Local pro coaches Barclays ATP World Tour Finalist
Local teaching pro Alex Pop-Moldovan recently accompanied top doubles player Florin Mergea to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London. Pop-Moldovan, who is Mergea’s coach, helped Mergea and his partner, Rohan Bopanna, to the championship, where the duo lost to the team of Jean-Julien Rojer & Horia Tecau.
“It was a great experience and a great feeling to be there with the best of the best,” said Pop-Moldovan. “We enjoyed every moment and hope to be there next year too. Florin and Rohan had a great week, and Florin and I are preparing here in New York already for the next season.”
LI’s Mitchel named SUNYAC Coach of the Year
Long Island’s Lonnie Mitchel was named the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Coach of the Year for the fall season. Mitchel, a native of East Meadow, N.Y., coached the Oneonta Red Dragons to a 6-7 record and the number two seed in the SUNYAC East Division.
"It's easy to be ‘Coach of The Year’ when you have the right captain to lead us and the right players who buy into what we preach," said Mitchel. "I'm humbled by this award because I know in my heart that the players on the roster, from top to bottom, are putting in the time, the hitting sessions and the workouts and writing a story about how we compete and how we represent ourselves. I thank the players and I thank SUNY Oneonta for allowing me the privilege to coach Red Dragon women's tennis."
Sportime Massapequa duo claims mixed-doubles crown
Sportime Massapequa added two more champions to its list of In-House Mixed-Doubles winners as the team of Mike Ahern & Terry Leheny captured the 7.5 Mixed-Doubles Title at a recent tournament.
Goetz wins Eddie Herr Boys U16 title
Ryan Goetz of Harborfields won the Boys U16 Championship at the Eddie Herr Internationals in Plantation, Fla. Goetz, who trains at Bethpage Park Tennis Center, was the tournament’s 13th seed and defeated Germany’s Patrick Zahraj 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 in the finals.
Ross School players visit Sunshine State for 54th Annual Junior Orange Bowl
Several players from The Ross School Tennis Academy in East Hampton, N.Y. took a trip down to Florida for the 54th Annual Junior Orange Bowl. The players were accompanied by coaches Hleb Maslau and Simona Weymar. Prior to the Orange Bowl, The Ross School had players competing in the Eddie Herr International Junior Championships and the Casely International Championships.
“It was a great experience for everyone to compete against the best juniors in the world,” said Vinicius Carmo, director of tennis for The Ross School. Pictured below are Bianca Lorich, Ally Friedman, Ben Ebanks, Simona Weymar (pro) and Vitalina Golod.
Lionel Goldberg honored with Regional Volunteer of the Year Award
Three-time Long Island Tennis Challenge Champion Lionel Goldberg of Hewlett, N.Y. was named the USTA Eastern’s 2015 Regional Volunteer of the Year for the Long Island Region. Goldberg will be honored at the Eastern Tennis Conference at the Westchester Renaissance Hotel in White Plains, N.Y. on Saturday, Jan. 30.