The Racquet Club of Philadelphia was proud to host the 2014 Noll Cup for players with handicaps between 30 and 39 this past weekend. Twelve players competed over the weekend which featured a number of highly competitive matches.
Dick Tanfield benefitted from a home court advantage coupled with strong serving to make his way to the final. Geoff Ellis had an epic quarterfinal match against Tom Pickin winning 6-5 in the third set. Ellis played a good semifinal against Matt Fraidin with a 6-4, 6-5 win to secure his spot in the final. Ellis got off to a strong start in the final winning the first set 6-2. He was up 5-3 in the second set, but Tanfield fought back, saving two match points, to win 6-5. It was nip and tuck all the way in the third set then Tanfield took the lead 5-4. Ellis, though, won the next two games to take the set and the Noll Cup.
Pickin played Bruce Katz in the final of the back draw. The match was even until Katz pulled ahead 9-7, but Pickin wasn’t going down without a fight —coming from behind to win 10-9. It was a great match with both players using all possible targets on the court.