Tennis hits the courts in ‘Hooch tourney

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The Atlanta Team Tennis Association hosted its annual Chattahoochee Doubles Classic over the weekend, with more than 100 gay and lesbian tennis players (and a few gay-friendly straight folks, too) taking part.

Despite some tough weather – rain during opening night on March 7 and cold temperatures and a little light snow the next day – organizers made it through 84 matches in three days, according to Adam Helewski, the tournament’s director, who also won the Mixed C Doubles title with partner Sandi Kuhlemann.

“Once the courts dried up on Saturday, some snow flurries and chilly temperatures didn’t keep our players off the courts,” Helewski says. “Their dedication to the sport was clear as they continued to play through the whole weekend to get all the matches completed. There were some spectacular and very entertaining matches.”

This year, the tournament was centralized at one location, the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center on Northside Drive. The event also featured action across several skill levels, including the most competitive open division.

For a list of winners, click on “read the rest.”

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Winners and second place teams from the 2008 Chattahoochee Doubles Classic:

Mixed C Doubles: Sandi Kuhlemann, Adam Helewski; Heidi Martinez, Pat Ryan
Men’s C Doubles: Don Dusick, Jr., Korry Robinson; Terry Harness, Andy Roach
Mixed B Doubles: Lynnette Suawanasri, Jerry Schadel; Venetia Perry, Jeff Robertson
Women’s B Doubles: Kristina Hausman, Heather Jaeger; Lynn Adams, Kay Hinton
Men’s B Doubles: William Garcia, Adam Pinsley; Randy Brookins, David Oliver
Mixed A Doubles: Melissa Amir, Brandon Smith; Sharon Burrow, Greg Ragan
Women’s A Doubles: Ashley Massengale, Shelley Wilson; Maya Sternberg, Kim S. Zimmerman
Men’s A Doubles: David Kim, Eric Pickering; Gary Greene, Brian McGuffey
Mixed Open Doubles: Krista Clarke, Geoff Hall; Alison Sternfels, Andy Smith
Women’s Open Doubles: Ruthi Breazeale, Krista Clarke; K. Herron, Ann Welch

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