* 2014 U.S. Under 19 Doubles

The first medals of the 2014/15 season were awarded in Newport on October 12 at the USCTA Under 19 Junior Doubles. Known as the Lieb Cup, in honor of the late John Lieb, the event attracted nine players from Newport and Washington. The weekend began on Friday afternoon with the players participating in a series of drills and practice games. Saturday morning began with a clinic for Tiny Tots. Throughout the summer, Newport has been running a Tot’s clinic for players between four and nine years old. Seven tots participated and then stayed on to watch the “big kids” go through their drills. Footwork, backhands and forehands were the focus of the Saturday morning drills. Match play began after lunch. A series of twenty-minute matches allowed each player to be paired with each other once. Each win was worth a point, with bonus points awarded to the winning team. The top four point finishers would qualify for the A final and the second four would go into the B final. Following play on Saturday, the juniors went out to dinner, followed by ice cream and a trip to the video arcade. It was a perfect end to a long day.  Sunday morning started with more footwork drills, followed by match play. During the lunch break, the players got to ask questions of the pros – Rich and Ricardo – and Newport’s trainee, Chris Aley. After some tough questioning, the players returned to the court for some final drills.  The matches began with a pre-finals singles match between Cash Martin and Chris Aley. A new player with lots of potential, Cash handled himself well on court… Read the Full Story >

* Under 12s & Under 15s

* Under 12s & Under 15s

The Under 12 and Under 15 —singles and double—were played in Newport. Eight juniors from Washington and Newport competed in the weekend event which featured non-stop tennis from start to finish. Erik Barker, age 12, dropped only one game on his way to winning both the Under 12 and under 15 singles titles. Ben Dickinson, age 10, took a game off Barker in the Under 12 final. Barker won the Under 12 Doubles with Ben Dickinson over Tess Browne and Will Harkins. Barker and Browne defeated Ben and Pete Dickinson for the Under 15 Doubles title. The format for the weekend was a series of 15 minute matches, which insured that all players got lots of court time. On court drills, coaching tips from the pros combined with lots of match play led to a remarkable level improvement for all of the players over the weekend. Thanks to Rich Smith and Sergio Lopez for running a great weekend for the juniors. Thanks also to Paul and Robin Harkins for hosting the Saturday night party for the players. And finally, thank you to the late John Lieb for having the foresight to create a junior tennis fund – the Lieb Fund – which funds junior tennis in Newport. Complete Results

* US Pro – RECAP

Camden Riviere captured his fourth consecutive U.S. Professional Singles title (playing for the Schochet Cup) in Newport capping off a spectacular year for the 26 year old lefty from Aiken. Just a year earlier, coming off a long shoulder injury, Riviere surprised everyone, including himself, by winning the 2012 U.S. Pro Singles. Since then, Riviere has compiled an impressive record; winning in 2012 – the French Open Singles, the IRTPA Championships and European Open. He’s kept up the pace in 2013 by adding the National Open, U.S. Open and the U.S. Pro Singles titles. There were two losses along the way – in the semis of the British Open to Rob Fahey and the final of the Australian Open to Steve Virgona – but still, it’s been a great year for Riviere. This year’s Pro Singles attracted many of the top players in what has become one of the most popular tournaments on the pro circuit. Consisting of two draws – the Main Draw and the Satellite – 20 players competed in the week long tournament. The top eight players automatically go into the main draw, while the remaining eight spots are determined by the first round satellite results. The early round matches went as expected with the action picking up in the semifinals. Riviere had a tough five-setter with Bryn Sayers in the first semi. Riviere was playing injured with an over-extended Achilles tendon which he tweaked at two-all in the third set. Down two games to five, Riviere managed to win that set 6/5, despite the fear of putting too much weight on the foot and the fear of further damaging the tendon.… Read the Full Story >

* US Ladies’ RECAP

The 2013 U.S. Ladies’ Open was held in Tuxedo Park on June 14-16. Originally scheduled for November 2012, the tournament had to be postponed due to the long-lasting impact of Hurricane Sandy. The delay, however, was worth the wait as 18 women from Boston, Newport, Tuxedo, Queens Club, Hatfield, Holyport and Oxford were treated to a weekend of great weather and spectacular tennis. In the singles draw, the early rounds went as expected until the quarterfinals. Helen Grassi of Boston played Petra Napolitano of Newport in a 2+ hour match. With a set each, the two players found themselves at 5-all, deuce game, in the third. Five deuce points later, holding the serve and the advantage, Helen played a backhand high on to the tambour. Petra re-directed the ball back to the service end. Helen got to the ball and responded with a backhand cross-court to the nick of the tambour and falling out of Petra’s reach. Game and match to Helen. In the semifinal matches, Karen Hird, the #1 seed from Hatfield defeated Grassi; while Tara Lumley seeded 3, of Holyport, beat the #2 seed, Freddie Adam from Oxford. The final was played on Sunday between Hird and Lumley – the two had recently faced each other in the quarterfinals of the 2013 World Championship in Paris, with Hird taking the match in straight sets. Hird took the first set 6/4 combining consistent accuracy and tight railroads. Lumley fought back to win the second set, 6/4. In the third set, Lumley with a two-handed backhand and a vicious cross court volley return of serve, took an early lead and never looked back. She took… Read the Full Story >