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Annual Frenchy's event benefits charity

By NANCY MORGAN, Times Staff Writer
Published November 21, 2007


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Last weekend provided ideal weather for the more than 300 players in the 15th annual Frenchy's Gumbo Tennis Classic. The three-day event was filled with lively competition and several opportunities to raise money for the Big Brothers Big Sisters agency that serves Pinellas, Hernando and Citrus counties.

Big Brothers Big Sisters event coordinator Sally Tietz estimated the goal of raising $25,000 will be reached.

"This was my first time to play in Frenchy's and the first time to partner with Jennifer Wisdo," Pipe Douangboupha said. "We played on Friday, stuck around to have some of Frenchy's gumbo soup and watched some good matches."

Douangboupha and Wisdo won the 5.0 mixed doubles title in a one-match battle against Kim Cashman and David King. Other mixed winners included Lisa Haidermota and Mark Whitwell (4.5), Kim Woodward and Cal Bowen (4.0), Dina Glover and Robert Bennet (3.5), and Kim and Danny Murphy (3.0).

"Last year, I played in Frenchy's women's doubles and came in second, so winning in mixed this year was even more fun," Woodward said. "I'm from Winter Haven and like to come to this tournament because the competition is so good."

Haidermota was a double winner, also claiming the women's 4.5 title with Joan Simmons of St. Petersburg.

Craig Hajdich and Nathan Walker won the men's 5.0 round-robin after posting two third-set 10-point tiebreaker wins.

Greg Burke and Bill Hodges upset the No.1-seed team of Scott Turner and Philip Redstone of Vero Beach with a 6-3, 6-4 score in the 4.0.Bob Chene and Louis Preston won in straight sets over Dick Fletcher and Tony Colacchio in the 3.5.

"This was an outstanding event, with lots of great competition," said Fletcher, Channel 10's chief meteorologist.

LEAGUE NEWS: Florida 7.0 senior mixed doubles champ Treasure Bay reached the semifinals in last weekend's National Eastern Championships in Orlando. In flight competition, Treasure Bay beat USTA section Caribbean 2-1 with wins from Susan Hobbs and Jim Kennerly,and Sally Marshall and captain Pat Bitonti. Treasure Bay then beat New England 3-0 on the play of K.C. Casteel and Bob Coady in No. 1, Marlene Mokracek and Eric Seppala in No. 2, and Linda Riffe and Luis Ferrey in No. 3.

A 2-1 loss to Middle States placed Treasure Bay second in its flight to face Southern in a semifinal. Southern won 2-1 and went on to win the championship.

- Pinellas County's Junior Team Tennis league's fall season concluded this month for 12 teams. Winners included Berkeley Prep in the 18-and-under division, McMullen Tennis Complex in the 16s and Bardmoor Golf and Tennis Club in the 12s. All three division winners plan to compete in the Dec. 8-9 USTA Florida Fall Sectionals in Daytona Beach.

NET SHOT: Unseeded Anastasia Nefedova won six matches on her way to the girls 12 title in this month's North Miami Designated.

COMING UP: The Turkey Bowl Super Series begins Saturday at Seminole Lake Racquet Club. Call 394-1733. ... The Pre-Holiday Junior Classic is Dec. 1-3 at the McMullen Tennis Complex. Call 669-1919. ... Ultimate Tennis League signups have opened for the spring season at www.ultimatetennis.com. The winter playoffs begin Dec. 8 at the Bardmoor Golf and Tennis Club.

News for this column may be faxed to Nancy Morgan, 445-4119; e-mailed to namorgan@tampabay.rr.com or sent to 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756. Please include phone number.

[Last modified November 20, 2007, 20:50:42]


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