Georgia’s Oren Motevassel and Pennsylvania’s Shareen Lai capture singles titles at the USPTA Hard Court Championships

Oren Motevassel, the No. 1 seed, of Alpharetta, Ga., claimed the men’s open title at the $8,000 United States Professional Tennis Association Hard Court Championships Sunday at the Hollytree Country Club in Tyler, Texas. Motevassel defeated the No. 3 seed, Guillaume Gauthier of Tyler, Texas, 6-3, 6-2, for the championship. Shareen Lai of Morrisville, Pa., earned the women’s open championship title by going undefeated in round robin play. Lai defeated Leslie Stewart of Hutto, Texas, who retired due to injury in the first set at 4-1. Lai later joined forces with Paulo Barros of Orlando, Fla., to win the mixed open doubles title.

The tournament, which was held from Oct. 26-28, included events in the following categories: men’s and women’s open singles, men’s open doubles, men’s 45 singles, men’s 55 singles and mixed open doubles. The competition featured several of the top men and women tennis-teaching professionals in the country.
Below is a complete list of results from final-round matches:

Men’s Open Singles Finals
Oren Motevassel (1), Alpharetta, Ga., def. Guillaume Gauthier (3), Tyler, Texas, 6-3, 6-2.

Women’s Open Singles Finals
Shareen Lai, Morrisville, Pa., def. Leslie Stewart, Hutto, Texas, 4-1 Ret (inj). Gayle Prejean, Tyler, Texas, def. Laura Carter, Houston, 6-2, 6-2. Shareen Lai def. Laura Carter, 6-0, 6-0. Leslie Stewart def. Gayle Prejean, 6-4, 7-5.

Men’s 45-and-over Singles Finals
Patrick Serret (1), Alexandria, La., def. Stephen Poorman (2), Southlake, Texas, 6-1, 6-1.

Men’s 55-and-over Singles Finals
Kimm Ketelsen, Tyler, Texas, def. Bob Raedisch, Dallas, 6-1, 6-4. Andy Shields, Fredericksburg, Texas, def. Bob Raedisch, 6-3, 6-2. Kimm Ketelsen def. Andy Shields, 6-2, 7-5.

Men’s Open Doubles Finals
Jonas Lundblad, Cedar Park, Texas, and Brian Notis (1), Dripping Springs, Texas, def. Jory Ereckson and Guillaume Gauthier, Tyler, Texas, 6-3, 6-2.

NMixed Open Doubles Finals
Paulo Barros, Orlando, Fla., and Shareen Lai, Morrisville, Pa., def. Stephen Poorman, Southlake, Texas, and Keri Preng, Newport, Ky., 6-1, 6-2.

The tournament was one in a series of national tournaments on several court surfaces that the USPTA offered to its members as part of the USPTA National Surface Championship Series.

The national tournaments are open to members in good standing. For additional information, please contact the USPTA at (800) USPTA-4U. USPTA Professionals may log in to the “members only” section of the USPTA Web site at for more information and an application for tournaments.


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