June 5, 2016
High level international lawn tennis competition came to Long Island on June 4 and 5 at the Piping Rock Club in Locust Valley. Among the men’s and women’s tournaments being played, the 2016 Baker Bowl brought together senior players from the U.S. and Canada in a close competition.
While the U.S. won all four super tiebreakers and was victorious on Saturday winning eight out of ten Baker Bowl matches vs the Canadian team, the tables were turned on Sunday as Canada finished out the day with a 3-2 win over the U.S.
Leading the USIC team in the Baker Bowl was its captain for two years running,Hollis Russell, senior partner who heads up the trusts and estates practice at Ackerman Levine. A longtime enthusiast of the USIC, he enjoys the camaraderie and friendship these competitions build among players from around the world.
“It is exciting to see nations coming together in sportsmanship with a tremendous generosity of spirit, crossing borders, to support a sport we all love,” Russell said.
In accordance with Baker Bowl tradition, at the Saturday night banquet dinner, Russell presented a USIC tie to Canadian Raj Najendra making him an honorary member of the USIC, while Canadian caption Rosti Brankosky presented an IC Canada tie to U.S. team member Adam Rosen.