Level Championships – Singles Stories, Draws and Photos to follow 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 Noll Cup – Handicaps 30-39 – Philadelphia Henry Smith def. Patrick Harris 6-2, 6-2 Consolation Awaiting Confirmation Burke Cup – Handicaps 40-40 – Aiken Awaiting Confirmation Wharton Cup – Handicaps 50-59 – Chicago Drew Oliveira def. Matt Fullerty 1-6, 6-4, 6-5 Consolation Ross Read def. Claire Voegele 8-4 Hickey Cup – Handicaps 60+ – Newport Jeremy Booth def. Christian McCall 6-5, 2-6, 6-1 Consolation Brad Dellenbaugh def. Arthur Horowitz 10-9
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.
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 >
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.
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 >
Helen Grassi won the Ladies Invitational tournament held at Prince’s Court last weekend. Grassi defeated fellow Bostonian Suzy Schwartz in the singles final 6-0, 6-2. The Singles Finalists teamed up to win the Invitational Doubles title over Washington’s Tess Browne and Aiken’s Claire Voegele 6-1, 6-1. Full report and photos to follow.