NAPLES — For good reason, it seems, local tennis players get a little bit sneaky this time of year.
The logic is that another Sneaky Pete’s Tennis Championship looms Feb. 18-25 at The Club at Sterling Oaks. This will be the 13th annual tournament.
A sneaky little drop shot or a surprise lob could come in handy.
Divisions will include 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 men's and women's singles and doubles, as well as 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0 mixed doubles. Play is limited is two events per person.
Longtime Sterling Oaks club members Ross Lake and Victor Lisabeth played key roles in developing the tournament and in taking it to Sterling Oaks.
“There are plenty of tournaments for high-level players, but very few for the everyday player,” Lisabeth said. “Our idea was to develop a tournament that celebrates the typical club-level player. In our first year we had 55 players and we paid for the entertainment out of our own pockets. Last year, over 150 players participated. This year we expect even more.”
The entry fee is $35 per player for either singles or doubles or $60 for any two events. Entry fee includes a tournament T-shirt, a $10 Sneaky Pete's gift certificate for the first 175 entries, and a free player party Feb. 25, rain or shine.
Winners and runners-up in all divisions win additional gift certificates.
“We've been the sole sponsor of the event since our restaurant opened,” said Sneaky Pete's co-owner, Peter Walker. “Co-owners, Joe and Carla Hall and my wife, Joan and I, feel that it's important to give back to the community that has been so good to us over the years. My wife, and I have had a chance to play in the tournament a few times, and it's really a great event.”
To register, go to sterlingoakstennis.com and click on Sneaky Pete's in the events menu. The registration deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 11:59 p.m. Draws will be posted on the same website Friday, Feb. 17 at noon.
FineMark special set: Don’t forget to mark March 2-3 on your tennis calendar. That’s when 18 of the world's top former touring tennis professionals will gather at Bonita Bay Club for a weekend of tennis matches, mini-clinics, a pro-am competition and a dinner-dance gala.
The FineMark Tour Players Tennis Classic will benefit Barbara's Friends and a new pediatric pharmacy planned for the expansion of The Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida.
Participating tennis pros include titleholders from Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, French Open and the Olympics.
"This is the fifth year Bonita Bay Club members have organized this tennis weekend, formerly the Bonita Bay Club Celebrity Tennis Event. This year, in addition to the name change, we are opening all events to the public," said Floyd Robinson, who co-chairs the event with fellow Bonita Bay resident Pat Valva.
"We have raised $384,000 for The Children's Hospital during the last four years and hope to bring in $250,000 this year," Valva said.
For details, reservations and more information, call 239-343-6950, or visit tourplayerstennisclassic.com.
Super Seniors play on: The Club at Sterling Oaks was the third stop on the Florida Super Seniors Grand Prix 2012.
Several local players had solid singles results: 55s: Warren Eber (Naples) d. Andy Bloom (Bonita Springs); 60s: Larry Turville (Naples) d. Jared Florian (Bradenton); 65s: Armistead Neely (Atlanta) d. Mike Dahm (Naples); 70s: Fred Drilling (Estero, third championship in a row) d. Clive Kileff (Tenn.); 75s: Gordon Hammes (Naples) d. James Curry (Texas); 80s: Neil McDonald (Naples) d. George Boyce (RI); 85s: Fred Sarkis (Bradenton) d. Fintan Flanagan (Flanagan).
In doubles, locals among the winning teams were: 55s: Larry Turville (Naples) and John Gillette (Bonita Springs); 60s: Howie Ames (Bonita Beach) and Steve Shreiner (Fort Myers); 70s: Drilling (Estero) and Kileff (Tenn.); 75s: Dan Kennedy (Bonita Springs) and Omer Menard (Mass.); 80s: Neil McDonald (Naples) and Douglas Feaver (England).
This week, the tour moved north to University Park, near Sarasota. For daily updates, fans can follow the circuit at www.SeniorTennisAndFitness.com.
PayGoGo Pro League rolls on: Local pros continue to duke it out each week in the PayGoGo Pro League. Last week’s results were:
Pro Am Tennis d. Quail West Realty 2-1 – No. 1 doubles Roddy Canty/Franco Mata d. Gabriel De la O/ Sal Procacci 3-6, 6-3, 10-7; No. 2 doubles Warren Eber/John Jerome d. Joe Obidiegwu/Kevin Shank 6-2, ret; Mixed doubles Sarah Witten/ Rick Flach d. Alehandra Aguilar/ Tony Martin 3-6, 6-2 10-6; Decanted Wine d. Samotin Orthopedic 3-0 – No. 1 doubles Jose Pastrello/Denny Rager d. Tyler Manring/Kevin Long 6-4, 6-1; No. 2 doubles Johan Saurbier/Shawn Hedrick d. Anthony Hatori/Carlos Huerta 6-2, 6-2; Mixed Doubles JoAnne Russell/ Steve Vaughan d. Samantha Samotin/Mike Mitzell 6-1, 6-4.
The next match is at Longshore Lake on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. It will be Samotin Orthopedic vs. Quail West Realty and Pro Am Tennis vs. Decanted Wine.
“Stroke” of the Week” is back: The popular “Stroke of the Week” sessions headed up by Curly Davis are resuming at the Naples Bath & Tennis Club. Sessions are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. Each week features instruction in a different stroke.
The price is $8 per person (per clinic) and advance sign-up is not required, but recommended. Call 321-292-8759.
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Other activities: A rundown of other activities and events follows:
■ Saturday round-robins – at Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club; Begin Saturday from 4 to 5:30 p.m.; Reservations required; Call 435-4351.
■ Junior Development Tennis: Sessions held at Arthur Allen
Tennis Center in downtown Naples at Cambier Park. Classes run Monday through Thursday. Pee-Wees 3:15-4 p.m. for ages 4-6; Futures 4-5 p.m. for ages 6-8; Tournament 4-5:30 p.m. for ages 7-16; Contact the Arthur Allen Tennis Center at 213-3060.
■ Hammock Bay Tennis Programs - Offering private lessons and clinics, Live Ball Drill Session on Tuesdays, Morning Tennis Drill and Round Robin on Wednesdays and "Just for Starters" Clinics on Thursdays. Contact Head Tennis Professional Karolee Towe at 465-2922.
■ Junior/high school lessons – given by Ron St. John, USPTA 1 Pro; all levels but also those interested in improving to play at the high school level; Call 289-1963.
■ Daily tennis clinics/lessons — at Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort; all levels; call 877-8889.
■ Junior instruction at World Tennis Club — Instruction by former pro Pavel Slozil (former coach of Steffi Graf); call 263-7411.
■ Tom Avery's Tennis Outlet — Private and group lessons, cardio tennis for teams, earlybirds and all levels. For schedule, fees and more information call Tom Avery at 592-5920.
■ Quail Creek Country Club round-robins — 3.5 and 3.0 women every Thursday 9 to 11 a.m.; 3.5 and 3.0 men every Wednesday and Friday 9 to 11 a.m.; Cost: $3; Call 597-9725.
■ 3.0 and 3.5 women’s round-robins — at Quail Creek Country Club; Every Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m.; Cost: $3 per player; Sign up in advance by calling 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.; Call 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, call 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; Call 597-9725.
■ 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; Call 592-1139. ■ Weekly mixed doubles round-robin — Fridays at Pelican Bay Community Park ; Call 598-3025.
■ Men’s, women’s and mixed round-robins — Each day of the week at Pelican Bay Community Park ; Call 598-3025.
■ Adult clinics — for all levels at Pelican Bay Community Park ; Call 598-3025.
■ Marco Island Racquet Center — Round-robins, league play, USTA competitive teams, Stroke of the Week clinics, beginners lessons, junior programs and racquetball challenges; For the complete schedule, call 394-5454.
■ Ladies Day Round Robin, Men’s Day Round Robin, Saturday Mixed Round Robin — at Cambier Park, call 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.; Call 450-1000.
■ Saturday Mixed Doubles Round Robin — at Cambier Park Tennis Center at 10:45 a.m.; Call 213-3060.
■ 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; Call 272-9223; Also, Beginner to players ages 6-12 on Tuesdays 3:30-5 p.m. at Naples High courts; contact Fleischmann Park at 213-3013.
■ Pelican Bay Community Park tennis facility — 764 Vanderbilt Beach Road; 8 lighted Har-Tru courts; for information on tennis programs or any information about the park, call 598-3025.