THE CHERRY BLOSSOM DOUBLES ‘18 By Ryan Carey As always, we theme the Cherry Blossom to the current year, which is “18”, but we decided to also have the sport of Jai Alai as a focus of the weekend. Jai Alai is the North American version of the game of Basque Pelota. Basque Pelota is a cousin of Court Tennis, and, just like Court Tennis, it was originally played in a courtyard with handball and paddle variations. However, in the mid-1800s, a curved basket with a sewn glove evolved as the equipment of choice and quickly became the popular style of play in the Basque Country. One of the main reasons I started to play Court Tennis was because the court reminded me of a Jai Alai court. When I was in high school in CT, I used to sneak into Milford Jai Alai with my friends, granted it was initially to drink beer, but we quickly became captivated by the game. Jai Alai is played in a round robin format where there are 8 players/pairs per game who make up post positions 1-8. It is a sport that you bet on, similar to horse racing, and so there is Win, Place and Show. As such, this year’s Cherry Blossom would be a fight for 1st, 2nd and 3rd on (April)4 5th/6th/7th and 8th. Dania Jai Alai, in Dania, FL, is one of the few frontons left in the U.S. where Jai Alai is still played. #18 on Dania’s roster is a player named “Chasio”, and upon seeing that, it very much looked to me like a Basque version of the word “chase”. I took… Read the Full Story >
Prested Hall has sent us the following information in advance of Legs & 3 of the FInal Eliminator: Final Eliminator at Prested Hall – Legs 2 & 3 – Wednesday 7th & Friday 9th March – 6.30pm start 1st Leg Result : Rob Fahey bt Steve Virgona 4/6 6/4 6/3 6/1 (in Chicago) Rob now needs to win 1 more match to earn the right to Challenge for the World Championship in April. Steve needs to win the next 2 matches to secure his place. Please see below how you can follow the results/score/Live stream for this event. 1) Prested will be using the public scoreboard on www.chaseone.co.uk, so everyone can follow the score live online 2) Twitter updates will also be available for game by game updates – @PrestedRT 3) Prested are going to attempt LIVE STREAMING via ‘Facebook Live’. We can’t guarantee the quality of this, as are totally dependent on wifi signal/strength but please do keep this in mind as an option to watch the match. A combination of this and one of the above might work well! Team Fahey will be streaming ‘Facebook Live’ from their page : www.facebook.com/TeamFaheyRealTennis/
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.