Think it's easy to hit a tennis ball with the same wooden racquet that many of us grew up with? Think again. With a "sweet spot" about the size of a tennis ball, even those of us who think we have "game," were tested in this year's Woods & Whites Classic. After three abbreviated sets of no-add scoring, the victors were Debbie Norton and John Harding. A delicious meal with a variety of appetizers, salads, and grilled brats, burgers and dogs followed. Our thanks to Al & Pam Hero who organize this annual event and to Al who provides his collection of wooden racquets for use by players and grills up a tasty meal!
The First Family Combo Tennis event was held on Saturday morning, August 3rd. Four courts were filled
with competitive and lively teams. Seasoned players, college players, high school and middle school players, even fairly new to tennis players, and all related to their partner.
The family feud format had the Pink and Blue Teams competing for prizes. Champs for the Pink Team were Fred Churchill and nephew, Ben Kallman and for the Blue, Grace Harding and grandson, Thomas Rezendes. Finalists for the Pink team were Lida LLoyd and son Stratton Lloyd, and for the Blue Team, John Rezendes & Timothy Churchill. Fun prizes were awarded and Catherine Towner won. The "travelled the furthest", was from Houston, TX. All enjoyed fresh fruit, breakfast muffins , lemonade & tea.
After a tornado touched down in South Yarmouth, knocked out power and downed many trees, closing the entrance and exit to SYTC on Tuesday, July 23rd, an impressive volunteer effort, led by Club Manager Steve Francis, had things cleaned up and the courts ready for play by 12 Noon on Wednesday, July 24th,
The courts are cleared of debris, rolled, swept and lined and ready to go. Power has been restored, the exit and entrance roadways are open, and all parking areas are available.
Enormous thanks go out to:
Roger Beers, Nancy and Clay Beless, Milt Berglund, Bill Butler, Fred Churchill, Rick Coffey, Tom Corcoran, Alex Gribko, Al Hero, Peter Mercury, Cindy and George Noble, Deb Norton, Walter Ramsley, Sue Roberts, Konrad Schultz, Paul Silman and Stan Werlin.
A very special thanks to Associate Manager Ken Huckins for his work Tuesday night after the tornado wreaked havoc. Ken worked to take down large tree limbs and clear the entrance to SYTC, a huge boost for the Wednesday morning clean-up effort. Ken, the entire club appreciates your dedication and owes you a huge debt of gratitude!
The South Yarmouth Tennis Club hosted our annual Ladies Member-Guest tournament on a hot & steamy summer July morning. All participants were ready to go at 9 a.m., after a welcome from manager Steve Francis. Guests vied for prizes, trying to hit a serving target. Guest Nettie Hoagland won!
Play continued, round robin style. Two teams qualified for second place and a play off followed. Sue Adams and Cindy Noble bested Pam Hero and Fran Stevens. A finals match followed versus the first place finishers, Harriet Brochu and Anne Walesak. Noble/Adams prevailed in a super tie-breaker , 11-9. A delicious luncheon followed with much camaraderie.
Nearly 100 spectators enjoyed a terrific doubles exhibition featuring four of Cape Cod's best homegrown talents on Saturday evening at the South Yarmouth Tennis Club on a picture perfect Cape Cod evening. Players included Sonny Bisazza, Max Francis, Aidan Roach and Patrick Wyeth – some of the best Cape Cod players to ever pick up a racquet.
Watching these athletes grown up on the courts of SYTC and seing them as the fine young men they are today is a pleasure for everyone. Hearing the sound of the ball off their racquets, makes you realize - they are playing a different game than some of us!
An then there was the food! So many delicious appetizers, main course and of course... DESSERTS!
We are very grateful to the Event Team who worked with a large crew of volunteers to make this all happen!
With Head Pro Doug Leonard and Assistant Pro Jack Andre leading the way, the 2019 SYTC Juniors Program kicked off today with great youthful energy and a high fun factor! Doug and Jack welcomed beginners at 12:30 PM and older, more skilled players at 1:30 PM for the inaugural clinics of the year. Doug buzzed around the court engaging the kids in a variety of balance, footwork and hitting drills, only to find they more than matched his energy. The Juniors Program runs for eight weeks into late August, with Monday/Wednesday/Friday and Tuesday/Thursday sessions, and welcomes children of members and non-members alike. Photos and videos from the opening clinics offer a glimpse of what's coming all summer long.
HEAD PRO DOUG LEONARD
ASSISTANT PRO JACK ANDRE
BASELINE TO THE NET AND BACK - BALANCE THAT BALL!
SYTC's Opening Mixer Saturday June 15 featured a Hawaiian shirt (and lei) theme and attracted more than twenty enthusiastic doubles players on a warm sun-filled morning. Friendly competitive play was the order of the day as Club Manager Steve Francis - sporting a brightly colored Hawaiian shirt filled with tropical beachy images - whistled teams on and off the court every twenty minutes to note scores and change match-ups. Steve reports that his spectacular shirt once attracted a spontaneous purchase offer of $200 but not even a great offer could get him to part with the precious apparel. In an exciting Final match Barbara Roach and Will Towner (member Susan Towner's husband) prevailed over Leslie Hathaway and Joe Roach 6-4.
It's easy to see the camaraderie on display in the player photos below. And check out the three videos of live action!
In the videos below:
1) Bob Levine and Susan Towner win a point from Deb Norton and partner
2) Joe Roach rips a serve and a powerful forehand winner
3) Leslie Hathaway returns serve and partner Joe Roach poaches for an aggressive winning volley
On Wednesday June 12 Barnstable tennis coaches Lou Giglio and Mike Sarni brought their players to SYTC for an afternoon of post-season fun on the clay. Decked out in their tennis whites, the players competed the old-fashioned way - with wooden rackets. An awards ceremony followed the friendly hitting. A good time was had by all!
June 9 was opening day for the club's highly popular Sunday morning mixed doubles event featuring fabulous weather conditions and much camaraderie as players engaged in friendly competitive play under sparkling blue skies. Long-time SYTC members were joined by new members Ben & Maria Ianzito, Carol Rawlins, Susan Towner and Itsuko Herrema as teams battled for court supremacy.
The photo of players at the nets during the changeover after the first 30 minutes of action features new member Itsuko Herrema and long-time members Chuck St.Andre, Dave Knapp, Bill Butler, Al & Pam Hero and organizer George Noble readying his whistle to get the second 30 minutes underway. The video offers a short point from Court 1 as Itsuko and Chuck grab the lead from Dave and Bill. Players are looking forward to great tennis (and brunches) all season long!
SYTC is exploring an innovative use for the backboard area at the rear of the clubhouse. This little-used area is just the right size for setting up a short mobile net for very young juniors to practice with smaller kids' rackets and the larger, lightweight red/orange and red/yellow balls now used to get juniors started in the game. We discovered quickly that this may well be a surprising attraction for our adult members as well. Check out this brief video of members Paul Silman and "Big Mike" Nicklaw in a lively exchange!