Two New Events Added to 2019 Season

Plus a recap of the Member/Guest Tournament

UPDATED TIME: 3 – 5 p.m.

AUGUST 31, 4 – 6 p.m.






Don’t have those $200 tickets for the US Open and are tired of sitting in front of a flat screen watching the action from afar? Then, come to this event planned by Eastman’s Tennis Subcommittee. Teams of local teaching pros, including our own Josh Holt, will provide plenty of action up close. These USTA-rated 4.5 – 5.0 guys are amazing to watch, so set your DVRs for the Open and come out to the Eastman Open House to see some quality competition on the dirt on Draper Road.

Bring your own comfy chairs or come early to claim a space under the new pavilion.

Before and after the match, members of the subcommittee will reveal what’s planned for summer 2020 tennis programming and solicit feedback from attendees about this year’s events and round robins.

Evening Mixed Doubles

Sign up with a partner by calling Gary Atchinson at (802)-673-2743 or emailing

Play each week will be limited to 10 teams on a “first-come, first-serve” basis. While “drop-ins” are welcome, drop-in teams will not be guaranteed play if 10 teams have registered with Gary beforehand.  Any team turned away on a given week will be given top priority to play the following week.

So, get out your calendars and pick a partner for matches played on the lower and upper courts on Draper Road on:

Friday, August 16 – 5 p.m.

Wednesdays, August 21 through end of season – 5 p.m.

Member/Guest Tournament Recap

The third major weekend event of the summer brought out 25 players that represented a nice mix of ECA Members, summer tennis members, and guests from near and far. What started out as a nice day with an early fall-ish feel—weather just perfect for tennis—changed rapidly just before noon when winds began whipping around serves and lobs.  A light sprinkle quickly turned into a steady rain. However, the fast-moving weather front didn’t dampen any spirits as the courts dried out quickly and matches not completed before the rain resumed under sunny skies. Tournament director Josh Holt, whose upbeat attitude and quick thinking is as reliable as New England weather is unpredictable, provided the following results:

Men’s Doubles was played in a round robin format with the two unbeaten teams of Ed Hoyt and Chris Curwen (far left and second from left in photo) and Rick Cecchetti and Mark Fields (right and far right) matching up in the final round. Chris and Ed outlasted their opponents for a 9-7 victory.

Women’s Doubles was split into two round robin flights with Linda Arnold and Teresa Horan (second from right and far right) winning the first flight 2-0.  Judi Platt and Jenn Carnovale (far left and second from left) won the second flight, also 2-0.  Judi and Jenn won the finals matchup in a close 8-6 victory.

Mixed Doubles was played as an eight-team single elimination draw with a consolation round.  Mark Fields and Barb Schumacher played Raymond Crosby and Andrea Murphy in the finals.  Mark and Barb prevailed with an 8-5 victory.

Thank goodness for the new pavilion that provided a roof over players’ heads! And for Amy Hoffman, who as chair of Eastman’s tennis subcommittee, arranged for a carbohydrate-replenishing luncheon that satisfied both empty stomachs and soggy spirits. Amy extends her appreciation to those players and committee members who prepared homemade desserts that players enjoyed all afternoon: Linda Arnold, Kate Cricco, Judi Dixon, Gabby Eggert, Alice Podesta, and Barb Schumacher.

When the skies opened and rain interrupted play during the recent Member/Guest Tennis Tournament, players gathered at the pavilion to have lunch. In foreground, partners Alice Podesta and Kate Cricco; with back to camera, Heather Klein; in background against rail, Barb Schumacher, Mark Fields, Rick Cecchetti, Mitch Utell, and Tournament Director Josh Holt.

Chris Arnold and Amy Hoffman provided the photos for this blog.