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Charlie Garfinkel


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When Pickleball Island opened in Grand Island in October 2017, the facility had three courts. Six months later, it had seven. More than 18 months later, Pickleball Island's seven courts are in constant use and four more courts could be added in the near future. The reason? The continued expansion of the game in Western New York. “The growth of pickleball has been …

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For the past few months, tennis players of all levels have been fortunate to have been playing indoors. No sun, no wind, no other distractions. It's time to move outside. Tennis nets are in place at public parks, most high schools and some colleges. The courts have stayed in very good shape, despite the rough periods of winter snow. Here are some tips as you transiti…

Colleges

Kristen Ortman Maines has been the head women’s tennis coach at the University at Buffalo for the past seven years. The results in her first five years at UB were very good. The past two years, the team's accomplishments have bordered on the miraculous. The Bulls have won the Mid-American Conference tournament in consecutive seasons and earned the automatic berths to…

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A Western New York team has become only the second from the region to win the Sectional Tri-Level Tennis Championships in the last 20 years. Affectionately known as the WNY Dream Breakers, the team defeated the highly favored New Jersey team and finished 1-1 against the Long Island and New York City teams in White Plains, N.Y., to earn its spot at the Tri-Level National…

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I have been getting a lot of questions about tennis in general and tennis etiquette. Here are seven of the most common situations and questions that people ask about: Q: A local player was winning his singles match easily 6-4, 4-2. Suddenly his opponent starts playing well and ties the match at one set a piece. What happened? A: It was evident that the losing player …

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Could 8-year-old Michael Antonius be the next great tennis player from the Buffalo area? He won the “Little Mo” International 8 and Under Boys Tennis Championships in Forest Hills, N.Y. In September, he won the national boys 8 and under ”Little Mo” Tennis Championships in Austin, Texas. Other players who have won these prestigious events founded by tennis legend Maur…

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With Christmas and Chanukah fast approaching, it is time to purchase a racket sports gift for a relative, friend or even yourself. Here are some items to consider, with help from Phil Primerano and Lisa Noworyta, the  co-managers of JB’S Tennis Shop  in Williamsville: Pickleball Pickleball has been booming in Western New York for the last five-plus years. Initially, J…

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Two years ago, Brian Mach of Lancaster was the No. 1 ranked racquetball player in in the city Open Division, an incredible accomplishment at age 58. He might have recently topped that performance as Mach tied for the bronze medal in singles and doubles in the 60-and-over division at the International Racquetball Federation World Senior Championships in Albuquerque, N.M.…

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Imran Kahn is the new head squash pro at the Tennis & Squash Club, and he looks to use his new role to help continue the game's growth in Western New York. “It was an offer I couldn’t refuse," Kahn said, noting the T&S Club's strong reputation. Kahn’s goal is to get as many juniors and adults involved in the squash program as possible. His main focus is on fi…

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Todd Miller is a Buffalo tennis legend. The 59-year-old East Amherst resident is well-known throughout the tennis world for his accomplishments. Miller is one of only 49 people worldwide to have earned the career lifetime designation of International Master Professional from the Professional Tennis Registry. The PTR is the world’s largest global tennis organization with…

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Don R. Mueller, also known as “Professor Tennis,” has spent the last decade trying to change tennis by insisting the game should be played with two rackets. Rarely, do any opponents approach the speed and power that Mueller produces with his two-handed concept, but that has not meant an easy acceptance of his unique concept. “I feel that the most important part of th…

Sports

Gordy Sage was involved in all types of sports as a youngster. At 6, he went to a basketball camp and did well. He also played basketball with Christian Laettner and  their team won the state championship for 12 and under. He starred in baseball and basketball at Frontier. His basketball coach would have an impact on his success in sports later in life, but not in baske…

Sports

In the 50 years of the Amherst Clarence Women’s Tennis Club, it's estimated that more than 500 different women have played doubles at one time or another. As the club recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, think about that: Club members have been playing only doubles for 50 years and have spent the last 30 at the Village Glen after playing at various clubs and high scho…

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The largest prize purse in the history of the event will be awarded when the Miller Tennis Center hosts the 2018 USTA Pro Circuit June 9-17. The $25,000 Sargent & Collins LLP Men’s Futures Tournament marks its eighth consecutive year in Buffalo. The tournament is sponsored by the aforementioned law firm with Nicholas J. Sargent as its managing partner. Sargent wa…

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When Todd and Debbie Miller established Miller Tennis Center in 2007, their goal was to turn the area’s largest year-round facility into one of the nation’s best. Ten years later the couple has exceeded their goal. Miller Tennis Center has been honored by the Professional Tennis Registry by being named PTR's "Private Tennis Facility of the Year" for 2018. PTR, founde…