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Jimmy Arias is the greatest homegrown tennis player that Western New York has ever produced. The Grand Island native was ranked number five in the world in 1983 behind all-time greats Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, and Mats Wilander. In 1981 he won the French Mixed Doubles at the age of 16 with Andrea Jaeger. In 1983 he won the Italian Open, the National Clay Cou…

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I am often asked “Why has racquetball declined so much?” Two weeks ago I was in Minneapolis at the U.S. Open National Racquetball Championships. I had the good fortune to interview three nationally recognized racquetball icons as to why there are only 4½ million players playing the sport now throughout the world as compared to more 12 million players 30 years ago. Her…

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Are you aware that the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has a number of outstanding musicians who are very proficient in tennis? The following relates why each of them feel that playing tennis complements their musical talents.Alan Ross (violin): Ross is a solid 4.0 player who has played in many tournaments and taken part in USTA play the past few years. Originally from Clev…

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Dave Magavern won the men’s 55 & Over singles title in the MUNY Tennis Championships with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over highly regarded Joe Pannullo in the finals this past July.Magavern, who is in incredible shape and rarely misses a shot, lost very few games in all of his matches. He is the odds-on favorite to win the division for the next four years and perhaps longer. Howe…

In most tennis situations where a disagreement occurs most players feel that they know which is the correct rule to address the situation. Some of the following unusual situations and the ruling that is rendered may surprise you.The answers are at the end of this column.Situation 1: While Player A is rushing to the net to return a drop shot his hat falls off and touches t…

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Vusa Hove, the University at Buffalo’s No. 1 male singles tennis player, won his fourth straight Muny Open singles title recently. He defeated Joe LaPenna, 6-4, 6-0, in a match that was much closer than the score indicated.LaPenna, who had defeated highly regarded Jonah Epstein in the semifinals, 6-2, 7-6, was given little chance against Hove, who hadn’t lost a set —…

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About two years ago, a local senior volleyball team, headed by Don Voisinet, played in the National Volleyball Senior Championships in Houston and won the silver medal.While there, Voisinet saw a game called pickleball and he was thrilled at the way the game was played. He came back to Buffalo and started a pickleball group at the Third Warders Club in North Tonawanda. Eve…

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How often do tennis fans in Western New York get to see a female player who has defeated Venus Williams, Kim Clijsters, Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic, all of whom have been ranked No. 1 one in the world, playing in a professional event?They can do exactly that by attending Buffalo’s only professional tennis tournament, the Sargent and Collins, LLP, Attorneys at Law Wo…