2015 Sheraton Sand Key Open
The third annual Sheraton Sand Key Beach Tennis Open was a huge success with over 80 participants competing in Men's Open Doubles, Women's Open Doubles, Mixed Open Doubles, Men's Advanced Doubles, Women's Advanced Doubles, and Mixed Advanced Doubles. The Beach Tennis tournament was the cornerstone event for the Inaugural Sand Key Beach Sports Festival sponsored by the St Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission and the Florida Sports Foundation which this year also included the sport of Ultimate Beach Frisbee with over 150 participants competing on five fields 30yds x 50yds in dimension on the Sheraton Sand Key Resort's 10 acre private beach.
Hundreds of spectators and Resort guests were treated to an action packed weekend of Professional Beach Tennis players and Professional Ultimate Frisbee players from all over the world competing their hearts out under the warm Florida sunshine.
In the Open Doubles Divisions the team of Rick Simeon & Mariano Errecakde defeated Riva Da Silva & Fernando Guevara Espinosa 9-5 in a hard fought Men's Open Doubles Final and in an equally hard fought Men's Open match for the third place John Day & Johnny Day defeated Jonothan Plaza & Dustin Booth 7-5. The Women's Open Final saw the team of Roos de Hart & Laryssa Ferreira Booth defeating Barbora Jilkova & Marie-pier Huet 9-8 in a nail biting tie-breaker match and the third place Women's Open match saw the team of Alixandra Lakow & Alexandra Young defeating Rosie Goubourne & Wendy Washburn 7-5. The Mixed Open Doubles Final saw Marie-pier Huet & Fernando Guevara Espinosa defeating Roos de Hart & Riva Da Silva 6-3 and in the Mixed Open match for third place Barbora Jilkova & Mariano Errecakde defeated Craig Saunders & Rosie Goubourne 6-3.
In the Advanced Doubles Divisions the team of Jeff Brennan & Craig Saunders defeated Ryan Gelhaus & Greg Estroff 9-5 to win the Men's Advanced Doubles and Nicolas Pereda & Adrian Salazar defeated Ed Ponce & Robie Haupt 7-5 to take third place honors. The Women's Advanced Doubles final saw the team of Kim O'Keefe & Julie Gibson defeating Chelsea Hall & Michele Guidicessi 7-1 and in the third place Women's Advanced Doubles match Adrienne Cerra Simeon & Vanina Sanchez defeated Michelle Bos & Stephanie Pereda in another tie-breaker match 7-6. The Mixed Advanced Doubles final saw Steve Culver & Michele Guidicessi defeating Michelle Bos & Nicholas Pereda in yet another tie-breaker match 6-5 and in the Mixed Advanced match for third place Debra Alloy & Joey Rotunno defeated Andres Merro & Vanina Sanchez 6-2.