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NEWS ARCHIVE 2004-2005 SEASON Do you have paddle news? send it to us: news@paddlepro.com
The following headlines appeared between July 1, 2004 and June 30, 2005
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Product Development

Lindenhurst, NY
Following up on an earlier article, paddlepro.com was given a sneak peek of the 2 new paddles Viking Athletics will offer later this year. view larger image

National Men's 35 Tennis Champions
George Zink

Smithtown, NY
Viking Academy Trainer George Zink (photo on paddle court) wins Jaguar Huntington-Landrover Smithtown USTA Men's 35 Indoor National Tennis Championship May 30th - June 3rd defeating Jeff Wright 7-5, 6-0. Visit USTA website for more detailed results.  On the Hard Courts Tim Heath defeated Juan Patino in the finals of the Eastern Hard Court Championships May 12-15. Visit USTA website for more results.

Viking - Product Development

Lindenhurst, NY
Viking Athletics will be adding two new paddles to its line for the 2005/2006 season. AVALON is a light weight, super soft paddle designed for those players who want the utmost in control. The PRO V-1 will be Viking's new high end offering. Designed for top players who only want the best, the paddle features a super-dense core that allows breathtaking power while the heavier weight slows the swing speed to create added control. Viking is also offering a two-year limited warranty, with the PRO V-1, an unheard of benefit in the industry.

Ohlmuller to Leave Viking
Dave Ohlmuller

Lindenhurst, NY
April 14, 2005: Viking Athletics announced that Viking's national sales manager Dave Ohlmuller will be leaving Viking after nearly four years and is moving to the mid-west to start a new independent sales rep and sports consulting organization. Viking has signed with Ohlmuller's new company as their first client.

"We are sorry that Dave will no longer be working with us on a full time basis, but we are happy that we will be able to continue working with him in the future as he represents our growing interests in the mid-west," says Viking CEO, David Kjeldsen. details

2005 Canadian Nationals

Toronto, Canada
The 2005 Canadian Open had all the elements of a movie of the week –
Brother against brother, driving rain, heavy snow, border stoppings, ambulances….we had it all. Mike Boire / Mike Stulac defeated Paul Stulac / Scott McFaden 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) in the finals. full tournament details

2005 Senior Nationals

Englewood, NJ
Even torrential rains couldn’t postpone the annual reunion known as the Senior Men’s National Championships. Players from each of the APTA’s six regions participated in this event, held this year at the Englewood Field Club in New Jersey. full tournament details

Year End Rankings
Submitted from players committees as of March 22, 2005
Men's Rankings Women's Rankings

2005 Nationals

Pittsburgh, PA
Congratulations to 2005 Champions
Bill Anderson / Mike Stulac defeat Mike Cochrane/ Mike Marino in the Mens Open
Kerri Delmonico / Alia Main defeat Cindy Prendergast / Lauren Zink in the Women's Open
view full tournament

Platform Tennis at Summer Camp
Camp Birch Hill New Durham, NH
Camp Birch Hill www.campbirchhill.com now has paddle! In an effort to help grow our sport Camp Birch Hill has become the first summer camp to put in two paddle courts and a teaching center. Paddle will be added to their list of 50 activities to learn, play, and have fun with over the summer. There will be 2 pro's to help get the program going and paddle tennis on the map. read more

Senior Championships

Scarsdale, NY
More than 50 pairs competed at the Fox Meadow Tennis Club in Scarsdale to claim 4 National titles.
Scott Bondurant paired with Bill Fiedler to oust last year's champs, John Adams and Tim McAvoy, 6-4, 6-2 to win the 45+ category. Hank Irvine & Steve Baird topped brothers Jeff & Dave Hodges 6-1, 6-2 in the 55+ event. Roy Anderson & Joe Holmes beat Ray Crosta & Paul Marshall in the 65+ tournament by scores of 6-3, 6-2. Bob Brown and Howard Sipe outlasted Herb Bascome and Blair LeRoy in 3 tough sets, 6-4, 6-7, 6-4, to claim another National Championship in the 145+ division.

Mixed Nationals
Morristown, NJ
More than 100 mixed pairs participated in the APTA Mixed Nationals this weekend at the Spring Brook Country Club in Morristown, NJ. Jim & Myra McCready, Chris Jepson and their committee provided perfect weather and an exciting three days of play in Husband/Wife, Senior Husband/Wife and Open Mixed tournaments. read summary

Winners: Main Draw - Bobo Delaney & John Milbank, Husband/Wife - Marina & Dave Ohlmuller, Senior Husband/Wife - Patti & Mark Willis

Litchfield County Times
Litchfield County, CT
You Gotta Try Paddle Tennis - By John Torsiello
You may have seen them, those hardy souls braving all kinds of winter weather while the rest of us are driving by in the cozy cockpits of our SUVs, conquering the elements with ease as we move from one warm place to another. read article

Indianapolis Open
Indianapolis IN
Indianapolis hosted their 31st platform tennis championships Presidents Day Weekend under sunny skies with 50 teams participating. The 90s competition, was won by the venerable team of Gene Kempner/Mike Sullivan over Flip Goodspeed/Jay Stanley in 3 sets. Top ladies seeds Nancy Budde/Lynne Schneebeck defeated Sally Cottingham/Chris Sheldon in a barn burner. The Mens Open contest was fierce!! Scott Mansager/Flip Goodspeed avenged their 3 set loss last year over Chris Gambino/Bill Fiedler in straight sets this year. download draws

Current Rankings
Submitted from players committee as of February 28, 2005
Men's Rankings  

Registration for 2005 Nationals

Pittsburgh PA
Registration Deadline is Tuesday March 1st.  A list of current entries can be found on the Men's Draw, Women's Draw, and Presidents Cup pages.
Official 2005 webpage is www.paddlepro.com/nationals. Check for the latest news and updates.
Chairman, Martin Sturgess

Apply Online Now for the 2005 Nationals

Men’s B National Championships

Short Hills, NJ
Sean Flanagan and Steve DeRose took home the gold in the Men’s B Nationals, defeating Dave Broderick and Pat Kelly in a display of athleticism and ball control. Quick hands and quick feet were put to good use in three closer-than-it-appears sets, with Flanagan/DeRose riding their second set momentum into the third and triumphing 1-6, 6-2, 6-1. Other Men's results: Joe Holl and Ed Coughlin – Consolation winners; Eric Claman and JB Nickles – 32 Reprieve Winners; Ken Persson and Ed Tiltmann – 16 Reprieve winners; Ray Crosta, Sr. and Jim Ward – Last Chance winners.

Women’s B National Championships

Short Hills, NJ
Seasoned players Ruth Ann Connors and Louise Cash overcame a slow start to defeat tournament newcomers Lynn Elliott and Katie Freeman and capture the gold medal in the Women’s B National Championships by a score of 7-5, 6-1.Other winners include Jeannie Critchley and Craig Hunter in the Quarterfinal Reprieve, Lamia Beydoun and Debra LaMountain in the Reprieve, Kim Colville and Carolyn Tierney in the Consolation and Brooke Goode and Kelsey Bennett in the Last Chance.

2005 Mixed Nationals

The APTA Mixed National Championship application deadline is Monday Feb 28th.  If you have not yet applied for the Mixed Nationals, Husband & Wife Mixed Nationals, or the 50+ Husband and Wife Mixed Nationals. apply online below. For more information click here

Apply Online Now for the 2005 Mixed Nationals  

Think Pink
Buy Now

Lindenhurst, NY
Viking Athletics released the all new pink platform tennis ball. Viking Athletics CEO, David Kjeldsen says "The pink ball will provide a high contrast against all courts and maximum visibility in all playing conditions." David also notes:  "There is a very limited quantity produced of this first run to test the market, if people are interested I suggest they dont wait to purchase." 
Pink platform tennis balls are available in the proshop now.

2005 Pittsburgh Nationals Apparel

Pittsburgh, PA
The 2005 Pittsburgh Nationals sets another precedent by making logo merchandise available online prior to the event. Caps, Short Sleeve and Long Sleeve T shirts, and Fleece Jackets are on sale now in the proshop. Quantities are limited and they will not last long. buy now in the proshop

National mixed gearing up for largest draw in years

Morristown, NJ
National mixed
is gearing up for largest draw in years. Don’t wait too long to sign up for the APTA National Mixed Championship, to be held this year at the Spring Brook Country Club in Morristown, NJ. Traditionally signing up at the last minute was never a problem, but the Husband/wife is almost full and there are some 15 spots left in the 64 team Open draw. Senior Husband/Wife (50+) is close to its 16 team capacity.

New Jersey Champions

Anthony Cosimano and Steve Haller once again proved themselves to be the toughest team to beat in New Jersey with their 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 defeat of Mike Atkinson and John Milbank in the finals of the New Jersey Men’s State Open. Good food, athletic play and ample beverages were the order of the day. The NJ Men’s 50+ State crown will be decided on Sunday when Mark Cook & Ken Persson face Scott Estes and Ivan Harlow. view complete draws

Junior Champions

Summit, NJ
208 enthusiastic junior paddle players arrived at the Beacon Hill Club on January 29th hoping to take home the gold. 
This fun-filled afternoon is sponsored by Viking Athletics, Marsh, the NJ Men's Platform Tennis Association and the NJ Women's Platform Tennis League. Their generosity makes it possible to run a first-class event at little expense to the participants. Each child took home a Viking backpack. The finalists in each age group received new Viking paddles and APTA medals, with the winners also receiving Champions Chairs from Viking.  Winners and Finalists

Senior Winners

Summit, NJ
Bobo Delaney and Tonia Mangan reclaimed the Women’s 40+ National crown with an impressive victory over last year’s finalists Janet Faig and Judy Takach. 
Helen Garrett and Sandy Simmers met Winnie Hatch and Sharon Hummers in the finals of the Women’s 60+ Championship for the third consecutive year. Garrett and Simmers were victorious for their second title in three years. draws

Short Hills Invitational
Short Hills Invitational

Short Hills, NJ
Kerri Delmonico and Aila Main have not lost a match since their fifth place finish at the Chicago Charities in November. They added another title this weekend, winning the Short Hills Invitational.

The exciting Men’s final featured a 3-setter, with Dave Ohlmuller and George Zink winning another title.
read more and view completed draws

Maine State Mixed
Portland, ME
We had the first ever Maine State Mixed tournament here in Maine co-hosted by The Portland Country Club and The Arundel Paddle Club (Kennebunkport) on Jan 16. We were thrilled to fill it to capacity the first year with 16 teams coming from Vermont, New Hampshire, Mass and of course, Maine.see finalists

CT States Championship
Hartford, CT
Mother Nature finally gave New England a weekend of good paddle weather !! The Hartford Golf Club hosted the Connecticut State Platform Tennis Championships last weekend in what proved to be a battle between Region 2 teams vying for their spot on the President’s Cup team. read full story

Current Rankings
Submitted from players committee as of January 31, 2005
Men's Rankings Women's Rankings

The Journal News

Westchester NY by JOY VICTORY
Last Tuesday night, during the height of the recent Arctic blast, the temperature was 10 degrees and falling. It was so cold that even the outdoor lights at Scarsdale Golf Club were struggling to heat up and illuminate properly.see article visit The Journal News.com for full story

NJ State Mixed

Montclair, NJ
It was January…holiday fun over, money gone, the blues knocking at the door. Surprise, the New Jersey State Tournament had just begun. Wow! What a blowout time it was, too. This was the 38th year for this championship and it just may have been the best ever. Bobo Delaney and John Milbank proved once again just how dynamic their game is by defeating Marina Ohlmuller and Anthony Cosimano 6-4, 6-1. read more

Colorado Open

Bailey, CO
Louie McKee and Derek Fisher def. Pete Chandler and Will Shafroth in the finals of the Colorado Open on January 22 at the Arapahoe Tennis Club. 6-2, 6-3

Sound Shore Invitational

Westchester, NY
Congratulations to Kerri Delmonico and Aila Main winners of the Women's open 7-5, 7-5 over Tonia Mangan and Bobo Delaney. Men's matches played through snow till 3pm.  Anthony Cosimano and Steve Haller repeated as Men's Champions 6-3, 6-3 over Brad Easterbrook and Jim Kaufman. All B draw matches are rescheduled to Saturday 1-29 @ 11am check here for further details.

Midwesterns Results

The 2005 edition of The Midwesterns Platform Tennis Tournament was held last weekend in Cincinnati. Included in the 208 players who participated during the weekend were over 100 players from the Greater Cincinnati area while the remainder of the players came from Chicago, Pittsburgh, New York, Boston, Toronto, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Grand Rapids, Cleveland, Baltimore, Winston-Salem, Milwaukee and Short Pump, VA.   Full Report

Registration for 2005 Nationals

Pittsburgh PA
Pittsburgh will host 64 Women's teams and 96 Men's for the 2005 Nationals. 25 women's spots and 30 Men's will be reserved for presidents cup teams so register early to guarantee your spot in the 2005 Nationals.  (Draws may be increased by tiers of 8) Official 2005 webpage is www.paddlepro.com/nationals. Check for the latest news and updates.
Chairman, Martin Sturgess

Apply Online Now for the 2005 Nationals

Detroit Invitational Results

Detroit MI
Competitive ping pong, platform tennis, chili and spirits characterized the Detroit Invitational 2005. The first-year Women’s Ranking tournament had a full 16 draw, with National Champs Mary Doten and Susie Keane winning the title. Pittsburgh’s Brett Englesberg and Brad Kelly upheld their #1 seeding and defeated Chicago’s Mike Chabraja and Jean Kempner in the finals of the Men’s.

2005 Boston Open
2005 Boston Open

Boston MA
Despite the "Winter Storm Warning", the paddle community in Boston was rejuvinated on the weekend of January 8th. Players from New Jersey. New York and even Ontario, Canada came and weathered the snow, sleet and freezing rain for a one-day tourney that brought 26 teams to battle. read full report

2005 Mixed Nationals

Save the date! The APTA Mixed National Championship is back in the heart of paddle, The metropolitan New York Area. The Spring Brook Country Club in Morristown, NJ will be the site for the 67th National Mixed contest and the first time it will returning to New Jersey since 1999. read more

New York Times

Pick up a copy of the Sunday NY Times on 01-09, look in business section for article on Platform Tennis by Harry Hurt. View article on NY Times website requires login (free account)

Sound Shore Invitational

Westchester, NY
Friday January 21, 2005 - Sunday January 23, 2005
Men's Open, Women's open, Mens 50+ Mens 60+"B". Mens 65+

view full details about this year and see prior results and pictures here

Platform Tennis Moves South

Atlanta, GA
When northerners head south in the winter, it is usually to escape the cold and enjoy the sun and golf in a warmer climate. Platform tennis players, however, are not fazed by the cold – and will go to great lengths to find a game. In that spirit, some seasoned platform tennis players from Connecticut, New York and New Jersey will head to Atlanta, GA on Saturday, January 15 to help introduce our sport to a new group of competitors. more on this event

Viking Tour

Long Island, NY
On Saturday, December 11, 2004, the Long Island Platform Tennis Association hosted its 2nd Annual Viking Junior Tour tournament at the Garden City Country Club and Cherry Valley Club. Among the four age divisions, we had twenty eight (28) teams participating (56 kids!), and countless parents and grandparents cheering. The level of paddle was extraordinary, the good sportsmanship was commendable, and the smiles were constant! John Cerga and Alex Bancila, the Directors of Racquet Sports at the Garden City Country Club and Cherry Valley Club, respectively, volunteered their time and helped make it a memorable day for the players. We expect to have even more teams next year, so sign up early! The Champions and Finalists were as follows:

Happy New Year

Paddlepro.com wishes everyone a happy new year and would like to offer some great ways to start off the new year.

January 8th

Detroit Invitational - Apply on Line
Boston Open - see region 2
Kansas City Open - see region 5
January 15th-16th
The Midwesterns - see Cincinnati website
January 22nd-23rd
Sound Shore Invitational - Apply Online
January 29th-30th
Lagunitas Open - See Region 6

Bronxville Paddle

Bronxville, NY
The Village of Bronxville is following in the footsteps of the Hinsdale Public Courts.  The community members have vowed to raise $30,000 to support the facility and
build 2 new courts.  The Hinsdale IL Program was a huge success, Bronxville residents are taking the same approach to keep the winter sport alive in their town.
read more and help support public paddle

Detroit Invitational Tournament

Grosse Pointe, MI
The Detroit Invitational will be hosted @ The Country Club of Detroit and area clubs January 8-9th 2005
. For the first time the Women's draw will be a National Ranking Tournament.  View tournament details

Apply for the D.I.T. Online

Platform Tennis Museum & Hall of Fame
Platform Tennis Museum

Scarsdale NY
by Chuck Vasoll www.platformtennisnews.com
The Platform Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum Foundation present their proposal for establishing a Platform Tennis Museum and Hall of Fame at Fox Meadow Tennis Club, Scarsdale NY. View article
Reproduced with permission from platformtennisnews.com

Demographic Survey

The American Platform Tennis Association (APTA), in conjunction with industry leaders, wants to get to know you better. Armed with accurate information, we can better direct our efforts to serve your needs. We can also use this profile to build marketing relationships with desirable potential sponsors. This will help the APTA with its #1 objective: to grow the sport of platform tennis.

If you have not already done so: please follow this link to take the survey it will take about 5 min to complete

Philadelphia Open 2004
Philadelphia Open 

Philadelphia, PA
The Philadelphia Open Kerri Delmonico and Aila Main won their second tournament of the season, beating Sally Cottingham and Chris Sheldon 6-2, 6-3. view Womens draw
Dave Ohlmuller and George Zink outlasted David Caldwell and Blake Cordish 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 to capture the Men’s crown. view Mens draw

Holiday Shopping
With the beginning of holiday shopping season don't forget about the platform tennis nut in your family.  Check out what's new for 2004-2005. Paddles, Balls, Footwear and Accessories - nobody carries more Platform Tennis items than the paddlepro.com proshop....no traffic no crowds - we deliver.

Connecticut Results
Hartford Women's - Kerry Delmonico and Aila Main win 6-2, 6-0 over Hilary Debbs and Bobo Delaney view full results
CT Classic - Bill Anderson and Mike Stulac defeat Brad Easterbrook and Jim Kaufman 6-2, 7-6
view full draw

Wisconsin State Journal

Madison, WI
by Barry Adams
Wisconsin State Journal
During the early 1970's, it lasted about three years outside the UW- Madison Nielson Tennis Stadium.  Very few people played the sport.....But after a 30- year absence, Platform Tennis may return to Dane County. view full article here

Hartford Women's

Hartford, CT
The Draw for the Hartford Women's R & PCQ tournament is posted. 

The tournament will be held Saturday November 20th @ Hartford Golf Club, Hartford CT
Find News - Women's Draw - Directions in the Hartford Women's Directory on paddlepro.com

Pilgrims and Indians

New Canaan, CT
Last year, in an effort to "Grow the Game" in New Canaan, we ran a small round-robin tournament on Thanksgiving weekend...we called it "Pilgrims and Indians." The idea is this: Indians are the experienced veteran paddle players and the Pilgrims are the novices...mostly tennis and squash players that have never played paddle. We throw the names of all the Pilgrims into a hat and the Indians pick a partner to play with...always pairing up a seasoned paddle player with a novice. view more about this event

Current Rankings
Submitted from players committee as of November 16, 2004
Men's Rankings Women's Rankings

Philadelphia Open 2004
Philadelphia Open 

Philadelphia, PA
The Philadelphia Open held December 11-12th announces that it will have CASH prizes this year of $1,500 to $2,500 (depending on draw size).  There will be open draws for Men and Women. Simon Peppiatt, building from his success hosting the 2003 Nationals announced that The Philadelphia Open will be hosted will be hosted online by paddlepro.com.  view details and latest news about the Philadelphia Open

Apply for the Philadelphia Open Online

Connecticut Classic 2004
Connecticut Classic

Greenwich, CT
The 2004 CT Classic is promising to be a very strong event - see who has already entered. Apply before Wednesday 11-17 This tournament will have a Mens Open Draw and a Mens 90+ Draw. The draws will be posted Thursday before the event in our special Connecticut Classic section   -

Apply for the Men's Tournament Online

2004 Chicago Charities Results

Chicago, IL
Chris Gambino and David Ohlmuller repeat as winners of the Chicago Charities over Flip Goodspeed and Scott Mansager 1-6, 6-2, 6-3. click here to view the mens draw full results of the Chicago Charities will be posted shortly.

2005 Nationals

Pittsburgh, PA
The 2005 Nationals Committee has announced that for the third year in a row paddlepro.com will be the web host for the National Championships, to be held March 10 - 13, 2005 in Pittsburgh PA. Registration will begin online later this month. Official Merchandise with the 2005 Pittsburgh Nationals logo will also be available.  click here to view selected logo.

Public Courts - Grand Opening In New Canaan CT

New Canaan, CT
At the first annual New Canaan Community Platform Tennis Day on Saturday, October 30th, 2004, the Town of New Canaan, CT celebrated the grand opening of their new public platform tennis courts in Waveny Park. view full story here

Indianapolis League joins paddlepro

Indianapolis IN
paddlepro.com would like to welcome the members of Indianapolis Platform Tennis League to the site.  This league is hosted at four clubs and six private houses. We wish the paddle tennis enthusiasts in Indiana all the success and hope for continued growth of the sport in Indiana. This league marks another first for paddlepro, this will be the first league that will update and maintain their own pages. Visit the IPTL and wish them luck on their message board.

Photo Contest for 2004-2005 Season

A recent submission of the photo (see right) encouraged us to start another photo contest.  The rules are simple - take a photo (has to involve paddle) and send it in to contest@paddlepro.com .  At the end of the season we will award the winner will receive a 22" x 29" photo print of Fox Meadow oil painting by Robert Strickler. see 2004-2005 submitted photos here.

Grand Opening in New Canaan, CT

New Canaan , CT
Waveny Park will officially open 4 new platform tennis courts to the public on Saturday October 30th: start time 11:30am. A Pro Exhibition starts @ 12:00pm including #1 ranked David Ohlmuller, Mike Cochrane (#5), David Caldwell (#9), & Viking Academy trainer John Milbank.  The event is open to the public so make plans to join the festivities - click here for more details and full schedule

Connecticut Classic 2004
Wilson Paddles

Greenwich, CT
The Connecticut Classic is coming! This tournament will have a Mens Open Draw and a Mens 90+ Draw. The draws will be posted Thursday before the event in our special Connecticut Classic section (paddlepro.com/cc2003).
The tournament takes place from November 20 - 21. Click here for more information on this year's event.

Apply for the Men's Tournament Online

Milwaukee Open Results

Milwaukee WI
The first national ranking tournament of the season is complete. Mary Doten and Susie Keane pick up the season right where they left off - Winning the Milwaukee Open over Leslie Hough and Kelly Rudolph in the women's finals 6-3, 7-5.  On the men's side Blake Cordish and David Caldwell breezed their way through, never dropping a set, defeating Mike Cochrane and Slade McGauran 6-3, 6-1 in the men's finalsFull Results can be found here.

Bash For Ash

Westchester OH
Benefit for Ashley Rose Herr, daughter of Peter and Cathy Herr. This 5 month old recently had a heart transplant and is fighting for her precious life. Please help one of our own and support this great family. All proceeds go to the Ashley Rose Herr Fund. Come celebrate a night of platform, raffle items, fun, and supporting a family in need! You do not have to attend to help donate. If you wish to donate please contact Fifth Third Bank @ (513) 759-3800 and ask for the Ashley Rose Herr Fund. All donations are greatly appreciated! For more information please contact Jason Gray @ Beckett Ridge Country Club @ 513 874-9909.

Nantucket Mixed Invitational
Nantucket Paddle

Nantucket MA
The Nantucket Mixed Invitational Tournament has a long standing tradition of great paddle and great fun. For over 15 years, NPTA has hosted this wonderful event, welcoming old friends and newcomers year after year. The paddle is competitive, the food is fantastic, and the friendships formed are long lasting. Participation has declined over the past several years, and we're trying to renew interest in this special weekend. We will have to cancel the tournament again this year if there is not enough interest, so please consider coming to Nantucket Nov 13-14, 2004 for a beautiful fall weekend - you won't be disappointed! - Margaretta Andrews

Milwaukee Open

The first national ranking event of the season is in Wisconsin, The Milwaukee Open will be held October 22nd – 24th, 2004 at The Town Club in Milwaukee WI. It will feature tournaments for both Men and Women Ranking, PCQ as well as 90+ combined Men's event, and a great party.
2004 Milwaukee Open entries are listed online view draw sheets for Mens Open- Women's Open - Deadline for Entry has passed

2004 Live Results
Schedule Of Events

Viking IGNITE top selling paddle

Viking Runs Overtime to Keep IGNITE™ Paddle In Stock
David Kjeldsen, CEO of Viking Athletics, told PaddlePro.com today, that sales of Viking's new IGNITE™ paddle are way beyond the initial forecast and expectations. So much so that Viking has recently been forced to work overtime to keep the paddle in stock. Kjeldsen acknowledged that for the first time in eight seasons, the Viking OZ™ has been displaced as Viking's number one selling paddle.
PaddlePro.com has secured inventory of the IGNITE™ to ensure availability to its customers, regardless of possible future stocking shortfalls at Viking.

Waveny Park to Open October 30th

New Canaan Advertiser
New Canaan CT
The Town of New Canaan will celebrate the grand opening of its new platform tennis facility at the first annual New Canaan Community Platform Tennis Day on Saturday, October 30th at 11:30 in Waveny Park.  In attendance will be #1 Ranked David Ohlmuller with 3 other top players and the Viking Academy
view story

Hinsdale man bringing more people to paddle

The Doings Newspapers - By Brian Boyle
Hinsdale IL
Twenty Years ago, Bill O'Brein almost didn't move to Hinsdale because it lacked a place to play paddle tennis.  He played for five years, having learned it through a neighbor after relocating to New Jersey, a paddle tennis hot bed...
view story

Milwaukee Open kicks off 04-05 tournaments

The first national ranking event of the season is in Wisconsin, The Milwaukee Open will be held October 22nd – 24th, 2004 at The Town Club in Milwaukee WI. It will feature tournaments for both Men and Women Ranking, PCQ as well as 90+ combined Men's event, and a great party. SIGN UP NOW

2003 Open Results
Schedule Of Events

Chicago Charities 2004

Chicago IL
The Chicago Charities application is now available online.  Please sign up now for a great tournament and a great cause.

Download Application Here

Fairfield Paddle League Joins Paddlepro

Fairfield, CT
Fairfield Ladies League is now online and part of the paddlepro community. League members please find news - schedule - directions - lineups - standings - and registration online at www.paddlepro.com/fpl

Viking's IGNITEIgnites the Passion for Paddle

Peter Buccino, Viking Athletics’ Vice President and General Manager, announced today that Dave Ohlmuller, ranked number one in the APTA men’s standings, has made the switch to Viking’s new IGNITE paddle. Furthermore, he stated that the IGNITE is currently Viking’s best selling new paddle. “Our manufacturing operation can barely keep up with the orders,” says Buccino.
The IGNITE is the largest paddle ever made, yet has the maneuverability of a standard size paddle. With the largest sweet spot of any paddle on the market and the inclusion of Gamma’s High Tech Gel grip, the IGNITE is this season’s must have product. See a photo of Dave Ohlmuller using IGNITE.

Pittsburgh Junior Players attend a Free Clinic from Viking

Pittsburgh, PA
On behalf of the Junior division, we would like to thank John Milbank, Bob Considine and Dave Ohlmuller of the Viking Academy for generously giving their time and providing a free clinic to all of the children that attended at the North Park courts. Many of the children were new to the sport and although they have seen the courts or watched their parents play, they were not aware of the similarities to tennis. The visiting pros introduced the juniors to the fun and excitement of paddle and our hope is that the juniors will keep with them a lasting memory of the fun they had. Thank you Viking Academy.

Hinsdale IL Prepares To Open New Paddle Facility

Hinsdale IL ,
Four new public courts are very close to being completed in Hinsdale IL,  financed in part by local area paddle fanatics. The country's top paddle players will be in Hinsdale to help us celebrate the grand opening of our new 4-court facility at Katherine Legge Memorial Park.  September 23rd 24th and 25th. view details of the KLM Grand Opening

Download Viking Academy program

Grow The Game Initiative

Viking Athletics and the Viking Academy partnering with the APTA on their "Grow the Game Initiative"  The Viking Academy is proud to partner with the APTA's "Grow the Game Initiative". We are excited to travel around the country beginning in September promoting Viking Athletics and the APTA in the hopes of bringing in more members to the organization....continued.

Milwaukee Open

Paddlepro.com agrees to host the first national ranking event of the season, The Milwaukee Open to be held October 22nd – 24th, 2004 at The Town Club in Milwaukee WI. More information to follow in September.

2003 Open Results
Schedule Of Events

Product Development

Paddlepro.com and Platform Tennis magazine had the opportunity to recently test pre-production samples of Viking’s new pink platform tennis ball. The balls, tentatively available 1st quarter 2005, will be available for tournaments and events that seek to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. According to David Kjeldsen, CEO of Viking, “Since my days at Estee Lauder it has been a topic in the forefront. Through research, a cure can be found in our lifetime provided there are funds. Viking hopes to do its part to conquer this deadly disease.”

Anthony Nunziatta in semi finals on NBC "Gimme the Mike"

With the help of the platform tennis communities votes Anthony won the wild card spot in week four of NBC's "Gimme the Mike" contest and is in the semi finals. Voting is now live @ http://www.wnbc.com/gimmethemike/3597783/detail.html please help out Anthony one more time and help send him to the Finals. Voting will only occur from Sunday 8-01 through noon Monday 8-02. 

Jr. Platform Tennis stars on NBC "Gimme the Mike"

Anthony and Will Nunziatta of the New York Athletic Club appeared on NBC "Gimme The Mike" on Saturday July 24th.  Anthony and Will are former 2 time 18 and under National Champions and have been competitors in the Viking Cup Adult Child tournament since it began, between them they have won the Viking Cup 4 times.  Please support the Nunziatta's by visiting http://www.wnbc.com/gimmethemike/index.html and voting for one of them.

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2004-2005 Regional Tournaments

Its July, the first tournament of the 2004-2005 season is in October, but Paddlepro.com already has the first listing of tournaments according to their regions. There are 93 certified tournaments so far in the listing for this upcoming season, and there will be more tournaments added throughout the year. Check out which tournaments are new, which are classic and which are no longer around in our complete listing of tournaments since 2002. For tournament directors out there, click here to see what Paddlepro.com can do for you.

Hinsdale Paddle Players Pitch In

Surban Life July 14, 1004
by Melissa Rubalcaba
Platform tennis players have collected about $100,000 in pledges, in amounts that range from $50 to $10,000.
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Greater Cincinnati Platform Tennis Joins Paddlepro

The Greater Cincinnati Platform Tennis Association joined paddlepro.com league section"Having our league on paddlepro.com will help give our members more natonal exposure as well as make more platform tennis services available to our members" - Mark Kebe

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Viking - Official Ball Through 2009

The American Platform Tennis Association has chosen Viking Athletics’ platform tennis ball to be the official ball of the APTA Men’s and Women’s Open and “B” National Championships through the 2009 Nationals.

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