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Apple Open Tennis Tourney is Sept. 16-18; register by Sept. 11


Perry Vogel, an adept player and active HC-CTA member and Apple Open volunteer, hits a backhand shot at Etowah Valley which is among tourney sites. Photo by Pete Zamplas.

By Pete Zamplas- An Apple Open a day Sept. 16-18 will keep the tennis blues away and ripen area players’ competitive juices in Hendersonville’s major annual amateur tournament.

The deadline to register is Sunday, Sept. 11. Contestants must be U.S. Tennis Association members.

The Henderson County Community Tennis Association puts on the USTA-sanctioned tournament. Rodney Sparks and Patricia Hutton are directors. The Apple Open won the U.S.T.A. North Carolina award for best adult/senior/NTRP (National Tennis Rating Program) tourney of 2015.

Apple Open play is on Jackson Park’s hard courts, Hendersonville Racquet Club’s outdoor clay for adult divisions, and clay of Hendersonville Country Club and Etowah Valley Golf & Resort for seniors. In case of rain, play shifts indoors.

The basic divisions are adult 18 and older, and senior age 50 and elder. Youth must play in an open division, not adult. Each division is capped at 32 entrants.

The 2015 singles winners in Apple Open sub-division were: men’s open Jonathan Prince, 4.5 level Michael Gilliland, 4.0 Walter Hammond, 3.5 Christopher Chardos; 4.5 women Kristy Allemang, 3.5 Lucia Parvan, 3.0 Brittany Smith. Women’s open singles and women’s and men’s open doubles are available, if enough sign up as for men’s singles in ‘15.

Doubles champs in ’15 were: women’s 4.0 Bookter/Hunt, 3.5 Foster/McKibbin; men’s 4.5 Bell/McCabe, 4.0 Pablo/Tan, 3.5 Morrow/Wingard, 3.0 Duncan/Smith; mixed 8.0 total: Hunt/Wilson, 7.0 Conner/Sparks, 6.0 Smith/Smith.

Senior (all doubles) winners were 4.0 men Spann/Spector, women’s 4.0 Hysong/Pitts, 3.5 Fish/Redding, 3.0 Dixon/Eury. Senior mixed doubles champs were 8.0 Splawn/Splawn, and 7.0 Denekamp/Denekamp. A 9.0 senior level is also available in ‘16.

The 8.0 mixed doubles level can combine two 4.0 NTRP-rated players, a 4.5 intermediate with 3.5 advanced beginner, or 4.0 and 3.5. Partners cannot vary more than 1.0 in ratings.

Play starts as early as Friday at 6 p.m. Finals are on that Sunday. First-match losers can play consolation, up to semifinals.

Allen Combs heads Apple Open fundraising, and Barbara Patton coordinates volunteers. Sheri Sparks is HC-CTA acting president.

Entry fees are $35 in singles for the first entrant then $30 per other entrant in a group, and in doubles $30 per person for the first doubles and $25 for further entrants. Both doubles partners must pre-pay, to register a duo. The fee includes lunch Saturday 11:30-1:30, and a T-shirt.

To register online, go to: For further info, call tourney Co-dir. Rodney Sparks at 388-1278.

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