One-on-One Doubles Tennis Grow as Alternative to Singles and Doubles Play
Called "The Third Game of Tennis," One-On-One Doubles held its 11th annual prize money tournament at the ITA Coaches Convention in December. The tournament's compact, round-robin format allowed for every player in the draw to compete against three opponents in short sets (first to win four games, no-ad scoring). The draw included five female and 20 male college coaches in one draw for a true "Battle of the Sexes." The tournament was presented in a music-friendly atmosphere. Of course, the levels of players need to match up well for the concept to work.

To give an idea of the game's format and parity, one of the tournament's female players, Trinity College Coach Gretchen Magers-Rush, a former Grand Slam Singles Quarterfinalist during her WTA playing days, defeated Henrik Bode, the eventual tournament champion, during her round-robin pool play. Bode, who coaches the top-ranked Division II Hawaii Pacific University team, defeated Greg Ouelette, a former ATP player and newly named Assistant Men's Coach at Iowa, in the Finals.

Ed Krass is the founding force behind One-On-One Doubles and a former Women's Tennis Coach at Harvard. In addition to directing One-On-One Doubles Tournaments throughout the year, Krass markets junior tennis camps to those who want to play college tennis. In business for 28 years, his camps are taught by head college coaches. Full Article->

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The Third Game of Tennis

One-on-One Doubles® Tennis is the first alternative, competitive format to singles and doubles since the inception of the game in the 1870s. One-on-One Doubles can be played in both tournament and league format.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Saturday, April 2nd :
$1000 Pinellas County One-On-One Doubles Championships at Tarpon Tennis Club, Tarpon Springs, Fl. from 2-6pm. E-mail oneononedoubles@yahoo.com for more info. Divisions of Play : Men's Open, Men's 4.5 NTRP and Women's 4.5 NTRP.


Friday, Jan. 29th:
One-On-One Doubles Tournament Presentation at the Illinois High School Tennis Coaches Association & USPTA Midwest Workshop at The Vaughn Center in Aurora, Illinois at 10am. Presenter is Ed Krass.


Saturday, April 30th:
Central Florida One-On-One Doubles Prize $ Championships at the City of Orlando Tennis Center for Men's Open, Men's 30s and Men's 45 & over divisions.
Tournament time is from 12 to 3:30pm
Call 813-684-9031 or e-mail oneononedoubles@yahoo.com for more info.

NEWS

Fond Du Lac 2nd Annual One-On-One Doubles Tournament
Center Court Tennis Club, in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, held it's 2nd Annual One On one Doubles Tournament on Saturday, November 28th.

The draw was made up of teaching pros, D1 athletes and top high school players from around the state of Wisconsin.

Dural Morris (Staff Professional) at Fox Cities Racquet Club captured the Men's Open Title. He defeated fellow teaching professional Tony Daharsh in the final. In Consolation final, Joe Beran defeated Ben Bancker.
A special thanks goes out to USPTA professional Dan Oliver for his help and support. He was a honorary guest at the event.


2015 USTA Men's and Women's Open National Indoor Championships
A One-On-One Doubles Tournament was hosted at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Dec. 28th, from 6-9pm, as part of the 2015 USTA Men's and Women's Open National Indoor Championships.

Whitney Kraft, Tournament Director, stated "We believe the one night, fast paced One-On-One Doubles format fulfilled players expectations for additional play and provided the value that they seek and deserve when participating in a National or other USTA sanctioned tournament.

We brought all interested players together at one time, checked them in, created a round robin pool of draws, gave a demo on court and they played for 2.5 hours. This fun event included music, pizza, refreshments and prizes.


Hawaii Pacific's Hendrik Bode Captures ITA Coaches One-On-One Doubles Title in Naples
Hendrik Bode, Head Tennis Coach at Hawaii Pacific University, steamrolled through the 11th Annual ITA Coaches One-On-One Doubles Tournament. Bode defeated former ATP player and Iowa Asst. Coach, Greg Ouelette, 10-7, in the Final. Bode won $400 and Ouelette netted $340.

With a draw of 25 College Coaches, competing on 5 courts in the Round-Robin format, 8 qualified for the tournament's Quarterfinal, single elimination shootout.

5 Female Coaches joined the tournament to make the event a compelling battle of the sexes. Trinity College's Gretchen Majers-Rush defeated the eventual Champion, Hendrik Bode, 10-8, during their round-robin pool play. Rush was a Grand Slam Quarterfinalist back in her WTA tour playing days.

Quarterfinals:
Hendrik Bode (Hawaii Pacific) def. Eduardo Rincon (Kennessaw St.) 10-8
Greg Ouelette (Univ. of Iowa) def. Mark Goldin (Cardinal Stritch Univ.) 10-8
Alex Lane (Rhodes College) def. Danny Bryan (LSU) 10-9
Todd Wojtkowski (Case Western Reserve Univ.) def. Jim Thompson (Virginia Tech) 10-8

Semifinals:
Bode def. Wojtkowski 10-4
Ouelette def. Lane 10-4

Finals:
Bode def. Ouelette 10-7

One-On-One Doubles Pro Tournament one-hour show aired on TENNIS CHANNEL in June!

Mikael Pernfors Wins One-On-One Doubles Tournament
PERNFORS CAPTURES ONE-ON-ONE DOUBLES PRO TOURNAMENT IN OCALA FL
Mikael Pernfors, the 1986 French Open Singles finalist, won the 1st Annual One-On-One Doubles Pro Tournament held at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club in Ocala, FL on April 21st. The tournament was played round-robin style with two matches being played on one court. Pernors had to win three matches, within the tournament's 2-hour timeframe, to capture the title. In the first round, Pernfors defeated Tim "Dr. Dirt" Wilkison 5-1; In the second round, Pernfors defeated Johan Kriek 5-3; and in the Final round, Pernfors defeated Murphy Jensen 5-2. Pernfors was declared the tournament Champion with 15 games won.

Tim Wilkison, with career wins over John McEnroe, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras, finished as the Finalist with 11 games. After losing to Pernfors, Wilkison defeated Murphy Jensen, French Open Doubles Champion in 1993, 5-1 in the second round and he beat Johan Kriek, Australian Open Singles Champion in 1981 and 1982, 5-2, in the final round. Murphy Jensen and Johan Kriek placed third and fourth in the event which was filmed for TENNIS CHANNEL. The players, sponsors, VIPs and Fans were all treated to a Jimmy Hall(of Wet Willie) & Friends afterparty concert to close the day's festivities. The next One-On-One Doubles Tournament will be held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, as part of the U.S. Open National Playoff Sectional Tournament on June 16th.

"I got hooked on One on One Doubles after trying it once. First of all, I think it is an excellent game for anyone trying to become a better doubles player. Having said that, I also feel it would be a wonderful way for juniors, or any player, to develop a solid serve and volley game, to be added to the baseline game most juniors play today. Playing in the One on One Doubles Pro Tournament was also a great experience for me. Great atmosphere and fun tennis!. Having slowed down a step or two in the last couple of years, it was great way to play competitive tennis without all the running." - Mikael Pernfors, 1986 French Open Finalist; ATP Ranking of #10 in 1986




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