One would suppose that after thirty-seven years of running an event, the managers would have it down to a science. Well, given the feedback we have received, we can say with a substantial degree of confidence that the 2017 Pell Cup tourney was one of, if not the, best ever. We have just finished a fantastic four days of tennis and parties. Everything was perfect, including the handsome program created by Sheila Reilly; the pelican tiles given to players as a memento; the great cocktail parties at the Club hosted by Social Committee chairwoman Shirley Freitag and her hard-working helpers; the dinner at the Conanicut Yacht Club; and the sumptuous Sunday brunch prepared and served by the team led by Beth Winthrop; There were fantastic donations to the professionals’ prize purse. It is gratifying to be able to reward the hardworking and talented professionals who keep this sport vibrantly alive with their teaching and high-level of play. The 2017 Pell doubles matches were incredibly competitive at all levels. There were many close matches that took well over an hour to finish. The results are listed below. The tournament was fully booked two weeks before it was to start. Players came from far and wide and included new comers to the game as well as experienced veterans. We had many out of town players enjoying Newport and The National Tennis Club itself. There were many compliments regarding the tournament, with competitors saying it was the most fun and well-organized tournament in which they have played. A big thank you to everyone involved in making the 2017 Pell Cup so memorable! Below are the winners in the… Read the Full Story >
by Dawson Lane
By John Lumley We had players from Australia, the UK & the USA all battling it out for the U.S. Nationals U23’s & U26’s titles! In the U23 Singles Erik Barker and Freddie Bristowe had one of the matches of the tournament with Bristowe taking it 5-6 6-5 6-5 to progress him into the semifinals! On the other half of the draw No.1 seed Will Hoskin had his hands full with Pete Dickinson just taking it 6-5 6-5. Pete retrieving out of the corners superbly making Will hit constantly good shots. It was the No.1 vs No.2 seed in the final of the U23’s. Noah Motz off to a quick start was striking the ball with exceptional pace causing Will to make racquet errors giving Noah the first set 6-3. Keen to keep the pressure on Noah kept moving Will round the court and controlling the rallies and took the U23 National Title 6-3 6-2! In the U23 Doubles Ben & Pete Dickinson had a battle against the No.2 Seeds which were Will Hoskin & Freddie Bristowe. Both teams getting lots of balls back made for some exciting rallies with the No.2 seeds taking it 6-5 6-5 to send them into the final. They met the on-form Noah Motz & Erik Barker who took off to a flying start winning the first set 6-0! With Hoskin & Bristowe eager to do better they changed the game plan and started being more aggressive finding themselves at 5 games all. Barker with some great forehand saves from good cut shots kept them in the points where Motz finished the point winning 6-0 6-5 to take the U23… 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.