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Summit Tennis Association Wins 2015 Walther Cup Competition

2015 Walther Cup Photo 1
2015 Walther Cup Photo 2

Summit Tennis Association Wins 2015 Walther Cup Competition Against New Providence Tennis Association


On Saturday, June 13, the fourth annual competition, the Walther Cup, between neighboring, non-profit community organizations that promote the game of tennis, the Summit Tennis Association (STA) and the New Providence Tennis Association (NPTA), took place.    

The event kicked off with a riveting 9-9 game tie, as 92-years young coach Dick Walther teamed up with STA President Ian James in a doubles match against the elder statesmen of the NPTA, Buck Kuttner and Raymond Surguy at the Summit Tennis Club (see picture insert).  The rest of the day's events, which consisted of men's and women's singles and doubles matches, as well as mixed doubles matches took place at the Memorial Field courts in Summit and New Providence's public tennis courts.  

A seeming trend in recent competitions, the victor between the two organizations could not be crowned until the day's final event, mixed doubles.  Ultimately, the STA won the 2015 Walther Cup with 16 wins to the NPTA's 13 wins.  

As the matchplay came to a close, participants in the day's events enjoyed lunch with one another.  Following lunch, Dick Walther, who was inducted into the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Northeast District Hall of Fame in 2014 for his development of community tennis in the area, presented the trophy to representatives from the STA, who reclaimed the Walther Cup from the NPTA, who won the competition for the first time in 2014 (see picture insert). 

The Summit Tennis Association runs programs for its members year round, including instructional clinics, round robin play, organized indoor and outdoor matches, a singles ladder and tournaments in the fall.  A family membership only costs $30.  More information about the STA can be found on the web at or by emailing

The New Providence Tennis Association runs similar tennis programs year round on New Providence municipal tennis courts.  For a listing of programs, please visit NPTA's website at  Membership is $25 per person.  If you have any questions, please email NPTA at

"Photo 1" taken by Jill Harris.  Pictured left to right is Coach Dick Walther, Carl Elsammak, Ian James and Lita Dunne

"Photo 2" taken by Richard Plesnarski.  Pictured left to right  is STA President Ian James, Coach Dick Walther, Buck Kuttner and Raymond Surguy

Article Submitted by David Krieger