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Returning to the clay, at the private Greenwich Country Club in Greenwich, Connecticut, was the second stop of the 2010 Tour. To kick off the weekend, Amateurs, Pros, and their guests, were welcomed aboard M V FRAILECH, the spectacular yacht owned by Sam Herzberg, for cocktails in the Delamar Hotel Marina. The setting was a breath of fresh air to enjoy a perfect “meet and greet” weekend start.
On Saturday morning, Johan Kriek, Jimmy Arias and the Jensen brothers, Luke and Murphy, treated fans and spectators to a highly entertaining exhibition match at the GCC. After a court-side luncheon, teams took to the courts for the first day of play followed by a festive dinner party hosted at the magnificent residence of David Kabiller. Guests gathered under the stars and dined alfresco style with an array of hors d'oeuvres, a sushi bar, lobster, champagne and desserts while being entertained with magic tricks!
On Sunday morning, Grand Slam Doubles Champions Ellis Ferreira and Don Johnson provided the GCC juniors to an informative hour of instruction, drills and tennis tips. In the afternoon, tour players collected at the courts for a barbeque and prepared for the final day of the event.
In the two featured title matches, Sam Herzberg and his long-standing partner, Jonathan Schneider, attempted to win two tournaments in a row by taking on Tom Virtue and Jimmy Arias. And it’s no surprise that at least 1 of the Virtue family members was in the final! Tom, a seasoned Amateur player, in his 1st final with Pro Jimmy, who won the event last year, unfortunately lost an extremely close match to Sam and Jonathan.
The second final between David Kabiller and teammate Richey Reneberg vs. Mac Patrick along with Johan Kriek also proved to be a tense, nail-biting affair. Amateur David and Pro Richey, in their third final, attempted to make their third try lucky taking on Amateur Mac and veteran Pro Johan. Bringing us back to the past, Kriek proved to all that he still had the magical shot making skills that projected him to the top of the tennis world in the early eighties. Both he and Mac played exceptional tennis to upset the favorites, David and Richey.
Again congratulations to the winners and finalists! Both matches featured exceptionally entertaining tennis for all of the spectators.
As can be seen from the current standings on the leader board, Sam Herzberg has a strangle hold lead followed by Joel Pashcow and Larry McCarthy . Tour points determined from the results of this event can be viewed on the leader board.
On behalf of The Prostate Cancer Foundation, I would like to take this opportunity to thank The Charles Evans Foundation, the PCF Pro/Am Players and Donors. Also, a special thanks to Sam Herzberg, David Kabiller, Ted Virtue, as well as, all of our sponsors: Movado, Babolat, Herschel Bonchek and Scarselli Diamonds, Thorlo and Menaji Skincare.
Next Stop: The Hamptons!
Sam Herzberg/Jonathan Schneider
David Kabiller/Richey Reneberg
Bill Grous /Jared Palmer
Scott O’Callahan/Paul Goldstein
Joel Pashcow/Don Johnson
Mac Patrick/Johan Kriek
Dani Virtue/Brian Macphie
Larry McCarthy/David Macpherson
Ted Virtue/Luke Jensen
Tom Virtue/Jimmy Arias
Doug Virtue/Ellis Ferreira
Caye Hicks/Murphy Jensen