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Region V News 2009-2010
Alan "Mr. Paddle" Graham Inducted into Hall of Fame
MARCH 17, 2010
Starlight Singles Championship
MARCH 15, 2010
Enthusiasm Grows at the St. Louis Invitational
FEBRUARY 25, 2010
3 Parts Bondurant and 1 Part Johnson in the Winner's Circle in Indianapolis
FEBRUARY 23, 2010
Extreme Cold Couldn't Deter 10th Annual Kansas City Men’s Open
152 Teams Compete in Chicago Series Tournaments
JANUARY 18, 2010
|4-6||Rowland-Rowland||Figora-Kinst||6-2, 3-6, 6-2||Full Draw|
|7-10||Casey-Lombardi||Gray-Pfisterer||6-4, 6-1||Full Draw|
|11-14||Hester-Lyons||Becker-Phillips||6-4, 6-2||Full Draw|
|15-18||Shookman-West||Higginson-McWeeney||6-3, 3-6, 6-3||Full Draw|
Mike Marino & Brian Uihlein Take 1st Hinsdale Title
DECEMBER 13, 2009
Plaftorm tennis has been exploding in Hinsdale, which is turning the corner from being the western frontier in Chicago's paddle scene to being a formidable center of play.
The first Men's Hinsdale Challenge, a new National Ranking Tournament and President's Cup Qualifier, drew a draw filled with top flight talent.
(In photo l to r: Bill O'Brien, Scott Bondurant, Mark Johnson, Van Stapleton, Mike Marino, Brian Uihlein, Mary Doten)
Clarkson & Head Champs at IL Intermediates
NOVEMBER 29, 2009
The annual Illinois Men's Intermediates tournament was held November 21-22 at clubs across the North Shore of Chicago. The tournament restricts teams to pairings whose combined league series adds up to 4 or higher. While this keeps the top players from partnering up, the level of the tournament is still quite high. After all, the Chicago league has 18 series.
An interesting twist to this event is inclusion of three man teams. Any two partners can play together in any round, but the pair that starts a match together must finish it together. This gives an extra lift to a team that thinks they may not have the stamina to make it trough the rigors of an entire tournament. In practice,only one team signed up as 3, Fritzsche-Hasley-Landman, and they came home with the Consolation Reprieve title.
The main draw had nearly 64 teams and included a full complement of back draws. In the semis, 4th seeded Bice-Johnson defeated unseeded Kaspers-Kaspers 6-4, 6-3 and number 2 seeds Clarkson-Head moved past 6th seeded Baccich-Rowe 7-6, 7-5. In the finals Clarkson-Head pulled through in a close 3 setter, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6.
Back draw winners:
Quarter Reprieve: Jacobsohn-Whipple
Consolaton Reprieve: Fritzsche-Hasley-Landman
Last Chane: D'Alise-Lombardi
Full Draws (Excel)
2009 Chicago Platform Tennis Charities
NOVEMBER 5, 2009
The draws are out, the players are arriving, and the perennially popular Chicago Platform Tennis Charities is under way. As the weekend progresses, we'll let you know what's happening and who's winning, and will give you some photos to share the action.
Engel & Martin Win Milwaukee Men's
OCTOBER 28, 2009
In the Milwaukee Men's Open, a perennial favorite in the region, Marty Engel and Wade Martin took the title in a 3 set final over Nate Parsons and Dane Schmigdall, 7-6, 4-6, 7-5.
Doten & Schwartz Take Milwaukee Women's
OCTOBER 25, 2009
The Milwaukee Open is always a great start to the midwest's season of NRT/PCQ tournaments. This year 14 women's teams competed in an an extremely stong draw. The majority of the teams hailed from Chicago, and many of them warmed up the previous day playing league matches. Unfortunately, both that warm up day and the day of the tournament were wet. It was just plain raining for the early rounds, and the hut took on the feel of a laundromat with all the clothes hung up to dry. But the weather didn't dampen the positive attitudes of the players, and the weather cleared fr the later rounds.
Junior Jamboree Energizes Chicago
OCTOBER 22, 2009
The 2nd Annual Chicago Junior Paddle Jamboree went off without a hitch on a gorgeous Sunday. Three clubs, over 165 children, and 14 PPTA pros came together for a fun filled afternoon of paddle. More
The Junior Jamboree Returns to Chicago
OCTOBER 13, 2009
There's still time to sign up for the 2nd Annual Chicago Junior Jamboree on Sunday, October 18. Registration closes Friday, October 16.
Host clubs this year include Exmoor, Lake Bluff, Winnetka, Sunset Ridge, Evanston, Saddle & Cycle and Hinsdale PD.
The event is free and open to anyone aged 7-18. Juniors are invited to come and learn basic skills, history and evolution of the game, and be introduced to the best outdoor winter activity going.
Activities will be supervised by local PPTA pros and many volunteers.
Prizes, favors, food, drinks and raffle awards will be givn out at all sites.
Premier Cup Results
OCTOBER 10, 2009
Check out detailed results from the Premier Cup tournament.
Fifth Annual Premier Cup Tournament
SEPTEMBER 30, 2009
The 5th Annual Premier Cup is set to take place at Sunset Ridge Country Club in Chicago on October 10th & 11th.
Sunset Ridge boasts one of the nicer Platform facilities around and is proud to be this year's host which has the strongest field to date.
2100 Sunset Ridge Rd Northfield, IL 60093-1063
Saturday's round robin play will start @ 9 AM and Sunday's placement matches will begin @ 10 AM.
Peter Berka, Director of Racquet Sports at Sunset Ridge along with Jason Gray and tournament sponsors Premier Platform Tennis and
The group pairings will be officially announced at the official draw party to be held at the Wilson Global Headquarters.
1.Scott Mansager/Chris Gambino
2.Steve Derose/Jon Lubow
3.Mike Cochrane/Mike Stulac
4.Mike Marino/Brian Uihlein
5.Denny English/Brian Heil
6.Brian O'Connoer/Drew Broderick
7.Peter Berka/Drew Eberly
8.Scott Bondurant/Mark Johnson
Along with the event, the APTA will be organizing an evening of clinics and an exhibition at
For more info on the event at Salt Creek please contact the APTA and for the Premier Cup please contact Jason Gray( FBRacquetSports@hotmail.com ) or Peter Berka( PBerka@SunsetRidgeCC.org ).
Salt Creek Club Installs Courts
JUNE 23, 2009
Construction is in full swing at Salt Creek Club. From all signs, Jim Garber is doing a magnificent job on the pavilion. Reilly Green Mountain have put together the first of four courts.
Going into the fall, there will be even more people playing paddle in Hinsdale. The SCC will field 3 or 4 league teams, transferring players from the over-crowded courts at KLM. Hinsdale Park District teams will have a few more home matches next season.
100 Chicago Ladies Play in Summer League
JUNE 18, 2009
Chicago has already staked out territory as one of the biggest leagues in the regular season, and now the ladies of the Chicago area are expanding into the summer.
Joanne Lurie of the Winnetka Platform Tennis Club and Carol Iseberg of Tennaqua have put together a loose and easy summer league. They expected a few dozen women at most, but by the enrollment deadline 100 women had signed up. They were pleasantly astonished at the turnout. It had not really occurred to them that they would have to turn people away.
The league has several attractions, not the least of which is that there is no charge. The clubs are allowing the play for free as long as at least one player in a group is a member. Players supply their own balls.
Teams were formed across clubs and include players of various levels. Each team has 8-10 players, of which 6 play each week. Match times and locations are determined by each group of players. It's a very easy going structure only possible in the summer, when court time is not an issue. But who knows, maybe the Midwest is at the vanguard of a trend to take paddle to a year around calendar.
Chicago summer league players (l-r) Amy Rogers, Joanne Lurie (organizer) and Steph Kozak