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A Tennis Twist on the Polar Bear Plunge


“But baby, it’s cold outside./
I’ve got to go away./
But baby, it’s cold outside.”1
I’ve got TENNIS to PLAY!

    On January 2nd, a number of brave tennis players tore themselves away from their warm, cozy homes to brave the elements to play tennis in the 1st annual Polar Bear Tournament at Atkins Park in Sewell presented by “Win3Break3”.  Doubles teams played 8 game Pro-sets to advance in this chilly competition.  During one game, all players had to don their summer attire and withstand the 38 degree cold.  Some of the more hearty teams wore their summer attire well beyond the one game summer attire minimum. 
    Vlad Kololomasov and partner Nick Shepard, both of Williamstown, New Jersey, won the wintry event and Chuck Collier and partner Rob Woodell, both of Pitman, New Jersey were the finalist.
    Marvin Hill of Mullica Hill organized the event and is already looking forward to hosting next year’s Polar Bear Tennis Tournament, which will be posted on USTA Middle States website.  Mr. Hill is a Tennis referee, who acted as the 2014 National Tennis Referee for Special Olympics.  Funds raised by the event are being donated to New Jersey Special Olympics.