Fall Classic raises $10,000 for MV Community Tennis

Paige Pogue lines up a backhand return. — Photo by Kristofer Rabasca

The 4th annual Fall Tennis Classic, the final charity tournament of the summer season, was played last weekend at the Edgartown Yacht Club tennis courts and The Field Club. One hundred four players competed in nine divisions, raising $10,000 for Martha’s Vineyard Community Tennis (MVCT), a United States Tennis Association sponsored Community Tennis Association whose goal is to promote and develop tennis on the island of Marthaʼs Vineyard through a variety of programs, events and services.

Up and coming girls junior players once again dominated the event. Victoria Scott and Elizabeth Williamson won the Women’s 7.0 Division, while Kelly Klaren and Kat Roberts were the Women’s 8.0 Division champs. Mike Marchand and Molly DeBettencourt won the 9.0 mixed doubles title over Tara Jenkins and Jock Cooperrider. In men’s play, Skip Dostal and Patrick Caine defeated Arthur Stafford and Patrick Tzanis to win the 8.0 doubles.

The tournament ended Sunday afternoon with a thrilling Women’s 9.0 Division final. Nina Bramhall and Sue Kimball defeated Liz Roberts and Laura Schroeder in three sets.

Following the tennis, the event concluded with a cocktail party featuring a silent auction and raffle. During the party, Sarah Moore, one of the directors of MVCT gave out the always popular special awards. The winners included: Brett Leonard, The Road Runner Award (fastest on court); Terry Chartier, Social Network Award (net skills, friendly personality); Mel Gwynn, Toys R’ Us Award (for his fuzzy animal racquet handle covers); Celeste Goodhue, Holy Mother of Sainted Goodness and Patience Award (endured hours of snoring from teammates during hotel stay); Skip Davis, Bed Hopping Award (after attending a wedding, crashed at Hob Knob Inn, rather than drive back to Chilmark in order to rise for an early morning match); Nancy Javaras, Elizabeth Taylor Award (wearing diamonds with her tennis whites); Gene Erez and Elita Kane, International Linguistics Award (speaking Russian at registration desk).