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USTA RI 2016
Welcome to USTA Rhode Island!

USTA Rhode Island is one of seven state associations in the USTA New England section. The state association is a volunteer-run organization that provides tennis opportunities for kids and adults, and encourages people to play tennis - the sport for a lifetime.

The USTA and USTA New England are constantly striving to provide benefits for their members. New benefits are added to the section's web site as they become available.

This web site is for you, the local tennis player or fan. Please let us know what you want to see and we'll do our best to provide it.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

For general information or questions email us at tennis@ustari.org

For USTA Adult/Senior/Super Senior League information or questions email us at ridistrict@ustari.org

For USTA RI Jr. Team Tennis: Summer (14&U 18&U), Winter League (14&U or 18&U), or Spring (G18U, 14U and 12&U beginner/intermediate) information or questions email us at jtt@ustari.org
                 

 USTA Rhode Island Board of Directors
2017 Meetings Schedule

February 17, at CLCF, 6:30 pm 

ANNUAL MEETING-- April 3 at CLCF 10:00 am
May 24, at CLCF 7:00 pm
June 20, at CLCF 6:30 pm
August 14, at Tennis Hall of Fame -  3:00 pm
  October 10, at CLCF - 7:00 pm
November 16, at CLCF - 6:30 pm
  

 

ALL USTA RI MEMBERS ARE WELCOME AND ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND

 

 Your tax-exempt Scholarship Donations for Rhode Island High School Players
are both Welcome and Appreciated!

Make Checks Payable to:
USTA Rhode Island NJTL/Judy Brucks Memorial Scholarship
Mailed to:  PO Box 462 Greenville, Rhode Island 02828

   



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Eric Laboissonniere
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Saturday, July 9
CAMPANELLA, LABOISSONNIERE NAMED COLLEGE TENNIS PLAYERS OF THE YEAR



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Sadie Campanella
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SADIE CAMPANELLA, ERIC LABOISSONNIERE NAMED USTA RHODE ISLAND’S COLLEGE TENNIS PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

RIC senior Campanelli to receive USTA Rhode Island’s second Jill Craybas Award; Roger Williams senior Laboissonniere senior earns second Andy Chase/Gordie Ernst Award from the USTA state association.

NEWPORT, RI – Rhode Island College senior captain Sadie Campanella and Roger Williams University senior captain Eric Laboissonniere have been named USTA Rhode Island’s College Tennis Players of the Year, for the 2015-16 school year.  Campanella, from Chepachet, RI, is receiving the second Jill Craybas Award, as the Ocean State’s female college player of the year. Laboissonniere, from Cumberland, RI, is the second recipient of the Andy Chase/Gordie Ernst Award as the state’s top male college player.

The awards will be presented during USTA New England's on-court awards ceremony at the Tennis Hall of Fame Championships, Tuesday, July 12 in Newport.  The awards are presented by USTA Rhode Island to the male and the female college players of the year who are from the Ocean State, but not necessarily playing at a Rhode Island school.

These two awards are in line with our mission statement of promoting the growth and development of tennis in the state, including college tennis,” said Douglas Chapman, USTA Rhode Island’s president and CEO. “We named the awards after Rhode Island’s most successful college players of the past, and we are pleased that Jill Craybas, Andy Chase and Gordie Ernst agreed to put their names to what is a prestigious honor.  And we have two outstanding recipients again this year.”  

JILL CRAYBAS AWARD – Sadie Campanelli captained RIC to an unbeaten Little East Conference regular season title. She was named First Team All-Little East in both singles and doubles for the second consecutive year. She was unbeaten in league play (8-0) at No.2 singles and was 7-1 at No. 1 doubles. Campanella was 12-3 in both singles and doubles, finishing with a 24-6 overall record.

Campanella wrapped up her Anchorwomen career with a 41-19 career singles record and a 41-20 career doubles record, placing seventh all-time in school history in singles and tied for eighth in doubles. She played No. 1 singles during her first three college seasons and was the LEC Rookie of the Year in 2012.

She was an All-State and All-Division selection while playing at Ponaganset High School. A LEC Academic All-Star for tennis, she is an English major with a minor in communications. Sadie is the daughter of Bethany and Robert Campanella of Chepachet.

ANDY CHASE/GORDIE ERNST AWARD – RWU's Eric Laboissonniere was named the Commonwealth Coast Conference's Player of the Year and he captained the Hawks to TCCC regular season title and a berth in the playoff final. He was 7-1 at No. 1 singles in league play and 11-6 overall, plus 12-5 in doubles.

Laboissonniere was a CCC First Team all-star in singles and Second Team in all-star in doubles during his sophomore and junior years. As a freshman,he was unbeaten in CCC play and led the team with 18 wins in doubles.

At Cumberland High School, he was twice selected to the All-State First Team and three times to the All-Division team. A CCC Academic All-Star for tennis and a communications major, he is the son of Arlene and the late Jerry Laboissonniere of Cumberland.

ABOUT THE AWARDS

JILL CRAYBAS – A native of East Greenwich, Craybas is the most successful tennis player in Rhode Island history. She was a RIISL high school state singles champion for the Lincoln School and captured the 1996 NCAA singles championship for the University of Florida, when she was the National College Player of the Year. She is the only player in NCAA history to be a member of Division I championship teams at two different schools (Texas and Florida). A two-time SEC Player of the Year, she finished her college career with a 124-18 record.  A Florida Gator Hall of Famer, she played nearly 20 years on the WTA Tour. She won the 2002 Japan Open and five doubles titles on the main tour. She was ranked as high as #3 in the US and #41 in the world.  A regular for the US Fed Cup team. Her most notable result came at Wimbledon in 2005, where she defeated Serena Williams and Marion Bartoli. 

ANDY CHASE – A native of Cumberland, Chase was the US National 16 & Under Hardcourt Singles Champion and a two-time national junior doubles champion. He won two RIILS state singles championships and team championship for Cumberland.  He went on to play at Stanford University, where he was a teammate of John McEnroe. The Cardinal won three NCAA Division I team championships during his four years in Palo Alto.

GORDIE ERNST – A native of Cranston, Ernst won four RIISL state singles championship and four doubles championships (three at Cranston East and one at Hendricken), including three with his brother, Bobby Ernst. He was 97-0 in his high school singles career. Ernst was a two-sport athlete at Brown University, was a NHL draft choice and briefly played on the pro tennis tour. Ernst is the head men’s and women’s tennis coach at Georgetown University, having previously coached at Penn and Northwestern. Among his current pupils are President Obama’s daughters, Sasha and Malia.

CRAYBAS AWARD WINNERS

2015-16 – Sadie Campanelli (Chepachet), Rhode Island College

2014-15 – Rebecca Curran (Rumford), Williams College

CHASE-ERNST AWARD WINNERS

2015-16 – Eric Laboissonniere (Cumberland), Roger Williams University

2014-15 – Matt Kuhar (Smithfield), Bryant University



Thursday, January 28
John Austin Named PTR Rhode Island Member of the Year

John Austin Named PTR Rhode Island Member of the Year

Hilton Head Island, SC - - Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) will present its annual awards during the 2016 PTR International Tennis Symposium.  The event, which includes more than 40 educational presentations for tennis teachers and coaches, will be held February 17-20 on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

John Austin, of Newport, Rhode Island, has been named PTR Member of the Year for the State.  This award is presented to a PTR member who has shown dedication and diligence in promoting and supporting tennis and PTR.

A Professional in four of the PTR Education Pathways, Austin is busily developing junior development pathways as Director of Tennis on the 13 manicured grass courts of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.  A former pro player, in 1980, Austin and his sister Tracy won the Mixed Doubles Title at Wimbledon.  He retired from playing on the tour in 1984, and began his career as a teaching professional.  He has worked with Pete Sampras, Michael Chang, Alexandra Stevenson and others as a tour coach, before joining the staff at the Hall of Fame.

Austin is a member of the USTA Rhode Island Board of Directors and wasnamed the 2015 New England PTR Pro of the Year.

PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 15,000 members in 125 countries.  It has the greatest percentage of multicultural and women members of any such organization.  PTR is dedicated to educating, certifying and servicing tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow the game.



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Rebecca Curran
Saturday, July 4
Curran, Kuhar named USTA RI College Players of the Year

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REBECCA CURRAN, MATT KUHAR NAMED RHODE ISLAND’S COLLEGE TENNIS PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

Williams College senior Curran to receive USTA Rhode Island’s first Jill Craybas Award; Bryant University freshman Kuhar earns initial Andy Chase/Gordie Ernst Award from the USTA state association                                                  

NEWPORT, RI – Williams College senior Rebecca Curran and Bryant University freshman Matt Kuhar have been named USTA Rhode Island’s College Tennis Players of the Year, for the 2014-15 school year.  Curran, from Rumford, RI, is receiving the first Jill Craybas Award, as the Ocean State’s first female player of the year. Kuhar, from Smithfield, RI, is getting the first Andy Chase/Gordie Ernst Award as the state’s top male player.

The awards will be presented during an on-court ceremony at the Tennis Hall of Fame Championships, Tuesday, July 14 in Newport.  The awards are presented by USTA Rhode Island to the male and the female college players of the year who are from the Ocean State, but not necessarily playing at a Rhode Island school.

“These two awards are in line with our mission statement of promoting the growth and development of tennis in the state, including college tennis,” said Douglas Chapman, USTA Rhode Island’s president and CEO. “We wanted to name the awards after Rhode Island’s most successful college players of the past, and we are pleased that Jill Craybas, Andy Chase and Gordie Ernst agreed to put their names to what is a prestigious honor.  And we have two outstanding recipients for the first year.”  

JILL CRAYBAS AWARD – Rebecca Curran co-captained Williams College to its third NCAA Division III national championship in her four seasons with the Ephs. Williams also captured NCAA titles in 2012 and 2013, and placed third last year. Williams completed 2015 as the NESCAC Conference Champions, Little Three Champions and finished  25-0 in dual matches.

Curran was an All-American in doubles and the ITA’s National Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Awardee. She was the winner of ITA New England Regional Doubles Tournament with partner Maria Pylypiv. They also advanced to semifinals of NEWITT Tournament, where Curran received the Lindsay Morehouse Award. She was named an ECAC Player of the Week (April). She was alsonamed to the All-NESCAC Academic Team, Capital One All Academic District First Team and First Team Academic All-American selection. In addition, she received the Bourne Chaffee Award and the Kate Hogan Award Recipient.

Curran is the all-time Williams record holder in doubles with 111 career doubles wins. She became the second player in Williams history to achieve 200 total win mark singles and doubles combined (89-27 singles, 111-29 doubles; 200-56 overall). Curran was undefeated in both singles and doubles play in the NCAA Tournament. She compiled a 21-5 singles mark at primarily #4 and a 29-7 doubles record at primarily #1.  She finished ranked #50 nationally in singles (#15 in region) and #2 in the region for doubles in the final spring rankings.

Rebecca Curran played for four years at Bay View Academy, where she was a two-time RIISL state singles champion and led her squad to the team state title. A History major, she is the daughter of Michael and Melissa Curran of Rumford.

 

ANDY CHASE/GORDIE ERNST AWARD –  Matt Kuhar put together one of the best rookie seasons in Bryant tennis history en route to earning Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year honors. He led the Bulldogs to the NEC championship and berth in the NCAA Division I tournament, where they faced #2 seed Baylor University.

Kuhar finished the year with an 18-9 overall record in singles play, including a 9-6 mark at the No. 1 spot. He won three matches at ITA Regionals in October. His best victory was over four-time NEC Player of the Year Arviz Berzins (FDU) on March 29.  He finished the year winning five of his final six singles matches and went 13-13 in doubles play.

Kuhar was named to All-NEC Second Team at No. 1 doubles. He was a two-time NEC Player of the Week, two-time ECAC Player of the Week and four-time NEC Rookie of the Week.

A 2014 graduate from Smithfield High School, he captured three RIISL state singles championships and led the Sentinels to the state team title in 2013 and 2014. He also captured the first New Balance National High School Tournament singles championship in 2014.

 

A Finance major, he is the son of Mark and Mary Kuhar of Smithfield.

 

ABOUT THE AWARDS

JILL CRAYBAS – A native of East Greenwich, Craybas is the most successful tennis player in Rhode Island history. She was a RIISL high school state singles champion for the Lincoln School and captured the 1996 NCAA singles championship for the University of Florida, when she was the National College Player of the Year. She is the only player in NCAA history to be a member of Division I championship teams at two different schools (Texas and Florida). A two-time SEC Player of the Year, she finished her college career with a 124-18 record.  A Florida Gator Hall of Famer, she played nearly 20 years on the WTA Tour. She won the 2002 Japan Open and five doubles titles on the main tour. She was ranked as high as #3 in the US and #41 in the world.  A regular for the US Fed Cup team. Her most notable result came at Wimbledon in 2005, where she defeated Serena Williams and Marion Bartoli. 

ANDY CHASE – A native of Cumberland, Chase was the US National 16 & Under Hardcourt Singles Champion and a two-time national junior doubles champion. He won two RIILS state singles championships and team championship for Cumberland.  He went on to play at Stanford University, where he was a teammate of John McEnroe. The Cardinal won three NCAA Division I team championships during his four years in Palo Alto.

GORDIE ERNST – A native of Cranston, Ernst won four RIISL state singles championship and four doubles championships (three at Cranston East and one at Hendricken), including three with his brother, Bobby Ernst. He was 97-0 in his high school singles career. Ernst was a two-sport athlete at Brown University, was a NHL draft choice and briefly played on the pro tennis tour. Ernst is the head men’s and women’s tennis coach at Georgetown University, having previously coached at Penn and Northwestern. Among his current pupils are President Obama’s daughters.