Double Your Fun! Sign up for the MCTA Men’s and Women’s Combo Doubles Tournament!

doubles tennisDouble Your Fun! MCTA Men’s and Women’s Combo Doubles Tournament

Description:  Double your fun and play in the MCTA men’s and women’s combo doubles tournament in June! Come out and meet new players and hone in on your doubles strategy!

This unsanctioned tournament offers Men’s and Women’s doubles using a combined rating format of 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0. Partner combined ratings can be no higher than the bracket level with no more than 1 point difference between the two partner’s ratings. Consolation bracket offered for first round loss.

Dates and times:  Play begins Saturday, June 14 at 9 a.m. and continues on Sunday at 9 a.m.  The schedule may be adjusted to fit entry numbers. Players may enter one or two events.  If players enter two events, they must do so with the understanding that they may be required to play multiple matches in a short span of time. The event will be completed on Sunday, weather permitting.

Cost: $25 per player for one event; $40 per player for two events.

Location:  Montgomery Tennisplex, South Germantown Recreational Park, 18010 Central Park Circle, Boyds, MD.

Registration link: (Sign up by June 11)

If you have any questions, please contact: Bridget Gauer ( or Joe Holland (


This event is brought to you by the Tournament Committee of Montgomery County Tennis Association.


Maryland’s Tennis Team Headed to 2014 Special Olympics National Games

Special Olmpics Tennis TeamMaryland’s Tennis Team Headed to 2014 Special Olympics National Games

Players and Coaches Nancy Van Winter and Greg Overkamp are first time participants

When the Special Olympics National Games take place in Princeton, NJ, June 14-21, Maryland and in particular Montgomery County, will be well represented on the tennis courts for the very first time.  This nationwide competition is a major annual event that brings together thousands of athletes from all 50 states to compete in 14 different sports including tennis.

Maryland’s tennis team, under the leadership of Coaches Nancy van Winter and Greg Overkamp, is well represented by gold medal competitors from Montgomery, Howard, Anne Arundel and Baltimore Counties.  Among the five athletes and two unified partners from Montgomery County are the state’s dominant doubles team of Al Richardson and Scot Gerson, who have been competing together for seven years.  Gerson, who is now a 17-year-old senior at Bethesda Chevy Chase High School, started volunteering for Special Olympics Maryland Montgomery (SOMO) before the age 10 and became the youngest coach/mentor shortly thereafter.

Competing in traditional doubles competition are identical twins Mark and Brian Salewskis, the county’s answer to the Bryan brothers.   Playing at the highest doubles level, they enter the competition at the top of their game with four consecutive gold medals.  Al, Brian, and Mark will also all be competing in singles.  Joining them will be Bijan Bagheri, the team’s singles specialist, who will also be playing mixed doubles with Howard County athlete Meaghan Hyer, the state’s top rated female Special Olympics tennis player.  In addition, Gaby Nugent will be competing in short court doubles with his partner Joe Richardson.

There are no fees charged to athletes who participate in local Special Olympics programs or the national games.  SOMO’s tennis program is made possible through the sponsorship of the Montgomery County Tennis and Education Foundation (MCTEF) and its affiliate, the Montgomery County Tennis Association (MCTA) as well as fundraising and individual donations.  Thus far the team has reached only 29% of its anticipated fundraising goal.  Any contributions will be greatly appreciated, distributed among the entire team, and will be used to defray expenses for food, lodging, equipment, and uniforms for state team athletes.

Be sure to visit the Montgomery County fundraising page.

Donations can be made to the general county, or to specific athletes, though will used to support the entire team.

For more information about the team and volunteer opportunities, contact Greg Overkamp:

Go Green! Begins an Exciting 2014 MCTA Tournament Season

TeamImage1 photo (1)With the MCTA spring tennis season at our doorstep and thoughts of warm, sunny days around the corner, twenty 2.5 and 3.0 level players gathered at Quince Orchard Swim and Tennis Club on April 5th for an evening of competitive and fun tennis.  The Go Green! Tournament, the first of  seven planned this season, used the World Team Tennis format, which invites substitutions and more team participation during play.  Participants formed four teams that played rounds of gender doubles, singles, and mixed doubles throughout the evening.

While players on the courts added points to team scores, those watching from the sidelines ate healthy snacks and socialized.  This first MCTA tournament proved to forge friendships and connected captains and players for MCTA spring leagues beginning this week.

“I love this tournament!  The players always bring high energy and enthusiasm.  It’s one of the best every year!” said Carol Kromminga, MCTA tournament chair.

No tournament would be complete without awarding the winning team.  And for this tournament both the first place and second place teams received medals.  Also recognized with sportsmanship trophies were the man and woman who displayed outstanding and positive attitudes and team encouragement throughout the tournament.

Tournament Champion team included: Shirley Hsieh, Santhana Webb, Mike James and Vincent Lau.

Second place team included: Kathryn Martin, Nancy Trimble, Larry Dubester, Maj Hamawy and Scott Lansing

Recipients of the sportsmanship award were Kathryn Martin and Vincent Lau.

For more information on MCTA tournaments, please visit:

Swing into Spring with MCTA! Calling All Captains!

unnamedCaptains Meeting Scheduled March 11, 7:00-9:00PM, at Aspen Hill Club

Although winter still has a strong grip on the area, warmer temperatures and Spring tennis are right around the corner! We’re excited to share many opportunities for match play with Adult 18&over and 55&over gender leagues beginning play April 14 and 40&over Mixed Doubles leagues starting May 1. We are also planning new leagues for the Summer.

Captains are invited to join MCTA Vice President and League Programs Chair Carol Cohen; MCTA Executive Director Dave Pullen; and Maryland District Leagues Administrator Debby Broadus as they address Section and District rules and championships, MCTA local procedures, and tips/best practices for new and returning captains. We’ll not only provide a very important orientation for the Spring and Summer seasons and post season play but we will offer a refresher on rules and procedures — and for those interested, an overview of Tennislink.

Every captain who attends will receive a special gift bag with helpful items. Participants also will be entered in a raffle for a fantastic prize. And all new, first-time captains will earn a $75 store credit at Tennis Topia, available for use as soon as your team meets minimum registration requirements for a Spring league program.

Spread the word and let your friends know how rewarding captaining is; plan to captain yourself; put the meeting date on your calendar; and RSVP your intent to attend to Dave Pullen at

Team Spake Captures Mid-Atlantic Sectional Tri-Level Win

image002Congratulations to Team Spake on their win!

Amanda Spake’s Fall Tri-level 3.0/3.5/4.0 team captured the Mid-Atlantic Sectional title in January at Virginia Beach by upsetting the top Shenandoah team in the semi-finals.  According to Spake, this was the toughest match of the tournament and the weekend’s highlight for her team.  “We lost to Shenandoah last year and knew it was mandatory to beat this year’s team if we were to win the section,” Spake explained.

The Spake team victory had an off-court boost to help defeat their rivals. Due to The Shenandoah players’ confusion about the start time, their 3.0 and 3.5 players did not arrive at the facility by the mandatory time required by USTA officials.  In the end, the tournament referee gave the players an extra 15 minutes to begin play but they were penalized three games.  For Spake’s team, this was a stroke of luck and it definitely helped her 3.5 and 3.0 players.  While the 3.0 players, Farrah O’Colman and Sharon Huang, lost a close match, the 4.0 team of Liz Baker and Belinda Jane and the 3.5 team of Sue McHugh and Megan Parsons brought in the 2-1 win.  The finals against Anne Arundel’s #2 team was anti-climatic after the big semi-final win with all three levels winning their courts.

Spake shared that the 3.0/3.5/4.0 Tri-level Division was much larger this year than last.  There were four flights instead of two and nearly twice as many players.  She believes that Tri-level has really caught fire in Virginia, DC and parts of Maryland, where there are Adult 18 and over, Senior, and Mixed Tri-level leagues for players with different ratings.   Spake further believes that Tri-level is one of the best post-season tournaments.  Her team also enjoyed a great winter escape to a beach town with many charms.

Sign up for the New MCTA Ladies 2.5 Mini-League!

2.5 League

Join the NEW 6 week MCTA Ladies 2.5 Mini-League taking place every Sundays starting February 23, 2014 at The Aspen Hill Club!

This league is designed for 2.5 women players. No prior league experience, partner, or team captain is necessary. You do not need to be a member of The Aspen Hill Club to join.

MCTA has partnered with Tennis WinWin  to manage the league and assign partners and teams to play competitive matches using a three-team round robin format. Prizes will be awarded!

Registration closes February 15, 2014. Participation is limited to 18 players.

Register now at  or 

Please contact Carol Cohen, MCTA Coordinator, or 301-502-9541 if you have any questions!

Start the New Year Right with Tennis!


Top 10 Reasons to Play Tennis!

TENNIS is a great way to help you achieve your goals, whether they are physical, mental, social, etc., tennis encompasses all of these aspects, and MORE!

There are hundreds of great reasons to play tennis. We’ve condensed all those great reasons into what we consider the “Top 10 Reasons to PlayTennis.” As you kick off the New Year you can also get a great start on a better YOU by taking up the game or by playing more tennis! With you can find playing partners, places to play, coaches for lessons, and much more.