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2013

Chicago Charities – the stars descend

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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was the biggest winner of all. The tournament brought in over $3,000 for the cause. The stars of the platform tennis world descended into Chicago for the annual Chicago Charities tournament the first weekend of November. This tournament usually boasts one of the strongest men's and women's fields of any tournament after the Nationals. Last year, Hurricane Sandy laid waste to that claim, but this year the draw was back to its former stellar status. Many new combos were there to compete and the resurrection of some old partnerships created some pop. The women began their play on Friday, and finished up just as the men's round of 16 was shaking out. For the women, it was the story of the inexorable march to victory by National Champions Ana Brzova and Viki Stoklasova. This was their third title in three tournaments this fall and they did not lose a set i[...]

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2013

APTA Capitalizes on Junior Growth – Kathy Cramer Named Junior Tour Director

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There is an adage, "The time to make hay is when the sun is shining." Right now, the sun is shining on junior platform tennis, so get out your tractor and baler because the APTA is making some hay. For starters, in September, the APTA appointed Kathy Cramer of Darien, Connecticut, to the newly created position of APTA Junior Tour Coordinator. Kathy will work closely with the tournament directors, tour sponsor Viking Athletics, and the APTA Board to ensure that the numerous events, Junior Nationals, and the year-end ranking process all run as smoothly as possible. The growth in platform tennis among juniors in recent years, along with the renewed marketing partnership with Viking, makes this an excellent time to bring on an individual with Cramer's talents, experience, and passion for our game. A self-described "club player," who was introduced to the game by her father in the 1970s[...]

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