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For the past 20 years, JB’s Tennis Shop in Williamsville has been “the place” to shop for all racket-related sports. John Brunner, a former City Open Singles tennis champion and the director of tennis at the Village Glen, and his wife, Holly, are the co-owners of JB’s. Phil Primerano Jr. and Lisa Noworyta are co-managers of the store.The reason for JB’s success i…

In a tennis tournament a few years ago, a family friend (a 3.5 player) was playing a match that he was heavily favored to win. However, he was playing poorly and was very upset with himself. He lost the first set, 6-4, and was losing, 4-3, in the second set when he switched courts.Unfortunately, he went on to lose the match, 6-4, 6-3, to an opponent that he should have def…

Most tennis players are cognizant about the rules of tennis. Even though I have played tennis for many years, circumstances have arisen during a match that I wasn’t sure what the right solution should be. I have included some of those situations in the quiz that follows. The following will test your knowledge of the rules of the game.Situation Number 1: In a close doubl…

Donovan Kent, a Kenmore resident, recently received the 2015 John T. McGovern Award from the United States Tennis Association at the U.S. Open. The award is the highest honor that a line umpire can attain and is given annually to only one tennis official in the United States. To be recognized in this fashion is truly a monumental honor and a tribute to the professional lin…

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Jordie Kindervater is the present assistant director of development for athletics at the University at Buffalo and teaches junior tennis part-time at Miller Tennis Center. He has had a storied career in tennis.Even at 7 years old, it was evident that Kindervater was a prodigy. He played hockey, soccer, tennis and basketball. He played most of his tennis at the Riverdale Te…

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By Charlie GarfinkelSPECIAL TO THE NEWSLast Sunday, Jonah Epstein, 20, and Disha Yellayi, 18, won the Muny Men’s and Women’s Open Singles tennis titles at Delaware Park.Epstein defeated Tim Sands in the finals by the scores of 6-0, 6-1 in one of the most dominating performances in the history of the Muny Championships. Yellayi returned to tournament competition after p…

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Seth Bowen, 54, a Nichols School and University of Arizona tennis great, passed away unexpectedly on May 29 in Laguna Beach, Calif.In 2000, Bowen was ranked sixth by the Buffalo News in the top 10 tennis players from the years 1950-2000. Some players who were ranked ahead of him were Jimmy Arias and Bobby Banck, who went on to be ranked fifth and 200th, respectively, on th…

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Miller Tennis Center will be hosting a USTA Pro Circuit tennis event for the fifth straight year. The law firm of Sargent & Collins LLP will be the title sponsor.From 2011-2013 the $10,000 Women’s Championships were held at Miller. Lauren Davis, who won the event in 2011, was ranked 43rd in the world last year. Recently, she had a phenomenal win over Eugenie Bouchard, wh…

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A week and a half ago Craig Rappaport was inducted into the Buffalo Squash Racquets Association’s Hall of Fame at a dinner at the Saturn Club.Rappaport’s selection was based on the fact that he had won the City Squash Championship a record seven years in a row. For good measure he also won three City Doubles Championships.His singles reign is the second longest consecu…

Four outstanding high school tennis coaches were queried on the following aspects of high school tennis: • How do you feel about players on your tennis team playing other sports during the school tennis season? • What is your reaction if your tennis players take private or group tennis lessons from teaching pros during the season? • During the offseason, do you have …

Have you ever noticed that certain tennis players have an amazing winning percentage in tournament or USTA play in close matches; winning by such scores as 7-6, 7-5, or 6-4, 4-6, 7-6? Some opponents might say that these players are just lucky. Not so. Tennis players who continuously win these types of matches all have one attribute in common. They know how to conserve thei…

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Two years ago Orchard Park High School’s first doubles girl’s tennis team of Nikki Legler, a freshman, and Shayleen Brennan, a junior, won Erie County Interscholastic Conference and Section VI girls’ doubles championships. The two also competed in the states in New York City the next month.Later that summer, after competing in competition for the Eagle Ridge Tennis C…

Having taught tennis for many years, I am often asked about various situations that occur in tennis. Some of the issues and my answers to solve them follow.Situation 1: Recently, a close friend of mine who hasn’t played tennis in about five years, asked: “I am seriously thinking of playing again.” What would be the best procedure to follow?Fortunately, I knew that my…

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Turhan Wilbon has been officiating tennis for 15 years. During that time he has officiated at all four Grand Slam events, including calling lines for Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Dojkovic and Serena Williams.Wilbon started his officiating career as a rover (moving from court to court) when he was in college at Penn State. He then did officiating for the UB women in t…

Phil Primerano and Lisa Noworyta are co-managers of JB’s Tennis Shop. JB’s array of tennis merchandise and overall tennis equipment is second to none in Western New York.“Each holiday season Lisa and I are always pleased with the outstanding tennis merchandise that we see,” said Primerano. “I really feel that the different tennis products that are on the market …