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  • Writer's pictureMichael Augsberger

BGO's most dramatic weekend ever

Blue Glove Open: Winter 2022-23, Week 4

What an incredible weekend of tight finishes the likes of which we've never seen, and we may never see again, in the BGO. Every single match was decided either in a tiebreak or with just one break of serve.

It started indoors in Primetime with Kiran Mathura's stunningly played tiebreak triumph over Solomon Ravitz, 9-8. Ravitz had been looking to sharpen his game for Travel Team and many have hailed his long-awaited return to the BGO as an omen with Final implications. Mathura rose to the challenge to claim Player of the Week honors.

But the drama was just beginning. Familiar rivals Ted Wang and Adelei Freund squared off, with Wang prevailing by a sliver. Sophia Yu swung out of her shoes to take Group A's Ariana Ipakchi to the brink before the veteran pulled away. It puts Ipakchi at .500 for the winter season, while Yu dropped to 0-2 so far in Group B.

Tiring a bit after such a long contest, Yu went toe to toe with Elina Ipakchi next. The younger sister won via the same tight scoreline, 8-6, and with it is mounting a rebellion against Krishna Ramaswamy, Group C leader by just winning percentage, who had the weekend off but will play this Sunday.

Spencer Weiss extended his Group A lead over Luke Mearns by winning an 8-6 contest over Carter Mills, who at 1-1 still is a major contender for the Finals spot and has proven he can seriously challenge a potential Final opponent.

That left Nicolas Kidd and Lara Dabney as the only players to brave the capital's cold outdoors on Sunday. They held up their end of the bargain, finishing 7-5 with Kidd on top for his second win of the season and vaulting him to second place in the group. Meanwhile, Dabney at 1-3 remains in the top half of the group table, in fifth.

The Winter Season continues! Join us on our RACE TO CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND when the Group Finals will be played. Continue the journey through the fall and winter with our outdoor and indoor BGO matches, our Travel Team, and the new USTA and UTR tour---the Sweet Spotter Series.

Each weekend Tennis Central hosts two USTA or UTR tournaments. Earn points for reaching each successive round just like at the ATP/WTA Tour, and qualify for the season-ending TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP, all while earning USTA and UTR points too. If you love the BGO, you'll love the Sweet Spotter Series.

Coming soon in 2023!

BGO Power Rankings - Jan 18, 2023

Top 15 - Currently registered players.

BGO Winter Group Standings - Jan 18, 2023

Top two from each group automatically qualify for group final.

Players are ranked by points (three for win, one for draw), then wins, percentage of games won, and games won.

Game scores are not included for wins by higher group players against lower group players.

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