NEWINGTON - The Children‚Äôs Charities Tennis Classic continues to make as many memories off the court as on it.
The 40th annual event concluded Saturday at the Newington Tennis Center with six individuals receiving trophies and the proceeds going to the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain.
"It was a great weekend of tennis and I'm very grateful to everyone involved: the players, committee members, donors and sponsors, who helped to make this tourney so successful,‚ÄĚ Lukowski said.¬†‚ÄúPreliminary figures indicate that we have raised over $5,100 so far for the Hospital for Special Care's Pediatric Autism programs and projects."
Lukowski said in the 40 years of the tournament, just¬†over $160,000 has been raised for various projects and needs of pediatric patients in New Britain hospitals.
As for the action on the court, Sean Hussey and Tyler Hussey of Rocky Hill defeated Ed Chyra and Justin Chyra of Kensington 6-0, 6-1 to take the parent/child doubles division.¬† The boys 18's final saw two long-time players in the tournament face off in a compelling match with Matt Balaoing, the No. 1 player for Southington High School, outlasting Jake Bernard of Easton, the No. 3 player for Joel Barlow, by a score of 6-3, 6-2.
In the boys open doubles, Tim Davenport and Jeff Duan, both of whom play for Farmington High, defeated Tyler Hussey, the No. 3 player of Rocky Hill, and Sam Getek of Middletown, 6-0, 6-1.¬†
Mixed doubles action saw Mara Klin, singles player for Newington, and Sean Davis, No. 1 player for Newington, defeat Tim Davenport and Pooja Swami, who both play for Farmington High, in a thrilling match by a score of 8-7¬†(7-4 in the tie breaker).
The young adult doubles saw another great match with Saeed Akbar and Pawel Bezubiu of Windsor Locks outlasting the brothers Kunal and Rohan Kataria of Southington by a score of 11-9.¬†In the final match of the day, the Grand Masters division (guys 19-25) came down to another exacting finish with Kunal Kataria on the court again, taking on Hubert Bis of Newington in the finals.¬†Kataria took the title 6-4, 5-7¬†(10-7 tie breaker for third set).