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Even ‘ringers’ can’t stop Wright-Koontz’ run

Even ‘ringers’ can’t stop Wright-Koontz’ run

RICHMOND– In an effort to slow down the powerful duo of Mason Davis-Wright and Hunter Koontz, the Mercedes-Benz Greater Richmond Mixed Doubles tournament brought in a pair of “ringers” for the April 19-20 event at acac-Midlothian. John Karlawish of Raleigh, N.C., who played as high as No. 2 singles for the University of Richmond before leaving the team, was Laura LaFors’ partner, while Brandon Woz... »

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... »

JMU edges UR in great college atmosphere at Salisbury Country Club

JMU edges UR in great college atmosphere at Salisbury Country Club

RICHMOND– It was exactly the kind of competition you would expect to see from two evenly-matched college teams. With the score tied 3-3 between the University of Richmond and James Madison University, the result came down to a final match on the court (No. 5 singles) at Salisbury Country Club’s indoor facility on Feb. 16. That contest went to the wire, with Pierre Kohler (JMU) pulling out a 7-6 (7... »

Whitaker’s Improvement Includes Orange Bowl Title

Whitaker’s Improvement Includes Orange Bowl Title

RICHMOND– It’s been almost a year since Spencer Whitaker chose to train at the IMG/Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, FL. His transformation on and off the court is evident to those who see him compete.  Richmond Teaching Pro Pat Anderson has worked with Whitaker since he was 4. Whitaker was ranked one in the country at 14. Anderson says Whitaker has gotten stronger since then. “He’s gotten ... »

McDonald’s RJTC Final Standings

McDonald’s RJTC Final Standings

The latest standings for the McDonald’s Richmond Jr. Circuit tournaments can be found here. Thank you to all the players who have competed in these events and good luck! McDonald’s Final RJTC Standings McDonald’s RJTC Standings August 2 McDonald’s RJTC Standings July 28 McDonald’s RJTC Standings July 21 McDonalds RJTC Standings July 13 McDonalds RJTC Standings July 5 ... »

Koontz Earns Three-Peat in Men’s Final

Koontz Earns Three-Peat in Men’s Final

All hail King Koontz! That’s Hunter Koontz, who rolled to his third consecutive men’s singles title in the Mercedes-Benz Greater Richmond Tennis Championships on Sunday with a 6-2, 7-5 decision over second-seeded Kyle Parker. “He’s got a good grip on the city tournament right now,” said Parker, a teaching pro at Raintree Swim and Racquet Club, where the event was held for the third straight year a... »

Fleishman All Smiles After Narrow Victory

Fleishman All Smiles After Narrow Victory

Janet Fleischman couldn’t wipe the grin off her face. And who could blame her? After all, the top seed in the women’s draw of the Mercedes-Benz Greater Richmond Tennis Championships had just outlasted No. 2 seed Nina Sorkin in the final Saturday. It was the 37-year-old’s third straight title in the annual event, and the 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-4) decision came over someone half her age in Sorkin, 18, a ... »

Sorkin Heads Successful High School Class

Sorkin Heads Successful High School Class

The Richmond area continues to dominate the high school tennis scene, reeling in many of the individual and team state championships as the 2017 season came to an end the second weekend in June. No fewer than four players won singles titles, while an equal number of doubles teams claimed state crowns. Three full teams also captured titles. The most remarkable achievement was turned in by Nina Sork... »

Family Winners Have Plenty of Fun on Court

Family Winners Have Plenty of Fun on Court

Ed Butterworth remembers playing doubles with his dad at Raintree Swim and Racquet Club. “Way back in the early ‘80s, when Mr. [Hugh] Waters was there,” said Butterworth. “We’d go out to Raintree and I’d get into it. Played with my father. Did that for many years. Now I play with my son. Can’t miss it. It’s a lot of fun.” Butterworth and his 13-year-old son, Hatcher, had just won their fourth stra... »

Davis-Koontz Duo Reigns Over City Mixed Event

Davis-Koontz Duo Reigns Over City Mixed Event

With four of the best players in the area teaming up for the Mercedes Benz Greater Richmond Mixed Doubles Championships, a close final appeared more than likely when they squared off April 21 at acac-Midlothian. And that’s exactly what happened in the final, as the top-seeded duo of Mason Davis and Hunter Koontz outlasted the No. 2 seeds, Nina Sorkin and Chase Bernstine, 9-8 (10-8) in an entertain... »

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