By David Caldwell Across April 28th and 29th, the Anne Boleyn was held at Georgian Court (Lakewood, NJ); 10 enthusiastic players traveled from Newport, Boston, Tuxedo, and Philadelphia to compete for the coveted trophy. Sunday’s main draw was driven by Saturday’s round robin match play: Group 1 Amy Gold – 1st Jeannie Heffernan – 2nd Priscilla Person 3rd Petra Napolitano — 4th Ayca Yesim — 5th Group 2 Helen Grassi — 1st Beth Winthrop — 2nd Shirley Freitag — 3rd Laura Tillsley — 4th Arianae Tsavaris — 5th Beth Winthrop, in the end, was the winner of the tournament, snatching the prize from Jeannie Heffernan, in a hard-fought 8-4 victory. Highlights of the weekend, included skills clinics run by Rob Whitehouse, Head Professional, Racquet Club of Philadelphia, facility tours, and a hotly-debated appearance by the ghost of Jay Gould. Thank you to Rob for organizing, coaching, and marking, and to Lori Raia Thomas, Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Georgian Court University, and Bill McLaughlin and Rich Moroscak, USCTPF, for their support of the event.
By Mit Carothers, Tennis Chair Aiken Tennis Club With five teams entered in the 2018 Northrop Knox Tournament, a round robin format with each team playing 4 matches offered the most tennis for the teams entered and for the galleries attending. Teams entered included last year’s finalists, first time visitors to the Aiken Tennis Club, returning out of towners and first time participants. Play began on Thursday evening but not before players and 65 guests were treated to the traditional Thursday Oyster Night. In the evening match locals Charles Bostwick, Jr and Jason Rabun played Peter Dunne and Max Drake and prevailed in 3 sets. In Friday’s first match, Dunne and Drake, visiting from Chicago, returned the favor defeating the Aiken team of Dan Villiers and Bauer Vaughters. This was followed by another 3 set win for Bostwick and Rabun over Geoff Ellis and George Handy. Last year’s finalists and previous winners Rakesh Jasani and Jason Mengel saw their first match go their way against Villiers and Vaughters. Friday evening play concluded with Tennis and Cocktails for players and guests with Handy and Ellis righting the ship and defeating Jasani and Mengel in three sets. Completion of play Friday saw the Bostwick/Handy entry undefeated at 2-0 with three teams tied with 1-1 records and a place in the finals still very much up for grabs. Saturday’s five matches would see the 4 teams vying for the two spots in the finals all playing twice. In the first match Jasani/Mengel would hand Bostwick/Rabun their only loss in three sets. Ellis/Handy kept the pressure on the group by defeating Dunne/Drake 4 and 4. Bostwick/Rabun then bounced right… Read the Full Story >
by John Lumley We had a very strong turnout for the U.S. Amateur in Philadelphia. Nineteen players arrived on Friday for a full day’s play. As with any court tennis event the first two matches took over four hours and put us two hours behind schedule. Alex Spence took down Henry Smith in a great match 6-5 5-6 6-0. Noah Motz had the win of his career to date taking down Jeremy Wintersteen 5-6 6-5 6-4 and generating some scary pace when forcing. Jamie Giddins and Jon Crowell both made there way through to the semifinals with relative ease. With Crowell in form and on his home court he came out of the gate at blistering speed taking the first set 6-3. Giddins needing a different approach started to be a bit more aggressive and taking chances which paid off tying it up at 1 set all 6-3. With both players looking for a good start Giddins played a few good games but Crowell fought back. As they were exchanging games Giddins stepped it up with a few targets as Crowell was retrieving everything out of the corners. In the end Giddins won 3-6 6-3 6-3 to take him into the final. On the bottom half of the draw Winthrop played a solid match against Danny McBride winning 6-4 6-1. In the match between Hopton and Motz, the first set saw some great retrieving and long points from both players. Hopton, however, was able to handle Noah’s forcing very well and controlled the match winning 6-0 6-0. The semifinal was between Winthrop and Hopton. In the first set both players were fired up and wanted… Read the Full Story >
THE CHERRY BLOSSOM DOUBLES ‘18 By Ryan Carey As always, we theme the Cherry Blossom to the current year, which is “18”, but we decided to also have the sport of Jai Alai as a focus of the weekend. Jai Alai is the North American version of the game of Basque Pelota. Basque Pelota is a cousin of Court Tennis, and, just like Court Tennis, it was originally played in a courtyard with handball and paddle variations. However, in the mid-1800s, a curved basket with a sewn glove evolved as the equipment of choice and quickly became the popular style of play in the Basque Country. One of the main reasons I started to play Court Tennis was because the court reminded me of a Jai Alai court. When I was in high school in CT, I used to sneak into Milford Jai Alai with my friends, granted it was initially to drink beer, but we quickly became captivated by the game. Jai Alai is played in a round robin format where there are 8 players/pairs per game who make up post positions 1-8. It is a sport that you bet on, similar to horse racing, and so there is Win, Place and Show. As such, this year’s Cherry Blossom would be a fight for 1st, 2nd and 3rd on (April)4 5th/6th/7th and 8th. Dania Jai Alai, in Dania, FL, is one of the few frontons left in the U.S. where Jai Alai is still played. #18 on Dania’s roster is a player named “Chasio”, and upon seeing that, it very much looked to me like a Basque version of the word “chase”. I took… Read the Full Story >
Real Tennis World Challenge 2018 Updated: 04 Apr 2018 Press release Published: 14 Nov 2017 THE REAL TENNIS WORLD SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP WILL BE PLAYED AT LONDON’S QUEEN’S CLUB FROM TUESDAY 24TH to SATURDAY 28TH APRIL This is the oldest continuous world championship in any sport having started as far back as 1740. The current world champion is Camden Riviere (31) of the USA, who became the champion in 2016. The challenger is Rob Fahey (49) of Australia who lost his title to Riviere in 2016, having held it for 22 years. The match is the best of 13 sets with 4 sets on 24th, 4 sets on 26th, and as many as are needed for one player to get to 7 sets on 28th. Real Tennis at world championship level is the most spectacular of racquet and ball sports, being far more physical than lawn tennis. Fahey has fought it out with three other top ranked players to become the official challenger. Live streaming of the match will be available on the internet. For information and tickets…https://www.tennisandrackets.com/news/real-tennis-world-challenge-2018
By John Lumley We had eight strong teams descend upon Philadelphia for the 2018 Percy Cup. Friday’s play saw a great start from Newport only dropping 1 game from the maximum they could have gotten. Philadelphia 1 team also had a dream start winning all of their matches in their first game. New York 2 even though they lost 2 of their matches got to 6 in 2 of them meant it kept them in it leading into Saturday. With all of the players around it was a great atmosphere down in the basement and everyone was excited for the rest of the weekend. 8am Saturday came around quickly and started with Philadelphia 2 vs Aiken. Aiken’s first pair were on form and had obviously gone to bed early as they were fired up. Handy and Cook took it 8-3 but with the pairs two and three still left to play Philadelphia 2 had other plans in store. Katz and Caldwell won 8-5 tying it at 1 match all and the surprising team of Schellenberg and Broussard won 8-4 to give Philadelphia 2 the win. Up next – Beam and Michele took to the stage eager to make up for their lose from the night before and earlier that day. Michele teeing off on everything, couldn’t miss and Beam finishing points with his lovely volley, took the match 8-1 against New York 1. Dream team of Kilgore and Scherer were up next and played perfectly together to win 8-5 giving Tuxedo a 2-0 lead. The final match was the third pair and it was a battle. Two games all, three games all, four games all,… Read the Full Story >
By Chris Aley Prince’s Court welcomed players from Newport, New York, Boston and Philadelphia to the 2018 USCTA Amateur Doubles championship – the draw boasted some of America’s finest players, and the standard of play was exceptional. Early rounds all went the way of the seeded players, with local pair Dan Sternberg and Vu Hoang having set points against the number 2 seeds Danny McBride (Princes) and Todd Meringoff (Boston) – eventually losing 5-6 1-6. The final was a treat, played over the best of five sets, it allowed for an incredible comeback. Number one seeds Pat Winthrop (Newport) and Lex Miron (New York) led 6-2 6-2, before a nail-biting third set went to McBride and Meringoff 6-5. A change in tactics for the #2 seeds, and Todd connecting better with his volleys allowed for a momentum swing; the fourth set went their way 6-2 and it was all to play for in the fifth and final set. Some experienced play allowed Danny and Todd to remain on top, eventually winning the set, and the match 2-6, 2-6, 6-5, 6-2 6-3 – a really incredible performance. We’d like to thank all who turned out for the event, and those Prince’s members who turned up to watch at all stages of the tournament.
by Mit Carothers The U.S. 60s & 70s were hosted by the Aiken Tennis Club Friday, March 16th – Sunday, March 18th. Sixteen players, eleven of whom played in multiple events, booked the court for ten hours of practice on Thursday prior to the start of the tournament on Friday morning. Singles matches kicked the tournament off at 8:30 Friday morning. In the 70s singles Dick Tanfield defeated Temple Grassi 6-1, 6-0. Four matches in the 60’s singles followed with Steve Hufford over Rowan Carroll 6-4, 6-3, Greg Van Schaack a 6-2, 6-2 winner over Ginny Goodyear, Peter Vogt defeated Jim Geddes 6-1, 6-1 and Bruce Manson, 6-0 and 6-0 versus Grassi. The semifinals paired Steve Hufford and Greg Van Schaack with Hufford advancing to Sunday’s final in three sets 5-6, 6-1 and 6-2. Bruce Manson earned a spot in the finals in his semifinal match versus Peter Vogt 6-0, 6-0. In three sets of great strategy, timely shot making and perseverance Bruce Manson prevailed over Steve Hufford 0-6, 6-5, 6-4 to claim the championship. Following that final was the 70s singles final featuring Dick Tanfield versus Aiken’s Duncan Rutherfurd. Duncan was instrumental in the Aiken Tennis Club hosting the tournament. In a final in which both player’s skill, experience and determination were on display to a gallery filling the dedans and first three rows in the viewing room, Tanfield won the championship in three tense sets 6-5, 3-6, 6-4. Dick Tanfield paired with partner Alex Walsh to win his second championship of the weekend in the 70s Doubles with another three set win over teammates Jonathan Pardee and Thomas Rowe 6-2, 5-6, 6-3. In… Read the Full Story >