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Hall Of Fame Dedicates King & Kramer Courts

The International Tennis Hall of Fame, during this year’s Rolex Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend, as part of the completion of the recent Match Point Capital Campaign, dedicated six new hard courts at the facility. Among those recognized were Hall of Fame members, Billie Jean King, Jack Kramer, Mark McCormack and Tony Trabert. The two remaining courts were named in honor of the ATP World Tour and the WTA, and World Championship Tennis (WCT).

Court donors and honoree representatives Photo Courtesy of International Tennis Hall of Fame

Court donors and honoree representatives Photo Courtesy of International Tennis Hall of Fame

The King Court was funded by the generous donation of the Robert K. Kraft family. (Kraft, the Chairman & CEO of The Kraft Group, owns the NFL’s New England Patriots and the MSL’s New England Revolution.) Two of Kramer’s five sons, Bob and his son, Jack, and Dave, along with his daughter, Joanna, attend the ceremony. Butch Buchholz, Donald Dell, Charlie Pasarell, and the Gimelstob family helped fund the Kramer Court.

Canetes & Dellabarca Impress At Clay Courts

In mid-July the USTA National Junior Clay Court Championships were played at venues across the United States. Christine Inah Canette defeated Ellie Coleman of Midland, Michigan, 6-1, 6-1 in the Girls’ 14 singles final at Plantation, Florida. Rosie Garcia Gross of New York and Yashna Yellayi of Williamsville, New York earned the doubles title with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Canette and Mae Fmar, her sister.

Mae Fmar and Christine Inah Canette Photo www.sun-sentinel.com

Mae Fmar and Christine Inah Canette Photo www.sun-sentinel.com

At the Girls’ 12 event in Boca Raton, Nikki Yanez of Sarasota, Florida and Maria Drobotova of Deerfield Beach, Florida edged Southern California’s Calissa Dellabarca and Bridget Stammel of Dallas, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 for doubles honors.

Calissa Dellabarca and Bridget Stammel Photo Noozhawk

Calissa Dellabarca and Bridget Stammel Photo Noozhawk

MountainGate Hosts ACEing Autism Tennis Charity

The inaugural ACEing Autism Tennis Charity event held at MountainGate Country Club, on July 24th and hosted by Director of Tennis, Kris Jordan, was a huge success. In fact, it was a sellout. Southern California Tennis Association Board member, Pam Shriver and a collection of former pro standouts including Vince Spadea brought a celebrity “let’s have fun” flavor to the day that featured a tennis clinic, round-robin, pro-celebrity exhibitions and a mini-doubles tournament. A silent auction was another part of the captivating activities, as was an entertaining reception and awards ceremony.

Pam Shriver with some of the ACEing Autism Tennis Charity participants. Photo Alex Huggan

Pam Shriver with some of the ACEing Autism Tennis Charity participants. Photo Alex Huggan

Given the US birth rates, more than 20,000 youngsters will be diagnosed with autism each year. From all indications, tennis seems to provide a unique tool to help children and families deal with Autism.

All in all, July 24th was a great day that benefitted ACEing Autism.

For details about ACEing Autism’s efforts in Southern California go to info@aceingautism.org

Kuechel To Be Recognized

The Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will take place on Saturday night, January 28, 2017 at the Skirball Cultural Center and Steven Kuechel will be one of those recognized. Kuechel has been the Boys’ and Girls’ tennis coach at Campbell Hall in North Hollywood for 34 years. During that time, six of his Girls’ team won CIF Championships (three were Division I titles). In 2010, when he was named Coach of the Year by the California Coaches Association and Girls’ Tennis Coach of the Decade by the Daily News, the team, along with his players, scored a Triple Crown by winning the Division I team, and the singles and doubles, titles as well.

Steven Kuechel Photo Campbell Hall

Steven Kuechel Photo Campbell Hall

Named 2013 High School Coach of the Year by the USPTA, Kuchel’s players put together impressive streaks. Five is the optimum number as five consecutive CIF Doubles Championships were collected (a CIF Southern Section record), along with one CIF singles title. Five girls’ were named to the All-American High School Team. In 2014, he appeared on the Time Warner Show “Game Changers” as the Best High School Tennis Coach of 2014.

For information about the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremonies please go to SCJewishSportsHOF.com.

Mark Winters

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