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2009

APTA Men’s and Women’s Rankings as of April 2009

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Goodspeed and Mansager were on top for the Men and Doten and Keane for the Women

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2009

Are today’s top players the best ever?

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Mark Holtschneider opined. At this year's National 45s/55s/65s Championship, a tape of the 1976 Men's Nationals was playing in the paddle hut. The play was dominated by lobs and soft overheads to the corners. There was an occasional flat forehand drive. There were no Mansager-like crushing forehands, no Goodspeed-like two-handed backhand drives, and no Uihlein super cut overheads. Contemporary players look much quicker and more athletic. A few players in the hut said that today's top players are definitely better than the best players of the '70s. Others agreed that athletes in all sports are better today than they were 30 years ago - track times are faster, pole vaults are higher, basketball players are taller, and football players are bigger. I disagree. I think the late 1970s champs could compete with the best of today's players. First, the rackets and balls in the '70s wer[...]

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2009

APTA Annual Meeting & Board Meeting and Working Sessions

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Friday, May 8 The Annual APTA Board Meeting was called to order at 12:45 p.m. The APTA website - overview and ideas for next steps: Paul Wiggin gave a detailed report on the website and led a general discussion on APTA priorities for the next 12 months. The site is off to a great start and continues to grow in size, quality, viewership and in contribution to both the APTA membership and to the sport. The Board agreed with Paul's prioritization of the future initiatives and, in addition, emphasized certain action items: 1. Having worked out most of the bugs in the on-line tournament registration procedure, the APTA now wants to encourage Tournament Directors to use the APTA site for tournament registrations, at APTA sanctioned events, to ensure that the waiver is signed. 2. Put a "passive waiver" onto the draw sheets (e.g., "By signing up for this tournament and appearing on this[...]

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2009

Premier Cup goes to Canada

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The Fonthill Platform Tennis Club, just 25 minutes north of Niagara Falls, offers two platform tennis courts, a comfortable warming hut, players that welcome you with open arms, and a fridge full of beer. Basically a platform tennis player's dream! James Aldred, President of the club and event organizer, along with long-time friend and club member, Rich Humphries, put together the winter's most anticipated event. On March 28th 2009, the top Canadian platform tennis players came out to compete for the first prize money tournament ever in Canada. Club members all pitched in with home made food and baked goods, Lorenzo's Fine Foods was on the grill, and Embroidery Plus donated jackets. The local Tribune newspaper touted articles and camera crews showed up to give the event television coverage. David Dodge of Premier Platform tennis put up the prize money which was divided between w[...]

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2009

Peggy Stanton (1924-2009)

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Peggy Stanton
Peggy Stanton

Hall of Fame inductee, Margaret G. ("Peggy") Stanton, died peacefully in her home in Quogue, New York, on June 17, 2009, at the age of 85. Peggy was a major contributor to the advancement of women's platform tennis and was also a distinguished player. She won the Women's Nationals in 1967, 1968, 1969, and 1970, and was a finalist in 1971. She was also a finalist in the Mixed Nationals in 1969, and went on to win two Senior Women's Nationals in 1974 and 1977 and was a finalist in 1976. Peggy was an active promoter of platform tennis, an enthusiastic worker for the advancement of women's platform tennis, a well known instructor, and played in many exhibitions. She was the first female Director on the APTA Board, in 1971, and served for three years as the women's tournament director. In recognition of her achievements, Peggy Stanton was inducted into the Platform Tennis Hall of Fa[...]

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2009

Tim McAvoy elected President of the APTA

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Focus, accountability, teamwork, and growing the game……. It is a privilege and a pleasure to have been selected to lead the American Platform Tennis Association as we enter our 75th year as a not-for-profit association. I look forward to giving back to the sport that has introduced me to so many wonderful people across the country. I am committed to the tradition and integrity of our sport and am also focused on the APTA's mission to govern, grow and try to improve the sport we play and enjoy so much. I was introduced to platform tennis as a child and started playing competitively in 1982. My mother helped bring the sport to the Philadelphia area in the early 1970's and taught platform tennis to hundreds of players over the next two decades. Known as Mother Paddle in Philly,

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2010

Dick Reilly- legendary court builder and innovator

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Platform tennis legend and Hall of Fame inductee, Dick Reilly has been a staple of the game for more than four decades. Growing up with the sport in Scarsdale, New York, Reilly remembers his father playing recreational platform tennis. Reilly took up the sport in college. After college, he entered the world of academia as a teacher, but worked on a construction crew, building houses in the off-months to supplement his income. It was during these summer vacations that Reilly got the idea that building platform tennis courts to a higher standard could do both him and the sport a service. How did the idea to build platform tennis courts come to you? "While playing on some courts in Scarsdale, I was shocked at how poorly the courts were made. In 1961, the wooden joints and butts of the platform were raised, causing many bad bounces. I thought that if I built a court, I would make the jo[...]

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2009

APTA celebrate its 75th anniversary

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Earle Gatchel and Fessenden Blanchard in 1930 on the first court built by Jimmy Gogswell at his home in Scarsdale. Source: Platform Paddle Tennis by Fessenden S. Blanchard, 1959, Durrell Publications
Earle Gatchel and Fessenden Blanchard in 1930 on the first court built by Jimmy Gogswell at his home in Scarsdale. Source: Platform Paddle Tennis by Fessenden S. Blanchard, 1959, Durrell Publications

Today, 80 John Street in Lower Manhattan is a newly renovated art deco building offering loft apartments with steep rents. In 1934, it was the site of the founding of the American Platform Tennis Association. With the upcoming anniversary of the APTA, it's fitting to highlight the origins of the organization that has overseen our sport for 75 years. After the 1928 foundation of platform tennis by James Cogswell and Fessenden Blanchard, the game's popularity grew rapidly. Within a few years, the founding fathers deemed it necessary to create an official organization that could oversee rules and equipment while shepherding the development of the game. In November 1934, John C. Ten Eyck Jr. from Manursing Island Club in Rye, New York, organized a meeting of five of the sport's leaders at his office at 80 John Street. The men represented three clubs that had been instrumental in devel[...]

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