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There is no record of a Mixed event being held and there was no Women’s event. The Men’s was one of the longest finals on record – 67 games – with Kip Couch and Charlie O’Hearn finally prevailing over John Moses and Rawle Deland. Source: Fessenden S. Blanchard, Platform Paddle Tennis, 1959

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John A. Stephenson elected APTA President (1948-1949)

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John Stephenson, a member at the Manursing Island Club, Rye, NY, served as Vice President of the APTA from 1941 to 1946, and as its President from 1948-49. An avid player and tough competitor, he won many local tournaments, and was very active in promoting paddle at the Manursing Island Club, and organized some of the first night play under lights. He was a leader in organizing the annual Westchester-New Jersey inter-team matches held in Englewood, NJ, and participated actively in exhibition matches to help promote the game.

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Will J. Price elected APTA President (1949-1950)

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Will J. Price, APTA President (1949-1950)
Will J. Price, APTA President (1949-1950)

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National Championships

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The Hebard era had begun. Dick Hebard and Fred Walker won their first title, defeating the previous year’s winners, Kip Couch and Charlie O’Hearn. The Women’s Championship was reinstated after a hiatus of six years and Madeline Beck resumed winning. She had won the last five events (1938-1942) with Marie Walker and now won with her sister Maizie Moore. The Mixed was won by the husband and wife team, Ronald and Elfi Carroll, a portent of things to come. Source: Fessenden S. Blanchard, Platform Paddle Tennis, 1959

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