Chuck Vasoll reported on the development for PTM:
It's been six years since the Platform Tennis Museum and Hall of Fame Foundation was established with the mission of locating a site and creating a home for the sport's memorabilia and a place to recognize those who have been selected to receive the sport's highest honor, induction into the Platform Tennis Hall of Fame. A major portion of that mission has now been accomplished. The site will be at the Centercourt Athletic Club (CAC) in Chatham, New Jersey.
The plan for a Hall of Fame Museum dedicated to the sport has been ongoing since 1965 when the first individuals who had major achievements in the sport were recognized with an "Honor Award."
In 1998 the "Honor Award" designation was changed to "The Platform Tennis Hall of Fame" and all prior Honor Award recipients were recognized as members of the Hall of Fame.
Men's 45+, 55+ and 65+ Nationals:
After a ten year absence, the Senior Nationals returned to Chicago this March and 3 National Championships were claimed.
Starting what promises to be a record-breaking streak, Scott Mansager and Flip Goodspeed took their first 45's crown together without dropping a set. They beat always tough Scott Bondurant and Bill Fiedler in the finals after defeating Rob Pierce and Leo Power in a 2 1/2 hour 6-3, 6-3 semi. Bondo and Fiedler took down Todd Ward and Dan Mott in the other semi in a tough two-setter. Thirty teams played in the division and the competition was strong all weekend.
In the 55's, Jean Kempner and Jim McNitt defeated Hall of Famers Hank Irvine and Steve Baird 6-2, 6-3 in the final after Irvine and Baird had beaten Scott Estes and Jeff "Dr. Detroit" Hodges in a close and entertaining semi.
The 65's saw the team of Jim Bishop and Mike H[...]
March 2nd, 2008, New Canaan, CT - Judging by the number of silver-plate platters they took home, you would think that newlyweds Kerri Delmonico and Mike Stulac of New York City registered at the New Canaan gift store "That Personal Touch."
Delmonico and Stulac, who were married this past year, pulled off a rare double feat, winning two National Platform Tennis Championships in a single weekend. On Friday, February 29th, they won their first National Husband-Wife Championship, defeating Tonia and Tim Mangan of Bayville, NY by a score of 6-1, 6-3. Two days later on March 2nd, they won their first National Mixed Doubles Open title, defeating three-time winner Cindy Prendergast of Wilmington, DE, and her partner, Rusty Wright, also in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2.
It was an exciting weekend of platform tennis in New Canaan as the three-day event drew 188 players from across the country, tra[...]
Chuck Vasoll filed an update with PTM:
We are up and running. Our web site, that is. The address is platformtennishalloffame.org. We encourage you to visit the site which has: a video history of the sport, a snap shot biography of the Hall of Fame inductees, information about how you can help provide funds and memorabilia to the museum, a list and background of the Trustees of the Foundation, a photo gallery of progress in the construction at the Centercourt Athletic Club in Chatham, New Jersey, and other historic photos from the sport's archives. It is truly worth a few minutes of your time to view this very interesting presentation about our sport.
The Trustees are hard at work in many areas of the development of the museum. Chairman Robert Brown, President Richard Lombard, Treasurer Joseph Rogers and Curator James McCready met with a representative of a firm that designs the int[...]
Every year, nearly all of the nation's top players converge in Chicago for this early-season tournament. As the second highest-ranked tournament of the year (next to the APTA National Championships), players wishing to attain a high rank see the Charities as a must fight for.
The 36-year history of the Charities is one of great generosity. This year's charitable recipient is JDRF - an organization committed to Type 1 Diabetes research.
The Charities is the first major tournament of the season and that means that seedings are based on ranking points earned the previous year. In the summer off-season, teams switch around and new ones form. What does this mean? It means that the Charities is the new status quo for how the new teams will be judged for the rest of the season. If you want to prove yourself, perform well in Chicago.
With below-seasonal average temperatures, mixed with [...]
Rod Workman, PPTA Professional Director of Racquets at the Onwentsia Club in Lake Forest, IL, recounted the experience in a column on intermediate and advanced instruction in PTM:
Sixteen years ago, I was teaching a paddle camp in Eureka, Montana with the "Godfather of Paddle," Hank Irvine, when my ideas on the winning shot began to take shape.
A gentleman from Long Island arrived at the camp and said to Hank, "I've traveled all the way across the country for you to show me how to hit more winners when I play."
Hank's blood pressure spiked and he swiftly responded, "Sir, my suggestion is that you get on the next available plane back to New York because we won't be teaching winners at this camp. The game is not about hitting winners but never making errors!"
With that, I adopted Hank's style of teaching and playing, which I still use today.
Source: Platform Tennis Magazine,[...]
As with many sports, the turn of the calendar to a new century produced a new generation of platform tennis players who infused the game with a heightened level of athleticism and rapidly changing skill sets. Elbow-bending slices turned routine overheads into unplayable winners. Vicious spin serves caromed off two and even three screens to make aces part of the game. Two-fisted backhand blasts became the norm rather than the exception. An influx of converts from the tennis community was at the forefront of the new emphasis on physical play and new-honed skills.
Source: Christina Kelly, Passing Shots: A Pictorial History of Platform Tennis, 2010
Marc Duvin covered the Men's and Women's Nationals for PTM:
In the middle of the second set of his National Championship semi-final match, Scott Mansager shot a perplexed look at his partner. Flip Goodspeed. For the second time in three successive points Goodspeed had dumped a ball into the backhand of opponent Mike Stulac, who promptly did what he usually does when he gets a good look at a backhand - ripped a winner. Up a set, but down a break, Goodspeed and Mansager were within shouting distance of a fifth consecutive National Championship Final, a feat never before accomplished in the sport. But Stulac, with his backhand and stunning quickness at the net, was beginning to take over the match.
"That ball can't go there. Flip. You know better than that," Mansager chided his partner. "Be smart."
As if the disgusted look on his face wasn't telling enough, Goodspeed's play dur[...]
Bob Callaway had these observations:
I've often been asked, ‘how do today's players compare with the top players from the 60's and 70's?’ Back then, platform tennis was booming. Court time was at a premium. Fox Meadow closed the gates at the Nationals due to overcrowding as a reported 4,000-5,000 people packed the stands at Forest Hills. My answer is, however, today's top players are better. The following is evidence to support my point.
When I was researching material for my book, Platform Tennis (published in 1972), I charted matches at men's and women's national ranking tournaments, state tournaments, and club tournaments in order to get more information on how points were being won and lost. One finding was that, depending on the level of the players' games, 60-80% of points were determined with the serve, return, and first volley. I did the same charting this past season a[...]