From Tuesday, August 15th through Thursday, August 17th, over 95 youth tennis players competed in the USTA sanctioned 8th Annual 20/20 Sight Saver Junior Tennis Tournament for the Benefit of Restoring Sight International.
This is the highest number of registered players in a youth tennis tournament on Cape Cod with some of the best players in New England competing for scholarships. The tournament has 4 age divisions for male and female and each division resulted in a winner receiving $500 and the runner up receiving $250 to be used for higher education. This is one of the only youth tournament that provides scholarships nationally.
The tournament was held at the Mid Cape Athletic Club, hosted by the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce and Restoring Sight International (RSI), and run by Tennis Professional, Nate Reinhart of the Mid-Cape Athletic Club. This tournament is intended to educate youth racquet sport players about the importance of eye safety as well as support higher education.
The winners of the tournament are from all over New England and beyond. They are as follows:
Boys 12 Singles: Alexandre Gruffat of London, UK (1st) and Varun Swaminathan of Winchester, MA (2nd)
Boys 14 Singles: Pieter Breuker of Manchester, MA (1st) and Jingqi Zhang of South Dartmouth, MA (2nd)
Boys 16 Singles: Alex Finkelstein of Raynham, MA (1st) and Brendan Jimenez of Lynn, MA (2nd)
Boys 18 Singles: Matthew Kandel of Greenfield, MA (1st) and Isaac Gorelik of Weston, MA (2nd)
Girls 12 Singles: Lolita Buckley of Lakeville, MA (1st) and Anya Beniwal of Norwell, MA (2nd)
Girls 14 Singles: Anna Nguyen of Reading, MA (1st) and Caroline Stuhlfaut of Duxbury, MA (2nd)
Girls 16 Singles: Bayley Sheinin of East Greenwich, RI (1st) and Alexandra Prudente of Hanover, MA (2nd)
Girls 18 Singles: Cristiana DeAgazio of Winchester, MA (1st) and Nupur Shukla of Sharon, MA (2nd)
We want to thank all the sponsors for their support: Boston Children’s Hospital, Butler Sporting Goods, Cape Cod Five, Coachlight Carpets, The Garces Family, Hy-Line Cruises, Joseph N. Williams, The Macula Store, Middlesex Gases & Technologies, Inc., Morgan Stanley, Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston, Physicians of North Worcester County, Rollstone Bank and Trust, Shepley Wood Products, Try-it Distribution, Tufts New England Eye Center, Wells Fargo, Wendy’s, and Whydah Pirate Museum.
RSI is headquartered in Boston, and has as its mission that No person should be needlessly blind. Co-founded by Felipe I. Tolentino, RSI helps to help remediate blindness due to cataracts. RSI’s efforts reportedly have saved over 41,000 patients. In addition to this effort, RSI also sponsors foreign doctors (Brazil, Israel and the Philippines) for advanced studies, who are contractually obligated to carry their skills and compassion back to their homelands, hopefully instituting a program similar to the RSI approach for their own people.
For more information and questions, please contact the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce at 508-778-1008.