From the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce:
The RSI Sight Saver 20/20 Teen Tennis Tournament introduced the first ever tennis tournament that tied eyesight to the sport! Tennis (or any racquet sport for that matter) cannot be played without good eye sight. Therefore, it was a natural for an eye charity (Restoring Sight International, Inc.) to sponsor a tennis tournament that would focus on that important physical attribute. Beginning in 2010, the tournaments have been played each year since. The 7th tournament was completed in August of 2016. Number 8 will be conducted this August 14th – 16th.
Patrick Wyeth won 5 consecutive RSI Scholarship Tennis Tournaments from 2011 through 2015!
Patrick, a native of Harwich, Cape Cod, started playing tennis at the age of 6. He first began competing in 2011 in the 14 and under boys age group. He won first place that year and repeated that success the following year. Then in 2013 he entered the boys group for 16 and under again taking the first place and duplicated that win the following year, 2014. Then in 2015, Patrick completed the outstanding achievement of winning first place 5 consecutive years in a row, this time in the boys, under 18 competition. Patrick’s scholarship awards totaled $2,500 which he has used to help defray his college tuition.
Today, Patrick is a sophomore at Boston College in the class of 2019 and will major in Finance at the Carroll Scholl of Management. Still vitally interested in tennis, he is Treasurer of the Boston College Club Tennis Team, playing #1 singles for the team. Patrick has been ranked as high as #2 in New England and #1 High School tennis player in 2014, winning the MIAA State championship as a junior. His national career rank is #150 as of this writing.
We are not aware of any tennis tournament anywhere at any time that has such a progression by a single individual winning first place. This accomplishment is a credit to Patrick’s dedication to the sport he has played and enjoyed since he first began playing at the age of 6!
RSI (Restoring Sight International), headquartered in Boston, is an international eye charity whose mission is that “No person should be needlessly blind”. Knowing and having witnessed eye injuries as a result of a hard driven tennis ball or an accidental injury from a racquet blow, it is thus logical that RSI would do anything it could to educate the young tennis players to the importance and significance of protecting their eyes during competition. Protective eye wear and eye educational material is provided to all contestants in the annual events. Interested parties are encouraged to visit the RSI website (restoringsight.org) for additional information on the organization’s activities.