Marco continues being hotbed of tennis

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Three of the the top point-getters in the final Summer Swing Tennis, from left, Jennifer Bonifitto, Mel Daly and Ray Gauch. Tennis players from Marco Island Racquet Center, Island Country Club and Hideaway Beach Country Club took part in a series of social competitions.

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Alex Galiana Special to the Eagle Three of the the top point-getters in the final Summer Swing Tennis, from left, Jennifer Bonifitto, Mel Daly and Ray Gauch. Tennis players from Marco Island Racquet Center, Island Country Club and Hideaway Beach Country Club took part in a series of social competitions.

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Competitors in the final Summer Swing tennis event, from left, Rosie Harrington, Mel Daly, one of the top point-getters, Margaret Gallivan and Hans Pappenfus.

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Alex Galiana Special to the Eagle Competitors in the final Summer Swing tennis event, from left, Rosie Harrington, Mel Daly, one of the top point-getters, Margaret Gallivan and Hans Pappenfus.

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Summer Swing competitors from left, Pat Platt, Mike Kanan, one of the top point-getters, Bob Hughes and Jean Preston.

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Alex Galiana Special to the Eagle Summer Swing competitors from left, Pat Platt, Mike Kanan, one of the top point-getters, Bob Hughes and Jean Preston.

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Social competitors in the final Summer Swing Tennis, from left, Mike Gaynor, Susan Erick, Bob Hughes and Judy Kenny.

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Alex Galiana Special to the Eagle Social competitors in the final Summer Swing Tennis, from left, Mike Gaynor, Susan Erick, Bob Hughes and Judy Kenny.

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Summer Swing participants, from left, Tony Mistretta, Justine Hein, Connie Fowler and Charlie Langhorn.

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Alex Galiana Special to the Eagle Summer Swing participants, from left, Tony Mistretta, Justine Hein, Connie Fowler and Charlie Langhorn.

Marco Island continues to be a hotbed of tennis with two events coming up and another that was successful.

The 2nd Annual Island Country Club Open Men’s & Women’s Doubles Championships are Nov. 4-6 at the club’s tennis courts.

There will be 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0 competition. Entry deadline is Monday by noon. Entry fee is $60 per team, which includes a cookout on Nov. 5.

It is a single elimination tourney, with a consolation event for all first-match losers. Starting times will be announcced between 2 and 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

Prizes will be awarded to the winners and finalists of the main draws. To enter stop at the Island Club pro shop or call 394-4464. All entry fees must be paid by Monday. A tennis exhibition and social mixer follows the final day of competition.

The YMCA is having a public Round Robin event, followed by a brunch on Saturday. Fee is $10 for members and $15 for the community.

Contact Paul Barrus 239-394-9622, ext. 224.

The last of the Summer Swing Tennis events was hosted by the Marco Island Racquet center, with 36 players. Taking part were players from the Marco Island Racquet Center, YMCA, Island Country Club and Hideaway Beach Country club in the last of this highly successful and enjoyable series of events.

Players started the day with a continental breakfast and moved on to the center’s city’s newly-reconditioned courts for a day of tennis. Each player participated in two nine-game sets, accumulating points per games won. The top 12 players from the 3.0 and 3.5 ranking advanced to a third set. Players were matched up with players from different clubs, according to their USTA ranking to participate in a “social tennis tournament.” The main focus was not so much on winning as it was on having a good time and getting to know other tennis players on the island.

While competition was not the emphasis of the day, there were winners declared.

In the 3.0 classification Jennifer Bonifitto took first place and Ray Gauch took second.

In the 3.5 classification Mel Daly and Mike Kanan tied and split the first and second-place prizes.

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