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Tahoe Tennis Classic returns July 27-30

by Carolyn E. Wright
Special to The R-C

Holly Tretten with mother Carol Tretten returns volley against Jeanette Berry and Laura Pierce in 9.0 women's final at the Tahoe Classic doubles tournament.

A record number of entrants — more than 200 — are packing their rackets for the 34th annual Tahoe Tennis Classic.

The all doubles tournament based out of Zephyr Cove Tennis Club will be held July 27-30 with 14 divisions.

The four-day tournament boasts some of the best club tennis players in the region as well as the country and world.

Dick Johnson of Ballwin, Mo., is one of the top players in his age group (70-plus) in the world. At the South Shore tournament he has won the men's 130, 100 and A divisions. He won the 70-plus World Championship singles in Croatia in 2015. In Tahoe, Johnson will be partnering with Hersh Herschman in the 130 division. This is combination of ages ­— the total must be at least 130.

Herschman and his wife, Sheryl, are the founders of the tournament. The nonprofit Zephyr Cove Tennis Club Foundation is in its fourth year of running the highly-regarded event.

"The popularity of this tournament has been skyrocketing," tournament director Bob Beutenmiller said. "People come because of the quality of play, value and fun atmosphere."

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It's an opportunity for the Tahoe community to watch some high level tennis without having to travel outside the basin. And there is no cost to attend.

The Catania family may walk away with top prizes. Duane and Hannelore Catania of Incline Village are leading the pack, with their son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter all in the draw.

Zephyr Cove's head pro, Dave Nostrant, will be playing in his first Classic, as this is his inaugural year at the facility. He and partner Neal Trebotich will be in the 130 division.

Ginny Unger, a Carson Valley tennis instructor who has been involved as a coach with Douglas High School's tennis program for a number of years, is pairing with Angelina Spinnato of Gardnerville in the 9.0 division. Spinnato is a top junior player in USTA NorCal, which includes Northern Nevada.

Visit http://www.zctennis.com/tahoe-classic-tournament/ for more information about the Tahoe Tennis Classic.