The Platform Tennis League has grown considerably since it's first informal season four years ago. Last year's Fall/Winter League had 88 players and over 150 different players have participated in at least one of our leagues. This year, we can accommodate over 100 players. In addition to expanding the number of players, we have expanded the number of clubs. The Fall/Winter League will use four clubs and a fifth, Kenwood CC, is currently hosting our summer league. With the addition of Cincinnati Country Club for the Fall/Winter League, our geographic reach is expanding. This year, players will have a new option to specify a geographic preference. Several other new elements will be introduced as well. We will be experimenting with a new Virtual Team Component and a Real Team Playoff. The individual-based play format will remain the same as previous seasons, but this year there will be just one big flight. This year will also be the first time players at all playing levels are invited to play. Click the button below for an explanation of the new elements:
Players battled sunny conditions as the Platform Tennis League kicked off Summer Session #2. The sun was so intense that we are considering switching start times from 6:00 & 7:30 to later start times of 7:30 & 9:00. Players seemed to favor this change & I will be sending an email to ask everyone about it.
Ryan English won two upper level courts to take an early lead in the standings with a 20.00 point average. Tony Guastaferro was the only other player to win his court outright. Three courts had split winners. Click for Week #1 Results or the Current Standings.
The league welcomed eight new players: David Peck, Tony Guastaferro, Patty Nash, Kevin Motley, Scott Degerberg, Brantley Dreisbach, Scott Kiker and Jim Meranus.
Louisville's Kyle Bates partnered with fellow Platform Tennis Leaguer Doug Jones to win his second tournament of the summer season. The 2nd Annual Mudhole Open (Columbus) featured 16 teams and players from Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Louisville. Bates & Jones defeated Mark Barry and Jake Wilson 6-2, 6-3 in the finals. Click for more Mudhole Open - Columbus results. Last month, Bates won the Platform Tennis League's A/B Tournament with Bret Bruder.
Mark Barry - Jake Wilson (Columbus) d. Leland Morris - Steve Schneider (Cleveland)
Denny English - Balazs Novak (Columbus) d. Sebastien Glinzler - Brent Luce (Cleveland) 6-2, 6-1
Clint McHenry - Dan Morneau (Columbus) d. Ryan Mullaney - Alex Solove (Cleveland)
Kyle Bates (Louisville) - Doug Jones (Cincinnati) d. Phil Diaz - Kevin Hornick (Columbus) 6-2, 6-3
Barry - Wilson d. English - Novak 6-4, 7-6 (7)
Bates - Jones d. McHenry - Morneau 6-3, 6-2
Bates - Jones d. Barry - Wilson 6-2, 6-3