Desmarteaux, Visinski advance to nationals
Tennis players from throughout New England and New York gathered at the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Sept. 24 and Sept. 25 to compete for an incredible prize: The chance to represent the United States in Melbourne, Australia, in January at the Kia Amateur Australian Open.
The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity was in conjunction with the first Grand Slam of the pro tennis season, the Australian Open. The hall of fame hosted the eastern regional tournament, from which one male and one female winner will advance to the U.S. finals in November.
In the men’s division, Louis Desmarteaux of Hull, Mass., once again claimed the victory. Desmarteaux defeated Eric Fleming of Roslindale, Mass., 6-3, 7-6(5) to secure his spot in the National Championship. Desmarteaux also won the eastern regional event in 2009, after which he won the National Championship, and went on to compete at the Kia Amateur Australian Open in Melbourne, ultimately being crowned World Champion.
In the women’s division, Jacquelyn Visinski of Fairfield, Conn., defeated Lindsay Grossman of Cohasset, Mass., 6-1, 6-4.