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

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.


  • 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.

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.

CPTC 2020-21 Men’s Winter League Season Starts Sept. 22

Men’s winter league paddle matches to start up the week of Sept. 21. Should for any reason the league be cancelled before Dec. 10, the Players Pass fee ($150) will be refunded. Please view the 2020 – 2021Guidelines for CPTC Matches.

Please note, access to the KLM Hut and other clubs may be limited during the league season. There may not be food and drinks served during the matches as you have been accustomed to in the past. A ‘League Fee’ will be due once we have a better handle on the cost of the league itself. The league fee will be much less than previous years if no food and drinks are provided.

We will do our best to provide what we can for league matches while following local Village of Hinsdale and State of Illinois guidelines. Please view the Covid-19 Safety Recommendations for Platform Tennis. We will pass along additional updates as they come available.

USO Paddle Day Raises $5,950

100% of proceeds goes directly to USO of Illinois

Thanks to all the volunteers who made this event a success!

Hinsdale Paddle Club’s participation in USO Paddle Day, February 1, was a great success! The event raised $5,950 with 100% going directly to the USO of Illinois to support the heroic men and women that serve our country. Throughout Chicagoland the event raised over $50,000! 

Thank you to everyone from the local paddle clubs that participated, including a special shout out to the Weekend Warriors. Additional thanks goes to Merrill Lynch Wealth Management for providing the food and volunteers, MillerCoors for the beverages and the many generous raffle donors.  Alison Ruble, Regional President for the USO was in attendance, along with Terry Lemke, former Marine, and current USO Midway Center Director.  We were honored to be joined by active duty LT Kate Woods and Major Alhaja Giwa Falana (Nikki) who graciously shared their stories about the USO’s impact on their lives during the party.  Hope to see everyone having a good time for a great cause again next year!   

Heather Prop and Wendy Shpiz Take First at Hinsdale Women’s Challenge

32 Teams Participated in the 2020 Hinsdale Women’s Challenge

Pictured left to right: Winners Heather Prop/Wendy Shpiz and finalists Sandy Cvetkovic/Marina Ohlmuller.

Congratulations to Heather Prop and Wendy Shpiz, winners of the 2020 Hinsdale Women’s Challenge NRT/Viking President’s Cup Qualifer. The event took place on Friday, February 7 with a full draw of 32 teams. The tourney highlight was a fiercely battled semifinal match of three hours pitting Sandy Cvetkovic and Marina Ohlmuller against Denise Murphy and Chris Maglocci. Cvetkovic/Ohlmuller eked out a win with a score of 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 and a 7-5 tiebreaker score. The other side of the draw was a hard-fought battle by Liz Hayward and Hallie Bodman against the top seeded team of Heather Prop and Wendy Shpiz. Prop/Shpiz won the tight match 6-3, 7-5. Then it was all Prop/Shpiz in the final against Cvetkovic/Ohlmuller with a score of 6-3, 6-1.