Grassroots' Autumn Classic Tennis Tournament

Posted by Daniel Pearson on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 1:18 PM

Norwalk, CT - The 12th Annual Autumn Classic Tennis Tournament benefitting Norwalk Grassroots Tennis & Education (NGTE), a youth development nonprofit that provides outstanding tennis and education programming support for Norwalk youth, will be held on Sunday, October 6th, 2019.

The Autumn Classic High School Tournament, open to all high school students, will be played at both Longshore Park in Westport and other local clubs on Sunday, October 6th from 9:00am-3:00pm.  The Tournament was conceived and inaugurated in 2008 and raised over $3,000.  In 2018 over $25,000 was raised.  The 2019 turnout is expected to be very strong, with over 500 invitees from local High Schools from all over Southwestern Connecticut. "The Autumn Classic is a great event that brings the tennis community together. It's a fun day for high school players of all levels to come out and compete for a great cause." said Jordyn Lee, one of this year’s Event’s Chairpersons.

“The Autumn Classic is one of the largest, and most successful, events hosted by Norwalk Grassroots Tennis & Education. It brings together long-time supporters and first-time donors and volunteers to our program,” said Betsy McNeil, Executive Director. “With the amazing support from the community, we can continue to change the lives of Norwalk’s youth for generations to come.”

The registration fee for the tournament is $75 per player and includes breakfast, lunch, trophies, and giveaways from the organization’s supporters. Tennis players from all High Schools are welcome. The format will be boys and girls doubles, both divided into Varsity and JV brackets.  Participating High schools and their respective committee members are:


 James Cosby, Greenwich High School

Alexandra Iotzova - Wilton High School

Alisyn Kercher - Staples High School

Jordyn Lee - New Canaan High School

Grady Tarzian - Weston High School

Harrison Tucker - Wilton High School

Emily Wiley - Darien High School  

Committee Members


Edward Nagler – Brunswick School

Nick Root - New Canaan High School

Christopher Calderwood- Darien High School

Madeleine Wilson – New Canaan High School

Daniela Castellanos – Darien High School

Valentina Zamora – New Canaan High School

Katie Wiley- Darien High School

Grace Coale – Sacred Heart Greenwich

Kate Alianiello – Fairfield Ludlowe High School

Nick Roddy - Rye Country Day School  

David Poudrier – Fairfield Ludlowe High School

Gabby Gatto – St. Joseph High School

Karli Vare – Fairfield Warde High School

Zach Amendola- St. Luke’s School

Lane Durkin - Greens Farms Academy    

Audrey Magnusen- St. Luke’s School                                                     

Owen Minson - Greens Farms Academy

Robbie Daus - Staples High School

Lily Martucci - Greenwich Academy

Lucas Haymes - Staples High School

Maddie Smith - Greenwich Academy

Jordana Latzman - Staples High School

Kendall Schrohe - Greenwich High School

Symphony Akinloye – Trumbull High School

Justin Speaker - Greenwich High School

Leilani Brown – Trumbull High School

Drew Williams - Hopkins School

Andrew Ilie – Trumbull High School

Jeremy Cheng - Hopkins School                               

Allyson Szabo – Trumbull High School

Tyson Nichols – Joel Barlow High School

Henry Collins - Weston High School

Samantha Falcon- King School

Grace Cahill- Wilton High School

Terry McGrath - King School                             

Emma Caldwell- Wilton High School

Norwalk Grassroots Tennis & Education would like to thank the generous sponsors for the 2019 Autumn Classic, most notably the Lublinsky Family, the tournament’s lead sponsor; our Gold Level sponsors including Clean Well, F.D. Rich Company, SONO PEARL, Residence Inn by Marriot South Norwalk, Intensity, the Calaba/Wilson Family, the Macey Family, the Iotzov Family, the Tarzian Family.

For more information on the Junior Tournament, please contact Daniel Pearson at 203-939-1779 or email him at Additional information and online registration is available at

Norwalk Grassroots Tennis & Education Inc. is a 501 c3 tax exempt youth develop nonprofit, supported by the United States Tennis Association, foundations, corporations and citizens concerned with the challenges faced by underserved children in Norwalk.


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