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2008

Marvin and Palmer Philly Open – $22,000 in prize money

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The event was a Men's and Women's National Ranking Tournament "Last year's event was wonderful, but we want this year to be even better." With those words, Dave Marvin, Co-Founder and CEO of Marvin and Palmer Associates, Inc., set the goal for the 2008 Philly Open. The event will be hosted by the Overbrook Golf Club on the weekend of February 23rd and 24th and will be Chaired by Simon Peppiatt. Philadelphia hospitality will welcome all visitors with open arms, plenty of food and drink and extra amenities, including on-site massage therapy, available all day Saturday. Prize money will be increased to $5,000/team for the men's and women's winners and the top 10 men's and women's teams will end up in the money. [enlarge image to read more about the event and prize money]

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2007

It may have been “The Year of the Ball” but there was plenty of paddle innovation for such a small sport, and four suppliers

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Platform tennis players have it made. What sport our size has four major manufacturers competing so heavily for the equipment market? Since the mid 1990's, Viking and Wilson have been going head-to-head in the ball market. Due to a heavy, individualized marketing effort by owner David Kjeldsen, Viking was able to secure a substantial market majority through the 1990's. In April of 1999, Kjeldsen bought out Wilson's ball market share for an undisclosed figure and term limit. Since then, Wilson's former promotional Director John Embree began to focus on the paddle market, particularly in the Midwest and amongst women. Two years ago, Jim Burda replaced Embree to direct the platform tennis program. His duties included detailing paddle specification, testing equipment and then marketing to players and instructors across the northeastern states. Burda's success was evident last [...]

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2008

Player Profile: Fritz Odenbach

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Sandra Odenbach filed this report with PTM: Shortly after Christmas I received an email from PTM Editor Wayne Dollard asking me to call him. I learned that he wanted to do a feature article on my husband Fritz that would run in the February issue of the magazine. He wanted it to be a surprise and would I be willing to write it. I started to panic and shot off a quick email to Wayne asking him to be more specific on what he wanted in this article. All I got was "Five hundred words, I'll edit, I need it in two weeks." Yikes. So, undercover I decided to go, determined to find out as much information about him as I could, getting help from his friends, picking his brain whenever possible and encouraging him to tell me all his paddle stories. A die-hard Red Sox fan, Fritz Odenbach, or "Freddie" as many like to call him, grew up in a family of nine children in the town of Penfield,[...]

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2008

Junior Nationals – 256 players!

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The statistics: 36 volunteers, 4 APTA regions, 5 states, 8 championship teams, 15 clubs, 55 courts, and 2807 games played! They came by car, plane and train. They drove themselves or arrived with parents and siblings in tow. They returned from college to renew old rivalries or tried competition for the first time. They arrived with hopes of a title, or just a fun day of paddle. More than 250 junior platform tennis enthusiasts participated in this year's Junior Nationals. All of them had a fun day of play. Sixteen of them went home with gold medals. A few years ago we made a prediction that the future of platform tennis looked bright. Following this year's Junior Nationals we realize that it is not just bright, it is absolutely brilliant! For the second year in a row we saw an increase in the number of participants, with a record 256 juniors entered in the tournament this year. The [...]

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2008

Platform Tennis to shine in Sin City

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On March 6th-9th , the sport of Platform Tennis will take it's grandest stage as the sport travels to Las Vegas to be a part of the ATP Tour's event called "The Tennis Channel Open". This will mark the first time the sport has been associated with another professional event at the same time! The likes of defending champion Lleyton Hewitt, Fernando Gonzalez, Marcos Baghdatis, and The Bryan Brothers will compete on one stage as Platform Tennis will be a part of a side event called "Tennispalooza". 0rganizers Jason Gray, Jean Kempner, and David Dodge (Premier Platform Tennis), along with the APTA, are proud to showcase the sport out west for the first time. The group has put together what they feel will be a unique one-of-a-kind, four-day event called "Platformpalooza". The festivities will take place in Summerlin, Nevada, at The Darling Memorial Tennis Center. Along with "Platformpalooz[...]

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2008

As judged by the competition – the best of the best men and women players

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PTM surveyed the top 50 men and the top 50 women in platform tennis and asked about tournament competition. Forty-five players responded, giving an interesting view inside the minds of the best in the game. Categories were: Most Offensive Overheads, Toughest Competitor, Best Hnads at Net, Best Sportmanship, Best Serve, Best Return of Serve, Least Unforced Errors.

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2008

What happens in Vegas doesn’t have to stay in Vegas

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"We had a great time and would love to do it again" - Mike and Bob Bryan, 5-time Grand Slam doubles champions commented after playing platform tennis for the first time A public relations concept turns out to be arguably the most memorable event in platform tennis history. Just one week before the National Championships, from March 5th through 9th, platform tennis put on a show at the Tennis Channel Open for the entire nation to watch via live television. The Tennis Channel Open is an annual ATP Tennis Tournament held in Las Vegas and features many of the best players in the world. Lleyton Hewitt, Marat Safin, Marcos Baghdatis, Robby Ginepri, and 5-time grand-slam winning doubles team - the Bryan Brothers are a few of the top-billed participants. The Open is televised live for the week and also features coverage from the world "paddle" (not platform) tennis championships, and[...]

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2008

An interview with the game’s Norseman, David Kjeldsen

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APTA President Mark Fischl met with 2008 Hall of Fame inductee, David Kjeldsen, and discussed the recent sale of Viking Athletics to Prince. MF: David, there has obviously been a lot happening in your life of late. Is it true that you are selling Viking Athletics to Prince? DCK: Yes. MF: Are you excited by it? Are you working less now? DCK: Excited yes. Very excited. I have been working harder in the last few months than I have in the last couple of years. There is so much information to share with and transfer to the great staff at Prince. MF: Is it true you talked with other companies before selling to Prince? DCK: Mark, I am not comfortable talking about that. It's not proper to talk about those that you dated in the past on your wedding day. MF: What will this sale mean to the platform tennis community? DCK: The platform tennis community will benefit in a number of wa[...]

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2008

Results of National Championships and coverage of Men’s and Women’s Nationals. Rochester rocks under Fritx Odenbach

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David Keevins
David Keevins

Made for Living. That's the hometown slogan of Rochester, New York. The slogan just as well could be Made for Paddle. The Rochester area has had a proud platform tennis tradition for decades. In 1988, the city was handed their first opportunity by the APTA to show what they could do. Local paddle guru and owner of the Shadow Lake Country Club, Fritz Odenbach agreed to chair the Nationals. What the city lacked at the time in number of players and courts, they made up for with hospitality and enthusiasm. The Nationals brought together entertaining parties and a social aspect that had never been prevalent at a prior Nationals. The standards set in Rochester were the benchmark for all future Nationals. Odenbach was asked to host the Nationals again in 1996, 2000 and then again in 2008. Today, Rochester platform tennis has grown by several fold. Fritz Odenbach has been [...]

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