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Even at the age of 7 Maureen Rasp-Glose possessed outstanding athletic skills, skills that continue to serve her well on the tennis court at the age of 64. She competed in a baseball league (hard ball!) and football with boys 8-10 years old. "Even at that early age I was extremely active and loved to win no matter what sport I was playing," she said. At St. Aloysius Sch…

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Declan Watson and Noah Sayoc are both 16 years old. This past high school tennis season, Watson, a sophomore, and Sayoc, a junior, teamed up to represent Orchard Park High School in the Erie County Interscholastic Conference Tennis Championships. They defeated the Williamsville East doubles team of Jason Berkun and Jerry Xiao 6-4, 6-4 in the finals. For good measure the…

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Cheryl Meyer is without a doubt one of the finest female athletes to have ever played sports in Western New York. She has excelled in figure skating, basketball, golf (nine handicap), softball, soccer, field hockey, squash and tennis. Meyer mostly sticks to tennis now, and she has performed well against players much younger than she is. Her all-around tennis game is …

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The foot speed and hand-eye coordination that made Joe Vizzi an accomplished baseball player has translated well to the tennis court. Vizzi took up tennis at age 56. He recently turned 60 and remains among the fastest in a large group of tennis players at the Village Glen in the 20-70 age range. Jim Remington is in charge of the group. He said, “Joe Vizzi is like a…

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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…

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Brian Mach, 58, is the oldest men’s racquetball player to ever attain the No. 1 ranking in WNY’s Open Division. He achieved this feat by defeating one of WNY’s all time greats, Adam Priamo, 4-15, 15-11, 11-10 in one of the more exciting matches ever played in the area.Mach’s court movement, shot selection and incredible physical shape were the attributes that led …

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What is the fastest-growing racquet sport in Western New York, is in more than 60 facilities and has more than 1,000 participants? If you said “pickleball” you would be absolutely correct.Jim Kargen has been playing pickleball for the past 14 years. During the winter he plays at the Villages in Florida, which has over 160 pickleball courts. “For each of the eight yea…

Are you guilty of the following tennis no-no’s?• Constantly berating your doubles partner: Are you the type of tennis player who constantly makes derogatory remarks or gestures if your doubles partner misses a shot or is not playing well? I can guarantee that your phone will not be ringing off the hook to play in the future.• Never complimenting your opponent or part…

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Looking at the top 10 men’s tennis players, what they’ve accomplished and projecting where they’ll be ranked at season’s end:1. Novak Djokovic: 16,950 points. Age 29. The Serbian wunderkind shows no sign of slowing down. He has won 12 Grand Slam singles titles (including the Australian, French, Wimbledon and U.S. Open championships) and is a definite threat to surp…

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Nick Sargent is managing partner for Sargent & Collins LLP and is also the winner of the prestigious United States Tennis Association Eastern Corporate Service Award in 2013. His passion and love for the game is well known by many tennis players and manifest in his law firm’s support of two local professional tournaments.Miller Tennis Center will host the $10,000 Sargent…

Soon, many tennis players who have been playing indoors at Miller Tennis Center, South Towns Tennis Club, the Village Glen and Buffalo Racquet Club will be playing outdoors at these and many other outdoor and private courts.The bounce and pace of the ball will be much different than playing indoors. However, one of the biggest problems will be playing on windy days. The wi…

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Rob Gregoire, the tennis coach of both the men’s and women’s teams at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, recently received an unexpected phone call. At the other end of the line was Mike Manzella, the general manager of the Village Glen and South Towns Tennis Club. Gregoire was familiar with the facility, since he is a native Buffalonian who taught tennis at the Villag…

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Sirinivas Yellayi and his wife, Deepa Soni, are extremely proud parents of their two daughters, and rightly so.Eighteen-year-old daughter Disha won the Muny Women’s Open Tennis Singles Championship last July to clinch the ranking as WNY’s No. 1 women’s tennis player for 2015. Thirteen-year-old daughter Yashna is ranked No. 3 in singles in the Eastern Section of the U…

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John Brunner, one of Western New York’s most beloved and outstanding tennis professionals, will be leaving the Village Glen in Williamsville.“A short time ago I was offered a teaching position in Atlanta that I couldn’t refuse,” Brunner said. “Most important, I really missed being with my family. Even though I will miss the many great friends and students that I …

Do you have a child who you feel has a real affinity for the game of tennis? If you do you should be considering the possibility that they could be eligible to attain a collegiate tennis scholarship one day.Miller Tennis Center’s Todd Miller and Lee Nickell, the head coach of the UB men’s tennis team, are going to present the definitive program to show you how to go ab…