As a warm-up for the upcoming season for the Palm Beach Open Men’s Tennis League, a senior men’s doubles tournament was held recently at the Wellington Tennis Center, located at 3100 Lyons Road.
The event was conducted for men ages 45 and older, which is the same age bracket used for league play when it starts next month.
The two-day men’s doubles event was well-attended and well-received, according to Palm Beach Open Men’s Tennis League Commissioner Sandy Frank, who oversaw the men’s doubles competition along with Wellington Tennis Center Director Chuck Gill.
“We attracted 20 doubles teams,” Frank said. “We had spirited play and great sportsmanship from every participant.”
Win or lose, everybody enjoyed the opportunity to compete and be physically active for two days.
“I had a great time playing against good competition,” participant Glenn Spinner said.
“There was a good level of play,” Marty Ross added. “It was fun.”
In an effort to avoid the heat of the day and the expected afternoon rains, all the matches were played in the morning. Over the course of the two days, each team played five matches. The winner of every match was the team that could win a pro set, which is the first team to win eight games.
According to Gill, there were three flights of competition, which provided better play opportunities for each participant. The three flights were Blue (4.0+ division), White (3.5 to 4.0 division) and Red (3.0 to 3.5 division):
Blue Flight champions were Sandy Frank and John Puppo, and the finalists were Jay Flynn and Michael Loeb.
White Flight champions were Jay Vidockler and George St. Louis, and the finalists were Barry Davis and Mike Kozak.
Red Flight champions were Jeff Hartman and Norm Pollack, and the finalists were George Tregre and Brian Steklof.
If anybody is interested in playing in the upcoming Palm Beach Open Men’s Tennis League, which starts in September, visit www.pbotennis.com. Learn more about Wellington Tennis Center programs as www.wellingtonfl.gov/tennis.