Tobias Wernet/Lexi Nelson Win First Pine Tree Apple Tennis Classic Title; Kimber/Werwie; Gale/Biever Also Take Home Titles
Congratulations to third-seeded Tobias Wernet and Lexi Nelson, who took home their first Pine Tree Apple Tennis Classic Open Division title with a stunning 6-7(2), 6-3, 7-5 comeback victory over top seeds and defending champions Tooli Wilkins and Julian Dehn at Life Time White Bear. Wernet/Nelson were down 5-2 in the third set, before stringing together five straight games and winning the championship.
In the Masters Division, Meghan Kimber and Kevin Werwie won their third straight title with a 6-3, 6-2 win over #3 seed Amy Dale and Justen Seim. After winning the first set and up 2-1 in the second set, the skies opened up causing the matches to be moved from Bethel University to Life Time White Bear. Once arriving at Life Time WBL, Kimber/Werwie won four of the next five games in claiming the championship.
In the Grand Masters, Leslie Gale and Bryan Biever won their first-ever Pine Tree championship with a 6-1, 6-2 win over defending champions Kathy Bjornson and Bob Marolt.
Kimber was also named the 2020 PTATC Sportsmanship Award winner, while former chair and long-time volunteer Keri Pakonen was the 2020 inductee to the Pine Tree Apple Tennis Classic Hall of Fame.
2020 Tournament Raises Over $268,000 For Children's Minnesota
This year's event, which adopted a new format following guidance from federal and state health agencies regarding the COVID-19 pandemic was held over a three-week period with first- and second-round matches played at a local park or club of the players’ choosing before playing the semifinals and finals outdoors at Bethel University on August 8-9.
Despite the many challenges facing everyone this year, we rallied together in putting on an amazing event and supporting the cause due to your unwavering support. To date, PTATC 2020 has raised over $262,500 for targeted cancer research programs at Children’s Minnesota.
Pine Tree Apple Classic Fund and Children's Hospitals Establish New Endowed Chair
During this year’s celebration, Pine Tree Apple Classic Fund (PTACF) and Children’s Minnesota announced the establishment of the Pine Tree Apple Tennis Classic Endowed Chair in Cancer and Blood Disorders Research, and the appointment of Dr. Kris Ann Schultz as the inaugural holder of the position. This Chair is a direct result of your generosity and the many years of fundraising efforts associated with the Pine Tree Apple Tennis Classic, and ensures dedicated research in finding a cure for many years to come. Click here to read more about the new endowed chair position and Dr. Schultz.
Save The Date: Pine Tree Apple Tennis Classic 2021 - August 5-8, 2021
Next year, we hope to be celebrating the 36th year of this incredible event back together in person. Mark your calendar to join us on August 5-8, 2021. Until then, if you have any questions, ideas or would like to discuss additional ways to be involved in supporting the event and our mission, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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