Clint Boling, a former Clemson University player who has recently been playing tennis in Europe; and Sahdaf Pervez, a former New Jersey high school star and current assistant coach for Ohio State, won singles titles in the open divisions of the Prince James E. Cryan Memorial Tennis Tournament held at Mercer County Park, West Windsor, NJ. July 28-August 4.
|Chris Boling courtesy of Martin Griff Trenton Times|
Both winners were first-time Cryan champs and received equal prize money of $1,000 each.
Welte, who resides in Loredo, Texas, upset top seed and last year’s champion, Chris Welte, in the title match, 6-4, 6-4. In the semifinals, Welte squeaked by four-time champion and last year’s finalist, Young Min Kwon of Marlton, NJ, in three sets. Boling’s semifinal win was over Ilia Shatashvili of Princeton, NJ.
Pervez was the fourth seed and her finals victory was over second seed and defending champ Marianna Milchutske. Pervez, who eliminated top seed Shareen Lai in the semifinals, grew up in Warren, NJ, was a high school state finalist at Watchung Hills, and played tennis for Ohio State.
|Sahdaf Pervez courtesy of Martin Griff Trenton Times|
Tournament directors were Jim Cryan, whose late father is the tournament’s namesake, and Virginia Armstrong-Whyte. The number of participants was an increase from last year, with 422 spots taken in the various draws and 308 players entered.
Dave Mercier and German Dalmagro have dominated the men’s open singles category in recent years and became four-time champions with their win over Daniel Isaza and Nicholas Tuxen in the finals.
The 2006 James Cryan Memorial Achievement Award winner was Judith Arnold. The annual sportsmanship award winner was Michael Schwartz. Proceeds from the tournament benefit Contact of Mercer County, a non-profit, volunteer organization that provides free listening, crisis intervention and safety services to those in need.
The James E. Cryan Memorial Tennis Tournament was established in 1965 by friends of Jim Cryan to honor him for his contributions to tennis in the Trenton area before his death at the age of 42 of Hodgkins Disease in 1964. The tournament is a highlight of the summer in area tennis circles, and it traditionally draws throngs of spectators throughout the week-long event.
|Cryan honorees gather for a photo: Emily Petersack, women’s B singles division winner; Judith Arnold, Cryan Achievement Award honoree; Michael Schwartz, men’s B singles winner and sportsmanship award recipient; and Stan Dlugosz|
Results of all title matches follow:
- Men’s Open Singles – Clint Boling (2), Loredo, Tex., def. Chris Welte (1), NC, 6-4, 6-4.
- Men’s Open Doubles – Dave Mercier/German Dalmagro, Newtown (1) def. Daniel Isaza/Nicholas Tuxen, Johnson City, Tenn. (5), 6-4, 6-2.
- Women’s Open Singles – Sahdaf Pervez (4), Columbus, Oh., def. Marianna Milchutske (2), Holmdel, 6-0, 6-0.
- Women’s Open Doubles – Jelena Koprivica/Tijana Koprivica (3), Lawrenceville, def. Shareen Lai/Carolyn Werner (1), Morrisville, Pa.
- Mixed Open Doubles – German Dalmagro, Newtown, Pa./Jelena Koprivica, Lawrrenceville (3) def. Shareen Lai/Brad Werner, Morrisville, Pa., default.
- Mixed B Doubles – Jonathan Hofmann/Joyce Hofmann, Princeton Junction, def. Michael Guth, Newtown, Pa./Christina Lupacchino, Yardley, 6-4, 6-1.
- Men’s B Singles – Michael Schwartz, Plainsboro (12) def. Michael Guth, Newtown, Pa., 6-4, 6-0.
- Men’s B Doubles – Jim Rasmussen, Flemington/Dan Thompson, Princeton (2) def. Dante DiPirro, Titusville/Mike Weiss, Philadelphia (1), 7-6, 6-3.
- Women’s B Singles – Emily Petersack (2), Mercerville, def. Cindy Adams, Levittown, Pa., 7-5, 6-0.
- Women’s B Doubles – Debbie Modzelewski, New Hope/Merry Van Dyke, Plainsboro (1) def. Sharon Jezik, Wrightstown/Mary Pieretti, Florence (2), 6-3, 6-0.