Saturday, May 19, 2012

Summer Tennis Heating Up

Relatively Recent Happenings
Hideaway No Longer Hidden
I recently exposed the best kept secret in FOrt Myers tennis, and that was The Hideaway Golf & Country club, "hidden away" just east of US 41 and slightly north of Crystal Drive. Well, the secret is definitely out because at least two Lee County Women's Tennis League (LCWTL) teams will make The Hideaway their home this coming fall. 

Bert Ann Haas
Within the past week, a Copper team led by Bert Ann Haas, and a 3.0 team led by Pearle Warren have joined The Hideaway. Talks are underway with at least one other team to make The Hideaway their home base for league play. If you are interested in playing on a Hideaway team, becoming a member, or just checking the place out, drop me an email at

Naples City Championships 
Luke Andreae
Two Fort Myers USPTA Pro League regulars who you may know haved moved into the later rounds of the 43rd Annual Naples City Tennis Championships at the Arthur Allen Tennis Center in Cambier Park. No.3 Seed John Jerome of Wildcat Run was the first player to reach the Men’s NTRP 5.0 Semifinals.

John Jerome
John battled Jim Harris, an occasional Pro League sub, for three sets before claiming the 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 victory. On the same half of the draw, is No.1 Seed Luke Andreae, another long-time Pro League stalwart from Punta Gorda. Luke had little trouble getting past his quarterfinal opponent, Alvaro Rincon, posting a 6-3, 6-1 victory, and will face John in the Semis.

Ultimate Tennis Finals
Alberto del Valle (2.5 Division) of Three Oaks Park, Monroe Smith (3.0 Division) of Paseo, and yours truly (5.5), now playing out of The Hideaway Golf & Country Club, claimed Ultimate Tennis Championships Last Saturday at the Longwood Athletic Club in Sarasota. Click here for details.

FMRC 3.5 Men at USTA Regionals
The 3.5 Senior Men’s team from Fort Myers Racquet Club (FMRC) participated in the Section Tournament on May 4-6, and did pretty well despite being short-staffed. With only six players making the trip to Daytona, members of the FMRC crew were able to win four consecutive matches before falling in the Championship match, their fifth match in 3 days. 

USTA Men's 3.5 Regional Finalists
They lost to Defending Champion Marion County. Team members included: Kevin Gaines (Captain), Steve Crosby, Thomas Carlisle, Mark Fair, Paul Marinell, and Dan Campbell. 

Sanibel Island Open
Jason Goare, newly of Fort Myers, was the Finalist in the Men’s Open of the Sanibel Island Open played at the Dunes Golf & Tennis Club, May 4 -6. Jarod fell to No.1 Seed Michael Ray Palleres, who is currently ranked in the top 1200 players in the world.

Ed Bolter
Another local player, No. 2 Seed Ed Bolter, had a good showing in the event as well, losing a tough three-setter in the Final to Phil Girrbach, 6-3, 4-6, 1-0.

Colonial Jr. Challenge
Logan Glock a few
earth rotations ago
At the Colonial Junior Challenge, at Colonial Country Club, Top Seed Logan Glock made it to the Final of the Boys’ 14s before falling to No.2 Seed Raul Rodriguez of Marco Island, 4-6, 3-6. In the Boys’ 18s, Adam Hamilton of Fort Myers downed Kevin Bartlett of Estero, 2-6, 6-2, 1-0. In the Girls’ 14s Shani Idlette gave the No.1 Seed and eventual Champion Ariel Schneider of Canton, GA a scare in the Semis before losing 1-6, 6-4, 0-1.
Playing Opportunities
Although many of our tennis friends have headed for theoretically cooler climes for the summer, there are plenty of opportunities for you to stay on the courts and in the game.

USTA Leagues
USTA Florida’s Adult Combo, Senior Combo and Adult Mixed Leagues are about to start and if you want a chance to go to a regional or national championship event this is one of the better options available. Actually it is the only option if a national event is on your bucket list.

In case you haven’t done USTA Leagues before, a Combo League combines your ability rating (and you can self rate if don’t already have a rating) and your partner’s to come up with a team rating. You both have to be 18 years old or more. A Senior Combo League is pretty much the same with the addendum that all players have to be at least 50-years old or turning 50 this year.  The Adult Mixed Doubles League is simply a combo league with men and women as partners.

Registration is open for all three leagues and closes on Friday, June 1st. Play begins the week of June 18th and runs through August 24th for the Combo Leagues, and June 23rd through August 25th for the Mixed League. For more info on the Adult Combo League, contact Kevin Gaines at, and for the Senior Leagues contact Jon McVety at

Ultimate Tennis
The Ultimate Tennis Summer Season is just about here. Singles deadline for men and women is May 25th, and Mixed Doubles is June 8th. Doubles won’t kickoff until July. Click here if you want to test your game against competition on your own terms.

Wildcat Run
Free men’s 3.0 and 3.5 round robins on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30am. Call John Jerome at 239-947-2323

Beachview Belmont
Toni Halski and Beachview Golf and Tennis Club on Sanibel will be hosting the Beachview Belmont Golf & Tennis Championships on Saturday, June 9th. The event is a combination golf and tennis competition with two person teams. The tennis will consist of Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles competition, and golf will be a two-person scramble. The entry fee is $50 per person and that includes tennis, golf, and lunch! The entry deadline is Wednesday, June 6th. If you want in, call 239-472-9099

Land Sharks
Land Sharks Tennis is having its 2nd Annual Battle of Champions on June 23 & 24 at Miromar Lakes Beach and Golf Club in Miromar Lakes. The battle pits 4.0 through 5.0-plus Land Sharks members from Lee and Collier Counties against each other in a team competition.

In the inaugural event, according to coordinator Orlando Ferrer, “Land Sharks Collier team prevailed over Land Sharks Lee team overwhelmingly…” In addition to the Men’s Singles and Doubles that were included last year, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles will be added to the competition this time around.

Interested players in their respective counties should contact the event Captains:

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