Join us for the MCTA Mixed Doubles (combo) Tournament!

tennis event picJoin your fellow tennis players for the MCTA MIXED DOUBLES (COMBO) TOURNAMENT on Saturday & Sunday, September 27-28, 2014 at Montgomery Tennisplex!

The tournament includes combo rating of 6.5, 7.5, 8.5, and 9.5 mixed doubles. Partner combined ratings can be no higher than the bracket level with no more than 1 point difference between the two partner’s ratings. Awards will be given to winners of each event. There will be a consolation bracket offered for first round loss.

Play starts outside, Saturday, Sept. 27 at 9 a.m. and continues on Sunday at 9 a.m.
Schedule may be adjusted to fit entry numbers. Players may enter 1 or 2 events.

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

Register online at
Cost: $25 per player for 1 event, $40 per player for 2 events.

Questions? Contact tournament director Bridget Gauer (
For information about other MCTA tournaments, visit the Tournament page at


Tennis Players Bring Out Their Best at MCTA’s Bruce Francis Memorial Tournament over Labor Day Weekend

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Over 130 tennis players from the Washington, DC, area came out over the hot and humid Labor Day weekend, August 29 through September 1, to compete in the Bruce Francis Memorial Tournament at Olney Manor Recreation Park.

This USTA-sanctioned tournament is one of MCTA’s biggest.  It’s also part of the Maryland District NTRP Championship Series and offers NTRP-based events, including singles, gender doubles, and mixed doubles for 2.5 to 5.0 level players. This tournament honors the memory of Bruce Francis, an avid team captain, player and volunteer. The event featured friendly yet competitive single elimination matches while friends, family, and spectators watched and cheered. The unexpected blast of heat and humidity throughout the weekend gave players an additional challenge but everyone was in good spirits and played their best tennis. The four days of fun and socializing was a great prelude to the fall tennis season.

“It has been another successful year! I want to thank everyone for coming out to this tournament. It truly is one of my favorite tournaments. I love seeing everyone come together and have fun!” said Linda Gowen, Tournament Director.

After rounds of matches in the sun, both winners and finalists of each of the 16 events were awarded trophies and medals.

“Congratulations to our outstanding players for great sportsmanship and high-level competition!! Special thanks to the tournament staff – Linda and the desk attendants, Charles and the officiating team –for doing an amazing job running this event. I hope to see everyone again in 2015!” said Carol Kromminga, MCTA Tournament Chair.

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List of Winners and Finalists by Event

NTRP Men’s 2.5 Singles: Rayth Myers d. Rudy Pankratz  (7-5; 6-1)
NTRP Men’s 3.0 Singles: Lenny Williams d. David Drees (6-2; 6-4)
NTRP Men’s 3.5 Singles: James Lawrence d. Juan Jose Tijero  (4-6; 6-3; 1-0)
NTRP Men’s 4.0 Singles: Nhat Nguyen d.  Tim Penarubia  (6-0; 6-0)
NTRP Men’s 4.5 Singles: Nicholas Colletti d. Sat Jiwan Ikle-Khalsa (7-6; 3-6; 1-0)
NTRP Women’s 3.0 Singles: Meglyn Lansing d. Trish Gray (7-5; 6-4)
NTRP Women’s 3.5 Singles: Danielle Armstrong d. Battsetseg Tsagaan (7-5; 6-4)
NTRP Women’s 4.0 Singles: Sondra Moore d. Erin Pulice (6-2; 6-3)
NTRP Men’s 3.5 Doubles: Erdely/Peet d. Patterson/Swann (6-3; 4-6; 1-0)
NTRP Men’s 4.0 Doubles: Miller/Thomas d. Bettis/Brodie (6-1; 6-0Ret (pc))
NTRP Women’s 3.0 Doubles: McLeod/Moeller d. Findley/Hsieh (6-3; 6-7; 1-0)
NTRP Women’s 3.5 Doubles: Maderia/Martin d. Aliibrahim/Newcomer (6-1; 6-3)
NTRP Women’s 4.0 Doubles: Carson/Goodwin d. Jones/McCauley (7-5; 6-2)
NTRP Combined Mixed 6.0 Doubles: Green/Lansing d. Batterden/Magda (7-5; 6-1)
NTRP Combined Mixed 7.0 Doubles: McDowell/Turnley d. Snowdy/Snowdy (6-1; 6-4)
NTRP Combined Mixed 8.0 Doubles: Van Winter/Wingate d. Erdely/Tsagaan (6-4; 7-6)

Men’s Sportsmanship Award: Nhat Nguyen

Women’s Sportsmanship Award: Shelley Moeller

Fun for the Kids! Register for the Fall Junior Open!

kids imagesGet the kids out and play! Register for the Fall Junior Open! This tournament is a great opportunity for boys and girls 10 and under to
play a fun and child-friendly match with their peers!

Date and Time: September 6 – 7, 2014, not before 8:00 AM

Description: L6 (formerly L4) Boys’ & Girls’ singles, doubles: 12-18 (SE); Boys’ & Girls’ 10 and under singles: 60’ court, orange ball 10 (RR); Co-ed 10 and under singles: 36’ court, red ball 8 (RR); souvenirs for all, awards for first – fourth place.

Location:  Bullis School, 10601 Falls Rd, Potomac, MD 20854  

Registration: Sign up and view entry fees at the USTA tournament page: (Tournament ID#302763614) or register at

Entries close on Sunday, August 31 at 11:59 pm. Draws will be posted on the Tournament page no earlier than Wednesday, September 3.

 For questions about this tournament, contact Dao Phan-Vissering (, Tournament Director, or Kev Lewis (, Tournament Referee.

Friendly Competition is Theme at MCTA Doubles Tennis Tournament

MCTA Doubles Men winners MCTA doubles women winners1MCTA’s second tournament of the year brought more than16 tennis players together on Saturday, June 14 at the Montgomery Tennisplex for 7.0 and 8.0 level men’s and women’s doubles matches. Beautiful sunny weather inspired doubles partners who played several rounds with winners moving up the ladder. This tournament allowed players to make new tennis friends and sharpen their doubles strategies.

“It was a beautiful day for tennis and the players had a blast!” said Carol Kromminga, MCTA tournament chair. “This tournament brings out the best in partnerships and focus.”

While everyone who played felt like a winner, medals were awarded to the first and second place tournament finishers.  First place winners at both men’s 7.0 and 8.0 doubles went to Domi Santiago and Mike Atienza.  Second place winners were Ryan Oben and Daniel Park.  First place winners for women’s 8.0 doubles went to Bridget Gauer and Carol Kromminga. Second place winners were Janet Mednik and Jackie Dechter.

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

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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

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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.

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