Tournament brings all levels of skill to courts

III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific
Story by Pfc. Codey Underwood

Date: 02.25.2012
Posted: 03.01.2012 18:56
News ID: 84604
Tournament brings all levels of skill to courts

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION FUTENMA, Japan - Players showed their passion, talent and athleticism during an island-wide tennis tournament hosted by the Marine Corps Community Services at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma Feb. 25.<br /> <br /> The tournament showcased intermediate and advanced matches, which followed the rules and guidelines of the United States Tennis Association, said Yohandro Espinosa, a sports coordinator for MCCS.<br /> <br /> “Advanced matches are for seasoned players, while intermediate matches are for the beginning or casual players,” said Espinosa. “The skill classes are determined by the players.”<br /> <br /> The contestants competed for first and second place trophies. All of the matches were either men’s or women’s singles with no age limit, said Espinosa.<br /> <br /> Ten players competed in the single-elimination tournaments organized by skill level and gender.<br /> <br /> Daryl Perales claimed first place for the men’s intermediate bracket, and William Barker was the runner-up. Sandra Perales took first place for the women’s intermediate bracket, and Yoshiko Youngdano was the runner-up. The winner of the men’s advanced bracket was Jose Ramos with Tamario Mullins as the runner-up. No women participated in the advanced bracket.<br /> <br /> Unlike most of the other advanced players in the tournament, Ramos did not begin playing until after high school. It was then that he found his passion for tennis.<br /> <br /> “Tennis is one of my favorite sports now,” said Ramos. “During the weekends I like to spend a lot of time practicing on my skills or playing in tennis tournaments. I’m grateful that MCCS sponsored this tournament.”<br /> <br /> MCCS plans to sponsor more tennis tournaments throughout the year. For more information, visit www.mccsokinawa.com.