Westport Open draws 52 players to Longshore

Local tennis players got the chance to add points to their USTA rankings last weekend as Longshore Club Park hosted a circuit event in Westport for the third straight year.

Fifty-two players participated in the event, which was played on Longshore's clay courts. The previous two years' proceedings were held at Greens Farms Academy.

"We were very excited we were able to work with the Westport Parks and Rec and bring this to Longshore," tournament director Todd Nicholson said. "We have 52 players, which is consistent with our turnouts the other years. In a perfect world we'd like to find an earlier date in the summer for next year. But I do think the tournament is headed in the right direction."

Four Westport residents entered the variety of tournaments the event offered. Matt Goldfarb participated in the Men's Open division but was ousted in the semifinals in a three-set battle (6-2, 6-7, 6-2) against Bristol's John Holschlag on Saturday evening. Holschag went on to win the tournament in straight sets the following day.

In Men's 55 Singles action, Westport's Andrew Arnold won the tournament with a three-set (6-4, 2-6, 10-6) win over Anthony DiTullio, of Redding. Town resident Lloyd Clareman was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the same tournament. Gigi Gaudet, also of Westport, participated in the Mixed Open Doubles tournament.

"It's a great thing for Westport-area tennis players to have something in their backyard where they can go out and compete for a USTA New England ranking in their respective divisions," said Nicholson, who directs a number of the USTA events held in the state.

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