Champs crowned at Stonebridge Open after Day 1; more finals today

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY -- The 8th annual Stonebridge Open tennis tournament saw three new champs crowned Saturday -- and many more still to come today when the final round of action commences at Albany's biggest amateur tennis tournament each and every year.

Winning the men's 3.5 singles title Saturday was Ocala, Fla.'s, Chase Foy, who defeated William Williamson from Moultrie, 4-6, 6-2, 1-0.

The "1-0" is not a mistake. The format for the tournament is to play two sets and then a 10-point tiebreaker in the third, and whoever wins the tiebreaker wins the match, though the score is simply listed as 1-0.

In the 9.0 mixed doubles category, Kathy Johnson/Mark Dukes of Albany defeated Steve Pinnell/Mallory Pinnell of Americus, 5-7, 6-2, 1-0.

In women's 4.0 singles, Mary Hutchinson of Leesburg downed Mallory Pinnell, who was also playing singles, 6-3, 6-0.

In the men's 4.5 doubles, the father and son team of Gray and David Wells of Buena Vista will play Curt Anthony (Albany) and Stephen Pinnell (Americus) in the finals today.

And lastly, in the tournament's premier division -- the men's 4.5 singles -- Tinsley Dozier of Albany advanced to the finals to face Leesburg's John Wright today.

"It was a great first day of tennis and we avoided the rain for the most part," Stonebridge head pro Randy Jobson said.