August 4th, 2015

Tampa Tennis Blog: Woods Among the Influential, Tournament Results


Woods Named Among Women Impacting Tennis Industry

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In honor of Women’s History Month, the USPTA selected Kathy Woods, tennis director at the Racquet Club of St. Petersburg, as one of 12 members that have made an impact in the tennis industry.

Woods, a USPTA Elite Professional, was the first – and still only – woman president of the USPTA (1994-1996), has been a USPTA member 37 years, and was the USPTA Middle States president, as well as USTA Middle States Section president, in 1986.

In 1996, Woods’ contribution to tennis was recognized by the International Tennis Hall of Fame when it presented her the prestigious Educational Merit Award!

Players Compete in ITF Cup in Canada

ITF - Dee&Debbie

Pinellas County’s Dee Dolson and Debbie Hobbs traveled to Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada, to compete in a women’s ITF Cup.

The duo reached the women’s 55 doubles final, Dolson was a finalist in the women’s 55 singles, and Hobbs won the 55s singles consolation.

Both Dolson and Hobbs competed in mixed doubles as well.

According to Hobbs and Dolson, the setting for this ITF contest was perfect with its close proximity to accommodations, amenities and the tournament site. The area weather ranged from spring-like to mid-40s temperatures during the tournament, but did not discourage the 100 players competing.

Tony Ruggiero & Will Rogers Win at Louisville Boat Club

Tony Ruggiero&Will Rogers

No. 3 seeds Tony Ruggiero of St. Petersburg and Will Rogers outplayed the competition to win the 65-and-over men’s doubles division in the 30th Ed Rhawn Boat Club Invitational Tournament in Louisville, Ky.

Last year’s men’s 60s doubles champions Rich Bruer of Clearwater and John Leep of Kentucky played to the semifinal round.