Fraser/Angulo Take Title
Second seeds Tyler Fraser and Chris Angulo defeated third seeded Brad Pierce and Eric West 6-1, 6-2 to win the 2021 Hertzel Cup City Open Championship. This was Fraser's fifth city championship and Angulo's first. Tyler has won with Rob Bakker, Luke White, Lee Lonergan, Hector Rincon and now Angulo. Fraser is now 25-0 in Hertzel Cup matches, winning all five he has played. Pierce has a 2-2 record in four finals appearances, winning in 2006 & 2011 with Doug Jones. This was West's first final.
Faig/Necessary Finish 5th
PT Leaguers Brian Faig and Dave Necessary upset #6 seeded Richard Canelas and Evan Webeler in the round of 16 and then won the Quarterfinal Reprieve to finish fifth overall. The unseeded duo lost to Pierce/West following their long three-set R16 match but rebounded to win two reprieve matches, both against seeded teams. In the QF Reprieve semis they beat #7 Ben Hall and Patrick Shiels then won a third-set tiebreak against #8 Josh Heller and Rusty Schubert in the final. This was the best Hertzel Cup finish for both Faig and Necessary.
Matrka/Van Lokeren Upset #5 Seed
PT Leaguers Marie Matrka and John Van Lokeren pulled off the biggest upset of the tournament. an 0-6, 6-4, 1-0 (8) nail-biter against #5 seeds Rex Cabrera and Hector Rincon. Rincon was a defending champion as he won last year with Fraser. Matrka/Van Lokeren lost their quarterfinal against Pat Gilligan and Luke White and then a close 7-6, 7-5 reprieve match against #8 seeds Josh Heller and Rusty Schubert.
PT Leaguers Win Backdraws
In addition to Faig/Necessary's fifth place finish, all of the other consolation playoffs were won by current or recent PT Leaguers. Richard Canelas and Evan Webeler won the "Round of 16 Reprieve" to finish ninth. Paul Gosiger paired with his son to finish 17th as winners of the "Round of 32 Consolation." Ryan English finished 33rd as winner of the the "Round of 64 Consolation" with partner Chris Wachtel. Todd Wise finished 41st as winner of the "Round of 64 Consolation Reprieve" with partner Eric Mackey. Recent PT Leaguers Seth Dimling and Jim Heldman finished 25th, winning the "Round of 32 Consolation Reprieve."
Click: 2021 Hertzel Cup Results for more.
The 2021 Hertzel Cup will be played this Saturday (February 27). The draw has been made and can be viewed by clicking Hertzel Cup 2021 Draw. Doug Jones and Wil Lofgren are this year's top seeds. Below are tournament odds and round by round "over/unders". Matches starting with the round of 32 include predicted winners from the round before. This information is for entertainment purposes only:
Odds to Win Tournament
Jones/Lofgren ... 3 to 2
Angulo/Fraser ... 2 to 1
Pierce/West ... 7 to 1
Canelas/Webeler ... 12 to 1
Gilligan/White ... 12 to 1
Cabrera/Rincon ... 12 to 1
Hall/Shiels ... 35 to 1
Faig/Necessary ... 50 to 1
Berry/Kebe ... 100 to 1
Greenwell/McCarthy ... 100 to 1
Heller/Schubert ... 100 to 1
Field (rest of teams) ... 100 to 1
The number represents how many games the underdog is expected to win. So, a "6" would anticipate a score like 6-3, 6-3 or 6-2, 6-4. The underdog needs to win at least that many games to cover, the favorite needs to keep their opponent below that number to cover. Note that matches through the round of 16 are all two sets with a tiebreaker played instead of a third set when needed. This tiebreaker counts as 1 game.
Round of 64
English/Wachtel over Evans/Koelling ... 6 games
Albrecht/English over Capannari/Gerwin ... 9
Lally/Watts over Schuteis/Schulteis ... 9
Fovel/Fovel over Guastaferro/Trager ... 9
Burns/Dorger over Coker/Coker ... 7.5
Holzapfel/Parlin over Getgey/Spray ... 9
Dorger/Dorger over Borgatti/Luebbe ... 7
Dimling/Heldman over Kilgore/McCormick ... 7
Mackey/Wise over Ashcraft/Wald ... 6
Hanley/McKearin over Theobald/Wilson ... 5.5
Boster/Haffner over Burris/Catanzaro ... 4.5
Chasnoff/Dahm over Connelly/Hartke ... 4
Gosiger/Gosiger over DeJesus/Heldman ... 5
Broerman/Heisl over Shewmon/Woods ... 6
Round of 32
Angulo/Fraser over English/Wachtel ... 3
Geppert/Warren over Goebel/Hobson ... 9
Albrecht/English over Rogers/Schmahl ... 8.5
Heller/Schubert over Lally/Watts ... 4
Cabrera/Rincon over Fovel/Fovel ... 4
Matrka/Van Lokeren over Burns/Dorger ... 8.5
Dobnicker/Rudell over Holzapfel/Parlin ... 8
Gilligan/White over Dorger/Dorger ... 4
Pierce/West over Dimling/Heldman ... 1.5
Greenwell/McCarthy over Mackey/Wise ... 5.5
Faig/Necessary over Hanley/McKearin ... 3
Canelas/Webeler over Boster/Haffner ... 4
Hall/Shiels over Chasnoff/Dahm ... 4
Berry/Kebe over Gosiger/Gosiger ... 4.5
Postlewaite/Randall v. Keating/Robinson ... Pick
Jones/Lofgren over Broerman/Heisl ... 3
Round of 16
Angulo/Fraser over Geppert/Warren ... 3
Heller/Schubert over Albrecht/English ... 7
Cabrera/Rincon over Matrka/Van Lokeren ... 5.5
Gilligan/White over Dobnicker/Rudell ... 6
Pierce/West over Greenwell/McCarthy ... 5.5
Canelas/Webeler over Faig/Necessary ... 6
Hall/Shiels over Berry/Kebe ... 6
Jones/Lofgren over Postlewaite/Randall ... 3
Angulo/Fraser over Heller/Schubert ... 3
Gilligan/White over Cabrera/Rincon ... 10.5
Pierce/West over Canelas/Webeler ... 9.5
Jones/Lofgren over Hall/Shiels ... 6
Angulo/Fraser over Gilligan/White ... 6.5
Jones/Lofgren over Pierce/West ... 8
Jones/Lofgren over Angulo/Fraser ... 10
Mike McGrath went 3-0 on a court with Scott Vaaler, Stuart Zorn and Martin Bruemmer. The court carried a 24 rating and is the highest rated court on which he has gone undefeated. McGrath has now played 74 courts and 245 sets in Fall/Winter league. He has gone 3-0 four times on courts rated 16, 22, 22 and now 24. He also went 4-0 once on a court rated 14. All-Time results for more. McGrath was 1-2 on a 26-rated court later, improving his season record to 32-48 (40.0%) and a point average of 1,091.
In addition to McGrath, Eric Toth, Evan Webeler, Rich Lamping, Austin Hensley, Paul Gosiger, Scott Kiker, Hal Theobald and Zach Wilson all went undefeated on a court. To see results from all thirteen courts, click Week #19 court results.
Toth Keeps Lead
With three weeks remaining in the season, Eric Toth remains in first place overall. Toth is now 35-10 (77.8%) with a point average of 2,782. Doug Jones is in second place with a 2,611 point average and an 83-28 (74.8%) overall record. Eric West 37-13 (74.0%) with 2,553 points and Evan Webeler 64-25 (71.9%) with 2,485 points are still in the running. Marie Matrka leads the race for top female participant with a 27-31 (46.6%) record and a 1,417 point average. She has a commanding 591 point lead over the nearest challenger. Click Week #19 Standings / Week #20 Pairings Points for more.
The field is set with 44 teams for this year's Hertzel Cup City Open Championship. The draw is scheduled to come out on Thursday. Look for a preview Friday. Below are the teams entered to compete:
Marie Matrka was undefeated on two courts this week. The 6-0 result lifted her season record to 25-30 (45%) with a point average of 1,382. She is currently in first place among female participants. Her court with JR Randall, John Fovel and Ben Woods was rated a 30. This was the first time Matrka has gone 3-0 on a court rated higher than 30. To see how players do at various levels click Standings - All Time Results.
In addition to Matrka, Nik Plattenburg, Doug Jones, Eric West, Evan Webeler, Terry Estes, Yiran Liu, Zach Wilson (2) and Rich Lamping all were undefeated on courts. Click Week #18 Court Results for all of this week's results.
With four weeks left in the Fall/Winter season, Eric Toth leads the overall standings. Click Updated Week #18 Standings for full list. Below are the top ten, with the 24 sets played required to qualify:
All teams, even those who emailed the tournament directors to reserve a spot, must register/pay online through the APTA's website. The link: 2021 Hertzel Cup Registration will take you to the page with instructions and details. The deadline is February 21.
Thursdays | Maketewah & Glendale | 5:30 to 10:00
All levels are invited to play in our 8th Spring League. Play begins March 25 and lasts until June 3. Capacity is 80 players for this session and the deadline is March 17.
John Van Lokeren and Marie Matrka pulled off one of the season's biggest upsets, winning 6-4 against Doug Jones and Austin Hensley. The win propelled Van Lokeren to a 3-0 court record. The group had time to run through the rotation a second time. The next time Jones was 3-0 and the others 1-2. This match was played on Monday night at Indian Hill Winter Club. Hensley & Jones have played numerous pairings on other nights due to the high levels of participation this season on Thursdays.
Hensley 11-5 for the Week
Austin Hensley went 11-5 in five Platform Tennis League matches this week. His best result was a 3-0 performance on a 36-rated court Tuesday night at Maketewah Country Club with Doug Jones, Brett DeCurtins and Richard Canelas. He also was undefeated on a 26-rated court on Thursday night.
Mike Haehnle, winner of the last three Ironman awards for most sets in a season, played for the first time this year. Haehnle was 3-1 on a 17-rated court with Hal Theobald, Patty Nash, Lorena Lasso and Konnor Montchai.
All Go 2-2 on 5-player Court
Each player won two and lost two on the court with Peter Trager, Marie Matrka, Scott McIntosh, Harrison Rogers and Ben Woods. This evenly paired court was rated a 28 with players ranging from 1,248 to 1,427 pairings points. Week #18 Pairings Points.
Van Lokeren, Jones (2), Hensley (2), Eric West and Zach Wilson were undefeated on courts this week. For results from all 16 courts this week: Week #17 Court Results.
This year's Hertzel Cup "City Open Championship" will be played Saturday, February 27 at various Cincinnati clubs. All teams are guaranteed at least three matches. A tournament favor, lunch, dinner, beer, balls & prizes are also included. Most years, the draw size is 48 teams. This year may need to be limited a little to adjust for COVID, so grab a partner and sign up quickly if you intend to play. Although the general competition level for this event is considered pretty high, any PT League player with at least a 1,000 "Pairings Points" or an APTA PTI rating lower than 25.0 would probably have at least a few competitive matches.