2010 APTA National Championships: On-line Postings Provide Real Time Story
Thursday, March 4, 7:30 a.m. EST
We're here at the Waynesborough Country Club in the Philadelphia suburbs for the 2010 APTA National Championship Competitions. I will be documenting the event and posting news and results every few hours.
Today, we will feature the Women's and Men's President's Cups. Tomorrow will be the Women's day one of the Nationals. The men will play some first round matches to open up more courts for Friday's matches.
Thursday, March 4, 9:15 a.m. EST
Well, the team photos have been taken, and the Men's and Women's President's Cup competitions are under way. Are you familiar with the President's Cup? This special event is held every year immediately prior to the Nationals. Each APTA region selects five of their best teams (ex[...]
One of the great highlights during the APTA National Championships in Philadelphia was the party at the Waynesborough Country Club and Cindy Prendergast's induction into the Platform Tennis Hall of Fame.
Hall of Fame Committee President Bob Brown and APTA President Tim McAvoy presented the award to this dedicated enthusiast.
These achievements were noted among Cindy's many contributions to the sport:
- Winner of six APTA National events, including three mixed, two women's, and one senior women's titles
- Recognition for her effortless style of play, easygoing manner, and outstanding sportsmanship
- Served on dozens of tournament committees and a force behind Delaware's hosting of the Mixed Nationals
- Led a delegation to Germany to introduce the sport of platform tennis
March 17th was the biggest night of the year for the Chicago league. Teams battled it out in playoff fina[...]
It seems that Chicago has been getting more and more attention lately in the platform tennis world. No disrespect to the East or West coasts, but I would say this is rightfully so.
Although only 2-3% of the known platform tennis courts are in the Chicago area, their's is the largest organized league in the country with approximately 3,000 players.
Also, over the past seven years, seven Chicago men and women have captured ten of the 14 National Men's and Women's Nationals( Susie Keane, Mary Doten, Scott Mansager, David Keevins, Brian Uihlein, David Ohlmuller and Chris Gambino). [enlarge image to read more]
Hobbies: Fitness, running, tennis and the Minnesota Vikings
Family: Married to Beth; Children: Olivia 15, Liza 14 and William 3
Residence: Mystic, CT
Tennis Highlights: Former #1 in New England in Men's Open, Doubles and Mixed
Occupation: Head Professional at Mystic Indoor Tennis for 10 years to present
Platform Tennis Beginnings: Peter Harvey introduced me to the game six years ago. I played tournaments for four years with Lennart Jonason and this year with Johan. Currently plays out of Essex Platform Tennis Club in Essex, CT, once a week and tournaments on weekends."
Johan du Randt
Hobbies: Golf, Squash,teaching my dog tricks and playing poker
Family: I have a girlfriend named Neely and a Stafforshire Bull Terrier named Bliksem. He was our mascot at the Nationals.
Born: Somerset East, South Africa
Residence: Newton MA
Tennis Highlights: Ra[...]
Tom Stafford, the new Czar, filed this report on the development in PTM
The APTA Junior Tour Czar has quite a ring to it. As most things with me — it’s self-titled. Timmy simply asked me to head up the new APTA Junior Tour.
Dave Kjeldsen and Viking had done such a great job with it for the last umpteen years and now APTA was going to bring it in house. David was not passing on that great horned hat, but certainly I had to have a title that was fitting. Director — boring, Head — don’t have much of one, Chief in charge — closer, CZAR— Now we’re getting someplace.
This is my 41st year of playing platform tennis — not bad for a 47 year old. I played in my first tournament at 6, had 13 fun filled years of Juniors with the same partner, played “the circuit” through the 70′s, 80′s and 90′s and now get to watch over as the future stars take shape from the junio[...]
November 9, 2009 - The platform tennis world lost a great champion. Hall of Fame inductee, Edwina (Winnie) Worth Hatch, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. Winnie, a 14-time National Senior Champion was inducted into the Platform Tennis Hall of Fame in 2008.
Winnie introduced hundreds to the game of platform tennis and ran scores of tournaments, from the Nationals to local events.
Source: Platform Tennis Magazine, Vol. 11, Issue 2, 2009
Hometown: Larchmont, NY
Marital Status/Kids: "I am not sure what marital status means. If that is the same as martial arts status, yes, I have a yellow belt with two black stripes. Kids... no, I do not fight kids, although some in my class are pretty tough”
Hobbies: Tennis, beaches, bodybuilding, and Gossip Girl
Achievements in Tennis:
• Hold record at Binghamton University for most singles victories
• Team advanced to NCAA's 3 times
• Two-Time National Grandfather/ Grandson Champion
How and When You Got Into Platform: " I fell in love with paddle when I was a young bang-baller. I spent most of my childhood following women's paddle, as my mother (Joanmarie) would bring me to all her local events and league matches."
What You Like About the Sport: "The various styles of play provide for interesting matchups. Among the top teams strategies [...]
Ohlmuller & Johnson Defeat Main & Caldwell in Three-Set Finalin the Mixed
Marina Ohlmuller and Mark Johnson teamed up for their first run at the APTA Mixed Nationals, and after an amazing three-set final against Aila Main and David Caldwell, they emerged victorious, 6-7, 6-0, 7-5. There were big momentum swings in the match, as is often the case with paddle, and in the third set they were at one point down 3-0, 40-love with the other team serving. The match was marked with steady play by Marina and Aila, while dazzling displays of athleticism from Mark and David enthralled the spectators.
This is Marina's third national title. She and husband David won the Husband/Wife Nationals in 2003 and 2005. Its Johnson's first.
Props Outlast LeFevres for APTA Husband-Wife Title
The unseeded team of Heather and Vince Prop won the 2010 APTA Husband-Wife National championship, defeating J[...]