The doubles portion of the city tennis championships wrapped up on June 30 at Lewis and Clark Community College, with players and families earning bragging rights for the next year.
“The weather was perfect and we are grateful to Lewis and Clark for providing the Andy Simpson Tennis Complex for the tournament. This was a great celebration of tennis in the community and a wonderful way to remember Andy Simpson,” tournament director Jesse Macias said.
Randy and Tyler Jackson became three-time champions in the father/son division by beating Ben and Joel Simansky in the finals. Carson and Dan Freeman were scheduled to compete in the finals after defeating the Simansky’s in the semifinals, but sat out as a precaution.
Macias said, “This tournament is about playing tennis, usually against someone you know. You don’t see that in other tournaments, but it helps make the Closed unique.”
Randy Jackson was a two-time city champion in doubles, teaming up with Rick Johnson to win the 40 and over men’s division in dominating fashion.
“Rick and Randy would have done well in the open division,” Macias said. “They had a few years on everyone in their flight, but only dropped one game the entire tournament. It was impressive.”
Abby Fischer and Adam Ruckman were two-time city champions this year too, claiming doubles titles after winning singles championships earlier this month. Fischer teamed with Shannon Willis to defeat Laura Moore and Elaina Gable in the women’s open division.
It was a rematch of last year’s city championship match, pairing Fischer and Willis from Alton High against Moore and Gable from Marquette Catholic.
Macias said, “Those teams had a nice rivalry in high school, but out here it is a little more relaxed and fun. The level of play is still great to watch.”
Ruckman, who plays at Lewis and Clark, partnered with former high school teammate Kain Henson to win the men’s open division over Alex Willis and Jesse Macias.
“Abby, Adam, and Laura all played their way into the finals in the open division of singles and doubles, which is hard to do. That says a lot about their competitiveness and passion for this sport. Congrats to Adam and Abby for pulling off a double.”
Abby was not done, as she competed with her mother Marla in the Father/Son division.
“They seemed to enjoy competing with the guys,” Macias said.
In the boys' 18 and under division, Joe Segneri and Peter Wendle defeated Silas Chapman and Walker Moan for city bragging rights. In the 15 and under mixed division, Sam Kane and Hannah Macias defeated Carson Freeman and Betsy Papin for first place. Carson and Christian Freeman won the brother/brother championship over Silas and Sam Chapman.
Macias said, “We are fortunate to have so many outstanding tennis players and tennis families in the community and this tournament helps bring everyone together. It’s fun when you look around and know people playing on all the courts. We also had a lot of players who competed this year for the first time. Hopefully everyone will be back next summer.”