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The Buffalo Racquet Club will hold an open house from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on June 2, with a rain date of June 9. The tennis club, at 111 Twyla Place in the Town of Tonawanda, has six red clay courts as well as lights for night play and wind screens. It also offers a ball machine for practice. The club is governed and maintained by volunteers. Those interested in trying…

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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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University at Buffalo men's tennis coach Lee Nickell had to make a change after the team dropped its first two matches of the spring season. He swapped his doubles groupings for the Bulls' Jan. 28 meeting with St. John's, uniting his two seniors, Vidit Vaghela and Petr Vodak, on the second pair. There hasn't been a reason to separate them since. Vodak and Vaghela hav…

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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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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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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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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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Brian Mach, 58, is the oldest men’s racquetball player to ever attain the No. 1 ranking in WNY’s Open Division. He achieved this feat by defeating one of WNY’s all time greats, Adam Priamo, 4-15, 15-11, 11-10 in one of the more exciting matches ever played in the area.Mach’s court movement, shot selection and incredible physical shape were the attributes that led him to d…

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What is the fastest-growing racquet sport in Western New York, is in more than 60 facilities and has more than 1,000 participants? If you said “pickleball” you would be absolutely correct.Jim Kargen has been playing pickleball for the past 14 years. During the winter he plays at the Villages in Florida, which has over 160 pickleball courts. “For each of the eight years tha…

Are you guilty of the following tennis no-no’s?• Constantly berating your doubles partner: Are you the type of tennis player who constantly makes derogatory remarks or gestures if your doubles partner misses a shot or is not playing well? I can guarantee that your phone will not be ringing off the hook to play in the future.• Never complimenting your opponent or partner: Y…

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Looking at the top 10 men’s tennis players, what they’ve accomplished and projecting where they’ll be ranked at season’s end:1. Novak Djokovic: 16,950 points. Age 29. The Serbian wunderkind shows no sign of slowing down. He has won 12 Grand Slam singles titles (including the Australian, French, Wimbledon and U.S. Open championships) and is a definite threat to surpass Roge…

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Nick Sargent is managing partner for Sargent & Collins LLP and is also the winner of the prestigious United States Tennis Association Eastern Corporate Service Award in 2013. His passion and love for the game is well known by many tennis players and manifest in his law firm’s support of two local professional tournaments.Miller Tennis Center will host the $10,000 Sargent &…

Soon, many tennis players who have been playing indoors at Miller Tennis Center, South Towns Tennis Club, the Village Glen and Buffalo Racquet Club will be playing outdoors at these and many other outdoor and private courts.The bounce and pace of the ball will be much different than playing indoors. However, one of the biggest problems will be playing on windy days. The wi…