Tennis Tournament Draws 26 Players

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Tennis teaching pro Diane Jackson's return to the local sports scene was an overwhelming success when 26 players showed up to compete Sept. 6 in a mixed doubles team tournament.

"It has been several years since a tennis tournament has been held at Rumsey Park," she said. "But with the newly resurfaced courts, it was a great opportunity to meet new tennis enthusiasts."

Jackson said the strong turnout bodes well for the future and she hopes and Payson Parks and Recreation Department will agree to host even more tournaments.

The competition was held in a round robin format, which lasted about four hours.

"It was fun, but there were fierce and close matches that highlighted the action," Jackson said. "The players were all very enthusiastic."

When play wrapped up, it was the team of Ted Amendola and Isabella Sockrider who emerged victorious.

Dave Heinert and Barb McKay were second and Doug Kover and Jackson took third.

"Following play, a delicious barbecue lunch was served at the park to the group of tired and hungry players," Jackson said.

Jackson, who owns and operates Payson Tennis School, has also taught summer classes for the parks and recreation department and has hosted free drop-in children's programs.

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