More than 160 doubles teams filled up the 12 divisions as the Wint Filipek Sr. Memorial Tennis Tournament resumed on a reduced format after a three-year hiatus. The event began Saturday and concluded Thursday at North Haven’s Ridge Top Club, the tournament’s new home.
Wint Filipek Jr. stopped running the tournament shortly after his wife Margaret’s Alzheimer's diagnosis in 2018. Now, with a caregiver in the picture for his wife, and at the urging of his son Michael, Filipek resurrected the tournament.
Filipek estimated potentially more than $20,000 would be raised from this year’s event for the Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.
“It will be good to see so many familiar faces,” Filipek said last week. “So many people wanted to support the tournament on behalf of my wife Margaret, and that’s really nice.”
The champion of each division received a plaque. Runners-up got an engraved glass award.
“We have some really nice prizes,” Filipek said. “We believe for the cost and what we provide, we like to toot our own horn and say we are the finest tournament in New England.
“Our primary goal is to keep the players happy and keep them coming back. We want them to enjoy themselves. It’s going to be fun.”