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Platform Tennis' Popularity Surges in Any Weather

One of Fairfield County's best-kept sports secrets keeps getting bigger. Over 200 platform tennis players went out in a chilly drizzle Saturday for the 2011 Fairfield County Platform Tennis League Paul Fowler Invitational. Matches began at 8 a.m. at clubs all over the county, with the finals in seven skill divisions taking place at New Canaan Country Club. Every participant was a Fairfield County resident.

"Not many people know this many guys play this sport," league board member Steve Caccam said. "We had a wonderful showing for this tournament, and it just keeps getting bigger every year."

Max LePivert and Ken Dardis of Stanwich Club in Greenwich took home the win in Division One, the most competitive division in the league. They defeated Tom Richardson and Pat Mullin of Woodway Country Club in three sets, 6-1, 0-6, 7-5. Junius Clark and Mark Warnken of Darien Town Club won a thrilling Division Two final, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4. In Division Three, Jack Dowdle and Jon Speare of Lake Club in Wilton came out on top, 6-2, 6-1. Christian Toft-Nielsen and Jared King of New Canaan Town Club won the Division Four final in straight sets, 7-6, 7-6. Kurt Schneider and Nick Stevenson of Wilton Riding Club took the top spot in Division Five, 6-3, 7-6. Scott Gioffre and Stephan Ramirez took home the top spot in Division Six, 6-4, 6-4. Benjamin Adams and Brad Mahaney rounded out the champions with a Division Seven final win, 6-3, 6-1.

A total of 26 member clubs make up the Fairfield County Platform Tennis League. The tournament is the largest men's platform tennis contest in the country.

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