Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Players wrestled with 30mph wind gusts during Saturday’s preliminary matches of the Beach Tennis USA Tri-State Open, in Long Beach, NY and when the skies cleared on Sunday, only the best players remained. In the Men’s Pro division, Marty Salokas and Donny Young (Hermosa Beach, CA) defeated Whitney Kraft and Devon Wakeford 8-5, to win their second event of the BTUSA 2009 National Tour. Kraft and Wakeford managed to hang tough for the first four games, but Salokas and Young soon gained momentum of the match and never looked back.
Hometown favorite and three-time national beach tennis champion, Nadia Johnston and her partner Nicole Melch (Long Beach, NY), won the Women’s Pro division finals, defeating Lucy Streeter and Jessica Baker (Hermosa Beach, CA) 8-6. Johnston has her eyes fixed on recapturing the national title, which she lost to the Maloney Sisters—Lisa and Laura (San Diego, CA) last year in Long Beach.
Beach Tennis Believes, the official charity of Beach Tennis USA, raised over $300 for the Michelle O’Neil Foundation during the weekend. Beach Tennis Believes partners with local charitable causes in the cities that host the Beach Tennis USA National Tour events.
Pro beach tennis action will return to Long Beach on Labor Day weekend with the 2009 BTUSA National Beach Tennis Championship. Recreational league play will begin in June in Long Beach, at the cities permanent beach tennis courts, located on the beach at Grand Boulevard.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Edison & Johnson (Team Rhino) Defeat Salokas & Young 8-3
Nadia Johnston & Nicole Melch take Women's Pro Match, 8-2
Over thirty Pro and Amateur division teams turned out to compete at Beach Tennis USA’s Ft. Lauderdale Open this weekend. Local players Kevin Marshburn and Greg McPhillips, (Ft. Lauderdale), won the Amateur division and Laura Cundy And Marissa Rock (Ft. Lauderdale) advanced to the finals of the Women’s Pro division, only to be taken down quickly by three-time national champ Nadia Johnston and her partner Nicole Melch (both from Long Beach, NY), 8-2.
The fierce battle for supremacy in the Men’s Pro division continued as Mike Edison and Brett Johnson of Team Rhino (Clearwater, FL) defeated Marty Salokas and Donny Young (Hermosa Beach, CA), 8-3. The same teams faced each other in March at the BTUSA Tampa Bay Open, where Salokas and Young triumphed.
The BTUSA National Tour will move on to Long Beach, NY on May 22-23, for the Tri-State Open. Players can register for Juniors, Amateur, and Pro divisions by clicking here.