HRH – REAL TENNIS TOUR – USA 2018 – COVERAGE

HRH – REAL TENNIS TOUR – USA 2018 – COVERAGE

COVERAGE OF THE TOUR – Click on the City/Location Philadelphia Georgian Court University Aiken ABOUT THE TOUR HRH The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex’s Tennis Challenge USA 2018 is nearly upon us! He will be playing all ten U.S. Court Tennis courts from Sept. 11-Sept. 21. As part of his support of USCTA, the prince will also be visiting Daniel Island Club, the site of a new court tennis court in the U.S. for a fundraising event benefiting the U.S. Court Tennis Preservation Foundation. There are still exciting opportunities to watch HRH play against fellow club members and enjoy refreshments, lunches, or in some locations, cocktail receptions. Tickets are available online at www.usaward.org September 11 – Prince’s Court, Washington DC International Tennis Club September 12 – The Racquet Club of Philadelphia September 13 – Georgian Court University September 14 – The Racquet Club of Chicago September 17 – Aiken Tennis Club September 18 – The Tennis and Racquet Club, Boston September 19 – The National Tennis Club, Newport September 20 – The Tuxedo Club and The Racquet and Tennis Club, Manhattan, west court September 21 – The Racquet and Tennis Club, Manhattan, east court There will be several opportunities for bidders to win custom Tennis Challenge autographed Gray’s racquets bearing the royal cipher. The U.S. leg is part of a worldwide tour in support of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award USA as well as the USCTA. HRH played court tennis while earning his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. Donations are tax deductible. We look forward to seeing you as you join His Royal Highness in support of the Award and of the USCTA. For further… Read the Full Story >

2018 Pell Cup – Final Results, Draws, Program & Photos

2018 Pell Cup – Final Results, Draws, Program & Photos

It would be hard to imagine that the 2018 Pell Cup would be larger than last year’s event – but it exceeded it by two teams and seven more matches which added at least seven extra hours of court time! We were very pleased to welcome Nick Wood back, coming all the way from Hampton Court Palace, UK along with his partner, Josh Smith, playing in the Open Division. We were also joined by Zac Smart, Trainee Professional at Prested Hall, for the first time who played with our very own Summer Trainee, Pete Dickinson, competing in the B division. This Pell Cup was a great success with terrifically close and exciting matches being watched by a packed Pro-Shop and Dedans of over 60 strong. The prize fund for the Professionals is entirely made up of donations from members and players to whom I can’t thank enough for once again being so generous.  This encourages players from all over the country (and world!) to come and play, thus making it a more competitive and exciting event. This support is crucial in providing the top-class doubles matches which were played and enjoyed by all.  You might even find you play better after watching these matches, so keep on supporting us – your cheers go a long way on an extremely hot court. The social programs, including a dinner with magic show, were enthusiastically received. All in all, the 2018 Pell Cup tournament was a fitting successor in the long line of the NTC’s signature event. 2018 Pell Cup Final Results Open Divison – Gooding/Lumley def Howell/Smart 6-2,6-2 A Division – Crowell/Cipriano def. Winthrop/Cook 5-6,6-3,6-4 B Division… Read the Full Story >

2018 U.S. Mixed Doubles

2018 U.S. Mixed Doubles

Tuxedo hosted the 2018 U.S. Amateur Mixed Doubles. Will Hopton and Xanthe Ranger defeated Pat Winthrop and Phoebe Livingston. The score was 4-6,6-2,6-1. Rich Mueller and Jeannie Heffernan won the back draw over Dan Laukitis and Mary Livingston.

2018 US U19 Doubles – Lieb Cup – and Parent/Child

2018 US U19 Doubles – Lieb Cup – and Parent/Child

The Racquet Club of Philadelphia was pleased to host the U.S. Junior Doubles U19 Lieb Cup, U17 and U15 in conjunction with the National Parent Child. The field consisted of twelve juniors ranging from 14 to 18 years old, so the RC Proshop had every player in the U19 division where each player partnered with each other. The format was terrific for all players getting a huge amount of court time and match experience. The field consisted of seven Philadelphians (Spencer Yager, Jack Cassidy, Ben Sheridan, Jack Whitehouse, Asher Ricci, Michael Harrity and Reid Kleinman) two Tuxedo Parkers (Bob Wang and Dawson Chisholm) two Washingtonians (Wylie Courson and Owen Caputo) and one New Jersian Sebastian St- Laurent. We started the event off bright and early on Saturday morning with a clinic with the focus of getting everyone to focus on racquet preparation and slowing down their swings. It was great to see all players especially newbies to game figuring out the swing. The round robin started at 9am and the match experience was essential for the beginners to get their feet wet in some match exposure. The top two players in each division came through to play in the final of the Lieb Cup. In Box 1 Spencer Yager and Bob Wang came through and Dawson Chisholm and Michael Harrity came through on Box 2. Wang & Chisholm familiar with each other looked like they were the team to beat, but Yager and Harrity played extremely well to take the final 6/3, 6/2. Harrity with a good squash and lawn tennis background showed great ability to get the ball over the net. All four players… Read the Full Story >

2018 U23, U26 National Championships

2018 U23, U26 National Championships

by Ivan Ronaldson What a great turnout this year. Fifteen entries, six of whom were in serious contention for gold medals in the main events. Friday’s A division matches were all nail-biters, going three sets in the singles and 9-8, 9-7, or 9-6 in the doubles. Philly’s rapidly improving Henry Smith (Henry’s handicap has dropped 20 points in the last year) beat out one of the home favorites, Noah Motz, 1-6 6-5 3-6. Erik Barker dropped the first set 5-6 to Philly’s Spencer Yager before storming back 6-1 6-2. Boston’s Ben Hudson had some trouble with Spencer Yager as well. Ben dropped the first set 6-2, before getting used to the new balls and glass wall, taking the 2nd and 3rd sets 6-1 6-1. For those of you who haven’t seen Spencer or Henry play, these chaps are national level Squash players who are going to be low teen court tennis players soon! Saturday saw Barker beat Smith 6-2 6-3, and Motz beat Hudson 6-1 6-2 both in the U26 semis. The home club favorites had settled down into their usual styles. Erik covered the court like a carpet, an iron-willed terrier, retrieving everything. Weapons-hot Noah was just as quick and harder hitting. In the U23 Singles final Henry Smith got another shot at Erik but the same result. Erik took the gold 6-3 6-4. U26 Doubles Final saw fantastic volleying from Barker and Hudson; the Tomahawk missile forces from Chase Motz and his cousin Noah could not quite break through. Barker/Hudson won 5-6 6-2 6-1. Two finals left to play on Sunday. In the U23 Doubles Yager/Smith came back from 5-0 down against Barker/Motz… Read the Full Story >

2018 Spring Invitational

2018 Spring Invitational

The fourth annual Spring Invitational and Pro-Am was hosted by the Racquet and Tennis Club May 3rd to 6th.  Sixteen players competed in the Main Draw, of which eight were professionals and eight were amateurs. Shep Skiff and Matt Mackin won the two Qualifier spots that took place Wednesday and Thursday, and included Manek Mathur, Eric Bedel, Phil Stockton and Dylan Patterson, all representing New York. Top professionals included Rob Whitehouse (Philadelphia), James Asher (Philadelphia), Barney Tanfield (New York), Adrian Kemp (New York), Tony Hollins (Boston), Leon Smart (Boston), Josh Dodgson (Tuxedo) and Neil Smith (New York).  The other six amateurs in the Main Draw were Jon Crowell and Henry Smith from Philadelphia, and Tom McGinnis, Will Thompson, Ben Stein and Zach Sacks all representing New York. The event was generously supported by over eighty Racquet and Tennis Club members. The Pro-Am draw consisted of ten teams and was won by Ian Highet and Neil Smith in a closely contested final (10-7) over Temple Grassi and Manek Mathur. The Spring Invitational Main Draw started on Thursday evening with a U.S. Court Tennis Preservation Foundation co-sponsored cocktail party in the Pell Room and two Round of 16 matches, Jon Crowell advanced over Zach Sacks (6-1, 6-0) and Ben Stein advanced over Neil Smith (6-4, 6-4). Friday morning play started at 10:00am with number 1 seed Barney Tanfield advancing over Henry Smith, the Ed Noll Fellowship recipient from Philadelphia. Tony Hollins advanced over Shep Skiff (6-1, 6-3) and Josh Dodgson advanced over James Asher (6-0, 6-1). In the afternoon matches, number 4 seed Adrian Kemp advanced over Matt Mackin (6-2, 6-1), Tom McGinnis advanced over Rob Whitehouse… Read the Full Story >

R.D. Sears Cup

R.D. Sears Cup

Last month the Tennis and Racquet Club hosted another edition of it’s flagship event, the Sears Cup. There were upward of 150 matches played, spread over the three sports (court tennis, racquets, and squash). Alongside the athletics the participants and members enjoyed a Saturday evening 1920’s themed shin dig featuring the Gatsby Gang Jazz Band. Thanks to all the participants who travelled from near and far to take part. Also a big shout out to the social committee of Brittany Miller, Phil Rimmler, and Harris Rosenheim, the T&R Staff and everyone who helped pulled off another fun weekend at the T&R. Click here for the draws

2018 U.S. 40s

2018 U.S. 40s

The Racquet Club of Chicago proudly hosted the 2018 U.S. 40s Singles and Doubles from May 11-13. The tournament was very evenly matched with the top seven players in the draw within 4 handicap points of each other and winning would come down to who performed at their best in the pivotal moments. Ryan Carey was in dominant form from the start as he dispatched British hopeful Nick Browne 6-5, 6-2. Carey followed that up by beating the in-form local, Max Drake, by the same score line. The wide-open bottom half of the draw featured excellent matches. In one first-round match, Frederika Adam squared off against Jack Brown. The match, which was played to a very high level, ended with the slightly steadier Frederika emerging victorious 6-5, 6-4. In another strong first-round match, Greg Van Schaack was drawn against Chicago’s Rowan Carroll. The match didn’t disappoint as both players showed great court coverage and accuracy with their shots. Rowan came out of the blocks a little quicker, controlled the service end and won the set first 6-3. Greg began to reacquaint himself with the court early in the match and, in doing so,  regained his lethal return of serve.  This allowed Greg to continually set short chases during which he found a good length on his serve.  This combination lead to a come-from behind 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory. The semi-final between Frederika Adam and  Greg Van Schaack was the match of the tournament with wonderful athleticism interspersed with excellent shot-making and retrieving. Frederika managed to save 3 match points before finally winning 6-1, 4-6, 6-5. Ryan Carey was at his absolute best in the final… Read the Full Story >