2017-07-06 / Sports

Tennis tourney takes center stage

Tourney raises $2,500


JEN GERLING of Traverse City and Aaron Pokorsynski of Alpena captured the mixed doubles title at the Glen Arbor Tennis Tournament on Sunday with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Mike Rubino and Cathy O’Connor of Traverse City. JEN GERLING of Traverse City and Aaron Pokorsynski of Alpena captured the mixed doubles title at the Glen Arbor Tennis Tournament on Sunday with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Mike Rubino and Cathy O’Connor of Traverse City. A 90-minute pregame breakfast at Art’s Tavern went a long way for Chris Noel and Mike Rubino on Sunday.

Noel and Rubino made the most of a rain delay prior to their semifinal showdown in the men’s doubles flight of the Glen Arbor Tennis Tournament, powering up with some of the finest breakfast food Glen Arbor has to offer.

Hours later, the brothers-in-law notched a 6-3, 6-2 victory in the men’s semis and a 6-4, 7-6 win over Lenno Lasn of Chicago and Nick Schanhals of Muskegon in the finals to take home the title in what was a record-breaking year for the tournament.

Forty-seven teams participated in the three-day extravaganza – 16 men’s teams, 11 women’s teams, 16 mixed teams and four men’s senior teams. The previous participation record was 38 teams.


ABOVE: Cathy O’Connor of Traverse City smacks a ball over the net in the mixed doubles semifinals on Sunday. ABOVE: Cathy O’Connor of Traverse City smacks a ball over the net in the mixed doubles semifinals on Sunday. “This is the third year I’ve been out,” Rubino said. “I just love to be in Glen Arbor, run the dunes, paddle the water, bike the roads – I just love it out here. It’s not far from home and it’s a nice, laid-back community.”

Rubino had a chance to walk away with two tournament titles on Sunday, but he and partner Cathy O’Connor of Traverse City fell 6-2, 6-2 to Jen Gerling of Traverse City and Aaron Pokorsynski of Alpena in the mixed doubles finals. Gerling also won the women’s doubles tournament Friday with teammate Betsy Netherton of Glen Arbor, taking down Nancy Schaefer and Barb Hodge of Traverse City in the finals 6-1, 6-1.


CHRIS NOEL dials up a devastating serve in the men’s doubles semifinal on Sunday. Noel and his brother-in-law, Mike Rubino, posted a 6-3, 6-2 victory in the semifinals and a 6-4, 7-6 win in the finals. CHRIS NOEL dials up a devastating serve in the men’s doubles semifinal on Sunday. Noel and his brother-in-law, Mike Rubino, posted a 6-3, 6-2 victory in the semifinals and a 6-4, 7-6 win in the finals. Rubino’s father, Chuck Rubino, fared better in the men’s senior round robin on Saturday. Chuck and Roger Dirkes notched 9-3, 8-4 and 7-5 victories to finish first.

“It’s a great tournament,” Chuck said. “We really enjoyed it. It’s well-organized and it’s fun being up here.”

Organizer and mixed doubles semifinalist Kim Guilbeau said the tournament brought in more than $2,500, which will be put toward the park.



RIGHT: Mike Rubino of Traverse City makes a late play on a ball during mixed doubles semifinal action. RIGHT: Mike Rubino of Traverse City makes a late play on a ball during mixed doubles semifinal action.

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