Archive for Sunday, September 30, 2001

Douglas County Closed Tennis Tournament: Event draws 62 players

September 30, 2001


Morning temperatures hovered in the 50s this week, but Kalissa Kaufman wasn't worried about the Douglas County Closed Tennis Tournament.

Kaufman, the tournament's director, said she had to wait until a couple of days before Saturday's opening matches at Lawrence Tennis Center to determine if conditions would allow play, but the weather cooperated.

"When you run tournaments you just have to wait until a couple days before to look at the weather," she said. "The weather is excellent and these are perfect playing conditions."

The fourth annual tournament, sponsored by the Lawrence Tennis Assn., drew 62 entrants, all of whom live or work in Douglas County or are previous champions.

"This is great," competitor and LTA president Tom Stutz said. "Kalissa has just got this thing really going. In past years, we'd barely have enough (entrants) to make any draws to have any kind of tournament. It's just getting better every year."

Stutz went 0-2 in quarterfinals Saturday, dropping a men's 4.0 singles match to Martin Johnson, 6-2, 6-0, and teaming with Johnson in a 6-1, 6-1 loss to defending champions John and Todd Loken in men's open doubles.

In semifinal action Saturday, defending champion Don Carter defeated Takayuki Niikura, 6-4, 6-3, in men's open singles. William Zung, a Sunflower State Games gold medalist, defeated former Alvamar club pro Todd Chapple 6-1, 2-6, 6-1 in the other semi to set up a rematch from last year's tournament.

"It'll be a tough match," Carter said. "I was able to squeak (last year's match) out in three sets."

Zung also advanced to the finals of the men's open doubles division. He and Greg Hurst, who won the SSG doubles division, teamed to defeat Niikura and Brendan O'Bryhim, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3. They will face the Lokens, who won the other semi with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Carter and Prabha Kumarakulasingam, at 11 a.m.

Janet Peard and Lisa Thompson will meet at 9 a.m. today in the women's 4.0 singles finals. Peard defeated Michelle McIntosh, 6-3, 6-2, and Thompson defeated 6-0, 6-1, to advance to the title match.

Father-and-son-combo Tommy Johnson and Tommy Johnson Jr. will take on Sydney Lartigue and Cynthia Eubanks at 4:30 p.m. today in the finals of the parent-child doubles division.

Kaufman and Todd Loken will finish up the mixed doubles semis at 9 a.m. against Cynthia Eubanks and Bob Reed, 6-0, 6-2 winners over Dan and Lisa Thompson. The victor will face Hurst and Janci Mullen at 11 a.m. in the finals.

With most entrants members of LTA, the tournament's competitors enjoy the weekend no matter how the matches turn out.

"It's always a fun tournament to play," Carter said. "It's beautiful weather and lots of people who know each other so it's always a good time."

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