Tournament Results

Boston Results

The Winthrops are coming, the Winthops are coming! by Jeremy Wintersteen Players from Aiken, New York, Newport, and Boston played in the dual tournament weekend in Boston for the U.S. Mixed Doubles and Jimmy Knott. A small but solid field of five teams played in the Mixed. The first and second rounds went as expected with Pat and Jen Winthrop (#1 seed) meeting Dillon Aldrich and Amanda Avedissian (#2) in the final. The Newport siblings got off to a great start and took the first set. Dillon and Amanda regrouped, started making many fewer errors, and took the second fairly easily. The teams exchanged games for most of the third set with great rallies all around. Amanda’s volleying, Dillon’s gets and steady play, Pat’s forces and good serving, and Jen’s steadiness made for some very exciting points. When the Winthrops went up 40-0 at 5/4, the crowd assumed the match was over. After six match balls, the score would soon be knotted up at 5-5. Dillon made some great gets and beat a chase better than three with a dedans shot to stave off a match ball. Pat served a very good last game and Jen and Pat got some unforced errors to get ahead in the eleventh game, which they closed out. A thriller of a match and one of the closest Mixed Doubles finals ever! The Jimmy Knott, a Boston singles tournament renamed after Jimmy Knott the year after he won it and passed away, started off with… Read the Full Story »

2nd Annual Chicago Invitational

The Racquet Club was proud to host the 2nd Annual Chicago Invitational from October 1st – 5th 2014. The tournament commenced on Wednesday night with Chicago members getting the tournament going with some great matches among the locals. But the tournament really kicked off on Thursday with matches played through Sunday afternoon; the level of play throughout the event was fantastic and of the highest caliber. The Invitational featured tennis, rackets and doubles squash with 27 pairs in the tennis competing in a round-robin format across 4 divisions. The tournament featured representation from each club in the U.S and we were also pleased to have John Prenn make the trip from the UK. The open division was won by Greg Van Schaack and Steve Virgona who proved too strong for the formidable pairings of Will Hopton/John Prenn and the new pairing of Jeremy Wintersteen and Matt Ronaldson. Steve and Greg beat both pairings 6/4 in the 3rd to take the open title. The “A” Division final was a see-saw affair with Al Gordon and Geoff Ellis winning the title over Jack Brown and Christian Bullitt 8/5. Jack and Christian jumped out to a 5/2 lead before Al and Geoff dug in and made a great comeback to win 8/5. The “B” Division was won by Chicago’s Dick Ryan and the RC fellow Tom Billings over Billy Fetridge and Jay Leonard 8/5. Tom and Dick had earlier lost to the same pairing in the group stage fairly convincingly so it was a tremendous achievement to make the necessary adjustments and prevail. The… Read the Full Story »