WATERVILLE VALLEY TENNIS CENTER HOSTS 2019 USA VS CANADA FRIENDSHIP CUP
The Waterville Valley Tennis Center, headed by owner USPTA Head Pro Tom Gross, Jr. recently hosted the prestigious Friendship Cup –a “friendly” two day singles and doubles format for men and women ages 45 thru 80. This year’s event (the 52ndAnniversary) drew a field of more than 100 men for both countries.
The USTA/NE event is the one of the most popular player and spectating events of the year comprised of top ranked New England and Quebec province players who play on the eastern tennis circuit.
The first day saw a tough break for the USA as they dropped 23 of the 40 matches and trailed by 6 matches headed into the Sunday doubles competition. Having to win 13 of the 20 matches, the USA handled their Canadian counterparts handily winning 16 of 20 doubles matches to bring the Cup back to the USA.
“We feel very honored to host the 52ndFriendship Cup competition, along with USTA New England team players led by Captain Mike Kolendo, and of course the fine Canadian contingent who always display a great team spirit and sense of camaraderie.” said Gross, adding -“and we hope they consider us as a more permanent New England venue for hosting future Cup competition tennis.”
For years, the Waterville Valley Tennis Center has been recognized by Tennis Magazine as one of the “Top 50” tennis resorts in America, as well as one of the Top 5 Family Resorts. In 2019, TennisResortsOnline.comranked Waterville Valley Tennis #13 In The World, along with a #4 for Best Overall Recreationand #3 for Best Value For Dollar. “So, you can bet we live up to that very prestigious honor and the 52ndFriendship Cup was a great example of it”, says General Manager Rene Schwartz.
The weekend event also included a Saturday night banquet hosted at the Waterville Valley Conference Center where awards and Hall of Fame inductees were announced.