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Charlie Garfinkel


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Collin Mika, Oliver Zinaja, and twin sisters Mya and Rya Johnson are 8 years old. They are coached by Nate Palmer with help from Todd Miller and Debbie Miller, director of the highly successful under-10 program at Miller Tennis Center. Todd and Debbie are the co-owners of Miller Tennis Center. Like some players who got their start in the Miller Tennis Center under-10 pr…

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As a youngster, Russ Tringali took tennis lessons from the legendary Rauno Suominen. Suominen had played second singles for the Finland Davis Cup team and competed all over the world before moving to Buffalo to teach tennis. Tringali gives him much of the credit for the success he has attained as a player and coach. After 38 years of teaching, including nearly 30 …

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Upsets happen. Whether you are an outstanding tennis player who wins most of your matches or an  amateur trying to continue to get better, the right game plan can lead you to victory. Try to watch a match your future opponent is playing and start by writing down your opponent’s strengths and weaknesses. Then do the same for your overall game. Have a friend or coac…

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Jane Early is 5-foot-6 and weighs 135 pounds, but you wouldn’t know it if you were trying to return one of her shots. Early’s power has left many of her doubles opponents in awe at the Village Glen Tennis Club. “Jane Early is an unbelievable tennis player,” said Dave Orzel, who is one of Western New York finest senior tennis players and is 6-5 and weighs 225. “Even thou…

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Asad Khan is the new squash professional at Nardin Academy Athletic Center. He will be teaching squash to all levels of play and be in charge of all venues that include private lessons, camps, group clinics and tournaments. Before joining Nardin Academy, Khan was the Director of Squash at the Haverford School in Haverford, Pennsylvania. He coached the high school’s squa…

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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…

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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…