Summit, NJ area
written by: Patty Hogan
Join other juniors in the celebration of paddle known as the APTA Junior Nationals! This year's tournament will take place on Saturday, March 4. Play will be at various clubs throughout the area. Entry fee includes favors, lunch, tailgate party and loads of fun, as well as prizes for the National Champions. All participants are also invited to return on Sunday for drills and play with some of the best pros in the nation.
All juniors are encouraged to play in this kid-friendly event. If you need a partner, contact Patty Hogan and she will do her best to match you up with someone. Lunch for everyo [ read more ]
Women's 70+ Nationals
Essex Fells, NJ Helen Garrett and Sandy Simmers have to go down in the record books as one of the most successful teams ever in senior platform tennis play. Once again they claimed the gold medals at the Women's 70+ National Championships, held today at the Essex Fells Country Club. Thanks to Carolyn Tierney for "making it happen" - all who have been involved know that it is a giant juggling feat to end up with 8 teams for this event! Silver medalists were Ginny Sniatkowski & Thelma Huber. Anke Cornell & Gail Condon finished in 3rd place, edging Dolores Krzanowski & Birgit Maio in the playoff match.
It rained and it rained and it rained...it was only 3 days, not 40, but we think that the fact that the film "Noah" was opening this weekend must have had something to do with the weather for the Mixed Masters held at Saucon Valley Country Club! On Friday, the 60+ Mixed Nationals featured 8 teams and a lot of fun while dodging raindrops. Gold medalists Diane Straus Tucker & Scott Estes already have an impressive array of medals, and added another at the expense of Connie Jones & Ken Persson. Saturday was the day for the 50+ Mixed Nationals, and as the weather got sloppier the play got more intense. In the end, sister-brother duo Laurie Hissey & Tim McAvoy repeated as champs, defeating Bobo Delaney & Mike Gillespie. Sunday's Husband-Wife 50+ tournament featured 16 teams who travelled from as far as Massachusetts and Ohio to compete for the gold. For the third day in a row we had #1 vs #2 in the finals, with Heather & Vince Prop defeating Cynthia & Ken Dardis for the crown.
Viking, announces the launch of the first ever, multi-region summer league as one additional step to help grow the sport across the U.S.A. Registrations have already flooded in since the announcement that landed the week of Nationals.
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One of Senior Paddle's "legends" will be inducted into the Platform Tennis Hall of Fame on Thursday, March 13 during the Men's 145+ National Championships. The Hall of Fame Selection Committee has announced that Bob Callaway will be inducted into the Hall in an evening ceremony at Sleepy Hollow Country Club. All are invited to participate in this celebration ($55 fee covers food, cash bar available), with cocktails beginning at 5:30 and buffet dinner at 6:15. The presentations of the Alph Beane Senior Contributor Award, an overview of the Virtual Hall of Fame Museum, and the HOF Induction will begin at 7:00 PM.
Essex Fells, NJ
They conquered the 60s and moved on to the 70s, where they continue to dominate the competition. Helen Garrett and Sandy Simmers once again proved themselves to be Super Seniors by winning the Women's 70+ Nationals again. Through 3 matches, the pair dropped only 2 games, both in the finals, where they defeated Gail Moskow and Anne Beatty. Other winners include: 3rd place, Sharon Hummers and Marie Minnick; 5th place, Anke Cornell and Ginny Sniatkowski; and 7th place, Gail Bradley and Liz Dunn. Many thanks to Carolyn Tierney for making it happen!! See some photosView the complete draw
The future for Platform Tennis is certainly on the upswing
Franklin Lakes, NJ
Yesterday was the day for the so called 2013 PPTA Paddlepalooza and the main goal is still the same as it was two years ago: To was to raise the bar, become better teaching professionals and help the continue and amazing growth that platform tennis has had in the last few years. With the presence of many of the top instructors and players in the East coast the convention gathered more than 70 platform tennis professional at the Indian Trail Club, the site of the 2013 Men’s and Women’s Nationals. Continue Reading
By Patricio Misitrano | PaddleTimes
There was a lot of experience on display at the 2013 APTA Men's 145+ Nationals at Sleepy Hollow Country Club. Originally conceived as an alternative to holding a Men's 75+ Nationals, the event has become one of the most popular and well-attended senior events on the calendar. Director Rich Lombard has shepherded the tournament through its 13th year. Champions were determined on Friday at the NYAC. See the completed draw and some photos.
Mark Parsons Johan du Randt crowned 2103 National Champions
Franklin Lakes, NJ
Johan du Randt (Weston MA) and Mark Parsons (Norwalk, CT) left no doubt as to who the top team in the country is winning the 2013 National Chanpionship without dropping a set. Semi final against Juan Arraya and Lennart Jonason was decided by 2 tie breakers. New Jersey favorites Steve DeRose and Jon Lubow beat 2012 National Champs Drew Broderick and Chris Gambino in the Semis but even with heavy support from the crowd were unable to overcome Parsons and du Randt Full Mens Draw Photos from 2013 Nationals
They began play in the afternoon and finished well into the evening, with the finals of the Women's 50+ National Championships lasting almost 4 hours! In the end, the new partnership of Tonia Mangan and Andrea Noyes defeated two-time defending champs Bobo Delaney and Judy Takach 7-5, 4-6, 7-6. These mixed-up pairs (Tonia & Bobo will pair for Nationals next week, as will Judy and Andrea) know each others' games so well that they we able to anticipate shots and moves that weren't apparent to the spectators. After a long day in the rain, the Feed-in Consolation final - between Marie Adams & Buttons O'Donnell and Debra LaMountain & Kathy Parker - was deferred until a later date. Carrie Rabuse & Carolyn Cutler claimed Quarterfinal Reprieve honors over Janet Faig & Donna Charlton, while Susan Macdonald & Laurie Schelz defeated Margo DeSantis & Blythe Hamer for the Conso Reprieve crown. Thanks to Susan Schwab for making it all happen!View the complete draw