Fierce Competition Highlights Day One Under The Sun At Saint Barnabas Medical UTR Men’s Professional Tournament

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Chatham, NJ, Fierce Competition Highlights Day One Under The Sun At Saint Barnabas Medical UTR Men’s Professional Tournament

As the Saint Barnabas Medical UTR Men’s Professional Tournament kicked off, there was plenty of competition to go around for all to see. Play kicked off and was highlighted by number one seed and Long Island native, Noah Rubin (15.11 UTR) who breezed through his opening round against Rodrigo Vallejo, a wild card entry from the Dominican Republic, with a 6-0, 6-4 victory. The match of the day though came from one court over, featuring a marathon battle between former Columbia University standout, Winston Lin (13.62 UTR) and current Tulane University Junior, Tyler Schick (13.62 UTR). After a long hard fought battle, Lin was able to edge out Schick in three sets, coming through with a 3-6, 7-6, 7-6 victory.

Not to be forgotten during the latter half of play, was the Men’s 40s Singles play, which saw quite a few competitive matches of their own. Featured players included Centercourt’s own Clay Bibbee, CEO + Managing Partner, along with Sean Cahill, Centercourt’s Adult Tennis Director. As play continues, on what is expected to be a hot and sunny Saturday, featured matches can be seen beginning at 11am at Centercourt Athletic Club of Chatham. A full schedule of play can be found below:

Saturday, July 13th Schedule of Play

Men’s Open Singles – Quarterfinals (11am)

  • Noah Rubin (1) vs. Winston Lin – Court 12
  • Matija Pecotic (2) vs. Gary Kushnirovich – Court 11
  • Jose Olivares (3) vs. Karl Poling – Court 10
  • Sam Shropshire (4) vs. Shawn Hadavi – Court 9

 

Saturday, July 13th Schedule of Play

Men’s 40s Singles (2pm)

  • Raj Vaswani (1) vs. Steve Millerman (4) – Court 12
  • Martin Bengtsson vs. Clay Bibbee (3) – Court 11

 

A Full list of results from Day One can also be found below:

Friday, July 13th Results

Men’s Open Round 16 Results

  • Noah Rubin (1) defeated Rodrigo Vallejo – 6-0, 6-4
  • Winston Lin defeated Tyler Schick – 3-6, 7-6, 7-6
  • Shawn Hadavi defeated Sam Turchetta – 6-4, 6-2
  • Sam Shropshire (4) defeated Christopher Racz – 6-2, 6-1
  • Jose Olivares (3) defeated Abhijeet Joshi – 6-1, 6-4
  • Karl Poling defeated Cameron Silverman – 6-3, 7-6
  • Gary Kushnirovich defeated Julian Zlobinsky – 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
  • Matija Pecotic (2) defeated Brett Winters – 6-0, 6-1

 

Men’s 40s Quarterfinal Results

 

  • Raj Vaswani (1) defeated Johnathan Klein – 6-0, 6-0
  • Martin Bengtsson (2) defeated Chris Soulios – 6-1, 6-1
  • Clay Bibbee (3) defeated Frances Verpoucke – 6-0, 6-1
  • Steve Millerman (4) defeated Sean Cahill – 6-2, 7-6

 

Matches are FREE to watch throughout the week (just mention “St. Barnabas Open)

MEDIA: If you’re wishing to cover the event you can contact Asma Haq at asma@centercourtclub.com

 

 

 

Saint Barnabas Medical Center takes major sponsorship role in the first Saint Barnabas Medical Center UTR 15K Men’s Singles Championships at Centercourt Athletic Club of Chatham

CENTERCOURT ATHLETIC CLUB CONTINUES TRADITION OF HOSTING ELITE TENNIS

Saint Barnabas Medical Center takes major sponsorship role in the first Saint Barnabas Medical Center UTR 15K Men’s Singles Championships at Centercourt Athletic Club of Chatham

Chatham, NJ, July 13, 2018 – This weekend kicks off 3 days of high level Men’s Tennis with sixteen players from all over North America arriving in Chatham to compete for over 15K in prize money.

 Friday’s Featured Matches – Round of 16

4pm – (1) Noah Rubin (15.11) vs Rodrigo Vallejo (wildcard):

Top seed Noah Rubin is from Long Island, NY, and is currently ranked #169 in the world.  In 2014 Noah was the #6 ranked junior in the world, #1 in the USA, and was the Wimbledon Junior Singles Champion.  He went on to an All-American college career at Wake Forest University where he was ranked as high as #5 nationally, made the finals of the NCAA Men’s Singles Championships, and was the ACC Player of the Year in 2015.

Rodrigo Vallejo is from the Dominican Republic and has a career high ranking of 1120 in the world. He played for the Dominican Republic Davis Cup team for 10 years, was a Davis Cup Captain, and has coached players such as Tommy Haas, Taylor Dent, Nicole Vaidisova, and Kei Nishikori.

 6pm – (3) Jose Olivares (14.12) vs Ajhibeet Joshi (12.54)

Third seed Jose Olivares comes to Centercourt from the Dominican Republic.  He was ranked as high as #159 in the world as a junior, is currently ranked #690 in the world and is a current member of the Dominican Republic Davis Cup Team.   

 AJ is from Long Hill, New Jersey, and is a graduate of the Full-Time program at Centercourt Tennis Academy.  Ranked #1 in the Eastern Section of the United States at the ages of 14, 16, and 18, AJ was a 5-star recruit coming out of high school in 2017 before taking his talents to Northwestern University, where he recently completed a successful freshman season.

Admission to this event is free and it is open to the public. First round matches begin at 4PM and 6PM

Friday’s Featured Matches – Quarter Finals | Men’s 40s

 4pm – (4) Steve Millerman vs. Sean Cahill

 Steve Millerman an active member of Centercourt Athletic Club from Short Hills New Jersey. Steve played at Columbia University, and continues to play and win Club Championships at Centercourt Athletic Club of Chatham.

Sean Cahill has been the Adult Tennis Director at the Centercourt Athletic Club of Chatham since 2012. Prior to joining the team, he was the Adult Teams Director at Midtown Tennis Club in Chicago, Illinois. Sean was both a player and coach for the Chicago Indoor Tennis Association (CITA) Men’s Open League Champions from 2008-2011.

 

 

 

 

 

Centercourt Athletic Club of Chatham carries on a long tradition of hosting elite tennis tournaments

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Chatham, NJ JULY 13-15, 2018 — This weekend kicks off three straight days of top flight tennis at Centercourt Athletic Club of Chatham, NJ, with sixteen (16) professional players competing for the title at The Saint Barnabas Medical Center UTR Men’s Singles Professional Championship.

Players from all over the world will be making their way to New Jersey to feature in what will be a loaded draw, consisting of players ranging from an impressive 13 to over a 15 Universal Tennis Rating (UTR). This is shaping up to be a very exciting weekend of competition with sixteen (16) players competing for over $15k in prize money with $9,450 going to the champion!

The Men’s Open field is full of talent with Long Island native Noah Rubin featured as the 1st seed. With a 15.11 UTR, Noah currently holds a singles ranking of 169 in the world, with a career high of 161 in January of this year. Noah has gone toe to toe on the pro tour with the likes of Roger Federer, John Isner, and Kei Nishikori, as well as earning impressive wins over well-respected players such as Benoit Paire and Marcos Baghdatis at the 2016 Australian Open, and 2018 Geneva Open, respectively.

Prior to turning pro, Noah Rubin (singles ranking 169), played at Wake Forest University in 2015, reaching the NCAA singles final and becoming the 1st player to be named ACC Player and Freshman of the Year in same season.

In addition to the Men’s Open Professional Tournament, there will be a Men’s 40’s division, which will feature former collegiate standouts from Columbia University, Northwestern University, and the University of Louisville.

The weekend will be topped off with a “champions barbeque” during the Men’s Open finals. In addition, there will be an interactive tennis skills challenge sponsored by the newly featured ATP 250 tournament, the New York Open.

The champions party will also feature live music by Poet Section, with drinks being served by 13th Street Cocktails out of Philadelphia during and following the Men’s Open finals. Invitation to the courtside champions barbeque as well as general admission to the tournament is complimentary to all of the tennis community

“This is going to be an incredible weekend of professional tennis. I’d like to give a huge shout out to Saint Barnabas Medical Center for their support and bringing back elite tennis to the Northern New Jersey tennis community. All are welcome to Centercourt with hopes of a huge turnout from the local tennis community!”

– Clay Bibbee, CEO and Managing Partner, Centercourt Club+Sports

The schedule is as follows this weekend:

Friday, July 13
4:30pm: Round of 16 UTR Men’s Open Singles & Men’s 40’s Singles
6:30pm: Round of 16 UTR Men’s Open Singles & Men’s 40’s Singles

Saturday, July 14
09:00am: Quarters Men’s 40’s Singles
11:00am: Quarters UTR Men’s Open Singles
02:00pm: Semi Finals Men’s 40 Singles
04:00pm: Semi Finals UTR Men’s Open Singles

Sunday, July 15
2:30pm: Finals Men’s 40’s Singles
4:00pm: NY Open Skills Challenge
5:00pm: Saint Barnabas Championship Finals
Followed by BBQ + Open Finals
Live Music by Poet Section
Cocktails by 13th Street Cocktails PA

Please come and support what will be some great tennis this weekend at Centercourt Athletic Club of Chatham!

Media interested in covering the event or scheduling player interviews should contact Asma Haq, 703-473-6859 or asma@centercourtclub.com

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UTR competition at Centercourt Tennis

The holiday barbeques were put on hold until the Centercourt Academy 4th of July UTR Shootout competition was decided this past Wednesday at the club’s Florhan Park venue.

The event drew 18 players in two UTR divisions, 3-to-4.5 and the 6.0-and-up level.

Charlie Bibbee and Adrian Treacy were the co-champs in the 3-to-4.5 UTR level competition. Each player tallied 19 games won in the three 30-minute rounds, using no-ad scoring. Ryan Sun took top honors in the 6.0-and-up level, edging Aryan Dugar and Katey Peretz by two games.

Three other days of Shootout competition also saw winning players earn a $25 gift certificate from the club’s pro shop at it’s Chatham facility.

On Monday, Andrew Zielinski won the 1.5-3.0 level. Isabella DeLuccia won the 3.0-4.5 level on Tuesday, winning 22 games and former Mercer County Community College player Jeremy Gottlieb won the 7.0-and-up UTR level on Thursday.

Centercourt will host its second Summer Series UTR Tournament July 13-15. Players can register for the tournament at myutr.com.

UTR competition at Centercourt Tennis

It has been a busy two weeks of UTR competition at Centercourt Academy,  to start off its summer programming. In addition to weekly weekend UTR match play, the club introduced its creative,  innovative and fast-paced shootout concept, as well as its Florham Park location hosting a 40-player UTR tournament in three division.

In the Shootout competition, players compete in three rounds of 30-minute play with no-ad scoring against three different opponents. The player who tallies the highest game total receives a $25 gift certificate at the club’s pro shop.

Approximately 100 players participated in the first week of shootout action.

First-week winners were Audrey Lee in the 1.5-to-3.0 level; Hudson Bonetti in the 4.5-to-6.0 level and Sebastian Wroe in the 6.5-and-up level. Last week, Audrey Lee repeated as the 1.5-3.0 level winner; Aarush Dwivedi won the 3.0-to-4.5 level while Vinay Venugopal and Rachel Shukham won the 4.5-to-6-0 level on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.

Centercourt CEO, Clay Bibbee joined in on the UTR action, winning Thursday’s 7.0 and above division.

In the UTR tournament, players were guaranteed two matches, including a consolation-round match, which of course counted toward their UTR rating. Ari Bersch won the 16-player under 6.0 UTR division and Pratheek Thota was the runner-up. Arihan Hukeri didn’t lose a set en route to winning the eight-player 3.0 and under division. Audrey Lee played quite a bit of UTR tennis last week and ended the week with a runner-up spot. Teo Bengtsson won the 4.5-and-under UTR category

The club’s shootout competition will run throughout the summer, as well its weekly weekend match play.