We continue our salute to Northern Regional players with Eastern Sectional Rankings by focusing on the players who are ranked in their age groups. First, the Men’s 35′ and Over’s. Nick Zacharczenko, a Dentist from Ballston Lake is currently ranked 14th. Nick finished last year ranked 9th in the Eastern Section. Phil Ackerman who played his college tennis locally (Univ. at Albany) is tied with Gene Cox of Niskayuna and Brian Matwa of Troy at #23. Phil is also ranked #10 in the Men’s 45’s and was #7 year end in the 45’s. Brian won this weekend’s Kathryn O’Keeffe tournament, Gene was #3 in the Eastern Section – 2009 year end ranking.
Joining Phil in the 45 and Over Rankings is Kent Friedman at #19. Kent won the 45’s in the Kathryn O’Keeffe tournament and is planning on trying for a National Ranking next year in the 50 and Over’s. Popular tournament director and Doane Stuart Head Coach Larry Yakubowski is currently 25th following a year end ranking of 18. Rounding out the rankings – Jim O’Neill of Philmont – #30, #14 last year; Eric Friedman of Saratoga Springs – #35 and Al Hutson, also of Saratoga Springs – #43.
Mike Finnerty(East berne) is currently ranked #20 in the 70 and Over Singles and Bob Schmitz of Scotia is #5 in the 75 and Over’s.
Nationally, Eric Friedman is #19 in the Men’s 50 and Over’s. His year end ranking last year was #14and he is ranked #77 internationally.