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Letter: Friends of Tewksbury Tennis Say ‘Thanks’ to Sponsors, Participants & Community

The Friends of Tewksbury Tennis would like to thank the community, local media, sponsors and volunteers for their involvement in the 10th Annual Tewksbury Open, held September 3-5
at the Tewksbury High School courts. This event’s success relies on the generous sponsors, participants, spectators, TMHS staff and the Friends of Tewksbury Tennis committee.

A special thanks is given to the following sponsors:

  • Abbian Realty – Chris Chiang, Realtor
  • Bernard Jewelers
  • The Burns Family
  • Jim Boudreau’s Auto Service Center
  • Capellini’s Restaurant
  • The Kuegler Family
  • Spark Fitness and Tennis Center
  • National Grid Overhead Lines Dept. in
  • Tewksbury
  • The Fire Bell
  • The Keene Family
  • PepsiCo
  • Schlott Tire
  • Market Basket
  • The Panasuk Family
  • Perfecto’s Cafe
  • The Tewksbury Country Club
  • The Velozo Family
  • Tewksbury Federal Credit Union
  • Trull Brook Tennis Center
  • Woburn Racquet Club

We encourage the community to return the favor to our sponsors and consider them when shopping or seeking the various services they offer. The Tewksbury High School Athletic and Facilities staff also deserve praise for ensuring that the facilities are maintained for events such as the Tewksbury Open and for our community’s enjoyment year round.

Friends president Christian Panasuk was excited that many players returned for the 10th tournament, with lots of friendships renewed after the year off due to the pandemic.

“It was especially fun to catch up with players we haven’t seen since the last tournament in June of 2019,” said Panasuk. We missed our tennis friends, and enjoyed catching up and playing together again.”

Mary MacDonald, the tournament director for all 10 years, was complimentary about the organization and the volunteers: “We have a nice group of volunteers and they did a great job. So many of the players spoke of their appreciation of the special gifts, drinks, snacks and friendly faces.”

A total of 50 entries this year led to an exciting weekend of 30 matches played. The participants ranged in age from 14 to 72 years old. The weather thankfully cooperated, making for great tennis all weekend. The level of play was very diverse this year, with some beginners, many intermediate level players and several higher level players. Local high schools and communities were well represented with players and coaches participating from Andover, Billerica, Chelmsford, Lowell, Melrose, Nashua, Tewksbury, Winchester, Wilmington and Westford.

Boys Singles participants Daniel Franklin and Tyler Chesbrough, both of Tewksbury

Here are results from the tournament held last weekend:

  • Women’s B Singles: Anna Mullane def. Sophie Boyce 6-2, 6-1
  • Women’s B Doubles: Mary Chapman and Marizela Klebe def. Amy Chamberlain and Christian Panasuk 4-6, 6-
  • 2, 10-6
  • Men’s A Singles: Kuangshin Tai def. Seng Ly 6-0, 6-1
  • Men’s B Singles: Sengpoh Lee def. Josef Villanueve 6-2, 6-1
  • Men’s A Doubles: Sam Stallings and Matt Williams def. Zach Peter and Seng Lu 6-1, 6-2
  • Men’s B Doubles: Mike Arsenault and Leo DeMarco def. Larry Chein and Steve Gendron 6-3, 6-0
  • Mixed B Doubles: Mei Swank and Bob Bondaruk def. Rick Keene and April McDermott 6-2, 6-7 (1), 10-2
  • Junior Boys Singles: Tyler Chesbrough def. Daniel Franklin 6-4, 6-1
  • Junior Girls Doubles: Ceceila Ho and Darya Mehrabani def. Fiona Ho and Natalie Nguyen 6-1, 6-2

The Friends of Tewksbury Tennis committee is creating future plans for tennis in the community. If you want to be a part of this lifelong sport, please ‘like’ our page to keep up with local tennis news on Facebook at Friends of Tewksbury Tennis or contact us by sending an email to friendsoftewksburytennis@gmail.com to join our group list.

Christian Panasuk
President of Friends of Tewksbury Tennis
Mary MacDonald, Volunteer Tournament Director

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