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Children’s Charity Classic Held Last Saturday


The 40th Children’s Charities Tennis Classic finished up play on Saturday at The Newington Tennis Center in 6 different divisions.

Morning play hosted the parent/child doubles division with Sean Hussey and Tyler Hussey of Rocky Hill defeating Ed Chyra and Justin Chyra of Kensington by a score of 6/0 6/1. The boys 18’s final saw two long time players in the tournament face off in a great match with Matt Balaoing of Southington, the No. 1 player for Southington High School, outlasting Jake Bernard of Easton, the No. 3 player for Joel Barlow, by a score of 6/3/ 6/2.

In Boys Open Doubles, Tim Davenport and Jeff Duan of Farmington, both of whom play for Farmington High, defeating Tyler Hussey of Rocky Hill, the No. 3 player of Rocky Hill and Sam Getek of Middletown, who plays for Middletown high, 6/0 6/1.

Mixed Doubles action saw Mara Klin, singles player for Newington and Sean Davis, No. 1 player for Newington, defeating Tim Davenport and Pooja Swami, who both play for Farmington High, in a thrilling match by a score of 8/7 ( 7-4 in the tie breaker) Young Adult doubles saw another great match with Saeed Akbar and Pawel Bezubiu of Windsor Locks outlasting the brothers Kunal and Rohan Kataria of Southington by a score of 11/9.

In the final match of the day, the Grand Masters division ( guys 19-25) was another thriller with Kunal Kataria on the court again, taking on Hubert Bis of Newington in the finals. Kataria took the title 6/4 5/7 ( 10-7 tie breaker for third set)

“It was a great weekend of tennis, and I’m very grateful to everyone involved, the players, committee members, donors and sponsors, who helped to make this tourney so successful! Preliminary figures indicate that we have raised over $5,100 so far for the Hospital for Special Care’s Pediatric Autism programs and projects! Our donation will go a long way to supporting and helping those young patients who are in need,” said Don Lumowski, founder.

Lukowski stated that in the 40 years of the tournament, just over $160,000 has been raised for various projects and needs of pediatric patients in New Britain hospitals.