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 [...]
The 5th Annual Premier Cup took place this year at Sunset Ridge Country Club in Chicago on October 10th & 11th. This year's field featured the strongest veteran teams in the sport as well as many of the top up and coming teams. Sunset Ridge boasts six courts and is under the direction of Peter Berka. This year's field had representation from states of Illinois, Ohio, New York, and New Jersey for the two-day event that had a total purse ofS5,000.
The first day of competition started at 10 a.m. on Saturday and lasted through dark as each team played a round robin competition within their own group (three matches).
• Two out of three sets; regular scoring
• Super tie-breaker for 3rd set (Sat. only)
• Top two teams from each group advanced to semi-finals on Sunday
Rules for Advancement:
• Best overall record from round robin play
• 1st tie-breaker used i[...]
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[...]
Melanie Oudin helps inaugurate courts in Atlanta
On Friday, October 9, The Peachtree Paddle League (PPL) kicked off the new season in fine style with its annual gala and exhibition at the newest platform tennis venue in Atlanta, the Racquet Club of the South (RCS).
Made famous recently by the charmed success of US Open quarter finalist, 17-year-old Melanie Oudin, RCS unveiled their brand new courts and viewing deck to a crowd of some 125 people, including many enthusiastic kids.
Topping off the night was an appearance by Melanie in person, who picked up a paddle and played her first set of platform tennis, paired with Philadelphia native and Atlanta transplant, Ali Tross Cole.
Behind the RCS story was a grant from the American Platform Tennis Association to help with the cost of construction of their two courts.
Mark Fischl, then President of the APTA, was instrumental in [...]