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Editor's note: Al Litto passed away May 20, 2017. This story, written by Racket Sports columnist Charlie Garfinkel, was published on April 16. For the last five years Al Litto has been battling cancer. His contributions to all aspects of tennis are legendary in Western New York. Litto really didn’t play much tennis until he was 15 years old. He starred at Cardinal …

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About a week and a half ago, I had the pleasure of watching a doubles platform tennis match at the Saturn Club between Paul Herlan and Eric Dusel against Chris Ross and Peter Braun. I was greatly impressed with the dexterity and variety of shots that all four players possessed and the workout they achieved. The following questions and answers should be helpful in helpin…

On Oct. 2 at approximately 3:30 p.m., Helen Marlette, the dean of students at Buffalo Seminary was beaming as she witnessed the opening of the school's beautiful new two-court squash facility."Two and a half years ago we realized that our old gym needed to be upgraded," Marlette said."The board and I spent many hours trying to decide how we could best utilize the space. We…

The Kenmore West High School's boys tennis team easily won the Niagara Frontier League tennis championships. The team was led by junior Andre Pozantidis at first singles. Pozantidis went 14-0 in dual matches and lost only five games, not sets, all season. He did not play his first two years in school as he traveled to tournaments throughout the East and the United States, …

The United States Tennis Association has a catchy slogan, "This is Your Game." The USTA also has a strong local partner in the Buffalo Niagara Community Tennis Association. The BNCTA's goal is to promote tennis at every level, making the game accessible to all players.The USTA and BNCTA offer and support many programs designed to help people learn to play tennis and to ben…

CERTAIN TYPES of opponents, situations and strategies give tennis players problems. Here are some tips:Playing someone who hits good drop shots: Although you get to most of them, you find you tend to hit the ball into the net, out of bounds or right back to your opponent, giving him an easy shot because you're hopelessly out of position.Instead of trying to do too much wh…

WHEN THE Western New York men's tennis rankings were released two weeks ago, five players were under consideration for the No. 1 spot, which went to Dave Giovino.The women's rankings are a different story. Cathy DiCarlo is No. 1 -- easily.Rankings were compiled from data supplied by Tom LaPenna, the tennis director at Village Glen and Fitness Center, from junior tenni…