The T&R hosted the Jimmy Knott Memorial Singles; an event formerly known as the Boston A Invitational that was renamed in 1996 the year after Jimmy Knott won the event and passed away. This year’s event saw a slightly different format, with the tournament adopting a round robin style event. This meant that the players were guaranteed at least 3 competitive matches to help build match toughness as we move into the season. We were treated to some incredibly close matches with notable breakout performances from young up and comers, Ben Hudson and Pete Dickinson. On paper, Ben was the highest handicap player in his group of 4 but that did not stop him ending with a 2 – 1 record, only narrowly being edged out by top seed Jeremy Wintersteen in a close three-set match. Both players are products of the USCTA / USCTPF player development initiatives and it is great to see these efforts coming to fruition. Philip Stockton also held himself extremely well with a barn burner of a victory of Matt Breuer, 6/5 5/6 6/5, before giving the #2 seed, Alex Spence, a good scare by securing the first set in their showdown, 6/1; Alex managed to come through the battle in three sets but not without heavy resistance from Phil. After the group stages, four players emerged from their boxes with the first semi-final featuring #2 seed, Alex Spence taking on group 3 winner, David Tedeschi. These players have had several tight matches in the past and Alex, very aware of this, came out swinging, hitting every and any target presented to him. On this day, the onslaught was too much for… Read the Full Story >
Photo: From left to right: Dan DiBartolomeo Northfield Information Services, Presenting Sponsor, Rob Fahey Runner Up, Mike Gooding Head Professional, Camden Riviere Champion, Suzie Schochet Founding Sponsor, John Murphy National Tennis Club President. Camden Riviere defeated Rob Fahey 5-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 to win his eighth straight U.S. Pro Singles playing for the Schochet Cup title. Barney Tanfield defeated Darren Long 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 to win the U.S. Pro Singles Satellite title. Amy Wintersteen/CJ White won the Pro/Am title 6-5 over Carey/J. Howell. Full report to follow, but in the meantime go to our 2017 Pro Singles page to see results, full draw and links to the matches on our YouTube channel by clicking here.
Claire Fahey successfully defended her World Championship over her sister Sarah Vigrass 6-0, 6-0. Claire then teamed up with Sarah to win the Ladies World Championship doubles title over Saskia Bollerman and Amanda Avedissian 6-3, 6-0. Report to follow, but in the meantime head to our Ladies World Championship page for full results by clicking here.
by Lex Miron The third annual Spring Invitational and Pro-Am was hosted by the Racquet & Tennis Club May 4th-7th. Twenty players competed, of which twelve were professionals and eight were amateurs. The top four seeds were Josh Dodgson (Tuxedo), Barney Tanfield (New York), Adrian Kemp (New York) and Leon Smart (Boston). Other top professionals included James Asher (Philadelphia), Neil Smith (New York), Rob Whitehouse (Philadelphia), Chris Aley (Washington), John Woods-Casey (Melbourne), Manek Mathur (New York) and Eric Bedell (New York). The competing amateurs were Morris Clothier, Tom McGinnis, Shep Skiff, Peter Cipriano, Dylan Patterson and Zack Sacks, all representing New York. There was tremendous support by numerous USCTA Members through both donations and Pro Am participation. The Pro Am field of eleven was won by Chris Oberbeck and James Asher in a closely contested final over Luis Rinaldini and Leon Smart. The Spring Invitational began on Thursday evening with a flurry of matches. There were strong performances from Morris Clothier, who pushed Josh Dodgson to 3 sets; and Zack Sacks who took the first set from Barney Tanfield before the R&TC Head Pro found his rhythm and eased through. Tom McGinnis won a tightly fought contest against Asher, whilst Kemp, Smart, Cipriano, and Woods-Casey all won in straight sets. In the Quarter-Finals, Dodgson prevailed over Tom McGinnis in straight sets, after a tremendously close and hard fought opening set. Kemp defeated Neil Smith after dropping the middle set. Smart defeated Cipriano and Tanfield defeated Woods-Casey in straight sets. The final four were consistent with seedings in the event. On his home court in front of a packed dedans, Adrian Kemp went shot for shot… Read the Full Story >
by Ryan Carey The Cherry Blossom Doubles ’17 was held at Prince’s Court from April 6th-9th. This year’s theme was a “game show” theme inspired by the cherry blossom-esque flowers that decorate the set of The Price Is Right. I called upon local guide Matty Ronaldson and went to LA for a taping of The Price Is Right to do some field research a few weeks prior. We didn’t get chosen to “come on down” but the episode we attended aired on April 6th (click here to watch the episode) and that officially kicked off this year’s Cherry Blossom. We tried to incorporate a few game show elements into the matches. For instance, instead of spinning a racquet for serve, players competed in a “survey says” style question complete with working buzzers! Players were also allowed to “Change That Chase” once per match by picking one of three cards that corresponded to a different chase. Ivan Ronaldson and Chris Aley were the official hosts of our faux game show “Game Set Match ‘17”.