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+
Paddles for Saddles
Rochester, NY The first annual Paddles for Saddles® tournament was hosted by Midtown Athletic Club in Rochester, New York on March 3rd. The tournament was an exciting success with 70 mens and womens teams playing and approximately $20,000 raised to benefit the EquiCenter (www.equicenterny.org), a therapeutic equestrian center for individuals with disabilities, at-risk youth, veterans, and their families.
Jamestown and Newport, RI The third annual Island B Women’s tournament in Rhode Island was a resounding success. Under clear blue skies and 40 degree temperatures teams from as far away as New Jersey, New York City and Central Massachusetts traveled to scenic Jamestown and Newport to compete. This year’s event on Saturday, March 10th saw increased participation from players from the Ocean State. Read moreView the complete draw See some photos
The New York Times
Long Island NY
A Courtly Angle on Winter By FRED BIERMAN
WHEN I told people that I would be taking a platform tennis lesson in Queens, I received many blank stares. ”You mean Ping-Pong?” one friend asked. Another said, “Is that like squash or racquetball?” Since it was the middle of winter, no one thought I would be outside braving the weather while chasing a ball. View article on NYTIMES.com
Mixed Up in Rochester
The New York State Mixed tournament, one of 3 state mixed events in the tri-state region this past weekend, moved up to Rochester this year. With 28 teams, it was the largest NY State Mixed since the event was resurrected 2006 - and maybe ever! And this was a great day of paddle, beginning at 8:00 AM and ending under the lights. Congratulations to Kelly Brown and Miguel Cobbs, who survived a semifinal scare to emerge as champs. Other winners were: Anne Eccher & Brady Kalkman - Consolation; Connie Welch & Shaun Welch - Last Chance; Phyllis Wilunda & Laramie Gavin - Reprieve and Vicky Nagy & Jeff Kotalik - Quarterfinal Reprieve.
The Princeton Invitational Mixed Platform Tournament drew players from New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and New Jersey, with a large number of the teams having a family connection. Teams from Rochester and West Chester prevailed, with the mother-son duo Laurie and David Hissey outlasting husband-wife Sandra and Fritz Odenbach in the final by the score of 6-3, 7-6. Other winners were: Quarter Reprieve - Newhall & Newhall (husband-wife) over McDougald & McDougald (brother-sister); Consolation - Rabuse & Montalbano (mother-son) over Marchese & Marchese (husband-wife); 2nd Conso - O'Conner & O'Conner (husband-wife) over Garrett & Garrett (mother-son) ; and Last Chance - Finnegan & McGlone (fiances) over Kennedy & Kennedy (husband-wife). See the complete draw.
Beach Tennis Season Begins This Weekend
LONG BEACH, NY
Republished from: Long Island Tennis Magazine
This weekend's forecast calls for beautiful weather on Long Island, and with that comes the kickoff of the 2011 Beach Tennis season in New York. The new location for tournament play and permanent Beach Tennis courts in New York this summer is in Long Beach, right next to the Allegria Hotel (on the beach at the Allegria Hotel - National Boulevard and the Boardwalk). Read more about 2011 Beach Tennis Season
Men's Senior Nationals
The Men's 60+ National Championships kicked off a weekend of competition at Fox Meadow Tennis Club today. Defending champs Steve Baird andScott Estes will face newcomers John Adams and Burke Hayes in Saturday's 11:00 AM final. The tournament featured teams from Boston, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Colorado competing alongside "locals" from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Backdraw matches were completed today. View the complete drawSee some photos