Happy New Year! 2013 was a great year, but 2014 is going to be even bigger and better. In the next few months no less than twenty four gold medals will be awarded in our upcoming national championships. Could you be one of the recipients? In May, the World Championship will be played in Melbourne. But first, the challenger to Rob Fahey will be determined through a series of eliminator matches. Given that three of the four potential challengers are U.S.- based - Camden Riviere, Steve Virgona and Tim Chisholm -it is an exciting time for American tennis fans. Chicago will host the final eliminator, while Newport and Tuxedo will host the earlier rounds.
Besides the national championships, there are a myriad of events for players of all levels and ages over the next few months. Make it one of your New Year's resolutions to enter at least one USCTA event - remember half the battle is finding the courage to sign up - the playing part is easy!
Taking a quick peak back at December -it was a December to remember. The 16th Annual USCTA Dinner broke the record in attendance. Over $50,000 was raised in the auction and awards were presented - read Jim Zug's recap below for all the details. The Greentree-Aiken team captured the Whitney Cup representing Greentree's 24th victory since 1931, and teaming up with Aiken for its second victory. Camden Riviere captured his second consecutive win, third overall, in the 2013 National Open held in Boston. Team New England -comprised of Riviere and Rich Smith -captured their second consecutive National League title over the New York team of Barney Tanfield and James Stout. The League finals were played in front of a packed house in Washington.
From the RTO Forum -apparently doubles cost more to play than singles at some clubs. Do you agree? Check out the latest RTO stats -Newport continues to lead the pack, with New York coming in second. Read an entertaining story from the Daily Mail on Claire Vigrass and her latest victory. Finally, Barney Tanfield provides another thought-provoking pro tip on "The Zone".
Until next month...
16th ANNUAL USCTA DINNER
by James Zug
The sixteenth conclave of the United States Court Tennis Association, the Annual Dinner came off in stunning fashion at the Racquet & Tennis Club on Friday 13 December 2013. Last year's dinner was the largest non-Hall-of-Fame gathering in the Association's history. This year, it was even bigger.
It started with cocktails and silent auction browsing in the main lounge. The main attractions were a wonderful oil painting set in Aiken (with Pierre doing the marking) and some photographs and prints by Michael Do and Freddy Adam. Then one hundred and eighty-six people packed into the R&T's dining room for a most festive and memorable meal.
To read the full story, click here.
FURTHER PROOF THAT NOTHING IS CERTAIN
by Ben Cook
Most of the top amateur court tennis players in the United States arrived in New York this past weekend for the 2013 Whitney Cup. Defending champion New York, led by captain Lex Miron, was top-seeded and ready to make a run at a third straight title. Second-seeded Greentree-Aiken, captained by Peter Pell, was looking to return to the finals and claim its first title since 2010. New England and Washington also arrived with high expectations. Completing the six-team field were veteran teams from Philadelphia and Tuxedo-Chicago.
by Ken Forton
On December 2, 2013, that long awaited day finally came: the return of pro tournaments to the Tennis & Racquet Club in Boston. Of course, as most of you know, for the last few years the T&R has been unable to host tournaments due to the possibility of rain or snow which used to find its way onto our court, sometimes forming Lake Tambour. Those days are clearly over for us now. The court was tight as a drum and, in fact, was a bit warmer than it used to be. Thanks again to all those involved in the roof project!
To read the full story, click here.
2013 NATIONAL LEAGUE
From Camden Riviere's blog...
" Last night was the Finals of the 2013 USCTA National League season, which featured my team, Team New England, against Team New York. This was a rematch from last years final where we had ended up on top sweeping the final, but I knew this year would be a tough one. My teammates, Tony Hollins and Rich Smith, had a playoff to see who would play in the final alongside me, and Rich Smith had won it. The match took place at Prince's Court in Washington, DC and with over 100 people in attendance was a great night.
TIPS FROM THE PROS
by Barney Tanfield
Brilliance in our game is a myriad of intangible qualities including but not limited to: being particularly ingenuous, charismatic, resourceful, showing extraordinary perception and exercising incredible dependability under pressure. We are incessantly searching for these qualities each time we play. Often times, rather than finding them we find anxiety, impatience, haziness and a handful of other unhelpful emotions. Our struggle for brilliance is chronic and unquenchable. Attempting to eclipse these physical and emotional whirlwinds you will find the beginner player, your long tenured veteran and your world-class professional.
Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Dan Laukitis, a Clinical Psychologist and affiliate of Columbia University.
THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BEGINS WITH THE ELIMINATORS...
From the IRTPA...
"The IRTPA is delighted to announce that the final eliminator for the challenge in Melbourne at The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club May 6th - 10th will be hosted by
THE RACQUET CLUB OF CHICAGO
The eliminator will be played over the challenge format of the best of 13 sets:
Tuesday 18th March 2014 - 4 sets
Thursday 20th March 2014 - 4 sets
Saturday 22nd March 2014 - 5 sets
The first round eliminators will be played on the following dates and at the venue in bold
Camden Riviere (Newport) v Tim Chisholm (Tuxedo)
1st Match Thursday 13th February at Tuxedo
2nd Match Saturday 22nd February at Newport
3rd Match Monday 24th February at Newport
Steve Virgona (Chicago) v Bryn Sayers (Queens)
1st Match Tuesday 18th February at Queens
2nd Match Tuesday 25th February in Chicago
3rd Match Thursday 27th February in Chicago"
Ticket information will be posted on the USCTA website as soon as the information is available.
2014 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
The 2014 World Championship will be held in Melbourne on May 5-10. World Champion - Rob Fahey - will defend the title he has held since 1994. The Challenger will be determined through a series of Eliminator Matches. Potential Challengers are: Camden Riviere, Steve Virgona, Bryn Sayers and Tim Chisholm.
For information on the World Championship, click here.
USCTA Open Singles & Doubles Championship
Level Singles Championship for handicaps 30-39
LEVEL SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIPS -
FIRST ROUND ELIMINATORS BEGIN
See full story in news section
TUXEDO GOLD RACQUET
Top level amateur singles along with club level doubles
U.S. AMATEUR MIXED DOUBLES
Women's Handicap Singles
GOLD RACQUET WEEKEND AT THE TUXEDO CLUB
World Championship eliminator 1st leg between Camden Riviere and Tim Chisholm on the evening of Feb 13.
Gold Racket Court Tennis Singles - Top 16 entries...Feb 14-17.
Gold Racket Rackets Singles... Feb 14-16.
Cuspidor Court Tennis Doubles - Feb 14-17....guarantee of 3 matches.
Spittoon Rackets Doubles...Feb 14-16.
US Pro Rackets Singles Championships- Feb 16 & 17.
World famous Tuxedo hospitality and parties a given!
More details to follow!
FROM THE RTO FORUM...
Should the cost of doubles be more than the cost of singles? Click here to find out more.
RECORD ALL SCORES!
NUMBER OF MATCHES ENTERED INTO RTO IN THE LAST 30 DAYS.
NEW YORK 86
COMPARED TO -
HAMPTON COURT 243
TENNIS IN THE NEWS
From the Daily Mail:
"Day I was thrashed by a 22-year-old girl: GUY ADAMS fancied himself at Real Tennis. Then he met Claire, who's so good she has to play against men"