February 2022 Newsletter

Hello NPTA Members,

Welcome to the 2022 season! We look forward to seeing all of you on the courts this spring and summer. Below is an organizational email to give you an idea of what to expect this spring.


Winter Social at The Strand:  Saturday, February 19, 7:30-10:30

Cost: $10 per person. Depending on attendance, we’ll play a round robin format: best of 5 games and then cycle off the courts to let the next crew play. The Strand has one dedicated singles court for those of you who prefer singles. NPTA will provide tennis balls, but BYOB and bring your own snacks (BYOS). If you want to pay your dues at the Winter Social, you can give your checks to Steve Bloom or to one of the Board members.

Link to RSVP online


Spring Programs Start April 18:

The spring programs will run 8 weeks, from 4/18-6/6 (make up week: 6/13). Summer programs start the week immediately following. To sign up, visit newprovtennis.org and get in touch with your league coordinators (names below). All 2022 dates are posted on newprovtennis.org.

Your 2022 League Coordinators:

  • Men’s Doubles: Bharat Rao
  • Women’s Doubles: Mimi Knorr and Karen Luongo
  • Mixed Doubles: Denise Moser
  • Beginner’s Tennis: Jennifer Kruger
  • Mixed Round Robin: Carol Lenardson
  • Singles Ladder: (open to both men and women): Donald Doran



Annual dues are $35, and they cover all programs and tournaments (plus you’ll get a very nice sweat towel) from 1/1-12/31. You can pay via Paypal at newprovtennis.org or mail a check to:

New Providence Tennis Association

PO Box 1042

New Providence, NJ 07974


2022 Tournaments:

  • Walther Cup scheduled for 6/4/22
  • Pioneer Cup tentatively scheduled for 7/16/22


New Programs:

We’re very happy to announce the launch of two new programs: pick-up tennis and a mixed doubles ladder. Both programs will start in late April and will run through the end of our season in October. More details to follow.



The Boro of NP will confirm NPTA’s reservations for our programs by the end of March. Your league coordinators will have the information by the time the leagues begin in case there are adjustments to the calendar below. For now, all you need to do is pay your annual dues and sign up with the respective coordinator.  Visit newprovtennis.org to sign up.

If you are an out-of-towner, you can play in our leagues and on our courts as long as you are participating in an NPTA-sponsored league or event.  At other times, the NP courts are reserved for NP residents (unless of course you are playing with a friend from NP).


Spring Tennis Term: 4/18/22 – 6/6/22 (8 weeks)

  • Dates: 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6
  • Makeup Week: 6/13

Summer Tennis Term: 6/20 -8/15 (7 weeks)

  • Dates: 6/20, 6/27, 7/4 (no session), 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8
  • Makeup  Week: 8/15

Fall Tennis Term: 8/29-10/17  (7 weeks)

  • Dates: 8/29, 9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10
  • Makeup Week: 10/17

Other ongoing programs:

The Singles ladder, which is open to both men and women; anyone can join at any time throughout spring, summer, and fall, by contacting Donald Doran at singlesladder@newprovtennis.org

Getting in Touch with Us:

We always want to hear from you: what we’re doing right, what we could be doing better. Drop us a line at communications@newprovtennis.org.

Hope to see you at the Strand. If not, we’ll see you on the courts in April.



Your 2022 Board Members:

  • Patti Miller – President
  • Bharat Rao – VP Programs
  • Yolanda Barron (outgoing) and Steve Bloom – Treasurer
  • Denise Moser – Secretary/Website
  • Karthik Sankaralingam – Programs/Communications
  • Isabella Blumberg – Media/Graphics

Walther Cup 2020 Information: Schedule, Format, Rules

9thAnnual Walther Cup

NPTA vs. STA 2020


Hello Walther Cup players,

A big thank you for signing up to play in the 2020 Walther Cup on Saturday, 9/12. Last year, NPTA won the title for the second year in a row, however STA leads the series at 5-3.  Which side will take home the trophy this year? We shall soon find out. Below is some useful foundational info.  Please let us know asap if you have any questions.

Tournament Coordinators

NPTA: Patti Miller and Bharat Rao

STA: Tim Moy and Sam Doctor


Match Schedule and Locations


Memorial Field Courts off Ashland Ave.

Men’s Singles 8am-9:30am

Men’s Doubles 9:30am-11:30am

Mixed Doubles 12:30pm-2:30pm


New Providence Courts by the NP Community Pool

Women’s Singles 8am-9:30am

Women’s Doubles 9:30am-11:30am


Players Rostered

Men’s Singles (8) Men’s Doubles (8-ish) Mixed Doubles (8) Women’s Singles *(3) Women’s Doubles* (4)
Kash Harold/Steve M. Allan/Cecilia Cecilia Marta/Alice
Steve B. Sri/Jaan Steve/Denise Yolanda Sarah/Patti
Bharat Kash/Steve B. Joe//Patti Meenu Sharma Denise/Tzu-Lin
Ted Bharat/Akshay Sanjeev/Anna Sub: Pooja Wendy/Lisa
Harold Ted/Rich Rich P./ Isabella Sub: Cecilia/Mara
Aaron Brian/Mike L. Sri/Durga
Jean Sanjeev/Aaron Rahul/Doreen
Doug Henry/Rahul Marilyn/Doug


Match Format

Singles: Play 1 pro-set: first to 8 games wins, must win by 2.  If tied at 8-8, play 10-pt tiebreaker. Ball dies at 9:30.

Doubles: Play best of 3 sets (3rdset is a 10-pt tiebreaker). Each set is a standard 6-game set. Set tiebreaks are 7 pts. If sets are split, play third set match tiebreaker to 10 pts.  ** If all players are present and a court is available, we may begin putting doubles players on courts early.

Note:Players playing both singles and gendered doubles will get a min. 15-min. rest period between sets. Bathroom breaks for those playing both singles and doubles may necessitate a delay in the start of doubles; courts will adjust the start of match play accordingly.

Rules:For all matches, standard USTA rules apply (switch sides on the odd games; COMAN tiebreaker rules followed). Rules are attached on the next page. Email Tournament Coordinators with any questions about the rules or format.

Food/Beverages/Balls: COVID has done away with our standard lunch, but we will provide granola bars, bananas, and individual Gatorades and waters. Feel free to bring your lunch if you want to eat between gendered doubles and mixed doubles.  A fresh can of balls will be provided before each match.

What to Bring: Chair, your own water, sunscreen

Arrival Time/Conclusion of Match:Plan to arrive 15 minutes before your match. In New Providence, check in with Patti; in Summit, check in at the Draw Board. Make sure you report your scores asap after leaving the courts.

Bathroom Facilities: Summit – Bathrooms are available in the Cornog Field House at Soldiers Memorial Field (about 100 yards from the tennis courts). NP: TBD.

Questions or “Day of” Problems:  Text Patti 908-347-6365 or Tim 908-347-1828.


Match Rules

 Warm Up: All warm ups, including serves, must be taken before the match begins.  Warm ups should take no longer than 10 minutes.

 Format: Matches will be the best 2 out of 3 sets.  The third set will be a 10-point tiebreak, must win by two. In the event that the match has not been completed in regulation time, the following

Timed Match Ruleswill apply.  A three-set match will always be recorded with the third set 1-0.

Timed Match Rules: Singles matches are capped at 1.5 hrs; doubles matches at 2 hrs. The following rules will be in effect:

Time will be determined by a clock (cell phone on mute) that is agreed upon by all players prior to the start of the match. With only 15 minutes left in the match, the game/tiebreak in progress is to be completedand the following will apply:

After a completed second-set tiebreak, if the same team won both sets, the match is over.

  1. If one team is ahead by two games or more, they win that set.
  2. If the teams are tied in a set, they play a set tiebreak (first to 7 by 2). Players follow the Coman tiebreak system: switch sides at points 1, 5, 9, 13, etc.
  3. If one team is ahead by only one game, play one more game, and then either “b” or “c” will apply.
  4. If sets are split, play a tiebreak (first to 7 by 2) for the third set. Players may switch every 6 points.

 When Time Expires at the 2-hour Mark:

If you are in the middle of a tiebreak, the TEAM AHEAD when the time expires wins the tiebreak.  When time expired and there is a tie in a tiebreaker, play ONE SUDDEN DEATH POINT to determine the winner of the tiebreak.

May 2020 Newsletter

Hello NPTA Members,


We hope everyone is well, healthy, and keeping active.


Our summer leagues are scheduled to begin 6/1, and though this start date seems we are still hopeful. New Providence is following guidelines on opening up courts and fields from both the governor’s office and the Westfield Regional Health Department. Until the NP Boro gives us the green light, we are restricted to singles play only.


  • Contact the league coordinators to register for teams so we can hit the ground running once are allowed. We will run the singles ladder, women’s doubles, men’s doubles, mixed doubles, and the round robins eventually.


  • The Walther Cup scheduled for 5/30 has been postponed and tentatively rescheduled to the weekend after Labor Day.


Current Guidelines for Court Use (as of 5/10/20)

The courts are open for singles playonly (2 people per court) for New Providence residents. The town is not taking any court reservations, so the courts are on a first come/first served basis.




  • Restricted to New Providence Residents – ID required
  • 1 hour maximum – no lingering afterwards
  • Courts open 7:30am-Sundown
  • No bathrooms
  • No lights


Remember: Courts 5-8 are still scheduled for global repairs beginning June 1st.


We will be in touch with further information as it unfolds.  Until then, stay safe.


The NPTA Board




April 2020

Hello tennis friends,

I hope this newsletter finds everyone in good health. We’re sure it comes as no surprise that NPTA is cancelling all Spring programming due to the coronavirus. With any luck, we will be able to resume our regular programs, including a new singles ladder, beginning with the summer session on 6/1/20. In the meantime, please feel free to begin getting in touch with the league coordinators to sign up for the summer programs.  The contact information for the coordinators is on the Website along with more information about our programs.

Reminder: New Providence is scheduled to begin construction on the back bank of courts so we will be restricted to 2 courts through 8/15. We will continue playing our leagues as always, but will extend the playing season.

Let us know if you have any questions, and we’ll be in touch next month.

Stay healthy,

The NPTA Board