|Carlos Triana & staff handling Pro |
The USPTA Grand Prix Masters & Circuit
|Todd Ruedisili & Carlos Triana |
running the show
Given the time of year the event is held, some of the top point earners are not able to make the event, so alternates (next in line in the point standings) are invited to participate. Fortunately I won the only doubles event I played this season (having Greg Neuhart as a partner didn’t hurt), and Mike Baldwin, the Event Coordinator, invited me to participate. At tourney’s end, I felt like a 7-9 NFL team that snuck in the back door and made it to the Super Bowl after consecutive road wins.
When I got the email invitation, having had a terrific experience playing the Masters when it was held at Isleworth (of Tiger Woods fame), I was happy to accept the invitation. As you can imagine, the tennis facility at Isleworth is as luxurious as its prestigious name suggests. I had not previously been to Williams Island so I didn’t know what to expect at this year’s event.
|Jeneffer Soto, Lissette Roa & Juliet Bryan|
|Members & Pros gather for Pro Am|
|Vehicles by Pines Ford Lincoln |
in tennis courtyard
Brunicardi was another of the two-event winners, as he took the Men’s 35 Singles with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Sven Goth. Kam Kuchta also doubled up, claiming the Men’s 40 Singles with a 6-0, 5-0 (ret) victory over Dan Lepadatu, then partnering with Horacio Rearte to claim the Men’s 40 Doubles title as well, with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Bruce and Brett Kurtz.
Rearte continued the trend of two-time winners with a hard fought victory in the Men’s 45 Singles over Jeff Cohen. Rearte outlasted the younger and always tough Cohen, 6-4, 7-5, saving at least one set point in the second set. The victory was a terrific win for Rearte, given Cohen’s dominance of the Men’s 40 Singles on the Grand Prix tour over the past few years.