The United States Paddle Tennis Association (USPTA) hosted the U.S. Open Doubles Paddle Tennis Championships on September 27-28, 2014 in Venice, CA. Congratulations to defending 2013 US Open Doubles Champions Australian brothers Austin and Scott Doerner for winning the 2014 US Open Paddle Tennis Tournament.
In this photo: US Open Doubles Champions Australian brothers Austin and Scott Doerner with 2014 National Singles Champion Scott Freedman and Don Schwake
In this photo: Winners of the US Open A Division- Father and Son Nick and Cole Kahrilus.
About the event: The annual premier tournament hosted by the USPTA at Venice Beach draws each year the worldʼs best paddle tennis players and offers other divisions for players of all ability levels. The tournament is hosted on 11 ocean-side courts adjacent to the Venice Beach boardwalk at 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291. Spectator admission was free. This year’s event was sponsored by Penn, Citizen Watch Company, Toyota Marina del Rey , Marina Del Rey Hospital, Venice Beach Suites, Playa Vista Urgent Care, and Poke Poke
About Paddle Tennis: For the uninitiated, paddle tennis is a sport adapted from tennis almost 100 years ago. It is played on courts made from the same materials as tennis courts but roughly two-thirds their size. The players use sophisticated paddles made of high-tech materials. Paddle tennis is scored the same as tennis and uses a tennis ball punctured with a hypodermic needle to make the ball less lively. The paddles are powerful and top players can hit the ball at very high speeds, which makes the sport very exciting to both watch and play.
“The sport is very popular with tennis players, even the best in the world. Recently Maria Sharapova was out hitting with her boyfriend and American star tennis pros Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish and Sam Querrey have come out lately to take on some of the locals,” says John Coray, president of the USPTA.
For more info on paddle tennis, events and registration, visit www.theuspta.com. The USPTA (United States Paddle Tennis Association) first formed in 1923. The USPTA promotes the sport of paddle tennis nationally and sanctions paddle tennis tournaments, exhibitions and free clinics. www.theuspta.com.
2014 US Open photo highlights:
Poke Poke’s Trish Fortuna
The women of paddle tennis
Lindsey, Michelle Greco, Coach Gino, USPTA John Coray
Vince Van Patten
Australian brothers Austin and Scott Doerner
2014 US Open Paddle Tennis Champions – Australian brothers Austin and Scott Doerner
Eight is Enough’s Dick Van Patten (red shorts). Very cool!
In this photo: US Open A Division- Father and Son Nick and Cole Kahrilus and 2014 US Open Doubles Champions – brothers Austin and Scott Doerner
Photos by VenicePaparazzi. www.HireVP.com for your next event!
For more info on paddle tennis, upcoming events and registration, contact Donald Land 213-308-5263, John Coray at 310-200-9094 or Mark Groves at 310-936-1152. www.theuspta.com.