First Catskills Cup has tennis prize money
Fleischmanns —The enduring tradition of summer tennis in Fleischmanns is lobbing into the future as the Catskills Cup at Fleischmanns Park, a three-day competitive tournament on August 14-16 with more than $2,000 in prizes in the offing.
The first annual Catskills Cup is an expansion of the Fleischmanns Open Tennis Tournament, led by Sindy Becker each summer for 35 years. As Becker retires to leave “the racquet” to tournament co-director Mark Birman, he hopes to step up the tournament’s reach and exposure each year, creating a highly competitive regional event with classes and divisions for both highly ranked and more junior players. The Catskills Cup will be played in Fleischmanns’ historic Wagner Avenue Park, on beautifully maintained courts that are a point of pride for the community.
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Birman is a Professional Tennis Registry certified instructor and player with extensive tournament experience himself, ranked regionally and nationally as both a junior and 40+ player. “I want to reach out and invite new players, to bring our wonderful village and this area to the attention of players from New England through the mid-Atlantic and beyond. It may take a while to do that, but this is our first year of regional outreach and we will keep growing each year, as Sindy did with the hometown tournament,” said Birman, adding “The support we’ve received from business sponsors, including Freshtown and Wilber Bank, is a testament to Fleischmanns’ enduring tennis legacy and the potential we see for great tennis action to be a draw here.”
The tournament will feature two men’s divisions, one for players ranked at least 4.0 and another for those ranked 4.0 and under, a women’s division and an open doubles division, with prizes of $1,000 for the men’s A division, $500 for the women’s and $500 for the open doubles’ division. (Men’s division B prize will be a Catskills-centered destination).
On Friday, Aug. 14, the first day of the tournament, there will be a free tennis clinic for children. That evening, a gala “Hall of Fame” dinner dance will include induction ceremonies for Fleischmanns Open founders and dancing under the big tent with live music and entertainment. For Catskill Cup players, dinner is included in the entry fee.
Birman is also founder of a local tennis league and created a tennis team for the Andes Central School, where he is head coach. He’s also involved with other local school tennis programs, and encourages student athletes to volunteer with the Catskills Cup, to get involved and be inspired by some great tennis players at the same time.
Entry fee for one division is $125 and includes a Hall of Fame dinner ticket. Entry in a second division is $50. Nonplayers may attend the gala dinner and ceremony for $75. Players may bring a dinner guest for $50. Both players and dinner attendees can sign up or reserve dinner seats online at www.tenniseveryone.com or call Birman at 845 254-5341. Proceeds of the tournament will benefit the Fleischmanns courts and area youth tennis programs.