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Memorable 2014 leads to even more in 2015

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Chris Sanni (right) with his father, Dr. William Sanni, last summer at the USTA Father-Son National Grasscourt Championships. The Sannis took a bronze medal in the tournament.

Chris Sanni describes his 2014 year on the tennis court as one of his most memorable. And after winning four USTA balls including a doubles national title at Forest Hills, it’s pretty obvious why.

It turns out 2014 might not even come close to what 2015 has in store.

This week, Sanni was notified that he’ll represent the United States as a member of the 2015 Trabert Cup Team in the upcoming International Tennis Federation World Championships in Antalya, Turkey. The tournament runs from March 13-22.

Even with such a high-level of tournament on the horizon, Sanni’s own competition isn’t his only interest these days. Sanni’s daughters, Ella and Alayna, are beginning to play, which is only making tennis more enjoyable for him.

“In a lot of ways, tennis has come full circle for me and my family,” said Sanni, who is the Director of Tennis at Philadelphia’s Germantown Cricket Club. “I grew up with the game and the entire family was always involved. It’s something to share with my kids, my parents and my friends. Overall, tennis in the tri-state area has been really good to me.”

Family tennis was on display for Sanni last summer. He said one of his best memories came when he earned a bronze medal alongside his father, Dr. William Sanni, at the Father-Son Super Senior National Grass Court Championships. The tournament took place at Piping Rock Club in Long Island, N.Y.

“We hadn’t played together in 15 years,” said Sanni, who also took home a silver in doubles at the men’s 35 grass court nationals and a bronze in singles at the 40s grass court nationals. “It was so much fun to still be able to play together with my dad in a tournament like that. It was unforgettable.”

Sanni, who also competed on Middle States’ championship Church Cup and Inter-district teams last summer, is now looking forward to even more unforgettable experiences this year. He’ll leave for Turkey to compete for the Trabert Cup (Men’s 40 division) on March 12, hoping to bring back the Cup for the United States. The United States has come close to winning in the recent past, finishing as runner-up in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

For more information on adult competition in Middle States, contact Mary Wurtz.

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