Sunday May 10 2009
Broadstone tennis pro wins two national titles
By: Special to the Telegraph
In an unusual feat, Broadstone Racquet Club tennis professional Novak Nash captured two National Indoor Titles at the USTA Men’s 30 and Mixed 30 National Indoor Tennis Championships during the tournament played earlier this month at Spare Time Indoor Tennis Center. Players had to be at least 30 years old to participate in the championships. The winners in each event received a coveted “gold ball.” A hallmark of tennis achievement, a gold ball is only awarded to winners of USTA National Championships. Nash partnered with Marty Rothfels, head tennis professional at Gold River Racquet Club, to win the Men’s 30 Doubles National Indoor Title and with his wife, Carmel Nash?Hill, a tennis professional at Broadstone Racquet Club, to capture the Mixed 30 Doubles National Indoor Title. Nash and Rothfels, unseeded in the Men’s 30 doubles event, defeated the No. 4, the No. 1 and the No. 3 seeded teams on their march toward the tournament title. Nash and Rothfels defeated third-seeded Chad Dyer and Jeffrey Hechemy of Kentucky in the finals, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5). Down 5-1 in the second-set tiebreaker, Nash and Rothfels won six points in a row to take the title. Nash credits the playing skills of his partner for his National Men’s Doubles Title. “I like playing with a lefty,” says Nash of Rothfels. “Marty has a big left?handed serve. It’s an aggressive weapon that’s tough to handle and it made a big difference in the tie breaker. He was awesome. “It feels good to win two national titles at one tournament,” says Nash when asked about the Mixed Doubles Title he won with his wife. “Carmel is very happy. I think that matters more than anything.” Carmel Nash?Hill agreed, saying “I wanted to win my first USTA gold ball playing with Novak.” Nash and Nash?Hill defeated Gold River tennis professionals and defending mixed doubles champions Isabella Kling and Rothfels 6?7 (7-4), 6?3, 6?4 in the semi?finals. In the final round, they defeated Rio del Oro teaching professional Gergana Avramova?Hunt and Modesto tennis professional Mark Fairchilds 6?4, 6?2 to secure the title. Nash and his wife moved to California from Australia and settled in El Dorado Hills in 2005.