4th of July tennis tourney draws friendly competition

Annie Venditti lines up a shot during the Bristol 4th of July  tennis tournament last weekend.
Photos by Richard W. Dionne Jr. Annie Venditti lines up a shot during the Bristol 4th of July tennis tournament last weekend. Photos by Richard W. Dionne Jr.

Jenna Fales puts her all into a forehand swing.

Jenna Fales puts her all into a forehand swing.

The Bristol Fourth of July Tennis Tournament attracted 37 players for the 9th annual event this year, drawing players at the high school level to USTA ranked athletes.

“We had a good range of ages,” said event Co-chairwoman Judy Squires.

The athletes, from age 16 to 84, were seeded according to how they ranked themselves on the sign-up sheet. From that, each player and doubles team was matched against others with similar ability.

The two-day event, held on Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13, used the tennis courts at the Bristol Recreation Area adjacent to Colt State Park, the courts at Town Common, and at Roger Williams University.

“We not only had beautiful weather but we had some very exciting and outstanding tennis matches,” Ms. Squires said.

Trophies were awarded to the top players in the various categories.

Results:
Women’s Singles – Annie Venditti defeated Julia Forte 6-0, 6-3.

Women’s Doubles – Annie Venditti and Emma Sheridan defeated Lee Friedland and Deb Lewis 6-2, 6-0.

Men’s Singles – Matt McGee defeated Evan Tinel 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 6-2.

Men’s Doubles – Keith Hendrix and Andrew Brown defeated Don Marrin and Dave Axelson 6-3, 6-1.

Mixed Doubles – Annie Venditti and Matt McGee defeated Lauren Fletcher and Tim Thorpe 6-3, 6-2.

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