Clarke Wins VOU Men’s Tennis Tournament; Urbana Open Set for August 6

Pete Luaces of Frederick and Jeremy Freund of VOU cool off during their steamy single’s match at the Men’s Open Tennis Tournament in VOU. Freund later teamed up with Brian Clarke to take home the competition’s double’s title.

Twenty-four participants signed on to play in the singles’ matches of the second annual Villages of Urbana (VOU) Men’s Open Tennis Tournament, but just one was crowned the winner.

This year, first place went to VOU’s Brian Clarke in the double-elimination competition. Over on the doubles’ side of play, Clarke teamed up with VOU’s Jeremy Freund for the championship prize.

Despite a rainy weekend of play, Brad Wakely, director of tennis at VOU, said the tournament was a huge success as he watched match play from the sidelines, enjoying the skill levels of the participants and calling out pointers to those interested in stepping up their games.

“Footwork is something all players must work on,” he said as he watched players from Urbana and throughout Frederick and Montgomery Counties compete for first prize. “The best players in the world play their best when they are in shape.”

Wakely also serves as a volunteer assistant coach at Virginia Tech.

The Open Tournament was not a United States Tennis Association (USTA) sponsored event.

“They play more seriously. This is a lot of fun,” Wakely said.

VOU’s Krishna Mohan played in his first VOU Men’s Open this summer. He gravitated to the sport to help foster a better exercise regiment and in hopes of meeting new friends.

“I’ve had no formal training,” Mohan said. “I just practiced hitting some balls.”

His skill set was good enough to knock off VOU resident Matt Marzicola, a sophomore at Loyola University Maryland, who is a community tennis instructor during the summer.

For those with a desire for more tennis, VOU and Wakely will host The Urbana Open, beginning on August 6 and running through August 9. Singles and doubles’ matches will be open to both women and men.

“If you want to play tennis and learn how to play better, it is a great opportunity,” Wakely said.

Also throughout the summer, Wakely has been hosting tennis socials at the VOU courts for entire families, complete with tennis, music and food.

There are also camps for kids between the ages of 4 – 12 and clinics being held for both juniors and adults with Wakely at the helm.

To learn more about VOU tennis action or to sign up for this month’s Urbana Open, call Wakely at: 678.849.3550 or e-mail him at: voutennis@gmail.com.

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