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USTA NEW ENGLAND HALL OF FAME

There are at least 4 former residents who have been inducted into the USTA New England Tennis Hall of Fame. This is a great honor, as only the best tournament players or major contributors are elected. William S Packer Tom Raleigh Phil Kadesch John Motor.

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JR VETS 1966

I found this interesting blurb on the internet. The Jr Vets are players 35 and over in the New England Tennis Assoc rankings. In 1966, there were 12 Winchester residents in the list. See if you recognize any of the names. JUNIOR VETERANS–SINGLES Henri Salaun, Needham, Mass. Don Manchester, Auburndale, Mass. Tom Raleigh, Winchester, Mass.

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Editor’s Notes

I undertook this task of rewriting the website because Winchester tennis has been such an important part of my life since I came to town. I have made so many friends over the years, and have always found it a place to come to and relax The people there don’t seem to care about a

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MAINTENANCE COURSE

A group of us met with a consultant some time ago to get recommendations on what we could to to improve the courts. I did some research and found a course put out by the USPTA was available. It wasn’t too expensive, so I bought it. It was a very good course, and when Glen

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SPRING LEAGUES

The WTA has paid entry fees for some of the spring tennis leagues. These leagues have different levels of competition and allow players from Winchester to compete with players from other towns. Here is a picture of a 1970’s era C-team . From left to right Ralph Bates, Paul Murray, Pat Arienello, Vince Cortina, Alex

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BANNERS FOR CHAMPS

In the past, the WTA has purchased banners for championship high school tennis teams. For a while we were doing it practically every year, as the girls won many times, and the boys did almost as well. I think the banners were hung in the high school gym. The girls teams from 1996 to 1999

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SPRINKLER SYSTEM

It was always difficult to keep the courts watered. In the old days, Norm Doucette who worked for the public works department would drag around hoses with sprinklers on them. Needless to say this was not very efficient. In 1991 the WTA hired a Forest Hills clay court expert to evaluate the courts. He recommended

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BACKBOARD

In 2014, the WTA decided that the old wooden backboard wasn’t going to last much longer. The staff spent a good amount of time trying to make it useable. After some research, it was decided to get a state of the art backboard made of fiberglass We held a fund raiser with people donating all

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PLANTINGS

The WTA has put in plantings almost every year, along court #1, on the wall of courts 5 and 9, and along court #13. McCue’s Garden Center generously donated the plants in 2020 and Chrissy Bordonaro and Cheryl Lauretano made sure that they were planted in an attractive way, and with the help of the

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VIEWING AREA UPGRADE

When we decided to get new benches, it was also decided to try and fix up the viewing area Near the Whit Gray fountain next to court #1. Barry Fishman, the WTA president at the time worked with the rec dept and the selectpersons. The town agreed to build the cement platforms and provide the

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COURT EQUIPMENT

The WTA has supported the maintenance staff on as needed basis to purchase needed equipment not in the Rec Dept budget. We have bought brooms, windscreens, etc. With a generous contribution from the Hintlian family, the WTA purchased the golf cart that the staff uses to maintain the courts.

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Benches

The WTA set up a program where anyone can purchase a bench and have a copper nameplate attached with an inscription of the purchasers choice. the benches are plastic, so don’t wear out like the old wooden ones did. Currently, we have about 35 benches, some overlooking courts 1, 5, and 9 in the viewing

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COMMUNITAS

Comunitas (formerly EMARC) is a program for special needs athletes. The tennis segment is run by Alicia Hintlian to introduce and coach special athletes. Alicia is supported by a group of senior mentors who do everything from coaching the kids to picking up balls and putting them back in the shopping carts. In addition, there

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PACKER OBITUARY

Rev. William S. Packer of 11 Yale street, former Park Commissioner and an editorial writer for the Boston Globe for more than 35 years, died Friday night, January 11, at the Pond View Nursing Home in Stoneham after a long illness. Widely known in Winchester and held in high esteem by those who knew him

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WHIT GRAY

Everett Whitney Gray was the supervisor at the courts when I came to town in 1974. He was in charge of allocating court time, which at that time was a considerable challenge. There was no internet or cell phones, so most people just showed up at the courts late in the afternoon or Saturday or

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DONNIE ELLIS

When I first came to Winchester, court maintenance was minimal. Back then, the closing of the courts consisted of Whit Gray getting in touch with 20 or 30 players who would show up on a Saturday in November and move a giant pile of boards from the woods next to court #12 to cover the

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GLEN VICTOR DOYLE

The courts were well maintained until Don Ellis’s  untimely passing. Vinnie Palumbo who was appointed supervisor did a great job of supervising but had no control over maintenance. Unfortunately, without Don’s attention the courts once again suffered. Eric Hamilton got a bunch of us together and we pressed the Rec Dept. to get better maintenance.

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Vincent (Vinnie) Palumbo

Friday, December 2nd, 1932 – Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 By Alicia Hintlian, Passionate is a word that described and defined Vincent J. Palumbo. A man who cared deeply…to most of us he was just Vinnie at the then Packard Courts part Ring Master, Part Mayor, perhaps a little day care specialist and like Sam Malone at Cheers

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WTA SPONSORS ABC STUDENT

    By Barry Fishman, President, Winchester Tennis Association (WTA) Karl von Weissenbeck is a thoughtful young man who speaks quietly. He came to Winchester in the fall of 2017 as a member of the Winchester A Better Chance (ABC) program. Despite his usual reserved personality, he becomes animated when the subject of tennis arises.

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