2012 Robinson Activities & Events

55th Annual Francis J. Robinson Memorial International Tournament
July 16-22, 2012

Sunday, July 22

Sunday Brunch
The last day of the Robinson begins with Sunday Brunch and the Finals. The Port Huron Tennis House invites everyone to bring a dish to pass, share a meal, and watch the finalists compete for the championships during an all day BBQ! The Tennis House will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, and brats along with all the fixin’s. It’s a wonderful time to get together with friends and family, recall the events of the week, and support all of the players who participated in this year’s tournament. Come for tennis – stay for the food!

The Sundae Serve – 3pm
Join tennis friends to watch the finals of the tournament, and enjoy a sundae compliments of the Robinson Committee!

Friday-Sunday, July 20-22

$2500 Elite Invitational Tournament
As a special event in honor of the 55th Annual Francis J. Robinson Memorial International Tournament, the tournament committee has added an Elite 16 Invitational Division to be played in conjunction with the local tournament. Please review the $2500 Elite Invitational Tournament flyer for eligibility, entry and details.

It was the hope of the committee to attract highly ranked juniors and college level players from Michigan and the Midwest. We are thrilled to have sixteen first-class players competing for the $2500 prize money. Learn about each player’s tennis career by reading the Elite 16 Division Player Bio’s. Come to Sanborn tennis courts and enjoy watching these players battle for the championship! The schedule of play and pairings are as follows:

Round of 16  5pm & 6:30pm
Friday, July 20th
Quarterfinals  9:30am/11am
Saturday, July 21st
Semi-Finals  3pm
Saturday, July 21st
Finals  11am
Sunday, July 22nd
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Brady Crosby (1) d.
Mark Walker 6-0, 6-1
Crosby d. Latosinky
6-2, 6-4
Alex Latosinsky d.
Bryan Norville 6-1, 6-4
    Cullen d.Crosby
7-5, 6-2
Geoff Hiscox (3) d.
John Norville 6-7(5), 6-4, 7-6(4)
Cullen d. Hiscox
6-4, 6-3
Casey Cullen d.
Joe Grant 6-0, 6-0
          Necajeys d. Cullen
7-5, 4-6, 6-2
                 Pjotr Necajeys
Ross Vanderploeg d.
Jason Go 6-0, 6-2
Vanderploeg d. Pillon
6-3, 6-7(0), 6-3
Steve Pillon (4) d.
Aurko Joshi 7-6(4), 6-1
    Necajeys d. Vanderploeg
6-3, 6-2 

Michael Basha d.
Brian Vosburgh 6-3, 6-4
Necajeys d. Basha
6-2, 6-0
Pjotr Necajeys (2) d.
Justin Bourassa 6-2, 6-1


Friday & Saturday, July 13-14

Special Clinics – Get Ready for the Robinson!
This year we are excited to announce Special Clinics hosted by Kelly Jones and Tami Whitlinger-Jones, former professional tennis players who have played a combined 84 grand slams! Kelly and Tami currently operate KellyJonesTennis Coaching Program in Tampa, Florida. The Special Clinics will be held for Juniors, Adults, Coaches, and Parents. Several key program features Kelly and Tami will emphasize include: technical analysis & evaluation, strategies for sustained improvement, mental skill development & preparation, and practice and training routines.

Kelly has coached Mardy Fish, John Isner, and James Blake – he can coach you, too!!

Clinics are limited to 30 participants per session and cost $20 per session. Please sign up today at the Port Huron Tennis House!

Friday, July 13th Special Clinics

  1. 8-9:30am – Adult USTA NTRP Rating 3.5 & lower and 4.0 & above
  2. 9:30-11am – Junior Development and Challengers 1
  3. 12-1:30pm – Junior and Senior Excellence
  4. 1:30-3pm – Junior Tour and Elite

Saturday, July 14th Special Clinics

  1. 12-1:30pm – Junior Challengers 2 (60 foot court)
  2. 12-2:30pm – Coaches ($25 fee, includes lunch)
  3. 2:30-3:30pm – Parents

Mixed Doubles Exhibition – July 14th 5pm
Kelly Jones and Tami Whitlinger-Jones will play a special exhibition Mixed Doubles match Saturday afternoon, July 14th at 5pm. Their opponents will be Steve Pillon and Brooke Beier. Come watch the pros, learn doubles strategy and teamwork, and see some amazing tennis!

Check out some key facts from each of their resumes:

Kelly Jones #3 Nationally Ranked USTA in 18-and-Under Division
Four-Time All-American – Pepperdine University
Two-Time NCAA Doubles Champion 1984-1985
1984 USA Olympics Team
#1 ATP Tour Doubles Ranking 1992
Played in 46 Grand Slams
Coached Mardy Fish, James Blake & John Isner
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Tami Whitlinger-Jones #1 Nationally Ranked USTA in 18-and-Under Division
Two-Time All-American – Stanford University
1989 Tennis Magazine Women’s Player of the Year
WTA Highest Ranking – #41
Played in 38 Grand Slams
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Steve Pillon Western Michigan University Men’s Tennis Team 1997-2001
Highly Ranked Junior Player
Multi-Year winner of the Robinson Tournament Open Division
Teaching professional at the Port Huron Tennis House
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Brooke Beier Purdue University Women’s Tennis Team 2005-2008
All-Big Ten 2008
All-Academic Big Ten 2006-2008
Two-Time Division 3 Michigan State Champion
Assistant Tennis Coach – Purdue University


Thank You

We would like to thank the following families for generously providing accommodations for this year’s special guests! Thank you!

Mike & Karen Basha hosted Kelly Jones & Tami-Whitlinger Jones
Dale & Char Sweeney hosted 3 Elite 16 players and the Elite 16 party
Scott & Lynn Heithoff hosted an Elite 16 player
Fred & Lezlynne Moore hosted Pjotr Necajevs