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84th National Public Parks Tennis Championships

August 15, 2010 08:32 AM
84th National Public Parks Tennis Championships 2 
 
Wisconsin Tennis Association acknowledges and congratulates the Wisconsin participants in the 84th National Public Parks Tournament for the following first place finishes.
 
Debbie Burgess Women 55 singles
Debbie Burgess/Sherry Ploor Women 55 doubles
Sherry Ploor Women 65 singles
Jim Slonac Men open singles
Debbie Burgess/Michael Benson (Long Grove, IL) Mixed 45 doubles
 
CAT II Senior Event
WHEN YOU’RE HOT…..YOU’RE HOT:  Temperature on the courts: High 103, Low 93

Held:  August 2–7, 2010 in St. Louis MO at beautiful Forest Park:  Over 450 participants from 9 USTA sections and 22 states competed in the tournament. Numerous divisions of competition were offered including Juniors, Open, Seniors, Family, NTRP, Wheelchair and Adaptive.  Age divisions 50 and over were played on clay.  Other divisions were played on hard courts at the Dwight Davis Tennis Center, named after Dwight Davis, the organizer of public parks sports who was born in July 1879 and founded the International Tennis Competition that was later named the Davis Cup.

The park was dedicated in 1876 on the same day General Custer was massing his troops at Little Big Horn.  At 1,371 acres, Forest Park surpasses New York’s Central Park by 500 acres.  Over 12 million people visit each year, more than Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon combined!  The incredible attractions and never-ending list of events and activities is overwhelming.  The “short list” includes: two separate tennis facilities (Dwight Davis Tennis Center, and the Highlands Golf & Tennis Center), two golf courses, paved bicycling/jogging trails, athletic fields, Steinberg Skating Rink, Science Center, St. Louis Zoo, Art Museum, a theater, lakes for fishing and boating, restaurants, and the Kennedy Forest that hosts more than 200 species of migratory warblers.

The hospitality of Tournament Director Judy Dippold, Mary Vassar, the staff, tournament committee, sponsors, and volunteers made this tournament one of the best tournaments I have ever entered.  Amenities above and beyond the norm included: Mary’s extra effort to locate partners for those entrants who needed partners (even at the last moment, thanks Mary), providing T-shirts in both women’s and men’s sizes, Casino Player Party including the large number of wonderful prizes under the big tent, Miller Beer happy hours, and Ted Drewes providing gallons and gallons of scrumptious frozen custard to help the players battle the heat.

Winners in the Adult/Senior Events; Women’s Singles Open: Patricia Zerdan, 35’s; Helena Malinakova, 45’s: Myke Loomis, 55’s: Deborah Burgess, 65’s: Ruby Jenkins

Women’s Doubles; Open: Mackie/Prasch, 45’s: Rubin/Wennemann, 55’s: Burgess/Ploor

Mixed Doubles; Open: Reinhart/Smith, 45’s: Benson/Burgess

Men’s Singles; Open: Jim Slonac, 35’s: Rick Witsken, 40’s: Stephen McQuillen, 45’s: Troy Goers, 50’s: Jeff Davis, 55’s: Sal Castillo, 65’s: Richard Johnson, 70’s: W. Henry Baughman, 75’s: George McCabe, Mens Doubles; Open: Witsken/Criswell, 35’s: Witsken/Criswell, 40’s: McQuillen/Vanvalkenburgh, 45’s; Alumbaugh/Goers, 50’s: Bowes/Castillo, 55’s: Landauer/Smith, 60’s: Florian/Mazo, 65’s: Davis/Lunsford, 70’s: Baughman/Hayes, 75’s: Liberman/McCabe

 
 

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