BCTA Brings “Love” to Doylestown
Tue, Jun 06, 2023 12:00 AM
The one-day tennis competition, in celebration of "May Is National Tennis Month," was a pilot event to involve parents in organizing community tennis competitions. The May 21 event included three age divisions.
In the red ball division, 14 kids between the ages of 6 and 10 took to the courts for a series of timed matches. The four 36-foot courts witnessed intense action as the red team emerged victorious in a closely contested encounter against the black team. The final score stood at 244-210, highlighting the skill and determination displayed by these budding tennis stars.
Moving on to the junior "tournament" division, 18 athletes aged 9 to 16 participated in a co-ed competition that encompassed both singles and mixed doubles matches. The unique super-tiebreaker scoring system added an extra layer of excitement to the matches, allowing the kids to engage in five short, action-packed encounters. The boys' championship title was claimed by Abhay Chathuruthy, with Lochlin Schmidt securing the runner-up position. In the girls' division, Maria Zavyazkina emerged as the champion, while Claire Titus and Grace Byrne shared the runner-up honors.
The Love-15 Cup was capped off by the five-team green ball competition. With players between the ages of 9 and 14 taking part, this one-day league play brought together co-ed teams of five players, each led by dedicated parent volunteer coaches. The teams battled it out against each other in both singles and doubles matches, and every contest proved to be a hard-fought battle. Ultimately, it was the Red Wasps who clinched the championship title by the narrowest of margins, closely followed by the Blue Beetles. The Yellow Jackets, Orange Monarchs, and Green Hornets also showcased exceptional skills and sportsmanship throughout the competition.
The Central Bucks West tennis courts were filled with a vibrant atmosphere as parents, family members, and friends gathered to support and cheer for the young athletes. Originally scheduled for Saturday, the event had to be postponed due to rain, but it didn't dampen the spirits of the participants or the spectators. This remarkable five-hour tennis extravaganza was held as part of "May is National Tennis Month" and received partial support from a grant provided by the USTA Middle States.
Event organizer and BCTA coach, Steve Johnson, expressed his satisfaction with the success of the Love-15 Cup and already has plans to bring the competition back in the fall. Reflecting on the event, Johnson said, "After a rough Saturday of rain, this event couldn't have turned out any better. It was a fun day of tennis for all the kids, and the parent volunteers and coaches were amazing. I'm already working on ideas to make the next one even better!"
The Love-15 Cup youth tennis competition not only provided a platform for young athletes to showcase their skills but also highlighted the importance of community involvement, friendship, teamwork, and sportsmanship in fostering the love for tennis among the younger generation. With its resounding success, the tournament has undoubtedly set the stage for future editions that promise to be even more exciting and memorable.
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