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.
2017 U.S. Junior Handicap Results Prince’s Court U13- Jakob Bregenhoj def. Avi Fruman 10-9 U15 – Lydia Danas def. Robert Chitic 10-4 U17 – Keawe Johnson def. Eddie Johnson 10-7 U19 – Dawson Chisholm def. Michael Haley 10-5 There were eighteen entries in this year’s event at Prince’s Court. Newport’s Jakob Bregenhoj took the U13 final in a nail biter, 10/9 against Avi Fruman despite losing 6/1 when they played in the round robin two days earlier. In the U15s, the group tiebreakers came down to game difference and a Prince’s Court final in which Lydia Danas overcame her 6/1 loss the night before to Robert Chitic by dominating the service end for a 10/4 victory. Theo Yanuzzi and Caio Rodolfo from Tuxedo both won a round robin match each but it wasn’t enough to stop the two brothers, Eddie and Keawe Johnson storming through to the final. Eddie didn’t quite know how to handle Keawe’s never ending barrage of Caterpillars and the final went 10/7 to Keawe. Philadelphia’s rising star, Michael Haley put up a valiant effort in the U19s but the rapidly improving Dawson Chisholm had clearly been spending some time improving on his dad’s game. Not often do we see cut volley’s like that from handicap 50 players. Dawson won the U19 final 10/5. A special thank you to Temple and Ellie Grassi for their fantastic support of the event and the USCTA junior program. A wonderful time was had by all.
The first match of the tournament saw Elizabeth Browning play Kim Kilgore. First set Elizabeth use the home court advantage and win the first set 6-2. Kim fought back in the second set to take it to 5 games all but Elizabeth held on with some great serving to take the final game. It was fantastic to see Katya Johnson out there with such a good attitude playing so well at such a young age but Kathy showed her experience and won to take her spot in the Quarter finals. Tess Browne another youngster played superbly to get the win over Mary Livingston to meet Claire Fahey in the Quarters. All the Quarter final matches went to seeding and Claire Fahey was too strong and secured her place in the final. The second semi of the day found Tara & Penny Lumley battling it out. Tara playing well and retrieving superbly took the first set 6-3. Penny took a lead in the second set with her returning and length game going 4-3 up and then 5-4 up but Tara eager not to let it go to a third set played some great Tennis to get the victory 6-3 6-5. Claire Fahey playing great Tennis was too much for Tara in the first set taking it 6-0. Tara had a flurry of good balls and serving to take one game in the middle of the second set but Claire too consistent won the 2016-17 Ladies U.S. Open 6-0 6-1. In the doubles it was pretty straight forward for the number 1 & 2 seeds who met in the final. Tara & Penny came out firing in… Read the Full Story >