FAIRBORN — The annual Fairborn Parks and Recreation Tennis League is once again in full swing.
There are two singles divisions which take place at 5:30 and 7 p.m. on Mondays and there are two doubles Divisions played at the same times on Wednesdays.
Matches are played at Community Park next to Fairborn High School with overflow matches sent to Wedgewood Park. The biggest problem this summer has been the nightly rains wiping out the scheduled matches with players having to reschedule matches. There have been more rainouts this summer than any in the past. Two sets are played and players get one point for each set they win.
Players are from Fairborn and Xenia mostly, with many coming from Beavercreek and many other surrounding communities making this the largest Park tennis league in the Dayton area.
Two-time defending champion Rodolfo Burgurera is off to another great start, but did split sets in his first match with former Xenia Christian no.1, Jason Holloway. They are tied at this time for the lead with one loss.
In other Singles A matches, Steve Thompson and Thanh Chu had the longest match so far splitting sets 7-5 and 5-7. Fairborn High’s no. 1 player, Jon Long, is off to an excellent start with wins over Beavercreek’s no. 1 girls player, Sadhvi Venkatramani, and Thanh Chu. Andrew Kiger of Fairborn is also undefeated after beating Tom Hall of Springfield. Dung Chu of Beavercreek was beaten this week by Burgurera.
There are a record number 22 players in Division B singles. With so many players, there will be an eight-person playoff for the championship. Newcomer James Hamilton, a former track star at FHS who now has taken up tennis, is undefeated so far beating Hoang Van Nguyen and also beating Terry Miller. Dave Livingston, of Fairborn, is also off to a winning start defeating Phong Nguyen and the FHS girls’ no. 1 player, Brooklyn Hunter. Last year’s champion, Xenia Christian coach Van Holloway, beat FHS player Dave Keaton, then split sets with Thusitha Gunasekera. Other scores from Division B are: Jenny Klump over Van Nguyen; Sung Kim over Phong Nguyen; Xenia Christian boys team player Rosie Thompson beating Hunter; and FHS girls player Alyssa Stark won with two tie-breakers over Aubrey Morris.
In the Doubles Division A, the young team of Jason Holloway/Rosie Thompson split sets with the veteran team of Harry Bromer/Mike Soergel. James White and Wes Biles, another veteran team, beat a youthful Jon Long-Dave Keaton team; The Chu brothers, Dung and Thanh of Beavercreek split with Jeff Woelfer and Jon Webb; and Holloway/Thompson beat Venkatramani and her father, Ven.
In the 12-team Division B doubles race, the defending champions of former Wright State player Pete Wallace and former Xenia coach Bob McColaugh are off to an undefeated start with wins over Helen and Sung Kim, and a close match against a tough team of former Greenon players, Mike Tighe and Eric Schafer. Winning their first matches are the Fairborn team of Terry Miller/Dave Livingston beating Julia Taylor/Theresa Shim from the Wright Patt Tennis club, and the Dave Keaton/Alyssa Stark team. In other scores, Tighe/Schafer beat the Fairborn father-son team of Steve Neff Sr. and Jr. The father-daughter duo of Jinsob and Jackyeong Chois of Centerville beat Keaton/Stark; Jennifer Beard and Jenny Klump beat Phong and Hoang Van Nguyen; and Wallace/McColaugh also beat two Centerville JV players, Jaewoo Choi and Ashu Ukey.
There will also be a Parks and Recreation Tennis tournament at the end of July. For more information about either the League or the Tournament call the Fairborn Parks at (937) 754-3090.
Submitted by Terry Miller, Parks Tennis League Director.