Drew Broderick and Michael Furman team up with The Peaks resort and Mountain Village to provide a 4 day destination paddle camp. Enjoy 4 days / 4 nights playing paddle with some of the nation's top PPTA Certified Instructors in Telluride, Colorado! more about this new destination camp.
David Hissey Drafted by Phillies
West Chester, PA
David Hissey, 5 time Junior National Platform Tennis champion drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies. David is the second Hissey (brother Peter) and former platform champ to make the jump to professional baseball. details
Viking Reflects on A Fantastic First Season Under the Prince Brand
Bordentown, NJ Platform Leader Looks Ahead to Bringing Extraordinary Products to Players in August .
What a year it has been for platform tennis and the Viking brand! The 2008-2009 season saw the platform leader transition seamlessly into the Prince Sports portfolio of companies – retaining its authenticity while acquiring much needed resources to reach more players with improved, consistent equipment. full press release
Roof Top Paddle
New York , NY Only 3 locations in New York City still have platform tennis courts on their rooftops, but paddle is alive and well at the Loyola Paddle Tennis Association in Manhattan where the club hosted over 30 players for it's annual end of season mixed doubles tourney. Sunscreen and shades were the look as the temperatures reached nearly 90 degrees making for long points and exciting matches. Photo's and More
Eastern Sectionals Tennis Champion
Flushing Meadows, NY Juan Pablo Martinez-Arraya won the 2009 Men's Open Singles Sectional at the BJK National Tennis Center. Rumors about the event being played on the platform tennis courts behind the tennis center turned out to be false, however Juan did carry his paddle and was willing to settle any contest "out back" Congratulations Juan!
Rage in The Cage
Garden City , NY During the weekend of March 21st, the herculean efforts of Charlie’s Champions Foundation friends and supporters raised close to $70,000 to benefit the music therapy program and the research program at the Cancer Center. This wonderful two-day expression of community spirit featured a junior paddle play competition (“Underage in the Cage”) Friday evening, bustling with 125 young boys and girls, and an adult version of the “Rage” with 60 nationally ranked and novice mixed doubles teams competing Saturday in “A” and “B” draws respectively. Photo's and story
While it is not yet an NCAA sport, Chris Kelley and Kate Macauley are working hard at Georgetown University and at Yale University, respectively, to make platform tennis a club sport. Growing up playing in Wilton, CT, the two didn’t want to give it up when they went away to school. Now sophomores, the two are making some progress. Read more about their endeavors and see some photos
New Canaan, CT
A new event was established to bring the 4 leagues in Region 1 together. Connecticut, Long Island NY, New Jersey, and Westchester NY each sent their best to duel it out "team style". On April 4th the four leagues were succesfully brought together. Following the team competition an quick fire tournament was held using Red Zone targets. Find out who won, and more about this event.
2009 Rochester Championships
A record 90 teams participated in the annual Rochester District Platform Tennis Championships last Saturday March 28th in Rochester New York. The event was hosted by Shadow Lake Golf and Racquet Club and chaired by Sandra and Fritz Odenbach. There were 6 separate tournaments all completed in one day, with a Men’s A/B/C division and a Women’s A/B and a new Women’s C Level tournament which was filled at 16 teams. Teams from neighboring Buffalo and Syracuse were invited also Story, Winners, & Photos
The Westchester Platform Tennis League offered a Year End Tournament for players in Divisions 2 and below. While many of their teammates were getting out their tennis rackets and golf clubs, 32 enthusiasts elected to continue to play platform tennis. With a mid-afternoon start, the draw size was perfect. Tournament Directors Kevin Dillon and John Walzer assured that all had a good time.
Glen Cove, NY
New champions were crowned in both the ages, 50+ and 60+, Senior Mixed National Championships of the American Platform Tennis Association held at the Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York. In the 60+ competition, Doug Barrow of Roslyn, L. I., New York teamed with Courtia Worth of up-state Tillson, New York, to take the “gold” with a 6-4, 6-3 triumph over the two-time and defending champion team of Scott Estes and Louise Cash of New Jersey. photos and story
Platform Tennis at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
Flushing Meadows, NY video by George Hamilton
The Billie Jean King Tennis Center hosted a 2009 Platform Tennis Exhibition and Kids Day in January.
Jamestown, RI By Rick McGowan
Daily News staff
The inclement weather Thursday afternoon meant for ideal conditions to swing a racket on an outdoor court while the American sporting world focused on indoor courts. “A perfect paddle day,” Evan Smith said as he looked up at the gray sky. “No sun. Forty degrees. On a day like today, you work up a sweat like you have no idea.” read full article
Men's 50+ 60+ 70+ Nationals
The Men's 50+ 60+ 70+ National Championships concluded play at Fox Meadow Tennis Club this afternoon with the Men's 50+ Championship. Region 3 was well represented as the second seeded team of Chip Morrow & Peter Redpath faced top-seeded Tim McAvoy and Scott Bondurant. McAvoy-Bondurant prevailed 7-5, 6-2.
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Men's 50+ 60+ 70+ Nationals
The Men's 50+ 60+ 70+ National Championships resumed play at Fox Meadow Tennis Club this morning with the Men's 70+ title on the line. Roy Anderson and Joe Holmes topped Ray Crosta and George Lynch by the score of 6-3, 6-3 to claim their 6th senior title.
See the full draw for theMen's 70+ - Sr Photos
Men's 50+ 60+ 70+ Nationals
The first champions have been crowned at the Men's 50+ 60+ 70+ National Championships at Fox Meadow Tennis Club. Scott Estes and Danny Galves faced Tom Caputo and Gary Cochrane in a repeat of last year's final, and were able to defend their title by the score of 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.
See the full draw for theMen's 60+See Sr Photos
The Men's 50+ 60+ 70+ National Championships are underway at Fox Meadow Tennis Club. Despite some early snow, the Men's 60+ Championship began on time with all 16 teams reporting for play. The first round of play saw no upsets. Check the draw throughout the day for updates.
Men's 145+ Nationals
A little midday rain couldn't dampen the spirits of 30 seasoned paddle players! Fifteen teams of men whose ages totaled at least 145 came to Sleepy Hollow Country Club for a day of paddle, lunch and camaraderie. At the end of the day, there were winners crowned in all backdraw categories and the finalists for the championship match were set. Bob Brown & Walter Beatty will face Herb Hummers & Bill Morgenroth for the gold on Friday at Fox Meadow Tennis Club.
In only his second tournament outing, Brett Kraft was successful. He and his mentor, Ron Cummins, paired up to claim the Winnable B title at the Canoe Brook Country Club. They defeated Todd Anderson and Mike Garibaldi in the finals. Tournament Director Kendall reported that he had another full draw - with wait list - and was even able to fill in a Saturday morning dropout. With beautiful weather and great competition, the Winnable B was once again a winner! View the complete drawView some photos
Illinois Married Mixed
While the Mixed Nationals were being contested in New Jersey, the Chicago area held their own version of the Husband-Wife competition, known as the Illinois Married Mixed. With full draws in both the "A" and "B" divisions, tournament director Dan Williams planned for a great day of competition. Once he finished his organizing tasks, he and Sarah proceeded to win the tournament! Read more...
Franklin Lakes , NJ
Morning semifinals saw Liz Jaffe & Juan Arraya defeat Cooey Lyon & Scott Falatek by the score of 6-4, 6-4 and Aila Main & David Caldwell beat Bobo Delaney & John Milbank 6-2, 6-0 to set up an exciting final match. Perhaps his absence from Nationals gave David a little extra incentive - or perhaps he is just that good - but Caldwell was able to hit amazing shots from all areas of the court. Arraya showed some of his exceptional talent as well. The two women more than held their own in a very athletic and entertaining match. Main & Caldwell prevailed 6-1, 6-3.
View the complete Open Draw Photos soon!
Franklin Lakes , NJ
The Open portion of Mixed Nationals is currently underway, with semifinals and finals set for Sunday at Indian Trail Club. (Semifinals at 10:00 AM - finals sometime later) Cooey Lyon & Scott Falatek defeated last year's silver medalists, Cindy Prendergast & Rusty Wright, to earn a spot in the semifinals against Liz Jaffe & Juan Arraya. Jaffe and Arrays took out the team of Tonia Mangan & Mike Stulac. The bottom half of the draw went according to plan, with second seeded Bobo Delaney & John Milbank eliminating Carol Kimmelman & Steve DeRose and #3 Aila Main & David Caldwell topping Jessica & Matt Guyaux. The Open Draw is being updated live from Indian Trail. Check often to see how your favorite teams are doing.
Husband Wife National Champions
Franklin Lakes, NJ Jessica and Matt Gayaux rose from the field to defeat #4 seeded LeFever's then #1 seeded Mangans in the semis. Gayaux's faced of against fellow region 4 team and #2 seed Sandra and Fritz Odenbach in the finals and earned their title with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory.
Franklin Lakes , NJ
The draws for the Mixed Nationals have been posted. Husband-Wife and Senior Husband-Wife competition will take place on Friday; Open competition will be held Saturday and Sunday. If you are in the area, plan to stop by to see some great play!
PT on TV
We're excited to let you know that Toronto's #1 morning show - Breakfast Television - will be doing their daily remote from the Kingsway Platform Tennis Club on Thursday, March 12. Essentially, Jennifer Valentine, one of the co-hosts will be spending from 6-9 at the club reporting live to the viewers in about 5-6 live segments. This is an awesome opportunity for us to profile the sport, the club and the upcoming Canadian championships on April 4-5.
We are not 100% sure if Americans can watch it live or not, but you can check out the website www.bttoronto.ca.
~ Submitted by Sara Lanthier
Ranking Chair Ray Crosta has released end of year rankings for the Men. Nationals Champions Flip Goodspeed and Scott Mansager kept their #1 position. Nationals finalists Alex Bancila and Brad Easterbrook moved into the #2 spot. Steve DeRose - Jon Lubow and Mike Cochrane - Scott Estes round out the top 4. Aila Main released amended rankings for the Women.
Franklin Lakes , NJ
Tournament Director Tom Moore has announced that there are a few spots remaining in the Mixed Nationals draws. In order to have time to get it all put together, entries will close at 9:00 PM tonight, or when "magic numbers" are reached in each division.
Aila Main has released end-of-season rankings for the women. With their victories in Philadelphia and at the Nationals in Cincinnati, Mary Doten and Susie Keane moved back to number one. Cynthia Dardis-Amy Shay, Bobo Delaney-Tonia Mangan and Heather Prop - Lynne Schneebeck round out the top 4. In order to be ranked, teams must have played at least 3 tournaments together during the season.
With the thermometer reading almost 70 degrees and a few spinkles of rain, first-time finalists Alex Bancila and Brad Easterbrook defeated Flip Goodspeed and Scott Mansager in a tight first set, 7-6. Goodspeed - Mansager came back to take the second set and force a decisive third. The Hall of Famers then claimed another title with a 6-4 victory in the final set. Congratulations to all of the winners, as well as the Cincinnati Nationals Committee for staging an excellent event.
The pairings for the Men's National Championship are set. Multi-time champions and finalists Flip Goodspeed and Scott Mansager defeated Steve DeRose and Jon Lubow 6-3, 6-4. First-time finalists Alex Bancila and Brad Easterbrook defeated Mike Marino and Mike Stulac 6-4, 6-1. The finals will be played this afternoon.
Defending champions Cindy Prendergast and Lauren Zink faced off against 2007 champs Mary Doten and Susie Keane for the 2009 title. With the temperature at late spring levels, this battle of big hitters promised some excitement, and these competitors didn't disappont. Doten-Keane took the first set in a tiebreaker. Prendergast and Zink came back to take the second set, but were steamrolled in the third by a score of 6-1.
The semifinals are set for the Men's National Championships. Mike Marino & Mike Stulac held off a match point to defeat Brian O'Connor & Mark Parsons by the score of 7-5 in the 3rd set. They will face Alex Bancila & Brad Easterbrook, 6-2, 6-1 winners over Dave Keevins & Brian Uihlein, in one semifinal. The other half of the draw pits Steve DeRose & Jon Lubow, 6-2, 6-2 winners over Ben McKnight & Peter Rose, against perennial semifinalists Flip Goodspeed & Scott Mansager, who topped Dan Rothschild & John Schmitt in straight sets. Check back tomorrow for more results from Cincinnati! View the full Men's draw.
The champs from 2008 will face the 2007 champs in the Women's final, as Cindy Prendergast and Lauren Zink will battle Mary Doten and Susie Keane for the 2009 title. The Women's Draw will continue to be updated. The Men's Draw is fully underway, and there have been a few upsets. With the thermometer hovering around 70, the men are putting in long hours on the courts, and the quarterfinals will likely be pushed back until late afternoon. Check back for more results from Cincinnati!
The Women's semifinals are set. Last year's champs, Cindy Prendergast and Lauren Zink, took out the #1 seeds, Cynthia Dardis and Amy Shay, and will face #4 seeds Bobo Delaney and Tonia Mangan in one half of the draw. Mary Doten and Susie Keane, seeded #2, will face locals Heather Prop and Lynne Schneebeck in the other half. The Women's Draw has been updated with these as well as backdraw results. The Men's Draw began play late this afternoon. Check back for more results from Cincinnati!
The Region 1 Men's team dominated play in Presidents Cup today, with Drew Broderick and Guy Moore going 5-0 at the #1 position. No region 1 pair had a losing record. The Region 4 Women's team repeated as champs, topping their Region 5 counterparts again. Play begins tomorrow in Men's and Women's Nationals competition.
Men's 145+ Nationals
Do you qualify for a great day? Are over 70 and still play "a little paddle"? Do you enjoy a day with your peers? Do you need a partner? Sign up for the Men's 145+ Nationals at Sleepy Hollow Country Club! We have 10 players currently looking to partner with you for a day! Thursday, March 19. Contact Rich Lombard, Tournament Director, at 212-420-8008 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Men's 50+ 60+ 70+ National Championships will be held at Fox Meadow Tennis Club from Friday through Sunday, March 20 - 22. The deadline for entries is 12:00 noon on Friday, March 13th. Get your entry in early to secure a place in the draw.
Franklin Lakes , NJ
In order to accommodate those who are traveling to Cincinnati for the Nationals, Tournament Director Tom Moore has extended the deadline for Mixed Nationals entries until Monday, March 9. You won't want to miss this event, as the committee at Indian Trail Club has plans for a fabulous weekend of food, beverages, entertainment and competition in their newly constructed McBride House. Before, after and between matches, competitors will be able to enjoy the pub, fitness center and steam rooms in this outstanding facility. All events are casual, with jeans and guests welcome!
Current Rankings for Men and Women have been released prior to the National Championships. The Men's list sees Flip Goodspeed-Scott Mansager still in the #1 spot. Cynthia Dardis-Amy Shay remain atop the women's points list. Seedings and placements for Nationals are based on these rankings. The Nationals draws have also been released.
Tournament Director Nancy Budde reports that the Miami Valley Championships were a success - raising over $500 for Breast Cancer Research. Women's champions were Barb Kelly and Jan Duell, who defeated Val Arozarena and Jen Stark in the finals. Lee Magrino-Carol Schnug finished third and Denise Bosma-Jill Cleaves came in fourth. The Men's title was won by Peter Herr and Randy Underwood, who defeated Bob Birzer-Frank Heil in the finals. Ted Dooley-Andy Leakas, Dave Gold-Dan Carroll, Andy and Ben Heldman, Bill Cass-Bill Sherk, John MacDonald-Vince Russell and John Haley-JD Otto were successful as well!
PPTA Instructional Video - The Blitz
USA The Professional Platform Tennis Association has released its fifth instructional video. In Episode 5 Mike Marino gives proven, battle-tested strategies for adding the blitz to your arsenal.
Steve Baird and Scott Estes topped John Stefanik and Peter Redpath by the score of 6-1, 6-4 to claim the Men's 55+ National title, while Flip Goodspeed and Scott Mansager successfully defended their Men's 45+ crown by defeating Jim Kaufman and Bob Kleinert 6-3, 6-4.
Second-seeded Hank Irvine and Doug Russell added to their impressive list of National titles with their 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory over top seeds Jim Bishop and Mike Hanna in the Men's 65+ National Championships currently underway at the Centercourt Athletic Club. The finals of the Men's 55+, featuring Steve Baird and Scott Estes against John Stefanik and Peter Redpath, and Men's 45+, pitting flip Goodspeed and Scott Mansager against Jim Kaufman and Bob Kleinert, will take place Sunday morning.
View the: Men's 65+ DrawMen's 55+ Draw Men's 45+ Draw
Senior Men's Nationals
The Senior Men's National Championships weekend kicked off in beautiful weather on Friday with the Men's 65+ title on the line. After three rounds of play, the top two seeds emerged to play in the finals. Jim Bishop and Mike Hanna will face Hank Irvine and Doug Russell at 10:30 AM Saturday at Centercourt Athletic Club. Not only do the senior men have a chance to renew old acquaintances this weekend, but they also have a chance to view the future home of the Platform Tennis Hall of Fame Museum, which will be located at Centercourt. Tournament Director Scott Estes has scheduled a full day of play in the Men's 45+ and Men's 55+ categories for Saturday, with the finals of those events to be played on Sunday.
View the Men's 65+ Draw
All of the Women's "B" tournaments in the area this season have followed the same theme - full draws with a Waiting List - and the Shore Women's "B" was no exception. Director Maria Manley reports that all went well (as expected!), with teams from all areas of the state participating. Congratulations to Kristen Kolek and Tricia Mullaney (Echo Lake Country Club) who defeated Shannon Eadon and Missy Potter (Navesink Country Club) to claim the title. Other winners and finalists are Debbie Ferraid and Kara O'Shaugnhessy, Michelle Mandia and Kristin Bunnell, Deirdre Hewett and Julia DeSantis, Caroline Beers and Lisa Botta, Alexis Moloney and Christine Charlton and Joan Whitlock and Sue Craw.
The Philadelphia Open once again drew strong teams from many regions and the competition was fierce. Mary Doten & Susie Keane prevailed over Kerri Delmonico & Aila Main on the women's side. The new team of David Caldwell & Anthony Cosimano continued their winning ways with a victory over upset-minded Juan Pablo Arraya & Mike Gillespie.
See the complete draws: Women'sMen's
The 34th Annual Indianapolis Platform Tennis Championships has been completed. Congratulations to Scott Bondurant - Mark Johnson on their victory in the Open Division and to Chip and Scott Bondurant on their Men's 95+ title.
Longmeadow, MA The final Men's Region II Presidents Cup Qualifier of the season was held at the Field Club of Longmeadow. Sixteen teams competed to earn points toward representing the region for Presidents Cup play. Congratulations to Jerry Albrikes and Bob Conklin who defeated Naren Dhadodharan and Alex Seiler to claim the title. Other winners include Consolation: Drew Sawyer & Dave Jenkins; Reprieve: Rob Pierce & Jeff Morneau; Last Chance: Tim Scanlon & Gary Ulrich. View the complete draw
Franklin Lakes , NJ Indian Trail Club, one of the premier facilities in the country, will be hosting the National Mixed and Husband Wife Championships Match 13 - 15. The committee is working hard to provide a very special weekend for all participants while showing off their newly constructed "McBride House". The weekend will be casual - jeans and guests are encouraged!
Westerly, RI Mother Nature provided lots of sunshine for the first Oden Cox Memorial Women's "B" platform tennis tournament. The tournament was held at the Shelter Harbor Paddle Club and featured teams from as far north as Boston and as far south as New Canaan, CT. Cape Cod, Jamestown and Newport were all represented as well. Congratulations to winners Linda Johnson and Leah Nero.
Columbus, OH The Columbus Open Men's and Women's Region IV Presidents Cup Qualifier tournaments were great successes. The Women's draw was won by top seeds Kathy Allen and Lindy Ward over second seeds Ann Turner and Linda Thompson. The Men's event saw the top two seeds go down in the semifinals, leading to a finals match-up of third and fourth seeds Eberly & Wilson and Bakker & Reed, with Bakker & Reed prevailing.
Summit, NJ Continuing their title run, Cynthia Dardis and Amy Shay claimed the Women's 40+ gold medals with an exciting and athletic 6-2, 7-6 victory over Bobo Delaney and Tonia Mangan. The pair recently won the Short Hills Invitational and the Atlantic Classic tournaments. The finals featured the mothers of three current junior National Champions - Emily Dardis, Alexandra Shay and Corey Delaney.
At a gathering of family and friends, the Platform Tennis Hall of Fame welcomed two new members today. During a lunch break at the Women's 40+ and 60+ Nationals at Canoe Brook Country Club Winnie Hatch and Sharon Hummers became the 74th and 75th members of this prestigious group. Hall of Famers Bob Brown and Steve Baird delivered induction speeches stressing the qualities that made the two perfect candidates. Following the acceptance speeches by the candidates, there were words of praise from some who know the two well. Included in these tributes was this poem by Marie Minnick.
Women's Senior Nationals
Summit, NJ They've done it again! Despite strong competition from some new teams, Helen Garrett and Sandy Simmers once again claimed the Women's 60+ National title. This was their fifth year in a row and 6th overall title in the event. In a rematch of last year's final, they defeated Louise Cash and Mary Fenton by the score of 6-2, 6-7, 6-4. The Women's 40+ crown will be claimed on Thursday, when Cynthia Dardis and Amy Shay face Bobo Delaney and Tonia Mangan. The teams are currently ranked #1 and #2 in the Open ranks.
Ray Crosta and Aila Main have released Men's and Women's National Rankings following the Short Hills Invitational. These ranking positions determine which teams are ineligible to represent their region in Presidents Cup competition preceding this year's Open National Championships. Flip Goodspeed & Scott Mansager are again at the top of the Men's list and Cynthia Dardis & Amy Shay have taken over the #1 spot on the women's list.
Short Hills, NJ When your partner is unavailable for a tournament, sometimes you stay home as well. Sometimes you pair up with someone else for the event. Seldom do things work out as well as they did this weekend for Anthony Cosimano and David Caldwell, who paired for the first time and defeated a strong field to win the Short Hills Invitational Men's Ranking tournament. With their victory in the Women's Ranking tournament, Cynthia Dardis and Amy Shay took over the top ranking.
White Plains NY
Tim Heath has been spending a little less time on the paddle courts lately but he has been busy with court related matters. This past weekend at the Eastern Tennis Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting in White Plains, NY, Tim was appointed the new volunteer president of the USTA Eastern section. It was also simultaneously announced that Tim is going to be the new publisher of Tennis Week magazine. Tim is looking forward to conveying some of his court observations and wit through the pages of Tennis Week. Tim encourages all Region One paddlers to renew their USTA memberships so they can receive a free subscription to Tennis Week.
We are pleased to announce the 34th Annual Indianapolis Platform Tennis Championships scheduled for Friday, February 20th thru Sunday, February 22nd. Once again Meridian Hills Country Club will be hosting the Men's National Ranking Open(Sat/Sun), Men's 95s(Fri), and Womens National Ranking Open(Fri). Mild temperatures are forecast for this event following the Presidents Day weekend. Please direct all inquires to Steve Webster or Greg Griffey. ~ Steve Webster
South Orange, NJ
In the midst of five straight weeks of tournaments in the state, the New Jersey Men again came out for a day of great competition and camaraderie. The New Jersey Men's State Open and 50+ tournaments were held at Orange Lawn Tennis Club and surrounding clubs. Tom Bass, Scott Moore and their committee staged a wonderful event. Congratulations to Steve DeRose and Jon Lubow, who defeated Drew Broderick and Mike Furman for the Open title. Senior winners were Pennsylvania residents (with Jersey ties) John Embree and Mike Palmer, who topped Mark Cook and Chuck Faig for the crown.
Join us in Ohio for the 2009 Columbus Open, February 6th & 7th. We are offering Region IV PCQ events for Women and for Men as well as a Men’s 95+ division, in which the ages of the two players must equal 95 or more by the end of the year. ~ Denny English Apply online
The Western-most platform tennis tournament in the world was held January 24th-26th . Over 45 teams met at the Lagunitas Country Club. With 4 divisions the winners were Men’s Open: Will Lyon & Tom Mayes, Men’s Gentlemen: Craig and Colin Henne, Women’s Open: Christi Hays & Wendy Shpiz, Women’s B: Mary Hickey & Karen Lindgren. Read more and see photosMen's DrawGentlemen's Draw
Essex Fells, NJ
The Atlantic Classic celebrated its 5th season with strong one-day tournaments for both the Women and the Men. The women's draw was won by Connecticut's Cynthia Dardis and Amy Shay, who topped Ohioans Heather Prop and Lynne Schneebeck by the score of 6-2, 6-3. In a long day of play, tournament director Drew Broderick and Guy Moore finally succumbed to top seeds Alex Bancila and Mike Stulac 6-1, 6-1 at 9:00 PM.
The Platform Tennis Hall of Fame Selection Committee has announced the inductees for the Class of 2009. Two Senior Women's legends, champions and promoters of the sport, Winnie Hatch and Sharon Hummers, will be inducted during this year's Women's 40+ and 60 + Nationals on February 11th at Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, NJ. Congratulations, ladies!
Flip Goodspeed and Scott Mansager took care of some unfinished business this weekend. Having been unavailable for induction into the Platform Tennis Hall of Fame at last season's National Championships (because they were still on the court playing) they took care of that business first, and then avenged last year's loss in the Midwesterns to Mike Cochrane - Scott Estes with a 6-4, 6-4 victory in the finals.
Men's Open Draw Photos of Flip and Scott
Sound Shore Seniors
Old Man Winter tried to get involved in the Sound Shore Seniors tournaments at Fox Meadow Tennis Club on Friday and Saturday, but the hardy veterans were having none of it! Friday's play saw 24 teams with combined ages of 125 or more who braved single digit and low teens temperatures to compete. Saturday was a day for the younger crowd, with teams needing a combined age of 95 to compete. Read more about these eventsSee some photos
Cincinnati, OH 2009 Midwesterns began on Friday with the Women's Open and Men's 90+ play. Locals Heather Prop and Lynne Schneebeck (seeded #1) prevailed over the #2 seeds, local player Nancy Budde, who was paired with Eva Welsher (with whom she won the Detroit Invitational last month) to claim the Women's crown. The Men's final will feature top seeded Scott Mansager - Flip Goodspeed and #2 seeds Scott Estes - Mike Cochrane on Sunday.
The top seeds won the Women's Open National Championship in 1989. The 2nd seeds came out of retirement to participate in this event. The Women's 50+ Nationals promised to be an interesting tournament! Each year, the Women's 70+ Nationals gains some players and loses others. The one constant has been Sharon Hummers, who has won the gold each year. What happened this year?
West Orange, NJ
The threat of 6 inches of snow could not derail another successful NJ State Mixed Platform Tennis Championship, and the paddle gods did their best to limit the weather to flurries throughout most of Saturday's play. Unfortunately, the tournament was marred by injuries to 2 of the top male players, with both Billy Browne and John Milbank going down. In the end, Steve DeRose and Carol Kimmelman defeated Anthony Cosimano and Kelly Van Calcer to claim the title. See the complete draw.
Connecticut State Mixed
New Canaan, CT
The revived Connecticut State Mixed was a rousing success, despite Mother's Nature's attempt to put a damper on things! Tournament Director Mike Gillespie even managed to make it to the finals if the Open Division before falling to Susan Lovejoy and Jim Kaufman. In the Senior Division, Susan and Gary Squires prevailed to take home the crown.
An impending snow storm didn't dampen the spirits of the New Yorkers who came to Westchester for the 4th Annual New York State Mixed tournament. Fierce competition and warm friendships made it a fun-filled day for all. Tournament Director Michele Jellinek and partner Brian O'Connor defeated 2007 champs Sandra and Fritz Odenbach for the title.
Chestnut Hill, MA
With the snow storm heading into Boston, there was intense competition on the platform tennis courts in the area at the 2009 Boston Men's Open. The #4 seeded team of Ray Crosta and Matt Dana were able to take out the #5 seeded team of Juan Pablo Arraya and Patricio Misitrano 6-4, 6-4 in the Finals.
Summit, NJ The 1st Annual Beacon Hill “B” tournament gave in to Mother Nature for one day, but went off without a hitch the following day. Tournament Director Darlene Finnegan let common sense and safety rule and postponed the tournament from Wednesday, January 7th due to weather reports promising a full day of rain and freezing rain. Thursday saw a few snow showers, but nothing to interrupt play.
Scarsdale NY By Todd Sliss published in the Scarsdale Inquirer 12-26-2008
The Fox Meadow Tennis Club is neatly tucked away on a bend in the road in Scarsdale. If you don;t know it's there, you could miss it. In 2008, the club celebrated its 125th anniversary. What makes Fox Meadow unique are the two histories it holds - one by being one of the oldest tennis clubs in the country, the other by being the founding club of platform tennis.
The PPTA has released the third video in their series of instructional videos. This video features National Champs Dave Keevins & Brian Uihlein showing you how to hit some very unique overheads.
Happy New Year from paddlepro.com
Despite a sour end to 2008 our numbers show Platform Tennis players have plenty of reason to celebrate. Platform Tennis is bucking the economic trend and proving to be a very viable sport in a downturned economy. Paddlepro traffic for the first half of the season showed a 40% rise from the second half of 2007 to 1.3 Million page views by over 90 thousand unique visitors. Holiday sales also indicate more people are playing platform tennis this year over last. We attribute this growth in a downturned economy that to Platform Tennis being a very inexpensive winter sport and being used as an alternative to more expensive activities.
On another beautiful winter day in Chicago the youth came out to continue the growth of the sport through their participation in the Chicago Junior Open, part of the Viking Junior Tour. There were familiar platform tennis names among the 52 participants, and those who came to Winnetka were lucky to see great paddle, great sportsmanship and well-behaved juniors. While “going for the gold” they weren’t afraid to go for the screens as well!
New York We will be shipping on Saturday December 20th using USPS Priority Mail (2-3 days to most locations).
All orders recieved before 3pm EST Saturday with "ground shipping" will be upgraded to Priority at no additional charge.
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Boston Open Men's
The Boston Open Men's National Ranking Tournament is scheduled for January 10th, 2009. Tournament Director Jerry Albrikes has announced that a donation will be made to the Jimmy Fund at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Sign up soon to participate in this event and support a worthy cause.
New Canaan, CT
Tournament Director Mike Gillespie has been working hard to revitalize the Connecticut State Mixed Tournament. This January 10, 2009 tournament will offer both Open and Senior events. Don't be left out in the cold - sign up early to reserve your spot!
The New York State Mixed tournament will once again be held in Westchester County. Tournament Director Michele Jellinek promises that this January 10, 2009 event will be fun for all! She is hoping to again have players from Long Island, Upstate and Western NY as well as Westchester locals participate. Since draw size is limited, you should find a partner and sign up today!
West Chester, PA
We first saw him at the age of 7, disappointed that he didn’t win a medal at the Junior Nationals. (He had to wait 2 more years to claim the 12 & Under crown!) Then in 2004, he teamed with older brother David to capture the Boys 18 & Under title. You would think the future of Peter Hissey as a platform tennis player would be filled with lots more victories and medals. It seems, however, that we won’t be seeing as much of Pete on the court as in the past.
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12 Days of Christmas
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Still The Largest
Short Hills, NJ
The world's largest platform tennis tournament is scheduled for this weekend. The NJ Men's Platform Tennis Association sponsored League Classic has a draw of 128 teams and promises as much (or more) paddle as most entrants could want. Those in the area should take the opportunity to view some top-level play in this fun-filled event.
Men's Chair Ray Crosta has released current National Rankings. National champs Dave Keevins and Brian Uihlein are ranked number one, followed by Hall of Famers and perennial top four Flip Goodspeed and Scott Mansager. Rounding out the top five are Mike Cochrane - Scott Estes, Mike Marino - Mike Stulac and Denny English - Brian Heil.
They say the more things change, the more they stay the same. That seems to be true with the Women's National Rankings. In a season of numerous new pairings, the top 2 ranked teams remain the same as last year. Bobo Delaney and Tonia Mangan remain #1 and Kerri Delmonico and Aila Main are #2. Familiar names fill out the next few spots as well. Doten-Keane and Dardis-Shay are tied for the third position, followed by Prop-Schneebeck and Prendergast- Zink. See the complete Women's Rankings as released by Women's Chair Aila Main.
Footwear Review - Prince T22
Prince has hit the sweet spot with their new T22 Footwear. Although Prince calls it an update of the very popular T10 it feels like an all new shoe.
The T22 achieves all a paddle player can ask for. Read the rest of this review
Long Island NY
The Long Island Invitational hosted by LIPTA was held October 5th and 6th. 4th seeded David Caldwell & Jon Lubow defeated hometown heros Dan Rothschild & John Schmitt to win the Men's Open. Cynthia Dardis and Amy Shay defeated Keri Flyn and Sue Tarzian 6-4, 6-0. The father-son team of Steve & Steven Trifiletti defeating local favorites John Maher & Brad Thurman in the B event. Men's DrawWomen's DrawMen's BMessageboard comments
Grosse Pointe, MI
The 2008 Detroit Invitational Tournament went off without a hitch under the able stewardship of tournament director Drew Shepherd. The Men's draw saw top seeds Flip Goodspeed and Scott Mansager defeat third seeded Thaddeus Reed and Todd Ward for the title. Nancy Budde and Eva Welsher, seeded second, upset top seeded Susie Keane and Marina Ohlmuller to claim the Women's crown. Chilly weather was offset by the afternoon Chili and Spirits. Men's DrawWomen's Draw
Jane Fleming Memorial
The Jane Fleming Memorial Platform Tennis Tournament had another successful run. Seasoned players and newcomers had a great day of play and social interaction. Fittingly, the tournament was based at the Field Club of Greenwich which boasts the Fleming Paddle House, dedicated as a tribute to Jane Fleming. Congratulations to Louise Cash and Darlene Finnegan on their victory over Ruth Ann Connors and Jill Feher in the finals.
West Islip, NY PlatformTennisNews.com has published its December edition Issue 6 Volume 4. In this issue: David Kjeldsen's editorials on why your membership is worth $5, Platform Tennis league sites, feedback from readers, and his monthly Ace, Deuce, Fault on things going on in platform tennis.
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Sound Shore Invitational Results
At the Sound Shore Invitational the final between Alex Bancila / Brad Easterbrook and Lennart Jonasson / Mike Stulac was a demonstration of amazing volleys and saves and great racquet skills. The Fox Meadow stalwarts who were on hand for their Sunday game were not sure this was the "same sport we are playing". Although unable to convert on their first few match points, Bancila / Easterbrook prevailed by a score of 6-4, 7-5. View the complete draw and photos.
Viking Junior Tour - Fox Meadow
The Viking Junior Tour was in town! Juniors came to the birthplace of platform tennis on Sunday and displayed tremendous sportsmanship and skill. The players were divided into four age groups for round robins, and there was plenty of court time for all. Again, the Fox Meadow crew pitched in to make it a great day for the kids. Thanks to Viking for their continued support with great favors for all and medals for the winners! For photos and results of the Fox Meadow Junior Open, please click here.
Sound Shore Invitational Results
Scarsdale, NY The Sound Shore Invitational saw some of the east's first winter weather at 32 degrees and windy. This year's B Draw returned to a full 32 teams and was won by Tony Brown and Chip Zabatta over Patricio Misitrano / Enrique Catter. The Open draw turned out to mimic Chicago with all 4 top seeds shut out of the finals. The Final between Bancila / Easterbrook and Jonasson / Stulac will be played Sunday morning at 9am at Fox Meadow Tennis Club.
Cleveland Masters Results
Despite the rains and winds from mother nature on Saturday, the 34th Annual Cleveland Masters went off without a hitch November 14 - 16, 2008. On the National Ranking and PCQ Mens side, #1 seed Brian Heil and Denny English of Columbus, OH defeated Brett Englesberg and Jeff McMasters of Pittsburgh, PA. For the Women's PCQ, the team of Kathy Allen and Lindy Ward of Cincinnati, OH defeated Vicki Nagy and Beverly Dyminski of Pittsford, NY, 6-1, 6-1. In the Mens 90+ Open, John Schloss and Eric "Who want's to be my partner" Miller from Cleveland, OH were the champs defeating last year's champs, Danny McLaughlin (Cleveland, OH) and Billy Sullivan from Columbus. Men's OpenWomen's OpenMen's 90's - Photo of Finalists
Sound Shore Invitational
With only 2 places left in each the Open and "B" draw the 2008 Sound Shore Invitational is showing no signs of a depression. In fact this event will be the largest Sound Shore Inv in recent years. 2 spots remain so sign up now if you want to participate this coming Saturday. Both Open and "B" draws should be posted with starting times by Friday 11-21.
Viking Junior Tour Results
The Patterson Club Junior Open was held as part of the Viking Junior Tour on November 16, 2008, at the Patterson Club and Fairfied area clubs. The tournament had a great turnout of 39 teams playing on a beautiful fall Sunday afternoon. Kids from all over region 1 turned out for this Viking Junior Tour Tourney. View results and pictures.
Grosse Pointe, MI
The 2008 Detroit Invitational Tournament features both Women's and Men's National Ranking and Region 5 PCQ events, as well as the Popular Chili and Spirits on Saturday afternoon. This will be a one day event on December 6th. Draw sizes are limited - sign up early!
West Hartford, CT
The Connecticut Classic is back - although it shifted from Region 1 to Region 2. After a day of rain for the Women's CT Classic, the Men's version went off without any delays. Through fierce competition, Lennart Jonason and Johan duRandt from Massachusetts defeated Ray Crosta (NJ) and Mike Stulac (NY) to claim the crown. Semifinalists were Bill & Leo Power (MA) and Drew Broderick & Guy Moore (NJ). Consolation winners were Freid & Smith; Reprieve winners were Arraya & Levanat; Last Chance winners were Teglas & Budden. Courtia Worth reports that it was "a fabulous tournament - very competitive with high spirits!" Download results here
Women Overcome CT Rain
West Hartford, CT
RAIN was the dominant factor at today's women's CT Classic tournament held at the Hartford Golf Club. The rain stopped long enough to get the first round matches going, although after about an hour it started to drizzle. By late morning it was pouring and the golf pro was calling to say lightning was in the area. Matches were halted and the players had an early lunch before returning to another break in the weather. The newly formed team of Sheri Shea and Susan Tarzian won an exciting 3-set final over Long Islanders Jaffe and Rudloff, despite the weather. Download full results here
Orange Lawn PCQ
South Orange, NJ
They have won it before, but never together! Joanne O'Shaughnessy and Susan Penney overcame a larger than usual field and some inclement weather during the finals to defeat Donna Charlton and Janet Faig in the first Women's Region 1 Presidents Cup Qualifier of the season. Tournament Director Phyllis Weiss gave in to the demand and increased the draw size to 46 teams for this year's event. In this way she was able to accommodate many new players who wanted a tournament experience. As always, there was good competition and good food!
Steve DeRose and Jon Lubow made their trip to Chicago worthwhile by bringing home the crown. This is the first major title for the New Jersey duo, who entered the tournament as 9-12 seeds. They defeated several seeded teams on their way to a finals showdown with Denny English and Brian Heil, of Columbus, OH. There were numerous other upsets in the men's draw. Congrats to Steve and Jon!
There were numerous "new" partnerships sprinkled throughout the women's draw, but the finals featured two teams who have been together for some years. Mary Doten and Susie Keane won Womens Chicago Charities 7-6, 6-0 over Bobo Delaney and Tonia Mangan. Congrats once again!
The PPTA has begun to produce a series of Instructional videos which will be released throughout the year. The first release features 9 time National Champion and newly inducted Hall of Fame member Scott Mansager and his tips on Driving the Return of Serve
Roger Knight is right!
Singles is filled with excitement and athleticism - and is fun to watch! In this year's tournament, Mark Parsons prevailed over 23 other competitors to win the title. These singles aficionados are sure that if you try it, you will want to stick with it, and they anticipate more growth for the tournament next year. View the complete DRAWS and some action PHOTOS of the Eastern States Singles competition.
Sound Shore Invitational
The Sound Shore Invitational has been the scene of many great matches, terrific food and interesting favors. Applications are now being accepted for the November 22nd & 23rd Men's Open (National Ranking and Region 1 PCQ) and Men's "B" tournaments. Draw sizes are limited, so sign up early! For more information, contact Mike Cochrane at email@example.com.
West Islip, NY PlatformTennisNews.com has published its November edition Issue 6 Volume 3 In this issue David Kjeldsen's thoughts about why all APTA members do not pay the same, the appearance of communications, readers' responses and his quick opinions on what's been happening in the last month.
Scarsdale, NY The Platform Tennis Museum and Hall of Fame Foundation has announced that their website www.platformtennishalloffame.org is now public for viewing. The website development is still in progress as is the construction on the physical Hall of Fame at the Center Court Athletic Club in Chatham, NJ.
Shadow Lake Results
Congratulations to the winners of the 30th Annual Shadow Lake Invitational. As always, Fritz Odenbach did a wonderful job in running the event and competing in it! Congratulations to Chrissy Johnston & Lynn Thompson who defeated fellow Pennsylvanians Kelly Fischer & Nathalie Lemieux to claim the Women's "A" crown. The Women's "B" prize went to Jody Belcher & Ali Loveys, who topped fellow Rochester players Kathy Baxter & Jenny Jokinen. Mark Ruppert (NJ) & Rusty Wright (Westchester County, NY) closed out Nathan LeFevre (CT)& Fritz in the Men's "A" tournament and Travis Odenbach & Eric Yaekel (both Rochester) defeated Rich Anderson & Bill Wadsworth (both Buffalo) to win the Men's "B" tournament. View the full draws here: Women's "A"Women's "B"Men's "A" Men's "B"
Milwaukee Open Results
Congratulations to the winners of The Milwaukee Open, the season's first National Ranking Tournament. Director Scott Pecor reports that the seeds held in both the women's and men's events, with #1 meeting #2 in the finals of each. In the women's tournament Heather Prop and Lynne Schneebeck edged Mary Doten and Marina Ohlmuller 7-6, 6-4 to claim the title. Mike Marino and Mike Stulac earned the men's crown with a victory over Denny English and Brian Heil. View the full results of the Women's and Men's Milwaukee Open tournaments.
Patterson Club Men's B
Fairfield, CT The Patterson Club Men’s B Platform Tennis Championship was held on October 18th, 2008 hosted by the Patterson Club in Fairfield, CT. The tourney had a full 32 draw this year with teams from all over the tri-state region participating on a perfect fall day. Congratulations to the third seeds Scott Mckessy and David Mueller who defeated the fourth seeded team of Chris Gorman and Hardy Manges 6-4, 6-2 in the finals. Special thanks to The Patterson Club for hosting the event and to the following clubs who allowed use of their courts-Aspetuck Valley CC, Weston Field Club, Country Club OF Fairfield, Fairfield County Hunt Club, Fairfield Beach Club, and Brooklawn Country Club. Wilson Racquets Sports was a key sponsor for this event. View the complete draw. ~ submitted by Scott Slobin, Tournament Director
Atlantic Classic Women's B
Essex Fells, NJ The skies were sunny and the weather had a hint of fall when teams took the court for the 1st ever "stand alone" Atlantic Classic Women's "B" tournament. By the end of the morning's round robin play, the teams of Kim Elander-Mary Beth Hahn and Erin Cacciabaudo-Celine Salvi had emerged to play for the title. Following lunch, director Drew Broderick and his committee provided Bloody Marys and commentary for those who stayed to watch Elander-Hahn prevail in three sets. In addition to prizes, the champions were granted entry into the main draw of the Atlantic Classic Women's "A" tournament in January.
Milwaukee, WI The Milwaukee Open still has some openings! Director Scott Pecor has agreed to accept applications until 6:00 PM on Wednesday, October 22, but don't wait until the last minute - or you might miss out! Visit The Milwaukee Open website for details, schedule, directions, and an archive of results since 2003.
Scarsdale, NY The "invitations" have been mailed, but all are welcome to attend The Sally, on Wednesday, October 29 at Fox Meadow Tennis Club and other area clubs. This platform tennis fundraiser and shopping experience honors the memory and celebrates the spirit of Sally Rogers and benefits The Children's Village Sanctuary. Read more about The Sally and Children's Village.
Game On For Lake Bluff Paddle
Lake Bluff, IL
Gazebonews.com Lake Bluff Park District's paddle tennis program began this week, drawing enthusiasm from seasoned players and some confusion from residents.The excitement stems from the fact that the Lake Bluff program is one of only three public paddle tennis facilities in the Chicago area--Winnetka and Hinsdale have the others. Read article
The Correct Warm-Up
Platform tennis is an explosive sport that requires quick changes of direction, power, balance and agility. Are you guilty of stepping out of your car and on to the court…hitting ten balls and declaring you are ready to play? Or touching your toes three times as your warm up? Or how about the infamous leg up on the net post hamstring stretch? These are clearly not the best ways to prime yourself for your platform tennis game. Click here to see some tips from certified trainer Tina Cressent ( CPT, ACE).
Premier Cup Results
Plainfield, NJ Mike Cochrane / Scott Estes defeated Mike Stulac / Mike Marino 6-0,6-4 to capture the Premier Cup. The Premier Cup is an invitational tournament which includes 8 top teams and players, by invitation only. On Saturday, there are 3 round of round robin play. The top 2 from each group play on Sunday for cash prizes. Complete results: 3 - 4. Caldwell/Cordish and Easterbrook/Milbank
5 - 8. English/Heil, Cosimano/Haller, Broderick/Moore, Albrikes/Jonason. The NJMPTA sponsored the "Beer Garden", which contributed greatly to the festivities. view photos
New Jersey Sports
by David Waldstein/The Star-Ledger For most of the racket-wielding world, the first fallen leaf of autumn is a signal to pack away the sunscreen and retreat to the halogen-lit refuge of indoor courts.
But for a growing stratum of a cultish group of athletes who, each fall, happily exchange strings for foam core paddles, the annual dip in temperature is a time to rejoice and make the yearly migration over to the aluminum courts and chicken-wire walls of platform tennis. Read The Star-Ledger Article on NJ.com
Wall Township, NJ
Once again, the War at the Shore has opened the platform tennis tournament season. This mixed doubles event, at The Atlantic Club, is always as much about renewing paddle friendships as it is about the competition. This year's War featured a number of "new" teams as well as new champions. Tournament Director Suzee Krebs reports that Carol Kimmelman and Steve DeRose defeated Kerri Delmonico and Ray Crosta by a score of 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 to capture the title. Click here for the full War at the Shore draw.
Court for Sale
Madison Platform Tennis Club in Madison, WI is ceasing operation. Our Reilly court, in excellent condition, has been expertly disassembled and is in storage in the Madison area, awaiting a buyer. Click here for more information
Paddle House Dedication
In celebration of Gerri Viant's 25 years of service and dedication to the Nyack Field Club and its platform tennis program, the club has recently dedicated the paddle house in her honor. Gerri is a multi-time national champion and a member of the Platform Tennis Hall of Fame. Congratulations, Gerri!
Milwaukee Open The Milwaukee Open once again kicks off the national ranking tournament season, on October 24th. Under new management of Scott Pecor this event promises to be a success once again. Visit The Milwaukee Open website for details, schedule, directions, and an archive of results since 2003.
Chicago IL The North Shore Women's Platform Tennis League kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the new platform tennis season with the 15th Annual "Court the Cure" event on Thursday, October 2. Since 2001, this event has raised more than $200,000 for Breast Cancer Research at Evanston Hospital.
More than 300 participants, plus sponsorships from 1st Bank and Trust, Jelly Belly, Viking, Wilson and others make the day special. Nancy Lucey and Margaret Flanagan are chairing the event. details
West Islip, NY
Platform Tennis News will be sending out its October E-News letter soon. Although this issue is not set to be sent out until Oct 1st, you can now visit Issue 6 Volume 2 and read David Kjeldsen's thoughts on the Hall of Fame, Footfaults, his "serve", and reader comments. If you did not receive PlatformTennisNews.com last month, visit the site and join their mailing list immediately.
Free Jr Paddle Jamboree
This October 19th, the Chicago platform tennis community is sponsoring a FREE Platform Tennis Junior Jamboree at 7 area clubs. Juniors from throughout the area are invited to come and learn basic skills, history and evolution of the game, and be introduced to the best outdoor winter activity going.The range of participating clubs covers the entire Chicago land area and kids are encouraged to pick a location most convenient to them. view details and download flyer
Viking Ball named "Official Ball"
Viking is pleased to announce that it has been named Official Ball of all American Platform Tennis Association (APTA) National Championships through 2013. While the Viking ball has been used at the Men’s and Women’s Open APTA National Championships since 1999, this decision, effective immediately, solidifies the APTA's preference to use Viking products for the sport’s biggest events. view full press release
"Rising Stars" published in Country Club Quarterly
At the 2008 US Open Mr. Whitney Kraft, Director of Tennis at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, has confirmed that two platform tennis courts will be built on the grounds of the Tennis Center in Flushing, NY. read on about the significance of this opening.
Navesink Country Club seeks a Head Racquets Professional. Navesink Country Club in Middletown, New Jersey is located near the Jersey Shore and is adjacent to the town of Red Bank. The club has 7 Har-Tru tennis courts, 4 lighted platform tennis courts, and a recently
renovated Racquet Center and pro shop. Additional recreational facilities include a Hal Purdy designed
18-hole, par 72 championship golf course, an L-shaped swimming pool, and an NCAA regulation size ice
rink. Please click here to download a PDF with more information about the Navesink Country Club position.
West Islip, NY
David Kjeldsen has picked up right where Chuck Vasoll left off. Issue 6 Volume 1 (the season's first issue) shows a minor cosmetic enhancement over previous years. David introduces himself, publishes 2 editorials, kicks off a "Serve and Return", and retains the popular ACE / DEUCE / FAULT from the old newsletter format. PlatformTennisNews.com tries to solicit more reader response (Please give him hell for giving paddlepro.com the first FAULT of the year).
Platform Tennis Rule Change
In May of 2008 the Rules Committee made a rules change scheduled to take effect in the 2008-2009 season. The carry and the double hit will no longer be a loss of point (formerly rule 18d). For those of you who have been following the Etiquette of Platform Tennis and calling this on yourselves, this is probably good news, because now you are on equal footing with everyone else!
Viking Introduces Footwear Offering to Players
For the first time in the company’s history, Viking, the platform tennis leader, will have a full line of footwear available to players. Starting this season, and as a result of the recent relationship forged with industry leader Prince Sports, Inc., Viking will complement its 2008-2009 product line with the extremely popular Prince T10 footwear.. Read full release and details about footwear. View footwear in the proshop
Viking Unveils 2008-2009 Paddle Line
Viking Introduces New Paddles for 2008-2009
Pro Team Elite, Attitude and Bolt Models Join Newly Enhanced Classics to Deliver Paddles for All Player-Types. Viking, the platform tennis leader, is proud to officially announce the arrival of its 2008-2009 paddle line – the first since the company combined forces with Prince Sports earlier this year. Read full release and details about new paddles
Viking Athletics is the first company to release new product for 2008-2009. Viking Athletics' Pro Elite, Attitude, Synergy, and Stealth may remind you of 2007-2008 products but on closer examination Viking has definitely upped the ante this year. John Embree - President of Prince America (parent of Viking Athletics) said "much tighter manufacturing tolerances have been implemented, this year's line will be very consistent". Scott Winters - VP of Small Court Sports notes numerous enhancements including new grip molds and grips. Our initial impression - they feel GREAT! Check out new paddles in the proshop.
Franklin Lakes, NJ
The Indian Trail Club in Franklin Lakes, NJ (45 minutes from Manhattan) has recently built a brand new clubhouse to compliment our recently renovated, state of–the-art paddle tennis courts. We are currently seeking a Head Platform Tennis Professional to take our program to the next level.
Applicant should be a Certified Platform Tennis Professional who is extremely social, likes to be with the people on the court and in the clubhouse, and wants to be extremely busy! Tremendous potential for the right person to come up with new ideas and create what we hope will be one of the most active, fun and competitive Paddle Tennis programs in the country.
More information about the job opening at the Indian Trail Club9-16-08 This position has been filled
Platform Tennis Hall of Fame to be located in Chatham, NJ
The Platform Tennis Museum and Hall of Fame Foundation (Foundation) announced today that they have reached agreement with the Centercourt Athletic Club (CAC) of Chatham, New Jersey to establish a museum and space for recognition of the sport’s Hall of Fame inductees at the CAC clubhouse. Robert A. Brown of Scarsdale, Chairman of the Foundation, indicated that approximately 500 square feet on the second floor of the Centercourt clubhouse in Chatham would be used to honor Hall of Fame inductees and to display memorabilia of the sport, which was invented in Scarsdale, NY in 1928. full press release about Platform Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum