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K-Swiss league caps summer with title matches


© St. Petersburg Times,
published August 29, 2001

The summer session of the K-Swiss Tennis League concluded last weekend with championship matches at Treasure Island Tennis and Yacht Club.

Eight women's and 10 men's singles champions were determined, along with four mixed doubles and four women's doubles winners.

In addition to the usual playoffs between Pinellas and Hillsborough county competitors to determine the Tampa Bay champs, for the first time in the K-Swiss League, a regional winner was was crowned in some divisions after playoffs between the Tampa Bay and south Florida league winners.

Regional winners were named in the men's and women's 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0 divisions and in men's 4.5.

"We have a lot of our members involved in the K-Swiss League, and Cindy and Scott (Nunn) are so easy to deal with," said Jackie Keller, the Treasure Island tennis director. "It makes it easy to host the event at the club.

"The K-Swiss League offers a wider variety of competition than individual clubs can offer, and the flexible schedule really fits the needs of a lot of players," Keller said.

The Nunns, along with Jeni Roberts and Solvi Szawransky, run the league. Cindy Nunn and Szawransky coordinated last weekend's championship playoffs at Treasure Island, and Roberts and Scott Nunn ran a similar playoff in Atlanta. Women scoring Tampa Bay singles victories in the Treasure Island championship were Cheryl Burke (3.5-minus), Becky Van Gaale (3.5), Vistoria Hess (4.0-minus) and Anne Conneen (4.0). The men's winners were John Savage (3.5-minus), George Niedzwicki (4.5), Dan Mollica (5.0) and Randy Meisner (5.5). "This league is great for me and my schedule," said Meisner, who plays at Treasure Island. "Plus, you're always getting to meet new people."

Meisner finished second in the Pinellas division to advance to the Tampa Bay playoffs. After reaching the final, Meisner's opponent was unable to compete.

In women's doubles, Pinellas winners included Tish Shambora and Lori Raynovich, in the 6.5 division, and Lyn Ballinger and Heather Nicoll (9.5).

Shambora and Raynovich, in their first K-Swiss league, won the final match in straight sets. Ballinger and Nicoll needed three to defeat clubmates Susan Hobbs and Ann Worthington.

"We played in a five-team round robin, then three more to the final," said Shambora, who plays at Feather Sound. "It was my first time to play, and Lori hasn't played for some time. It was a thrill to win.

"The conditions were oppressive, though, and we did lots of things to try and stay cool. It was fun, and I'll definitely play again."

In mixed doubles, the husband-wife team of Jill and Mickey Colen won the 6.5 division in straight sets.

The next session of flex-league tennis begins Sept. 22 and continues through Nov. 18 with playoffs planned Dec. 8-9 at a site to be determined.

The deadline to register is Sept. 11. For information, call 865-0615 or go online to

UMPIRES AT U.S. OPEN: Among the more than 300 umpires officiating at the U.S. Open Championships in New York are Terry Logan of St. Petersburg, Roger White of Belleair, Edward Wilson of Wesley Chapel and Steve Ullrich and Rod Polischeck of Tampa.

In all, 29 umps from Florida will be involved in the Grand Slam event.

JUNIOR RESULTS: Joining girls 10-and-under champion Lindsay Dvorak of St. Petersburg in the winner's circle in this month's Junior Summertime Classic in Tampa were Sheharyar Wali, in the boys 14 division, and Largo's Daigo Sukarai (boys 18).

Asmaa Tazi of Wesley Chapel upset second-seeded Yumi Hasegawa of Wesley Chapel 6-0, 6-0 to win the girls 16. Chris Gupta won boys 10 in straight sets, as did top-seeded Nicole Mera in the girls 10. Three-set champions included top seeds Laura Gioia (girls 18) and Paige Kensrue (girls 14).

Finalists included Garret Betsarakis of St. Petersburg (boys 10) and Largo's Austin Kondor (boys 12).

WOMEN'S LEAGUES: Weekly action begins Tuesday with the Suncoast Ladies Doubles League and Satellite Ladies Doubles League for 14 and 13 club teams, respectively.

The Pinellas Area Doubles League opens competition for its 26 squads Sept. 13, followed by the South Pinellas Ladies Doubles League on Sept. 19.

COMING UP: The First Coast Junior Designated begins Saturday in Jacksonville for singles players 18 and younger. ... East Lake Woodlands plays host to the next adult state-sanctioned tournament Sept. 14-16. The Adult Fall Classic includes men's and women's age division singles and doubles. Call the club, 785-2212, before the Sept. 11 deadline to enter. ... The Phil Green Tennis Academy at Safety Harbor Spa will have an NTRP tournament, the Fall Classic, Sept. 21-23. Singles and doubles competition is available in five men's and women's rating levels. Call Green, 724-7729, to register.

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