This article first appeared in the March/April 2020 issue of Long Island Tennis Magazine. Click Here to read the full digital edition.
The New York Open held a local USTA League Tournament for USTA players with the finals played on the black courts of NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The tournament featured multiple divisions including Men’s and Women’s Doubles at the combined levels of 7.0 and 8.0. The tournaments were held throughout the weeks leading up to the New York Open at various clubs on Long Island including Carefree Racquet Club, Eastern Athletic Club Blue Point, Park Avenue Tennis, Point Set, Sportime Kings Park, Sportime Roslyn and World Gym Setauket.
Once each club had their winning teams, the semifinal matches were played at Carefree on the black practice courts, the same ones used by the professionals as they prepare for the main draw of the New York Open. The winning semifinal teams then advanced to the finals at the Coliseum to be played during the professional tournament.
The players had a few minutes to warm up and get used to the lights while they played with a chair official and ball kids! All the players felt it was a great experience and are looking forward to doing it again next year!
The winners were:
►7.0 Men: Jung Park & Dong Lim defeated Gerry Barrasso & Jim Avallone
►7.0 Women: Melissa Thomas & Lori Sarnelli defeated Marilena DiScala & Kim Oricoli
►8.0 Men: Gene Defreitas & George Sparacio defeated Brian Dulberg & Eddie Demirci
►8.0 Women: Evangeline Boutin & Maryna Lyrnieva defeated Donna Ryan & Tatyana Battaglia
Kathy Miller is the manager at Carefree Racquet Club and is also the Adult League Coordinator for USTA/Long Island. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.