New York Beach Tennis (NYBT) hosted an International Tennis Federation (ITF) sanctioned tournament at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, N.Y., as clear skies and a sold-out draw set the stage for a great day on the sand.
The men’s doubles draw featured strong competition with both international and local teams going against one another. The top-seeded duo of David Sickmen (United States) and Pedro Penalver (Venezuela) took out the fourth-seeds Fran Larios (Nicaragua) and Ignacio D’Elia (Argentina) 6-3, 6-2 to book their spot in the finals, while the Aruban duo of Ricardo Pagliuca and Jim Wijngaarde defeated the American pairing of Marty Salokas and Matt Garavaglia to advance to the championship.
With both teams having advanced without dropping a set on the day, there was much anticipation heading into the finals. But in the end it was Sickmen and Penalver, who had never played together prior to the event, who were able to come out on top, using the chemistry they had developed throughout the earlier rounds to win 6-3, 6-2 and claim the title.
On the women’s doubles side, a fully-packed draw of ladies hit the sands for a competitive afternoon of beach tennis. When the round-robin stage was complete only four teams remained and would do battle in the semifinals.
In the first semifinal, the American duo of Julia Koulbaskaya and Liz Kobak came back from a set down to beat Venezuela’s Luisiana Ramirez and Lourdes Santiago in three sets, while American Emilie Katz and Italy’s Sara Burinato beat Carolina Buccio and Jeanna Frey in the draw’s second semifinal.
It was a hard-fought final, but after playing a long three-set match in the semifinals, Koulbaskaya and Kobak were unable to overcome Burinato and Katz who captured their first ITF title together with a 6-4, 6-2 victory in the championship.
As the host site, NYBT would like to thank Crest Hollow and its staff who made sure players had access to food, drinks, locker rooms and even the pool, which created a great atmosphere for everyone involved with the tournament. NYBT would also like to thank its sponsors SPORTIME, John McEnroe Tennis Academy (JMTA), inPhorm, GF Sports and the New York Open for making the event possible.
The next NYBT event will be an International Federation of Beach Tennis (IFBT) sanctioned-tournament set for Saturday, July 20, with two more ITF tournaments slated for Saturday, August 3 and Saturday, August 24.