January 1, 2018 Good News for Tennis Fans

January 1, 2018
 Sharing Tennis News Since 2012
Dear Billy E,

A Message from Bob Browning, President of NOMATA
Our primary initiative for 2018 is to identify a new Junior Team Tennis Coordinator who can help us grow Junior Tennis in New Orleans.  We have modified the position such that it’s focus will be on running the JTT leagues in the Spring and Fall.  Additionally, we would want to host tennis festivals or playdays in conjunction with these leagues.  Lastly, we hope to partner with several schools under the USTA Net Generation concept to introduce tennis as a PE curriculum.

On the adult side we are hopeful to be able to host an additional adult State Championship tournament in 2019-2020. 

A Message from Lee Isaacson, CPTC President

On behalf of the City Park Tennis Club, I’d like to wish you
a Happy New Year.  As CPTC continues to grow, we are truly blessed with wonderful friends who have come together to play tennis
and have made lifelong friendships.
2018 will be another great year for CPTC.  We plan three tournaments and
three socials, beginning with our belated Holiday Party on Saturday January
20 at our home, 3504 Napoleon Ave.  We hope all can be there to celebrate
with us.

Long time USTA captain Tony Davila passed away recently in Houston. Tony was a force in the USTA community. He was the Founder of the house of “Last Minute” and known for making last minute switches in the lineup even at State or Reginals.  He was captain of a 3.5 team that went to the Nationals and has alums playing on multiple teams today. There are many teams that still play under the “Last Minute” banner.  Many years ago I played on his teams, and he mentioned me as a captain in training.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. RIP dear friend.
Rodger Wheaton
“3.5 Senior Men’s Team (Last Minute, Captained by Toni Davila) departed this week for Indian Wells, CA, to compete in the 3.5 Senior Men’s National Championship. Team members are: Mark Vanlandingham, Bill Bravender, Tony Davila, Meade Phelps, SImon Nguyen, Grady Hardy, Albert Briones, Miguel Rangel, Jeff Lind, Matt Vehaskari, Barry Reed, Michael Penwell, John Versher, Edward Methe & Michael Landry.  They will be competing against the best teams in the country.” Source: News Release.
Warren A. Lemonier
October 7,1929- December 10, 2017
Warren joined the City Park Tennis Club in 1954. He served as club president in 1989.  He played for years in the weekly doubles match with Buddy Broussard, Charlie Turner, and Ed Prinz.
He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. A Funeral Mass was held at St. Ann Catholic Chutch in Metairie.
Southern Junior Levels 1 through 4 Tournaments
January 2018
1/13 Southern Winter Level 1 Championships —
        BG 12  Macon  700014718
        BG  14 Mobile  700013618
        BG  16 Rome  700010218
        BG  18 Hilton Head  700003318
        BG  10 Nashville (Green Ball)  700116918
        BG  10 Peachtree City (Green Ball) 700118918
        BG  10 New Albany  (Green Ball) 700118618
65s Regionals at Hilton Head Island- December 2017
L-R:  Kathleen Martinez, Sharon Gouse, Diane Simpson, Bekki Lockhart (Captain), Peggy Loehn, Maryanne Boudreaux, Marilyn Foucheax
NEW FOR 2018
Over the last decade I have had the opportunity to conduct interviews with tennis
players.  And, with the help of family members and friends, to write articles on deceased players. Each has contributed so much to tennis in our state. Each month this year I would like to share their accomplishments. For January, Mr. Lester Kabacoff.
Lester Kabacoff
January 29,1913 – January 25, 2004
Lester Kabacoff was inducted into the Louisiana Tennis Hall of Fame in 1994
The following article is from The Daily Star, Long Island City, Queens Borough, N.Y. Tuesday Evening, January 3, 1933.
The junior national indoor title was brought to Queens yesterday by Giles Verstraten of Jackson Heights and the Kelvin School and John Nogrady of Astoria and St. John’s College.
Last year Verstraten and partner Albert Law, Jr. were finalists in the tournament in Baltimore, Maryland, where they were beaten by Bernard Friedman and Lester Kabacoff 7-5, 8-6, 4-6, 1-6, 6-3.
Lester Kabacoff began playing tennis when he was 12 years old, and began playing the junior circuit.  In 1931, at the age of 17, he and his doubles partner, Bernard Friedman, won the national junior indoor doubles championship.
This success resulted in a tennis scholarship to the Ivy League University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.  Kabacoff lettered from 1932-34, was team Captain in ’34, and received his undergraduate degree.
In 1937 he received his law degree, passed the bar examination, and was hired by the New York firm Garey, Desvernine and Kissam.
A Wall Street lawyer at the outbreak of World War II, Kabacoff volunteered for Army Service.
The following is from an interview posted on nola.com and by T-P writer John Pope.
As a young Army officer he was stationed at the Port of Embarkation (now the Naval Support Activity East Bank).   Kabacoff received an invitation from Lt. William “Slew” Hester, a fellow tennis buff who later was president of the U.S. Tennis Association, to play at what was described to him as “the nicest tennis court in New Orleans.”  It was at Longue Vue, the suburban estate that was home to Edgar and Edith Stern, philanthropists and activists who championed a host of civic, social, cultural and educational causes.
The four became friends and regular tennis partners, forming a group they called the Longue Vue Racquet and Julep Club.  Because the Army didn’t provide housing for the officers, “the next thing I knew, I was asked to come live there,” said Kabacoff.
A year after Mr. Kabacoff had lived at Longue Vue, he caught a ride to work one morning with his commanding general.  Also in the car was Gloria Simmons, the general’s secretary.  That chance meeting launched a courtship that culminated in an August wedding performed by an Army chaplain at Longue Vue.
When World War II ended, he planned to tell his New York law firm he was going to stay in New Orleans and practice law.  Then he got a better offer, to work for Edgar Stern.  ” It took me three seconds to make up my mind to say yes, ” Kabacoff said.
He was assigned to do Stern’s pet projects that included: a television station, build Pontchartrain Park, a Gentilly suburb designed to give black people a chance to own homes.  Projects included the Royal Orleans Hotel, the city’s first major new hotel in 42 years. Other followed: the Royal Sonesta, the Dauphine Orleans, and the New Orleans Hilton.
“He can see,” Said son Pres Kabakoff, summing up the essential talent of his father and former business partner.  Walking around the city, Les Kabacoff sees inspiration for civic and business projects where others might see only a row of run-down buildings.”
In 1974 Kabacoff and Morgan Ernest built Beau Chene around 36 holes of golf, including a tennis facility with 10 courts, including indoor courts.
In 1996 Lester Kabacoff received one of the highest awards presented to New Orleanians, the Times-Picayune Loving Cup.  The cup has been awarded since 1901 to women and men who have worked unselfishly for the community without expectation of public recognition or material reward.
His selection left Kabacoff in tears, he said, not only because of the accolade but also because of the memories it triggered of his close association with previous recipients Edgar and Edith Stern, the only married couple who both have won the Loving Cup.
Tuesday Morning Tennis at Atkinson-Stern
4025 S. Saratoga Street (one block off Marengo)
We continued to have strong turnouts during 2017 for the FREE Tuesday Morning Senior Tennis at Atkinson Stern. NORD Tennis Pros Randy Allen and Johnathon Ames continue to support this program–and we really appreciate how welcome they make us feel.
The hours are from 9-11:30am.

If this will be your first time to play, check in at the office and just find an open spot and join in the fun.  We play to five games, no add, and then rotate– we have players of all levels–so come out and join us.

If you have any questions, just call the office or come by the tennis center.
Tennis is the sport for a lifetime
and never is it more apparent than at the ITF Super Seniors Championships. The Super Seniors are the 65- to 85-and-over equivalent of the Davis and Fed Cup competitions and the most prestigious team event on the ITF Seniors Circuit.

Americans racked up the wins at the 37th ITF Super Seniors World Team Championships, sweeping the four women’s divisions and winning three of the five men’s divisions.

Held at the USTA National Campus at Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla., the U.S. brought home the titles in the Kitty Godfree Cup (Women’s 65 & over), Althea Gibson Cup (Women’s 70 & over), Queens’ Cup (Women’s 75 & over) and Doris Hart Cup (Women’s 80 & over), plus the Britannia Cup (Men’s 65 & over), Gardnar Mulloy Cup (Men’s 80 & over) and Men’s 85 Cup.
This was the eighth consecutive year the U.S. team triumphed in the Queens’ Cup and the third consecutive year for the Doris Hart Cup, and it marked the sixth Gardnar Mulloy Cup victory in the last seven years.
A week after excelling in the team events, the U.S. continued its winning streak, walking away with a total of 13 titles across the singles, doubles and mixed doubles competitions, the most of any nation.

Source: USTA Website

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