Area high school students play in Autumn Classic Tennis Tournament

The 8th annual Autumn Classic Tennis Tournament benefitting Norwalk Grassroots Tennis (NGT), a 20 year old non profit National Junior Tennis and Learning program, was held on September 26. The lead sponsor was again Darien Rowayton Bank. NGT offers free year round professional tennis instruction, supplementary education services and life skills programming to more than 250 Norwalk youth living in public or subsidized housing.

The Autumn Classic was open to all public & private Varsity and Jr. Varsity high school students in the area, and was played at the Weston Field Club, Weston Racquet Club and Longshore Park in Westport. More than 90 young men and women representing their schools fought hard in competitive but fun doubles play.

Tournament coordinator and a member of the NGT board of directors, Allen Levenson, thanked the sponsors and players for contributing more than $10,000 to help continue the NGT programs that graduate all participants from high school and help most graduates to go to college. “Not only do these high school tennis players support NGT but they give their time as youth tennis coaches and academic tutors that allow us to help so many underprivileged youth realize their potential in Norwalk,” he said.

Olivia Coyle from Greenwich Academy, Maitlyn Murphy from Greenwich High School and Will Andrews representing Staples High School co-chaired the event and attracted many of the players. “Its a great day of tennis for area high school players, and all of the participants feel so strongly about helping to raise money for such a worthy cause and feel fortunate doing so by playing a sport they love,” said Andrews.

“The Autumn Classic is a tremendous boost to Norwalk Grassroots Tennis, bringing together generous long-time supporters while continuing to attract first-time donors to our program,” said Art Goldblatt, Founder and President Emeritus of Norwalk Grassroots Tennis. “With the enthusiastic and generous support of the community, we can continue to change the lives of Norwalk’s youth for generations to come.”

Below are the winners and finalists of each division and the schools they represent:

Boys Varsity:

Winners: Harry Walker, King & Willie Turchetta, Brunswick

Finalists: Noah Schott, Saint Lukes & Jacob Cohen, Greenwich HS


Winners: Russell Mahaney & Tim Derby, Darien HS

Finalists: Mason Jennings & Zach Angel, Fairfield Ludlowe HS

Boys JV:

Winners: Timothy Chiang & Samuel Larkin, Staples HS

Finalists: Henry Murphy, Wilton HS & Luis Gonzalez, Brien McMahon HS


Winners: Chris Hilton, Fairfield Prep & Colten D’Agastino, Greenwich HS

Finalists: Matthew Chernok & Rury Steele, Staples HS

Girls Varsity:

Winners: Camilla Akerman & Maddie Arnold, Greenwich HS

Finalists: Madeline Massey & Alexandra D’Aquino, Joel Barlow HS


Winners: Maggie Glynn & Maitlyn Murphy, Greenwich HS

Finalists: Leigh Culnane & Jelena Sypher, Wilton HS

Girls JV:

Winners: Alyah Freznel & Annabelle Benjamin, Brien McMahon HS

Finalists: Grace Connell & Manon DeVos, Staples HS


Winners: Tes DeJaeger & Pratyusha Chintalapudi, Brien McMahon HS

Finalists: Anisha Laumas, Greenwich Academy & Jasmine Jacklin, Staples HS

Norwalk Grassroots Tennis would like to thank the generous sponsors for the 2015 Autumn Classic, most notably Darien Rowayton Bank, the tournament’s lead sponsor; our Gold Level sponsors including the UBS branch of Westport, the B kind foundation, and the Macey Family; our silver level sponsors including Fairway Market of Stamford, Weston Racquet Club, Boost Oxygen, Division 1 Prep, GE Capital Real Estate, & Avison Young; as well as our other valued sponsors who include Weston Field Club, New Canaan Racquet Club, True Tension Tennis Shop, Steaz Beverage Company, Broder & Orland Law Office, Saugatuck Sweets and Threads & Treads.

Norwalk Grassroots Tennis Inc. is a 501 c3 tax exempt community tennis program, supported by the United States Tennis Association, and numerous terrific citizens and organizations concerned with the challenges faced by disadvantaged children in greater Norwalk. To find out more, go to or contact Chris Hulse, executive director, at 203-939-1770 or [email protected]

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