By Michael Pintauro
Last weekend, Sag Harbor Park Tennis began the 2012 Sag Tennis Championships, played under the sun at Mashashimuet Park. The tournament, which has been organized by owners Kiril & Jessica Tcherveniachka, featured several different brackets of Men’s Singles and Doubles, Women’s Singles and Doubles, and Mixed Doubles. As the summer winds down to Labor Day, the Sag Tennis Championships enjoyed bright days, and warm weather under which to play, in a year that Mrs. Tcherveniachka considers to be one of the best turnouts to date.
“We have more people than usual participating this year,” said Tcherveniachka, “There’s an abundance of men’s singles. Ladies singles and doubles were slower this year than last, but the men have definitely stepped up to the plate.”
Of the 31 players who signed up for the members-only tournament, eleven players participated this year in the men’s singles, compared to just two in the women’s singles. The winner of that bracket was Chloe Noto, who also took a victory for the older age group in the Third Annual Junior Tennis Tournament that Park Tennis hosted on August 4-5.
In the opening round of men’s singles, Evan Lieberman defeated George Schelz in three sets, with games of 3-6, 7-6, and 7-4. Keese ven Liempet defeated Scott Adelman comfortably in two sets, with games of 6-3, and 6-2. Dwight Singleton made easy work of Manny Villar, advancing in the bracket, winning two sets with games of 6-1, and 6-0. Brin McCagg defeated Tony Noto, father of Chloe Noto, in two sets, 6-2, and 6-0. McCagg, however, would go on to lose against Adam Miller in three sets, 3-6, 7-5 and 7-4.
With the first round of matchups out of the way, the championship has reached its semi-finals. The first game of the semis was Singleton vs. ven Liempet, which was played on Wednesday, August 28, at Mashashimuet.
After defeating Villar with ease in the main bracket, Singleton was on pace to make quick work of van Liempt, and played as such, taking the first set of the evening six games to van Liempt’s two. In the second set, with the sun setting on the shoulders of both players, Singleton’s tenacious returns brought frustration to ven Liempet, and all of his fans in the stands. After a solid spike on Singleton, ven Liempet looked poised to turn the tide of the match, but Singleton’s speed and precision proved too much, and Singleton would go on to win the match with a second set score of six games to one.
“He didn’t make the points,” said van Liempt after the game. “I made the mistakes.”
The second game, between Mike Ramos, who had a bye in the first round, and Adam Miller, is to be played at the park on Friday, August 31, at 2 p.m. The victor of that game will face Dwight Singleton in the finals game, scheduled for Saturday, September 1, at 4 p.m. at the Mashashimuet courts, followed by the mixed doubles finals.
The prize is a tennis lesson package, a membership discount for next year, and a credit pass for adult clinics.