2018 USCTA 50’s Singles & Doubles The Tuxedo Club The Tuxedo Club hosted the 2018 USCTA 50’s Singles & Doubles Championships March 2nd—4th. This event had a decidedly Tuxedo feel to it as 6 of the 8 participants were from The Tuxedo Club. In the singles, there were no real surprises in the quarter-finals as Dan Laukitis, Shawn Herlihy and Alan McHugh booed their spots in the semi-finals. The Laukitis/Cohen match was much closer than the score as Cohen led 3/2 in the first set with game points for a 4/2 lead along with numerous close games for the duration of the match. The semi-finals matched Tuxedo stalwarts and doubles partners Dan Laukitis vs. Guy Devereux and Boston T&R Member Shawn Herlihy vs. Alan McHugh. Laukitis put a scare in Devereux before succumbing 6/3 6/2 and McHugh & Herlihy provided for some entertaining tennis with McHugh winning 6/4 6/3. The Final was an all Tuxedo affair as Devereux took on McHugh. In a back and forth first set with numerous ‘unique’ bounces Devereux squeaked out the first set 6/5. The second set saw some very good tennis with Devereux keeping a slight edge throughout and won 6/3. Devereux & Laukitis defeated Dave Christensen & Todd Yannuzzi in the top half of the draw 6/1 6/1. The bottom half saw a very good match with Alan McHugh & Joe Capella defeating Shawn Herlihy & Anders Cohen 6/5 6/3. The Final was barn burner with Mchugh & Capella prevailing 3/6 6/5 6/4. Kudos to Alan McHugh and Guy Devereux persevering throughout the weekend as their bodies spent a number of hours on court.
Prested Hall has sent us the following information in advance of Legs & 3 of the FInal Eliminator: Final Eliminator at Prested Hall – Legs 2 & 3 – Wednesday 7th & Friday 9th March – 6.30pm start 1st Leg Result : Rob Fahey bt Steve Virgona 4/6 6/4 6/3 6/1 (in Chicago) Rob now needs to win 1 more match to earn the right to Challenge for the World Championship in April. Steve needs to win the next 2 matches to secure his place. Please see below how you can follow the results/score/Live stream for this event. 1) Prested will be using the public scoreboard on www.chaseone.co.uk, so everyone can follow the score live online 2) Twitter updates will also be available for game by game updates – @PrestedRT 3) Prested are going to attempt LIVE STREAMING via ‘Facebook Live’. We can’t guarantee the quality of this, as are totally dependent on wifi signal/strength but please do keep this in mind as an option to watch the match. A combination of this and one of the above might work well! Team Fahey will be streaming ‘Facebook Live’ from their page : www.facebook.com/TeamFaheyRealTennis/
by Mary Livingston This past weekend the Racquet Club of Philadelphia hosted the 2018 Ladies Invitational, a level singles tournament for U.S. based players. Seventeen women entered from Boston, D.C., Newport, Tuxedo, and of course, the host club, and there were a number of hard-fought matches across both A and B draws. The outstanding match of the tournament was the A semi-final between Newport’s Brenda Sabbag and Philly’s Melissa Purcell. The two veteran players kept nearly every game close over three sets with hard, well-placed, shot after shot. Melissa took the first set 6-5 before Brenda came back to take the second 6-3. After starting at 3-3 in the third, they went to deuce at 5-5 with Melissa first getting the advantage. With the format, second deuce became game ball, and Brenda got the next point to take it to the dreaded third set, 5-5, 40-40, game ball. Receiving, Brenda made a chase better than two to get the serve back. Melissa’s spectacular return of serve was on track to comfortably beat the chase but Brenda dug out a must-hit backhand from the corner sending it cross court toward the tambour and Melissa couldn’t get enough on her shot to make it over the net. Match to Brenda, 5-6, 6-3, 6-5. In the other A semi, Xanthe Ranger of Tuxedo beat Ashley Thomas Lenihan, back in Philadelphia after ten years in London, 6-2, 6-0. Xanthe went on to defeat Brenda 6-3, 6-1 in Sunday’s final. Your plucky correspondent was not quite plucky enough in her B final, losing to Philly’s Liz Browning 6-0, 6-2. It was a wonderful weekend of enthusiastic tennis with old friends… Read the Full Story >
Over President’s Day weekend, The Tuxedo Club hosted the 116th Gold Racquets as well at the US Pro Singles Rackets Championship. Event Chairs Kim Kilgore and Laura Tillsley pulled out all the stops for the Saturday night dinner by bringing in a first class band named Rhythm Collective which had all 180+ guests dancing into the early hours. A much more casual Pub Night on Sunday night featuring a kids’ game room and Southern comfort food was also well attended with over 100 guests. On the Court Tennis court, 54 players competed in the singles Gold Racquet (non-handicapped) as well as the Cuspidor Doubles. A strong contingent from New York’s Racquet & Tennis Club (R&T) descended on Tuxedo to compete in the 16 person draw for the 116th Gold Racquet, ultimately setting up an all-American, all-R&T final between Peter Cipriano and Zach Sachs. The highly competitive final featured high-quality tennis with Peter in the end prevailing over his friend and fellow club-mate in 3 sets (6/4, 6/4, 6/4). For the Cuspidor Doubles, the round robin format lead to finals in three separate flights (based on handicaps): In Flight I, Dan Laukitis & Charlie Michele (both of Tuxedo) defeated John Beam & Arthur Whitcomb; in Flight II, Will Fantini & John Dawson defeated Sewall Hodges & Marc Lewinstein; and in Flight III, Dave Christensen & Stijn Van Nieuwerburgh defeated Houston Stebbins & Ben Riley in an all Tuxedo final. On the Rackets court, in addition to the US Pro Singles, we had 20 players competing in a singles event, as well as a Spittoon doubles and Pro-Am event. Once again, Peter Cipriano prevailed over a strong… Read the Full Story >
Level Championships – Singles Greevy Cup – Handicaps 20-29 – Washington Erik Barker def. Noah Motz 6-4, 3-6, 6-5 Consolation Dan Sternberg def. Vu Hoang 6-1, 6-0 By Chris Aley Princes Court hosted the 2018 Greevy Cup from January 2nd to January 4th. The level singles tournament for players with a handicap between 20-29 attracted a draw of 11 players, and we were happy to welcome members of the New York Racquet Club, and from the Aiken Tennis Club. We ran the tournament alongside a Plate Draw, ensuring all players had the opportunity of a full weekends tennis! Our top two seeds were Noah Motz, and Erik Barker, both players with bright futures in the game, with Noah being 19 years old and Erik being just 16 years old. True to seedings, both players reached the final, and played out what was surely the most exciting match of the tournament, with Erik prevailing 6-5 in the third set! (6-4 3-6-5) – hard luck to Noah, but we’re certain they’ll be playing out another final in the near future! Dan Sternberg won the plate draw, beating Vu Hoang in the final, both players played some excellent tennis to reach the final. Many thanks for all who entered the event, and helped make it the fun, highly contested tournament we had hoped for. Noll Cup – Handicaps 30-39 – Philadelphia Henry Smith def. Patrick Harris 6-2, 6-2 Consolation Charlie Michele def. Matt Churchill 8-3 By John Lumley We had a huge turnout for the 2018 Noll Cup with 23 entrances. Players travelled from New York, Tuxedo, Aiken & Washington to battle it out for the 30-39 Championships here… Read the Full Story >
by John Lumley Thirteen juniors headed to Philadelphia for the 2018 Junior Handicap tournament. Friday & Saturday were the group stages where we saw Riley Herriman, Bob Wang & Jack Hnat come out on top of their own groups! On Saturday we also held three clinics for each of the groups which worked perfectly – getting the juniors out on court bonding together and learning the game. On Sunday there was another clinic at 8:15am which was attended by six juniors who showed great things to come by getting up early and working on their game. With the winners of each group already into the quarterfinals it was up to the rest of the field to battle it out. Lydia Danas from Washington had a great match against Asher Ricci. Danas took the match 8-6 with a tight 40-all game taking her to play “the man in form” – Theo Yannuzzi – who had beaten Henry Smith 8-0. In the first quarter Riley Herriman beat fellow St. Joe’s team mate 8-5 to secure the first semifinal spot. Theo Yannuzzi and Lydia Danas had a fantastic match going back and forth the whole way but in the end Yannuzzi found his length and snuck it out 8-7. Another great match followed with Dawson Chisholm versus Jack Hnat. Chisholm was generating good pace and serving well but Hnat hung in there and crushing some targets took the match 8-7. Bob Wang was up next against Wylie Courson. Courson played great in the first match beating Ben Sheridan 8-1 but couldn’t keep the streak going and lost to Wang 8-2. In the semifinals Herriman exploded out of the… Read the Full Story >
By Adrian Kemp…Photos by Barney Tanfield The Racquet and Tennis Club hosted the Etchebaster Trophy and its Racquets equivalent, the Kendrick Cup, over the weekend of January 19th-21st. A large group of R&TC members & summer guests were joined by competitors representing Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and Tuxedo. The Etchebaster Trophy is open to men who have taken up the game in the previous three years. Though the tournament is generally described as an event for novices, the quality of the draw suggested otherwise; the field included three players who had been involved in the recent Whitney Cup event. A record draw of 38 players meant that matches began on Thursday, with a full schedule of games on Friday morning. Early highlights on Friday included a 10/9 victory for Chicago member Boyd Vor Broker, in which he fought back from match point down. Elsewhere, Tolly Krusen was making good progress beating fellow R&TC member Pasha Aziz, before coming from behind to beat Brad Feld 10/8. Top seeds Ben Hudson (Boston), Matt Mackin (R&TC), Hugh McDonald (R&TC), and Patrick Harris (Philadelphia) negotiated the early rounds safely. However, the Quarter-Finals threw up a couple of surprises courtesy of former R&TC summer guests, Charles Michele and Alex Ma. Michele took down Hugh McDonald with an impressive display of target hitting. Hugh’s, normally deadly, left-handed railroad was routinely swatted into the dedans by Michele, who proved equally effective at dictating play from the service side. On the other court Alex Ma and Patrick Harris were putting on a retrieving exhibition in which the crowd were treated to some extremely long and entertaining rallies. With the players trading… Read the Full Story >
By James Zug Last week the Racquet & Tennis Club hosted the twentieth annual United States Court Tennis Association dinner and auction during the traditional mid-December Whitney Cup. The platinum dinner, originally conceived in 1998 and chaired for many years by Charlie Johnstone, was chaired this year by Brian Owens and Zack Sacks. A splendid cocktail hour started the evening. Peter di Bonaventura brought numerous photographs and trophies from Greentree, which dotted the main reading room at the club. Guests reunioned with old friends and browsed the extensive silent auction items. Besides the usual offerings of lessons with some of the world’s leading professionals, a unique offering was a giant photograph of Queen’s Club given by Anglo-American photographer Freddy Adam. The centerpiece of the table of silent auction items was an ice sculpture of the USCTA logo. James Zug, the president of the USCTA, started the dinner proceedings in the South Lounge by apologizing for coming down with a severe case of laryngitis. He asked former president Jeremy Wintersteen to join him at the podium. They asked for a moment of silence in honor of those members of our community who had passed away since the last annual dinner: Spencer Berger, Bob Harrington, John Mears, Berry Peckham, Jeannie Tanfield, Lucienne Van Schaack, Peter Wadsworoth and Denis Walsh. They then praised Camden Riviere and Tim Chisholm. In 2017 Riviere pulled off the calendar Grand Slam in singles, one of only eight players to ever achieve the feat of winning at the Australian, French, U.S. and British Opens all in the same year. In doubles, Riviere & Chisholm had the best year in history: in the spring, they… Read the Full Story >
Sixteen teams battled it out in the 2017 Calhoun Witham Doubles Tournament hosted by the Aiken Tennis Club November 2-5. Four former championship teams, eight visiting players from Great Britain, Newport, Washington D.C., Boston and New York competed in two divisions for the title. The tournament was very capably marked by visiting pro – Leon Smart – and Aiken’s Trey Bogue. After thirty-two matches had been played, the Division I trophy was lifted by a left-handed Ryan Carey and his partner Dana Kopald by defeating the team of Cheryl Glance and Claire Voegele. The Division II title was won by Morgan Purvis and Sawyer Duncan over the team of Charles Bostwick and George Handy III. Out of town players were housed with members of the Aiken Tennis Club and all were treated to a Thursday night Oyster Night, Cocktails and Tennis on Friday and the Witham Dinner on Saturday night. Betty Witham and family graciously hosted Sunday brunch. Thanks to club members – Dan Mayfield for organizing the housing and Robert and Cheryl Glance for the outstanding food.
by John Lumley We had a fantastic turnout for the 2017 Jimmy Dunn tournament with 6 full divisions and some of the matches starting on Wednesday night due to such a large turnout. In the Open Division home pro team of Rob Whitehouse and James Asher In the final match of the group it was John Lumley and Mike Noll vs Jon Crowell and Will Hopton. Crowell & Hopton came racing out of the gate taking a 4–1 lead in a heartbeat. Noll starting to find his footwork struck a few lovely volleys but it wasn’t enough as Crowell & Hopton take the first set 6/4. The next set saw some great exchanges with all players fired up and ready to go. Lumley & Noll working as a good team and mixing up pace with length took the second set 6/3. Tied at one set all the third set started at 3 games all. The crowd was building with at least 40 watching this final set. Lumley with some clean returns took the lead 4-3, but then Crowell making some great gets brought it back to 4 all. Hopton who had been steady at the net all weekend looked solid still but Lumley & Noll took the lead 5-4. Noll returning hit a few look to be winners but Crowell & Hopton denied them the easy win and found the match at 5 games all, final set! With the crowd on the edge of their seats the players did not let them down, probably the best rally of the tournament took place at 40-30 where Crowell & Hopton won it to make it 5 games… Read the Full Story >