State of the game in Poland

Ambassador Walter Stoessel, Jr. reported that paddle was of to a good start in Warsaw.

c/o The American Consulate Gen.,
APO New York, N.Y. 09757,
May 18, 1970.

Dear Mr. Thistle:

Thank you for sending me, under cover of your letter of April 20, a copy of the APTA Newsletter. We will look forward to receiving subsequent copies. We found particularly enjoyable the article on paddle tennis from the American Airlines magazine. –

Our paddle tennis season ended this month in Warsaw with a tournament and banquet where trophies were distributed. The tournament was held over the weekend of May 9-10, with good finals games in all categories: Women’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles, Men’s Doubles, and Scrambles. We had originally planned to have the finals the previous weekend, but a snowfall on May 2 interfered!

The paddle tennis banquet was held May 1) in the American Club at the Embassy. In addition to trophies for the champions and runners-up, the Pan American representative in Warsaw, Mr. Gene Kucha, donated a large cup which will be kept on permanent display in the Embassy. Entitled the “Stoessel Cup”, it will have engraved on it the names of the winners of each year’s tournament.

We feel paddle tennis has gotten off to a good start in Warsaw, and we are already looking forward to next year’s season. Several representatives of American Embassies in other East European countries have already been here to inspect our court, so perhaps we can look forward to more foreign chapters of APTA in the future!

With very best wishes,
Walter J. Stoessel, Jr.
American Ambassador

Source: The APTA Paddle Newsletter September 1970