News and notes from across the L.I. tennis community
  | By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff


NSWTL Wraps Up Season
The North Shore Women’s Tennis League (NSWTL) recently held its annual awards dinner at Manhasset Bay Yacht Club. The longest-running women’s tennis league in the country celebrated another successful year with a cocktail hour, carving stations and a buffet, as well as raffle prizes given out at the end of the night. The attendees were also able to browse around at the various items and gifts being sold throughout the night, including bags from companies like Grand Slam Gear.


Roslyn and Port Washington Hold Free Tennis Clinics
Both the Roslyn (pictured left) and Port Washington (pictured right) Girls Varsity Tennis Teams held their own free tennis clinics this fall, bringing in members of their respective communities to teach and work with them on their tennis game.

"While we always want to succeed on the court, we also know the importance of giving back to the community. Everyone in our town benefited from this wonderful event," said Port Washington Girls Tennis Head Coach Shane Helfner of his clinic. “The participants all left with trophies and a big smile on their face.”


Hitting With the Pros
Paige Wygodzki of Huntington, who trains at Bethpage Park Tennis Center, got to experience a wonderful thrill during the U.S. Open. The nine-year old went on the courts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and hit with two-time U.S Open finalist Victoria Azarenka.


Garden City’s Graham Makes Waves at U.S. Open
Garden City’s Alexa Graham participated in the U.S. Open Junior Tournament, and played some excellent tennis. Playing in front of her friends, family and neighbors, the 16-year-old advanced to the second-round of the tournament.

“Before the match, I was obviously a little nervous,” Graham said of playing in front of a ton of people who were rooting for her. “Once you get locked into the game and match though, it goes away.”


NYIT Succeeds at ITA Eastern Championships
The New York Institute of Technology, coached by LI’s Jason Pasion, was well-represented at the ITA/USTA Regional Championships. NYIT’s Alessia Rossetti defeated Costanza Mecchi of Concordia College 6-0, 7-5 in the singles final, and then paired up with Justyna Krol to win the doubles final of the Division II East Region championships.


Oyster Bay’s Elbaba Advances to ITA National Indoors Championship
Julia Elbaba of Oyster Bay, N.Y. won the singles draw of the ITA Atlantic Regional with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Virginia Tech’s Caroline Daxhelet of Virginia Tech. With the win, Elbaba qualifies and advances to the ITA National Indoors Championship in mid-November to compete in singles.


Sportime Syosset Launches New U10 Program
Sportime Syosset recently unveiled a new U10 program for its young juniors. The kids have been enjoying the program thus far in the fall, and have even got themselves some new t-shirts.


Nassau Indoor Tennis Under New Ownership
Three-time Long Island Tennis Challenge champion Jonathan Klee has partnered with David Brent to purchase Nassau Indoor Tennis. The property was close to being bought by another buyer who wanted to turn it into a multi-sport facility, but Klee and Brent wanted to keep it strictly a tennis facility, and decided to keep it that way.

“When I found out that the potential buyer was looking to eliminate tennis courts and convert the facility into a multi-sport, I spoke to David Brent and asked him if there was still a great demand for tennis in the Five Towns area,” said Klee. “Both of us love tennis, and with the loss of so many indoor facilities on the South Shore, it was upsetting that another would close without giving it a try. After evaluating the purchase price and crunching the numbers, both of us thought the facility was more valuable for other uses but with some improvements could still be operated profitably as a tennis center and decided to purchase the property together.”