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Brown University Serves Up Doubles Mixed Tournament

Brown Mixed Doubles Tournament Winners
Elizabeth Vasily and her partner Mike Hill celebrate
their victory

Brown University Serves Up A Winning Mixed Doubles Tournament

For the last several years Brown University has held a mixed doubles tournament. This year, it was in danger of not happening, until Elizabeth Vasily and Justin Klee,
Co-Captains of the Men’s and Women’s Club Tennis Teams, stepped up to the helm and made it a charity event.

Vasily and Klee decided that the money should go to USTA Serves, the National Charitable Foundation of the USTA. According to Vasily, Serves was chosen because of “their focus on education and the use of tennis as a means to improve the lives of at-risk youth and people with disabilities. We want as many people to experience the sport that has been so central to our lives.”

Brown Mixed Doubles Tournament Costume Winners
John Eric Oberbeck and Logan Shanney pose in their
best costume winning outfits.

With the charity selected, they invited friends from all over the school to participate -members of varsity tennis, club tennis and squash as well as recreational players. Handicaps were put into place - varsity players were required to play with their non-dominant hands, and funny costumes / team uniforms were encouraged. Klee was excited by the turnout, “18 teams participated and many people came by just to hang out and cheer on their friends… All in all, it ended up being a beautiful day and everyone had a blast!”

Vasily and her partner Mike Hill were the victors of the tournament, and John Eric Oberbeck and Logan Shanney were voted to have the best costume. With the proceeds from the tournament being donated to USTA Serves, tennis players across the country will be the beneficiaries. Deborah Slaner Larkin, Executive Director of USTA Serves thanked the organizers and players. “We will use the money to help fund tennis and education programs targeted to at-risk youth who are college bound. We welcome you to the USTA Serves family; a community of supporters who give back to the sport they love and recognize the basic values embedded in tennis and education, including fun, discipline, hard work, leadership and competence.”  

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