Tennis center to be renamed for Allen

Only those in the local tennis fraternity really know how much Art Allen has meant to the game.

But now, the city — in a very public way — is ready to give something back to the man who has given so much.

On Wednesday, Feb. 8, the Cambier Park Tennis Center near downtown Naples will host a renaming ceremony. The Cambier Park Tennis Center officially will become the Author L. Allen Tennis Center.

At 4 p.m., Allen will participate a tennis exhibition with the official naming ceremony starting at 5:30.

There rarely has been a tournament locally that Allen Systems Group hasn’t sponsored or backed in some other way. Most notably, the annual, month-long City of Naples Championships in May at Cambier have carried the ASG sponsorship in recent years.

Allen has been one of the most talented players in Naples as well. City officials see it only fitting that Allen’s name become part of the history of the storied complex.

The public is invited to attend Wednesday’s festivities.

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The Super Seniors are heading down the home stretch in their Category II “Triple Crown” series.

After opening at Tennis Naples Resort at Naples Bath & Tennis Club two weeks ago and visited Cambier Park for the Julius Lesser Memorial this past week, the Super Senior Grand Prix Championship Tournament returned to Tennis Naples Resort at Naples Bath & Tennis Club on Monday. The action, which features some of the world’s best men players age 55-90, concludes Sunday.

The public is invited to take in the finale of the series that has featured about $40,000 in prize money.

A recap of winners in the Lesser Memorial event follows:

-- 55 singles – Jared Florian, Hudson, Ohio, d. John Davis, York, Pa., 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

-- 60 singles – Hugh Thomson, Lilburn, Ga., d. Fred Drilling, Bonita Springs, 6-3, 6-1.

-- 65 singles – Rudy Hernando, Fort Lauderdale d. David Thomson 6-0, 6-4.

-- 70 singles – King Van Nostrand, Vero Beach, d. James Landin, Naples, 6-2, 6-1.

-- 75 singles – Russell Seymour, Flint, Texas, d. Lorne Main 0-6, 6-2, 6-1.

-- 80 singles – Fred Kovaleski, Washington, D.C., d. W. Weathers, Whispering Pines, N.C., 7-6, 6-4.

-- 90 singles – Irv Converse, Fort Myers, d. Norman Stoll, Grand Rapids, Mich., 7-6, 6-0.

-- 55 doubles – Deeb-Pittman d. Florian-Mazo 7-6, 6-3.

-- 60 doubles – Kirk-Thomson d. Drilling-McCormick 6-3, 6-4.

-- 65 doubles – Biedinger-Hernando d. Hirose-Shizuka 6-4, 7-5.

-- 70 doubles – Landin-Sinclair d. Cranis-Crawford 6-2, 6-1.

-- 75 doubles – De V---Seymour d. DeV---Main 6-2, 6-0.

-- 80 doubles – Kovaleski-MacKey d. Abbot-Meyerdierks 6-1, 6-1.

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The Champions Cup Series event coming up in Naples in early March now has an official car.

InsideOut Sports and Entertainment and C&H Events, Inc., announced this week that Mercedes-Benz will be the official car of the Champions Cup Series-Naples, to be played March 10-13 at the Players Club and Spa at Lely Resort.

Naples will be the inaugural event on the 2006 Champions Cup Series, a collection of tennis events in the United States featuring the greatest names in tennis over the age of 30.

Champions Cup Series events will also be staged in Boston (April 27-30), Memphis (Oct 5-8) and Houston (Nov. 9-12). In order to be eligible to compete on the Champions Cup Series, players must have reached at least a Grand Slam singles final, been ranked in the top five in the world or played singles on a championship Davis Cup team.

“The Champions Cup Naples provides a great opportunity to watch some of the greatest tennis players ever, and see the latest vehicle introductions from Mercedes-Benz including the New 2007 GL-Class,” said Timothy R. O’Sullivan, Regional General Manager, South Central, Mercedes-Benz, USA.

The Champions Cup Series-Naples features a strong field of tennis legends, including former world No. 1 players John McEnr--, Jim Courier and Mats Wilander. Other players in the field include former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash, former Australian Open champion Petr Korda, former French Open finalist Mikael Pernfors and former U.S. Davis Cup star Aaron Krickstein.

Individual and series tickets for the Champions Cup Series – Naples can be purchased by calling (239) 649-7171 or by visiting

All Champions Cup Series events will feature eight-man round-robin match formats with the winner of each four-player division meeting in the championship match while second place finishers in each division meet in a third-place match.

Volunteers are needed to assist with the auction and those wanting to help out should contact Lynn Bower at 438-6784. Events will benefit Liberty Youth Ranch and First Serve.

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What do tennis and Valentine’s Day have in common?

Why, love, of course.

The 16th annual Valentine’s Tournament looms Feb.10-12 at the Marco Island YMCA. Divisions will be 2.5 through 5.0 singles, doubles and mixed doubles and there will be consolation rounds for first-round losers in the main draw.

The deadline for entering is 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8. While this is an adult tournament, there are singles divisions for juniors age 7-9 and age 10-12.

Phone 394-3144, Ext.. 224 for more information.

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The “King of the Hill” match this past Friday at Tennis Naples Resort at Naples Bath & Tennis ended with Ken Flach and Ido Abougzir winning over Evan Austin and Kevin Long 7-6 (5), 6- 2.

In other news at the club, Tennis Naples created its own version of the Davis Cup Competition, in which, members participate and represent countries from around the world. Competition and events will take place Feb. 23-25. The public is welcome to come and view the matches and dine at the restaurant. Membership information will be available.

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The Vanderbilt Country Club will host a free Pro-Exhibition on Saturday at 2 p.m. featuring four local standouts. Three out of the four players played for Division I Clemson University, while the fourth player was a four-time All-American for University of Kentucky. Sarah Witten, UK standout, will team with Todd Watkins, former All-American for Clemson, against his former Clemson teammate, George Lampert, and former No. 1 Clemson player, Christina Oldock.

All four players participated in the Connection Point Naples Pro League. Oldock is currently the Head Professional at Vanderbilt Country Club, and Todd Watkins is the Director of Tennis at Colliers Reserve. The festivities will run until about 6 p.m. In addition to the tennis, there will be a tropical band and beverages.

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A rundown of activities and events follows:

-- Ken Flach Junior Academy — open to public for students of all ages at Tennis Naples Resort at the Naples Bath & Tennis Club; Special package pricing available; Phone 261-5777, Ext. 30.

-- 3.0 and 3.5 men’s round-robins - at Quail Creek

Country Club; Every Wednesday and Friday from 9 to 11 a.m.;

Must have appropriate NTRP rating; Cost: $3 per

player; Sign up by calling 597-9725.

-- Men’s 4.0 weekly round-robin - at Quail Creek

Country Club; Wednesdays from 9 to 11 a.m.; Cost:

$3; Players from other clubs also welcome; Must sign

up a week in advance by phoning 597-9725.

-- The Plantation Club at The Dunes - Preeg-

Doherty Junior Tennis Academy: Monday through

Friday, 4 to 6 p.m.; Ladies Day: Tuesdays, 9 to 11

a.m.; Men’s Day: Thursdays, 9 to 11 a.m.; Ladies 3.0

Clinic: Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.; Ladies 3.5 Clinic:

Fridays, 9 a.m.; Phone 593-9680.

-- Pelican Bay Community Park events - Most

levels of round-robins for men and women available

each week; Adult and junior clinics held daily; For

specific days-times, phone 598-3025.

-- Quail Creek Junior Tennis -Tuesdays and

Thursdays: Tiny Tots from 3:30-4 at $6; Beginners

from 4 to 4:45 at $9; Intermediate and Advanced from

4:30 to 5:30 at $12; Clinic and Ralleyball to be

included; All directed by Doug Welsh; Phone


-- Quail West Tennis programs -Tuesdays,

Thursdays and Saturdays; Events include 3.0-3.5

ladies round- robin from 9 to 11 and 3.5-4.0 men’s

round robin from 9 to 11; 3.5-4.0 ladies doubles

clinics on Wednesdays from 9 to 11; Also: Wednesday

clinics for men and women from 9 to 10:30 a.m.; Also:

“3 students and the Pro” on Mondays; Phone


-- Weekly mixed doubles round-robin - Fridays at

Pelican Bay Community Park; Phone 598-3025.

-- Men’s, women’s and mixed round- robins -

Each day of the week at Pelican Bay Community Park;

Phone 598-3025.

-- Adult clinics - for all levels at Pelican Bay

Community Park; Phone 598-3025.

-- Men’s round-robin match play - at Imperial

Racquet Club; for days and times, phone Dick

Morrissey at 566-3442.

-- - the official Web site of the

Community Tennis Association of Collier County.

-- - Web site providing

relevant and unique local information updated on a

timely basis.

-- Collier Tennis Connection - Phone Connie

Kormanyos at 394-8061 or 394-3144, Ext. 224.

-- Tennis instruction, lessons - For schedule at

Miromar Beach Club, phone pro Rick Kobleur at


-- Private lessons and group clinics for all levels -

Scheduled regularly at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf

Club tennis center, which is open to the public; For

more information, phone Chris Eddy at 435-4351.

-- Individual, group and team instruction - at Vanderbilt Country Club; given by Director of Tennis Mike Curran and head pro Christina Oldock; For clinic times and fees, phone 348-1725.

-- Marco Island Racquet Club - Round- robins,

league play, USTA competitive teams, Stroke of the

Week clinics, beginners lessons, junior programs and

racquetball challenges; For the complete schedule,

phone 394-5454.

-- Men’s and women’s round- robins - at Imperial

Tennis Club; men on Mondays, Wednesdays and

Fridays at 9 a.m. for 3.0-3.5 players and at 10:30 a.m.

for 4.0 -4.5 players; women on Tuesdays and

Thursdays at 9 a.m. for 3.0 players; Phone 566-3442.

-- Ladies Day Round Robin, Men’s Day Round

Robin, Saturday Mixed Round Robin - at Cambier

Park Tennis Center, Phone 213-3060; Tuesdays at 11

a.m. women of all levels welcome to participate;

Thursdays at 11 a.m. men of all levels welcome to

participate; Saturday mornings are “Mixed Troubles”

round robin at 9:30.

-- Bridgewater Bay Tennis Club - Weekly activities

include: Tuesdays beginner/intermediate clinic 5

p.m., Thursday mixed round robin 6 p.m.; Saturdays

intermediate clinic 9:30 a.m.; Phone 450-1000.

-- Saturday Mixed Doubles Round Robin - at

Cambier Park Tennis Center at 10:45 a.m.; Phone


-- NBTC Adult Tennis Academy - at the Naples

Bath & Tennis Club; 4-day Super Session and 3-day

Training Program available; Phone 261-5777 Ext. 29.

-- Tony Kamen Youth Tennis Clinics - For

beginners/intermediate/high school players; Mondays

and Wednesdays 4-5:30 p.m. at Naples High School

courts. $15 per session or $96 per month; Phone

272-9223; Also, Beginner to Intermediate players

ages 6-12 on Tuesdays 3:30-5 p.m. at Naples High

courts; Cartoon Network Tennis Club; contact

Fleischmann Park at 213-3013.

— Pelican Bay Community Park tennis facility — 764 Vanderbilt Beach Road; 8 lighted Har-Tru courts; park also provides users with racquetball courts, volleyball courts, basketball and bocce courts, softball and soccer field and an enclosed playground for children; 1-mile paved walking/jogging path and a pavilion overlooking a lake; For information on tennis programs or any information about the park, phone 598-3025.

-- Wednesday night mixed doubles round-robins - at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club; 5:30 to 7 p.m.; Cost: $15 (includes balls, court time and light refreshments).

-- The Preeg-Doherty Tennis Academy — at The Dunes and the Imperial Racquet Club; for tournament players, intermediates and beginners; phone John Preeg or Lisa Preeg at The Dunes, 593-9736.

-- Round Robin Mixers for Men and Women - at Naples Bath & Tennis Club; 2.5, 3.0, 3.5 & 4.0: Times are: Wednesday: 6-8 p.m. and Saturday: 9-11 a.m.; free for members and $10 for non-members; phone NBTC Pro Shop at 261-5524.

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60-plus 3.0 Men

Beachwalk d. Village Walk 2-1;

Sterling Oaks d. Tarpon Cove 2-1;

Pelican Marsh d. Breckenridge 2-1.

70-plus Men

Breckenridge d. Beachwalk Red 2-1;

Tarpon Cove d. Beachwalk Blue 3-0;

Island Walk d. Brooks Spring Run 2-1.

70-plus Women

Beachwalk d. Tarpon Cove 3-0;

Naples Bath & Tennis d. Bonita Beach 2-1.

60-plus 3.5 Men

Highland Woods d. Tarpon Cove 2-1;

Country Creek d. Village Walk-Green 2-1;

Bay Forest d. Brooks Spring Run 2-1;

Breckenridge Blue d. Breckenridge Red 2-1;

Village Walk-Blue d. Copperleaf-Brooks 3-0.

50-plus men —

Imperial d. Sterling Oaks 3-1;

Breckenridge d. Spanish Wells 4-0.

50-plus women —

Country Creek d. Highland Woods 3-0;

Tarpon Cove d. Copperleaf-Brooks 2-1.

75-plus men

Beachwalk d. Bay Forest 2-0;

Naples Bath & Tennis d. Bentley 2-1.

Col-Lee standings as of Jan. 31

60-plus 3.0 Men

Pelican Marsh 0.667

Village Walk 0.500

Sterling Oaks 0.500

Tarpon Cove 0.500

Beachwalk 0.444

Breckenridge 0.444

70-plus Men

Tarpon Cove 0.778

Breckenridge 0.667

Island Walk 0.556

Brooks-Sprng Run 0.444

Beachwalk Red 0.444

Beachwalk Blue 0.111

70-plus Women

Beachwalk 1.000

Bonita Beach 0.375

Tarpon Cove 0.333

Naples Bath & Tennis 0.333

60-plus 3.5 Men

Tarpon Cove 0.778

Country Creek 0.778

Village Walk Blue 0.778

Breckenridge Blue 0.667

Village Walk Green 0.556

Highland Woods 0.556

Brooks Spring Run 0.222

Copper Leaf-Brooks 0.222

Breckenridge Red 0.222

Bay Forest 0.222

50-plus Men

Village Walk 0.875

Sterling Oaks 0.583

Breckenridge 0.500

Imperial 0.375

Spanish Wells 0.125

50-plus Women

Country Creek 1.000

Tarpon Cove 0.667

Copper Leaf-Brooks 0.333

Highland Woods 0.167

Spanish Wells ERR

75-plus Men

Beachwalk 1.000

Naples Bath & Tennis 0.667

Bentley Village 0.333

Bay Forest 0.000

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Tarpon Cove 3/6

Pelican Sound Girls with Pearls 1/4

Stonebridge 1/4

Pelican Sound Twisted Sisters 1/3

Village Walk 0/1

3.0 MEN

Worthington CC 2/6

Marco Racquet Center 1/3

Village Walk 0/0


NBTC 3/9

Vanderbilt CC 2/6

Sterling Oaks 2/5

Longshore Lake 2/7

Island Walk 2/5

Tarpon Cove 1/3

Stonebridge CC 1/2

Pelican Starlets 1/2

Marco YMCA 0/2

Pelican Sound Ya Ya’s 0/1


The Sandpipers 3/9

Pelican Landing 3/8

Pelican Sound Waves 2/6

Pelican Sound Hurricanes 2/4

Marco Racquet Center 1/4

Cambier Park 1/4

Naples Beach Club 1/3

Marco YMCA 1/2

Village Walk 0/0

Pelican Bay Park 0/2

3.5 MEN

Pelican Landing 3/9

Pelican Sound Eagles 2/6

Pelican ay Hurricanes 2/4

Bonita Bay Cotton 2/7

Pelican Sound Sorrentino 0/1

Naples Beach Hotel 0/0


Longshore Lake 3/8

Naples Grande 3/7

Golden Girls 2/6

Pelican Landing 1/5

Marco Racquet Center 1/4

Stonebridge CC 1/4

Cambier Park 1/2

Grey Oaks 0/0


Tarpon Cove 2/5

Marco YMCA 2/6

World Tennis CLub 2/6

NBTC 2/5

Vineyards CC 1/2

Naples Beach Club 0/2

Naples YMCA 0/1


Pelican Marsh Rackettes 3/7

Marco Racquet Center 2/7

Sterling Oaks 2/5

Bonita Beach & Tennis 1/2

Village Walk 1/5

Quail Creek 1/4

Bonita Bay 0/0

4.0 MEN

Naples YMA 2/5

Bonita Beach & Tennis 1/3

NBTC 0/1


Longshore Lake 3/9

Pelican Landing Pelicans 3/6

Marco Racquet Center 3/9

Naples Grande 2/6

Pelican March 2/5

Pelican Landing Spidel 2/4

Sterling Oaks 1/5

Cambier Park 1/4

Wo’mads 1/3

Quail Creek 1/2

Bay Colony 0/3

NBTC 0/1


6.0 MEN

Quail Creek 3/9

Imperial Racquet Club 3/7

Stonebridge 2/6

Worthington 2/5

NBTC 2/5

Naples Beach CLub 1/4

Marco YMCA 1/3

Kensington 0/2

Cambier Park 0/0

Pelican Bay North 0/1


Naples Beach Club 3/8

Worthington Wonders 2/6

Marco YMCA 2/5

Worthington Racqueteers 1/5

Marco Racquet Center 1/3

NBTC 0/0


Pelican Sound Bald Eagles 3/6

Pelican Bay Tornados 2/6

Worthington 2/5

Bonita Beach & Tennis 1/4

Bonita Bay 1/3

Spring Run 0/3


Pelican Marsh 3/6

Vineyards 2/5

Island Walk 2/6

NBTC 1/4

Foxfire 0/2

Wowrld Tennis Club 0/1


Longshore Lake 3/7

Marco YMCA 3/7

NBTC 3/6

Vineyards 2/4

Marco Racquet Center 1/4

Cambier Park 1/3

Pelican Marsh 1/5

Grey Oaks 0/0

The Terminators 0/3

Pelican Bay 0/1

8.0 MEN

Bonita Beach & Tennis 2/5

NBTC 1/4


Longshore Lake 3/8

Pelican Landing 2/6

Quail Creek 2/5

Island Walk Racquet Talk 1/3

Sterling Oaks 1/2

NBTC 0/3


3.0 MEN

Bonita Bay 2/4

Imperial Racquet Club 2/7

Marco Island YMCA 1/3

Worthington 1/3

Naples Beach Club 0/1

3.5 MEN

The Survivors 3/9

NBTC Green 3/7

Pelican Sound 1/5

Pelican Bay Cyclones 1/2

NBTC Balser 1/2

Sterling Oaks 0/2


Moorings Park 3/7

Cambier Park 2/6

NBTC Jaffe 1/3

Island Walk 0/2



NBTC 1/3

Fiddlers Creek 1/3

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3.0 MEN

Marco YMCA –Kormanyos 2/7

Vineyards-Shirghio 1/5

Pelican Bay Park – Elig 0/3


Marco YMCA – Mullvain 3/10

Naples YMCA – Salt 2/8

NBTC – Meek 1/7

PBP-Szempruch 0/4

Cambier Park- Croat 0/1

3.5 MEN

PBP – Kerrigan/Tull 3/11

Island Walk-Costello 2/9

NBTC-Landers 1/10

Sterling Oaks-Falbo 2/9

Naples YMCA Blue 0/3

Naples YMCA Red 0/1

Longshore Lake –Sontag 0/2


Pelican Marsh-Steuerer 3/13

NBTC – Wenzel/Trapasso 3/10

Marco YMCA – Hayden 2/11

Naples Grande-Diehm 2/7

Longshore Lake –Wolpert/Lytle 1/6

Cambier Park-G--tling 1/6

Vineyards-Mathews 0/4

Naples YMCA-Pollock 0/3

4.0 MEN

Naples YMCA Harbold/Sitter 3/12

Naples YMCA-McWaters 2/8

Longshore Lake- Poulsen 2/8

PBP-Slammers/Ferrel 2/7

Cambier Park-Johnson 1/7

NBTC – Abourgzir 1/6

Monterey-Renner 1/6

Gladiators2-Zapiec/Stodolny 0/6


Grey Oaks-Falter 3/11

NBTC –Levine 2/8

NBTC-Myers 1/9

Cambier Park Hayes 0/2

4.5 MEN

World Tennis Club-Franke 3/13

Longshore Lake-Tormey 1/4

Naples YMCA-Baker 1/7

NBTC-Reeder – 0/1


Naples YMCA-B-- 2/10

Grey Oaks- Waylonis/Carr 2/7

NBTC Rees-Anderson 2/7

Naples YMCA-Freshwater/Wells 0/6



Naples YMCA – Pollock 2/6

Longshore Lake-Poulsen 2/5

Longshore Lake – Feldman 2/5

Marco Racquet Center – Nelson 2/5

Island Walk – Romano 1/3

NBTC – Lavery/Myers 1/3

Spanish Wells-LaCroix 1/5

Marco YMCA – Hayden 0/1

Cambier Park – Walker 0/0


Marco Racquet Center – Levine 2/4

Naples Grande – Tomaro 1/3

NBTC – Reeder 1/5

Nomads- Burge 0/0

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Naples East Tennis Association

Week 4

Glades 6, Royalwood 0;

HeritageBlue 3, Foxfire 3;

Heritage Red 3, Countryside 3;

Glen Eagle 4, Winter Park 2.


Foxfire 7

Heritage Blue 7

Royalwood 6

Glades 6

Heritage Red 1

Countryside 1

Winter Park 0

* Note to captains:

Glades will be making up first match with Winter Park this Saturday, with an announcement for the end-of-season banquet at Glades to follow with updated standings. Cost of banquet is $22 per person.

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Those wishing to have events or activities included in the weekly Thursday local tennis roundup should e-mail the information to Tom Rife at by 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

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