The first annual Parent/Child Tournament, held on February 1 at the Ross School Tennis Center, brought together 16 teams from the community in three age brackets for an afternoon of friendly competition that also benefited the Steven J. Ross Scholarship Fund.
Teams with children age nine and up, in A and B divisions, competed in a bracket-style tournament on full courts, and teams with children ages six through eight played round-robin-style matches on the Quickstart courts.
Several boarding students teamed up with Ross faculty and staff members to add to the mix of fun. A close final match in the A division with ninth grader Rory Gallaher and her father, John, ended in victory for Ross's own Director of Enrollment Management and External Affairs Don Smith and tenth grade RSTA student Nicholas Gunther.
In the B division, both the champions and finalists were from Manhattan’s Shufro family, who play at Ross on the weekends. Dad Greg and elder son Jacob took the top title, while mom Jen and younger son Bryce were runners-up.
Three teams battled for the most points on the Quickstart courts. Quick-footed second grader Quinn Sacchonaghi and his father, Antonio, placed third, and fourth grader Francesca Corsalini and her father, Enrico, were second. First place went to Lucas Sowder-Yuson and his father, Rusty, who are enrolled in the Ross junior and adult tennis programs.
Other participants earned medals for special honors, including third grader Paolo Christie, who was recognized as the Most Athletic Player.
Congratulations to all tournament players. See you next year!