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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 ]
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The Killer B's return to Westchester County on Saturday for their annual tournament. Paddle, friends, favors, BBQ, whiskey tasting and music were the order of the day. At the end of play, new champions were crowned. Ken Katz and Eric Faro defeated Eric Lebenson and Jordan Snider in the Championship finals. Other winners were: Consolation - Dan Gibraltar and David Goldberg; Reprieve - Chuck Reilly and Greg Anderson; and Last Chance - Chris and Matt Falvey. View the complete draws here [ read more ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
The Detroit Invitational Tournament was played under beautiful skies - with participants traveling from Ohio, Illinois and Michigan to compete. The finals pitted two Chicago area teams against each other, with top seeded Paget Neave and Adam Morgan topping second-seeded David Bukowski and Mike Kociecki. Michiganders competed for the Conso and Reprieve crowns, with Patrick Hopper and David Fitzsimons beating Charles Carpenter and Stephen Lord and Steve Kornmeier and Brad Thompson taking the Reprieve over Andrew and John MacLeod. Michael Shields and Shawn Coyle beat Chip Marlowe and Luka Filkins in the Last Chance, and Gregory Van Hoven and Brian LaPorte finished 5th, with their quarter reprieve win over Mike Parks and Dave Cosgrove. See the complete draw
Putnam Tennis Returns To Paddle
Harwinton, CT Press Release
Putnam Tennis and Recreation LLC, one of the oldest and most experienced tennis court builders in the United States, has reentered the platform tennis construction and maintenance business. Putnam has developed a business relationship with David Dodge and Mark Kebe at Total Platform Tennis in Loveland, Ohio and will serve as the Authorized East Coast Installer of the “Total Platform Tennis System.” The combination of Putnam’s extensive construction capability and long standing reputation in the tennis business with Total Platform Tennis’ manufacturing expertise and installation experience, brings a new level of construction and maintenance ability to the platform tennis industry. Full Press Release
SERVE-ing UP A STORM
Mother Nature certainly has a sense of humor! You plan an event to raise funds to help those impacted by a monster storm, and she decides to get involved with snow and ice - the only day that week that the weather isn't perfect! With 84 players, 22 pros and a host of volunteers and donors, 1st SERVE - Sandy Emergency Relief Volunteer Efforts took place on Tuesday, November 27 at Canoe Brook Country Club, Short Hills Club and
Centercourt Athletic Club with beautiful fluffy snow falling and the roads and courts getting slushy. Generous donations from the Beacon Hill Club, Canoe Brook Country Club, NJMPTA, David Kjeldsen and paddlepro ... - read more
The Men's 145+ National Championships concluded at Fox Meadow Tennis Club today. Bob Brown and Doug Barrow paired to claim their second Men's 145s title, defeating Blair LeRoy and Larry Garinger by the score of 2-6, 6-2, 6-2. This was Bob's 21st gold medal! Mike Hanna and David Hanson claimed the Reprieve title and Ray Crosta and George Lynch the Consolation crown.
Summit, NJ Michael Chen and Junius Clark were on the Wait List until 8:45 Friday night, but when they got the call to let them know they were in the Winnable B draw, they took full advantage of the opportunity - and won the tournament, defeating Blake Anderson and Hank Whiting in the final! Other winners are: Consolation - Alden Provost and Brian Dul (who met Chen and Clark in the first round) over Eric Hansen and David Blake; Reprieve - Jared Lissauer and Greg Weiss over Greg Robertson and Alan Schmitz (who met Chen and Clark in the 2nd round); and Last Chance - Jim Drewry and Dan Furiness over Nick Raho and Joe Boulukos (who played 13 sets during the 5 rounds!). View: Complete DrawSome Photos
In a change from the last few years, the Columbus Open did not have to compete with Mother Nature! The weather cooperated and the seeds held up until the finals, where tournament director and #2 seed Denny English paired with David Lowe to upset top-seeded Thaddeus Reed and Rob Bakker and claim the Buckeye Cup title by the score of 7-6, 6-4. Colin Leveque and Eric Miller teamed up to claim the Men's 90+ crown on Friday, defeating top seeded Michael Todd and John White in the finals.
View the draws: Buckeye Cup Men's 90+
Seniors at Fox Meadow
Forty men - young-ish and not so young - met at Fox Meadow Tennis Club on Friday for a full day of paddle and fun! Jo Rogers, director of the Sound Shore 125+ event, divided the men into groups for round robin play in the morning. Following lunch, round robin results were used to divide the men into brackets for afternoon play. The A Flight winners were Scott Estes & Rich Maier over Mike O'Donnell & Hank Whiting, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1. The B Flight was won by Bob Calandruccio & Larry Garinger over Andrew Canning & Bob Brown, 6-3, 7-5. Wayne Jones & David Fuller were winners of the C Flight round robin.
The Princeton Invitational Mixed Platform Tournament drew players from New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and New Jersey, with a large number of the teams having a family connection. Teams from Rochester and West Chester prevailed, with the mother-son duo Laurie and David Hissey outlasting husband-wife Sandra and Fritz Odenbach in the final by the score of 6-3, 7-6. Other winners were: Quarter Reprieve - Newhall & Newhall (husband-wife) over McDougald & McDougald (brother-sister); Consolation - Rabuse & Montalbano (mother-son) over Marchese & Marchese (husband-wife); 2nd Conso - O'Conner & O'Conner (husband-wife) over Garrett & Garrett (mother-son) ; and Last Chance - Finnegan & McGlone (fiances) over Kennedy & Kennedy (husband-wife). See the complete draw.
Lehigh Valley Classic
If Chicago is truly The Windy City, then the Lehigh Valley Classic was a great tune-up for this year's National Championships scheduled for Chicago next month! With steady winds all day and gusts up to 60 miles per hour, driving to the courts was as challenging as lobbing on the courts. And with the promise of a week in the Domincan Republic for the winners, there was a lot of incentive to win! After upsets of seeded teams in the quarterfinals and semifinals, third seeded Mark Parsons and Mike Stulac topped unseeded David Caldwell and Blake Cordish to claim the title. Other winners are: Nathan LeFevre and Patricio Misitrano, Quarterfinal Reprieve; Clay Bibbee and Mark Ruppert, Reprieve; Peter Harvey and Marc Porter, Consolation; and Fred Gumbinner and Mike Daniels, Last Chance.