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