing 6-0,6-3 vs Gilbert-Lippy. The ladies all had a great day filled with competition, camaraderie, food and drinks! Thanks to all the staff at Elysium for putting on a great tourney and special thanks to Worthington Hills Country Club for the use of their courts. We look forward to next years tourney and gaining PCQ and possibly NRT status. View the full draw
Short Hills Invitational Tournament
Short Hills, NJ
They say that timing is everything...and the Short Hills Invitational
Tournament was lucky with the timing. Weekend weather was great, and Monday morning brought another snow storm! With record draws there were many matches to get played...and everyone still got home in time to watch the Super Bowl. Congratulations to double champion Steve DeRose (Men's95+ with Jaime Ferriero - pictured at left - and Men's Ranking with Jon Lubow), Ana Brzova and Viki Stoklasova (Women's Ranking), Junius Clark and Michael Chen (Men's B), and Amanda Dolan and Anne Delaney (Women's B).
One of Senior Paddle's "legends" will be inducted into the Platform Tennis Hall of Fame on Thursday, March 13 during the Men's 145+ National Championships. The Hall of Fame Selection Committee has announced that Bob Callaway will be inducted into the Hall in an evening ceremony at Sleepy Hollow Country Club. All are invited to participate in this celebration ($55 fee covers food, cash bar available), with cocktails beginning at 5:30 and buffet dinner at 6:15. The presentations of the Alph Beane Senior Contributor Award, an overview of the Virtual Hall of Fame Museum, and the HOF Induction will begin at 7:00 PM.
Kansas City, MO
Homestead Country Club played host on Sunday to the KC Open finals, where Homestead’s own Kevin Kowalik and Kevin “KB” Braun defeated challengers Pete Stroer and Travis Helgeson. Kowalik and Braun defeated top seeded duo Patrick Eagan and Victor Vidal in the quarterfinals.. Article from Prarie Village Post
Inside the Cage: Platform Tennis at Crest Hollow Country Club
Tennis outside in the winter? Well not “tennis,” but platform tennis or another term for the sport you may have heard “paddle.” The game has been around for 80 years; however, many tennis players on Long Island have never tried it. Article from long Island Tennis Magazine
Short Hills, NJ
The Men's League Classic - sponsored by the New Jersey Men's Platform Tennis Association - always features 128 teams and a full day of paddle and food and fun! This year, there was the added attraction of an all day snow storm which was strong enough to overcome many of the court heaters. Despite the obstacles, the tournament was played as scheduled, with main draw finals on Monday night. Congrats to Anthony Cosimano & Jeff Hipkins on defending their title, this time over Steve DeRose & Tim McDougald in a 3 set thriller. See the complete main draw and some photos
Short Hills, NJ
The 1st annual Holiday Classic was an instant hit! Twenty-four teams of women took time out from the season's chores to play a morning of paddle and have lunch. Group winners were Sherry Zabel and Cindy Lewis, Theresa Hellmuth and Gina Patterson and Patrice Shapiro and Jen Nielsen. After morning play at other clubs, the players came to lunch at Short Hills Club, where they mingled with those playing the Women's 50+ National Championships. See some photosWomen's 50+ draw (Congrats Bobo & Judy!)
Juniors Beat the Snow
The Viking APTA Junior Tour Beacon Hill Junior Open took place on Sunday ahead of an impending snow storm...with all but one match decided before it was time to get on the road and head home! Champs were crowned in Girls 10s (Grace Denious & Amelia Hughes), Girls 12s (Kelly Van Hoesen & Isabel Sanchez), Girls 15s (Tori Blundin & Cami Haarmann), Girls 18s (Audrey Randazzo & Kendall Codey), Boys 10s (Griffin Cramer & Charles Brossy), Boys 15s (Jordan Beacham & Terrence Small) and Boys 18s (Griffin Kulick & Lukas Mahler). The Boys 12s final between Colin Wahl & Luke Muse and Luke Crowley & Peter Denious will be completed at a later date. See the full resultsSee some photos
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
The Detroit Invitational Tournament was played under beautiful skies - with participants traveling from Ohio, Illinois and Michigan to compete. The finals pitted two Chicago area teams against each other, with top seeded Paget Neave and Adam Morgan topping second-seeded David Bukowski and Mike Kociecki. Michiganders competed for the Conso and Reprieve crowns, with Patrick Hopper and David Fitzsimons beating Charles Carpenter and Stephen Lord and Steve Kornmeier and Brad Thompson taking the Reprieve over Andrew and John MacLeod. Michael Shields and Shawn Coyle beat Chip Marlowe and Luka Filkins in the Last Chance, and Gregory Van Hoven and Brian LaPorte finished 5th, with their quarter reprieve win over Mike Parks and Dave Cosgrove. See the complete draw
The "B Tour" continued today with a stop at Canoe Brook Country Club. Champions of this year's Canoe Brook Women's B tournament are Carolyn Vegliante and Sue Buchanan, who edged league teammates Katie Bizub and Maureen Joel. (Pictured with Tournament Director Kendall Osbourne) Other winners are: Conso - Bonnie Codey & Elissa Cordrey; Reprieve - Ava Reynolds & Beth Madsen; and Last Chance - Pam Randazzo & Kathy Pellicane. See the complete draw Some photos
Happy Thanksgiving - We would like to share some quotes and give you a gift.
“Sportsmanship for me is when a guy walks off the court and you really can’t tell whether he won or lost, when he carries himself with pride either way.”-Jim Courier
- “The only one who can tell you ‘you can’t’ is you. And you don’t have to listen.”- Nike
- “Winning as a team is better than anything. It’s great to share success.”- Jim Harbaugh
Teamwork was evident at the Beacon Hill Club Men's B tournament this weekend.
The 32 players were mostly from New Jersey, but the finalists all traveled from out of state. Congratulations to Max Gumport and Larry Garinger in their victory over John Oliva and Dan Gibralter. Other winners: Reprieve - Alex McDonald and Jim Hartman; Consolation - Steve Nitti and George Garneau; Last Chance - Phil Scott and Bill Haines (who, the spirit of keeping play going, subbed in when an injury occurred!). View the full DrawSee some photos
Franklin Lakes, NJ
Ninety-four juniors gathered on the courts at Indian Trail Club on Saturday for the Indian Trail Club Junior Open, part of the Viking APTA Junior Tour. Following round robin play, the juniors entered bracket play. Champs were crowned in 7 divisions: 10 & Under Girls - Amelia Hughes & Grace Denious; 12 & Under Girls - Kelly Van Hoesen & Isabelle Sanchez; 15 & Under Girls - Tori Blundin & Stephanie Maluso; 10 & Under Boys - Charlie Stuhr & Trevor Ramirez; 12 & Under Boys - Peter Denious & Luke Crowley; 15 & Under Boys - William Cannon & Henry Fishman and 18 & Under Boys - Gardner Tregellas & Will Burger. Complete bracketsPhotos
In their run to the championship of the Jane B Fleming Memorial Tournament,Carrie Rabuse and Katie Adams had to take out the teams seeded numbers 1, 3 and 4! This Region 2 Women's PCQ was well-attended by Region 1 teams, with the finals featuring Kathy McMahon and Robin Aisenman.
Other winners: Quarter Reprieve - Lum/Parsons; Reprieve - Hapgood/Brown; Consolation - G. McMahon/Adamini and Conso Reprieve - Sharnsky/Schoen.
Ben Porter promoted to General Manager of Viking
As part of the ongoing development of the Viking business we are pleased to announce the promotion of Ben Porter to the position of General Manager of Viking. Ben has been an instrumental part of the Viking sales force and overall brand for years. Ben will immediately assume his new responsibilities and continue working to ensure that our service to our dealer and consumer partners remains the number one priority for Viking. In addition to his new role with Viking, Ben will continue as the Prince Brand Manager for the NY and NJ territory.
Essex Fells, NJ
They conquered the 60s and moved on to the 70s, where they continue to dominate the competition. Helen Garrett and Sandy Simmers once again proved themselves to be Super Seniors by winning the Women's 70+ Nationals again. Through 3 matches, the pair dropped only 2 games, both in the finals, where they defeated Gail Moskow and Anne Beatty. Other winners include: 3rd place, Sharon Hummers and Marie Minnick; 5th place, Anke Cornell and Ginny Sniatkowski; and 7th place, Gail Bradley and Liz Dunn. Many thanks to Carolyn Tierney for making it happen!! See some photosView the complete draw
Sound Shore Invitational
The Sound Shore Invitational tournament returned to Manursing Island Club after a year away due to Superstorm Sandy and featured some of the most exciting play of the season. For entertainment value, the semifinal between Juan Arraya and Alex Bancila and Drew Broderick and Anthony Cosimano and the final between Arraya-Bancila and top seeded Mark Parsons and Johan du Randt would be hard to top! In the end, Parsons-du Randt prevailed 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.
The finals of the Sound Shore Invitational Men's B tournament featured the two most successful B teams of recent years. Michael Chen and Junius Clark prevailed over rivals Jared Lissauer and Greg Weiss in an exciting 3-set match by the score of 1-6, 7-5, 6-3. Each pair had close calls in the semis as well, with Chen-Clark topping Kevin Dillon and Marq Mellor 7-5, 7-6 and Lissauer-Weiss beating Dan Gibralter and Dan Portnoy 6-4, 7-6.
Essex Fells, NJ
The Women's B portion of the Atlantic Classic featured great competition among 16 teams. The improved play at this level led to many more long matches than in prior years. In the end, Marian Cunningham and Sue Cecere prevailed over Karen Sussman and Janine Buss in a 3-set final. Other winners include Consolation: Beth Madsen & Marla Kearney; Reprieve: Myla Pridgen & Donna Andretta; Last Chance: Katy Hobbis & Liz Landy. See the complete draw
Region 1 PCQ
South Orange, NJ
The Orange Lawn Tennis Club Women's Region 1 PCQ was played in the first "paddle weather" of the season. At the end of a full day of competition, Jill Feher and Darlene McGlone defeated Carolyn Cutler and Stacie Stephens to claim the crown and start their PC quest. In the longest match of the day, Kori Lannon and Sue Pijawka outlasted Anne Delaney and Amanda Dolan for the Conso title. Carrie Rabuse and Jessica Fisher were Reprieve champions. Tournament Director Phyllis Weiss was thanked for her 22 years at the helm, as she will turn over the reins to Darlene McGlone for next year.
View the complete draws
Chris Gambino and Drew Broderick Take Chicago
Congratulations to Drew Broderick and Chris Gambino, 2013 Chicago Charities Men's Open champions. They defeated Steve DeRose and Jon Lubow 6-4, 7-5 in a very exciting final. This was Drew's third title of the year...with 3 different partners.
Jerzey Boys take center Court in finals of Chicago Charities
Chicago Charities Mens Final Highlights New Jersey Talent
Ana Brzova and Viktoria Stoklasova dominated the Women's Open at the Chicago Charities. They defeated Mary Doten and Jane McNitt 6-1, 6-1 in the final. On their way to the final they did not drop a set, and did not loose more than 5 games in any match. Congratulations.
The Rochester Open recently celebrated its 35th year. The Men's NRT Draw saw George Wilkinson in his second straight final, this time pairing with Drew Broderick to win the crown over Brett Englesberg & Jeff McMaster by the score of 6-0, 6-1. It was a good weekend for the Broderick family, as Juliet Broderick paired with Jill Feher to reach her first final, in the Women's PCQ event. The two lost to the experienced team of Kelly Fischer & Jessica Guyaux 6-1, 6-2.
Franklin Lakes, NJ
The newly createdIndian Trail Club Men's B tournament was a rousing success! Sixteen teams from throughout New Jersey and Westchester County met under beautiful skies at one of the most beautiful sites in the country for a day of competition. Bragging rights go to Steve Bernt and Todd Smith, who did not drop a set in their march to the title. They defeated Jiri Janko and Jon Gieselman in the finals by a score of 6-4, 6-1. Other winners were Dan Gibralter & John Oliva, Alex Woods & Mike St. John and Michael Levine & Paul Marden. The event was so popular that a second one is planned for February. View the complete draw
Essex Fells , NJ
Something old...something new...the Atlantic Classic featured a little of each. A small but strong women's field saw the same two teams as last year in the finals. In a reversal from the 2012 results, Ana Brzova and Viki Stoklasova downed Cynthia Dardis and Amy Shay by a 6-4, 6-4 score. The men's field was a little less predictable, with 3 upsets in the quarterfinals and the new team of Marco Grangeiro and George Wilkinson making it to the finals. There they met last year's champs, Juan Arraya and Lennart Jonason, who defended their title in a 7-5, 6-4 match.
Harwinton, CT Press Release
Putnam Tennis and Recreation LLC, one of the oldest and most experienced tennis court builders in the United States, has reentered the platform tennis construction and maintenance business. Putnam has developed a business relationship with David Dodge and Mark Kebe at Total Platform Tennis in Loveland, Ohio and will serve as the Authorized East Coast Installer of the “Total Platform Tennis System.” The combination of Putnam’s extensive construction capability and long standing reputation in the tennis business with Total Platform Tennis’ manufacturing expertise and installation experience, brings a new level of construction and maintenance ability to the platform tennis industry. Full Press Release
War is Over
Wall Township, NJ
Who knew that a war would be a nice way to kick off the paddle season! With gorgeous weather and teams prepared to have fun, The War at the Shore took place yesterday and featured competitive matches throughout the day. Bobo Delaney and John Milbank once again teamed up to win the tournament, topping Liz Jaffe and newcomer Christian Guevara 6-3, 6-4. Semifinalists were tournament director Judy Takach and Bob Winchester and Maria Manley and Bill Kloss. Abigail Burke and Paul Wishnoff claimed the Consolation title; Jill and Bobby Feher won the Reprieve; Laura Sullivan and Randy Kushma were Last Chance champs and Joanne O'Shaughnessy and Kevin Hawke wrapped up the tournament with the Quarter Reprieve crown. Drawsheet
Those looking for more Mixed Doubles should enter the PIMPT, scheduled for October 12.
Callaway Cup tournament honors icon
Wee Burn Country Club’s Paddle Tennis Committee and several local Fairfield County clubs are sponsoring the second annual “Callaway Cup,” a one-day tournament honoring the paddle legacy of Robert “Bob” Callaway.
This will be one of the first big tournaments of the fall and a great opportunity to kick off the paddle season.
The tournament will be held on Sunday, Oct. 6 and will include both a men’s and women’s 32 team draw. more about the event
The future for Platform Tennis is certainly on the upswing
Franklin Lakes, NJ
Yesterday was the day for the so called 2013 PPTA Paddlepalooza and the main goal is still the same as it was two years ago: To was to raise the bar, become better teaching professionals and help the continue and amazing growth that platform tennis has had in the last few years. With the presence of many of the top instructors and players in the East coast the convention gathered more than 70 platform tennis professional at the Indian Trail Club, the site of the 2013 Men’s and Women’s Nationals. Continue Reading
By Patricio Misitrano | PaddleTimes
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray playing beach tennis
With the nation on a tennis high after Andy Murray’s sensational Wimbledon victory, the lesser known sport of beach tennis is to make a triumphant return to its UK home..
Michael Cochrane of Norwalk loses in Round of 16 of Met Amateur
Michael Cochrane of Norwalk loses in Round of 16 of Met Amateur. For someone who didn't begin playing golf until he was in his late 20s, Norwalk resident Michael Cochrane has become quite an amateur player.
The 2012-13 platform season in the Greater Boston area turned out to be a great year of expansion. The area used to have just 1 teaching paddle pro and now there are 6 which has greatly increased the amount of play in the area. The men’s Greater Boston Platform Tennis League has formed a Board, capably led by Amin Khadduri from Brae Burn Country Club, added a new club to the A league and had the first official C league this past season Continue reading
It is officially over! The paddle season in New Jersey closed with the playing of the Last Chance Invitational at Spring Brook Country Club and area clubs. In its 6th year, the tournament was the biggest and best yet, with the organizers reluctantly expanding to 32 teams to accommodate more players. (Expanding the draw means spreading the teams over more clubs...but all returned to SBCC for afternoon play, cigars, massages...) Although they reached the final again, two-time defending champs Steve DeRose and Scott Giannetti were dethroned by Anthony Cosimano and Robert Krauss. See the: Complete DrawPhotos
The final APTA National Championships - Men's 50s, 60s and 70s - were played at the New York Athletic Club March 22-24. Even though new players become eligible each year, making it difficult to hold onto a title, this year the champions were all familiar. In the 60 & Over group, Scott Estes and Lloyd Ucko (pictured) repeated as champs; Mike Gillespie and Ron Erskine retained their 50 & Over title; and 2-time defending champ Mike Hanna paired with Jim Bishop to claim the 70 & Over crown.
Complete draws: Men's 50+Men's 60+ Men's 70+
At the Winnable B tournament, the finals were preceded by a rendition of the Star Spangled Banner - a first for this event - but the champions were the same as last year, with Junius Clark and Michael Chen defeating Erik Matkiwsky & Liam Doody to retain their crown. The debate concerning the "top B team" has just begun! Other winners at this fun event were: Todd Tripucka & Ken Flynn - Consolation; John Holland & Rick Carpenter - Last Chance; Jiri Janko & Kristian Ording - Reprieve. View the complete draw and some photos
There was a lot of experience on display at the 2013 APTA Men's 145+ Nationals at Sleepy Hollow Country Club. Originally conceived as an alternative to holding a Men's 75+ Nationals, the event has become one of the most popular and well-attended senior events on the calendar. Director Rich Lombard has shepherded the tournament through its 13th year. Champions were determined on Friday at the NYAC. See the completed draw and some photos.
Platform Tennis - Captivated by Paddle
A game of finesse and quickness rather than power
There was no paddle in Brazil, Fabio Minozi, who directs East Hampton Indoor Tennis’s platform tennis program, said during a conversation Sunday morning in the warm-up hut that lies between E.H.I.T.’s two raised wire-enclosed courts. Continue reading
By Jack Graves | Easthampton Star
Support the Y
There are many paddle events in support of a cause. The Wilton Open, benefitting the Wilton Family Y, has become one of the premier events of its kind. This year, with the addition of a women's segment, the tournament boasted 80 teams with another dozen still on a Wait List. BBQ, steel drum band and a full day of paddle, on St. Patrick's Day weekend...you don't need anything else to have a successful events!
Congratulations to Maurice Sanchez - Mark Parsons - Men's Open Champs; Natty Edwards - Gaynor Brennan - Men's "B" Champs; and Jennifer Demsey - Danielle Lenois - Women's Champs.
See the complete draws: Men OpenMen "B"WomenPhotos
There are not a lot of partner options when the rules state that you "must be married...before, during, and after the tournament" but the Illinois Married Mixed event doesn't have a lot of trouble filling up! In fact, this year it expanded to a third draw and a total of 72 teams. Winners include: Adriane & Ben McKnight in the "A" Division; Alison & Scott Park in the "B" Division; and Betsy & Rick Bush in the newly formed "C" Division. Congratulations all!
View the Draws: "A" Division "B" Division"C" Division Photos
The final APTA Mixed Champions for the season were crowned yesterday at Saucon Valley Country Club, with the sister-brother duo of Laurie Hissey & Tim McAvoy defeating high school tennis teammates Andrea Noyes & Mike Gillespie in "perfect paddle weather" - wet, snowy conditions - by the score of 6-4, 6-2 to claim the 50+ Mixed gold medals. Diane Tucker & Rusty Wright claimed 3rd place over Sue & Pete Pijawka and Sally & Mark Allen claimed 5th over Abigail Burke and Paul Wishnoff, a team they had lost to in the first round! View the complete draw
Mark Parsons Johan du Randt crowned 2103 National Champions
Franklin Lakes, NJ
Johan du Randt (Weston MA) and Mark Parsons (Norwalk, CT) left no doubt as to who the top team in the country is winning the 2013 National Chanpionship without dropping a set. Semi final against Juan Arraya and Lennart Jonason was decided by 2 tie breakers. New Jersey favorites Steve DeRose and Jon Lubow beat 2012 National Champs Drew Broderick and Chris Gambino in the Semis but even with heavy support from the crowd were unable to overcome Parsons and du Randt Full Mens Draw Photos from 2013 Nationals
It's OVA - Ana Brzova and Viktoria Stoklasova are 2103 Women's National Champions
Franklin Lakes, NJ
Second Seed Ana Brzova (Franklin Lakes NJ) and Viktoria Stoklasova (Stamford CT) win 2013 APTA National Championship over Mary Doten and Chelsea Nusslock Draw and photos
REGION 2 PCQ
For most of the day, the weather cooperated for the inaugural Shoreline PCQ at the Essex Platform Tennis Club. But under a light rain, Guga Goncalves and Mark Parsons defeated Nick Mazzarese and John Hughes in an entertaining final, 7-6, 6-2. In one semifinal, Goncalves and Parsons beat Rob Caserta and Peter Harvey. In the other, Hughes and Mazzarese took down Matt Holmes and Geoff Cartier. There was strong paddle throughout the back draws as well. Drew Sawyer and Bill Horne won the Quarterfinal Reprieve over Brad Hoffman and Dan Nash. Bob Sheehy and John Schaper won the Consolation by defeating Will Katz and Adam King. Dennis Herschel and Craig Waddinton earned the Consolation Reprieve by beating John Crawford and Zach Rosenow. Thanks to Rob Coster, Phil Johnson, and Chad Lyons for all of their help and the Guilford Racquet Club and the Old Lyme Country Club for generously opening up their courts for the tournament. Full Draw and photos
They began play in the afternoon and finished well into the evening, with the finals of the Women's 50+ National Championships lasting almost 4 hours! In the end, the new partnership of Tonia Mangan and Andrea Noyes defeated two-time defending champs Bobo Delaney and Judy Takach 7-5, 4-6, 7-6. These mixed-up pairs (Tonia & Bobo will pair for Nationals next week, as will Judy and Andrea) know each others' games so well that they we able to anticipate shots and moves that weren't apparent to the spectators. After a long day in the rain, the Feed-in Consolation final - between Marie Adams & Buttons O'Donnell and Debra LaMountain & Kathy Parker - was deferred until a later date. Carrie Rabuse & Carolyn Cutler claimed Quarterfinal Reprieve honors over Janet Faig & Donna Charlton, while Susan Macdonald & Laurie Schelz defeated Margo DeSantis & Blythe Hamer for the Conso Reprieve crown. Thanks to Susan Schwab for making it all happen!View the complete draw
RAINY DAY at the SHORE
When you plan a day at the Shore and rain is predicted, you often change your plans. But not if your plan was to play the Women's Shore B tournament! Sixteen intrepid teams braved the elements to compete in this fun event. Amy Massa & Sam Jordan emerged as Champs, defeating Marla Kearney & Beth Madsen in the finals. Leslie Haskins & Tracy Welling travelled the farthest and took home Consolation honors over locals Kathy Foos & Kerri Rice. Helen Guarcello & Barbara Brown won the Reprieve over Mary Grubert & Mary Heins, and newcomers Kathleen Ottenheimer & Karin O'Shea defeated Francoise Lucarelli & Debbie Ferraid for the Conso Reprieve title. See more results and some photos
The 35th Annual Cleveland Cup competition is a celebration of the sport staged by the Greater Cleveland Platform Tennis Association. Congratulations to Eric Miller and Fayez Bhanji for successfully repeating as Champs of the A Division. They competed against Robert Edelstein and Doug Bloom in the finals. Congratulations to Brent Luce and Jeff Gips for winning the B Division. They competed against Steve Goldsword and Dave Lowman in the finals. In the Ladies A Division, Janet Mazzolla and Sue Lencewicz won. They competed against Shaheen Bhanji and Holly Pederson in the finals.
The favors were a big hit thanks to the effort of Chris Klampe, Scott Pollock and Leland Morris.
Many thanks to my partners in crime, Brian McCreary, Brent Luce, Heidi Buggele and Deb Dudley for leading the overall charge; to Bill Cody for coordinating lunch at CSC; and to Norm Blum at Ad-Vantage for their embroidery of the favors. Many thanks also to Marjorie Hodson and PaddlePro for coordinating the sign-ups! PaddlePro saved us a tremendous amount of time and helped with the overall communication of the event.
~Submitted by Andy Sikorovsky Check out the draws
LEHIGH VALLEY CLASSIC
Lehigh Valley, PA
They came from four regions to compete in the Lehigh Valley Classic, a tournament with one of the most interesting prizes in the sport. For the past few years, tournament director Chip Morrow has offered the use of his villa in the Dominican Republic to the tournament champs. This year, it is Anthony Cosimano and Nathan LeFevre who will be making travel plans. When play concluded around 8:30 PM, these results were posted: Champions - Cosimano & LeFevre defeated Juan Arraya & Mike Stulac 6-4, 2-6, 6-1; Consolation - Hume & Spraklin defeated Osbourne & McDonald 6-2, 6-3; Reprieve - Bredberg & Wilkinson defeated Grangeiro & LePivert 3-6, 6-3, [10-7]; Conso Reprieve - Tomson & Sabia defeated Hissey & McAvoy 7-5, 6-3; Quarter Reprieve - Falatek & Najdek defeated Croker & Jaysingh 4-6, 7-5, [10-7]. View the complete results
Junior paddlers are gearing up for their end-of-season championships. On Sunday teams in all age groups participated in the New Jersey Junior Open. Congratulations to the Champions, as well as all who participated in a great afternoon of play. See the full results and some photos here.
Kansas City, MO
When speaking of a dynamic duo, certain criteria must be met. They must have the friendship of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the intuition of Jordan and Pippen, and the shear brute force of Tango and Cash. However to be a legendary partnership, two individuals must synergize on higher plane of excellence. Such excellence was witness at the Kansas City Platform Open.
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As the Colorado State Women's Open finished up and bottles began to be uncorked, the parking lot of the Arapahoe Tennis Club was beginning to fill with a less savory crowd. The horde from the North was arriving to participate in the 3rd Annual Colorado Border War. This much anticipated rematch of Denver vs. Boulder had been brewing over the past 12 months. The Denver captain moved to increase the number of matches from 8 to 12. Boulder agreed to this format change, well aware that Denver might be able to draw on a deeper pool of talent from their larger league ... - read more
SERVE-ing UP A STORM
Mother Nature certainly has a sense of humor! You plan an event to raise funds to help those impacted by a monster storm, and she decides to get involved with snow and ice - the only day that week that the weather isn't perfect! With 84 players, 22 pros and a host of volunteers and donors, 1st SERVE - Sandy Emergency Relief Volunteer Efforts took place on Tuesday, November 27 at Canoe Brook Country Club, Short Hills Club and
Centercourt Athletic Club with beautiful fluffy snow falling and the roads and courts getting slushy. Generous donations from the Beacon Hill Club, Canoe Brook Country Club, NJMPTA, David Kjeldsen and paddlepro ... - read more
SERVE - Sandy Emergency Relief Volunteer Efforts will take place on Tuesday, November 27 at Canoe Brook Country Club, Short Hills Club and
Centercourt Athletic Club. Team up with Pros from NY, NJ and CT to raise funds for local victims of Hurricane Sandy. Funds will go to the United Way Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts and to Sea Bright Rising, an organization devoted to the relief of the needy and/or displaced by the hurricane.
Generous donors have made it possible for all proceeds to go directly to the charities.
This spring, the Glenview Park District is bringing a “unique” new public paddle tennis facility to the grounds of the Glenview National 9 Golf Club, 2800 West Lake Ave. What makes it so unique?
Upcoming tournaments feature something for everyone! LOB! is a women's charity tournament scheduled for October 12th. On the 13th, PIMPT Mixed tournament returns for another year.
The Milwaukee Open, a Men's & Women's National Ranking tournament, takes place October 19th & 20th and the Atlantic Classic, also a Men's & Women's National Ranking event, is the 20th & 21st.
TheIndian Trail Women's B and Beacon Hill Men's B are October 26th and 28th, respectively. And the Rochester Open, on the 27th, will hold Men's National and Regional Ranking, Women's Regional Ranking and Men's and Women's B events.
You can sign up for all of these events by clicking on the name and following the link.
Wall Township, NJ
The War at the Shore kicked off the paddle season with a bang. There was great paddle all day with plenty of spectators enjoying the action - and the weather actually cooperated as well. Lauren Cash and Nathan LeFevre beat Judy Takach and Bob Winchester in one semifinal and Liz Jaffe and Anton Mavrin topped Andrea Noyes and Mike Atkinson in the other. Cash and LeFevre went on to win the title by a score of 7-6, 6-4. The Quarterfinal Reprieve was won by Stacie Stephens and Kevin Hawke over Joanne O'Shaughnessy and Miguel Cobbs in three sets.
Wilson 2013 Platform Tennis Paddles now IN STOCK
Wilson 2013 Platform Tennis line introduces 2 New Paddles - The Big Stick and Ugly Stick as well as updates to the Pro Staff and Hope.
Authentic Brands Completes Prince Sports Acquisition
Authentic Brands Group officially acquired the Prince brand name, adding another strong brand to its growing family of properties. ABG, which already owns TapouT, Sportcraft and Silver Star Casting Company, said its objective is to maintain Prince Sports' historical reign in the tennis world while expanding into new categories.
Toronto, ON, Canada The Canadian paddle tournament season ended on an emotional high at The Canadians, with Paul and Mike Stulac winning the Men's division and claiming the trophy named in memory of their father. The trophy was presented by mom, Joan Stulac. The Women's division was won by Ann Turner and Lynn Thompson. Due to the generosity of the players, $1500 was raised in support of Wellspring - a network of cancer support centers across Canada.
Wilton, CT There are many tournaments "for a cause", but the Wilton Open, which just celebrated it 29th year, is probably unique in its approach. It featured full draws in both the Open and "B" divisions, afternoon barbeque, steel drum band and a full party atmosphere. Both events had long Wait Lists, so you might want to line up your partner now for next year - scheduled for Saturday, March 16. Congratulations to Richard Greene and Larry Garinger and Bo Bogardus and Juan Arraya, winners of the "B" and Open tournaments. View the complete draws