U.S. Amateur Doubles
Racquet Club of Chicago
Winthrop/Cook def. Miron/Cipriano 6-5, 6-2, 5-6, 6-4
Recap by Steve Virgona
The Racquet Club of Chicago proudly hosted the U.S. Amateur Doubles Tournament from March 16 – 19, 2017.
The event coincided with the Rackets U.S. Amateur Singles and Doubles Tournaments.
By having all three events simultaneously, the size and depth of each draw was enhanced significantly. In order to provide guests and members with further opportunity to play tennis, the Racquet Club also hosted a Handicap Doubles Tournament.
The early rounds of the Amateur Doubles went according to seeding with the top 4 making it through to the semi-finals. They consisted of two fantastic, high-level matches played in front of a packed gallery during the cocktail party.
The first semi-final saw the #1 seeds, Ben Cook and Pat Winthrop, take on the #4 seeds from Philadelphia, Jon Crowell and Mike Noll. Both teams came out strongly forcing the ball and finding their targets. In the end, some slightly more consistent play and control of the service end helped Ben and Pat prevail in straight sets 6/3, 6/3.
The second semi-final matchup featured the #2 and #3 seeds. Will Hopton and James Coyne from England squared off against the New York pair of Lex Miron and Peter Cipriano. The steady, methodical play of the New York pair proved successful as they managed to win a close match 6/3-6/4.
The final pitted the aggressive net play of the Cook/Winthrop combination against the accurate and steady play of Miron/Cipriano. The match started well for Lex and Peter as they combined some tight serving, accurate forcing and good cut shots to jump out to a 5/3 lead. But, Ben and Pat saved multiple set points and clawed back to win the first set 6/5.
As with most finals, the first set can prove pivotal. With a renewed sense of aggression, Cook and Winthrop went on and won the second set convincingly 6/2.
The Miron/Cipriano combination then managed to produce their best tennis of the event in winning a tight 3rd set 6/5. Not wanting a 5th set Ben and Pat then raised their game to another level in jumping out to a 5/2 lead in the fourth set. That lead proved enough as after a fantastic three-hour battle, they then closed out the match 6/4.
The Handicap doubles was won by Trout Kinney and Chapin Lee who defeated Parker Pearson and Nick Eugenio in a well-played final 8/6.
Thank you to the Racquet Club and the Athletic Committee for their support, and to the Chef for the wonderful Tournament dinner and Sunday Brunch Buffett.
Also, a huge thanks to John Cashman and Conor Medlow for their help throughout the weekend.
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2017 Percy Cup
by John Lumley
With another sold out Percy Cup, eight teams descended upon Philadelphia to try and win the coveted title! New York the defending champions fielded two teams along with Philadelphia fielding two teams. Tuxedo, Washington, Newport and Aiken all had teams in as well.
Friday’s play kicked off at 11am heading well into the night finishing at 11pm! This saw Philadelphia 2 take a convincing victory over Aiken to start off strong on the campaign to take the title. Tuxedo played some great tennis is all of their three pairs to take a clean sweep over Newport. Philadelphia 2 had their second match of the day as the last match of the day. This saw another win putting Philadelphia 2 in prime location to make the finals. New York 1 had a tough first match against Newport but managed to sneak through 2-1.
Saturday morning fast approached with an 8am start for New York 2 vs Washington. Washington took a clean sweep winning all three of the matches. With results pouring in all day it looked like Tuxedo were pulling away towards making the finals. Newport vs Aiken was the early evening match and proved to be maybe the closest match all weekend. Minevitz & Hodges took the final point over Glance & Rabun 8/7 and then Aiken struck back with Glance & Ellis winning the final point in their match to take it 7/6!
With Philadelphia 2 safely into the finals it was a race between Philadelphia 1 & Tuxedo to see who would make it to the final. Tuxedo were in prime position going into the last match against New York 2. NY2 took the first match 8/7 in a nail bitter, the second string got the win 8/6 for Tuxedo and NY2 played some great Tennis in the final pair to win the match 8/3. This left a little gap for Philadelphia 1 but they needed to win every match with the 8 games. Vogt & Gorsen played very smart Tennis and took the first match vs Washington 8/3. Andrew Dick & Standish won 8/5 again playing good Tennis. It all came down to Sader & Auerbach where they found themselves at 7 games all! Clark & Kubasik still looked calm and collected and with some great returns of serves took the match 8/7 to keep Philadelphia 1 out of the final!
Rob Armstrong & Anders Cohen vs John Edwards & John Beam was the first match of the final. Beam & Edwards came out the gate strong and took the first set 6/4. Cohen found length on his serves & Armstrong’s retrieval was on point to bring them back and take the second set 6/3. Tied at 1 set all we started at 3 game all in the third. Of course it went the distance and the crowd were on the edge of there seats at 5 games all. Edwards was clinical in this final game and took the first rubber for Tuxedo 6/4 3/6 6/5!
The second match to go on was the 3rd string players of David Caldwell & John Schellenberg for Philadelphia vs James Shaver & Claire Voegele for Tuxedo. Caldwell running everything down and Schellenberg with some fantastic volleys gave them an early lead but Shaver controlling the ball and Voegele bring a variety of great length and good pace off the backhand volley bought it back to 5 games all. Caldwell had a little word to Schellenberg and both players were suddenly on fire and won the next three games to take the match 8/5 and bring the match to 1 rubber all.
It all came down to the last match to determine who would take home the trophy. Schuyler Wickes & John Iole for Philadelphia vs Charlie Michele & George Ughetta for Tuxedo. The first set was extremely tight all the way to 5 games all. Michele brining some serious heat at big points and Ughetta defending the Grille superbly managed to take the first set 6/5. The kept up the momentum and with Wickes trying all different types of angles & boasts to get them out of the groove it wasn’t enough. Tuxedo won the final match 6/5 6/1 and won the match 2-1 in rubbers to take home the 2017 Percy Cup!
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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.
The 2017 National Level Single Championships – the Super Bowl of tennis – were held on Super Bowl weekend. Sixty-eight players entered the five divisions – Greevy Cup (handicaps 20-29) – Chicago, Noll Cup (handicaps 30-39) – Philadelphia, Burke Cup (handicaps 40-49) –Tuxedo, Wharton Cup (handicaps 50-59) – Newport and Hickey Cup (handicaps 60+) – Washington.
- Greevy Cup – Marty Kinsella def. Peter Hill 6-1,6-2
- Noll Cup – Morgan Purvis def. Ben Hudson 6-5,6-4
- Burke Cup – Spencer Feldman def. Rich Mueller 6-3,5-6,6-0
- Wharton Cup – Michael Hill def. Drew Oliveira 6-4,5-6,6-4
- Hickey Cup – Arthur Horowitz def. Lucas Garvin 2-6,6-5,6-4
For complete draws, photos and stories follow the link: 2017 Level Championships
Lakewood, N.J., February 17, 2017—Georgian Court University will host a court tennis exhibition match on Thursday, February 23, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the Casino building on GCU’s historic Lakewood campus. The match will pit Camden Riviere, GCU’s newest pro and the current men’s world champion and men’s doubles world champion (world ranked #1) against John Lumley, assistant professional at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia (world ranked #11). The match is open to the GCU campus community and members of the media.
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By Jeremy Wintersteen
15 U.S. players travelled to Australia to compete in the 2017 Masters Team and Individual tournaments. These international competitions are held every two years and are for players 50 years and older.
On behalf of the USCTA, thank you to all those who made the trip down under to represent your country and compete in the individuals. Below is a list of our players, their home clubs, and the tournaments they played in.
Bill Barker (ITCW) – Cockram, 50’s singles, 50’s doubles (finalist)
Dick Brickley (T&R) – Danby
Vern Cassin (Radley) – Danby
Anders Cohen (GCU) – Cockram, 50’s singles, 50’s doubles
Max Drake (RCC) – Cockram, 50’s singles, 50’s doubles
Arthur Drane (T&R) – Bostwick
Steve Hufford (ITCW) – Cockram, Bostwick, 60’s singles, 60’s doubles
Alan McHugh (TUX) – Cockram
Howard McMorris (R&T) – Danby, 65’s doubles, 70’s doubles
Jonathan Pardee (NTC) – Danby, 70’s singles, 70’s doubles
Tom Rowe (NTC) – Danby, 70’s doubles
Dick Tanfield (RCOP) – Danby, 65’s singles, 65’s doubles, 70’s singles (finalist), 70’s doubles
Peter Vogt (RCOP) – Cockram, Bostwick, 60’s singles, 60’s doubles
Alex Walsh (NTC) – Danby, 70’s doubles
Arthur Whitcomb (R&T) – Cockram, 50’s singles, 50’s doubles
by Henry Turnbull
The 2017 World Championships were held at the Royal Melbourne Tennis club between the 16th and 29th January. The events are singles and doubles for players over the age 50, 55, 60, 65, 70 & 75. All matches are best of three sets off scratch.
Overall, 68 players from Great Britain, US, Australia and France participated with a total of 162 entries. Best placed US representative was Dick Tanfield (Racquet Club of Philadelphia) who was runner-up in the 70 singles in a hard fought match with John East from Great Britain. (Full results will be available shortly on the National Associations’ web sites.)
The location at the Melbourne Club, a purpose built court tennis club with two courts, provided a fantastic venue for the tournament with freely flowing hospitality and camaraderie. In addition, the Club is situated near to Rod Laver Arena so many players took advantage of the ready access to the Australian Lawn Tennis Open. An excellent time was had by all.
The next World Masters is scheduled to be played in the USA in 2019.
USA lost to Australia 4-1
- J.Emery & F. Kininmonth (AUS) def. P.Vogt & A.Whitcomb (USA) 6-2, 6-3
- G.Bradfield (AUS) def. S.Hufford (USA) 6-5, 4-6, 6-5
- J.Snow (AUS) def. B.Barker (USA) 6-0, 6-0
- R.Allen (AUS) def. A.McHugh (USA) 6-4, 5-6, 6-2
- A.Cohen & M.Drake (USA) def. A.Gould & H.Turnbull (AUS) 6-5, 5-6, 3-6
USA lost to Great Britain 5-0
- D.Watson & J.Prenn (GB) def. A.McHugh & A.Cohen (USA) 6-0, 6-2
- N.Jones (GB) def. A.Whitcomb (USA) 6-2, 6-2
- J.Male (GB) def. B.Barker (USA) 6-1, 6-4
- S.Barker (GB) def. M.Drake (USA) 6-0, 6-0
- N.Jones & P.Holmes (GB) def. S.Hufford & P.Vogt (USA) 6-2, 6-1
USA def. France 5-0
- S.Hufford & A.Whitcomb (USA) def. T.Batten & A.Girod (FRA) 6-3, 6-0
- A.Cohen (USA) def. I.Semenoff (FRA) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
- B.Barker (USA) def. L.Marville (FRA) 6-1, 6-1
- A.McHugh (USA) def. J-P.Grabli (FRA) 5-6, 6-2, 6-4
- P.Vogt & M.Drake (USA) def. F.Bernheim & I.Semenoff (FRA) 6-5, 6-3
GB beat Australia 4-1 (and retain the Cockram Trophy)
CLICK HERE TO READ BILL BARKER’S COCKRAM CUP REPORT
The World def. GB 3-2
- R.Paterson & R.Jolly (World) def. J.Bebb & J.Fisher (GB) 6-4, 6-5
- V.Cassin & G.O’Byrne (World) def. J.Newby & D.Bryant 6-4, 6-2
- D.Friend (World) lost to P.Shaw-Hamilton (GB) 0-6, 0-6
- F.Satow (GB) def. A.Drane (World) 6-0, 6-0
- P.Vogt & S.Hufford (World) def. P.Weaver & R.Moore (GB) 1-6, 6-5, 6-1
Australia def. The World 5-0
- W.Spring & J.Hamer (AUS) def. P.Vogt & S.Hufford (World) 6-2, 6-2
- P.McCahey & M.McAuley (AUS) def. A.Drane & D.Friend (World) 6-2, 6-3
- R.Hince (AUS) def. R.Jolly (World) 6-1, 6-1
- N.Carr (AUS) def. V.Cassin (World) 6-1, 6-2
- P.Barker & I.Bull (AUS) def. R.Paterson & G.O’Byrne (World) 6-2, 6-2
Australia def. GB 3-2
- W.Spring & J.Hamer (AUS) def. P.Weaver & J.Fisher (GB) 6-3, 6-4
- P.McCahay & M.McAuley (AUS) lost to J.Bebb & J.Newby (GB) 6-5, 3-6, 4-6
- R.Hince (AUS) lost to P.Shaw-Hamilton (GB) 5-6, 2-6
- N.Carr (AUS) def. D.Bryant (GB) 6-0, 6-0
- P.Barker & I.Bull (AUS) def. F.Satow & R.Moore (GB) 5-6, 6-4, 6-4
- The World
CLICK HERE TO READ VERN CASSIN’S BOSTWICK CUP REPORT
USA lost to GB 2-1
- S.De Halpert & J.East (GB) def. J.Pardee & A.Walsh (USA) 6-0, 6-1
- D.Bevan-Thomas & M.Seymour(GB) lost to H.McMorris & D.Tanfield (USA) 6-3, 4-6, 1-6
- R.Barlow & P.Danby (GB) def. D.Brickley & T.Rowe (USA) 6-2, 6-5
USA lost to Australia 2-1
- G.Holloway & J.Faull (AUS) def. J.Pardee & A.Walsh (USA) 6-1, 6-5
- H.McMorris & D.Tanfield (USA) def. A.Willingham & T.Poolman (AUS) 6-5, 6-3
- T.Hurburgh & G.Richardson (AUS) def. D.Brickley & T.Rowe (USA) 6-3, 6-5
Australia def. GB 2-1
- P.Wheeler & R.Booth (AUS) lost to D.Bevan-Thomas & M.Seymour (GB) 3-6, 5-6
- G.Holloway & J.Faull (AUS) def. S.De Halpert & J.East (GB) 6-3, 6-5
- T.Hurburgh & G.Richardson (AUS) def. R.Barlow & P.Danby (GB) 6-4, 6-1
CLICK HERE TO READ HOWARD MCMORRIS’ DANBY CUP REPORT
Thank you for the T&RA for reporting the scores.
The 2017 U.S. Open will be held at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia from February 25 – March 6th.
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John Beam has won the 2017 Etchebaster. Results below. (Report and photos to follow).
Matches were streamed by the Racquet Club of Chicago and can be seen on their YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ6sh2hbGHbhsVU-soy37vQ
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