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First Buffalo Tennis Night is Held at Transit Valley

January 18, 2011 10:35 AM
Award Winners


Buffalo Tennis Night
Miller Tennis Center hosted the first ever ‘Buffalo Tennis Night’ on Sunday, January 2, 2011 at Transit Valley Country Club. The event was sponsored by Miller Tennis Center, USTA Eastern, Western Region, and Twin Village Recycling, and it was supported by Buffalo Niagara Community Tennis Association (BNCTA).
Six people were inducted into the Buffalo Tennis Hall of Fame (BTHOF). The inductees included Kelly Brown, Buffalo’s #1 ranked female tennis player over the past 50 years, John Brunner, owner and operator of JB’s Tennis Shop in Williamsville and Director of Tennis at Village Glen Tennis Club, Russ Crispell, former Head Coach for the Men’s and Women’s Tennis Teams at the University of Buffalo, Neil Simon, Buffalo’s #7 ranked male tennis player over the past 50 years, Jay Udwadia, Head Men’s Tennis Coach at Fresno State University and Head Coach of the NY Buzz World Team Tennis franchise, and Paul Walker, formerly ranked #4 in the United States and #31 by the ITF in Wheelchair Tennis. 
All of the inductees were introduced by BTHOF Founder and President Todd Miller. They join the 49 players, coaches, and contributors previously enshrined.
The evening also included awards for USTA League Tennis teams and captains. All of the local winners were recognized by BNCTA President Shawna Macfarlane.
Top Ten finishers from each division in the 2010 USTA Eastern ‘Buffalo Tennis Series’ were also honored. The ‘Buffalo Tennis Series’ was developed by Todd Miller to provide year-round competition for players of virtually all ages and ability levels. The inaugural season featured 35 weeks of tournaments in 33 categories played at Miller Tennis Center, and it also included the Buffalo Municipal Tournament (MUNY) played outdoors in July at Delaware Park.
Congratulations to Todd and Debbie Miller for a successful event. For more information on the ‘Buffalo Tennis Series’ or the BTHOF, please contact Miller Tennis Center at 716 632-8600. For ore information on USTA League Tennis, e-mail leaguetennisbuffalo@gmail.com
Tennis Night--(L to R)--Jay Udwadia, Kelly Brown, Neil Simon, Paul Walker, Russ Crispell, John Brunner