2013 Sam Kromer Flights

Sam Kromer, former Athletic Director and coach at St. Clair County Community College, came up with this format in 1973. He wanted to see that every player had a chance to win. Every tennis-playing community needs a flight tennis tournament to compliment the traditional tournaments. Because of the established practice of seeding in the traditional tournament most novice players draw a more skilled player, making their tournament exposure brief. Therefore, approximately half of the players in most tennis tournaments play one match, then it’s over.

We have been playing both singles and doubles Flight Tennis in Port Huron since 1974, and it is appealing to a wider spectrum of participants continually. Of course, flight tournaments attract experienced players, but just as important flight tennis appeals to the players who may avoid tournaments in which they could anticipate early termination. The idea is to assign players to flights with players of like ability. Six players (or teams) constitute the ideal flight. A local committee does our flighting and with few exceptions this arrangement works well.

All six players/teams participate in round robin competition. During the round robin phase an 8-game pro set is played. Each flight is assigned two courts twice during the week to play their matches. Time and motion are important. Brief warm-up time, fill the courts quickly, and generally keep things moving. Each flight should play three matches the first night and two matches the second night. The top four players/teams qualify for the semi-finals played on Saturday. The first place player/team plays the fourth place, and the second place player/team plays the third place. The winners play for the flight championship on Sunday. The semis and finals are the best two out of three sets.

2013 Flight Doubles July 10-14
2013 Flight Mixed Doubles June 26-30
2013 Flight Singles June 19-23

FLIGHT DOUBLES    July 10-14, 2013

2013 Kromer Flight Doubles Entry Form (entry deadline July 3rd @ 4pm)





Championship Flight
First Flight
Second Flight


Championship Flight
First Flight
Second Flight
Third Flight








FLIGHT MIXED DOUBLES    June 26-30, 2013

2013 Kromer Flight Mixed Doubles Entry Form (entry deadline June 20th @ 4pm)











FLIGHT SINGLES    June 19-23, 2013

2013 Kromer Flight Singles Entry Form (entry deadline June 13th @ 4pm)

Flight Singles “In the News”

“The net result: Intense but fun” page 1, page 2 – Port Huron Times Herald, June 20, 2013 




Championship Flight
6pm – Cts 5 & 6
Rose Greene, Liz Lozen, Breanna Knust, Ally Kennedy Danielle Slonac, Julie Rock Slonac d Rock 6-1,6-1
Lozen d Green 7-5,6-7,6-3
Slonac v Lozen 9am
First Flight
1pm – Cts 3 & 4
Adrianna Mirabelli, Anu Nandi, Isabella Murray, Sydney Sepsey, Margaret Smith, Leandre Mills Murray d Mills 6-3,6-1
Sepsey d Nandi 4-6,6-4,6-3
Murray v Sepsey 9am
Second Flight
1pm – Cts 5 & 6
Ashley Gilbert, Murphy Vandervest, Bridget Kutsche, Katie Kennedy, Kaitlyn Smith Tovarez d Gilbert 6-4,6-2
Kennedy d Vandervest 6-4,6-1
Tovarez v Kennedy 9am


SAT 6/22


Championship Flight
6pm – Cts 1 & 2
Luke Ingles, Tim Gaul, Connor Johnston, Taylor Sweeney, Steve Pillon, Matt Earley, Celina Grondin Pillon d Earley 6-1,6-0
Johnston d Ingles 3-6,6-3, 7-6 (11-9)
Pillon v Johnston 9am
First Flight
6pm – Cts 3 & 4
Terry Curley, Dave Gaul, James Hepting, Matt Lozen, Kevin Coombs, Will Gaul Hepting d W Gaul 6-1,6-3
D Gaul d Lozen 6-2,6-1
Hepting v D Gaul 9am
Second Flight
5pm – Cts 1 & 2
Mike Gossman, James Woolman, Andy Chen, Matt Gossman, Jon Semeyn, Jeremy Maynard, Paul Ingles Ingles d Woolman 6-2,6-1
Maynard d Mike Gossman 6-3, 6-2
Ingles v Maynard 9am
Third Flight
3pm – Cts 5 & 6
Christopher Grande, Abhishek Tekumulla, Gabe Ferguson, Nishaan Makim, Andrew Davies Davies d Ferguson 6-3,6-2
Makim d Tekumulla 6-3,6-3
Davies v Makim 10am
Fourth Flight
7pm – Cts 1 & 2
Mike Biscorner, John Oswell, Todd Kinney, Larry Drews Biscorner d Kinney 6-1,6-1 Biscorner v Oswell
Sat 12pm
Fifth Flight
4pm – Cts 3 & 4
Evan Duggal, Ryan Davies, Derek Distelrath, Connor Jones, Ainsley Kinney Bore d Kinney 6-2,6-1
Duggal d Disterath 7-5,7-5
Bore v Duggal 10am