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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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Jessie Pegula, the daughter of Bills and Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula, has advanced to the Round of 16 in women's doubles at the French Open. Jessie, 25, and partner Desirae Krawczyk beat Raquel Atawo and Katarina Srebotnik, 7-5, 6-3, on Friday at Roland Garros in the second round.  They will face Su-Wei Hsieh and Mónica Puig in the next round. Jessie is…

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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.…

Amherst

Amherst is serving up its first set of dedicated pickleball courts. The town would construct four courts in Paradise Park, 750 Paradise Road in East Amherst, at a spot directly south of a parking lot, said Ellen Kost, Amherst's assistant planning director. The town has painted pickleball court lines on tennis courts at Willow Ridge Park and Clearfield Recreation Cent…

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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…

Sarah Kreiner Godshaw (Class of 2003), a junior squash standout growing up in Buffalo and a collegiate star in the sport, will be inducted into the Robert J. Sheldon Hall of Fame at St. Lawrence University. She played on the first St. Lawrence women’s varsity team in the sport and was one of the Saints’ top three players her entire career. She ranks third in SLU history w…