“Tryzub” hosts Spring Tennis Tournament
By George Sawchak
Horsham, Pennsylvania. Steve Sosiak of Colonia, New Jersey became the champion of the Ukrainian Sport Organization “Tryzub’s” 22nd annual Spring Tennis Tournament, when in the final round, he defeated George Hrabec of Dan vers, Massachusetts by a score of 6-2, 6-1. The East Coast rain, which engulfed the area the weekend of May 2-3, finally forced the organizers to move the tournament venue from “Tryzubiwka” to the indoor tennis courts at Northeast Racquet Club in Philadelphia, where the finals and several other matches were played.
The tournament was contested in the men’s division only with a full feed-in group. In the semi-finals Sosiak won over George Walchuk of Annandale, New Jersey: 6-4, 6-4, and Hra bec defeated Ihor Buhaj of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania: 7-6(1), 6-4. In the quarterfinals Walchuk beat George Tarasiuk of Newtown, Pennsylvania; Sosiak won a close match over Philadelphian Jerry Tymkiw: 6-2, 6-4; Buhaj beat Andrew Wapowsky of Cherry Hill, New Jersey: 6-2, 6-0; and Hrabec defeated Boris Tatunchak of Worchester, Pennsylvania by a score of 6-1, 6-1.
After losing to Sosiak in the main draw, Tymkiw prevailed in three consecutive matches in the feed-in, thus winning that part of the competition and the overall third place in the tournament. He won against Tara siuk in a pro-set score of 8-1 in the first round, defeated Buhaj 8-1, and in the finals of the feed-in won when (with the score of 7-6, 3-0) Walchuk retired due to injury. The last two matches were played on the indoor courts at Northeast Racquet Club. To get to the finals of the feed-in, Walchuk overcame Wapowsky, 8-5, in the second round, and Wapowsky won against Tatunchak, 8-2, in the first round.
The closing ceremonies and trophy presentations were held on the indoor courts at Northeast Racquet Club. George Sawchak, tournament director, presented the trophies to the champion Steve Sosiak, finalist George Hrabec, feed-in winner Jerry Tymkiw and feed-in finalist George Walchuk.
The next Ukrainian tennis tournament will be USCAK-East, which will be held at the Soyuzivka Estate in Kerhonk son, New York on June 27-28. Competition will be held in singles, doubles and mixed-doubles in various age groups.
Trophy presentation (from left): Steve Sosiak, George Hrabec, George Sawchak, George Walchuk, Jerry Tymkiw, and Ihor Buhaj