Congratulations to the 6.0 Mixed-Doubles team from Hempstead Lake Tennis, captained by Darlene Sotomayor and Adam Moramarco, and the 8.0 Mixed-Doubles team from Long Beach Tennis Center, captained by Andrew Camacho.
The Mixed-Doubles League is now underway with playoffs beginning soon. To get the up-to-date League standings, go to www.litennisscores.com. The Long Island winning team from the 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0 Divisions will advance to the Section Championship in Schenectady, N.Y. the weekend of May 30.
The Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) held its annual awards event during the 2014 PTR International Tennis Symposium on Hilton Head Island, S.C., where Old Westbury, N.Y.’s Elizabeth Kobak was named PTR Female Player of the Year.
Over 300 open-level players from across the country competed for National Team Championships in four divisions this fall at the Darling Tennis Center in Las Vegas. The draws were comprised of talented teams from around the nation.
Winning nationals–that’s challenging to do for anyone. At 25-years-old, practicing and competing in fewer tournaments than in one’s junior tennis prime, let alone on tennis’ naturally quirky surface it is that much more of a daunting task. Recently, I was able to accomplish that feat and am very proud of it.
The teams that advanced to Sectional Championships are: 6.0 Hempstead Lake Indoor (captained by Darlene Sotomayor); 7.0 Eastern Athletic Melville (captained by Jamie Stickney); 8.0 Eastern Athletic Blue Point (captained by Kara Parker); and 9.0 Sportime Lynbrook (captained by Chris Colesanti).
The Mixed-Doubles League continues match play with League playoffs beginning in May. The winning Long Island teams will advance to the Section Championship in Schenectady, N.Y. the weekend of May 31-June 2.
Westhampton Beach Tennis will be again offering partial and full scholarships to both adults and juniors at its tennis academy. These scholarships are for beginning tennis players who have made contributions to their community. The scholarships are in the names of two of owner Peter Kaplan's roommates at Cornell University.
First and foremost, I hope everyone is recovering from Superstorm Sandy. I know we had many players affected by the storm and my heart goes out to all of you. I am hoping that you are all starting to get some normalcy back in your lives!
Over the holiday season, Rockville Racquet Club held their 2012 Men's Holiday Tournament. There was both singles and doubles competition for two levels of play, A+B. Tournament Director Kevin Gray did a great job making sure everything ran smoothly and that everyone had a great time. It was a wonderful two weeks of tennis at Rockville Racquet.
Ian Shapiro's Syosset Sportime team won the Long Island Region for Men’s 3.5, 4.0. & 4.5 Tri-Level this weekend 2-1 over the Klee/Nassau Indoor team. The team went undefeated for the season, winning the LI championship for the second time in three years. They will now be headed to Schenectady Jan. 19-20 for the Eastern Championships.
Congratulations to the Women’s 3.0 Senior Team from Point Set, captained by Marilyn Shimon, and the Women’s 3.5 Senior Team from Carefree Racquet, captained by Bonnie Kolenberg, for winning at Sectionals and advancing to the Nationals! A job well done! Also advancing to Nationals is the Super Senior 9.0 Men’s Team from Jericho-Westbury, captained by Ed Wolfarth.
For the second consecutive year, the United States has won seven cups at the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Super-Seniors World Team Championships. The 2012 event, the 32nd edition of the championships, was held in Umag, Croatia, and consisted of 186 teams from 35 countries competing in 10 age categories from 60 and over to 80 and over.
I have been coordinating the USTA Leagues on Long Island for 26 years. When I started, there were about 400 in the league and this number has grown to over 4,000 players. As another season comes to an end, I was thinking about some of the good experiences I’ve had or heard about from the league over the years.
Rob Delman, Gil Koppel and Peter Simel, Masters Tennis Co-Chairmen of the 19th Maccabiah USA Organizing Committee, and Head Coach Roy Kozupsky are actively seeking the best Jewish tennis players from across the country to try out for the Maccabiah team.