Larson and McCollom win singles titles
Tony Larson of Fridley, Minn., captured the men’s open title at the $5,000 United States Professional Tennis Association Indoor Championships held April 23-25, at Lakeville Lifetime Fitness in Minneapolis. Larson defeated John Schollmeier of Minneapolis, 6-2, 6-1, for the championship. He later joined forces with Roy Bryan of Edina, Minn., to win the men’s open doubles title. Marina McCollom of West Des Moines, Iowa, defended her women’s open title by going undefeated in round robin play.
The tournament also included events in the following categories: men’s 35 and 55 singles, men’s 45 singles and doubles, men’s open doubles competition, and mixed open doubles categories. The competition featured many of the top men and women tennis-teaching professionals in the country.
The national tournaments are open to Professional-level members in good standing. For additional information, please contact the USPTA at 800-USPTA-4U. USPTA-certified professionals may log in to the “members only” section of the USPTA website at uspta.com for more information.
Below is a complete list of results from final-round matches:
Men’s Open Singles
Tony Larson, Fridley, Minn., def. John Schollmeier, Minneapolis, 6-2, 6-1.
Women’s Open Singles
Marina McCollom, West Des Moines, Iowa, def. Robin Coverdale, St. Paul, Minn., 6-2, 6-2. Marina McCollom def. Patricia Purcell, St. Louis, 6-0, 6-0. Robin Coverdale def. Patricia Purcell, 6-2, 6-1.
Men’s 55 Singles
Mark Howarth, Lakewood, Ohio, def. Ronald Filstrup, St. Paul, Minn., 6-3, 6-2.
Men’s 45 Singles
Glenn Britzius, Maple Grove, Minn., def. Bryan Biever, St. Paul, Minn., 5-7, 5-3 Ret (inj)
Men’s 35 Singles
William Kron, Andover, Minn., def. Spencer Jones, Minneapolis, 7-5, 7-5.
Men’s Open Doubles Roy Bryan, Edina, Minn., and Tony Larson, Fridley, Minn., def. Glenn Allsop, Hopkins, Minn., and Sion Wilkins, Minneapolis, 6-4, 6-4.
Men’s 45 Doubles
Bryan Biever, St. Paul, Minn., and Marc Miller, Eagan, Minn., def. Glenn Britzius, Maple Grove, Minn., and Raman Jayapathy, Eden Prairie, Minn., 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. Bryan Biever and Marc Miller def. Rajan Keswani, Eden Prairie, Minn., and Michael Olson, Ham Lake, Minn., 6-3, 6-3. Rajan Keswani and Michael Olson def. Glenn Britzius and Raman Jayapathy, 6-4, 6-2.
Mixed Open Doubles
Robin Coverdale, St. Paul, Minn., and Marc Miller, Eagen, Minn., def. Charles Lessmann, Ankeny, Iowa, and Marina McCollom, West Des Moines, Iowa, 6-3, 6-4.
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