Congrats to the C Draw winners Michael Golichowski and Wally Fikri for outlasting the field to capture the elusive 2022 Hinsdale Open C Draw Championship which took place March 19-20. Playing at times in the rain, they were able to beat five different opponents, taking the finals 6-1, 6-1 again Scott Silberberg and Brett Padgett.
Thanks to all the participates and a very special thanks to our sponsors, Concklin Insurance and Bulkmatic for their support. Without them we’d be dining on pixie sticks and coke.
The 11th season of the Weekend Warriors Paddle League (WWPL) ended with a Playoff Finals & Celebration at the newly-renovated KLM Paddle Hut on Saturday, February 26.
Flight C Final was played earlier finishing with a 3-set battle on the third and deciding match. First year captain Matt MCGovern’s team prevailed to take it all. They also finish the regular season in first.
Flight B Final saw Don Abb’s Quaran team run the table with a season victory and finals sweep.
Flight A Finals featured season champ Andy Freeman’s Over Served vs. Jim Towns’ 2nd place team. Over Served Court 1 pair of Jeff Ellithorpe and Matt Schuler defeated Michael Early and Adam Fromm in two tight sets. Jimmy’s Court 2 of Sam Stout and Bill Sloyan took the 1st and 3rd sets to take down Greg Wenstrup and Jim Condon. The dual match finished with an upset by Jimmy’s Series 11 pair of Chris Broughton and Kevin Collins over Captain Freeman and Will Sutton.
In addition to the 24 players, the Finals Celebration attracted about 25 Warriors from other teams to enjoy burgers, brats, chili and beverages on a perfect day to watch some competitive paddle matches, as well as get in a few sets with players from other teams and flights.
The WWPL was started in 2011 by players from 3 clubs (Hinsdale Paddle, Salt Creek Club, and Hinsdale GC) with goals to develop stronger relations among the area’s fast-growing paddle-playing community. This year, we had 135 participants on 14 teams (plus subs) representing 10 clubs!
Congratulations to the winning teams, all the players and captains for making this a great season! Special thanks to Commissioner Rob Foster for all he does to run this league.
FYI – If you wish to help organize next season, please contact Commissioner Rob Foster.
The official dedication of the Bill O’Brien Platform Tennis Center and the grand reopening of the newly design paddle hut took place on December 3, 2021 at KLM. The Board, along with many HPTA members and friends turned out to publicly dedicate the facility to our great friend and paddle ambassador to our area for the past 30+ years, Bill O’Brien.
The dedication was followed by an open house with food and beverages.
Congrats to Rob and Rachel Young for out tangoing everyone at the Hinsdale Southwest Suburban Mixed Doubles Tournament, A Draw. The tournament, held May 1, featured two draws with mix doubles teams from the various SW suburban clubs.
Taking top spot in B Draw were Rich and Allie Neme.
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.
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.
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.
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.