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West Penn Amateur / National Collegiate Clay Court Championships

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Bill Tilden
No. 1 player in the world during the 1920s; four-time West Penn Champion
Vitas Gerulaitis
1973 West Penn Champion; 1977 Australian Open Champion
Joelle Kissell
2011 singles title; No. 1 singles player for North Carolina State
Ronit Yurovsky
2011 singles finalist, 2010 and 2011 doubles champion; Now at the University of Michigan
Joanne Russell
1974 and 1975 singles champion; 1977 Wimbledon doubles champion.
 

Crowning Champions Yearly Since 1889

The West Penn Amateur is the oldest amateur tennis tournament in the United States, welcoming players from throughout the nation to Pittsburgh-area courts continuously from 1889. Pittsburgher Marshall Christy won the first men’s singles title, using modern-day rules that had just been formulated a decade earlier in England and in the U.S. Nationally known players were soon attracted to the West Penn, including Percy Silverd, a U.S. Open Clay Court finalist in 1911, who was a five-time West Penn champion from 1909 to 1913.
 
Women were immediately attracted to this new sport in the U.S. and were valued members of Pittsburgh area tennis clubs from the very beginning, according to newspaper accounts of the time. Jane Craven, who had won the U.S. women’s national doubles title in 1889 (with Myrtle McAteer), was the first West Penn women’s singles champion in 1910. Naomi Thompson won the title three times in the 20s – and became the first woman to be named a member – and then the captain – of all-male Carnegie Tech’s tennis team.
 
Bill Tilden was certainly the best known and most accomplished player to compete in the West Penn. The seven-time U.S. Open champion and three-time Wimbledon champion from Philadelphia won four West Penn singles titles, including in 1923 and 1924, the same years he also won the U.S. Open championship.
 
Pittsburgher Charles Garland, who won the Wimbledon doubles title in 1920 (with Richard Williams) won the West Penn singles in 1921 and 1922. Pittsburgh physicians and brothers David O’Loughlin and John O’Loughlin won a combined seven singles titles from 1925 through 1948.
 
Talented collegians flocked to the West Penn in the 1970s, when the tournament was firmly established at its present Mt. Lebanon venue and added the title "National Collegiate Clay Court Championships" to its name. Vitas Gerulaitis won the West Penn in 1973, before launching a pro career that included winning the 1977 Australian Open singles title. JoAnne Russell won in 1974 and 1975, before turning pro and winning Wimbledon doubles in 1977. Gretchen Rush, who grew up in Mt. Lebanon, won in 1981, 1983 and 1985 while an NCAA All-American at Trinity (Tex.) and before turning pro.
 
Most recent West Penn/NCCC champions include Pittsburghers Kelly Baritot (2003, 2004), a Big 12 champion at Texas; Michaela Kissell (2008) a Top-50 U.S. collegian at Miami and Marshall; her sister Joelle Kissell (2012), No. 1 singles player for North Carolina State; Sarah Riske (2000) an All-American at Vanderbilt who played briefly on the pro tour; and younger sister Alison Riske (2007), a touring pro since 2008 and ranked as high as 104 in the world.
 
(For questions about the West Penn history, contact: tom@benic.net)
 

 

  Men's Singles Women's Singles Men's Doubles Women's Doubles Mixed Doubles
2012 Alex Sidney Anna Smith
Van Damrongsri/
Alex Sidney
Spencer Caravaggio/
Taylor Perz
Caleb Troy/
Sarah Shashura
2011 Peter Carpenter Joelle Kissell
Peter Carpenter/
Alex Aleman
Ronit Yurovsky/
Kelly Whelan
Roy Skinner/
Joelle Kissell
2010 Eric Sock Kara Cecil
Chris Mengel/
Zach Skorupka
Kate Vialle/
Ronit Yurovsky
Chris Mengel/
Sara Perelman
2009 Robert Rotaru Anna Mamalat
Coby Kramer-Golinkoff/
Daniil Mamalat
Emily Harman/
Olga Khmylev
Robert Rotaru/
Kimmy Borza
2008 Patrick Daciek Michaela Kissell
Andrew Nixon/
Douglas Subosits
Lauren Greco/
Stacey Lee
Brandon Anandan/
Elise Held
2007 Jordan DeLass Alison Riske
Chris Compton/
Brian Compton
Bianca Aboubakare/
Carissa Aboubakare
Chris Foster/
Alison Riske
2006 Jordan DeLass Adrienne Elsberry
Randy Lofgren/
Wil Lofgren
Dominique Liguori/
Sarah Summerfield
Jeremy McClelland/
Jacqueline Wong
2005 Alejandro Staub Courtney Vernon -- -- --
2004 Alex Stone Kelly Baritot -- -- --
2003 Ned Samuelson Kelly Baritot -- -- --
2002 David Lowenthal Jackie Carleton -- -- --
2001 Mark Riddell Mariko Fritz-Krockow -- -- --
2000 James Kent Sarah Riske -- -- --
1999 Edward Carter Ann Nguyen -- -- --
1998 Susheel Narla Julie Ditty -- -- --
1997 Aaron Marchetti Teryn Ashley -- -- --
1996 Fazal Syed Alicia Kerstyn -- -- --
1995 Andre DeOliveria Michelle O -- -- --
1994 Cris Robinson Lilia Osterloh -- -- --
1993 Cris Robinson Kara Schertzer -- -- --
1992 Jeffrey Baker Lee Ann Rstovsky -- -- --
1991 Marco Cacopardo Amy Chiminello -- -- --
1990 Woody Webb Jennifer Rojohn -- -- --
1989 Joby Folly Monica Waniek -- -- --
1988 Paul Mancini Shannan McCarthy -- -- --
1987 Paul Mancini Carrie Cunningham -- -- --
1986 Arthur Engel Christine Gillis -- -- --
1985 Bryan Shelton Gretchen Rush -- -- --
1984 Charles Merzbacher Hee Baek -- -- --
1983 Orlando Lourenco Gretchen Rush -- -- --
1982 Thomas Foster Karen Smith -- -- --
1981 James Snyder Gretchen Rush -- -- --
1980 Michael DePalmer, Jr. Anne White -- -- --
1979 Lloyd Bourne Sheila McInerney -- -- --
1978 Gabriel Mattos Kathryn Jordan -- -- --
1977 Bruce Foxworth Sheila McInerney -- -- --
1976 Fransisco Gonzales Candy Reynolds -- -- --
1975 Victor Amaya JoAnne Russell -- -- --
1974 Peter Fleming JoAnne Russell -- -- --
1973 Vitas Gerulaitis Mary Hamm -- -- --
1972 Raz Reid Kate Latham -- -- --
1971 Eddie Dibbs Laurie Fleming -- -- --
1970 Paul Gerken Laura DuPont -- -- --
1969 Joaquin Loyo-Mayo Emilie Burrer -- -- --
1968 Jack Waltz Ruth Haude -- -- --
1967 Robert Hetherington Ruth Haude  -- -- --
1966 William Colbert Ruth Haude  -- -- --
1965 Robert Hetherington Ruth Haude  -- -- --
1964 Eugene Cantin Ruth Haude  -- -- --
1963 Robert Bennett III Ruth Haude  -- -- --
1962 Jack Waltz Janet Thomas -- -- --
1961 Jack Waltz Margot Reister -- -- --
1960 Robert Hetherington Ruth Martin -- -- --
1959 John Bowers Margot Reister -- -- --
1958 Ellis Slack Margot Reister -- -- --
1957 Ellis Slack Marian Bennett -- -- --
1956 Joe Short Marian Bennett -- -- --
1955 Ellis Slack Sue Herr -- -- --
1954 Ellis Slack Virginia Washburn -- -- --
1953 Ellis Slack Joy Liken -- -- --
1952 Ed Kilgus Joy Liken  -- -- --
1951 Ed Kilgus Joy Liken  -- -- --
1950 John Lohstoeter Joy Liken  -- -- --
1949 Malcolm Fox Joy Liken  -- -- --
1948 David O'Loughlin Kay Hackett -- -- --
1947 Frank Willett Lucy Borrelli -- -- --
1946 Richard McGee Lucy Borrelli -- -- --
1945 Lt. WJ Maul Margaret Robinson -- -- --
1944 Richard McGee Miriam Sullivan -- -- --
1943 Richard McGee Margaret Robinson -- -- --
1942 George Pryor Shirley Fry -- -- --
1941 Lawrence Dee Dorothy Boll -- -- --
1940 Lawrence Dee Joy Hartman -- -- --
1939 David O'Loughlin Naomi Thompson -- -- --
1938 Lawrence Dee Barbara Duffy -- -- --
1937 David O'Loughlin Jean Artzberger -- -- --
1936 George Pryor Barbara Duffy -- -- --
1935 LeRoy Weir Edna Smith -- -- --
1934 LeRoy Weir Barbara Duffy -- -- --
1933 John O'Loughlin Margaret Carspecken -- -- --
1932 BF Arkle Dorothy Anderson -- -- --
1931 William Haseltine Miriam Sullivan -- -- --
1930 William Haseltine Dorothy Jarvis -- -- --
1929 Byron Baur Martha Snowden -- -- --
1928 John O'Loughlin Dorothy Lewis -- -- --
1927 Byron Baur Dorothy Jarvis -- -- --
1926 David O'Loughlin Naomi Thompson -- -- --
1925 David O'Loughlin Naomi Thompson -- -- --
1924 William Tilden II Naomi Thompson -- -- --
1923 William Tilden II Martha Snowden -- -- --
1922 Charles Garland Martha Snowden -- -- --
1921 Charles Garland Martha Snowden -- -- --
1920 William McElroy Eleanor Tennant -- -- --
1919 William Tilden II Martha Snowden -- -- --
1918 William Tilden II Molla Bjurstedt -- -- --
1917 Samuel Hardy Mattie Carson -- -- --
1916 Willis Davis Martha Guthrie -- -- --
1915 William McElroy -- -- -- --
1914 Herbert Hahn Myrtle McAteer -- -- --
1913 Percy Siverd Mary Browne -- -- --
1912 Percy Siverd -- -- -- --
1911 Percy Siverd Hazel Hotchkiss -- -- --
1910 Percy Siverd Jane Craven -- -- --
1909 Percy Siverd -- -- -- --
1908 Clinton Childs -- -- -- --
1907 WL Myers -- -- -- --
1906 Thomas Stephens -- -- -- --
1905 Clinton Childs -- -- -- --
1904 Thomas Stephens -- -- -- --
1903 Clinton Childs -- -- -- --
1902 Thomas Stephens -- -- -- --
1901 Clinton Childs -- -- -- --
1900 George Edwards -- -- -- --
1899 Thomas Ewing Jr. -- -- -- --
1898 Thomas Ewing Jr. -- -- -- --
1897 Thomas Ewing Jr. -- -- -- --
1896 Thomas Ewing Jr. -- -- -- --
1895 Arthur Pier -- -- -- --
1894 Arthur Pier -- -- -- --
1893 Thomas Ewing Jr. -- -- -- --
1892 Thomas Ewing Jr. -- -- -- --
1891 CA Buch -- -- -- --
1890 SWB Moorhead -- -- -- --
1889 Marshall Christy -- -- -- --

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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