written by: Marjorie
One of the repeated hallmarks of platform tennis is "camaraderie". This is always on display at the APTA Men's 145 National Championships. Hosted by the "Home of Platform Tennis" (Fox Meadow Tennis Club) once again, and steered by Jo Rogers and Rick Reuter, the event had sixteen teams competing for the coveted medals. Most of the teams playing on Thursday, however, were there for the fun and friendships. The Alph Beane Award, presented annually to a player who exemplifies this spirit of camaraderie, as Alph did so well, was given this year to Bob Brown (pictured).
written by: staff
David Kjeldsen introduces his second product from his new brand, Master Athletics. "I am confident that this ball is as good if not better than anything on the market" says David. Priced at $9.99 a sleeve it is available in the Paddlepro Proshop and Certified Professionals only [ read more ]
written by: Ward Doonan
Sally Rogers was finally able to help us from above - the sun was shining on the courts for our 2016 “The Sally” platform tennis charity event after years of rain! We had a strong draw of 32 teams playing primarily at our host club, Fox Meadow Tennis Club as well as 4 surrounding facilities. The Sally has been held at Fox Meadow Tennis Club in Scarsdale, New York, for over 35 years. It is a competitive, yet friendly, women’s paddle and silent auction event for intermediate to advanced players
We are proud to be the largest paddle charity in the country, raising over $55,000 this year tha [ read more ]
written by: staff
David Kjeldsen is re-entering the Platform Tennis Business in the upcoming week with a new line of paddles. Stay tuned for information.
"Since selling the business I watched what I perceived as change in attitude of the sports’ purveyors. Gone were the days of true personal interaction. I felt as if the “corporations” did not have the player’s interest at heart, and were not really providing them with top notch products. I didn’t see a lot of attention to detail or to the players, as everything was becoming too bottom line oriented. So while this Norseman still had some gas left in the [ read more ]
written by: Staff
The 2016-2017 Platform Tennis calendar has been released. You can view it here. If you have any additions or changes, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. [ read more ]
written by: paddlepro staff
Marjorie's Militia was out in force at Canoe Brook Country Club on Friday, December 4. In support of friend Marjorie Hodson, Pam Randazzo conceived of the Marjorie Matters Platform Tennis Tournament to raise funds for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Along with all those who played and/or donated, special thanks to Drew Broderick; Dave Sprague, graphic designer; Sally Tracy, cake baker and decorator; and Viking Athletics for their donation of professional services or product. Congratulations to Brenda Colvin and Karen Proscia in their win over Theresa Hellmuth and Jenna McClintock. See [ read more ]
written by: John Reynolds
The tennis courts at Washington Park were mostly vacant Saturday, but there was a lot of activity at the four adjacent platform tennis courts. That's not unusual since platform tennis is a cold-weather game. In fact, enthusiasts say the perfect time to play is an overcast day when the mercury is hovering around the 20-degree mark. On those days, players clean the snow off the outdoor court and turn on the built-in court heater to melt any new snow that might fall. "It's fun to play in the snow," said Dan Kepner, president of the Springfield Platform Tennis Association. "You turn on the heat, and it m [ read more ]
St. Louis, MO
written by: Jordan Brennan
Creve Couer Racquet Club in suburban St. Louis is one of the few clubs in the area that has platform tennis courts. This fall, they are offering a slate of events for all ages. Although this is a private club, most events are open to non-members as well. Check out their calendar here. http://ccrctennis.com/calendar-2/ [ read more ]
written by: paddlepro staff
Viking hat, cigar and a smile for all - David Kjeldsen has been synonymous with platform tennis since the late 1980s.
From A2Z Products to founding Viking Athletics in 1995, David has been one of the most knowledgeable, respected and beloved figures in the sport. He has promoted, encouraged and sponsored various aspects of platform tennis, including the Viking Junior Tour, the PPTA, paddlepro.com, Viking Academy and countless individuals. He was inducted into the Platform Tennis Hall of Fame in 2008 based on his wide contributions to the sport.
Since selling Viking Athletics in 2008, David has [ read more ]
Battling Multiple Myeloma
Marjorie's Militia was out in force at Canoe Brook Country Club on Friday, December 4. In support of friend Marjorie Hodson, Pam Randazzo conceived of the Marjorie Matters Platform Tennis Tournament to raise funds for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Along with all those who played and/or donated, special thanks to Drew Broderick; Dave Sprague, graphic designer; Sally Tracy, cake baker and decorator; and Viking Athletics for their donation of professional services or product. Congratulations to Brenda Colvin and Karen Proscia in their win over Theresa Hellmuth and Jenna McClintock.
See some photos
Live Broadcast form Chicago Charities
The Platform Tennis Network will be broadcasting Live from Chicago November 9th and 10th
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.
Wall Township , NJ
It was another great day of good weather and paddle at the War at the Shore. This mixed tournament is generally considered "opening day" for the platform tennis season in New Jersey. Andrea Noyes and John Milbank emerged victorious in 3 sets over Liz Jaffe and Dan Englander by a score of 7-6, 4-6, 6-1. Other winners were: Consolation - Charlotte Sikora and Jeff Lyon; Quarter Reprieve - Hilary DiFeo and Jerry Prior; and Last Chance - Joanne O'Shaughnessy and Steve Gilmartin.
Platform tennis coming to Bitsy Grant Tennis Center
Plans are under way to construct three platform tennis courts at the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center in Buckhead. The project is being paid for through private donations to the American Platform Tennis Association and will be given to the city of Atlanta upon completion.
"Reilly” Platform Tennis Court I would like to dispose of for free to a party willing to disassemble it and remove it from my lot. It’s aluminum with wood siding, lights and propane heaters for winter use. Details Here
North Lake George Paddle Courts Built
Lake George, NY
The introduction of platform tennis to Northern Lake George will be celebrated this weekend. Family Fun Day will be held on Friday, July 11from 9:00-11:00 AM and on Saturday, July 12th,
Northern Lake George Paddle’s courts will formally open with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 am. The two courts and a viewing deck, a warming hut and bathroom
are located on Route 9N, north of Hague and adjacent to Eddie’s Restaurant.
The courts will be available for play for free for the rest of the summer. Memberships will be offered beginning September 1. Those signing up early will receive a special gift. Full Article from Lake George Mirror.
Saturday, March 22nd marked the third annual NJ Men’s Municipal Platform Tennis Invitational Tournament. Open only to municipal (public park) teams in the NJMPTA, there was enthusiastic participation from Maplewood, Bernards, Glen Ridge / Bradford, Florham Park / Colony and Farifield players. Jeff Regan, Chuck Molinary and Bob Kopchains hosted the event at Bernards on an unseasonably warm paddle day and supplied ample food and adult beverages... Read more
Pioneer Valley Women
On March 1st, a day that started on the chilly side but became a pleasant day of platform tennis, the 5th Annual Pioneer Valley Women’s Open tournament took place at the Field Club in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. With a draw of 20 teams, the day was busy but well coordinated by our hut commander Jeff Morneau while Barbara Horne handled food and refreshments.
Amy Hutter and Kathleen Buckley once again took home the top trophy by winning over the duo of Kelly Hellstein and Yvonne Ting. Quarter Reprieve winners were Amy Chafee and Deb Schmutzler. Trish Griggs and Jen Bauman took home the Consolation prize while Peggy O'Brien and Diane Mayland won the Consolation Reprieve.
Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all the women who participated! ~ Submitted by Asa Nilsson and Leslie Haskins View the complete draw