Majorie Hodson reported on the Championship for PTM:
Once again, the future of platform tennis descended on Beacon Hill Club in Summit, NJ. Fifty-six pairs of juniors competed in four age groups for the right to be called National Champions and wear the coveted medals. These APTA Junior Nationals featured competitive matches and unparalleled sportsmanship. And these kids can play!
Check-in and lunch at Beacon Hill Club preceded a group photo. Players then dispersed to nearby clubs (Canoe Brook Country Club, Short Hills Club and The Racquets Club of Short Hills) to begin the competition. Following round robin play in all age groups, finalists returned to Beacon Hill to finish the tournament.
In 10 & Under play, reigning champ Pete DonnaHy paired with last year's finalist James Burke to defeat Karen Cash, Donnally's partner a year ago, and Evan Zimmer. Twenty-one pairs vied for [...]
On November 17, 2001, the Viking Cup was hosted by the Montclair Golf Club and utilized the courts of Montclair, Essex Fells Country Club, Fellsbrook Club, and Essex County Country Club. On a beautiful Sunday morning, 37 adult/junior teams, representing the best in Canada and the US, assembled at Montclair. Well over 100 teams competed in the various play down-sites, which is a testament to the current health of junior paddle. All preliminary matches were run in a flighted round robin tournament with the top two finishers going on to the semis. The level of play among all of the teams was impressive to watch and made many of us feel we were watching the future stars of our sport display their precociously high level of proficiency.
18 & Under Finals
Anthony Nunziata and Bob Considine def. Diego Rodriguez and Doug White 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
15 & Under Finals
Ari and Rayni Borinsky def.[...]
On March 17, 2002, Sue Aery (and partner, Gerri Viant) shocked the spectators at the National Championships. No, it wasn't the service let cord that dropped in for a match point ace. Nor was it the tight third set victory After all. Sue and Gerri had won seven of the previous eleven Women's Open National Titles, including three in a row. The surprise came to the crowd when Sue picked up the microphone and announced her retirement from platform tennis.
Sue and Gerri had accomplished more than they ever could have imagined thirteen years earlier. Just when 400 exuberant fans were expecting Sue's modest victory speech, her tearful eyes and trembling voice proclaimed a different message, "As of now, I am announcing my retirement from platform tennis to pursue a career in chiropractic therapy."
Sue's mother. Peg, said, "Sue has had extensive chiropractic therapy over her athletic career[...]
Bertan Cikigil and Rich Lombard reported on these events which were played at The Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Scarborough, New York and featured a turnout of 65 teams:
Represented in the draw were teams from Canada, Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Colorado, and the Northeastern states. Three days of non-stop play featured a number of firsts, such as:
• Bob Brown and Howard Sipe won the Men's Senior 65's and gained their first-ever win over Bill and David Childs 7-5, 0-6, 6-4
• In the Men's Senior 55's, Gary Cochrane and Tom Caputo gained their first (or anyone else's for that matter) win over Doug Russell and Hank Irvine (1-6, 6-2, 6-3), and then went on to win the championship over Scott Estes and Danny Galves by a score of 6-4, 6-2. This was their 29th match against each other, and they now stand 1 and 28. Congratulations to perseverance!
• The Men's Senior 4[...]
APTA by-laws required that Directors be elected for a term of one year with no restriction on the number of terms served.
At the Annual Meeting in May 2002 the Board amended the by-laws limiting the amount of time a person could serve to two three-year terms. In addition the revised by-laws stipulated that a past Director could not be re-elected until two years after the end of his/her last term.
The events were held at Fox Meadow Tennis club in Scarsdale, NY. [click image at left to enlarge]
Men's Senior 50+:
Hodges-Irvine defeated Baird-Hayes 6-4,6-1
Men's Senior 60+:
Graham-Opdycke defeated Holmes-Anderson 6-1, 7-6
Men's Senior 70+:
Bascome-Leroy defeated Nelson-Piccoli 6-3, 6-3.