Rain-delayed Catskill Cup back in Fleischmann on Saturday

By John Bernhardt
It was singing in the rain on the tennis courts in Fleischmanns last weekend. Nearly 50 tennis players danced between the raindrops as they worked through the brackets in five divisions of the 2011 Catskill Cup.

Rain forced intermittent play but spirits were high and most divisions advanced to the final rounds. The local tennis showcase will run its course this coming weekend with championship matches scheduled both Saturday and Sunday.

“This year’s Cup has been fantastic,” gushed tournament Director Mark Birman. “There were enough competitors to almost fill the brackets in all five divisions. Play was great and everyone had a good time.” Over 100 spectators joined the fun cheering for their tournament favorites.

Play will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday featuring a Ladies Open Singles championship showdown between Meredith Barcia, a local Fleischmanns regular, and Agnes Janis who hails from Highmount. Barcia and Janis will lock up in Saturday’s second title match, this time as part of the two teams competing for the mixed doubles championship. Barcia will team with her dad, Peter, and Janis will be teamed with Michael Zacar of Fleischmanns.

Sunday’s action is scheduled to begin at noon pitting Jack Leroux of Phoenicia against Wojtek Wojcicka of Hunter in Men’s Open Singles play. The Men’s 55 and Over Singles Division matches Jacek Sabek against Waldek Porucznik. Play in the Men’s Doubles Division was interrupted last weekend in the semifinals and will pick up their on Sunday.

Catskill Cup activities included a Hall of Fame Dinner held on Saturday night in the Upper Lodge at Belleayre. Over 90 people were on hand to see Mary Ann Warren and Peter Barcia inducted into the Fleischmanns Tennis Hall of Fame. Warren, one of the area’s preeminent caterers, had provided catering service for Fleischmanns Open for some 25 years.

Barcia is a longtime Mixed Doubles Champion who also has some Men’s Doubles titles on his resume. Barcia has been a major supporter and contributor of local tennis and the local tennis community. Diners also attended a spectacular Miles Davis music concert under the big tent at Belleayre then danced the night away to a DJ’s tunes in the Upper Lodge.

This year’s cup also included a United Tennis Association sponsored Quick Start Junior Tennis Tournament with nearly 20 participants.

Quick Start Tournaments modify the playing court, nets, and tennis rackets to support the play of beginners. The Catskill Cup Quick Start event was the first modified tournament staged in the region.