ROMAN TON (right) won the Junior Singles division of the first NR Hornet Tennis Open against runner-up Daniel Teittinen. (Courtesy Photo)
By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI
NORTH READING — The first North Reading Hornet Tennis Open took place on October 1 and 2 at North Reading High School to raise money for the North Reading High boys’ and girls’ tennis teams.
There were 38 overall players who participated in the event.
“It was not bad for the first year,” said North Reading High girls’ tennis coach Matt Tiberii, who ran the event with North Reading High boys’ head coach Mark Bisognano. “It was a great success and we learned a lot on how to make it better next year.”
In the junior (18 and younger) singles championship match, North Reading High junior Roman Ton beat Daniel Teittinen, 6-2, 7-5. Teittinen is a freshman at Melrose High.
Ton was a two-time winner as he teamed up with Kellen Tiberii to beat Jack Van Dorp and Charlie Weld, 7-5, 6-2 for the junior mixed-doubles title.
Tiberii, Matt’s son, is a sixth-grader at North Reading Middle School while Van Dorpe and Weld are sophomores at St. John’s Prep in Danvers. Van Dorpe is from Wakefield while Weld is from Reading.
North Reading’s Iilona (Iily) Garvin knocked off Melrose’s Eve Crampon, 6-1, 6-0, to capture the women’s single title.
In the women’s doubles championship match, Michelle Maffeo (Lynnfield) and Nancy Pastore (North Reading) defeated Crampon and Cindy O’Donnell (Melrose) 6-3, 6-4.
In the mixed-doubles title match, Melrose residents, Jenni Roech and Daniel Muller beat North Reading’s, Kim Foster and Fred Menis, 6-2, 6-1.
On the first day of the tournament, they played for a couple of hours before the rain came in as they completed the event on Sunday.
All of the winners received $10 gift cards from Heavenly Donuts.
Most importantly, the tournament raised over $600 for the two North Reading High tennis programs.
“We are hoping to make it bigger and better next year,” said Tiberii, who is the tennis pro at Meadow Brook in Reading and also teaches the sport at the Woburn Racquet Club over the winters. “We are going to be looking for sponsors who will donate some prizes.”