Region V News 2009-2010

Alan "Mr. Paddle" Graham Inducted into Hall of Fame

MARCH 17, 2010

2010-Alan-Graham-HOF-Induction-150Alan Graham probably thought he was going to spend the evening at another great CPTC League Finals Night; watching the men’s league play-off finals, having a burger and a beer, and socializing with his many paddle friends. What he didn't know was that he was about to be inducted into the Platform Tennis Hall of Fame, the sport’s highest honor. More

Starlight Singles Championship

MARCH 15, 2010

Starlight-Singles-Championship-Invitation-100If you play platform tennis in Chicago, you have probably received the invitation for the Starlight Singles Championship. Louis Jacobsohn and others have organized a singles tournament to support the Starlight Foundation. Starlight Midwest is a nonprofit dedicated to helping seriously ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities. With league play wrapped up for the year, it's a great time to have a little spring fling and try out singles. Details

Enthusiasm Grows at the St. Louis Invitational

FEBRUARY 25, 2010

2010-St-Louis-Draw-100Lots of effort from enthusiastic locals, and an APTA exhibion and clinic, are spreading the fever for paddle in St. Louis and hellping to grow their Men's PCQ tournament.

Read the complete coverage of the 2010 St. Louis Platform Tennis Invitational.

3 Parts Bondurant and 1 Part Johnson in the Winner's Circle in Indianapolis

FEBRUARY 23, 2010

Indianapolis Platform Tennis AssociationThe 34th Annual Indianapolis Platform Tennis Tournament was a thrilling experience for both players and fans! IN the Open dividion, the team of Scott Bondurant and Mark Johnson pulled out a 3 set victory over Brian Heil and Denny English in the Final. Congratualtions also go to Heath and Snow (Consolation), Buttrick and Quinto (Last Chance), Hough and Noble (Quarter Reprieve) and Woldenberg and Sullivan (Reprieve). Bondurant also won the 95 Final with his brother Chip 3 in sets over Scott Pecor and Gary Feldman.

Complete Coverage, Draw and Slide Show

Extreme Cold Couldn't Deter 10th Annual Kansas City Men’s Open

JANUARY 19, 2010

2010 Kansas City OpenThough it is gaining momentum, the brand identity of platform tennis in Kansas City ranks somewhere just above curling and perhaps a bit below horseshoes. Our friends stare in odd amazement as we explain that, on Tuesday nights, we tend to play our sport in shorts, preferably in near-freezing temperatures. They think we’re nuts.

Complete Coverage & Slide Show

152 Teams Compete in Chicago Series Tournaments

JANUARY 18, 2010

CPTC-logo-100Chicago may very well have set a record for participation in a 1 1/2 day event. 152 men's teams came out to play in the CPTC's annual "series" tournaments. This number of teams, just a little over last year's 145 teams, rivals the biggest national tournaments that draw from the whole country. Not shabby for a local league event.

These tournaments split players into tiers based on their league series. The top players are excluded because they have so many national level tournament options. The four tournament included: Series 4-6, Series 7-10, Series 11-14 and Series 15-18.

Congratulations to the winners:

Series Winners Finalists  Score    
 4-6 Rowland-Rowland    Figora-Kinst 6-2, 3-6, 6-2  Full Draw 
 7-10 Casey-Lombardi  Gray-Pfisterer 6-4, 6-1   Full Draw 
 11-14 Hester-Lyons Becker-Phillips 6-4, 6-2   Full Draw 
 15-18 Shookman-West Higginson-McWeeney  6-3, 3-6, 6-3  Full Draw 

Mike Marino & Brian Uihlein Take 1st Hinsdale Title

DECEMBER 13, 2009

2009 Men's Hinsdale ChallengePlaftorm tennis has been exploding in Hinsdale, which is turning the corner from being the western frontier in Chicago's paddle scene to being a formidable center of play.

The first Men's Hinsdale Challenge, a new National Ranking Tournament and President's Cup Qualifier, drew a draw filled with top flight talent.

Complete Coverage, Photos and Video

 (In photo l to r: Bill O'Brien, Scott Bondurant, Mark Johnson, Van Stapleton, Mike Marino, Brian Uihlein, Mary Doten)

Clarkson & Head Champs at IL Intermediates

NOVEMBER 29, 2009

CPTCThe annual Illinois Men's Intermediates tournament was held November 21-22 at clubs across the North Shore of Chicago. The tournament restricts teams to pairings whose combined league series adds up to 4 or higher. While this keeps the top players from partnering up, the level of the tournament is still quite high. After all, the Chicago league has 18 series.

An interesting twist to this event is inclusion of three man teams. Any two partners can play together in any round, but the pair that starts a match together must finish it together. This gives an extra lift to a team that thinks they may not have the stamina to make it trough the rigors of an entire tournament. In practice,only one team signed up as 3, Fritzsche-Hasley-Landman, and they came home with the Consolation Reprieve title.

The main draw had nearly 64 teams and included a full complement of back draws. In the semis, 4th seeded Bice-Johnson defeated unseeded Kaspers-Kaspers 6-4, 6-3 and number 2 seeds Clarkson-Head moved past 6th seeded Baccich-Rowe 7-6, 7-5. In the finals Clarkson-Head pulled through in a close 3 setter, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6.

Back draw winners:
Consolation: Clingan-Walker
Reprieve: Flagstad-Graves
Quarter Reprieve: Jacobsohn-Whipple
Consolaton Reprieve: Fritzsche-Hasley-Landman
Last Chane: D'Alise-Lombardi

Full Draws (Excel)

2009 Chicago Platform Tennis Charities

NOVEMBER 5, 2009


The draws are out, the players are arriving, and the perennially popular Chicago Platform Tennis Charities is under way. As the weekend progresses, we'll let you know what's happening and who's winning, and will give you some photos to share the action.

Full Coverage


Engel & Martin Win Milwaukee Men's

OCTOBER 28, 2009

In the Milwaukee Men's Open, a perennial favorite in the region, Marty Engel and Wade Martin took the title in a 3 set final over Nate Parsons and Dane Schmigdall, 7-6, 4-6, 7-5.

Full Coverage

Doten & Schwartz Take Milwaukee Women's

OCTOBER 25, 2009

2009-Milwaukee-Women-FinalistsThe Milwaukee Open is always a great start to the midwest's season of NRT/PCQ tournaments. This year 14 women's teams competed in an an extremely stong draw. The majority of the teams hailed from Chicago, and many of them warmed up the previous day playing league matches. Unfortunately, both that warm up day and the day of the tournament were wet. It was just plain raining for the early rounds, and the hut took on the feel of a laundromat with all the clothes hung up to dry. But the weather didn't dampen the positive attitudes of the players, and the weather cleared fr the later rounds.

Full Coverage

Junior Jamboree Energizes Chicago

OCTOBER 22, 2009

The 2nd Annual Chicago Junior Paddle Jamboree went off without a hitch on a gorgeous Sunday. Three clubs, over 165 children, and 14 PPTA pros came together for a fun filled afternoon of paddle. More

Chicago Junior Paddle Jamboree

Junior JamboreeThe Junior Jamboree Returns to Chicago

OCTOBER 13, 2009

There's still time to sign up for the 2nd Annual Chicago Junior Jamboree on Sunday, October 18. Registration closes Friday, October 16.

Host clubs this year include Exmoor, Lake Bluff, Winnetka, Sunset Ridge, Evanston, Saddle & Cycle and Hinsdale PD.

The event is free and open to anyone aged 7-18. Juniors are invited to come and learn basic skills, history and evolution of the game, and be introduced to the best outdoor winter activity going.

Activities will be supervised by local PPTA pros and many volunteers.

Prizes, favors, food, drinks and raffle awards will be givn out at all sites.

For more information, contact:

Premier Cup Results

OCTOBER 10, 2009

Check out detailed results from the Premier Cup tournament.

Fifth Annual Premier Cup Tournament

SEPTEMBER 30, 2009

The 5th Annual Premier Cup is set to take place at Sunset Ridge Country Club in Chicago on October 10th & 11th.

Premier Cup logo tiny Sunset Ridge boasts one of the nicer Platform facilities around and is proud to be this year's host which has the strongest field to date.
2100 Sunset Ridge Rd Northfield, IL 60093-1063
(847) 446-5222 

Saturday's round robin play will start @ 9 AM and Sunday's placement matches will begin @ 10 AM.

Peter Berka, Director of Racquet Sports at Sunset Ridge along with Jason Gray and tournament sponsors Premier Platform Tennis and Wilson Racquet Sports  are proud to announce this year's field and invite all Platform enthusiasts to be apart of the exciting action throughout the weekend!

The group pairings will be officially announced Friday, October 9th at the official draw party to be held at the Wilson Global Headquarters.

1.Scott Mansager/Chris Gambino
2.Steve Derose/Jon Lubow
3.Mike Cochrane/Mike Stulac
4.Mike Marino/Brian Uihlein
5.Denny English/Brian Heil
6.Brian O'Connoer/Drew Broderick
7.Peter Berka/Drew Eberly
8.Scott Bondurant/Mark Johnson

Along with the event, the APTA will be organizing an evening of clinics and an exhibition at Salt Creek Country Club in an attempt to help promote and grow the game and help promote this year's event on Friday, October 9th .

For more info on the event at Salt Creek please contact the APTA and for the Premier Cup please contact Jason Gray( ) or Peter Berka( ).

Salt Creek Club Installs Courts

JUNE 23, 2009

Construction is in full swing at Salt Creek Club. From all signs, Jim Garber is doing a magnificent job on the pavilion. Reilly Green Mountain have put together the first of four courts.

Going into the fall, there will be even more people playing paddle in Hinsdale. The SCC will field 3 or 4 league teams, transferring players from the over-crowded courts at KLM. Hinsdale Park District teams will have a few more home matches next season.

100 Chicago Ladies Play in Summer League

JUNE 18, 2009

Chicago has already staked out territory as one of the biggest leagues in the regular season, and now the ladies of the Chicago area are expanding into the summer.

Joanne Lurie of the Winnetka Platform Tennis Club and Carol Iseberg of Tennaqua have put together a loose and easy summer league. They expected a few dozen women at most, but by the enrollment deadline 100 women had signed up. They were pleasantly astonished at the turnout. It had not really occurred to them that they would have to turn people away.

The league has several attractions, not the least of which is that there is no charge. The clubs are allowing the play for free as long as at least one player in a group is a member. Players supply their own balls.

Teams were formed across clubs and include players of various levels. Each team has 8-10 players, of which 6 play each week. Match times and locations are determined by each group of players. It's a very easy going structure only possible in the summer, when court time is not an issue. But who knows, maybe the Midwest is at the vanguard of a trend to take paddle to a year around calendar.

Chicago Summer Players
Chicago summer league players (l-r) Amy Rogers, Joanne Lurie (organizer) and Steph Kozak


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