December 12th, 2019

Local Collegiate Coach Captures One-on-One Doubles Tennis Title in Naples

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10 women’s collegiate coaches and 28 men’s collegiate coaches competed in the 14th annual $2,000 Men’s & Women’s ITA Coaches One-on-One Doubles Shootout at the Naples Grande in Naples, Fla., held Dec. 7, 2019. The tournament was held during the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Coaches Convention.

The ITA sponsored $2,000 in prize money with $1,000 for each the men’s and women’s events. The tournament was is played in the round-robin format, with short no-ad sets leading into the knockout rounds.

The four women’s semifinalists (From L-R) Paula Comella Aguilo (Bowling Green), Leah Bush (Whitman College), Ed Krass (Tournament Director), Tasi Purcell Batista (Rollins College), Simona Horsikyan (Wellesley College)

Tasi Purcell Batiste, who is currently the Assistant Women’s Coach at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., won her initial group play/pool play round-robin to qualify for the tournament’s prize money semifinals, where she defeated Leah Bush of Whitman College 10-4. Batiste went on to capture the $500 first-place prize after a 10-8 win over Paula Comella Aguilo of Bowling Green State University.

“This One-On-One Doubles Tournament was one of the most exhilarating tournaments I ever played in,” said Batiste, who was a standout varsity player at Rollins a decade ago. “I will definitely grow the game here at Rollins and with my private students!”

(From L-R) Finalist Eric Johnson (Cal-Poly University), Ed Krass (Tournament Director), Champion Max Scholl (Princeton University)

Max Scholl, Volunteer Assistant Coach at Princeton University, climbed to the top of the men’s player draw. Scholl qualified for the tournament’s knockout quarterfinals after he claimed victory in his initial group play/pool play round-robin. He later went on to defeat Eric Johnson of Cal-Poly University 10-6 in the championship. 

“Playing the One-On-One Doubles Tournament was an afternoon of great fun, great tennis, fun conversations and a unique tennis experience I will never forget,” said Scholl after the event. 

Since One-on-One Doubles’ inception in 2004, the game has been played at ATP, ITA, USTA and USPTA national conventions and tournaments.

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