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Google Checkout

6-24-2008
Google Checkout

USA
Responding to requests from customers with google accounts, Google Checkout has ben integrated in the proshop. Shop as you always have, and when you checkout you will have the option of using either Google Checkout or our own secure checkout.

Google Checkout offers a speedy checkout for anybody with a gmail e-mail account. Users also benefit from a centralized way to keep track of all their internet purchases (from any merchant who has google Checkout) and are often given incentives such as free shipping.


Shafroth for Congress

6-04-2008
Will Shafroth

Boulder, CO
Will Shafroth, longtime supporter of platform tennis in Colorado, now hopes to become "the best paddle player on Capitol Hill". Concerned about the future of our country and its resources, Will is running for Congress. Please read more about Will Shafroth and his campaign

www.shafrothforcongress.com


Cincinnati Announces Plans for 2009 Nationals
6-01-2008
2009 Nationals

Cincinnati OH
The dates of the Nationals will be March 5-8. Cincinnati will be introducing a new format for the Men's Nationals this year. We are announcing this now so players can make arrangements in advance. for more information on the 2009 Nationals visit www.cincypaddle.org


Cigar Advisor
5-17-2008
David Kjeldsen

USA
Newly inducted Platform Tennis HOF member David Kjeldsen is spotted in CigarAdvisor.com May 2008 gallery. click here to visit gallery from CigarAdvisior.com


Summer Paddle League In Chicago
5-12-2008
Chicago Paddle

Winnetka IL
Summer time in Chicago - what better time to play a little platform!  This summer the Chicago women are going to have a summer league comparable to the great league in the winter.  It will be competitive and fun, and a great time for the women to work on their games. It should also bring in those players who always say it’s too cold to try to learn in the winter. Once they get hooked this summer there will be no way that they are going to want to skip the big 08/09 season.  For more information contact Matt Garavaglia at matt@paddlepro.com . Visit Chicago Summer Paddle League for more details.


Job Opening

5-9-2008
Greenville Country Club

Greenville, DE
Private country club in Wilmington, DE looking for racquets pro who is an accomplished platform tennis player and teacher as well as a certified tennis pro to fulfill a year-round subcontractor position.  Racquets facility (no golf) has 9 outdoor tennis courts (8 har-tru, 1 hard), 2 indoor tennis courts and 4 platform tennis courts. Platform tennis responsibilities (October through March) include: working with men's and women's interclub teams, giving lessons, handling special events, junior program and assisting in merchandise sales.  Tennis responsibilities (year round) include working with men and women's interclub teams, assisting with junior program, giving lessons, and assisting with administrative duties.  Competitive annual income will be offered, to include retainer plus lesson income and meals.  Contact Jim Davis 302-654-8691, F 302-652-2316, greenvilledavisgm@comcast.net
5-19-2008 This position has now been filled.


Scarsdale 1928

4-22-2008
Bob Brown
Scarsdale, NY
In the world of platform tennis, 1928 was a very significant year. That winter, Fessenden Blanchard and James Cogswell were looking for some outdoor activity and the sport of platform tennis was conceived. That spring, Bob Brown was born. This second event was celebrated at Fox Meadow Tennis Club on April 5th with a surprise 80th birthday party for Bob, hosted by his wife and attended by family and friends from near and far. All 4 of Bob and Ann's children were there, as well as their grandchildren. Please read more about this fun event and enjoy some photos

Platform Tennis News.com
4-20-2008
Platform Tennis News

The April 2008 issue (Volume 5 Issue 8 ) is online. platformtennisnews.com is an editorial by former APTA president Chuck Vasoll. Unfortunately this may be the last issue, Mr. Vasoll has stated he will not continue his website next season.


John Embree Joins Prince
04-14-2008
Prince

Bordentown, NJ
John Embree, father of platform tennis at Wilson Sporting Goods in the mid 1990’s, has joined Prince Sports as the President of Prince Americas. Embree is an accomplished platform player, having been ranked in the top ten in the country and earning a senior national championship title. This move, in conjunction with the recent purchase of Viking by Prince, further establishes Prince’s commitment to paddle going forward. The rest of the Prince release


Andy Cohn profiled by Crain's New York
04-10-2008
Andy Cohn

New York, NY
With over 50,000 people playing platform tennis in the United States it is not uncommon to find players in the news. Our latest find was in Crane's New York business magazine. Those in Port Washington already know Andy Cohn's passion for platform tennis. While the article was related to his work we were very pleased of his hobbies. View article at Crain's New York


Canadian Open
04-08-2008
Canadian Open

Toronto, ON, Canada
Teams from around Toronto as well as long distance paddlers from New York City, Rochester, Chicago, Buffalo and the Niagara region participated in an awesome Canadian Open tournament.  The Men's title was well-earned, as Fritz Odenbach and Rusty Wright (pictured) had to defeat two past championship teams in Paul Stulac/Scott McFaden (Semi Final, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4) and Mike Stulac/Tim Main (Finals, 6-4, 7-5) to capture the Joe Stulac Memorial Trophy.  On the Women's side, Anna Lis & Stephanie Booth repeated as champs, defeating Daniela Pino-Wright & Joan Stulac in the finals. View both draws.


Prince and Viking Start Strong
04-06-2008
Prince

Bordentown, NJ
It has only been a few weeks since the platform tennis leader Viking Athletics became the latest member of the Prince Sports, family.   Already, the partnership that brought together two like-minded companies committed to providing players of all court sports the best quality products and customer service has offered many reasons to celebrate. Read the entire release from Prince Sports.


Last Chance Invitational

4-05-2008
LastChanceInvitational
Morristown, NJ
On the first weekend in April, with nationally ranked players, senior national champions, New Jersey State champs and many Ferguson league players participating, the Last Chance Invitational rattled the cages in the first annual event held at the Spring Brook Country Club in Morristown, NJ.
Photos and more

2008 Men's Year End Rankings

4-03-2008
USA
David Keevins and Brian Uihlein finished the year as the #1 Ranked team to go along with their National Championship. 2007 Champs Cochrane / Estes finished 2nd, Caldwell / Cordish third, and 2008 National finalists Goodspeed / Mansager finished fourth in the rankings.   See full rankings here provided by Men’s Ranking Chair Ray Crosta

Rage raises $70,000 for Charlie's Champions Foundation

3-30-2008
Charlie's Champions
Garden City, NY
The 10th Annual "Rage in the Cage" tournament has taken on new meaning the past couple of years as the focus has turned from paddle for fun to paddle with a purpose. When Charlie's Champions became the beneficiary of this event, Garden City residents and platform tennis enthusiasts took it to heart. This year a record number of participants in "Underage in the Cage" on Friday foreshadowed the success of Saturday's event. please read more about this great event

Senior Mixed Nationals
3-29-2008
Senior Mixed

Glen Cove, NY
The final National Championships of the season saw seniors competing in Mixed Doubles in two age groups. The results for these tournaments were nothing new, as Louise Cash - Scott Estes captured the 60+ gold and Connie Jones - Ken Persson again won the 50+ crown. Doug Barrow was a silver medalist in each event, pairing with Mary Fenton in the 60s and Courtia Worth in the 50s. View the 50+ Draw       View the 60+ Draw


Junior Rankings
3-28-2008
vjt07

Summit, NJ
End of year rankings based on participation and results from Viking Junior Tour events have been released. Gold and silver medalists from Junior Nationals are automatically ranked #1 and #2. Participants in Nationals as well as in all local events have been ranked according to results reported to the Viking Junior Tour. View the rankings.


Prince places Platform Tennis on website
03-26-2008
Prince

Bordentown, NJ
One week after completing the purchase of Viking Athletics Prince has placed Platform Tennis prominently on the company's website www.princesports.com.


Women's Rankings
3-25-2008

USA
According to Women's Ranking Chair Aila Main, Bobo Delaney and Tonia Mangan finished the year ranked #1 following a strong season of competition. Kerri Delmonico and Aila Main finished the season ranked #2. National Champions Cindy Prendergast and Lauren Zink were not eligible for a final ranking because they did not play the minimum requirement of 3 tournaments together. National finalists Laura Berendt Parsons and Annica Cooper van Starrenburg made their debut on the final ranking list at #3. View the complete list here.


PPTA Growing the Game

3-24-2008
Las Vegas, NV
The recent much-talked-about platform tennis event in Las Vegas saw the “paddle” community come together as never before to promote the sport in a new and dynamic way.  Commercial sponsors Viking Athletics and Paddlepro.com came through with prize donations as part of a raffle run by P.P.T.A. pros.  Proceeds from the raffle were used to finance air, hotel, prizes, and other travel expenses for the pros as well as cover the cost of give-aways and awards used during the event.  David Dodge of Premier Platform assembled the court in Las Vegas and covered all his own expenses in the process.  The A.P.T.A. paid the site fee and staffed the booth from Thursday-Sunday and acted as great ambassadors of the game.view full report

Photography from 2008 Nationals

3-21-2008
Rochester, NY
With a combination of championship level paddle, great parties, and changing weather, Rochester provided a unique opportunity to capture Platform Tennis in pictures. Two photographers covered the event each day  view photos of what they captured.

2008 Platform Tennis Hall Of Fame Inductees

3-19-2008
Platform Tennis HOF
Rochester, NY
According to Chairman Bob Brown, "Induction into the Platform Tennis Hall of Fame is the highest award that can be earned in platform tennis.  It is presented to individuals who have earned distinction in the play of platform tennis and/or who have otherwise contributed to the growth, development and administration of the game."  On Saturday night in Rochester, NY, David Kjeldsen, Fritz Odenbach, Flip Goodspeed and Scott Mansager were scheduled to received this honor.  details

Prince completes acquisition of Viking Athletics
03-18-2008
Prince
viking athletics

Bordentown, NJ
What was rumored, then anticipated, is now a fact. Prince Sports completed its purchase of Viking Athletics today. original press release from 2-27-08


WPTL End of Year Tournament
3-17-2008
WPTL

Scarsdale, NY
Sixteen intrepid teams ignored the weatherman's dire predictions and showed up for the Westchester Platform Tennis League Year End Tournament on Saturday, March 8. After 3 rounds of play and several rain delays, common sense won out and the finals were delayed for a week. The wait didn't slow the eventual champions, Mark Warnken and David Berdon of Manursing, who defeated Chip Niedt and Ara Proudian of Pelham Country Club by the score of 6-1, 6-3. View full results and photos.


IL Married Mixed
3-17-2008
ILMxd

Highland Park, IL
Not all of the platform tennis players from the Chicago area went to Rochester this past weekend. Some stayed home and played the Illinois Married Mixed. Congratulations to Gayle and Mike Sullivan, who defeated Holly and Jeff Tritt to claim the Open crown and Jacqueline and Monte Dillon who topped Marita Janzen and Bill Grady for the "B" title. Director Bob Frauenheim reports that a great time was had by all! View full draws and photos.


New Men's Champions
3-16-2008
2008 Platform Tennis Nationals
Rochester NY
 
SEMI FINALS
 
FINALS
 
WINNER
1
Rothschild - Schmitt
Goodspeed - Mansager
2-6, 6-3, 6-3
2008 National Champions
2
Goodspeed - Mansager
 

Keevins - Uihlein
6-4, 6-4

3 Keevins - Uihlein Keevins - Uihlein
6-3, 6-4
4 Estes - Cochrane

New Women's Champions
3-15-2008
2008 Platform Tennis Nationals

Rochester NY
In a battle of hard hitters, Cindy Prendergast and Lauren Zink bested Laura (Berendt) Parsons and Annica (Cooper) van Starrenburg to claim their first gold medal as a team by a score of 6-4, 6-3. The strong field had the teams seeded 7th and 8th for the tournament. View the full draw.


Region 2 Captures the Cup
3-14-2008
2008 Platform Tennis Nationals

Rochester NY
In another close finish, the Region 2 Men edged Regions 1 and 5 to take the Presidents Cup back to New England. Members of the repeat championship team are: Bill Power, Leo Power, Jerry Albrikes, Greg Bennett, Rob Pierce, Johan du Randt, Matt Dana, Jeff Mitchell, Marc Porter and Peter Harvey.


Region IV Women Repeat
3-13-2008
Women's Presidents Cup

Rochester NY
It came down to the final match-ups of the day, with Region V holding a one point edge over their rivals from Region IV. Region IV swept all 5 courts to retain the Presidents Cup for another year. Region IV was represented by Nancy Budde, Nathalie Lemieux, Karen Henke, Holly Peck, Chrissy Johnston, Lynn Thompson, Kathy Allen, Ann Turner, Vicki Nagy and Sandra Odenbach.


2008 Nationals Set to Begin
3-13-2008
2008 Platform Tennis Nationals

Rochester NY
All draws have been posted. Players are to report to check in at Shadow Lake the evening before matches.
Nationals News paddle Schedule paddle Directions paddle Men paddleWomen paddle Sponsors


Miami Valley Platform Tennis Championships

3-12-2008
miamivalley
Dayton, OH
Tournament Director Nancy Budde reported an enthusiastic turnout for the Miami Valley Platform Tennis Championships in Dayton, OH held February 29 - March 1. She and partner Heather Prop prevailed in the Women's tournament. Underwood - Schaeffer came out on top in the Men's event. Proceeds from the tournament are donated to the Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research. View complete draws: Women    Men

Englewood Field Club Wins Bulletworks’ $3000 PR Contest

3-12-2008
Englewood, NJ
Caryl Swain, Director of Platform Tennis at the Englewood Field Club in Northern New Jersey, submitted the winning article in the annual publicity contest sponsored by BulletWorks Platform Tennis.The article appeared on the front page of The Record on November 24, 2007. “The Englewood Field Club has a terrific paddle facility with a very active paddle membership,” said Swain. “We field 13 teams in the leagues and have junior clinics with 75 children participating.  That translates into lots of wear and tear on our 6 courts, so we are grateful for the extra $3,000 for court maintenance which this award affords us.”

Big Paddle 2008

3-11-2008
Hartford Golf Club
Hartford, CT
The annual Big Paddle tournament was held on Sunday, March 9, at the Hartford Golf Club in West Hartford, CT.  The Big Paddle event goes back over 30 years, and has always featured both great competition and sportsmanship.  The four competing clubs were Essex, CT; Longmeadow, MA; Shelter Harbor Inn in Westerly, RI; and the host Hartford.  details

MEN'S 45+ National Champions

3-10-2008
Sr Nationals
Skokie, IL
Flip Goodspeed and Scott Mansager have added another gold medal to their impressive collection - their first as a "senior" pair - winning the Men's 45+ National title over Bill Fiedler - Scott Bondurant. Goodspeed - Mansager did not drop a set throughout the weekend. View complete draws.

MEN'S 65+ National Champions

3-09-2008
Sr Nationals
Skokie, IL
Jim Bishop and Mike Hanna bested a strong field of former champions to earn the gold in this weekend's Men's 65+ National Championships, defeating locals Alan Graham - Stuart Opdyke in the finals. Jim Dey and John Spears finished third. View complete draw

Indianapolis Open Results

3-08-2008
Indianapolis Open
Carmel, IN
Denny English and Brian Heil defeated Peter Berka and Ed Granger to win the 2008 Indianapolis Open held Feburary 22-24 2008 view full draw. This year also started a 95+ division won by Mike Sullivan and Sam Sutphin view 95+ round robin. paddlepro.com apologizes for the late report.

MEN'S 55+ National Champions

3-07-2008
Sr Nationals
Skokie, IL
Jean Kempner and Jim McNitt have defeated Steve Baird and Hank Irvine 6-3, 6-2 to win the Mens 55+ National Championship. view full draw and results. 2008 Senior Men's National Championships will continue Saturday with the Mens 45+ and Mens 65+ categories. 

Tennis Channel airs paddle event

3-06-2008
Tennis Channel
Las Vegas, NV
As part of the Tennis Channel Open, paddlepalooza will air on the tennis channel March 6th from 4:30-5pm (EST) and 9:30pm (EST) on Friday March 7th. Top players from paddle sports compete and exibit tennis alternatives. Check your local cable for channel or visit www.thetennischannel.com

Mens Rankings

3-04-2008
USA,
According to Men’s Ranking Chair Ray Crosta, last year’s champs will enter the 2008 Nationals as the top ranked team.  See full rankings here.

2008 Nationals Registration Deadline
3-03-2008
2008 Platform Tennis Nationals

Rochester NY
Today is final day of open registration. President Cup teams must sign up ASAP.
Teams not registered by march 4th may be put on a waitlist.
paddle Register Nationals News paddle Schedule paddle Directions paddle Men paddleWomen paddle


2008 MEN'S Sr. 45+ 55+ 65+ Nationals

3-03-2008
Sr Nationals
Skokie, IL
ENTRY DEADLINE TODAY 3-2 Chicago Platform Tennis Tournament Charities and the Revere Group are proud to host the 2008 Senior Men's National Championships March 7-9 for the 45+ 55+ and 65+ age categories.  Legends of the game will be competing in three divisions for this year’s National titles. paddlepro.com is pleased to be the official website for the events.

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2008 Mixed Nationals Winners
3-02-2008
Mixed nationals

New Canaan, CT
Mixed Nationals Kerri Delmonico & Mike Stulac take home their second gold medals in as many days. Today with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Cindy Prendergast and Rusty Wright they are crowned the 2008 Mixed National Champions complete draws of the Mixed Nationals as well as Husband Wife and 50+ Husband Wife Nationals are available with photos visit Mixed Nationals website for links.


VJT - Chicago
3-1-2008
vjt07

WInnetka, IL
The Viking Junior Tour wrapped up in Chicago, making its second stop in the Windy City this season. Tournament Director Matt Garavaglia reported a high level of enthusiasm and sportsmanship at this kid friendly event.

The support of Viking Athletics has helped the tour grow from a few events, mostly in region 1, to 13 events in 4 regions this season. Read all about this season-ender and view some photos here.


2008 Mixed Nationals Results
3-01-2008
Mixed nationals

New Canaan, CT
Mixed Nationals draws are complete through the Semi Finals. Visit Mixed Nationals website for latest updates and photos.

Semi Finals - New Canaan FC 10am Sunday 3-2
Krusos - Vigmostad
 Prendergast - Wright
4-6, 6-2, 6-3
 
Prendergast - Wright Delmonico - Stulac
6-
3, 6-2
Delmonico - Stulac Delmonico - Stulac
6-0,
7-5
van Calcar - Ruppert  

2008 Nationals additional Info
3-01-2008
2008 Platform Tennis Nationals

Rochester NY
An additional hotel has been added check out Hotel Info for all options. vVew 2008 Nationals for updated information and remember Registration deadline is only 2 days away
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Scarsdale 1928

4-22-2008
Bob Brown
Scarsdale, NY
In the world of platform tennis, 1928 was a very significant year. That winter, Fessenden Blanchard and James Cogswell were looking for some outdoor activity and the sport of platform tennis was conceived. That spring, Bob Brown was born. This second event was celebrated at Fox Meadow Tennis Club on April 5th with a surprise 80th birthday party for Bob, hosted by his wife and attended by family and friends from near and far. All 4 of Bob and Ann's children were there, as well as their grandchildren. Please read more about this fun event and enjoy some photos

Platform Tennis News.com
4-20-2008
Platform Tennis News

The April 2008 issue (Volume 5 Issue 8 ) is online. platformtennisnews.com is an editorial by former APTA president Chuck Vasoll. Unfortunately this may be the last issue, Mr. Vasoll has stated he will not continue his website next season.


John Embree Joins Prince
04-14-2008
Prince

Bordentown, NJ
John Embree, father of platform tennis at Wilson Sporting Goods in the mid 1990’s, has joined Prince Sports as the President of Prince Americas. Embree is an accomplished platform player, having been ranked in the top ten in the country and earning a senior national championship title. This move, in conjunction with the recent purchase of Viking by Prince, further establishes Prince’s commitment to paddle going forward. The rest of the Prince release


Andy Cohn profiled by Crain's New York
04-10-2008
Andy Cohn

New York, NY
With over 50,000 people playing platform tennis in the United States it is not uncommon to find players in the news. Our latest find was in Crane's New York business magazine. Those in Port Washington already know Andy Cohn's passion for platform tennis. While the article was related to his work we were very pleased of his hobbies. View article at Crain's New York


Canadian Open
04-08-2008
Canadian Open

Toronto, ON, Canada
Teams from around Toronto as well as long distance paddlers from New York City, Rochester, Chicago, Buffalo and the Niagara region participated in an awesome Canadian Open tournament.  The Men's title was well-earned, as Fritz Odenbach and Rusty Wright (pictured) had to defeat two past championship teams in Paul Stulac/Scott McFaden (Semi Final, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4) and Mike Stulac/Tim Main (Finals, 6-4, 7-5) to capture the Joe Stulac Memorial Trophy.  On the Women's side, Anna Lis & Stephanie Booth repeated as champs, defeating Daniela Pino-Wright & Joan Stulac in the finals. View both draws.


Prince and Viking Start Strong
04-06-2008
Prince

Bordentown, NJ
It has only been a few weeks since the platform tennis leader Viking Athletics became the latest member of the Prince Sports, family.   Already, the partnership that brought together two like-minded companies committed to providing players of all court sports the best quality products and customer service has offered many reasons to celebrate. Read the entire release from Prince Sports.


Last Chance Invitational

4-05-2008
LastChanceInvitational
Morristown, NJ
On the first weekend in April, with nationally ranked players, senior national champions, New Jersey State champs and many Ferguson league players participating, the Last Chance Invitational rattled the cages in the first annual event held at the Spring Brook Country Club in Morristown, NJ.
Photos and more

2008 Men's Year End Rankings

4-03-2008
USA
David Keevins and Brian Uihlein finished the year as the #1 Ranked team to go along with their National Championship. 2007 Champs Cochrane / Estes finished 2nd, Caldwell / Cordish third, and 2008 National finalists Goodspeed / Mansager finished fourth in the rankings.   See full rankings here provided by Men’s Ranking Chair Ray Crosta

Rage raises $70,000 for Charlie's Champions Foundation

3-30-2008
Charlie's Champions
Garden City, NY
The 10th Annual "Rage in the Cage" tournament has taken on new meaning the past couple of years as the focus has turned from paddle for fun to paddle with a purpose. When Charlie's Champions became the beneficiary of this event, Garden City residents and platform tennis enthusiasts took it to heart. This year a record number of participants in "Underage in the Cage" on Friday foreshadowed the success of Saturday's event. please read more about this great event

Senior Mixed Nationals
3-29-2008
Senior Mixed

Glen Cove, NY
The final National Championships of the season saw seniors competing in Mixed Doubles in two age groups. The results for these tournaments were nothing new, as Louise Cash - Scott Estes captured the 60+ gold and Connie Jones - Ken Persson again won the 50+ crown. Doug Barrow was a silver medalist in each event, pairing with Mary Fenton in the 60s and Courtia Worth in the 50s. View the 50+ Draw       View the 60+ Draw


Junior Rankings
3-28-2008
vjt07

Summit, NJ
End of year rankings based on participation and results from Viking Junior Tour events have been released. Gold and silver medalists from Junior Nationals are automatically ranked #1 and #2. Participants in Nationals as well as in all local events have been ranked according to results reported to the Viking Junior Tour. View the rankings.


Prince places Platform Tennis on website
03-26-2008
Prince

Bordentown, NJ
One week after completing the purchase of Viking Athletics Prince has placed Platform Tennis prominently on the company's website www.princesports.com.


Women's Rankings
3-25-2008

USA
According to Women's Ranking Chair Aila Main, Bobo Delaney and Tonia Mangan finished the year ranked #1 following a strong season of competition. Kerri Delmonico and Aila Main finished the season ranked #2. National Champions Cindy Prendergast and Lauren Zink were not eligible for a final ranking because they did not play the minimum requirement of 3 tournaments together. National finalists Laura Berendt Parsons and Annica Cooper van Starrenburg made their debut on the final ranking list at #3. View the complete list here.


PPTA Growing the Game

3-24-2008
Las Vegas, NV
The recent much-talked-about platform tennis event in Las Vegas saw the “paddle” community come together as never before to promote the sport in a new and dynamic way.  Commercial sponsors Viking Athletics and Paddlepro.com came through with prize donations as part of a raffle run by P.P.T.A. pros.  Proceeds from the raffle were used to finance air, hotel, prizes, and other travel expenses for the pros as well as cover the cost of give-aways and awards used during the event.  David Dodge of Premier Platform assembled the court in Las Vegas and covered all his own expenses in the process.  The A.P.T.A. paid the site fee and staffed the booth from Thursday-Sunday and acted as great ambassadors of the game.view full report

Photography from 2008 Nationals

3-21-2008
Rochester, NY
With a combination of championship level paddle, great parties, and changing weather, Rochester provided a unique opportunity to capture Platform Tennis in pictures. Two photographers covered the event each day  view photos of what they captured.

2008 Platform Tennis Hall Of Fame Inductees

3-19-2008
Platform Tennis HOF
Rochester, NY
According to Chairman Bob Brown, "Induction into the Platform Tennis Hall of Fame is the highest award that can be earned in platform tennis.  It is presented to individuals who have earned distinction in the play of platform tennis and/or who have otherwise contributed to the growth, development and administration of the game."  On Saturday night in Rochester, NY, David Kjeldsen, Fritz Odenbach, Flip Goodspeed and Scott Mansager were scheduled to received this honor.  details

Prince completes acquisition of Viking Athletics
03-18-2008
Prince
viking athletics

Bordentown, NJ
What was rumored, then anticipated, is now a fact. Prince Sports completed its purchase of Viking Athletics today. original press release from 2-27-08


WPTL End of Year Tournament
3-17-2008
WPTL

Scarsdale, NY
Sixteen intrepid teams ignored the weatherman's dire predictions and showed up for the Westchester Platform Tennis League Year End Tournament on Saturday, March 8. After 3 rounds of play and several rain delays, common sense won out and the finals were delayed for a week. The wait didn't slow the eventual champions, Mark Warnken and David Berdon of Manursing, who defeated Chip Niedt and Ara Proudian of Pelham Country Club by the score of 6-1, 6-3. View full results and photos.


IL Married Mixed
3-17-2008
ILMxd

Highland Park, IL
Not all of the platform tennis players from the Chicago area went to Rochester this past weekend. Some stayed home and played the Illinois Married Mixed. Congratulations to Gayle and Mike Sullivan, who defeated Holly and Jeff Tritt to claim the Open crown and Jacqueline and Monte Dillon who topped Marita Janzen and Bill Grady for the "B" title. Director Bob Frauenheim reports that a great time was had by all! View full draws and photos.


New Men's Champions
3-16-2008
2008 Platform Tennis Nationals
Rochester NY
 
SEMI FINALS
 
FINALS
 
WINNER
1
Rothschild - Schmitt
Goodspeed - Mansager
2-6, 6-3, 6-3
2008 National Champions
2
Goodspeed - Mansager
 

Keevins - Uihlein
6-4, 6-4

3 Keevins - Uihlein Keevins - Uihlein
6-3, 6-4
4 Estes - Cochrane

New Women's Champions
3-15-2008
2008 Platform Tennis Nationals

Rochester NY
In a battle of hard hitters, Cindy Prendergast and Lauren Zink bested Laura (Berendt) Parsons and Annica (Cooper) van Starrenburg to claim their first gold medal as a team by a score of 6-4, 6-3. The strong field had the teams seeded 7th and 8th for the tournament. View the full draw.


Region 2 Captures the Cup
3-14-2008
2008 Platform Tennis Nationals

Rochester NY
In another close finish, the Region 2 Men edged Regions 1 and 5 to take the Presidents Cup back to New England. Members of the repeat championship team are: Bill Power, Leo Power, Jerry Albrikes, Greg Bennett, Rob Pierce, Johan du Randt, Matt Dana, Jeff Mitchell, Marc Porter and Peter Harvey.


Region IV Women Repeat
3-13-2008
Women's Presidents Cup

Rochester NY
It came down to the final match-ups of the day, with Region V holding a one point edge over their rivals from Region IV. Region IV swept all 5 courts to retain the Presidents Cup for another year. Region IV was represented by Nancy Budde, Nathalie Lemieux, Karen Henke, Holly Peck, Chrissy Johnston, Lynn Thompson, Kathy Allen, Ann Turner, Vicki Nagy and Sandra Odenbach.


2008 Nationals Set to Begin
3-13-2008
2008 Platform Tennis Nationals

Rochester NY
All draws have been posted. Players are to report to check in at Shadow Lake the evening before matches.
Nationals News paddle Schedule paddle Directions paddle Men paddleWomen paddle Sponsors


Miami Valley Platform Tennis Championships

3-12-2008
miamivalley
Dayton, OH
Tournament Director Nancy Budde reported an enthusiastic turnout for the Miami Valley Platform Tennis Championships in Dayton, OH held February 29 - March 1. She and partner Heather Prop prevailed in the Women's tournament. Underwood - Schaeffer came out on top in the Men's event. Proceeds from the tournament are donated to the Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research. View complete draws: Women    Men

Englewood Field Club Wins Bulletworks’ $3000 PR Contest

3-12-2008
Englewood, NJ
Caryl Swain, Director of Platform Tennis at the Englewood Field Club in Northern New Jersey, submitted the winning article in the annual publicity contest sponsored by BulletWorks Platform Tennis.The article appeared on the front page of The Record on November 24, 2007. “The Englewood Field Club has a terrific paddle facility with a very active paddle membership,” said Swain. “We field 13 teams in the leagues and have junior clinics with 75 children participating.  That translates into lots of wear and tear on our 6 courts, so we are grateful for the extra $3,000 for court maintenance which this award affords us.”

Big Paddle 2008

3-11-2008
Hartford Golf Club
Hartford, CT
The annual Big Paddle tournament was held on Sunday, March 9, at the Hartford Golf Club in West Hartford, CT.  The Big Paddle event goes back over 30 years, and has always featured both great competition and sportsmanship.  The four competing clubs were Essex, CT; Longmeadow, MA; Shelter Harbor Inn in Westerly, RI; and the host Hartford.  details

MEN'S 45+ National Champions

3-10-2008
Sr Nationals
Skokie, IL
Flip Goodspeed and Scott Mansager have added another gold medal to their impressive collection - their first as a "senior" pair - winning the Men's 45+ National title over Bill Fiedler - Scott Bondurant. Goodspeed - Mansager did not drop a set throughout the weekend. View complete draws.

MEN'S 65+ National Champions

3-09-2008
Sr Nationals
Skokie, IL
Jim Bishop and Mike Hanna bested a strong field of former champions to earn the gold in this weekend's Men's 65+ National Championships, defeating locals Alan Graham - Stuart Opdyke in the finals. Jim Dey and John Spears finished third. View complete draw

Indianapolis Open Results

3-08-2008
Indianapolis Open
Carmel, IN
Denny English and Brian Heil defeated Peter Berka and Ed Granger to win the 2008 Indianapolis Open held Feburary 22-24 2008 view full draw. This year also started a 95+ division won by Mike Sullivan and Sam Sutphin view 95+ round robin. paddlepro.com apologizes for the late report.

MEN'S 55+ National Champions

3-07-2008
Sr Nationals
Skokie, IL
Jean Kempner and Jim McNitt have defeated Steve Baird and Hank Irvine 6-3, 6-2 to win the Mens 55+ National Championship. view full draw and results. 2008 Senior Men's National Championships will continue Saturday with the Mens 45+ and Mens 65+ categories. 

Tennis Channel airs paddle event

3-06-2008
Tennis Channel
Las Vegas, NV
As part of the Tennis Channel Open, paddlepalooza will air on the tennis channel March 6th from 4:30-5pm (EST) and 9:30pm (EST) on Friday March 7th. Top players from paddle sports compete and exibit tennis alternatives. Check your local cable for channel or visit www.thetennischannel.com

Mens Rankings

3-04-2008
USA,
According to Men’s Ranking Chair Ray Crosta, last year’s champs will enter the 2008 Nationals as the top ranked team.  See full rankings here.

2008 Nationals Registration Deadline
3-03-2008
2008 Platform Tennis Nationals

Rochester NY
Today is final day of open registration. President Cup teams must sign up ASAP.
Teams not registered by march 4th may be put on a waitlist.
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2008 MEN'S Sr. 45+ 55+ 65+ Nationals

3-03-2008
Sr Nationals
Skokie, IL
ENTRY DEADLINE TODAY 3-2 Chicago Platform Tennis Tournament Charities and the Revere Group are proud to host the 2008 Senior Men's National Championships March 7-9 for the 45+ 55+ and 65+ age categories.  Legends of the game will be competing in three divisions for this year’s National titles. paddlepro.com is pleased to be the official website for the events.

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2008 Mixed Nationals Winners
3-02-2008
Mixed nationals

New Canaan, CT
Mixed Nationals Kerri Delmonico & Mike Stulac take home their second gold medals in as many days. Today with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Cindy Prendergast and Rusty Wright they are crowned the 2008 Mixed National Champions complete draws of the Mixed Nationals as well as Husband Wife and 50+ Husband Wife Nationals are available with photos visit Mixed Nationals website for links.


VJT - Chicago
3-1-2008
vjt07

WInnetka, IL
The Viking Junior Tour wrapped up in Chicago, making its second stop in the Windy City this season. Tournament Director Matt Garavaglia reported a high level of enthusiasm and sportsmanship at this kid friendly event.

The support of Viking Athletics has helped the tour grow from a few events, mostly in region 1, to 13 events in 4 regions this season. Read all about this season-ender and view some photos here.


2008 Mixed Nationals Results
3-01-2008
Mixed nationals

New Canaan, CT
Mixed Nationals draws are complete through the Semi Finals. Visit Mixed Nationals website for latest updates and photos.

Semi Finals - New Canaan FC 10am Sunday 3-2
Krusos - Vigmostad
 Prendergast - Wright
4-6, 6-2, 6-3
 
Prendergast - Wright Delmonico - Stulac
6-
3, 6-2
Delmonico - Stulac Delmonico - Stulac
6-0,
7-5
van Calcar - Ruppert  

2008 Nationals additional Info
3-01-2008
2008 Platform Tennis Nationals

Rochester NY
An additional hotel has been added check out Hotel Info for all options. vVew 2008 Nationals for updated information and remember Registration deadline is only 2 days away
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2008 Husband & Wife National Champions
2-29-2008

New Canaan, CT
Kerri Delmonico and Mike Stulac add another National Championship to their trophy cabinet with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over the Mangans full husband & wife draw. In the 50+ Husband & Wife Karen and Peter Lyons won over Dori and Ken Persson6-3, 6-7, 6-3 - full 50+ Draw. View additional photos from the husband/wife events and check for live updates from Marjorie Hodson tomorrow 3-1 for the main event of Mixed Nationals.

Women's 40+ and 60+
2008 Nationals Registration Deadline
2-29-2008
2008 Platform Tennis Nationals

Rochester NY
2008 Nationals registration deadline is quickly approaching, please sign up now so you dont get closed out. Lists of those participating are listed online.
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2008 Mixed Nationals
2-28-2008
Mixed nationals

New Canaan, CT
Mixed Nationals draws are posted. Participants and Spectators can find starting times and locations by following the links below or visiting the official Mixed Nationals website for latest updates.

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Prince confirms purchase of Viking Athletics
02-27-2008
Prince
viking athletics

Bordentown, NJ
Prince Sports, Inc., the racquet sports company leader is set to acquire the elite platform tennis brand, Viking Athletics. The partnership would bring together two like-minded companies committed to providing players of all court sports the best quality products and customer service. In addition, by adding Viking under the Prince Sports, Inc. umbrella, Prince would continue to define itself as the world’s clear court sports leader through an extensive portfolio of leading brands in tennis, squash, racquetball and now, paddle sports. While the details of the deal are not yet finalized, both companies are extremely excited and optimistic about what it means for die-hard, passionate paddle sports players around the world. full press release


Philadelphia Open Results
02-26-2008
philadelphia open

Philadelphia, PA
9 of the top 10 men's teams and 14 of the top 15 women's teams wowed the crowds at this weekends event held at Waynesborough CC.  The lure of $22,000 in prize money offered by lead sponsor - MARVIN & PALMER ASSOC brought them in from all parts of the country. full coverage and photos


Mens 50+ 60+ 70+ Sr Nationals
2-25-2008
kaufman-kleinert

Scarsdale, NY
Neither snow nor rain nor bright sunny skies deterred the veteran players who competed in the Men's 50+, 60+ and 70+ National Championships at the Fox Meadow Tennis Club, although the snow did cause some re-scheduling. Jim Kaufman - Bob Kleinert, Scott Estes - Danny Galves and Bill Childs - Rich Lombard took home the gold medals. Click here for the full story, draws, and photos.


Women's Rankings
2-25-2008
Bobo Delaney & Tonia Mangan

USA
Following their victory in the Philadelphia Open, Bobo Delaney and Tonia Mangan moved to the top of the Women's Rankings list entering Nationals. The pair has been ranked in the Top 10 for many years, and finished the 2006-07 season ranked #6. View the complete list here.


Big Daddy Results
2-24-2008
Big Daddy

Scarsdale, NY
Big Daddy II was a big success.  On a beautiful clear day at Fox Meadow, a bitter rivalry akin to the Yankees- Red Sox, continued between Region 1 and Region 2, each region fielding six 95+ teams.  Although virtually every match was hotly contested, Region 2 won the afternoon matches 4-2 and retained the Cup for another year under the capable but quirky leadership of Dan McCormick.  The answer to “Whose your Big Daddy” was clear again.  Region 2 avenged the Patriots defeat and took the Big Daddy Cup back to New England. More details


Mens 145+ Sr Nationals
2-23-2008
horseman

Tarrytown, NY
The 2008 Men's 145+ National Championship featured the largest number of entrants in its history. Hosted at Sleepy Hollow Country Club, the event featured a great day of paddle and camaraderie for all levels and still allowed all players to get home before Friday's snow storm hit the area. After winning the 70+ National title for three straight years, Bill Childs and Rich Lombard moved up to capture the 145+ crown this year. View the draw here.


Mens 50+ 60+ 70+ Sr Nationals
2-22-2008
Fox Meadow

Scarsdale, NY
50+ 60+ 70+ Sr Nationals hit by Snow Storm - The Mens 60+ Nationals is delayed until Sunday Feb 24. The Mens 50+ and 70+ will go off as scheduled on Saturday Feb 23. Marjorie Hodson will be reporting results live from Fox Meadow Tennis Club check the draws for results Men's 50+, Men's 70+, Men's 60+ (Sunday)


Platform Tennis News.com
2-21-2008
Platform Tennis News

The February 2008 issue (Volume 5 Issue 6 ) is online. platformtennisnews.com is an editorial by former APTA president Chuck Vasoll.


2008 Mixed Nationals
2-20-2008
Mixed nationals

New Canaan, CT
Only 5 days left to sign up for Mixed Nationals . With 3 events, Open, Husband-Wife, and Husband-Wife 50+, there are events for everyone. Come to New Canaan where our Host Committee is pleased to extend gracious New England hospitality and arrange housing for out-of-town players. view official Mixed Nationals website

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Women's 40+ and 60+
2008 Nationals Courts Available
2-18-2008
2008 Platform Tennis Nationals

Rochester NY
Chris Casiraghi, President of Reilly Green Mountain, reports that all is going well with the installation of three temporary courts for the National’s.  The second court is well under construction and despite typical Rochester weather the crew is on schedule.  These courts are available for purchase at a discount and if you are interested view 2008 Nationals Official website.


Prince to buy Viking Athletics
02-16-2008
Prince

Bordentown, NJ
PaddlePro has learned through various sources across the country that Prince Tennis is negotiating to purchase Viking Athletics with a targeted closing date set for the end of the season. Viking has long been the leader in the platform tennis market in both paddle and ball sales. Combining Prince's research and development, and manufacturing expertise with Viking's dealer network should enable the combined entity to remain number one for many years to come. more on this report


Denny Schackter Retiring
02-15-2008
Wilson

Chicago, IL
Wilson Sporting Goods' long time mid-west sales rep and beloved friend to Chicago area platform tennis teaching professionals, Denny Schackter is retiring from Wilson at the end of the month after nearly two decades of service.


Charlottesville Open Results
02-13-2008
Charlottesville

Charlottesville, VA
The Charlottesville Men's national ranking and joint regions III and VII PCQ was held at Farmington Country Club by tournament director Patrick Kearns.  In the semi-finals Andy Todd/Scott Freund defeated Scott Falatek/Andy Sorrentino and Rich Green/Mike Stern upset top seeds Blake Cordish/Simon Peppiatt.  Champions Todd/Freund captured the title in a very brief final over Green/Stern.  Mark Tulenko/Forrest Butler took the reprieve and Hampton Bargatze/Brad Burch the consolation.


Platform Tennis on NBC
02-12-2008
NBC15

Madison WI
NBC15 Sports airs 2.40 minute clip on Platform Tennis featuring Eileen Goode called "Sports 101: Platform Tennis". This clip can be viewed on the web NBC15 Sports on the front page of sports on 2-11-08 - or directly to the video here 101: Platform Tennis 2-11-08



Columbus Open Results
02-11-2008
Columbus Open

Columbus OH
Jagodenski / Vens win the Mens 2008 Columbus Open in 3 sets over English / Heil view full results for Men's Draw. In the Women's Open Allen / Welsher defeated Simone / Wagner in straight sets view full results for the Women's Draw.


Paddlepro.com now accepts American Express
2-10-2008
credit cards

USA
Due to requests paddlepro.com now accepts all 4 major credit / debit cards in the proshop

Women's 40+ and 60+
2008 Nationals - Rochester Prepares
2-09-2008
2008 Nationals

Rochester NY
The Rochester Nationals Committee is working fast and furiously on all the hundreds of final details for the upcoming National Championships. Reilly Green Mountain’s crew has erected one temporary court so far at Shadow Lake with 2 more to follow, so having 8 courts at the main site will be a huge improvement over our past nationals. We have 4 cameras all hooked up to provide live feed...read more nationals news
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Women's 40+ and 60+
Women's 40+ and 60+ Nationals
2-07-2008

Summit, NJ
They came from the north, the east, the west and the south for the Women's 40+ and 60+ Nationals. At the end of two days of mostly dry weather, all of the gold medals headed south! Betsy Heidenberger & Jan Shelburne are 2008 Womens's 40+ National Champions. Helen Garrett - Sandy Simmers are 2008 Women's 60+ National Champions

40+ Results    60+ Results    Full story & Photos


PPTA Raffle Results
2-07-2008
PPTA
Glenview, IL
The PPTA held the drawing for the "Trip To Vegas Raffle" Tuesday evening at the Glenview paddle hut the grand prize was won by Bill Savino. 42 additional prizes were won - for a full list of winners and how to claim your prize please visit www.pptausa.com

Southern Invitational Results
2-06-2008
Southern Invitational
Winston-Salem, NC
The 7th Annual Southern Invitational (Region VII PCQ) featured 22 teams, Southern Hospitality, Friday night strategy social, and the Champion's Party Saturday evening hosted by tournament director Jimbo Galloway and local families.  Jay Bailey and Peter Lauer from Atlanta captured the title for the 3rd year in a row with a 6-2,6-0 victory over finalists Mark Kebe(OH) and Bob Wiltman(PA).  see full results

Practice Balls Available
2-05-2008
Practice Balls
USA
paddlepro.com is pleased once again announce it has inventory of practice balls. At only $7.75 a sleeve this will be the lowest price available for "new" Platform Tennis Balls. Visit our proshop for many other items on sale now. Offer good only while supplies last.


2008 Short Hills Invitational Results
2-04-2008
Short Hills Invitational
Short Hills NJ
Winners in the 2008 Short Hills Invitational are: Mens A David Keevins / Brian Uihlein. Womens A Sally Cottingham / Chris Sheldon. Mens B Gordon Teglas / Don Clark. Womens B Valerie Roger / Karen Kao. Mens 95+ Andy Sorrentino / John Stefanik. Mens 115+ Steve Griggs / Ivan Harlow. Full results can be found by clicking on above links, pictures and story to follow soon.


PPTA Raffle - Win a trip To Las Vegas
1-30-2008
PPTA Chicago IL
The PPTA is runnig a raffle to help stage a "Platform tennis Expo" in conjuction witht he 2008 Tennis Channel Open - WIN A TRIP FOR 2 to LAS VEGAS3 nights lodging and round-trip air included MARCH 6-9, 2008 during the Tennis Channel Open* TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT Drawing will be February 5 8pm at Glenview Country Club. Winners will be posted Febuary 6th.


Tar Heel Mixed
1-27-2008
The Chapel Hill Club

Chapel Hill, NC
The 1st Mixed Doubles event in Region VII (The South) and Chapel Hill's 1st APTA tournament was the 2008 Tar Heel Mixed.  20 teams from Savannah, Winston-Salem, Charlottesville, Long Island, and locals competed in Open and B divisions on a perfect day.  Competition was strong with 8 of 15 Open matches going 3 sets.  Champions Edie Murphy(W-S)/Mark Fischl(LI) defeated Lloyd Ford/Jimbo Galloway(W-S).  Reprieve winners Kris McDonald/Greg Archer defeated Joanna/Taylor Bowen (ChVille).  Consolation Winners Aly Stalzer/Rich Green defeated Lauren Herman/Alan Rader.  B Finals Wendy Nelson/Tom Hunter vs Katherine Shelburne/Ray McEntee.

Junior Nationals
Junior Nationals Results
1-26-2008

Summit, NJ
They came by car, plane or train. They drove themselves or arrived with parents and siblings in tow. They returned from college to renew old rivalries or tried competition for the first time. They arrived with hopes of a title, or just a fun day of paddle. More than 250 junior platform tennis enthusiasts participated in this year’s Junior Nationals. All of them had a fun day of play. Sixteen of them went home with gold medals. Results and photos here.


Junior Nationals
1-25-2008
jr Nationals

Summit, NJ
All participants in the Junior Nationals should report to Canoe Brook Country Club by 11:45 AM on Saturday, January 26 for check-in, lunch, photos and club assignments. We have passed last year's record number of participants, but the Canoe Brook parking lot should provide plenty of room for all! Good luck to everyone!


Men's Rankings
1-23-2008

USA
Mike Cochrane & Scott Estes regain the #1 position following Midwesterns win. Caldwell/Cordish 2, Goodspeed/Mansager 3, Rothschild/Schmitt round out the top 4. view current list of mens rankings as provided on January 23, 2008by Ray Crosta - National Ranking Chairman


Junior Nationals
1-20-2008
jr Nationals

Summit, NJ
The Junior Nationals are right around the corner on Saturday, January 26, 2008. Viking Athletics is, for the eleventh year in a row, proud to be the lead sponsor of the event. This year the tournament is being hosted at the Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, New Jersey. Early registration discount ends noon Tuesday Jan 22nd - registration deadline is Thursday Janyary 24rd 5pm.

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Brookside Invitational
01-20-2008
brookside invitational

Allendale, NJ
Once again, the New Jersey platform tennis community came together for a cause.  The 4th Annual Brookside Invitational was a resounding success.  Built around a fun day of paddle and lots of food and beverage, the event raised more than $22,000 for charity.

click here for more details


Atlantic Classic Results
01-19-2008
Atlantic Classic

Essex Fells, NJ
Upsets were abundant at this year's Atlantic Classic but top seeded David Caldwell / Blake Cordish took away the win in the Mens Open over NJ State Champs Anthony Cosimano / Steve Haller in three sets. In the Womens Open 3rd seed Bobo Delaney / Tonia Mangan prevailed over 4th seed Heather Prop / Lynne Schneebeck. Tricia Mullaney & Judy Brucia won the Womens B.


Columbus Open
01-18-2008
Columbus Open

Columbus OH
Columbus Open announces paddlepro.com is their official website. This years event on February 8-10 and will have Mens PCQ, Womens PCQ, and Mens 95+ draws. click here for more details
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2008 Womens's 50+ and 70+ National Champions
01-15-2008
National Champs

Scarsdale NY
Nancy Budde, Ann Turner, Sharon Hummers & Anne Mariani are the first to be awarded National Championship gold medals in 2008. The 50+ and 70+ National Championships were held Wednesday January 16th at the "home of platform tennis" Fox Meadow Tennis Club in Scarsdale NY. view results, photos, and story here.


Platform Tennis News.com
01-15-2008
Platform Tennis News

The December 2007 issue (Volume 5 Issue 5 ) is online. This issue editorils on Platform Tennis Hall of Fame inductees, Junior Nationals and the umpire chair. platformtennisnews.com is an editorial by former APTA president Chuck Vasoll.


MIDWESTERNS RESULTS
01-13-2008
midwesterns

Cincinnati, OH
Current National champs defend their status in the 2008 Midwesterns. In the Mens Cochrane/Estes defeat 15x Midwestern Champs Goodspeed/Mansager, on the Womens side Doten/Keane defeat Prop/Schneebeck.  www.cincypaddle.org.



Philadelphia Open offers $22,200.00
1-12-2008
Philadelphia, PA
Dave Marvin, Co-Founder and CEO of Marvin and Palmer Associates, Inc announced that prize money for The 2008 Philadelphia Open will be increased to $22,200. Philadelphia hospitality will welcome all visitors February 23rd and 24th with open arms, plenty of food and drink and extra amenities, including on-site massage therapy, available all day Saturday. The final event before Nationals, Chaired by Simon Peppiatt promises to be the best Phily Open yet .
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PPTA Promotional Video
1-11-2008
PPTA video Chicago, IL
View promotional video for the PPTA new website staring Sunset Ridge Racquet Director Peter Berka shot by Matt Warner. View video from you tube

MIDWESTERNS
01-10-2008
midwesterns

Cincinnati, OH
The 2008 edition of The Midwesterns will take place January 11-13, 2008.  The Men’s 90+ and the Women’s Open will be held on Friday January 11, the Men’s 110+ on Saturday January 12 and Men’s Open taking place on January 12-13.  The events will again include the traditional Friday night “Sign-in Party” at O’Brian’s Irish Pub and the Saturday dinner party at Four Bridges Country Club.  Draws are Posted and information available at  www.cincypaddle.org.
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Boston Open Results
1-09-2008
boston open Boston MA - submitted by Rob Pierce
Another successful tournament in Boston! Not only do we have the World Champion Red Sox, the dominating Celtics and the undefeated Patriots, the newly formed Region 2 team of Bill Anderson and Matt Dana conquered the field of 24 teams at the Boston Open! With the home court advantage being a major factor, all 3 of the top-seeded teams fell in the quarter-finals, which provided for an “All Region 2 Semi-Finals”. In the final match of the day, the Power brothers (Bill & Leo) were outmatched by the relentless team of Bill Anderson and Matt Dana by the score of 6-1, 6-2. Great food, tournament favors and weather added to the success. But most of all it is the players from everywhere (Cincinnati, New Jersey and Toronto) that make the difference. Full Results

PPTA Raffle - Win a trip To Las Vegas
1-08-2008
PPTA Chicago IL
The PPTA is runnig a raffle to help stage a "Platform tennis Expo" in conjuction witht he 2008 Tennis Channel Open - WIN A TRIP FOR 2 to LAS VEGAS3 nights lodging and round-trip air included MARCH 6-9, 2008 during the Tennis Channel Open*20 other prizes: VIKING PADDLES 20 other prizes: 1 hour lesson with a local P.P.T.A. Pro

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Women's 40+ and 60+ Nationals
1-06-2008
womens4060

Summit, NJ
The Women's 40+ and 60+ Nationals will be held at Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, NJ and other area clubs on Wednesday and Thursday, February 6th and 7th. Director Marjorie Hodson is promising great competition, camaraderie, favors and food! This tournament is open to everyone - from novice to legend. Plan to join us!

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Junior Nationals
1-06-2008
jr Nationals

Summit, NJ
The Junior Nationals are right around the corner on Saturday, January 26, 2008. Viking Athletics is, for the eleventh year in a row, proud to be the lead sponsor of the event. This year the tournament is being hosted at the Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, New Jersey. Last year we had over 240 juniors from six states participate and we expect to set a new record in 2008.

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Soundshore Invitational Seniors
1-02-2008

Scarsdale, NY
Soundshore 95s at Fox Meadow.  The tournament will be on January 19th.  The eligibility will require the combined age of both partners to be at least 95 years old.  The cost of the tournament is $120/team.  Please sign up online If you have any questions, please call Tony Ettinger at 914-584-1214 or e-mail at tony.ettinger@verizon.net Looking forward to seeing you fellow old timers for a lot of fun.


PPTA Introduces New Website
1-01-2008
PPTA

USA
The Professional Platform Tennis Association has introduced www.pptausa.com. The PPTA looks to increase awareness of Platform Tennis by educating and certifying Platform Tennis Professionals to unite the voice of its members. The public will have access to many tips provided by over 170 certified pros. Members will have access to resources to enhance their platform tennis programs.


NEW YORK STATE MIXED
12-28-2007
NYS Mixed Larchmont, NY
The New York State Mixed is back for the third year! ~ Saturday January 5th. This year we have invited our friends from Connecticut to join us for a joint New York/Connecticut State Mixed tournament. We look forward to welcoming those from across the border and know that they will add some excitement to this fun tournament!
Sign up is online.



ATLANTIC CLASSIC
12-23-2007
atlantic classic
Essex Fells, NJ
The Atlantic Classic, scheduled for January 18-20, is back for the third year. Last year a Women's division was added. This season Tournament Director Drew Broderick is offering a Women's B tournament as well. Sign up is online.



Holiday Shipping
12-19-2007
paddlepro.com

New York
There is still time to receive shipments by December 24th! We ship from NY and NJ so today (Dec 19th) is the last day for ground shipments! Friday Dec 21st is the last day for overnight. NOTE: we will be shipping on Sat Dec 22nd via Priority mail which reaches the Region 1 in one day. Visit the Proshop and order today or call 800-2110-PRO to place orders by phone.



NJ LEAGUE CLASSIC
12-17-2007
NJ League Classic

Short Hills, NJ
by: Calvin Ford
With most of the Northeast staying indoors hiding from a looming storm it is clear that there was no chance of the NJ League Classic was going to back down. Self billed as the "best tournament of the year" With the promise of plenty of beer and cigars I had to see why. With a draw of 128 (with wait list) it is definitely the largest tournament for any one draw this season. With a Noreaster looming the parking lot at the Short Hills Club was packed though only one team will win everybody was smiling ...continued with photos view draw here.



Platform Tennis News.com
12-16-2007
Platform Tennis News

The December 2007 issue (Volume 5 Issue 4 ) is online. This issue covers Platform Tennis Hall of Fame progress. platformtennisnews.com is an editorial by former APTA president Chuck Vasoll.

League Classic
NJ LEAGUE CLASSIC
12-12-2007
NJPTA

Short Hills, NJ
It’s December in New Jersey, and for platform tennis players that means one thing – NJMPTA League Classic time! This self-proclaimed “best tournament” has only 2 rules about who can enter: (1) you and your partner have to be from the same NJMPTA club, and (2) you have to be willing to have fun. On Saturday, December 15th, 128 teams will receive amazing favors, enjoy non-stop food and beverage, and vie for the LC crown.  Injuries and changes in club affiliations have caused some changes to long-time partnerships, but the fun and the fans will remain the same. The League Classic will be the biggest single draw in any event this year - View the draw here.



MIDWESTERNS GO ONLINE
12-10-2007
midwesterns

Cincinnati, OH
The 2008 edition of The Midwesterns will take place January 11-13, 2008.  The Men’s 90+ and the Women’s Open will be held on Friday January 11, the Men’s 110+ on Saturday January 12 and Men’s Open taking place on January 12-13.  The events will again include the traditional Friday night “Sign-in Party” at O’Brian’s Irish Pub and the Saturday dinner party at Four Bridges Country Club.  Sign-ups will be handled online by paddlepro.com this year.  Click here for a link to the entry form and for more information on the event go to www.cincypaddle.org.
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Jane Fleming
JANE FLEMING PCQ
12-09-2007
jane Fleming memorial

Greenwich, CT
Tournament Director Cynthia Dardis reports that the Jane Fleming Memorial PCQ has been completed. Judy Arden and Meg Brossy came out on top in a delayed championship final, defeating Louise Cash and Michele Jellinek 6-4, 7-5. See full results
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STERLING SILVER PADDLE NECKLACE
12-08-2007
paddle charm

Summit, NJ
We are pleased to offer a solid sterling silver paddle charm exclusive to paddlepro.com just in time for the holiday season.  This charm was commissioned by Marjorie Hodson. It is available on a sterling silver chain, and ships in a jewelry box. The charm by itself can also be purchased.  Marjorie has gone the extra step of pre-wrapping any necklace orders placed before Christmas!


BRAVA MAGAZINE
12-06-2007
Brava Magazine

Madison WI
by Anne M. Connor
Each Month, brava sends Anne Connor on a new fitness adventure.Join her this month as she asks Eileen Goode about a new winter sport in town. view this article in .pdf


TOP SELLING PADDLES
12-04-2007
Ignite+

USA
Over 40 models of paddles are currently being sold at paddlepro.com. Whats Hot? Over the past 30 days here's the breakdown - Viking Athletics holds 55% market share, Wilson 39%, The Paddle Company 5%, and Harrow 1%. Top selling paddle is The Viking Ignite+ view the breakdown of the top 15 selling paddles


GAMES ON THE JAMES RESULTS
12-04-2007
Games on the james

Richmond VA,
The Region VII (The South) Men's PCQ Series began December 1st with the Games on the James.  14 teams competed in Richmond, Virginia with mild weather in the 30s and 40s.  The series continues in January and February in Atlanta, Winston-Salem, and Charlottesville.  In the final, 3rd seeds Rich Green(Chapel Hill) and Mark Tulenko(Charlottesville) upset top seeds Andy Todd(Richmond) and Hampton Bargatze(Richmond) 6-3,6-2.  Fred Gumbinner(DC) and Brian Kalbas(Chapel Hill) took 3rd.  Reprieve winners Patrick Kearns and Greg Wells.  Consolation winners Marc Marcussen and Blake Gayle. view complete draw


VIKING JUNIOR TOUR
12-03-2007
Viking Junior Tour

Chicago, IL
The Windy City became the Snowy City on Saturday, December 1 as 50 juniors participated in the second annual Chicago Junior Open, part of the Viking Junior Tour. With interest growing, director Matt Garavaglia has another event scheduled for the juniors in February. See results and photos.


LONG ISLAND INVITATIONAL RESULTS
12-03-2007
LIPTA

Long Island NY
The Long Island Invitational which consists of '4' Tournaments concluded early Saturday evening (December 1st) with the final of the Men's National Ranking Tournament, which saw the #1 seeds, Anthony Cosimano / Steve Haller prevail over Alex Bancila + Mark Ruppert. The Women's National Ranking Tournament was won by Tonia Mangan + BoBo Delaney. The Men's 'B' was won by the Fitzsimons brothers (Joe+Mike). and the The Men's 95+ was won for the 2nd year in a row by Gary Cochrane + Michael Cochrane


BASIL "THE DUKE" HENNING
12-02-2007
Basil Henning

Seabright, NJ
Found on You Tube... Bernie Hatefield, Ben Severance, Mark Thompson and Schuyler Thompson in a Bryan Severance Film. Magic happens when "The Duke", 24 time platform tennis national champion, gets his mits on the sports rising new star. "paddle lesson" is a comedic look at platform tennis (some adult language) watch this video


SOUND SHORE INVITATIONAL
12-01-2007

Pelham, NY
Congratulations to Gordon Teglas of White Plains and Don Clark of Simsbury, CT who limped their way (sprained ankle) through the field to capture the Sound Shore Men's B title, defeating the father-son duo of Steve and Steven Trifiletti (Mamaroneck) in the finals. Steve Schwab and Gary Klein (Reprieve), Jack von Maur and John Rice (Consolation) and Chuck Reilly and Andy Regan (Last Chance) were backdraw winners. This re-scheduled event featured mostly locals, who enjoyed a day of great competition, food and fun. They and the organizing committee are looking forward to a greatly expanded draw next season. View the full draw.


DETROIT INVITATIONAL
11-26-2007
detroit Invitational Grosse Pointe, MI
The date has changed, but the Detroit Invitational Tournament will offer the same great hospitality and fun! Come for the Chili and Spirits and great camaraderie. The Women's National Ranking and Region 5 PCQ tournament will be played as a one-day event on Saturday, December 8. The Men's National Ranking and Region 5 PCQ tournament will be played on Saturday and Sunday, December 8 and 9.Sign up today to assure a spot and reserve your favor.


DON'T OVERLOOK THE WARM-UP
11-25-2007
ppta

by Jean Kempner
Beginner and intermediate level players can take a cue from the habits of pros in any sport and learn to warm-up with a purpose.  If you’ve ever attended a professional tennis match and watched opponents warming up with each other, you’ve noticed that it’s a co-operative effort.  There are no winners hit, no focus on “match speed” power, and no making the other player chase down balls.  view full article or all instruction


HARROW SPORTS ENTERS PLATFORM TENNIS
11-24-2007
Harrow Sports

Greenwich, CT
Harrow Sports enters the sport of Platform Tennis with 7 new paddles. Harrow has made a name for itself in niche sports like Lacrosse, Field Hockey and Squash and looks to grow into Platform Tennis. paddlepro.com is proud to be the only authorized online Harrow dealer for platform tennis. view
Harrow paddles or view all paddles in the proshop


MEN'S RANKINGS
11-23-2007
caldwell cordish

Hoboken, NJ
David Caldwell and Blake Cordish currently sit on top of the Men's Rankings. National Champs Cochrane/Estes 2, Goodspeed/Mansager 3, Rothschild/Schmitt 4, and Bancila/Easterbrook round out the top 5. Paddlepro applauds Ray Crosta - The Men's Ranking chariman in publishing the entire list of 168 ranked teams.


CLEVELAND MASTERS MENS'S RESULTS
11-22-2007
Cleveland Masters

Cleveland, OH
In what could be regarded as the deepest draw in recent memory, 26 teams from all over Region IV and Chicago battled for the top spot in the 2007 Cleveland Masters Men's Open.  The team of Fritz Odenbach (Rochester, NY) and Doug Jones (Cincinnati, OH) defeated the #3 seed of Scott McFaden (Pittsburgh, PA) and Paul Stulac (Toronto, ON) 7-5, 6-1. view story and draws


CLEVELAND MASTERS WOMEN'S NRT, PCQ
11-22-2007
Cleveland Women

Cleveland, OH
Holly Peck and Lynn Thompson from Pittsburgh, PA defeated Kelly Fischer and Jessica Guyaux from Pittsburgh, 6-4, 7-5.
Ms. Peck has won the Masters four previous times 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004 and runner-up in 2006.  This is Ms. Thompson's first Masters victory. view picture and draw


ORANGE LAWN WOMEN'S PCQ
11-21-2007
Orange Lawn

South Orange, NJ
Judy Takach and Joanne O’Shaughnessy finally broke through to win their first tournament and put an end to the run of Andrea Noyes and Susan Penney at the Orange Lawn Women’s Region I PCQ.  Wisely electing to play the tournament in one day due to forecasts of bad weather for the second day, the foursome battled tiredness and each other to a 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 conclusion.  See the full draw. View pictures and full story


VIKING JUNIOR TOUR
11-20-2007
Viking Junior Tour

Scarsdale, NY
Viking Junior Tour kicks off 2007-2008 in Region I with huge turnout at the home of platform tennis, Fox Meadow Tennis Club. Almost 80 juniors displayed excellent skills and superb sportsmanship at this annual event. All participants received a Viking bag full of paddle "goodies" and the winners were awarded Viking medals. view pictures and full story


SOUND SHORE INVITATIONAL
11-19-2007
cochrane-estes

Scarsdale, NY
Mike Cochrane and Scott Estes showed why they were national champs this weekend in the Sound Shore Invitational with a 6-1, 6-3 win in the Finals over Pat Kelly and John Milbank. view full results The Finals on Sunday gave way to the opening event of the Viking Junior Tour where current champs met future contenders.


DELMONICO/MAIN WIN 4th HARTFORD CHAMPIONSHIP
11-18-2007
Aila Kerri

Hartford, CT
Kerri Delmonico and Aila Main won the 2007 Hartford Women’s Championships Saturday against a sluggish Cynthia Dardis and Amy Shay 6-0, 6-1. As a new team, Delmonico-Main won the Hartford Championships in 2004 against the veteran team of Sue Aery and Gerri Viant for their first tournament win ever. Three years and numerous titles later, they remain undefeated at Hartford, having won the tournament 4 times in a row. more scores and full draw


MILWAUKEE'S LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE
11-18-2007
M Magazine

Milwaukee, WI
November 2007 Issue of Milwaukee's Lifestyle Magazine has 1 page layout of 3 time Wisconsin state champion Janet Nelson view pg.80


Platform Tennis News.com
11-17-2007
Platform Tennis News

The November 2007 issue (Volume 5 Issue 3 ) is online. This issue covers some "colorful" areas of the sport. platformtennisnews.com is an editorial by former APTA president Chuck Vasoll.


2007-2008 PLATFORM TENNIS APPAREL
11-15-2007
Love Forty

Cresskill, NJ
Love Forty of Cresskill NJ has teamed up with paddlepro.com to provide apparel and fashion advice for platform tennis players. For the 2007-2008 Season paddlepro will offer 5 essential clothing items for women, and hopes to be able to expand apparel lines in the near future. "The key to staying warm and dry is dressing in a combination of pieces that are easy to wear and easy to remove as the match heats up -rain, snow or shine." view the rest of this article and 5 essential items for women


SOUND SHORE INVITATIONAL
11-14-2007

Scarsdale, NY
The B Draw of the Sound Shore Invitational has been rescheduled for Saturday, December 1. We hope that this will give more of you an opportunity to participate. Sign-up today!

Those who were enrolled should contact us to let us know if you are available to participate on December 1, or if you will stop at Fox Meadow on Saturday afternoon to enjoy the social hour and pick up your favor. Refunds will be issued to those unable to play on the new date.


2008 PLATFORM TENNIS NATIONALS
11-9-2007
2008 Nationals

Rochester, NY
Fritz Odenbach and his Nationals Committee have chosen paddlepro.com to be the official website of the 2008 National Championships scheduled for March 13 - 16, 2008 in Rochester, NY. paddlepro is pleased to be asked to continue to serve in this capacity. Check back for more news and to sign-up for the Nationals.


2008 MEN'S Sr. 45+ 55+ 65+ Nationals
11-08-2007
Sr Nationals

Skokie, IL
Chicago Platform Tennis Tournament Charities and the Revere Group are proud to host the 2008 Senior Men's National Championships for the 45+ 55+ and 65+ age categories.  Legends of the game will be competing in three divisions for this year’s National titles. paddlepro.com is pleased to be the official website for the events.


JANE FLEMING MEMORIAL PCQ
11-07-2007
jane Fleming memorial

Greenwich, CT
Cynthia Dardis has stepped in to run the Jane Fleming Memorial Region I Women's Presidents Cup Qualifier.  This December 5-6, 2007 event is the second Region I PCQ of the season and the final one which is not combined with a National Ranking Tournament.  Sign-up is online only, and space is limited -- enroll now so that you aren't shut out!  Paddlepro.com is happy to welcome the Jane Fleming Memorial tournament to their family of events. 
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CHICAGO CHARITIES RESULTS
11-04-2007

Chicago, IL
Laura Berendt and Annica Cooper announced their presence with authority this season taking the Women's Chicago Charities title by defeating the #1, #2 and #3 seeds. David Caldwell and Blake Cordish took the Men's title. View the pdfWomen's and pdfMen's full results. More information about the event and the total amount raised by the 2007 Chicago Charities will be posted as soon as details are available.


THE "SALLY" NETS $28,000 for CHILDRENS VILLAGE
11-01-2007
childrens village

Scarsdale, NY
Twenty-seven years ago a group of Westchester women conceived of a platform tennis tournament as a way to raise money in support of a cause – the Scarsdale Boy Scouts.  That event has evolved through the years, and shifted its beneficiary to The Children’s Village many years ago. For the last five years it has targeted The Sanctuary, a youth shelter operated since 1984 by Children’s Village. view details and pictures.


Jr NATIONAL CHAMPIONS ON STAGE
10-30-2007
Will and Anthony

New York, NY
Two-time Junior National Champions Nunziatas perform Nov. 1-6 in New York City -
Born and raised in New York, playing platform tennis at the NYAC and recent Boston College graduates, the brothers have conceived the revue which explores their twin-relationship from the womb to the crib through adolescence to today.  The comedy features music from the Golden Age of Hollywood and Broadway " visit www.WillandAnthony.com for details.


SHADOW LAKE INVITATIONAL RESULTS
10-29-2007
shadowlake

Rochester, NY
Congratulations to Broderick / Milbank Men's "A" winners, Fisher / Lemieux win Women's "A", Greenberg / Kotalik win Men's "B" view full draws here


SOUND SHORE INVITATIONAL
10-26-2007

Scarsdale, NY
Come to Fox Meadow for the first Region I Men's PCQ and NRT of the season - the Sound Shore Invitational. This season the tournament committee will be focusing on strengthening the "B" Tournament while keeping the "A" draw as strong as in the past. Tournament Director Mike Cochrane has enlisted Marjorie Hodson to help with all administrative duties for the tournament. Again this year, all surplus proceeds from the tournament will be donated to Charlie's Champions, a foundation created by Tara and John Schmitt, whose mission is to raise awareness and funds to benefit the Cancer Center for Kids. Sign up today to ensure a great day of paddle, food and fun and to support this great cause.


CHICAGO CHARITIES
10-23-2007

Chicago, IL
The 34th Annual Chicago Charities, hosted at the Glen View Club, Nov. 2nd, 3rd & 4th, has named the Kellogg Cancer Center at Evanston Healthcare as this year's Charity. This is a wonderful organization that has helped many families through the difficulties of cancer. In recent years the Charities event and other Paddle League activities, have given us the opportunity to donate in excess of $50,000 to the multiple Charities that support the communities of the Chicago Area. We hope to see you this year in Chicago as we anticipate another wonderful event. Details here.


PATTERSON "B"
10-21-2007
patterson club

Fairfield, CT
Congratulations to John Daddario and Brian Kline both from Long Island, NY for capturing the Patterson Club Mens B paddle champs this past saturday Oct. 20, 2007. The tourney took place at Patterson club and other clubs in Fairfield Connecticut area. Daddario and Kline defeated Juan Arraya(Riverside CT) and Dave Dekker(Weston, CT)in a spectacular 3 set battle 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(8-6).


Milwaukee Open Results
10-23-2006
Milwaukee Open

Milwaukee, WI
Sally Cottingham and Chris Sheldon pulled off a three-peat, winning The Milwaukee Open title for the third straight season. They plowed through a heavily "Chicago" field, defeating fellow Chicagoans in all rounds. Liz Hayward reached the final for the second straight year, teaming with Marina Ohlmuller this time. View the complete Women’s draw. Men’s play will begin on Saturday, with all matches at The Town Club.


VIKING JUNIOR TOUR
10-18-2007
viking junior tour

Lindenhurst, NY
Marjorie Hodson, administrator for the Viking Junior Tour is pleased to announce their new web site. www.vikingjuniortour.com. The web site will help promote and coordinate over 14 Junior Tour Events this season - They can also be found on the tournament schedule for 2007-2008. Junior events are exploding in popularity and have nearly doubled in less than one year. We highly recommend checking out www.vikingjuniortour.com and getting youth involved.


Wilson Platform Tennis Balls Available
10-15-2007
wilson

Chicago IL
Wilson Sporting Goods has entered the Platform Tennis ball market. After missing their target release, Wilson balls are now available to the public. Viking Athletics has been the leader in ball sales over the last 12 years, both Wilson and the Paddle Company will be making second attempts entering this market this year. All platform tennis balls are available in the proshop


Eastern States Singles Championship
10-13-2007

Greenwich, CT
The 2007 Eastern States Singles Platform Tennis Championship.  Has updated its format so that it may completed as a one day event on Sunday October 28th. Chairman Roger Knight thinks this will help attract interest from those who do not want to commit to a 2 day event. All the matches will be held at the Greenwich Country Club starting at 9am more...  
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Platform Tennis News.com
10-16-2007
Platform Tennis News

The October 2007 issue (Volume 5 Issue 2 ) is online. view the table of contents. There was a rumor that this site had published its last issue at the end of last season. Please check it out - platformtennisnews.com is an editorial by former APTA president Chuck Vasoll.


BULLETWORKS 3rd ANNUAL $3,000 PUBLICITY CONTEST
10-12-2007
bulletworks

Belmont, VT
With a commitment to help foster the growth of platform tennis, BulletWorks is once again sponsoring a publicity contest for the 2007-2008 Season. All players are welcome to participate.

From all eligible entries received, one winner will be chosen at random at the end of the season. The winner will receive a $3,000 credit to use for court maintenance or improvement at the public or private platform tennis facility of his/her choice or $1,000 cash. details


FRAMING YOUR VOLLEY
10-10-2007
PPTA

USA
New video instruction from PPTA Instructor Peter Berka. In this 3 part series "framing your volley" Peter gives a great visual to help volleyers concentrate and stay focused on the zone they should be covering. View this series here and find a list of all articles here.


PPTA and PADDLEPRO REACH AGREEMENT
10-08-2007
PPTA

USA
The PPTA and paddlepro.com have reached an agreement for sharing and publicizing instruction. This year the PPTA will be supplying instruction to paddlepro.com for publication. paddlepro in turn will credit the PPTA and bring awareness to the organization. PPTA President Mike Rahaley says "This relationship makes sense in so many ways - the real winners will be players who will gain access to a larger knowledge base".


PPTA HIRES MARJORIE HODSON
10-07-2007
PPTA
CHICAGO, IL
The PPTA has hired Marjorie Hodson as Executive Administrator. Marjorie will be coordinating communication, handling administrative duties, and working with the PPTA to strenghten their position in the platform tennis community. Marjorie says "I look foward to working with the PPTA to better serve professionals and players alike".

WILSON BALL DEBUT CANCELLED
10-06-2007
Premier Cup

Chicago, IL
Inventory issues was the consensus as to why Wilson Sporting Goods was forced to cancel the planned debut of their new platform tennis ball at the Premier Cup. Jason Gray the tournament creator said he thanked Viking Athletics for stepping forward at the last minute and supporting the event. When contacted, David Kjeldsen of Viking stated, “It is a pleasure to again be a lead sponsor of this event. Dave Dodge of Premier Platform Tennis deserves a lot of credit for personally putting up the $5,000 prize money for this tournament. Viking is pleased to be associated with this event and to have over half the players using our equipment.” The semi-finals feature Mike Cochrane and Scott Estes versus Mike Marino and Bill Fiedler, and Flip Goodspeed and Scott Mansager versus David Caldwell and Blake Cordish.



CINCINNATI STARTS JUNIOR LEAGUE
10-05-2007
GCPTL

Cincinnati, OH
This season, junior paddle players, 8 years and older, will compete against one another in a Friday night league.  League matches will take place at the various participating clubs on 11/6, 11/30, 12/7, 1/18, 2/1 and 2/15.  Participating clubs include Cincinnati Country Club, Beckett Ridge Country Club, Hyde Park Country Club, the Glendale Lyceum and the Wyoming Golf Club. Visit Greater Cincinnati PTA for more information



PEMIER CUP TO DEBUT NEW BALL
10-04-2007
Premier Cup

Chicago IL
With two new ball companies set to announce a new platform tennis balls this season. The Premier Cup will take the lead and debut the new ball by Wilson Sporting goods at the 3rd annual event this October 6th-7th. This years event has also been moved to the Saddle & Cycle Club in Chicago (from Cincinatti) to help draw spectators.



MILWAUKEE OPEN
10-02-2007

Milwaukee, WI
Let the season begin!  Once again the Milwaukee Open will kick off the APTA National Ranking Tournament schedule. The Women’s Open tournament will be held Friday, October 19th.  Men’s Open play will begin on Saturday, October 20th. We have arranged for another fun tournament and social events and hope you will join us. Entry deadline is Monday, October 15th!

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BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
10-01-2007
Pink Ball

New York
For the month of October paddlepro.com (in cooperation with industry vendors) is providing products which call attention to Breast Cancer Awareness. Steep discounts have been made to Viking Athletics Pink Ball. Through October 31st 2007. PINK BALLS $7 Sleeve, $25 Dozen, $125 Case We ask that you visit www.komen.org and consider donating your savings. View all Items in the proshop that call attention to Breast Cancer Awareness.


WILSONS 2007-2008 LINE OF EQUIPMENT
9-30-2007
Wilson 2008

Chicago, IL
Wilson introduces 3 new paddles this year, platform tennis products recieved the [K]FACTOR technology. This year Wilson has 3 all new models - the [K]TOUR, [K]SURGE, and the Xcel. They continued the nBlade, Hope and Champ models. Their 2008 Platform Tennis (.pdf) brosure also displays a platform tennis ball to be released later in October. view all Wilson paddles or everything new for 2007-2008 in the proshop.


APTA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RESIGNS
9-16-2007
APTA

Northfield, IL
George Douaire has resigned as the Executive Director of the APTA. Mr. Duaire was apointed in May 2007 and will serve until the office can be moved to Pittsburgh where Ann Sheedy will assume the duties of Executive Director.


PADDLE TENNIS CRUISE
09-15-2007

Los Angeles, CA
Sonia Ode Lucci - muli-time Ladies Paddle Tennis Champion has joined with Carnival Cruise Lines to host a 3 night Cruise to Baja Mexico aboard the Carnival Paridise. What is special about this cruise ship is that it has 3 paddle tennis courts (Note: this is not Platform Tennis) With special awards, welcome coctail party, goodie bags and trophies will make this paddle tennis cruise unique - click for more information


Eastern States Singles Championship
09-12-2007

Greenwich, CT
The Greenwich Country Club is pleased to host the 2007 Eastern States Singles Platform Tennis Championship.  As the site of several past National Championships, we are excited to support the renewal of singles platform tennis at our new facility. Singles has a long history in the sport of platform tennis with the first National Championships being played along side of the first doubles championships in 1938. The National Singles Championships were last played in 1999 and with the inauguration of the Eastern States, we have laid down a course for rekindling the National Singles. more...  
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BULLETWORKS INC. LAUNCHES ADVANTAGE PADDLE COURTS

9-05-2007
Advantage Platform Tennis
Rutland, VT
Bullet and Jacki Brown, owners of BulletWorks Platform Tennis, are pleased to announce the formation of Advantage Paddle Courts. The new entity was created to market ground level courts in Regions VI and VII.  The Browns have hit the ground running with the first official Advantage court installed this spring in Napa Valley, California. read more

2007-2008 Event Schedule
8-22-2007

USA - Canada
The 2007-2008 Tournament Schedule is now posted.  We would be happy to include your event!  Send your tournament info to tournaments@paddlepro.com.  If we can help you with your tournament, contact us for anything from simply posting your information and application to full service tournament support – publicity, online sign-ups, and posting of draws and results.


Viking Launches 2007/2008 Paddle Line
8-15-2007
vikingathletics

Lindenhurst, NY
Viking Athletics introduces 7 new and updated paddle models for the upcoming season, designed specifically for the demanding needs in Platform Tennis. The new line features Viking's new VAST™ technology system. Some of the technologies you will find are Variable Tempered Rims, Surtar2™, Tempered Impact™, Core Impact Technology™, Razor Sharp, Shock Absorbing Rings and more. View details on seven new and updated models as well as two carryover models in the proshop,


APTA Membership Renewal Notice
7-13-2007
APTA

Northfield, IL
Please be advised all annual APTA Membershipshave expired July 1. Annual memberships (Individual, Family, Junior, and Club) run from July - July. Please renew your membership (or join) online in the proshop or download and mail in your application for the 2007-2008 season.

 

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