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Australian officials: Unvaccinated tennis players will not be allowed in Australian Open


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Tennis players who have yet to be vaccinated for COVID-19 will not be allowed to participate in the Australian Open despite some initial optimism. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews announced Wednesday his government will not apply for unvaccinated players' travel permits, shortly after Prime Minister Scott Morrison suggested those permits -- along with two-week quarantines for each unvaccinated athlete -- would allow them to compete.  

Victoria is slated to host the Australian Open in Melbourne in January. 

"On behalf of every vaccinated Victorian who has done the right thing, my government will not be applying for an exemption for any unvaccinated player," Andrews said. "If we don't apply for an exemption, then no exemption will be granted and then the whole issue is basically resolved."

Around 30% of the top-100 men's and women's tennis players remain unvaccinated, according to CNN, potentially lightening the Australian Open field. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic -- who's declined to share his vaccination status -- said last week "things being as they are" in Victoria may force him to skip the tournament. An Australian Open win would give Djokovic a record 21st men's grand slam singles title. 

Andrews says keeping unvaccinated players out of the Australian Open ensures no double standard arises. Victorian professional athletes are required to get the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as all coaches, officials, media, staff and fans. 

"I'm not going to require people sitting in the grandstand, people working at the event, to be vaccinated while players aren't," Andrews said.

Australia, and particularly Victoria, have taken the COVID-19 pandemic seriously since the onset of the pandemic. The Australian borders have been shut for 18 months aside from those with travel exemptions, and Victoria locked down its capital city of Melbourne six times. Unvaccinated Australians are still barred from pubs, restaurants, sporting events and more. 

The Australian Open is scheduled to begin on Jan. 18. 


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Millersville space designated for Coppermine tennis center likely to be used for other recreational sports now


After the Anne Arundel County Council voted down the development of a tennis center with Coppermine Racquet and Fitness in Millersville during its last meeting, plans for the neighborhood’s space may include lit multipurpose fields.

“If we were to build fields they would certainly be multipurpose fields that would be used for as many sports as we could utilize them for — that would include things like football, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey — to maximize the use of the fields by recreational programs,” said Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks Director Jessica Leys.

The community is particularly in need of fields with lighting so residents can continue to play even through the fall and winter months as it gets dark earlier.

But, especially after the council’s vote Oct. 18, any progress on developing the Millersville space will require a lot more planning.

The Coppermine Tennis Center project would have been a partnership between the county and Coppermine Racquet and Fitness that availed residents of both indoor and outdoor tennis courts. Coppermine would have designed, built and leased the property from the county, which the legislation’s fiscal note estimated would add $2.6 million in revenue to the county over 25 years.

“The funding is already approved, so we could build fields as soon as next fiscal year,” Leys said. “I don’t know whether we can get it together that quickly.”

The department’s primary goal with the 33 acres at 1580 Millersville Road is to repurpose as much of the designs, planning and money from the tennis center project as possible to expedite the process of making the space available for local athletes. Leys said she hopes the only major changes to the project will be the scope and the title.

“I’d like to stay true to the original project which would start construction in FY24. If we could reprogram the use of the property and still have construction in the next couple fiscal years, I would consider that a success. I’d like to stay with the schedule,” she said.

County Executive Steuart Pittman, a longtime champion of the tennis center, shared the department’s concerns about how much time and money had already been put into plans for the center.

The project cost $2.5 million to develop. Though, $1.7 million was spent to acquire the Millersville site, about $800,000 was spent on designing the tennis center for that space. That design money likely cannot be recouped, Leys said.

“It was the fiscally responsible thing to do to move forward given the amount of money the county had put into this. This was a project that was in the County Council’s annual budget,” Pittman said. “This will set us back, but we will regroup. We’ll make a plan for this site. We’ll make a plan for tennis.”

That plan for tennis is still pretty amorphous.

“We will be looking at our other park sites, especially underutilized sites within the county and other park properties that can have tennis as an amenity, specifically indoor tennis,” Leys said, noting that it may not be as large as the Millersville proposal. “When you do planning and designing, it’s usually very specific to the landscape and to the property, so picking up those eight tennis courts and putting them somewhere else isn’t necessarily very easy to do. But, we would likely work with the same engineers to see how much of the old design and engineering work we could use on a new location.”

For tennis teachers in the community, the vote against the Coppermine Tennis Center means many of their students will continue to struggle to find courts to play on during the colder months.

“Every year we come to the end of the outdoor season and our parents and students ask us the same question: ‘Can we get to more tennis?’ ‘We’re excited, my child wants to keep it up.’ ‘What can we do this winter?’ The best we can do is refer them to Bowie, to refer them to private facilities or tell them to try to squeeze into the Navy Brigade Sports Center when the varsity team isn’t using the building,” said Annapolis Area Tennis School President Douglas Lamartin during public comment at the County Council meeting on Oct. 18.

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Others said not having indoor courts put local tennis teams at a disadvantage when they play against other schools. Some also advocated for the center saying the sport is something people of all ages can play and it’s a sport that allows for social distancing as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread throughout the county and the country.

Meanwhile, those opposed cited concerns over noise, traffic and expenses. Others didn’t want to see the county partnering with a for-profit entity like Coppermine, saying it would limit who could play based on socio-economic status and put Coppermine at an unfair advantage to profit in the county.

Ultimately, the vote split the council 4-3. Nathan Volke, R-Pasadena, Andrew Pruski, D-Gambrills, Amanda Fiedler, R-Arnold, and Jessica Haire, R-Edgewater voted against the center, while Sarah Lacey, D-Jessup, Allison Pickard, D-Glen Burnie, Lisa Brannigan Rodvien, D-Annapolis, voted in favor of it.

During public comment at the meeting, Millersville residents voiced concerns over preserving the quaint, residential atmosphere of their neighborhood.

“This is not about tennis,” said Neighbors of Millersville Park Community Association representative Scott Blackketter. “I don’t think anyone in opposition of this bill is against tennis or even a big tennis facility. This is about appropriate use of land and protecting our communities, the communities we invested our life savings into buying into.”

As for what’s immediately next for the Millersville property, the Recreation and Parks Department has taken into consideration the concerns about traffic from the site and will be conducting a traffic analysis before they decide how to move forward.


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Three first-time champions highlight Michigan high school boys tennis state finals


Ann Arbor Skyline’s Anthony Van Oyen takes a break between sets during the MHSAA Division 1 state tennis finals at the Markin Tennis Center on the campus of Kalamazoo College at Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Friday matches were moved inside due to rain. © Joel Bissell Ann Arbor Skyline’s Anthony Van Oyen takes a break between sets during the MHSAA Division 1 state tennis finals at the Markin Tennis Center on the campus of Kalamazoo College at Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Friday matches were moved inside due to rain.

Michigan high school boys tennis athletes battled for statewide supremacy this weekend, while dealing with a few curveballs from Mother Nature, as torrential downpours and thunderstorms displaced many state finals tournaments.

Once the action got underway, however, there were plenty of highlight-reel-worthy performances and marathon matches that determined this year’s state champions.

Below is a recap of how each state finals tournament played out and who brought home trophies over the weekend.

DIVISION 1

The Troy boys tennis program captured its first-ever team state championship at the Division 1 state finals from Kalamazoo College, as the Colts tallied 30 points to edge Bloomfield Hills by four points. The Black Hawks finished second overall with 26 points, while Northville was third with 23 points, Novi was fourth with 21 points and Ann Arbor Pioneer was fifth with 17 points.

Ann Arbor Skyline’s Anthony Van Oyen returns a serve during the MHSAA Division 1 state tennis finals at the Markin Tennis Center on the campus of Kalamazoo College at Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Friday matches were moved inside due to rain. © Joel Bissell Ann Arbor Skyline’s Anthony Van Oyen returns a serve during the MHSAA Division 1 state tennis finals at the Markin Tennis Center on the campus of Kalamazoo College at Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Friday matches were moved inside due to rain.

Fifth-seeded Sachiv Kumar of Northville clinched the No. 1 singles championship with a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (5) marathon match over Clay Anderson of Rochester. Kumar upset top-seeded Noah Roslin of Bloomfield Hills 6-7(6), 6-0, 7-5, in the semifinals to advance to the singles title match.

Brother Rice’s Dimitri Moriarty looks toward the seating area between sets during the MHSAA Division 1 state tennis finals at the Markin Tennis Center on the campus of Kalamazoo College at Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Friday matches were moved inside due to rain. © Joel Bissell Brother Rice’s Dimitri Moriarty looks toward the seating area between sets during the MHSAA Division 1 state tennis finals at the Markin Tennis Center on the campus of Kalamazoo College at Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Friday matches were moved inside due to rain.

Bloomfield Hills junior Daniel Stojanov scored a 6-0, 6-0 win over Derek Blackwell of Troy in the No. 2 singles championship match, while teammate Pierce Shaya recorded a 6-1, 6-0 win over Noah Vogel of Ann Arbor Pioneer in the No. 3 singles title match. Sophomore Aaron Rose kept the momentum rolling for the Black Hawks, as he knocked off second-seeded Haresh Anand in the No. 4 singles title match by scores of 6-2, 6-2.

Quinn Cassar and Aditya Pundhir of Northville won the No. 1 doubles title by scores of 1-6, 7-5 and 7-6 (3) over Andrew Wang and Nikhil Tatineni of Troy.

Troy’s Aryan Gupta and Srihari Ananthalwan secured the No. 2 doubles championship with a 2-6, 7-5, 7-5 victory over Sam Brockhaus and Joe Turkot of Birmingham Brother Rice, while Pranav Bellad and Zach Saad added a No. 3 doubles title for the Colts with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over Hassan Hejazi and Eric Heng of Ann Arbor Huron.

Dominic Pascarela and Ethan Endelman of Bloomfield Hills captured the No. 4 doubles title with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 win over Rohit Saripelle and Nikhil Daniel of Novi High School.

FULL RESULTS

Brother Rice’s Dimitri Moriarty returns a serve during the MHSAA Division 1 state tennis finals at the Markin Tennis Center on the campus of Kalamazoo College at Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Friday matches were moved inside due to rain. © Joel Bissell Brother Rice’s Dimitri Moriarty returns a serve during the MHSAA Division 1 state tennis finals at the Markin Tennis Center on the campus of Kalamazoo College at Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Friday matches were moved inside due to rain.

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DIVISION 2

The Birmingham Groves tennis program captured its first state championship after finishing runner-up on five occasions in the past.

The Falcons tallied 27 points to hold off reigning Division 2 champion Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern by one point. Okemos, last year’s Division 1 state champion, moved to Division 2 this season and finished tied for third overall with Midland Dow with 20 total team points.

Ethan Portnoy of Okemos secured the No. 1 singles title with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Nolen Kovan of Groves.

Owen Goodrich of Forest Hills Northern defeated George Fan of Okemos 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 to claim the No. 2 singles title, while Michael Liss of Groves won the No. 3 singles title with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Will Seymour of U-of-D Jesuit.

Suchir Nagisetty of Okemos clinched the No. 4 singles title with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Andrew Williams of Mattawan.

In the doubles ranks, Blake Discher and Alex Prather of Grosse Pointe South defeated Thomas Ladwein and Aaron Li of Midland Dow by scores of 6-4, 6-3 to win the No. 1 doubles championship, while Aaryan Singh and Anderson Halland of Forest Hills Northern defeated Dylan Wolf and Alexandras Abarius of Birmingham Groves by a score of 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 in the No. 2 doubles championship match.

Alex George and Alex Lewis of Birmingham Seaholm defeated Kyle Wang and Joey Lamberg of Forest Hills Northern by scores of 6-2, 6-3 to secure the No. 3 doubles title, while Sam Owens and Stephen Cibulas of U-D Jesuit defeated Andrew Weitzman and Gabe Klein of Groves by scores of 7-5, 7-6(2) in the No. 4 double championship match.

FULL RESULTS

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DIVISION 3

There were no new champions at the Division 3 state finals at the Midland Tennis Center this weekend, as blue-blood programs such as Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood, Ann Arbor Greenhills and Detroit Country Day battled for the team state title.

In the end, it was defending champion Cranbrook Kingswood who regained its crown by totaling 32 points to fend off Country Day (27 points), Greenhills (25), Grand Rapids Christian (18 points) and St. Clair (16 points).

Ann Arbor Pioneer’s Isaac Herrenkohl points to Utica Eisenhower’s Evan Shallow after a nice hit during the MHSAA Division 1 state tennis finals at the Markin Tennis Center on the campus of Kalamazoo College at Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Friday matches were moved inside due to rain. © Joel Bissell Ann Arbor Pioneer’s Isaac Herrenkohl points to Utica Eisenhower’s Evan Shallow after a nice hit during the MHSAA Division 1 state tennis finals at the Markin Tennis Center on the campus of Kalamazoo College at Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Friday matches were moved inside due to rain.

But strong in singles and doubles, Cranbrook repeated its 2020 championship, edging both Greenhills and Country Day. Cranbrook won with 32 points, while DCD had 27. Greenhills was third with 25.

Northville’s Sachiv Kumar during the MHSAA Division 1 state tennis finals at the Markin Tennis Center on the campus of Kalamazoo College at Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Friday matches were moved inside due to rain. © Joel Bissell Northville’s Sachiv Kumar during the MHSAA Division 1 state tennis finals at the Markin Tennis Center on the campus of Kalamazoo College at Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Friday matches were moved inside due to rain.

Met Oral of Ann Arbor Greenhills won his third consecutive No. 1 singles title with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Owen Demuth of Cranbrook Kingswood in the championship match, while his teammate Rishi Verma captured the No. 2 singles title with a 7-5, 1-6, 7-6(4) win over Ian Pinnoo of St. Clair.

Greenhills added another individual title at No. 3 singles with Chakor Rajendra defeating Patrick Tiwari of Cranbrook Kingswood by scores of 6-3, 6-0. Caden Che of Cranbrook Kingswood flipped the script at No. 4 singles, as he upended Kabir Rajendra of Ann Arbor Greenhills by scores of 6-4, 6-5 (RET) in the championship match.

Novi’s Takuya King serves the ball to Rockford’s Luke Johnson during the MHSAA Division 1 state tennis finals at the Markin Tennis Center on the campus of Kalamazoo College at Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Friday matches were moved inside due to rain. © Joel Bissell Novi’s Takuya King serves the ball to Rockford’s Luke Johnson during the MHSAA Division 1 state tennis finals at the Markin Tennis Center on the campus of Kalamazoo College at Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Friday matches were moved inside due to rain.

Alex Pollak and Petros Kalabat of Detroit Country Day captured the No. 1 doubles title with a 6-4, 6-5 (RET) win over Tanner Warners and Dream Kwon of Grand Rapids Christian, while Jacob Coburn and Sebs Taubman of Cranbrook Kingswood defeated Aiden Khagany and Clay Hartje of Detroit Country Day by scores of 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-3 to claim the No. 2 doubles championship.

Ryan Michaels and Andrew Fink of Cranbrook Kingswood defeated Sam Van Schepen and Ethan DeBlecourt of Grand Rapids Christian by scores of 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 to win the No. 3 doubles title, while Ramzi Nassif and Aayush Dagar of Detroit Country Day captured the No. 4 doubles title with a 5-7, 7-5, 6-1 win over Aryan Tiwari and Praneel Pillarisetty of Cranbrook Kingswood.

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DIVISION 4

Traverse City St. Francis broke through for its first-ever team state championship this weekend, as the Gladiators scored 34 points to fend off defending state champion Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett (27 points) and Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian (19 points).

Northville’s Sachiv Kumar during the MHSAA Division 1 state tennis finals at the Markin Tennis Center on the campus of Kalamazoo College at Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Friday matches were moved inside due to rain. © Joel Bissell Northville’s Sachiv Kumar during the MHSAA Division 1 state tennis finals at the Markin Tennis Center on the campus of Kalamazoo College at Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Friday matches were moved inside due to rain.

Andrew Solarewicz of Grand Rapids West Catholic won the No. 1 singles titles with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Sebastian Courtright of Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett. Tristan Bonanni of Traverse City St. Francis scored a 6-4, 6-1 win over George Anusbigian of Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett to secure the No. 2 singles title.

Northville’s Sachiv Kumar during the MHSAA Division 1 state tennis finals at the Markin Tennis Center on the campus of Kalamazoo College at Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Friday matches were moved inside due to rain. © Joel Bissell Northville’s Sachiv Kumar during the MHSAA Division 1 state tennis finals at the Markin Tennis Center on the campus of Kalamazoo College at Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Friday matches were moved inside due to rain.

Owen Jackson of Traverse City St. Francis kept the momentum going for the Gladiators with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Gerry Sherer of University Liggett in the No. 3 singles championship match. Ben Timmermans of Hudsonville Unity Christian defeated Chris Bobrowski of Traverse City St. Francis in the No. 4 singles championship match by scores of 6-4, 7-6(4).

In the doubles ranks, Cody Richards and Ben Schmude of Traverse City St. Francis scored a 6-1, 6-2 win over Chase Berends and Dan Nymeyer of Grand Rapids Northpointe Christian to claim the No. 1 doubles title.

The Gladiators added another title at No. 2 doubles when Jack Britten and Anthony Spranger recorded a 6-4, 6-4 win over Carter Poquette and Joshua Blount of Northpointe Christian and added a title at No. 3 doubles with Charlie King and Derek Berta coming away with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 win over Conrad Eichbauer and Cole Muenzer of Allegan.

Bloomfield Hills’ Noah Roslin returns a volley to Grand Rapids Catholic Central’s Ned Curley during the MHSAA Division 1 state tennis finals at the Markin Tennis Center on the campus of Kalamazoo College at Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Friday matches were moved inside due to rain. © Joel Bissell Bloomfield Hills’ Noah Roslin returns a volley to Grand Rapids Catholic Central’s Ned Curley during the MHSAA Division 1 state tennis finals at the Markin Tennis Center on the campus of Kalamazoo College at Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Friday matches were moved inside due to rain.

Caleb Velting and Ben Setlock of NorthPointe Christian won the No. 4 doubles title with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Cam Dykstra and Cory Mitchell of Hudsonville Unity Christian in the championship match.

Brother Rice’s Dimitri Moriarty reacts after getting a set point during the MHSAA Division 1 state tennis finals at the Markin Tennis Center on the campus of Kalamazoo College at Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Friday matches were moved inside due to rain. © Joel Bissell Brother Rice’s Dimitri Moriarty reacts after getting a set point during the MHSAA Division 1 state tennis finals at the Markin Tennis Center on the campus of Kalamazoo College at Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Friday matches were moved inside due to rain.

FULL RESULTS

Saline’s Amod Talekar returns a volley reacts after missing a shot during the MHSAA Division 1 state tennis finals at the Markin Tennis Center on the campus of Kalamazoo College at Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Friday matches were moved inside due to rain. © Joel Bissell Saline’s Amod Talekar returns a volley reacts after missing a shot during the MHSAA Division 1 state tennis finals at the Markin Tennis Center on the campus of Kalamazoo College at Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Friday matches were moved inside due to rain.

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Brother Rice’s Dimitri Moriarty slides over to return a volley during the MHSAA Division 1 state tennis finals at the Markin Tennis Center on the campus of Kalamazoo College at Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Friday matches were moved inside due to rain. © Joel Bissell Brother Rice’s Dimitri Moriarty slides over to return a volley during the MHSAA Division 1 state tennis finals at the Markin Tennis Center on the campus of Kalamazoo College at Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Friday matches were moved inside due to rain.

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Troy’s Rishi Shetty shakes hands with Rochester Adams’ Patrick Barna after their match in the MHSAA Division 1 state tennis finals at the Markin Tennis Center on the campus of Kalamazoo College at Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Shetty defeated Barna to move to the next round. Friday matches were moved inside due to rain.

Troy’s Rishi Shetty shakes hands with Rochester Adams’ Patrick Barna after their match in the MHSAA Division 1 state tennis finals at the Markin Tennis Center on the campus of Kalamazoo College at Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Shetty defeated Barna to move to the next round. Friday matches were moved inside due to rain.

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