Florida’s Mata and Iowa’s McCollom win USPTA Clay Court Championships
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05/23/11 - Franco Mata of Maputo, Fla., won the men’s open title after defeating Paulo Barros of Orlando, Fla., 6-3, 6-2, at the $10,000 United States Professional Tennis Association Clay Court Championships Sunday at the Ibis Golf and Country Club in West Palm Beach, Fla. Marina McCollom of West Des Moines, Iowa, defended her women’s open title by defeating Amy Pando of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 6-2, 6-1, making her the four-time defending champion! Mata also went on to win the men’s open doubles title with Kurt Pessa of Indialantic, Fla.
The tournament, which was held from May 20-22, included events in the following categories: men’s and women’s open singles and open doubles competition, men’s 40 and 50 singles and doubles, men’s 45, 55, and 60 singles, and women’s 35 and 45 singles categories. The competition featured many of the top men and women tennis-teaching professionals in the country.
Below is a complete list of all the results from final-round matches:
Men's Open Singles Finals
Franco Mata, Maputo, Fla., def. Paulo Barros, Orlando, Fla., 6-3, 6-2.
Men's 40-and-over Singles Finals
Kamil Kuchta, Boynton Beach, Fla., def. Frank Vermeer, Jacksonville, Fla., 6-3, 6-4.
Men's 45-and-over Singles Finals
Jeff Cohen, Boca Raton, Fla., def. Bruce Kurtz, Parkland, Fla., 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
Men's 50-and-over Singles Finals
Stephen Bucar, West Palm Beach, Fla., def. Carlos Triana, Hallandale, Fla., 4-6, 6-0, 6-3.
Men's 55-and-over Singles Finals
Frank Swope, Jupiter, Fla., def. Stephen Shortridge, Fort Myers, Fla., 6-2, 6-2.
Men's 60-and-over Singles Finals
Gewan Maharaj, Tampa, Fla., def. Robert Green, Monarch Beach, Calif., 6-0, 6-0.
Men's Open Doubles Finals
Franco Mata, Maputo, Fla., and Kurt Pessa, Indialantic, Fla., def. Paulo Barros, Orlando, Fla., and John Bougon, Orlando, Fla., 7-6, 6-4.
Men's 40-and-over Doubles Finals
Jeff Cohen, Boca Raton, Fla., and Frank Vermeer, Jacksonville, Fla., def. Mark Palus, Tampa, Fla., and Bruce Kurtz, Parkland, Fla., 6-3, 6-1.
Men's 50-and-over Doubles Finals
Gewan Maharaj, Tampa, Fla., and Frank Swope, Jupiter, Fla., def. Terry See and Steve Shortridge, Fort Myers, Fla., 6-3, 6-2.
Women's Open Singles
Marina McCollom, West Des Moines, Iowa, def. Amy Pando, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 6-2, 6-1.
Women's 35-and-over Singles Finals
Robin Keener, Melbourne, Fla., def. Sandra Bell, Lake Park, Fla., 6-2, 6-2.
Women's 45-and-over Singles Finals Round Robin
Julie Farina, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., def. Carolyn Franca, Tampa, Fla., 6-1, 1-6, 6-1.
Women’s Open Doubles Finals
Jeanne Schwartz and Lindsey Schwartz, Wellington, Fla., def. Marina McCollom, West Des Moines, Iowa, and Amy Pando, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 6-4, 6-3.
Up next is the USPTA Grass Court Championships from Aug. 26-28 at the Philadelphia Cricket Club, Philadelphia.
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