Residence: Boston, MA
Profession: Financial Advisor - Merrill Lynch
Achievements in tennis/platform tennis: Tennis - #700 world singles 1998. Division II National Champion 2001 Rollins College; Court Tennis - 2009 #1 US Amateur Court Tennis; Platform Tennis - 2011 National Finalist. Finalist in 2011 Boston Open.
Hobbies off the courts: Racquet sports, snowboarding, reading financial books, travelling Europe and eating (mozzarella in Italy the best)
Personal Platform Tennis: Play as a team and push the boundaries of the sport
The 2011 Chicago Nationals saw many surprising teams come to the forefront to compete against teams that we're all used to seeing. One new face in the Men's Finals was Australian tennis whiz, Matthew Porter, who played with partner, Johan du Randt.
PTM caught up with Porter to see how his new partnership evolved into becoming t[...]
Family and Sports Go Hand in HandFor a man with many accomplishments, Scott Estes, Sr., is remarkably humble about his feats. He hopes to defend his Men's 65+ Nationals title this year, with partner Doug Barrow, and his Men's 60+ Nationals title with Lloyd Ucko. "First of all, to win a title is great, but defending a title is even more rewarding. Secondly, you know what made last year's 60+ Nationals special? It was Lloyd's first national title" From a man with 15 Senior National titles out of 29 finals, remembering what it was like to be a first-time winner must be a distant memory.
For the past four years, the APTA Men's 45+155+165+ Nationals were played in Estes' hometown of Chatham, New Jersey. And for those years, Estes has been the tournament director as well as a competitor. This year, the tournament will be held in Cincinnati. "A year off from running the tournament? I'm looki[...]
Men’s 45+ Nationals – Winners: Mike Gillespie, Bob Conklin. Finalists: Rob Pierce, Leo Power
Men's 50+Nationals - Under sunny skies, Scott Bondurant (Winnetka, IL) successfully defended his 50+ National Championship with a new partner, Bill Fiedler (Chicago, IL). Scott had won the two previous years with APTA President Tim McAvoy. Bondurant's forehand and Fiedler's blitzing were the difference makers in their two-set win over Fritz Odenbach (Rochester, NY) and Rusty Wright (Pelham, NY). The win for the Illinois duo avenged their loss to the New York players in the 2006 45+ title match. In the first set, Bondurant and Fiedler went up a break but Odenbach and Wright fought back and took it to a tie-breaker. The second set was hard fought but Bondurant and Fiedler kept the foot on the pedal and won 7-6, 6-1.
Men’s 55+ Nationals – Winners: Mike Sullivan, Scott Pecor. Finalists:[...]
Women’s 40+ Nationals - Winners: Bobo Mangan Delaney, Judy Takach. Finalists: Laurie Hissey, Cooey Lyon. Score: 6-2, 7-6
Women’s 50+ Nationals - Winners: Judy Takach, Bobo Mangan Delaney. Finalists: Judy Arden, Susan Lovejoy. Score: N/A
Women’s 60+ Nationals – Winners: Louise Cash, Diane Straus Tucker. Finalists: Helen Garrett, Sandy Simmers. Score: 6-2, 4-6, 6-1
Women’s 70+ Nationals – Winners: Birgit Maio, Ginny Sniatkowsky. Finalists: Sharon Hummers, Pat Fallon. Score: 6-4, 6-2
The American Platform Tennis Association's Women's 70+ Championship finally took place on February 16th at Fox Meadow Tennis Club. It was rescheduled twice because of heavy snowstorms on the scheduled tournament dates. Several ladies were not able to participate, including the defending champions, Helen Garratt and Mary Jane Parks. They were very disappointed and believed to be hoping fo[...]
Aila Main presented an overview of our income statement and balance sheet which showed our financial position as being very strong.
Grow the Game:
Peter Lauer described criteria the Grow the Game (GTG) Committee uses to score each grant applicant. Currently, there are 70+ grant requests on the list. Peter reviewed the six grant requests which were selected as prime candidates for a grant and/or a loan. The Board voted to support the six projects chosen by the Grow The Game Committee.
The planned recipients for these funds are: Stonington, CT, $15K grant; Pine Manor, MA $10K grant; Scituate, MA $10K grant; Kansas City $10K grant plus a $10K loan; Charleston, SC $15K grant: and Northbrook, IL $5K grant plus a $15K loan.
The APTA will put a time limit on these grants where the APTA will commit to pay out the grant during the coming season — by March 31 of that seaso[...]
There is nothing like having the wind at your back, whether it be in business, competing in sports or with life in general.
As most of you know, I am healthy once again and loving life. I am also more excited than I’ve been in years for the upcoming platform tennis season. Like so many of us, I can’t wait to compete on the court, get a great workout and reconnect with my platform tennis community—I missed you!
As for building momentum, platform tennis is growing nationally by leaps and bounds. Court, racquet and ball manufacturers reported across the board double digit growth this past year.
Through the APTA grant program, we’ve been able to help grow the game in Boston, Stonington (CT), Chicago, Kansas City and hopefully Charleston, SC!
The APTA, working hand-in-hand with the PPTA, has also helped these locations and many more, with exhibitions and clinics throughout[...]
Don Helm is mad. Not about anything that went wrong with the Brae Burn Men's B Tournament that he runs. Because usually not much goes wrong. Not about his time this year at the Women's Boston Open, when he commanded a hut that remained mostly empty Because that was just the job. Helm is mad about something that happened back in 1981.
In 1981, Helm joined the Brae Burn Country Club with his wife, Judy. And he isn't mad about that. The club has been his home away from home, where the couple has built lasting friendships and enjoyed many sports. But he is very mad that after joining the club, he spent six years playing tennis and golf and not playing platform tennis. Helm is mad that he missed out on six years of playing the game that he now absolutely loves.
"I am so thankful that I finally listened to our former paddle chairman, Peter Johnson, and started playing this sport," Helm s[...]