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2015

Glenbrook South High School – paddle booms thanks to APTA

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Steve Faber, a mathematics teacher at Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, Illinois, and the GBS Paddle Club sponsor (along with Anne Blair and Rosie McManamon), filed this report: Last year, the APTA generously donated four paddles to our program at Glenbrook South. What has happened over the past 14 months since is extraordinary. Our two founding members, Michael O'Connor and Kaden Ignelzi, will be graduating this year, but I'm excited about the future of junior paddle in Glenview. We have had an overwhelmingly positive response from our high schoolers and from the entire community of Glenview….. [Click image below to read the full article]

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2015

National Championship results and coverage of Men’s and Women’s Nationals

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MEN'S ROUND OF 16 Johan du Randt and Mark Parsons versus Hall-of-Farner David Ohlmuller and Mark Johnson may have been the quintessential platform tennis match: amazing shots, patience and aggression, wonderful sportsmanship, and obvious enjoyment of the game. In the first game, there was a team overrule on a service call and du Randt was given another serve. After the first two games, the reigning champions had the match easily in hand! but both teams were pulling off shots to impress. Ohlmuller, coming out of semi-retirement of five years to play Nationals, showed moments of brilliance off the screens. As the match got away from the local pros, there was much more heckling and laughing, like a spring social……….[Click images below to read full article] Source: Platform Tennis Magazine, Vol. 16 Issue 5, April-May 2015

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2015

Board Member Profile – Fritz Odenbach

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Fritz Odenbach Residence: Rochester, NY Occupation: Senior VP Sales at The Dolomite Group Years of Service to the APTA Board: 15 yesra; Currently ending six-year term as Vice president Family: Wife Sandra, daughter Mandy 928), son Fritz Jr. (25), stepdaughter Whit (21) and stepson Robby (18) Years Playing: 42 years How did you get started playing platform tennis? I started playing when I was 17. My dad would bring my two brothers and myself out to Oak Hill CC to play with his buddies in a Saturday morning round robin. We would dress in corduroys, cheap Fred Perry sneakers, turtlenecks, and of course a sweet-looking ski sweater.I was hooked from that point on!………….. [Click image below to read full article] Source: Platform Tennis Magazine, Vol. 16 Issue 5, April-May 2015

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2015

APTA Volunteer of the Month – Suzanne Lanthier

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Suzanne Lanthier - BIG PASSION, BIG CONTRIBUTION Suzanne Lanthier recently moved to London. One of her friends, who doesn't live in Canada, told her to enjoy Europe. Getting used to small-town living in London, Ontario (pop. 350,000), compared to the city of Toronto, has been easy in many respects but not having access to platform tennis tortures her. London does have an old single cement court, which is where Lanthier learned to play when she was 13 years old and a 'real court' with no heaters in need of some major TLC. Back then there wasn't a hut, so the Lanthiers, along with the other 20 or so families who made up the LPTC, would tough it out in the frigid cold to watch or wait their turn. The members eventually got a hut put in, Lanthier magically "found" a net to replace the holey one, and the court has become somewhat usable. She is devising a plan to create a platform tennis clu[...]

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2015

Charlotte Lee Award – Sally Cottingham

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Every year a women's player is chosen to be the recipient of the Charlotte Lee award. It is awarded to a woman who represents all that we value in a competitive player: Fairness, honesty, and a positive attitude. This year's recipient, Sally Cottingham, exemplifies all these qualities as well as being a kind, compassionate, and caring person. Nothing says it better than a few reactions to the proposal of her candidacy for this year's award…..[Click image below to read full article] Source: Platform Tennis Magazine, Vol. 16 Issue 5, April-May 2015

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2015

2014-2015 Tournament Winners and Finalists

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Source: Platform Tennis Magazine, Vol. 16 Issues 5 April-May 2015

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2015

Junior Nationals – first Live Streaming!

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There were many, many exciting firsts at this year's junior Nationals: First ever Champions Dinner, first Pro-Am tournament post-event, first time for Live Streaming of the youngsters} first time for a game tent, and the first time in decades that the two-out-of-three set format was played. Matches began Saturday, February 28th, in New Jersey, using over 5O courts at clubs thirty minutes or closer to the hosting Short Hills Club. All of the age groups) from 10 & Under to 18 & Under, pulled in impressive players from around the East Coast, with a few from the Pittsburgh area. (Players from over 200 miles away were offered a free entry fee.) As the play drew to an end late Saturday, the National Champions were crowned. All three of the girls' events were won by teams from the Philadelphia area. Callie and Catie Burkhardt from Wayne, Pennsylvania, captured their fourth title vvith a w[...]

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2015

John Childress Beck ( 1932-2015)

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The Childress family racquets dynasty at Fox Meadow Tennis Club included Hall of Fame inductees Madge Childress Beck and Maizie Childress Moore as well as Madge's daughter Susan Beck Wasch. Madge's son, John Childress Beck, a Nationally ranked player in the 1970s won the Mixed Nationals in 1972 with sister Susan and lost in the finals of the following year to future APTA President Mike North and Sis O'Connell (6-1, 14-12). He also teamed with Herb Fitz Gibbon to win the Men's Nationals in 1974. John spent his whole career at his father's firm Beck, Mack and Oliver and was instrumental in growing the company into a leader in investment counseling. He chaired Princeton University's Investment Committee and created the Princeton Investment Company during his tenure as a Trustee of Princeton. In addition to his prowess in paddle and tennis he was an avid rower and was a member of t[...]

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2008

Men’s and Women’s 2007-08 End of Season National Rankings

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Keevins and Uihlein captured the Men's #1 ranking and Delaney and Mangan edged Delmonic and Main for the top Women's honors.

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