The net rushing seniors, former ATP stars and college players, were in rare serve-and-volley form during the One-On-One Doubles Shootout & Live Concert Event this past Saturday at the Tejas Pradip Patel HCC Tennis Center in Tampa, Fla. This UTR-sanctioned, One-On-One Doubles Tournament featured four divisions of play: Open; 40&Over; 60&Over; Club.
Columbia University's Theo Winegar defeated touring professional Patrick Daciek 6-2 in the Open Division, taking home the $1,700 prize.
The event's lead sponsor, Tejas Patel, with Open Division Champion Theo Winegar
Ashley Fisher, who reached the doubles semifinals at the 2006 U.S. Open, knocked off Tamer El Sawy, former Egyptian Davis Cup Team Member and 120th ranked ATP Player, 6-4 to win the 40&Over Division.
40&Over finalist Tamer El Sawy (left) & champion Ashley Fisher.
“Playing One-On-One Doubles is always the highlight of my year,” said Fisher. “The tournament events combine energy, passion and live musical entertainment with a high level of tennis. One-On-One Doubles is an exciting game and format that has a place in the upper echelons of pro tennis".
In the 60&Over Division, Jonathan Fears beat Dan Videtto, while David Plotkin won his third One-On-One Doubles Club Division title via a 6-2 victory against Jarrod Dargahi.
Dargahi, who competed in his first One-On-One Doubles Tournament, said:
"This One-On-One Doubles Tournament was the best tennis experience of my life. Not only was it super fun to play, but I got a chance to watch former U.S. Open players compete!"
Some of Florida's visiting touring professionals and coaches came to watch the event. Gaby Dabrowski, the Canadian tennis star currently ranked seventh on the WTA Doubles tour, watched her coach Daciek compete. Andy Durham, a 35-year tennis professional from Auburndale, Fla. said:
"This event was a fantastic gathering of players of all ages and abilities. I thoroughly enjoyed the day. What a wonderful crowd of players and spectators. One-On-One Doubles is a great game for today's players!"
As is tradition with most One-On-One Doubles tournaments, a live concert blended with the game's first two hours of competition, as Sarasota's Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones performed for the players and fans.
“One-on-One Doubles events are my favorite events because it puts the unique yet important serve and volley into an incredibly fun yet competitive environment that combines all levels and ages of players,” said Winegar. “Plus you might get lucky and hear Ed sing some blues!”
The event was held at the Tejas Pradip Patel Hillsborough Community College Tennis Center as a benefit for the HCC Foundation, which helps students and athletes with scholarships. HCC entered their top seven women's players to compete with the men in the tourney's Open division. The event sponsors were Patel Real Estate Holdings, Tejas Pradip Patel HCC Tennis Center, Taco Bus, Southeastern Fishing & Tackle, Blind and Shutter Gallery, Treehouse Gallery, Flower Crown Kombucha, Racketstats, Silver's Media & Consulting, Suncoast Blues Society, Mark Goodman Photos and Ed Krass' College Tennis Exposure Camps.
This concluded the eight-city One-On-One Doubles tour that included tournaments in Florida, New York and South Carolina. With One-On-One Doubles Tournaments now sanctioned on the UTR platform, there are plenty more tournaments on the horizon.
For more information on One-On-One Doubles Tournaments, visit https://oneononedoubles.com or call Ed Krass, Event Director/Founder, at 813-478-3384.