Shawna Zsinko/Susan Draddy Come Out On Top

The team of Shawna Zsinko/Susan Draddy took top honors in the Women’s 2021 Hinsdale Open Paddle Tournament A Draw. The tournament took place Friday, March 19. Most matches were very even and many said it was the best paddle they played all season. 

The B Draw included two sets of winners: Team Anita Liebling/Audrey Keith and sisters Carrie Earley/Kate Hickey.

C Draw winners were Kelly Lyn Kelly/Sue Lambert.

Congratulations to Rob Foster/Paul Rose Men’s A Draw Champs

The Men’s 2021 Hinsdale Open Paddle Tournament took place March 20-21 and include four main draws. Congrats to all who participated and provided some exciting competitive matches.

Winners include:

Men’s A Draw: Rob Foster/Paul Rose
Men’s B Draw: Matt Allison/Rob Young
Men’s C Draw: Eric Price/Scott Wisniewski
Men’s D Draw: Neil Dalal/Nathan Hurst

C Draw winners Matt Allison/Rob Young.

Renovation of Tennis Hut to Begin

Courts to remain open during construction

You should have received a recent email annoucing the long awaited expansion and renovation of the Billy O Platform Tennis Hut. The project is set to begin Monday, May 3 with an estimated completion date sometime in September of this year (in time for the 2021-22 paddle season).

During the construction, the paddle hut will not be available for use so please plan accordingly. The courts will remain open during the entirety of the process. Should this change, members will be notified immediately.

For more detailed information, click here. To view the renovation, click here.

Spring Lessons & Junior Programs Now Available

Sign up now for the spring session of beginner/advanced lessons, April 5-May 16. The basic skills of platform tennis will be taught; including grips, backhand volley, lobs, drives, serve and volley, and screens. Point play will conclude each drill. Courts will be divided by ability level. Class Size: minimum 3 students, maximum 4 students.

Contact Mary Doten to form a private group of 3-4 students at a mutually convenient time. To sign up for lessons, click here.

Junior program
A great junior program is also available on Monday and Tuesday afternoons at 4 or 5 pm.  Ben Ashford, formerly head pro at Tennaqua CC runs the kids around and teaches them the fun of paddle.  

To register for the junior program, visit the events page on Court Reserve.

Heather Prop and Wendy Shpiz Repeat as Hinsdale Challenge Grand Prix Champs

24 Teams Participated in 2021 Hinsdale Women’s Challenge

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 Hinsdale Women’s NRT Challenge, Heather Prop (Cincinnati) and Wendy Shpiz (Winnetka) who out lasted Spencer Caravaggio and Sandy Cvetkovic, 7-6, 7-5.

With frigid temperatures, it was coldest conditions at a Grand Prix this season. All top four seeds all made it into the quarterfinals, with Caravaggio and Cvetkovic (3) battling in a three-setter against Svetlana Schroeder and Shawna Zsinko to progress on to the semifinals. Alison Morgan and Alice Tunaru (2) weren’t able to hold off the strong team of Hallie Bodman and Marina Ohlmuller, who won 6-1, 6-2. Fourth seeds Chris Maglocci and Denise Murphy defeated Sean Barth and Sydney Berens, 6-2, 6-2.

In the semifinals Prop/Shpiz won versus Maglocci/Murphy, 6-2, 6-2, and Caravaggio/Cvetkovic won against Bodman/Ohlmuller 6-2, 6-1.

A big thank you to Tournament Director Mary Doten, host Hinsdale Park District (Katherine Legge Park), Chicago Highlands Country Club, the volunteers, and all the participants.

2021 Hinsdale Challenge Women’s NRT Final Results 

CPTC Men’s Winter Paddle League Update

Current Standings

The second half of CPTC Southwest Men’s Winter Paddle League season will resume shortly after a long holiday break. It has been a great season so far. Good luck to all the Hinsdale Paddle Club (PC) teams. Be sure to continue to adhere to the COVID guidelines, be safe, have fun and lets bring home some championships.

For all the latest standings and score, visit https://aptachicago.tenniscores.com/.

Current standings as of 1/16/21.

Series 3
Hinsdale PC II – 1st with 108 pts
Hinsdale PC I – 3rd with 86 pts

Series 7
Hinsdale PC II – 1st with 120 pts
Hinsdale PC I – 4th with 83 pts

Series 9
Hinsdale PC II – 4th with 86 pts
Hinsdale PC I – 5th with 85 pts

Series 11
Hinsdale PC II – 3rd with 87 pts
Hinsdale PC I – 5th with 80 pts

Series 13
Hinsdale PC II – 2nd with 90 pts
Hinsdale PC I – 4th with 66 pts

Series 15
Hinsdale PC in 4th with 85 pts

Series 17
Hinsdale PC I – 4th with 74 pts
Hinsdale PC II – 8th with 55 pts

Series 19
Hinsdale PC – 11th with 60 pts

Series 21
Hinsdale PC – 6th with 59 pts

Series 23
Hinsdale PC I- 7th with 67 pts
Hinsdale PC II – 10th with 60 pts

Covid-19 Safety Guidelines

Guidelines to remain in place

As the incidents of COVID cases continue to grow in Illinois, we ask all players to continue to adhere to the safety guideline put in place. We have had a successful first half of the season so lets continue to play it safe, social distance and wear your mask when entering the paddle hut. Should we see players not adhering to these guidelines we will cancel all matches and play by men at KLM for 10 days.  

According to Bill O’Brien, we have not heard of a single instance among our 1,000+ players of someone contracting COVID while playing the game. Several players have contracted the disease from a family member or some form of outside socialization and they have immediately contacted their club and have taken the proper steps to self-isolate until cured and have done a good job of contacting anyone they might have seen.

So, have fun out there and good luck during the second half of the season.

Guidelines:

  • Masks must be worn at all times in the paddle huts. Players are not required to wear masks on the courts. All players should always keep a mask in their paddle bag and comply with mask and social distancing regulations.
  • Players may enter the KLM hut only to use the restrooms, replenish their water supplies, procure needed medical supplies or the defibrillator, or to take shelter from lightning and heavy rain. Social distancing in the hut must be maintained at all times. Please limit your amount of time spent in the hut.
  • No Socializing after matches without masks. Covid-19 can easily spread among players that socialize without masks within 6 feet of each other for more than a few minutes. We ask you not to hang outside or inside and drink beers before or after your match. Please depart KLM after your match.

For more information, see the Hinsdale Paddle Club Covid-19 Safety Recommendations.

Thank you for your help in adhering to the APTA, CPTC and HPC guidelines along with the State and Local guidelines during this Pandemic.

Weekend Warrior Paddle League

Sign Up Now for 11th Season of Men’s Weekend Warrior Paddle League

WWPL to begin November 13 – Registered Today!

The 11th season of the Men’s Weekend Warrior Paddle League (WWPL) officially begins Saturday, November 13. Don’t miss out on the  fun! Register today to be a part of the 2021-2022 season.

Matches will be held each Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (with the exception of  holiday weekends) at the Hinsdale Paddle’s Katherine Legge Park (KLM) and Salt Creek Club (SCC). The WWPL is open to members of the following area clubs: Butterfield Country Club (BCC), Chicago Highlands (CH), Ruth Lake Country Club (RL), Edgewood Valley Country Club (EVCC), Hinsdale Paddle (HP), Hinsdale Golf Club (HGC), Salt Creek Club (SCC) and LaGrange Country Club (LGCC).

This year’s fee remains the same as last year, $50 per person (HPC and SCC members). Cost for other club players is $75. Subs (up to 4 matches) pay $25. Registered subs will be available to assure reserved courts are maximized. For those wishing to volunteer to be captains, league fees will be waived in appreciation of your assistance. Captains will be responsible for the draft, and scheduling matches. All fees cover match balls, court time, team management, prizes and Warrior bling. No refreshments will be provided. BYO if desired.

New this year: Teams will be assessed 1 point deduction for each sub used. Sub registration will begin after the draft. 

The WWPL is designed for players at all levels.  Teams will be divided into two or three competitive flights, depending on the number of players. A “virtual” draft will be held in early November.

For more information and to register, visit Eventbrite.

Congrats to Dave Williams & Don Abbs, Winner of the 2020 H2O C Draw Open

24 Teams Participated in the 2020 Hinsdale C Draw Men’s Open

C Draw Winners Dave Williams and Don Abbs center along with runners up Mark Parry and Rob Cook. Tournament organizers Bill O’Brien pictured far left and Kevin Lannert far right.

Congrats to Dave Williams and Don Abbs, winners of the 2020 Hinsdale H20 C Draw Open. They beat out Mark Parry and Rob Cook.

Team Silberberg/Padgett prevailed over Kalsi/Stomberg in the consolation final. The consolation reprieve winners were Laurence/Mannarino.

 The tournament took place at both KLM and Salt Creek on Saturday, October 3, with finals on Sunday, October 4. Thanks to our sponsors Concklin Insurance, the proud insurer of the HPTA and Bulkmatic-Quality Driven, provider of dry bulk shipping. A special thank you to Bill O’Brien and Kevin Lannert for helping to organize the tournament and keeping  track of all the winners and losers throughout the weekend.