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Charlie Garfinkel


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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…

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Recently in Miami, Fla., Ken White (Elma) Mike Tammen (Portland, Ore.) Bill Moss (Malibu, Calif.) and Stuart Siaki (Orlando, Fla.) won the International Tennis Federation’s World Team 55 & Over Men’s Seniors Tennis Championships. “Although I have been fortunate to have won many national titles in senior tennis winning my first world title with the players on my team…

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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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Rick Infanti has been the head tennis professional at the Buffalo Tennis & Squash Club for many years. He will be this year’s tournament director in charge of running the Muny Tennis Championships that will run from July 12-22 at the Delaware Park tennis courts. Recently, Infanti was talking with Rich Abbott and Tom LaPenna; both of whom had run the Muny tournament …

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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 j…

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Many who play racquetball, squash or paddle ball do not realize how heavily these sports were influenced by handball. The earliest record of two-wall handball being played actually occurred in San Francisco in 1873. By the early 1900s, four-wall handball was well established and one-wall handball was huge in New York City, where the game is still played outdoors. Four W…

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The Buffalo Tennis & Squash Club has had a long list of outstanding head squash pros. These have included the legendary Monte Halvorsen, Al Molloy (who went on to coach the University of Pennsylvania’s squash team), Rick Infanti, Bart Chambers, Tom Hayes, John Rooney and Scott Denn. The new head squash pro is Jamie Crombie. His overall accomplishments and reputation…

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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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Marcus Fugate, 28, is the new director of tennis and head tennis pro at Miller Tennis Center.Since 2007, Fugate has taught at the Tennis Club of Rochester and trained many adults and juniors. Three of his prize students have been Jason Tahir, No. 1 at Duke, Quinn Gleason, No. 1 at Notre Dame, and Luisa Fernandez. All have played some pro events.Fugate gives a great amount…

For the second time in three years, 22-year-old Vusa Hove is the area's No. 1-ranked male tennis player. The University at Buffalo senior was undefeated in winning three local tournaments this year, the Muny Men's Singles Championships and two tournaments at Miller Tennis Center.Matt Kane, former Niagara University star, played two superb matches against Hove. The first wa…

It isn't surprising that Gary Schutrum, the girls tennis and basketball coach at East Aurora High School, is revered by the many students that he has taught.Schutrum's passion and love for tennis was instilled in him by his mother, Roberta Cullinan, who was one of the area's finest women's tennis players a few years ago."I really didn't take a lot of lessons," Schutrum sai…