NEW BRITAIN — The 42nd annual Children’s Charities Tennis Classic took place this past weekend at the New Britain High School tennis courts, and the event raised $4,000, bringing the grand total to nearly $170,000 since the event began nearly a half century ago.
This year’s proceeds were donated to the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain, specifically to its new inpatient autism unit, one of only 11 in the country. The unit broke ground in October of last year and Linda Glovna of the development office at the hospital received the $4,000 check from Don Lukowski, the tournament founder and chairperson, during the event.
“It was a great weekend of fun tennis.” Lukowski said in a statement. “I’m so grateful to all the players who turned out and supported our cause. Also, my thanks to my committee and our sponsors and donors, not only did we raise $,4000 for the hospital’s autism unit, but also awareness of the need to support those special young people on the autism spectrum.”
The tournament began on Saturday afternoon and ended on Sunday, and included a total of 42 participants.
In the parent/child doubles competition, Sean and Tyler Hussey of Rocky Hill beat Nikhil and Vishwanath Subranian of Newington in the championship. In the boys junior singles, Joe Gionfriddo of Newington won the event over Joey White of Southington, and in the boys high school singles, Tyler Hussey and Nikhil Subramanian met again in the finals, with Hussey coming out on top.
In the girls high school singles, Abby Weaver of Southington beat Audrey Belliveau of New Britain to win the event for the second straight year. It was also the second year in a row the Husseys won the parent/child doubles championship after beating Ed and Justin Chyra last summer.
In Grand Masters play, there was a rematch of last year’s final, with Rohan Kataria taking on Kunal Kataria, both of Southington. Kunal won the event in 2019, but this year, it was Rohan’s turn, winning the championship over a familiar face.
In adult singles, Ben Doolittle of Berlin beat Jeff Korp of New Britain to cap off a successful weekend for an event that has become a staple in the local community.
“The tournament went great,” Lukowski said. “I’m grateful to the players committee and donors who helped make the 42nd annual event so successful.”
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