The 2001 Mixed Nationals was held in Pittsburgh at the Fox Chapel Golf Club from March 10th to 11th. Last season's Mixed champ Gerri Viant had to 'dig up' a body when told that her partner, Chris Gambino, was resting his tendonitis-plagued knees. Gerri and her fill-in, Mike Gillespie, teamed up in years past to win one Mixed National title. Gerri and Mike entered the event unseeded.
The 1999 champions, Scott Mansager and Sue Aery, felt good about their odds since they both won the previous season's Open titles. Sue and Scott were the #1 seeds.
With Gambino out, John Milbank and Bobo Delaney, wouldn't get their 2000 finals rematch; however, a title would work any way they could get it. John and Bobo were seeded #2.
George Zink returned to action after a one-season hiatus, teaming up with Cindy Prendergast. George and Cindy won the 96' and 98' titles and were placed as the #3 se[...]
Anthony and Steve began playing platform tennis at New Jersey's Brookside Racquet Club in 1993. Neither played much tennis; however, both were eager to learn platform tennis. Shortly after they met, Anthony's father suggested the idea of the two forming into a tournament team.Who would have guessed that joining a former wrestler with a former football player would give us one of the top platform tennis teams in the country?
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Anthony and Steve began playing platform tennis at New Jersey's Brookside Racquet Club in 1993. Neither played much tennis; however, both were eager to learn pl[...]
Wayne Dollard’s Letter from the Editor column had the details:
Recently, we at PTM have been receiving numerous calls regarding our future goals and plans with Platform Tennis Magazine. During the 2000-2001 season, the APTA operated at a deficit. Although the APTA has a comfortable financial cushion, steps needed to be taken to prevent any future losses.
During the 2001 APTA Board Meeting in May, many suggestions were offered to reduce future expenses and generate additional revenue. As the leading annual APTA investment, the PTM was heavily emphasized in this discussion. Cost-cutting ideas, such as decreasing the number of PTM issues per year (five down to four) and printing the magazine in half-color / half-black and white, were discussed. When all was said and done, the APTA decided that it did not want to reduce the size or quality of the PTM. We then agreed on a two-year PT[...]
From the APTA column by John Horine:
As we look forward to a new season, I can't help but look back on these last few months. On September 11, a horrified nation looked on as thousands of lives were destroyed and many more changed forever. In the days that followed, we all took some time to reflect on our own lives and what is important to us. Family members and friends are at the top of our list. I spoke to a dear friend of mine (and former APTA Board member) who lost her sister-in-law on September 11th. She told me of the outpouring of support she had received from paddle players from all over the country. She was very thankful for their cards and e-mails. Platform tennis at its core is a competitive recreation with like-minded people who enjoy the game. On a larger scale, platform tennis is a sport made up of a close community of people around the country - all enjoying each other [...]
The Rules and Equipment Committee had been working on an update of the booklet on "How to Conduct a Tournament Draw", and had reached the point of a final draft.
However, before going to press, Bob Brown had become aware of a difference of opinion among some Directors and members of Players Committees regarding the procedure for placing the seeds in the draw.
Ultimately the extant procedure was maintained
How to Conduct a Tournament Draw
The Long Island Platform Tennis Association, Chaired by Charles Vasoll, hosted the 2002 Men's and Women's Open National Championships from March 8-10. The weather was a comfortable 65 degrees; however, occasional wind gusts up to 30 miles per hour were not uncommon. One thing was for sure, a wind of change was in the air.
Going into the Men's Round-of-16, no major upsets occurred. But everyone knows that anything can happen in the Nationals. The 16's saw two upsets: Mike Cochrane-Martin Sturgess (12) def. Brian Uihlein-John Hough (4) and Mike Marino-Chris Williams (10) def. Scott Estes-Scott Mackesy (2). With the gates opened up. Mike Gillespie-Bob Conklin (6), the highest remaining seeded team in their half of the draw, advanced past Marino- Williams in the quarter-finals and over John Milbank and Jim Kaufman (8) in the semi-finals (Milbank-Kaufman advanced over Sturgess-Cochra[...]
APTA President John Horine expressed his views in the From the APT column in PTM:
A topic of much paddle party conversation and PTM articles so far this season is back-draw defaulting. Everybody seems to have an opinion on this issue and lots of people have expressed them to me in one form or another. My personal opinion? I think defaulting out of any round of any draw of any event (for anything other than a valid injury) flies directly in the face of what platform tennis is all about. As I wrote in the last issue, platform tennis is a sport made up of a close community of people - all enjoying each other and the sport they love. If someone loses and decides not to play the consolations, they are depriving not just one, but several teams from competing in matches they may have traveled many hours to play. I cannot comprehend someone signing up to play in an event and pulling ou[...]
Is it truly possible to determine who the best platform tennis players were based on their records, or is it more realistic to ask the veterans who played through the late 70's heyday and continue to compete today? No matter what criteria you use, the one name that always rises to the surface in women's paddle is Robin Fulton.
Robin picked up her first wooden paddle in 1978 when her parents installed a court in their Darien. CT backyard. A year later, Robin began to take the game seriously, at The Paddle Center in Norwalk, under the careful watch of her friend and coach, Bob Callaway.
Before long, Robin had excelled in local women's paddle and was competing at line one in the men's league for the Stanford Yacht Club. Bob Callaway recalls, "I can remember Charlotte Lee, Linda Wolf, and the other top women in their prime times, however, no one could intimidate or dominate a match lik[...]
Rain was forecast all week long. Somehow, on November 2nd, the weather broke and nothing but 65 degree warmth and sunshine was in the forecast. Women's Tournament Director, Liz Hayward, kicked off the show on Friday morning with a full 32-team draw, featuring all but a few of the top-ranked players. Among 'the few' not playing included Sarah Krieger, the other half of last season's Charities Champs. The other winner, Robin Fulton, paired up with Cindy Prendergast.
Patty Hogan was absent due to family illness. Therefore, everyone felt that with teams switching around and two of the game's top players absent, the women's draw was up for grabs. Everyone, that is, except the top seeded team of Sue Aery and Gerri Viant. Coming off another National Charities takeover.
Director Hayward only seeded three teams; however, five other teams were placed. As expected, the ro[...]