Ed Krass, former Edgemont High School student and tennis player, will return to his hometown area to host a One-On-One Doubles Tournament and live rockin’ blues concert event at the Lake Isle Country Club in Eastchester, N.Y. on June 2-3.
The $2,000 Sportime Westchester One-On-One Doubles Shootout and Live Concert event at the Lake Isle Country Club in Eastchester, N.Y., will take place on Friday and Saturday, June 2-3, 2017. The Friday event is awarding $1000 as the first prize and the tournament usually draws top flight players with ATP and high-level tournament experience. The Saturday event is for the club-level players, men and women, that are NTRP rated 4.0 - 4.5.
One-On-One Doubles is the half-court serve-and-volley singles game all played crosscourt. The game and its tournament format require the server to serve-and-volley on both first and second serves or there is an immediate loss of point. Half volleys are permitted. The returner can come in or stay back. There is a divisible middle line that defines the One-On-One Doubles court boundaries.
“One-on-One Doubles Tennis brings back the exciting art form of serve-and-volley tennis,” said Krass. “The matches are compelling and dynamic to watch! There’s also live music played during the event to rally the crowd and keep the players jacked up! It’s a very festive atmosphere – lots of fun for everyone.”
The Lake Isle event is a homecoming for Krass, who trained at Beach Pointe Club in Mamaroneck and Hastings on the Hudson Indoor Tennis Club, and graduated from Edgemont High School in 1978. Krass received a tennis scholarship to play at the University of Central Florida from 1978-82 and he began his college coaching career in 1983 – coaching the UCF Men’s Team to a Division II #6 national team ranking.
Krass served as Asst. Men's Coach at Clemson under the legendary Coach Chuck Kriese, where he coached the Men’s Team – including 10 players who turned pro -- to two ACC team titles and a #5 national team ranking in 1985. Krass finished out his collegiate coaching career at Harvard University as the Head Women's Tennis Coach from 1986-1990 where his teams won four consecutive Ivy League Titles.
"We are really looking forward to hosting the first ever One-On-One Doubles event here in Westchester," said Fritz Buehning, former top 25 ATP pro and Tennis Director at Sportime Lake Isle in Eastchester. "This will be a great time all with high quality tennis and live rocking music all in a party atmosphere."
The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, the home to the U.S. Open, is bringing back its fourth One-On-One Doubles Tournament event to be played on Saturday, April 29, as part of its USTA National Category III Innovation Challenges.
The Tennis Director at the National Tennis Center, Whitney Kraft, is a big supporter of One-On-One Doubles Tournaments.
"Beside the desirable four- hour event time frame and exciting serve-and-volley point play, I really like the live music component to the tournament," said Kraft.