2023 Women’s Monday Night Winter League Registration Now Open!

Registration is now open for the 2023 Women’s Monday Night Winter League taking place at the Hinsdale Paddle Club, starting January 9 through March 13. If you are interested in playing please register as soon as you can as our previous leagues have seen high demand.

Sign up either on the CourtReserve app or on the member portal at Hinsdalepaddle.com, see below,  by January 1 (or sooner if it fills.) If the event is shown as full, we encourage you to put yourself on the waitlist, as we will make an attempt to accommodate as many players as we can.

Play will take place on Monday nights at KLM and Burns as needed.  You will be able to sign up for two time slots: 6-7:30 pm or 7:30-9 pm.  We may adjust the time depending on how many signups we get.

Cost per paddle member is $100

Bring your own drinks, Hinsdale Paddle will provide the balls

You must be a member to play in the league. If your membership has expired you will need to renew your membership before registration. If your membership has been inactive for an extended amount of time (greater than 9 months) and shows an unexpectedly large amount due to restart membership, please contact Mark Schaub at hinsdalepaddleclub@gmail.com to correct the issue. 

The Monday Night Coordinators are Marti Tommasone, Mia Cleary, and Caitlin Klein.  Many thanks for their willingness to organize our Monday night league.

WWPL is Off and Running

The 12 season of the Weekend Warriors Paddle League (WWPL) well under way. We had an overwhelming response with over 140 registrants making up three flights this year. Thanks to all the volunteer captains.

We are also pleased to announce several sponsors this year.

Sport Court Midwest — the largest court builder in the Midwest — from Pickleball and Tennis to Gyms, turf, Bocce Ball and more. Visit their website at https://www.courtofsport.com.

U.S. Building Efficiency Solutions, Inc. & U.S. Construction Efficiency Solutions, Inc. — they provides Architecture, Construction, Public Adjusters & Mason Exam Prep Services.  For more information, visit www.us-bes.com.

For others interested in promoting their business to our 150 plus players, we have room for other sponsors at whatever level is comfortable. Please contact Rob Foster, WWPL Commissioner at hinsdalewwpl@gmail.com for more details.

Bill O’Brien Elected into APTA Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Bill O’Brien who has been elected into the American Platform Tennis Association (APTA) 2023 Hall of Fame.  This honor is bestowed on those individuals who have made a major impact on the growth and development of the sport.

For 32 years O’Brien has dedicated his time and expertise to the Chicago area paddle community. He continues to offer free paddle lessons every week from September to March to interested players in the Hinsdale community.  

To read more about his accomplishments, click here.

Golichowski-Fikri Win Hinsdale Open C Draw

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.

Bill O’Brien Platform Tennis Center is officially open!

Ribbon cutting ceremony held Dec. 3

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.

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