Published in the August 2, 2018 edition

WAKEFIELD — This past weekend 43 competitors from 12 neighboring communities competed in the Inaugural Wakefield Tennis Open at the Dobbins Courts. The tournament was comprised of four different events, three levels of Men’s Singles and a Men’s Doubles competition.

In the A Singles Division, Regi Endriukatis from Malden defeated 12-time Wakefield Singles Champion Brian Robertson 6-4, 4-6, 10-7. The match lasted two hours and went back and forth, but Regi was able to outlast Robertson in a few key rallies in the 3rd set tiebreaker to seal the victory.

Both B Singles Division finals featured players from Wakefield.

In the first B Singles Division, Jonathan Owen defeated Richard Greif 6-1, 7-6 (7-1). Owen has made the finals of several Wakefield tennis tournaments since captaining the WHS high school team in 2003, and was excited to win his first title.

WAKEFIELD players at the inaugural Wakefield Tennis Open held at the Dobbins Courts last weekend. (Katherine Cruise Photo)

The other B Singles Division Championship was a battle of two current high school tennis players. Noah Greif defeated Lucas Smith 6-4, 4-6, 10-7. This match was the last finals match to finish and lasted over two hours. Noah and Lucas, in addition to fellow high school entrant Jack Palmer, return one of the most talented trio of tennis players the high school team has had in recent memory.

In addition to the three high school players, Galvin Middle School students Ben Palmer and Luke Greif also competed in the tournament and showed they possessed the ability to compete with players much older than them.

The Men’s Doubles final was comprised of all four players from out of town. Pratik Biswal of Watertown and Lahcen Boujadi of Boston defeated Prasanna Subramanian from North Andover and Pius Fernandez from Reading 6-4, 2-6, 10-8 in yet another closely contested finals match-up. Pratik served as the Men’s Tennis Coach at Wheelock College last year and Lahcen will be attending St. Leo’s College in Florida on a tennis scholarship.

One noteworthy participant in the doubles event was Wakefield’s own Patsy Zagaria. Patsy has been playing in Wakefield Tennis Tournaments since the early 1970’s and at 85 years old is still playing competitive tennis. Zagaria and partner Dave Irons defeated Elliot Miller and Rob Imbriano in the first round of the doubles event. Zagaria made note that he remains undefeated when playing the formidable Wakefield doubles duo of Miller and Imbriano.

The Wakefield Tennis Tournament committee consisted of Brian Robertson, Bill Conley, Al Allard, Sandy Palmer, Rich Greif, and Katherine Cruise. All proceeds from the event will be used to support tennis programs in Wakefield.