Butler County Times Gazette
  • International champions earn titles in Leavenworth Labor Day Open

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  • Throughout the 42-year history of the Leavenworth Labor Day Open tennis tournament, the competition has seen competitors and champions from across the globe.
    This year's tournament was no different.
    With players from five continents, the champion of the men's open singles division hailed from San Luis, Argentina. Mauro Tete, a sophomore at Northwest Missouri State University, claimed the title by defeating college teammate Alvaro Riveros of San Juan, Costa Rica 6-1, 6-3 in the finals.
    Tete's title makes him the eighth foreign player to win the tournament. He also claimed a men's doubles title while paired with Romain Bossinot of France, defeating the team of Jesse Sherer and Danny Williams.
    Champions were crowned in 12 different divisions.
    Ann Broxterman of Topeka claimed the women's singles division with 24 points total, though Broxterman and partner Gary Shipp lost in the mixed doubles finals 6-4, 6-3 to Danny and Valerie Williams.
    Another international champion was Phil Salter of Brisbane, Australia, who claimed the Men's 40-and-older singles title by defeating Junping Yang of Wuhan, China 6-2, 6-1.
    Local player George Morton snagged the Men's 55-and-older title with a 6-4, 6-3 finals victory.
    With what tournament founder and chairman Jim Mathis said was nearly perfect weather all weekend, the Labor Day Open saw a larger player pool than years' past.
    More than 120 players entered the competition and the tournament also had players from North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Matches were played at the Leavenworth High School tennis courts and the Coach Jim Mathis tennis courts at David Brewer Park.
    The largest draw of the tournament was in the men's open singles, which saw a pool of 24 players.

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