Gopher Alumni Victorious in Charity Tournament
Aug. 7, 2017

Pine Tree Apple Tennis Classic

University of Minnesota alumni Jack Hamburg (’15) and Tobias Wernet (’11) competed in the finals of the open draw, while two-time All-Big Ten selection Kevin Werwie (’91) claimed the Masters Division Championship at the annual Pine Tree Apple Tennis Classic hosted by and benefitting Children’s Minnesota in White Bear Lake, Minnesota this past weekend.

Wernet, a two-time All-Big Ten selection in his own right, teamed alongside Alexis Nelson in their trip to the finals. The second-seeded duo were knocked off by Hamburg and Jessie Aney, the top draw in the field, in a tight contest, 7-6 and 7-5. Wernet ousted ex-Gophers teammate Julian Dehn and his partner, Melanie Yates in the semifinals. Dehn received the Bob McNamara Unsung Player of the Year award back in 2012.

A pair of current Minnesota women’s tennis players competed, and junior Caroline Ryba teamed with men’s team alum Matthieu Froment. The Masters Division went chalk as top-seeded Larissa Mavros and Werwie, the 1991 Phil Brain Memorial Award winner for the Gophers, took home the title on Sunday afternoon.

The annual doubles tennis PTATC tournament raises funds that primarily support the childhood cancer research at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Donations, collected via the Children’s Minnesota website in the name of individuals, doubles teams, or the institute as a whole, are still being accepted via the link above and always at childrensmn.org.

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