Bakker & White Heavy Favorites
#1 seeds Rob Bakker and Luke White are heavy favorites to win this year's Hertzel Cup. Click for a round by round preview.
Flight One: Standings Tighten With Just 4 Weeks to Play
Several tight races developed as 15 flight one sets were contested. Scott Triplett maintained his #4 spot (players with a chance to qualify), but is now just 0.42% ahead of Michael Todd after a 4-3 evening. Patrick Shiels went 2-1 and is in sixth, but is less than two percentage points from fourth at 66.67%. Doug Jones inched 0.77% ahead of Rob Bakker for the top spot with a 7-0 night. Bakker needs to play 7 of the 8 remaining sessions to qualify, which most likely not happen since next Thursday is President's Cup day at the APTA Nationals. Eric Toth went 3-1 to remain comfortably in third place with a 14.44% lead over fourth. Click for full flight one results.
Flight Two: Newcomer Van Lokeren Makes Move
John Van Lokeren went 3-0 to move within 0.76% of flight two leader Jeremy Kanter. Van Lokeren, who joined the league after the halfway point of the season, will have to play a few double sessions to qualify (needs 7 to reach 13). Kanter needs just one more as he has played 11 in flight two and one in flight one. Kyle Wilkins went 3-0 and Mike Herrel went 4-0 to improve their positions as well. Herrel is just 1.99% behind Kanter and has qualified with 14 total sessions. Wilkins qualified 14 weeks ago - he as now played a record 34 total sessions. Click for flight two results.
PT Leaguer Rob Bakker partnered with Scott Kahler (NJ) to win the Indianapolis Open. Click to read more about how other PT Leaguers did in the Indianapolis Open.
Small Turnout Due to Severe Cold
Three 6:00 courts played despite the 0-degree temps. The 8:00 courts were cancelled as temperatures dropped to -5. Click for full results.
Flight One: Triplett 6-0, Louisville's McCrae Debuts
Scott Triplett jumped up to fourth place (players likely to qualify) with six wins on Thursday. Triplett is now 22-9 (70.97%) for the year. Making the trip up from Louisville with Triplett was Chris McCrae. McCrae, a former University of Alabama tennis player, played two sessions and went 2-4 in his league debut. Brett Decurtins, Dale Dobnicker and Doug Jones were all 3-0 for the night. Click for the full flight one results.
Flight Two: Wilkins Reaches 100 Sets Played, O'Gara Returns
Kyle Wilkins went 5-1 in two sessions. He is now 52-49 (51.49%) for the season. During his second session, Wilkins became the first Platform Tennis League player to reach the 100 sets played mark. Guy O'Gara returned from injury, participating for the first time this season. Click for the full flight two results.
Thaddeus Reed won the Columbus Open Region IV President's Cup Qualifier. Heather Prop finished 5/6 in one of the toughest Women's national ranking tournaments, the Short Hills (NJ) Invitational. Andrew Jordan makes the final of the GCPTA D2-D5 tournament. Click for more about happenings from this past weekend's paddle tennis tournaments.
Flight One: Tennis Hall of Famers Participate
A pair of Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame members made their Platform Tennis League debuts Thursday. Heather Prop, a 5-time Cincinnati Met tennis singles champ and former #1 ranked APTA national platform tennis player (w/ Lynne Schneebeck) went 1-2 on a court with Rex Cabrera, Evan Webeler and Vince Prop. Jeff Wolf, a 26-time Cincinnati Met tennis title winner, 6 singles, 15 doubles, 5 mixed, went 1-2 on his court with Evan Webeler, Doug Jones and Thorsten Knobloch. Doug Jones 6-0, Brett Decurtins 3-0 and Gene Kennedy 3-0, were undefeated for the night. Click for full flight one results.
Flight Two: Kanter Climbs to Top, Palmer Returns
Jeremy Kanter took the lead in the flight two standings (players likely to qualify) by going 3-0 on a court with Ben Keating, Kyle Wilkins and Greg Carr. Kanter is now 23-13, 63.89%. Kanter has participated in 11 sessions, including one in flight one, and needs two more to qualify. The league welcomed back Ken Palmer, who participated for the first time since injuring his knee in week one. Click for flight two results.