AAACTA Advantage
 News from the Ann Arbor Area Community Tennis Association           November 2010

A community organization dedicated to supporting and promoting tennis
in the Ann Arbor area.

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City Tournament is a Warm Memory  

It's the season for appreciative reflections and heartfelt thanks.  So a round of applause, please, for the sponsors, volunteers and players who made the 2010 City Tournament a resounding success.  This newsletter is dedicated to YOU.

Photos Finished

Checkout the photos on the Tournament web page including the Tournament action, champions & finalists, Kids Clinic, and the Juniors Tournament. Contact John McReynolds ,, if you'd like a high-res image.  Thanks, John!

 AAACTA's Facebook page has lots of fun photos too.


The Can't-Do-It-Without-You Helping Hands
They did Tournament jobs large, small, hot, wet ...

Anne-Marie Kim, Barbara Mueller, Barbara Wasneski. Bil Hinton, Bob Galardi, Bob Hyzy, Bruno Giordani, Carol Luckenbach, Catherine Chou, Chris Psujek, Craig Penrose, Debbie Crosby, George Hill, Halimah Hassan, Heather Conway, Helen Peters, Irfan Bhabhrawala, Jim Douglass, Jim Herter, Joaquin Aguero, John McReynolds, Kam Chicoine, Kathy Bowdler, Kathy Legatski, Leo Legatski, Linda Woodland, Lucy Langa, Melanie Langa, Michael Tannenbaum, Nathalie Vandecan, Nick Holland, Pat Dufek, Patrick Lee, Rachel Baily, Ralph McKee, Rich Chicoine, Rosa Wu, Sandell Bennett, Sherie Fountain, Steve Jensen, Sue Hinton, Sue Kiss, Susan Galardi, Susan Kessler, Teri  Baily, Thomas Cocco, Tom Wielenga, Yoshiko Hill, Helen Giordani, Henry Beldon, Grant Smith, Gary Deguzman, Vanda Shadigian and the staff at Varsity Tennis Center.

The Indispensable Tournament Sponsors
Their support ensured our success. Thank them with your patronage!

Grand Slam Sponsor: Panther Athletics
Champion Sponsors: 
Elastizell, Cayman Sports Company, Liberty Athletic Club, The Chippewa Club
Tournament Sponsors:
a2zoom productions, Ann Arbor Ski Club, Olive Garden, Godaiko, Huron Valley Tennis Club, The Tennis and Golf Company, USTA Southwestern Michigan, genui forma, George Smillie, DDS, Carol Luckenbach, A&H Custom Remodeling, Dana Gramprie - Piece of Mind Life Coaching, Linda Sinkule - Integrative Bodywork, Lisa Marra Designer
Match Sponsors: Del Zoppo, Travis Pointe Team Players, Topspin Travel,
Advantage Sponsors:  Lisa Fox Del Zoppo, Encore, Balance Massage,
Ace Sponsors:  West End Grill, Relax Station

"It was a damn close run thing"
2010 Ann Arbor City Tournament 
From AAACTA President, Patrick Lee

As winter closes in, with our season tightly wrapped, I instinctively get reflective. For me, this is more clinical, along the lines of questioning what happened, than sentimental. I keep trying to put my finger on it.

That summer is gifted I take for granted. It alone stands out as the one season in which we can expect to conduct our various outdoor festivals, fairs, events, shows. Indeed, I'd go so far as to say that summer possesses the Fatal Gift - cited below in a translation from a famous sonnet.


Italia! O Italia! thou who hast
The fatal gift of beauty, which became
A funeral dower of present woes and past,
On thy sweet brow is sorrow plough'd by shame,
And annals graved in characters of flame

Read more from Patrick, including Things Gone Right with this year's event  ...

The Bottom Line
2010 City Tournament raises record funds

The City Tournament is so much fun it's easy to overlook the fact that it's AAACTA's singular fundraiser.  It's the engine that makes our programs go.  This year the Tournament raised $6,511.

At right, AAACTA's Middle School Intramural Program, a volunteer-led initiative which engages almost 200 students at schools across the City. 

Ann Arbor City Tennis Tournament Finalists 1919-2010

Bruce Watkins has assembled a list of 91 years of Tournament Finalists. Thanks, Bruce, for keeping track of the city's tennis history.

Parting Shots ...

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Sandell Bennett
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