A late start due to the weather conditions did not stop Region 1 Women and Region 2 Men as they both conquered the President’s Cup. This magnificent event that featured almost all the top players in the country was held at the Indian Trial Club, probably the best paddle facility in the nation.
In the men’s draw, Region 5 and Region 2, both with multiple top 10 players in their rosters, appeared to be the heavy favorites on paper. Region 2 took home the title while Region 5 amazingly couldn’t make it out of the round robin round.
In the “even” pool, consisting of regions 2, 4, 6 and 8, the qualifiers to the semis came down to the very last match. In one of the big upsets of the day, Region 8 beat eventual champion Region 2 by a 3-2 score that gave the team led by Mark Fischl an outside chance to make the semis. A 3-way tie between regions 2, 4 and 8 was decided by total points and 2 and 4 went through the next round.
In the “odd” pool, consisting of regions 1, 3, 5 and 7, the qualifiers to the semis also came dow to the last match. Region 3 pulled out another upset and beat Region 5 by 4-1. Region 5 needed only 2 wins vs Region 3 but Hocker-Cordish pulled out a win in line 4 and secured their trip to the semis.
In the first semis Region 2 beat Region 1 3-2 when Bredberg-Wilkinson defeated Grangeiro-Caldwell to clinch the win. In the second semis, Region 3 beat Region 4 3-2 and were now in the final match. A few very quick matches in the final gave the team captained by Mark Parsons a well deserved victory.
In the women’s draw Region 1 took full advantage of their home courts and defeated Region 3 by 3-1. They also celebrated a well deserved win. To access all scores from today’s President’s Cup matches click HERE.