Last week the open mixed doubles, 70+ mixed doubles, and men’s and ladies singles were played.
Kristin Levanovich, who competed in the ladies singles, played tennis as a teen. She took a 13 year break, and has only returned to the court in the last six months. She played all the way to the final before losing a hard fought match to Shannon Coe.
The two also play as doubles partners.
“The match was so exciting,” Kristin said. “Shannon and I got together to play a match before the tournament, but really, that was it.” Kristin continued, “I will be back with fire next year, I’ll have much more experience, so watch out!”
In fact, the partnerships that are formed are what make Boca Beacon owner and tournament sponsor Dusty Hopkins smile. “As a sponsor, I am most pleased at introducing so many new people who have never played each other. I feel satisfaction when I go back to the club later and see them playing each other after the tournament is over.”
Chuck Sypula, who played in the men’s singles division, is on his third year with the tournament.
“It is a tremendous amount of fun, especially the camaraderie,” he said.
Duncan Cocroft was a bit rusty in the competitive sets as well. He played in men’s singles.
“I will be returning next year. I haven’t been in a tennis tournament in over 50 years,” he explained. “After a few false starts, I got back into tennis about a year and a half ago. The communication for this tournament has been great. It’s very well organized. I will be back.”
Dutch Heidsieck, who partnered in the 70+ mixed doubles group with his wife, Gabrielle, said, “I’ve been having a blast at the tournament, both participating and watching. This is a great event, and I’ve been a supporter and fan of it since it began.”
Check here next week for the results of the men’s and ladies’ open doubles and the men’s and ladies’ 70+ doubles. There are sure to be some surprises.
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