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Tennis’ best hold court at Racquet Club

Adia Waldburger, of the Record staff
Warren Pretorius concentrates on the ball during the doubles finals.
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It was good week for tennis in Park City.

And an even better week for Park City Racquet Club (PCRC) head tennis professional Warren Pretorius.

The PCRC spent the week playing host to the 2006 Hamlet Homes United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Men’s 40s Indoor Championships. The event culminated with the final round on Friday where Pretorius and partner, Skosh Berwald, walked away with the doubles title.

Pretorius and Berwald were the defending champions, but Pretorius said that the final match was not guaranteed. They were up against William Donadio, the top-ranked singles player in the country and his partner Richard Schmidt and beat them 6-3, 7-5.

"I didn’t go in thinking we could win. We didn’t think we were going to lose, but it was a much tougher field," Pretorius said.

The win officially ranks Pretorius and Berwald as the No.1 Men’s Indoor 40s doubles team.

Gilbert Timon Luthvle Schuerholz, M.D. beat Shawn Hayes 7-6, 6-7, 6-4 for the singles crown.

The event is in its second year at the PCRC, and Pretorius says that things are only getting better. This year welcomed a more competitive field thanks to the positive experience that many players had last year.

According to Pretorius, the combination of a well-run tournament in a world-class resort town is an offer many of the players can’t refuse. His only concern is that as the event grows, the limited amount of indoor courts at the PCRC will become a problem. The PCRC is one of the smaller fields used for national competitions, but Pretorius is confident the club could partner with courts in Salt Lake if need be.

Right now, the tournament is selling itself well enough to fill to capacity with very little marketing. Pretorius says that is a tribute to the hard work of the Park City maintenance staff, the PCRC staff, the participants and Hamlet Homes as the title sponsor.

"We wouldn’t be able to run it without them" Pretorius said. "It is not a huge moneymaker, but good for the city."

Simultaneously, more good things were unfolding for Pretorius. He was named the 2006 High School Coach of the Year, and Men’s 35s Player of the Year by the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) who were meeting for their annual convention in Salt Lake last week. The Park City boy’s tennis team has won numerous consecutive 3A State titles.

"It was really the guys winning the award for me," Pretorius said.

The PCRC will be welcoming other events this spring. The last weekend of April, they will host a USTA-sanctioned district-level junior tournament. The Girls 14s National Open Tournament will follow in mid-May.


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