Cheltenham Community tourney a success
Over the course of the past four years, the Friends of Cheltenham Community Tennis ( FoCCTF has had its juniors’ tennis tournament grow more and more each year, becoming one of the most successful local tennis events in recent times.
And this year saw a better turnout than ever.
With the proceeds supporting Cheltenham High School’s tennis program and community player development, a continued steady increase was seen in the fourth annual tournament, which was held on the high school’s tennis courts.
Started four years ago by a group of Cheltenham parents as a means of supporting the high school’s boys’ and girls’ tennis programs, the organizers have since formally established themselves and have been working to promote tennis in the community with their spring and summer tournaments, this one included.
The FoCCT is a member of the United States Tennis Association, and the tournament draws participants from across the Middle States Region.
Alex Justiniani, the head pro at Sea Colony Tennis in Bethany Beach, DE, traveled to Cheltenham with six players from the resort to participate in last Friday and Saturday’s event.
“The tournament play is a great learning experience for all levels of tennis,” Justiniani said. “This tournament was extremely well run and the participants had a great time playing and they learned a great GHDO. ThHUH wHUH PRUH 86TA RIficials at this tournament than we had experience in the past and the boys learned about the rules of tennis as well as the fundamentals of tournament play.”
ThH fiQDO GUDw IRU WhLV WRuUQDPHQW saw 44 juniors participate in four age divisions, including boys 12s, boys 14s, boys 16s and boys 18s. Players traveled from kew York to Virginia to participate in the Cheltenham tournament. And it was a Philadelphia local who ended up winning one of the divisions.
Thomas Vernier of Merion Station won the boys 18s division, defeating Doylestown’s Grant Boyle 6-3, 2-6, 1-0 (10-3F. Lorenzo Ramos (Valley Cottage, kYF won the boys 16s divi- sion, James Fleming (Wilmington, DEF won the boys 14s and nuinn Snyder (Delran, kJF won the boys 12s.
“The success of the tournament continues to grow, both in reputation and size,” said Craig Reinheimer, who helps to run the event. “While the tournament is listed as a districtlevel event with the USTA, meaning that the focus of the tournament is within the Philadelphia area, I think the overall success is attributed to the wide range of players that continue to participate. This diversity, both in skill and geographic, afford players the ability to play competitors they normally would not play at this level of competition.”
Reinheimer said that they plan to
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