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Three Chopt edges Ridgetop for Autumn Cup

Three Chopt edges Ridgetop for Autumn Cup

For most of the past decade – or ever since Rob Johnston has been the director of tennis at the Henrico County facility – Three Chopt Recreation Association has been in the thick of the battle for what has become known as the Autumn Cup. Avalon and Ridgetop dominated the first eight years of the team competition among area recreation clubs but Three Chopt made its presence felt shortly after enter... »

Parker, Sorkin Capture City Singles Crowns

Parker, Sorkin Capture City Singles Crowns

RICHMOND– Kyle Parker claimed his first Mercedes Benz Greater Richmond City Championship this past weekend at acac-Midlothian. Parker was the runner-up to Hunter Koontz in 2017 and 2016. Koontz skipped this year’s event because of an out-of-town commitment. On a hot and humid afternoon on Aug. 5, the top-seeded Parker pulled out a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 victory over unseeded Patrick Whaling in a match that... »

Local Doubles Team Makes a Run to Clay Court Finals

Local Doubles Team Makes a Run to Clay Court Finals

RICHMOND– Matt Hane and Hunter Koontz won three competitive matches at the McDonald’s Open Clay Court Championships last week before falling in the final. Hane and Koontz, both teaching pros at the Country Club of Virginia, partnered for the second year in a row at the tournament hosted by Salisbury Country Club. The duo fell in the semifinals last year. Koontz, a three-time city singles cha... »

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

RICHMOND– Hunter Koontz 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. Parker, 26, was the runner-up to Koontz in 2016 but managed only two games in that match. “He’s got a good grip on the city tournament right now,” said Parker, a teaching pro at Raintree Swim and Ra... »

Fleishman All Smiles After Narrow Victory

Fleishman All Smiles After Narrow Victory

RICHMOND–Janet Fleischman couldn’t wipe the grin off her face. The top seed in the women’s draw of the Mercedes-Benz Greater Richmond Tennis Championships 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 junior who is headed to Virginia Tec... »

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