Fahey Defends Her World Championship

Fahey Defends Her World Championship

Claire Fahey successfully defended her World Championship over her sister Sarah Vigrass 6-0, 6-0. Claire then teamed up with Sarah to win the Ladies World Championship doubles title over Saskia Bollerman and Amanda Avedissian 6-3, 6-0. Report to follow, but in the meantime head to our Ladies World Championship page for full results by clicking here.

US 60s and 70s – Final Results

US 60s and 70s – Final Results

The National Tennis Club hosted the U.S. 60s and 70s Championships – Singles and Doubles – on May 5-7, 2017. Story to follow. Results: US 60s Singles – Greg Van Schaack def. Rowan Carroll 6-5,6-3 US 60s Doubles – Greg Van Schaack & Peter Clement def. Dick Tanfield & Rowan Carroll 6-2,6-4 US 70s Singles – Dick Tanfield def. Jonathan Pardee 6-1,6-0 US 70s Doubles – Tom Rowe & Dick Brickley def. Jonathan Pardee & Alex Walsh 5-6,6-3,6-4   

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 >

Meringoff wins 2017 U.S. Amateur Singles

Meringoff wins 2017 U.S. Amateur Singles

U.S. Amateur Singles Final – Boston – April 23, 2017 By Jeffrey Horine Unseeded Todd Meringoff ousted the second, third and fourth seeded players en route to the United States Amateur singles title, held at Boston’s Tennis & Racquet Club from April 21-23.  Meringoff defeated Jeremy Wintersteen in the final 6/1, 4/6, 6/4, 6/1. In quarterfinal play, Meringoff dispatched second-seeded Patrick Winthrop in straight sets while third-seeded Peter Cipriano outdueled Alex Spence in a thrilling match 6/5 in the third set.  In the other half of the draw, fourth-seeded Wintersteen outlasted Jeffrey Horine in a three set match that lasted nearly two and a half hours while top seeded Will Hopton easily advanced to the semifinals.  In the semifinals, Meringoff controlled the tempo of the match in a straight set victory over Cipriano while marathon-man Wintersteen prevailed over Hopton in another two-plus hour match.

Cherry Blossom ’17 – UPDATED

Cherry Blossom ’17 – UPDATED

by Ryan Carey The Cherry Blossom Doubles ’17 was held at Prince’s Court from April 6th-9th.   This year’s theme was a “game show” theme inspired by the cherry blossom-esque flowers that decorate the set of The Price Is Right. I called upon local guide Matty Ronaldson and went to LA for a taping of The Price Is Right to do some field research a few weeks prior.  We didn’t get chosen to “come on down” but the episode we attended aired on April 6th (click here to watch the episode) and that officially kicked off this year’s Cherry Blossom. We tried to incorporate a few game show elements into the matches.  For instance, instead of spinning a racquet for serve, players competed in a “survey says” style question complete with working buzzers!  Players were also allowed to “Change That Chase” once per match by picking one of three cards that corresponded to a different chase.  Ivan Ronaldson and Chris Aley were the official hosts of our faux game show “Game Set Match ‘17”.

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.

2017 U.S. OPEN

2017 U.S. OPEN

Riviere Wins Fifth Open Singles in a Row by James Zug The 2017 United States Open was a confirmation of greatness. Camden Riviere is world champion and the Open cemented his position as the best tennis player in the world. Outside of world championship matches, Riviere hasn’t lost in a tournament since the finals of the Australian Open in early 2013, more than four years ago. The Racquet Club of Philadelphia hosted the Open, and a wonderful nine days  of socializing on all six floors of the club ensued. The tournament, chaired by Peter Vogt, was ably and smoothly directed by the RCOP pro shop, led by Rob Whitehouse and John Lumley. For those who couldn’t make their way in person to South Sixteenth Street, Ryan Carey offered a brilliant, four-camera, live-scoring live stream of play on the Van Alen Court. In the doubles, the question was whether Tim Chisholm & Riviere could surpass the record for most consecutive Open titles. They were tied at four with two men who knew the Van Alen Court perhaps as well as anyone in its 110-year history, Jimmy Dunn & Bill Vogt who strung their skein together in the mid-1960s. The matches went according to seed. One slight surprise, perhaps, was seeing Chris Chapman & Steve Virgona dispatch Rob Fahey & Nicky Howell in three sets, 6-4, 6-5, 6-1. In the Monday final, Chisholm & Riviere never looked troubled, as they gave up just six games in their three-set victory over Chapman & Virgona. It was the sixth title in a row for Chisholm, and eighth overall, meaning that Chisholm has now set the all-time mark for the U.S.… Read the Full Story >