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2011 Paul G. Sullivan Tennis Championships
Frick Park Clay Courts, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
July 12-24, 2011

2011 Paul G. Sullivan Champions and Finalists
USTA-Sanctioned Men's Open Singles
68 Participants
Final match on the new exhibition court - attended by 50 spectators
USTA-Sanctioned Women's Open Singles
17 Participants
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2011 Champion: Mike Wagner (also Champion 2010)
2011 Finalist: David Fink (also Champion 2007, 2008, 2009).
Match Result: 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Presenting the 2011 trophies: Jose Mieres (Tournament Director), Leo Sweeney (2000 Men's Open Singles Champion), Michael Sayette (1998 Men's Open Singles Champion), and Corey Escoto (Designer of 2011 Paul G. Sullivan Clay Championships Trophies). Mr. Sweeney and Mr. Sayette played the Men's Open Singles final in 2000, the last year the tournament was directed by the late Paul Sullivan himself.
2011 Champion: Emma Leibowicz (also 2008, 2010 Champion).
2011 Finalist: Jacqueline Payne
Match Result: 6-3, 6-2.

Presenting the 2011 trophies: FPCCTC Board members Mark Wallace, Joseph Leibowicz, and John Adkins.
Men's Senior Singles Women's Senior Singles Tournament Referee
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2011 Champion: Daniel Jones (also 2009 Champion).
2011 Finalist: Arthur De Mateo (also 2010 Champion).
Match Result: 7-5, 2-6, 7-6(0)

Presenting the 2011 trophies: Joseph Linden (Assistant Tournament Director) and Emma Leibowicz (2008, 2010, and 2011 Women's Open SIngles Champion).
2011 Champion: Yumiko Murai
2011 Finalist: Joyce Scott (also 2010 Champion)
Match Result: 5-7, 6-2, 6-4.

Presenting the 2011 trophies: FPCCTC Board member Maureen Collins, FPCCTC volunteer Arun Nallaswami, and Assistant Tournament Director Joseph Linden.

2008-2011 Paul G. Sullivan Clay Championships Tournament Referee Barb McMullen (USTA).

Chaired both the 2011 Men's Open Singles and
2011 Women's Open Singles finals.

Men's Open Doubles Women's Open Doubles Mixed Open Doubles
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women's doubles
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2011 Champions:Matt Rogers and Mike Wagner
2011 Finalists: Mike Kovacs and John Muza
Match Result: 6-2, 6-1.
2011 Champions: Johanna Bezjak and Jacqueline Payne
2011 Finalists: Yoko Motoyama and Yumiko Murai
Match Result: 6-1, 6-0.
2011 Champions: Fran Bolanis and Brad Wade.
2011 Finalists: Johanna Bezjak and Jose Mieres.
Match Result: 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Tournament Draws and Results

USTA-Sanctioned Men’s Open Singles
Men’s Open Singles Qualifying

USTA-Sanctioned Women’s Open Singles

Women’s Open Singles Qualifying

Men’s Senior Singles (50+)
Women’s Senior Singles (50+)

Men’s Open Doubles
Women’s Open Doubles
Mixed Open Doubles

Tournament by Day

Tuesday, July 12 (MOsQ) Results
Wednesday, July 13 (MOsQ) Results
Thursday, July 14 (MOsQ) Results
Friday, July 15 (MOsQ, MSs) Results
Saturday, July 16 (MOsQ, MSs, MOd, MxOd, WOsQ) Results
Sunday, July 17 (MOsQ, MSs, MOd, MxOd, WOsQ) Revised 7/16 1150 pm
Monday, July 18 (various) Courts closed 5pm due to heavy rain
Tuesday, July 19 (various) Revised 7/19
Wednesday, July 20 (various) Results
Thursday, July 21 (MOs QF, WOs QF, MxOd, MOd, WOd) Results
Friday, July 22 (MOd QF, MxOd QF, WOd QF, WSs SF) Results
Saturday, July 23 Morning Revised(2) 7/23
Saturday, July 23 Afternoon Revised(2) 7/23
Sunday , July 24 (Finals) Results

View photos of the 2011 Sullivan Tournament

Congratulations to all the 2011 competitors!

For the the first time in its outstanding history since its inception in 1930, the Men's Open Singles and Women's  Open Singles were USTA-Sanctioned events, using a format proposed and pioneered by FPCCTC that allows any player to participate in these events, even without current USTA membership. 

The 2011 Men's and Women's Open Singles championship matches were held for the first time this year on the new exhibition court:

  • Women's Open Singles: Emma Leibowicz (2011 Champion) and Jacqueline Payne (2011 Finalist).
  • Men's Open Singles: Mike Wagner (2011 Champion) and David Fink (2011 Finalist).

Presenting the Men's Open Singles Champion and Finalist trophies were Leo Sweeney (Champion 2000) and Michael Sayette (Champion 1998). Mr. Sweeney was the last player to win this championship under the direction of the late Paul Sullivan himself. We were honored today to have them as special guests for the Championships.

We were also honored and proud to have had former Open Champions and Finalists participate this year: Jeff Winicour in MSs (1980 Open Champion), Kenny Nieser in MSs (1981, 1988 Open Champion), and especially John Chatlak in MOs. Mr. Chatlak was finalist in 1990 in Frick Park, after which he went on to win the National Parks Championships as well as earn the #1 USTA national ranking in three different age groups. He's returned to the Frick clay after 21 years - and we hope to have him come back a lot sooner this time.

Thanks to tournament referee Barb McMullen, and officials Tammy Tjader and Al Skorupka.

Big thanks to Tournament Director Jose Mieres, Assistant Tournament Directors Steve Hirtle and Joseph Linden, Tournament Desk Director Maureen Collins, and to the Frick Park Clay Court Tennis Club volunteers who maintained the courts in top condition throughout the entire tournament. A big thanks also goes to Citiparks publicist Mary Beth Mueller and Citiparks Director Mike Radley.

To ALL the players - we enjoy your efforts, appreciate your sportsmanship, and are so very thankful for your friendship. At the end of the day, tennis is really about people - and we're all so lucky to have met you on the Frick clay!


Men's Futures of Pittsburgh Professional Exhibition Match - July 7, 2011

Robbye Poole (423 ATP, formerly Ole Miss Univ.) and Harry Fowler (Rice Univ.) after an exhibition match on Thursday, July 7, 2011, on Court 1 at the Frick Park clay courts attended by 30 spectators. Vamos!



2011 Sullivan Championship Trophies

The Frick Park Clay Court Tennis Club commissioned local artist Corey Escoto to design and build a set of custom trophies. Each trophy was hand made with red clay and had a small amount of the Frick Park Clay Court surface clay incorporated into the the body of the clay. Each Men's and Women's Open Singles trophy has a texture created by hitting the clay with a strung tennis racket. The angular shape of all of the trophies suggests the dynamic geometry of the game, such as sharp angled volleys, or the projectile motion of a topspin forehand. Lastly, the white stripe makes reference to the all important boundaries upon which the Paul G. Sullivan Clay Court Championships, "the classiest battery of rectangles in the district," take place.  


Corey Escoto is a multidisciplinary artist who recently relocated (Aug 2010) to Pittsburgh to teach in the Department of Art and Design at Chatham University. He has exhibited nationally, internationally, and widely throughout his home state of Texas.  Recent exhibitions and awards include include, The Gateway Foundation Grant; The Great Rivers Biennial, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; New American Talent 23, Austin, TX (traveling); Le Souvenir, Weimar, Germany; Seven Days Brunch, Basel Switzerland; and DeCollecting, Dunkerque, France.

Tournament Volunteers and Staff
Pittsburgh Parks and Recreation:
Mike Radley (Director)
Citiparks Tennis and Tournament Director:
José Mieres

Assistant Tournament Directors:
Stephen Hirtle
Joseph Linden

Tournament Desk Director:
Maureen Collins
Tournament Referee:
Barb McMullen

Tournament Officials:
Tammy Tjader
Al Skorupka
Neil Leroy

Promotion and Publicity:
Mary Beth Mueller - Citiparks
Deb Rosen - Tennis Village
Citiparks Tennis - Summer Guide and Website
Regent Square Civic Association.
Online Registration and Webpage:
Stephen Hirtle
Ross Cooperman
Gulshan Sharma

Kambiz Doonboli
Luis Vargas

Tournament Ball:
Gamma ProTour Regular Duty

Clay Court and Tournament Desk Volunteers:
Kenny Nieser, Luis Vargas, Melinda Handler, Jim Hammond, Paul Shaner, Alex Andrade, Carol Lang, Joseph Leibowicz, Corey Escoto, Arun Nallaswami, Leslie Gottschalk, Jeff Winicour, Tim Brown, Mac M, Bruce Roddich, Ray Heavner, Greg Larosa, Dara Chengappa, Johanna Bezjak, John Chatlak, Mike Wagner, Emma Leibowicz, Andrew Stein, Naoko Schneider and friends!, Arthur De Mateo, Daniel Jones, Dan Kambic, Allen Baum, Mark Wallace, John Adkins, among others. THANKS!

Corey Escoto
Gift Certificates:
Tennis Village
Seeding and Draw Committee:
José Mieres
Stephen Hirtle
Maureen Collins
FPTCCTC Sponsorships:
Howard Engelberg
Deb Rosen
Mark Wallace
José Mieres
Tom Current

Negotiation for FPCCTC Adopt-A-Park Agreement with the City of Pittsburgh:

Joseph Leibowicz
Men's Futures of Pittsburgh Exhibition Matches at Frick Park:
Dan Hackett
Bette Webber
USTA Allegheny Mountain District Support:
David Diletusso
Fred Crawford
USTA Middle States Support:
Megan Goodwin


Closed Tues July 12 5pm. Please confirm your entry by clicking on the list of registered players. For inquires about the tournament, please email Jose Mieres at

Tournament payment ($10 singles, $15 doubles) made be made by:

  • Check or money order, payable to "FPCCTC" and mailed to P.O. Box 81805 Pittsburgh, PA 15217.
  • Cash, check, or money order at the club desk before playing your first match.

You might also consider making a donation or joining FPCCTC to support the ongoing revitalization and improvements to the historic Frick Park Clay Courts. Find us at the Tournament Desk. Thanks! You are very Welcome!"

Current registrations are listed on registered players page.


All Open matches thru the quarterfinals are best two of three tiebreak sets with standard scoring (weather permitting). All Open semi and final matches are best two of three sets; first two sets are tiebreak sets. The third set to completion (weather permitting). All Senior matches are best two of three tiebreak sets with standard scoring (weather permitting). Men’s Open Singles will have Qualifying Draw for 8 spots on a Main Draw of 16.

NEW FOR 2011

For the the first time in tournament history, the Men's Open Singles Main Draw of 16 and the Women's Open Singles Main Draw of 8 will each be USTA-Sanctioned. Men's Open Singles and Women's Open Singles players do *not* have to be USTA members to participate in the tournament, but *if* you make it to the Main Draw *and* you are not (yet!) a USTA member, FPCCTC will help sponsor your new USTA membership. NICE!




2008 Photo by Kambiz Doonboli


2007 Award Winning Photo by
Andrew Stein


Men’s Open Singles:
2010 Mike Wagner
2007-8-9 David Fink
Women’s Open Singles:
2010, 2008 Emma Leibowicz
2009 Katie Freedline
2007 Jackie Hughes
Men’s Senior Singles:
2010 Arthur De Mateo
2009 Daniel Jones
2008 Vince Romito
2007 Jeff Winicour
Women’s Senior Singles:
2010 Joyce Scott
2009 Carroll Roberts
2008 Tammy Tjader
2007 Doe Krug

All Past Results: [2010] [2009] [2008]


The tournament is open to all amateur players in the Western Pennsylvania area 16 years of age and older. Players 50 years old or above can play either in the Open or the Senior Singles event, but not both. The City does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, place of birth, sex, sexual orientation, familial status, age (40 and over), or non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, or on any other basis protected by federal, state or local law. All players agree to sign a waiver of claims form before playing their first match. All players agree to abide by tournament rules as specified by tournament officials. All match schedules are weather permitting. Proceeds of this tournament are solely for the benefit of the Frick Park Clay Courts.


In August 1930 the newly constructed Frick Park clay courts first hosted the Pittsburgh Parks Championships.

Paul Sullivan wrote that the Frick Park had “the classiest battery of rectangles in the district.”

Paul Sullivan directed the Pittsburgh Parks Championships held at the Frick Park clay courts from 1930 until 2001.

In 1930 the singles champions were Frank Broida of Frick Park and Jean Artzberger of Olympia Park.

From 1930 until 2001 there were no tiebreaks in any of the matches and there were no age groups in any events.

In 2001 Paul Sullivan directed the tournament for the last time at Frick Park.

In 2002 Paul Sullivan, at 98 years old, put down his racket for the last time and the tournament was renamed the Paul G. Sullivan Tennis Championships.

In 2007 the tournament was relocated back to Frick Park after the volunteer restoration of the red clay courts by the new Frick Park Clay Court Tennis Club.

Participation has increased from less than 30 players in 2006, to 62 players in 2007, and over 100 players in 2008-2010. There were 61 players in the 2010 Men’s Open Singles Draw.

2011 has over 150 registered players, including 68 players in the Men's Open Singles.

Paul G. Sullivan Clay Championships (formerly Pittsburgh Parks Championships)
Men's Open Singles and Women's Open Singles Champions

1930 - Frank Broida - Jean Artzberger
1931 - Frank Broida - Jean Artzberger
1932 - Frank Broida - Jean Artzberger
1933 - Al McCorkle - Jean Artzberger
1934 - Harry Wald - Jean Artzberger
1935 - James T. O'Connor - Jean Artzberger
1936 - Harry Wald - Jean Artzberger
1937 - Dr. John O'Loughlin - Jean Artzberger
1938 - Harry Wald - Miriam Sullivan
1939 - Harry Wald - Miriam Sullivan
1940 - Joe Kristukek - Kay Welch
1941 - Eddie McCullough - Kay Welch Hackett

1942-1945 - No Tournament - WWII

1946 - Robert E. Bennett - Kay Welch Hackett
1947 - Joe Harmuth - Lucy Borelli
1948 - Robert Bennett - Joy Liken
1949 - Joe Short - Carol Meyer
1950 - Robert Bennett - Carol Meyer
1951 - Robert Bennett - Joy Hartman Liken
1952 - Robert Bennett - Carol Meyer
1953 - Eddie McCullough - Joy Hartman Liken
1954 - Joe Short - Carol Meyer
1955 - Joe Short - Carol Meyer
1956 - Joe Short - Joy Liken
1957 - Phil Dehuff - Janet Thomas
1958 - Diek Koscelnik - Margot Riester
1959 - John Bowers - Ruth Martin

1960 - Claus Bode - Ruth Martin
1961 - John Bowers - Janet Thomas
1962 - Ed Kilgus - Janet Thomas
1963 - Bill Colbert - Goldie Edwards
1964 - Bill Colbert - Ruth Martin Haude
1965 - Bill Colbert - Ruth Martin Haude
1966 - Dave Lichtman - Ruth Martin Haude
1967 - Bill Colbert - Ruth Martin Haude
1968 - Salim Khan - Dee Wilden
1969 - Andy Wiegand - Sandra Donahey
1970 - Dave Lichtman - Sandra Donahey
1971 - Pete Kortman - Sandra Donahey
1972 - Bill Colbert - Karen Brumbaugh
1973 - Bill Colbert - Barbara Falkner
1974 - Bill Colbert - Martha Eaton
1975 -                 - Ann Harris
1976 - Tom Loring - Gail Diciccio
1977 -
1978 -
1979 - Jack Cobetto - Kristen Mertz
1980 - Jeff Winicour - Jodi Levine
1981 - Ken Nieser - Gail Diciccio
1982 - Bill Pilardi - Betty Weber
1983 - Terry McClain - Maureen Druga
1984 - Martin Sturgess - Donna Wittmann
1985 - Martin Sturgess - Caroline Clarke
1986 - Jim Welker - Aldene LaCaria
1987 - Bill Dollard - Aldene LaCaria
1988 - Ken Nieser - Ann Harris
1989 - Bill Dollard - Sarah Mott

1990 - Lance Falce - Carolyn C. Kupperman
1991 - Allesandro Battaglia - Aldene LaCaria
1992 - Bill Dollard - Sarah Mott
1993 - Bill Dollard - Aldene LaCaria
1994 - Bill Dollard - Aldene LaCaria
1995 - David Nicholson - Sarah Mott
1996 - Mishel Gabbay - Aldene LaCaria
1997 - Matt Bird - Susan Dorsey
1998 - Michael Sayette
1999 -
2000 - Leo Sweeney - Candice Harris

2001-2006 No Tournament at Frick Park

2007 - David Fink - Jackie Hughes
2008 - David Fink - Emma Leibowicz
2009 - David Fink - Katie Freedline
2010 - Mike Wagner - Emma Leibowicz
2011 - Mike Wagner - Emma Leibowicz



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