By NANCY MORGAN
© St. Petersburg Times, published September 12, 2001
Carlos Gallisa believes a wrist injury improved his tennis game.
After developing tendinitus last winter, Gallisa grew impatient waiting for the inflammation to decrease before he could play again.
Gallisa decided to play again after three weeks of rest, but used two hands on both the forehand and backhand groundstrokes.
"I found I liked using two hands," said Gallisa, "and got pretty good at it. Now, I prefer it. I found I was actually more accurate with two hands and could better place the ball in the corners."
Gallisa has competed in the St. Petersburg Flex Singles League for two years and recently won his third consecutive session without losing a match. Gallisa played in his first A division (A-4) over the summer, having won the B-2 and B-1 divisions previously.
"I started playing tennis about 10 years ago," said Gallisa, originally from Puerto Rico. "I played off and on those last 10 years, but since moving to St. Petersburg six years ago, I've played more regularly. These last two years I've played every city league session."
Gallisa, who works in the computer industry, has worked in four states in the last 15 years.
"That was one of the reasons I played so irregularly," said Gallisa of his moving. Joining Gallisa as an undefeated division winner in the 21-year-old city league are Nik Sukhasam in the A-1, Donald Tharpe the B-5 and Karen Ryder the women's A.
Perennial champion Sukhasam outplayed Matt Casey, Jeff Roess, Michael Scharmer, Ryan Jordan and Charlie Samaha.
Tharpe beat out George Woldseth, Gus Trahan, Robert Eschenfelder, Glenn Willocks, Steve Laesser and Chris Siebers.
Ryder was first ahead of Lisa Franson, Lesley Siemens, Karen Phillips and Cynthia Aurin.
Finishing second behind Gallisa was Lawrence Drinkwine, followed by Greg Cram, James LaPolla, Milan Matous and Greg Koncz.
In another women's division, Kerry Smith defeated Janet Towns for the B-1 title.
Placing third in the B-1 competition was Erica Rudin, followed by Janice Drinkwine, Toni Cote and Suzanne Holland.
Joyce Mochrie won the B-2 division, playing past Tracy Smyrl, Claudia Ollander, Karen Trzinski, Gail Baptista and Pam Myers.
Winning the final A division was Robert Kramer in A-3 ahead of Steve Stewart, Richard Fowler, John Powell and John Royeton.
B-division champions include Mike Sagese in B-1, Dave Zimmerman in B-2, Josh Morey in B-3 and Ray Howell in B-4. Runners-up were Ken Dexter in the B-1, followed by Rick McAleer, Jim Ramage and Ken Ford.
David Bernhart was second in B-2 and was followed by Michael Simmons, Guy Lieberman, Gary Brown and Jay Cox. B-3 runner-up Toby Wright was followed by Gordon Mantler, Joe Gillete and Tom DeWan. Larry Sommer was second in B-4, Matthew Wright third, Lloyd Hill fourth, Chris Siebers fifth and Keith Long sixth.
St. Petersburg's fall session begins this month. For information, call 893-7755.
JUNIOR NOTES: Local juniors notched singles wins this month in the Labor Day Super Series and the St. Petersburg Satellite.
Brothers Alamgir and Sheharyan Wali won the 16-and-under and the 14 titles, respectively, in straight sets, as did Jonathan Kinsella in the 18 and Amanda Yogus in the 14 in the super series held at Cheval Country Club in Lutz. Geoff Gilchrist and Alex Gillot teamed to win the 16 doubles.
In the satellite competition at the St. Petersburg Country Club, Mackenzie Gerlach won the girls 16, Ashley Hood the 12 and Kara Kucin the 10.
Dmitry Bubis won the boys 16 in two sets, as did Michael Kopelman the 12. Christine Guerrier was a finalist in the 16, as was Allison Sakiotis in the 14, Keegan Smith in the 12 and Kollin Woodbury in the 10.
Among the satellite consolation winners were Kaitlin Holdstein in the 14, Sierra Perry the 10, Jason Swenson the 16, Sam Taranfino the 14, Greg Lecompte the 12 and Anthony Barrancotto the 10.
SUNCOAST SINGLES: The newly revised Suncoast Ladies Singles League held its first Friday competition last week for four teams in the B South and North divisions.
Vinoy I tied St. Petersburg Country Club 2-2 and Vinoy II defeated the St. Petersburg Tennis Center 4-0 in the South competition. East Lake Woodlands I blanked Countryside 3-0 and Bardmoor defeated East Lake Woodlands II 3-1.
In the Vinoy I-SPCC matchup, Julia McGinty and Suzanne Berns posted wins for Vinoy and Debra Martino and Suzie Kinten won for SPCC.
COMING UP: TI Tennis is offering junior and adult clinics at the Treasure Island Golf, Tennis and Recreation Center. Call 547-4575. ... This weekend is the eighth annual Humane Society of North Pinellas Tennis Classic at Royal Racquet Club in Clearwater. Skill-level men's, women's and mixed doubles is planned. Call the club, (727) 781-8415, today. ... Also this weekend is a state-sanctioned adult competition at East Lake Woodlands. The Adult Fall Classic features men's and women's age-division singles and doubles. Call the club, (727) 785-2212, today. ... The Fall Classic is Sept. 21-23 at the Phil Green Tennis Academy at the Safety Harbor Spa. Singles and doubles competition in five NTRP rating levels for men and women is available. Call the academy, (727) 724-7729. ... The SPTC Adults Classic Championships are Sept. 21-24 at the St. Petersburg Tennis Center. Call 360-2643 by Sept. 19.