Wayton Open crowns champions: Weather helps as local tournament welcomes biggest field ever

Luke Pfanzelt returns a volley in the Men’s B Singles final at the 2015 Wayton Open Tennis Tournament.

Luke Pfanzelt returns a volley in the Men’s B Singles final at the 2015 Wayton Open Tennis Tournament.

By BRIAN JENNINGS
STAFF WRITER

The 2015 Wayton Open Tennis Tournament is in the books and creator/director of the tournament Matt Wayton said the eighth year holding the tournament was by far the most successful.

“This is great,” said Wayton. “Everything was on schedule this year. It only rained once during the week, so we frontloaded the schedule and got all the matches in that we needed. We had the biggest turnout ever. This was a really, great two weeks of the tournament, culminating into championship Sunday.”

The results from championship Sunday are as follows: Men’s A Singles, Eric Henne defeated Ben Doolittle 6-4, 6-3, 6-2; Men’s B Singles, Luke Pfanzelt defeated Prassana Sahoo 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2), 6-4; Men’s 45 and Older Singles, Rohn Heidgard defeated Jeff Blumberg 6-1, 6-3; Men’s A Doubles, Eric Henne-Mark Habek defeated Wint Filipek-Larry Tannenbaum 7-6(2), 6-3; Men’s B Doubles, Rohan Kataria-Kunal Kataria defeated Jeff Eng-Frankie Fortunati 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(1); Women’s Singles, Alex Barmore defeated Samantha Piekes 1-6, 6-4, 6-3; Women’s Doubles, Roxanne Kilpatrick-Laurie Nash defeated Meghan Fitzgerald-Kayla Fitzgerald in a walkover; Mixed Doubles, Frankie Fortunati-Justine Hoover defeated Kunal Kataria-Angela Hage 7-6(4), 6-1; High School Boy’s Singles, Luke Pfanzelt defeated Frankie Fortunati 6-4, 6-1; High School Girl’s Singles, Angela Balaoing defeated Catie Wormer in a walkover.

Henne-Habek won the Men’s A Doubles division championship for the second time in a row now after their fourth straight finals appearance and Kilpatrick-Nash won their third straight title in the Women’s Doubles division.

Some of the major changes in divisions that the tournament saw were an expansion of the Men’s Doubles division and the addition of the Boy’s and Girl’s High School divisions.

“We split up the men’s doubles to an A and B division to make it more fair for everyone,” said Wayton. There are about 30 teams in each, so that was great that the lower level players have a chance now. The high school divisions don’t have to go up against an experienced 30 or 40-year-old player. They can just play against players their own age now. The high school players come out and support each other and former alumni of the team. It’s really inspiring to see that.”

Wayton said that the one of the main goals of the tournament is that it grows every year.

“We just need to grow, get more people, keep expanding, and keep getting bigger, and keep getting people to play tennis really,” said Wayton. “Even if people don’t play tennis in this town, we want to grow the depth of the community in tennis and get people playing that they can play their whole life. Tennis is a sport you can play your whole life. It’s great in exercise and it’s free once you have a racquet. It’s a great community and team builder that shows camaraderie between the players.”

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