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Cougars Motivated to Complete Rare Double

Cougars Motivated to Complete Rare Double

By John Packett RICHMOND– For the past five years, the fortune of the boys’ tennis team at Collegiate School has fallen on hard times. All of that changed in a two-week span in May, when Collegiate completed a rare double. The team won the Prep League tournament and the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division I championship. Senior Dorsey Ducharme said it was special to win both... »

Waters, Family Division Make Good Partners

Waters, Family Division Make Good Partners

RICHMOND– For the majority of his life, Hugh Waters III either played or promoted the game of tennis. As his daughter, Margie Ray, put it, “His goal was to teach everybody in Richmond how to play tennis.” Back in the 1970s, Waters and Ward Hamilton tried to do just that when they converted an old warehouse in the West End into the Richmond Tennis Academy and gave lessons to anyone interested in th... »

Turpin, Brown Show Off Their Junior Potential

Turpin, Brown Show Off Their Junior Potential

RICHMOND– Battery Park and the North Side of Richmond have historically produced a steady stream of African-American tennis players. Junie Chatman, Rodney and Marell Harmon, Rozzell Lightfoot and Leonard Booker are some names that come to mind. While those days are long gone, the Richmond Tennis Association is aiming to change that by bringing clinics and the Quick Start game for kids to Battery P... »

Freshmen Sorkin, Bernstine helping Hokies

Freshmen Sorkin, Bernstine helping Hokies

RICHMOND– Some of the area’s best high school players have gone on to the next level and are competing well for their college teams this spring. All-Metro players of the year from 2017, Nina Sorkin (Deep Run) and Chase Bernstine (Goochland), both of whom are at Virginia Tech, have been contributing as freshmen. Sorkin helped the Hokies (10-4) win their first eight matches before they started ACC p... »

Kinder ‘quietly’ leads junior team to national title

Kinder ‘quietly’ leads junior team to national title

RICHMOND– Jason Kinder found himself working with some of the best juniors in the country when the United States Tennis Association hired him to be a coach for the USTA National Spring Team Championships in Mobile, Ala. The director of tennis at acac Fitness and Wellness-Richmond, Kinder was placed in charge of the Titans, a talented bunch who went undefeated at 4-0. The Titans took the gold medal... »

Huff, Bernstine Receive 2017 Most Improved Awards

Huff, Bernstine Receive 2017 Most Improved Awards

RICHMOND– Six of the top players in the Richmond area were honored for their achievements in 2017 during a banquet at the Willow Oaks Country Club on Feb. 28. The most improved player honors are given to a pair of the top juniors in the metro area. Helena Huff and Ryan Bernstine are this year’s recipients of the awards. Huff, a freshman at Collegiate, played No. 1 singles during the fall season an... »

Harrison made Thalhimer Cup his own

Harrison made Thalhimer Cup his own

RICHMOND– The Thalhimer Invitational was regarded as one of the top tennis tournaments in the Mid-Atlantic region during the 20th century. First known as the Cavalier Invitational, the tournament attracted nationally ranked players from across the eastern United States. The best players in Virginia and the Maryland-D.C. area descended on Byrd Park for a week of intense competition. The tournament ... »

Harmon Thrived from Ties with RTA

Harmon Thrived from Ties with RTA

RICHMOND– The Richmond Tennis Hall of Fame held its biennial induction ceremonies on Oct. 28 at the Westwood Club. Rodney Harmon delivered the keynote address. Seven new members were added to the illustrious list. Harmon, who was inducted in 2009, spoke about how his life was changed by those who had helped him with tennis and life. He urged the group to keep doing the same for others. “Just keep ... »

Harrison: the ‘pied piper’ of Richmond Tennis

Harrison: the ‘pied piper’ of Richmond Tennis

RICHMOND–Whenever Sarah Townsend Harrison took the court, she wore a gold necklace or a set of pearls and a sweater. It didn’t matter how warm it was, she always had the sweater on to intimidate her opponents.  In her early teens, Harrison used a powerful forehand to bash her way to the finals of the city tournament in singles and doubles at the Country Club of Virginia. “She had her little idiosy... »

Three Chopt Rallies for 3rd Autumn Cup

Three Chopt Rallies for 3rd Autumn Cup

RICHMOND–After the first day of the Autumn Cup, Three Chopt Recreation Association sat in sixth place out of eight teams. That was certainly no way for the two-time defending champions to open play in the annual competition at Avalon Recreation Association. Director of Tennis at Henrico Country Club and Team Captain Rob Johnston said the first day can be unpredictable. “The hard part about F... »

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