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10:11 PM Sat, Sept. 22nd

'Labor Day Open' drew 99 entries

The "Labor Day Open" held at the Prescott Racquet Club this past weekend featured 99 separate entries, which guaranteed two matches for each event entered with first-round losers going into a consolation tournament. Some of the champs of the consolation events called themselves the winners of the losers.

No doubt the shelves in the Prescott area are low on muscle ointment and tennis balls due to all the matches played by tennis players of all ability levels in singles, doubles and mixed events from 3.0 to Open divisions ... men, women and juniors.

Tournament director Bernie Adam kept things running smoothly, even around the rain that hit intermittently.

Three days of fun, competitive tennis, with a majority of the players from our northern Arizona region. What more can you ask for if you're a tennis buff?

Here are the results:

Singles

Men's 3.0‹Denny Lis def. Joe Livesay 6-1, 6-0. Men's 3.5‹Ken Lange def. Arthur Manburg 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (10). Men's 4.0‹David Stark def. Robert Hernandez. Men's 4.5/Open‹Sterling Fetty def. Eric Meyers 6-4, 6-2. Women's 3.0‹Kellie Shanahorn, first; Kristina Calvillo, second. Women's 3.5‹Kate McDonald, first; Mindy Walton, second.

Doubles

Men's 7.0‹Garth Gabor/Randy Marsh def. Don Curnutt/Ray Eccleston, 6-2, 6-1. Men's 8.0‹Rico Costa/Eric Meyers def. Bill Deppey/Scott Meyers, 6-3, 6-3. Men's 9.0‹Jim Marsh/Dave Tucker, first; Sterling Fetty/Leonard Green, second. Women's 6.0‹Marina Martinez/Marlene Mulch, first; Kristina Calillo/Kellie Shanahorn, second. Women's 7.0‹Jean Mannino/Candy ryan def. Trudy Eccleston/Minette Curnutt. Women's 9.0‹Jan Hasse/Fay Matsumoto, first; Beth Kaper/Jenny Phelps, second.

Mixed Doubles

7.0‹Jade Lewin/Garth Guibor def. Randy Marsh/Rhonda Swindell, 6-4, 6-2. 8.0‹Cindy Miller/Bill Deppey, first; Eric Meyers/Michelle Burns, second. 9.0‹Chris Howard/Fay Matsumoto, first; Beth Kaper/Neil Rivenburg, second.

Consolation Winners

7.0 Mixed‹Kellie Shanahorn/Pat Zachery. 7.0 Women's Doubles‹Deb Cassidy/Vicki Fox. 8.0 Men's Doubles‹Matt/Andy Mraz. 7.0 Men's Doubles‹Russ Wagner/Dave Rainey. Men's 4.5/Open Singles‹Andy Mraz. Men's 4.0 Singles‹Verne Chaffee. 3.5 Men's Singles‹Stuart Sussman. Men's 3.0 Singles‹Bertrand Kaper.

Coming Events

If you can find a person that you liked to double up with and your ages combined total 100 years or more, it's time for you to call 445-1331 to enter the "Century Doubles Tennis Tournament" (A-B-C divisions) held at the Roughrider Tennis Center this coming Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

If you are less than 30 years of age, you are considered 30 years old. Prizes go out to all finalists and there will be lots of food and snacks and all the tennis you can play in four hours. Join in!

• Don't miss out on the Annual Prescott Area Tennis Associations (PATA) tennis mixer to be held Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. All tennis players are welcome, and the main entree and drinks are provided by PATA. You are asked to bring a plate of something to share with the troops, such as salad or dessert. Call 445-1331 by Sept. 16 to let us know if you'll be in attendance.

• 6th Annual "PATA" Yavapai County Tennis Championships, Oct. 6-9. Applications are now available for this countywide singles, doubles and mixed divisioned tournament 2.5 to Open ability levels.

Come by the tennis shed at Yavapai College, or the Prescott Racquet Club to get your application. The deadline to enter is Sept. 30.

• The Mille Ryan Memorial Tennis Clinic and Mixer will be held Sunday, Nov. 6 at the RRTC (Yavapai College) from noon to around 4 p.m. Local tennis professionals will put on a special tennis clinic where you will rotate from court to court, followed by food and a tennis mixer. Contact Betty Greer at 778-2811 for more information.

• The U.S. Open is making its way into the quarter and semifinals. One of the bigger matches to watch that will take place on Wednesday will be Andre Agassi against James Blake. None of us want to see either of them lose, but one of them will. A lot of great tennis to watch on TV.

(Chris Howard is a local USPTA Tennis Professional with over 30 years in the racquet and fitness industry. He can be reached at 445-1331 or choward4541@peoplepc.com)