Final Eliminator – Leg 2 & 3 Information

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/

2018 Level Championships

2018 Level Championships

Level Championships – Singles Greevy Cup – Handicaps 20-29 – Washington Erik Barker def. Noah Motz 6-4, 3-6, 6-5 Consolation Dan Sternberg def. Vu Hoang 6-1, 6-0 By Chris Aley Princes Court hosted the 2018 Greevy Cup from January 2nd to January 4th. The level singles tournament for players with a handicap between 20-29 attracted a draw of 11 players, and we were happy to welcome members of the New York Racquet Club, and from the Aiken Tennis Club. We ran the tournament alongside a Plate Draw, ensuring all players had the opportunity of a full weekends tennis! Our top two seeds were Noah Motz, and Erik Barker, both players with bright futures in the game, with Noah being 19 years old and Erik being just 16 years old. True to seedings, both players reached the final, and played out what was surely the most exciting match of the tournament, with Erik prevailing 6-5 in the third set! (6-4 3-6-5) – hard luck to Noah, but we’re certain they’ll be playing out another final in the near future! Dan Sternberg won the plate draw, beating Vu Hoang in the final, both players played some excellent tennis to reach the final. Many thanks for all who entered the event, and helped make it the fun, highly contested tournament we had hoped for. Noll Cup – Handicaps 30-39 – Philadelphia Henry Smith def. Patrick Harris 6-2, 6-2 Consolation Charlie Michele def. Matt Churchill 8-3   By John Lumley We had a huge turnout for the 2018 Noll Cup with 23 entrances. Players travelled from New York, Tuxedo, Aiken & Washington to battle it out for the 30-39 Championships here… Read the Full Story >

Calhoun Witham

Sixteen teams battled it out in the 2017 Calhoun Witham Doubles Tournament hosted by the Aiken Tennis Club November 2-5. Four former championship teams, eight visiting players from Great Britain, Newport, Washington D.C., Boston and New York competed in two divisions for the title. The tournament was very capably marked by visiting pro – Leon Smart – and Aiken’s Trey Bogue. After thirty-two matches had been played, the Division I trophy was lifted by a left-handed Ryan Carey and his partner Dana Kopald by defeating the team of Cheryl Glance and Claire Voegele. The Division II title was won by Morgan Purvis and Sawyer Duncan over the team of Charles Bostwick and George Handy III. Out of town players were housed with members of the Aiken Tennis Club and all were treated to a Thursday night Oyster Night, Cocktails and Tennis on Friday and the Witham Dinner on Saturday night. Betty Witham and family graciously hosted Sunday brunch. Thanks to club members – Dan Mayfield for organizing the housing and Robert and Cheryl Glance for the outstanding food.  

2017 Northrop Knox

2017 Northrop Knox

By Mit Carothers, Tennis Chair Ten teams entered the 2017 Northrop Knox Tournament at the Aiken Tennis Club. Play began on Thursday April 13 with the finals on Easter Sunday April 16th. The entrants included the defending champions, previous winners and a mix of local and out of town players anxious to hoist the trophy. In addition to the doubles tournament, this year’s version also contained a singles competition. Three brackets began play Thursday evening to determine Sunday mornings semifinalists with the 4th semifinalist chosen from the rest of the field. In Bracket A, the defending champions, Rakesh Jasani/Jason Mengel went through by defeating the teams of Bob Cook/Brian Owens and Morgan Purvis/Sawyer Duncan. Bracket B saw both the teams of Michael Sullivan/Silas Anthony and Geoff Ellis/Anders Cohen advance at the expense of the team of Brian Halterman/Dan Villiers. And in Bracket C, the teams of Ryan Carey/Gary Swantner, Charles Bostwick/Greg Van Schaack, Tiger Riviere/Bauer Vaughters and Jason Rabun/Vaughn Massie battled to the end before former champions Ryan Carey/Gary Swantner became the 4th semifinalist. It should be noted that the team of Jason Rabun/Vaughn Massie assumed a 35 handicap and played well below theirs in missing out on being the 4th semifinalist by the narrowest of margins. The first semifinal saw the defending champions Jasani/Mengel take on last year’s finalist Michael Sullivan and his partner Silas Anthony. Sullivan/Anthony took the first set to see Jasani/Mengel come back to take the second. This set up a third full set that saw Jasani/Mengel down 40-love at 4 all and again at 4 games to 5 before finding a way to complete the win 6-5 in the third.… Read the Full Story >

Bartlett wins Anne Boleyn

Bartlett wins Anne Boleyn

by Tony Hollins This year’s Anne Boleyn was hosted by the Tennis & Racquet Club – Boston. We had a large draw of 16 ladies sign up; the welcoming handicapped format meant that some of these ladies were brand new to the game, only having played a handful of times. There were some stand out performances from newcomers Emma Haley, Olenka Olesnycky, Alex Post and Maura Imel, all coming from strong racquet sports backgrounds and battling with success in their first Court Tennis event. Suzy Schwartz had an extremely close match in the Semi Finals eventually succumbing to the large handicap of her opponent, 8 games to 7. The T&R’s Lizzie Pingpank had a fantastic weekend making a run all the way to the finals. Sarah Bartlett, this year’s champion, turned this into an international event, coming all the way from Ballarat, Australia, to win the tournament. This was a fantastic weekend of tennis played in great spirits. Well done to all who participated and thanks to Matt and Magda Mitchell for their help organizing the event.

U.S. 50s

U.S. 50s

by John Lumley We had a fantastic draw for this year’s U.S. 50’s hosted by the Racquet Club of Philadelphia. Special shout out to John Prenn & Alexander Anton that came over from the UK to play. Friday’s matches saw the seeding to plan and the match of the day was between John Madzin & Sewall Hodges. Madzin took the first set 6-5 after being 5-2 up. Hodges fought back with some lovely control and serving to take the second set 6-5. Tied at 1 set all Madzin used his experience and length to put Hodges under too much pressure and took the final set 6-4. Saturday morning saw an interesting match in the doubles with Cohen & Tanfield taking the first set against Van Schaack & Clement 6-1. Van Schaack & Clement had other ideas in the second set and fought back to take it 6-1, tied at 1 set all Cohen & Tanfield stuck to the game plan and with some superb volleys took the final set 6-5! With Soffer & Prenn both playing great Tennis they worked their way through the pack to meet each other in the final of the singles. Prenn started strong taking an early lead in the first set and kept the foot on the gas to take it 6-0. Soffer eager to get back into the match tied it up at 1 game all in the second but Prenn with his great pace off the forehand and backhand side kept the pressure on and didn’t let up. He stormed to a 4-1 lead where Soffer found a few good serves and put some nice volleys away to… Read the Full Story >