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One-On-One Doubles Tournament Rocks Largo

February 3, 2009 03:04 PM

Super Saturday at Shipwatch

Shipwatch Yacht and Tennis Club, in Largo, hosted a pre-Superbowl, One-On-One Doubles Tournament the day before the big game in Tampa.

(l-r): Richard Scott, Men's 4.0 Champion, Kevin Manning,
Tournament Director, and Wendall Walker, Men's 4.0 Finalist

The tournaments were all played in the one-day, round robin format of play. All tournament participants and fans were treated to three hours of exciting, half-court, Serve-and-Volley Tennis matches and four sets of live, rockin' blues music performed by Tampa's The Juke Joint Kings and Miami's national recording artist, The Albert Castiglia Band. The bands played alternating sets, "Chicago-style", until 6:30 p.m. All participants and fans were treated to an assortment of beverages and sandwiches.

All division winners received prize money.

The Men's Open was won by Marcus Echtler, Stetson's 2006 Atlantic Sun Player of the Year. Echtler was ranked as high as No. 61 nationally in Division I. Echtler defeated Tamer El-Sawy, former Egyptian Davis Cup star and Assistant Men's Coach at USF, in the finals, 4-2. Jeff Davis, 1994 Finalist of ITF World 35s Doubles Championships, defeated Len Simard, Tennis Director at Isleworth Country Club for third place, 4-1.

The Women's Open was won by Brianna Williams, Former University of Indiana standout from Tampa. Williams defeated Miranda Gutierrez, former University of South Carolina standout and Tennis Director at the Treasure Island Tennis and Yacht Club, 6-2,3-6,(11-9).

(l-r): Miranda Gutierrez, Women's Open Finalist,
Brianna Williams, Women's Open Champion,
and Kevin Manning, Tournament Director

The Men's 4.0 Division was won by Richard Scott, former No. 1 Doubles player in Florida, Men's 35s in 1992-94. Scott defeated Seminole's Wendall Walker, 6-5(8-6) for the title. Ian Zeaman was the champion of the Men's 3.5 Division. Pete Mosher was the 3.5 Finalist.

Ruth McGhee defeated Laura Kehoe, 5-3, for the Women's 3.5 title.

"It's hard to say which was the better event - the Super Saturday One-On-One Doubles Championships or the Super Bowl?" stated Kevin Manning, Tournament Director for the event and Tennis Director at the Shipwatch Yacht and Tennis Club.

All tournament players will receive a One-On-One Doubles ranking on the game's website, www.oneononedoubles.com.

The next One-On-One Doubles tournament is March 7, for Juniors and Adults, at the Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center(BSAC) in Brandon, as part of the club's Spring Family Jamfest fundraiser with three rockin' blues bands performing.

BSAC is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. To register online, go to www.ustaflorida.com.

Albert Castiglia performs at Shipwatch's Super
 Saturday One-on-One Doubles Tournament






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