May 26th, 2016

Tennis Briefs: Wheelchair Jr. Grants; ATP Star Fisher Wins One-on-One Doubles

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Former ATP Star Fisher Wins Tarpon Springs One-on-One Doubles

Women's 4.5 participants Laura Garza, Tanya Perich and Jill Panella

From left: Women’s 4.5 participants Laura Garza, Tanya Perich and Jill Panella

Former US Open doubles semifinalist Ashley Fisher defeated Sebastian Equez 4-3(5-2) in the men’s final, and Avery Zercoe won the women’s draw at the One-on-One Doubles Tournament held at the Tarpon Tennis Club in Tarpon Springs, Fla., on May 21.

It was the first USTA Florida-sanctioned One-on-One Doubles tournament at the club, featuring individuals contesting serve-and-volley play cross court only. Known as the “Third game of tennis,” One-on-One Doubles has been played at ATP, USTA, USPTA and ITA national events. In November of 2014, the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center hosted the National One-On-One Doubles Championship.

“The band was playing, the red clay courts had middle lines added to each court, and players were serving and volleying on their half of the court,” said organizer Ed Krass.

The Australian-born Fisher, who lives in St. Petersburg, won four doubles titles while on the ATP circuit.

From left: Men's Open finalist Sebastian Eguez, Tournament Director Ed Krass, and champion Ashley Fisher

From left: Men’s Open finalist Sebastian Eguez, Tournament Director Ed Krass, and champion Ashley Fisher

“Playing One-on-One Doubles is always a highlight of my year,” Fisher said. “The events combine energy, live entertainment and a high level of tennis. It’s an exciting format that has a place in the upper echelons of pro tennis.”

The Men’s Open and Men’s 4.5 draws were played in the round robin format, with each match first to four games with no-ad scoring. The top four players from the round robin advanced to the semifinals. Four players competed in the Women’s 4.5 division which was round robin to determine the winner.

“This tournament is too much fun not to have!” said Tarpon Tennis Club owner Paul Kronk. “This is a great way to play competitive tennis within a limited-time schedule. The half-court format and short sets make for many more big points than in regular scoring. Some great quality points for the people watching!” Tennis Director Abby Kronk added, “After attending one of the One-on-One Doubles tournaments, I just knew that we needed to host one at our club. The environment was electric, watching the big hitters play some incredible points with the band rocking the blues was just amazing!”

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5 Junior Scholarship Grants Available for 2016 PTR Wheelchair Tennis Championships

PTR wheelchairPublic Tennis, Inc., (PTI) will award five junior scholarship grants for the 2016 PTR Wheelchair Tennis Championships. The PTR Championships, part of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour and an International Tennis Federation (ITF) Grade A Junior Tournament, will be held Sept. 29-Oct. 2 at Hilton Head Motorcoach Resort and Chaplin Park Tennis Center on Hilton Head Island, S.C.

The scholarships will cover entry fees and accommodations for five junior players who could not otherwise afford to participate in the tournament. Over the years, competing in this event has opened the door for many juniors to obtain scholarships to play collegiate wheelchair tennis. The five juniors will meet and network with players from across the U.S. and around the globe.

“We are so appreciative and excited about these grants for juniors,” said Tournament Director and PTR Vice President Julie Jilly. “PTI has long been a supporter of Junior Team Tennis, and now adding junior wheelchair tennis to extend its reach and truly make an impact. These grants can really make a difference in their lives, as we have seen happen with so many of the juniors who have come through our tournament over the years.”

For more info or to apply go to or e-mail