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Adult State NTRP Championships - Heathrow Country Club

April 15, 2008 03:08 PM

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The first of four Florida Adult State Championships took place April 11-14 at the Heathrow Country Club in Heathrow, Fla.  Tournament director Jeff Cohen welcomed 173 adult players to the USTA Florida State NTRP Championships, which brings together talented men and women Florida players in NTRP singles, doubles and mixed divisions.  Leading the draw this year were top seeds Alain Dalida, Bob Desbiens, Enrique Vela, Jeffrey Winkler, Francisco Musalem, Debra Cangialosi, Brenda Mike, Claudia Williams, Steve Mohl, Scott Bigham, Deborah Kirby, Lisa Dunklin, Valerie Vatterott, Valerie Svantesson, Larry Bush, Debbie Bush, William Ellis and Jessica Coppola.

Sports Psychologist Garth Weiss gave a presentation entitled "Play as well in your matches as you do in practice" to kick off the players party on Friday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m.  From then on, it was down to businesses.  No. 1 seeds swept titles in the men’s 3.0 singles, men’s 4.5 singles, men’s 5.0 singles, women’s 3.0 singles, women’s 4.0 singles, men’s 3.5 doubles and women’s 4.0 doubles.  However; as in most tournaments, there were plenty of upsets and underdog successes as well.  Unseeded players claimed victory in the men’s 3.5 singles, men’s 4.0 singles, women’s 4.5 singles, men’s 4.0 doubles, men’s 4.5 doubles, women’s 3.0 doubles women’s 3.5 doubles and in every mixed doubles division. 

The only No.1 verse No.2 match up came in the men’s 4.5 singles and women’s 3.5 singles finals.  No. 1 seed Jeffrey Winkler def. No. 2 Rick Cannan 6-2, 6-4 in the men’s final, while No. 2 seed Rebecca Gilmartin def. No. 1 seed Brenda Mike 6-2, 6-4 in the women’s final.

Congratulations to all players who participated in the tournament and special thanks to official Rollie Shea.  Please enjoy photo galleries from the event, and check back for results from the next Florida Adult State Championships at Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton, June 2-9.

 

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