Pilot Pen brings professional tennis to Connecticut

Once again, the Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament came around to rescue a state that has been lacking professional sports for quite a while now.

A week of incredible tennis culminated this past weekend with the crowning of Fernando Verdasco as Men’s Champion and Caroline Wozniacki as the Women’s Champion.

The first couple of days gave fans a chance to see an abundant amount of tennis played in every court that the Yale Tennis Center had to offer. From the Stadium and Grandstand Courts, to the smaller but yet packed courts 1 and 2 and even onto the practice courts, where dozens of players practiced for several hours hoping to have a successful week in this tuneup to the U.S. Open.

What a treat it was to see the likes of Fabrice Santoro, with his magic touch, and bag of full of tricks. Or even the peculiar ways of Marion Bartoli, another french player who not only impressed with her game but also with her exhuberant style of play.

Players like Hanescu and Tipsarevic showed everyone the art of serving and serving well. Others like Daydenko showed that with a litle bit of speed and precise shots you can be just as effective, while the eventual winner (Verdasco), was happy to stick to his powerful ground strokes.

Among one of my favorite matches to watch, was that of Svetlana Kutznetsova and Amalie Mauresmo. Two former top 3 players, who are still very much on top of their game. They gave the fans more than 2 and a half hours of exciting tennis, in a match that was not for the faint of heart. Not to be forgotten is the way the Pilot Pen unfolded in the end. A gloomy forecast for the last two days seemed destined to ruin the conclusion to this great event, but it was not to be.

Tournament Director, Anne Worcester did a magnificent job in utilizing the Yale Indoor courts to allow during the semis to allow for both finals to be completed outdoors in the stadium, the way it was meant to be.

The tournament left us all wanting for more. If only we could see this kind of talent more than once a year. For now tough, we’ll have to settle for what we witnessed

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