Wilton Open Paddle Tennis Scenes

Boie Bogardus, left, and Juan Arraya prepare for a return. They won the A draw. Photo Credit: Tom Renner
Terry Doran, left, watches as partner Marvin Anton hits a return. Photo Credit: Tom Renner
Wilton YMCA players Bill Fanning, left, and Peter Keiser wait to hit a return. Photo Credit: Tom Renner
Chris Johnson, right, returns a shot as George Rzepecki watches. Photo Credit: Tom Renner
Greg Fennessey, left, and Ron Gayda approach the net. Photo Credit: Tom Renner
Finalists in the B draw included (left to right) Kevin Dillon, Marq Mueller, Lawrence Garinger and Richard Greene. Photo Credit: Tom Renner
Kevin Dillon, right, and Marq Mueller await a return. Photo Credit: Tom Renner
The musical group Wilton Steel performed at the tournament. Photo Credit: Tom Renner
The A Draw final featured (from left) Terry Doran and Marvin Anton against Boie Bogardus and Juan Arraya. Photo Credit: Tom Renner
Lawrence Grainger, right, gets ready to hit a shot as teammate Richard Greene watches. Photo Credit: Tom Renner
Wilton Y players who met during a match included (from left) Pete Taylor, Peter Keiser, Mark Olson and Bill Fanning. Photo Credit: Tom Renner
Tom Young, right, and Steve Patterson, who play out of the Wilton Y, approach the net. Photo Credit: Tom Renner
Marvin Anton steps into a serve. Photo Credit: Tom Renner
Peter Taylor, left, and Mark Olson await a return. Photo Credit: Tom Renner
George Rzepecki of Rowayton slams a serve. Photo Credit: Tom Renner
Juan Arraya talks with partner Boie Bogardus during a break in play. Photo Credit: Tom Renner
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WILTON, Conn. – Paddle tennis players from Fairfield County and other nearby communities whacked returns, slammed serves and hustled around courts at several sites Saturday in the 29th annual Wilton Open.

Sixty-four two-man teams played in A and B draws of the tournament, which is the season-ending event for the paddle tennis community. The sport has become an increasingly popular winter activity and moves more briskly than traditional tennis matches. The rules are essentially the same as in tennis though the game is played on a much smaller court and players can return shots ...
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