RECENT STORIES

Sterling Oaks tennis member Judy Davis and Marcha Moore won the Silver Medal in the 70 – 74 division at the National Senior Games in Tennis. The NSA Games for Tennis were played at The Chagrin Valley Athletic Club in Chagrin Falls, Ohio this week.

Judy and Marcha qualified for the Senior Games by taking the gold medal at the Florida State games in Lakeland earlier this year.  There were over 11,000 participants in the games this
year competing in 19 sports.

Local tennis column:

By TOM RIFE
Posted April 25, 2013 at 5:26 p.m.

    Doubles exhibition Friday:
    A men’s doubles exhibition will be held at The Club at Sterling Oaks north of Naples at 5 p.m. Friday. Featured this week will be newly crowned Florida State
    doubles champion Christopher Barrus, future Florida State player Jack Haffey,former FGCU player Jose Pastrello, and former ATP and Davis Cup competitor
    Jicham Zaatini.

Sterling Oaks is on U.S. 41 N. about halfway between Naples and Bonita Springs

Local tennis: 2/28/13  Naples Daily News by Tom Rife
Sneaky Pete tournament deemed a success

Nearly $2,200 in prize money was awarded and the field for the 14th annual Sneaky Pete’s Tennis Tournament was top-notch. No wonder Paul Barrus, tennis director at The Club at Sterling Oaks,
was gushing.

“This was the biggest draw we have had in years,” Barrus said of the draw that numbered 146 in 16 events. “We are very grateful to the owners of Sneaky Pete’s restaurant who helped contribute
the prize money this year, and to the many club volunteers who worked at the tournament. We couldn’t have done it without them.”

Due to the players’ work schedules and other commitments, the Men’s Open Singles division has two matches still to be played. The Men’s Open doubles were completed, with the team of Nestor Nunez and Jorge Vargas emerging the victors.

Other winners recently crowned included:
Women’s 3.0 Singles: Alexandra Pushkina; Women’s 6.0 Doubles: Sarah Garrat/Lisa Chappell; Women’s 7.0 Doubles: Angela Mitrisin/Tina Fernandez; Women’s 8.0 Doubles: Barb Maas/Robin Jelinek; Men’s 3.0 Singles: Frank Rainey; Men’s 3.5 Singles: Alain Berube; Men’s 4.0 Singles: Ken Johnson; Men’s 4.5 Singles: Tom Zucchi; Men’s 6.0 Doubles: Basil
Violand/Ralph Richardson; Men’s 7.0 Doubles: Alain Berube/Dave Dorgan; Men’s 8.0 Doubles: Tom Diehl/Ed Underwood; Men’s 9.0 Doubles: Mike Dahm/Mike Barnes; Mixed 8.0 Doubles: Rick Blossom/Karin Hiby; Mixed 9.0 Doubles: Nestor Nunez/Shannon Brent.

Tennis:
Sterling Oaks to host Sneaky Pete's Tennis Championship

By Collier Citizen Staff
Posted February 9, 2013 at 8:14 a.m.
NAPLES —The Club at Sterling Oaks and the owners of Sneaky Pete’s restaurant in Bonita Springs have raised the stakes this year for the 14th annual Sneaky Pete’s Tennis Championship, one of the largest and longest running independent tennis tournaments in Southwest Florida.

The tournament will run Feb. 16-23 at Sterling Oaks, 822 Sterling Oaks Blvd., in Naples.

“We wanted to ramp things up,” said Paul Barrus, tennis director. “Together with sole sponsor Sneaky Pete’s Restaurant, we’re providing over $1000 in cash prizes, which will be divided among the winners for the first time in the event’s history. In addition, we’ve added an Open Division in which the best local pros, high school and college players will compete for the first time. This should be a lot of fun for players and spectators alike. We will also be holding a consolation draw so that players get a great value on the court, as well.”

The entry fee is $40 per player for either singles or doubles or $70 for any two events per player. Entry fee includes a tournament t-shirt, a $10 Sneaky Pete’s restaurant gift certificate
for the first 175 entries, a free player party on Saturday, Feb. 23, and cash prizes for the winners in each division.

Divisions include 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 men’s and women’s singles and 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0 mixed doubles and the new Open Division. Play is limited to two events per person. Play dates/times will be posted on the club website. The public is welcome to attend for free.

To register, go to www.sterlingoakstennis.com and click on Sneaky Pete’s in the events menu. Registration deadline is Monday, Feb. 11, at 11:59 p.m. Draws will be posted on
the website on Feb. 15 at 3 p.m.

Tennis:Hundreds compete in Super Seniors Grand Prix at Sterling Oaks
By The Banner

Posted February 2, 2013 at 8:31a.m.
NAPLES —The Super Seniors Grand Prix wrapped up last weekend at Sterling Oaks in Naples with the largest draw in thehistory of the club. More than 220 players participated.

Finals results:
55 Singles: (2) Steven Brady, Tampa, defeated David Vaughn, Fort Myers,7-5, 6-1
60 Singles: (1) Larry Turville, Naples, d. Phil Landauer, Naples, 6-4, 6-7(7-5), 6-0
65 Singles: (1) Mike Dahm, Dayton, Ohio (5) Winder Bill, Virginia Beach, Va., 7-6(7-4), 2-6, 6-3
70 Singles: (1) Jimmy Parker, Santa Fe, N.M., d. (2) Fred Drilling, Estero, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
75 Singles: (1) King Van Nostrand, Vero Beach, d Gordon Hammes, Naples,6-1, 6-3
80 Singles: (1) David Rothgaber, Longboat Key, d. (3) Ron Tonidandel, Sarasota,7-5, 3-6, 6-0
85 Singles: (1) Bob Meyerdierks St. Petersburg, d. Fintan Flanagan, Naples, 6-1, 6-1
55 Doubles: James Katterfield, Fort Myers Beach,and Peter Redpath, Sanibel, d. (2) John Gillette, Bonita Springs,and Larry Turville, Naples,6-3, 6-4
60 Doubles: (1) Geoff Cykman, San Francisco, Calif., and Phil Landauer,Naples, d. Howard Ames, Danvers, Mass., and Stephen Shreiner, Fort Myers, FL, 6-1, 6-2
65 Doubles: (2) Michael Barnes, Fort Myers, and Mike Dahm, Dayton, Ohio, d. (1) Larry Albritton, Lehigh Acres,and Frank Bova, Erie, Pa., 6-0, 6-1
70 Doubles: (1) Fred Drilling, Estero,and Clive Kileff, Signal Mountain, Tenn., d. (2) Thomas Diehl, Alexandria, Va., and John Moter, Naples, 6-2, 6-4
75 Doubles: (1) James Curry, Waco, Texas, and Jerald Hayes, Westfield, Ind., d Richard McNaughton, Naples, and Thomas Probert, Osprey,6-1, 6-3
80 Doubles: Alan Abramson, Naples,and Thomas Fields, Naples, d. Douglas Fever, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK, and William King, Warsaw, Va., in a walk over (inj)
85 Doubles: James Mackey, Virginia Beach, Va. and Bob Meyerdierks, St. Petersburg, d Leonard Bunge, Naples, and Fintin Flanagan, Naples, 6-2, 6-2

.2012

September 28, 2012 Naples Daily News
by Tom Rife

Exhibition at Sterling Oaks:

There will be a tennis exhibition match this Friday at 5 p.m. at Sterling Oaks north of Naples. It will be a mixed doubles match featuring former college stars Roddy Cantey, Sara Witten, Ally Aguilar and future college player Christopher Barrus.  The exhibition is open to the public. The bar and restaurant will be open for the spectators as well.

July 13, 2012 Naples Daily News
by Tom Rife

Open house Saturday: Sterling Oaks will hold an open house this Saturday starting at 8:30 a.m. The event is open to the general public and will showcase what Sterling Oaks has to offer to prospective members.  A special introductory offer of 13 months for the price of 12 months will be given to new members who join before Aug. 31. Open house festivities will include a tour of the grounds, a free clinic, round-robin play, and an exhibition match featuring Franco Mata, Nestor Nunez, Jorge Vargas and Christopher Barrus.

June 7, 2012 Naples Daily News
by Tom Rife

Exhibition at Sterling Oaks: Paul Barrus, the new tennis director at the Club at Sterling Oaks, says the club will host an exhibition Friday evening at 5. It will be open to the public. The match will be mixed doubles featuring Pavel Slozil, former ATP star and WTA coach, Christopher Barrus, No. 1-ranked junior from New Jersey, along with former college stars and local pros Alejandra Aguilar and Samantha Samotin.

May 17, 2012 Naples Daily News
by Tom Rife

Barrus joins Sterling Oaks: The Club at Sterling Oaks north of Naples announced this week that Paul Barrus Jr. will be its new tennis director. He most recently served as the director of tennis for the Marco Island YMCA and director of the Elite Juniors Tennis Program at Naples Community Tennis Center. Barrus’ professional experience also includes director of tennis at World Tennis Club in Naples and teaching positions at Atlantic City Racquet Club and Shore Racquet Club, both in New Jersey.  Barrus, a USPTA certified tennis professional, was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Villanova University with a degree in economics. He has been married to his wife, Beth, for 20 years, and they now live in North Naples with their three children.

April 12, 2012 Naples Daily News
by Tom Rife

Exhibition Friday at Sterling Oaks: A free doubles exhibition featuring four of the area's strongest players is set for Friday evening on the stadium court at The Club at Sterling Oaks north of Naples. Featured players are  Jesse Witten,  Roddy Cantey, Tyler Manring and Jicham Zaatini. The public is invited. For more information, check the Web at SterlingOaksTennis.com.

March 22, 2012 Naples Daily News
by Tom Rife

Mixed doubles today at Sterling Oaks: A free mixed doubles exhibition featuring four of the area’s best known players will take place at 5 p.m. today on the Stadium Court at the Club at Sterling Oaks. The event is free and the public is invited. Scheduled to play are Pavel Slozil, Myke Loomis-Landauer, Jose Pastrello and Sara Witten. For more, check the web at SterlingOaksTennis.com.

March 15, 2012 Naples Daily News
By Tom Rife

Mixed dubs at Sterling Oaks: A free mixed doubles exhibition featuring four of the area’s best-known players will take place at 5 p.m. Friday, March 23 on the Stadium Court at The Club at Sterling Oaks. The event is free and the public is invited. Scheduled to play are Pavel Slozil, Myke Loomis-Landauer, Jose Pastrello and Sara Witten. For more, check the web at SterlingOaksTennis.com. 

 

Local tennis column: Sneaky Pete's tournament at Sterling Oaks from Feb. 18-25

  • By TOM RIFE

  • Naples Daily News

  • Posted February 2, 2012

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.

March 1, 2012 Naples Daily News
By Tom Rife

Sneaky Pete’s wraps up: The 13th annual Sneaky Pete's Tennis Championships wrapped up this past weekend at The Club at Sterling Oaks north of Naples. Winners included Robert Eiceman (3.0 men's singles), Brian Williams (3.5 men's singles), Rick McGrath (4.0 men's singles), George Linginton/Art Majerus (men's 3.0 doubles), Tom Carollo/Brian Williams (men's 3.5 doubles), Daryl Dean/Jeff Macie (men's 4.0 doubles), Selma Dadligil/Susan Portscher (women's 3.5 doubles), Patricia Silverstein/Edda Theiss (women's 4.0 doubles), Angela Mitrisin/John Schaffer (7.0 mixed doubles), Karin Hiby/Rick Blossom (8.0 mixed doubles). For all match results, go to sterlingoakstennis.com and click on Sneaky Pete's in the events menu. 

Tennis: Sneaky Pete's tournament under way in Naples

Pam Hill and Shelly Turner advance to the second round of women's 4.0 doubles play on Feb. 18, 2012 in the Sneaky Pete's Tennis Championship at Sterling Oaks in Naples. The tournament is scheduled to conclude on Feb. 25. Contributed photo

Pam Hill and Shelly Turner advance to the second round of women's 4.0 doubles play on Feb. 18, 2012 in the Sneaky Pete's Tennis Championship at Sterling Oaks in Naples. The tournament is scheduled to conclude on Feb. 25. Contributed photo

Sharon Wilson hits a backhand winner in a 4.0 women's doubles match during the Sneaky Pete's Tennis Championship that runs until Feb. 25 at Sterling Oaks in Naples. Contributed photo

Sharon Wilson hits a backhand winner in a 4.0 women's doubles match during the Sneaky Pete's Tennis Championship that runs until Feb. 25 at Sterling Oaks in Naples. Contributed photo

Spectators watch early round action at the Sneaky Pete Tennis Championship at Sterling Oaks in Naples. Contributed photo

Spectators watch early round action at the Sneaky Pete Tennis Championship at Sterling Oaks in Naples. Contributed photo

Tom Haas and David Spahn advance to the second round in men's 4.0 doubles during the Sneaky Pete's Tennis Championship that runs until Feb. 25 at Sterling Oaks in Naples. Contributed photo

Tom Haas and David Spahn advance to the second round in men's 4.0 doubles during the Sneaky Pete's Tennis Championship that runs until Feb. 25 at Sterling Oaks in Naples. Contributed photo

February 23, 2012 Naples Daily News
By Tom Rife

Sneaky Pete’s event to conclude: The 13th annual Sneaky Pete’s Tennis Championships wrap up Saturday after a weeklong run at The Club at Sterling Oaks north of Naples. The championship match in the NTRP men’s 4.0 singles division will pit Rick McGrath against either Mark Templeton or Uli Simmersbach at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. To get into the finals, McGrath upset top-seeded Ron Vererka 7-5, 3-6, 11-9. The men’s 3.5 singles final will match top-seeded Charles Nagy against unseeded Brian Williams at 4 p.m. Friday. Wolfgang Weiher and Robert Eiceman will square off for the men’s 3.0 singles crown at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Seven doubles titles also are up for grabs.

February 16, 2012 Naples Daily News
By Tom Rife

Sneaky Pete’s action Saturday: Another Sneaky Pete’s Tennis Championship begins Saturday and runs throughout the week at the Club at Sterling Oaks. 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 to two events per person. Winners and runners-up in all divisions win additional gift certificates. Registration ended Wednesday. Draws are to be posted at sterlingoakstennis.com beginning Friday at noon.

February 9, 2012 Naples Daily News
By Tom Rife

Sneaky Pete’s action nears: Another Sneaky Pete’s Tennis Championship looms Feb. 18-25 at the Club. 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. Last year, more than 150 players participated. 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. To register, go to sterlingoakstennis.com and click on Sneaky Pete’s in the events menu. The registration deadline is Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. Draws will be posted on the same website Friday, Feb. 17 at 12 noon.

January 26, 2012 Naples Daily News
By Tom Rife

Super Seniors play on: This week, the Florida Super Seniors Grand Prix 2012 tour is being played at the Club at Sterling Oaks with a record 264 entrants in North Naples. Larry Turville, David Nash and Fred Drilling are some of the featured players this week. Fans are welcome to watch the play free of charge, now through the finals on the weekend.

January 13, 2012 Naples Daily New
By Sheila Mesulam

Open house: The Club at Sterling Oaks is having a tennis open house from 2 to 5 p.m. Jan. 22 at 822 Sterling Oaks Blvd., Naples. The event features demonstration clinics and an adult round robin, tours of the tennis facilities, clubhouse, fitness center and junior Olympic-size swimming pool. Register at stelingoakstennis.com or call 239-566-1800. There will be a drawing for a free one-month trial membership. 

January 12, 2012 Naples Daily News
By Tom Rife  

NAPLES —Want to see an up-and-comer in tennis in action? A free women’s doubles tennis exhibition is on tap today at the Club at Sterling Oaks on U.S. 41 north of Naples. It will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Featured players will include Sterling Oaks’ own 14-year-old resident-in-training, Anya Kondrasov, Abigail David (19) and Vivienne David (15), whose family owns the Naples Tennis Shop, as well as 14-year-old Mary Haffey of Naples.

Kondrasov began playing tennis at age 5 and has been coached by her father her entire life. Her tournament play began in California, and after the family moved to Colorado, she quickly reached the No. 1 ranking in the Girls 18s when she was just 13 years old. She reached the top 10 of the Intermountain Juniors Girls 18s at the same time.

After moving to Florida and Sterling Oaks in June, Kondrasov has turned her focus from local USTA events to international-level competition. She recently returned from her first International Tennis Federation Girls 18 event in St. Lucia, where she reached the quarterfinals in singles and semifinals in doubles.

The other three girls in the exhibition also have far-reaching aspirations in tennis. The public may attend at no charge. Sterling Oaks is about halfway between Naples and Bonita Springs on the east side of U.S. 41.