AAACTA Advantage
 News from the Ann Arbor Area Community Tennis Association         October 2011
A community organization dedicated to supporting and promoting tennis
in the Ann Arbor area.

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Hot Dog!

2011's Record Tournament

"Frankly," summer is just a warm memory, but the 2011 City Tennis Tournament lives on in the record books - a 12% increase in participation with 518 adults and 134 juniors.   


The tournament was profitable once again despite increased costs and will provide the funding needed to carry out AAACTA's other programs, including the seven week middle school program.     

Thank you, sponsors, volunteers, players, and good sports!


Hail to Our Champions & Finalists!
See the photos...
Mixed Doubles
| Singles | Women's Doubles | Men's Doubles | Juniors Slideshow & Results



Random Shots - City Tournament

Re-live the 2011 tennis action, with a little music
and a lot of smiles, all in just 2 1/2 minutes...





Mueller Sportsmanship Awards

Congratulations to the 2011 Mueller Sportsmanship Award winners: Sam Clyde, Katia Kukucka, Beau Chicoine, Erika Riano-Majica, Jonah Kaveh and Nathan Grosh.  Participants in the Juniors Tournament, they were chosen for their fair play and courtesy on the court, striving spirit and graciousness in winning ... or losing.

At left, award winners Sam Clyde and Nathan Grosh with AAACTA President Barbara Wasneski and Barbara Mueller.  The award is given in memory of Bob Mueller.  


Youth Tennis Clinic at the University of Michigan 
Meet and play with the UM Men's and Women's Tennis Teams! The goal is to have fun while stressing the importance of mastering sport-specific fundamentals, doing well in school, and living a healthy lifestyle.    

Tales From the Tournament
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Jason Kerst and Jack Martin-Dyer were ball boys for the Men's Open Final, practicing for the Western & Southern ATP Masters Tournament in Cincinnati in August ... Ritsuko Nakano went home with the winner's trophy in all 3 events ... The hot dog grilling volunteer team marked their 10th year of serving it up at Town Tennis ...  Bob Mueller played almost every year over the course of 50 years, beginning in 1948, and today the Sportsmanship Award for the Juniors is named in his memory.

Have a Tournament Story?  First time you played?  Twentieth? 
Let us know!

The Indispensable 2011 Tournament Sponsors
Their support ensured our success. Thank them with your patronage! 

Grand Slam Sponsor: 
Travis Pointe Country Club

Champion Sponsors:  Elastizell, Cayman Sports Company, The Olive Garden, Underground Printing, The Chippewa Club, The Tennis and Golf Company
Tournament Sponsors:
A&H Custom Remodeling, a2zoom productions, Ann Arbor Ski Club, Carol Luckenbach, genui forma design, Huron Valley Tennis Club, George Smillie, DDS, Hooper, Hathaway, Price, Beuche & Wallace, In Touch Therapeutic Massage, Kathy Legatski, Liberty Athletic Club, Linda Sinkule - Integrative Bodywork, Oasis Hot Tub Gardens, Panther Athletic, Peace of Mind Life Coaching, Racquet Club of Ann Arbor, USTA Southeast Michigan

Match Sponsors:
Ann Munro * Carol Hoffer, CLU, CASL - Northwestern Mutual * Coach Me Fit  *  Dan Del Zoppo Electric  *  Encore Studio * Janet Remen * Kuma * Martin Topliss * Orley * Panera Bread * Power Cycling, LLC * Red Twig * Satchel's BBQ * Trader Joe's

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

Linda Grosh, Teri Baily, Rick Mintz, Irfan Bhabhrawala, Anne Giordani, Barbara Mueller, Stephanie DeBosch, Heather Conway, Sue Kiss, Tom Wielenga, Darrell Washington, Gary Deguzman, Taylor Bradford, Varun Chethan, Kylan Bennett, Kassie Chicoine, Mary Beth Putnam, Debbie Crosby, Peg Faulkner, Jason Kerst, Jack Martin-Dyer Ruedee Vance, Yasmin Kashef, Elizabeth Vlachakis, Chris Chirgwin, Jim Douglass, Mr. Stachler and other parents who roll-dried for juniors, Leo Legatski, Vivien Gierach, KC Choi, Scott Engers, Janya Somers, Jon Desenberg, Sally Hanselman Andy Wu, Dolores DeTavernier, Steve Jensen, Nancy Kelley, Huda Fadel, Jennifer Croze, Steve Hsueh, Karen Miller, Elena Camara, Michelle Melis, Nick Holland, Rumi Terao, Leslie McGowan, Barbara Paup, Rose Wu, Scott Riedel, Charles Shiver, and the staff at Varsity Tennis Center.  THANK YOU!



Anne-Marie Kim, Helen Peters, Carol Luckenbach, Sandell Bennett, Kathy Legatski, Barbara Wasneski, Helen Giordani, Linda Woodland, Gordon Boettcher, Janet Remen, Nathalie Vandecan, John McReynolds, Heidi Kerst, and Vanda Shadigian     


Coming Soon ...
Answers & Comments from the Tournament Survey 

Thank you to everyone who took time to fill out the Tournament Survey.   

We're compiling all of the info and will be reporting soon!


2011 Ann Arbor City Tournament 
From AAACTA President, Barbara Wasneski


Did you know that the first Ann Arbor City Tournament was in 1919? It's unclear how many participated that first year, but THIS year over 650 players registered - the highest number since AAACTA started running the tournament in 2000. I'd like to congratulate all of the winners and thank everyone who played.  Your support is most appreciated.  


I'd also like to applaud all of our wonderful sponsors and volunteers. Your continued support of the tournament makes it possible for AAACTA to carry out its mission of serving the tennis community throughout the year.     


It takes the energy of many people to organize this event. This year we were fortunate to have Helen Giordani as our Tournament Director.  She did a tremendous job - thank you, Helen!   


The Tournament Committee that Helen led was a hard working crew who met monthly starting in February and emailed prodigiously through August. Email and other technologies have improved and expanded the tournament, but only because we have a wonderful group of tech-savvy volunteers.  They made on-line registration, website postings and email survey solicitations possible. A complete list of this incredible group of people can be found in this newsletter. When you see any of them, please thank them for their hard work!         


Winter's around the corner - keep in touch with AAACTA's activities by visiting our website.  Watch for our e-newsletters.  And start planning now to be part of our city tournament tradition in 2012! 


Barbara Wasneski

Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteers are needed for upcoming events benefitting U-M C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital.  The first week of November will be an especially busy time.  DETAILS
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Sandell Bennett
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