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Portola Valley man tops platform tennis field again

 

The top prize in men's-doubles platform tennis -- tennis with some squash rules mixed in -- again belongs to Jared Palmer of Portola Valley.

For the second consecutive year, Mr. Palmer, with teammate Drew Broderick of Fairfield, New Jersey, took the national championship for men's doubles play in the American Platform Tennis Association. As a team, the pair is ranked No. 1., their publicist Georgetta L. Morque said.

The tournament concluded March 6 at the Country Club of Darien in Darien, Connecticut. The 2016 nationals involved more than 500 athletes from 22 states and more than 30 clubs.

Mr. Palmer, 44, is a past champion, having won doubles tournaments at Wimbledon and at the Australia Open, according to tournament records.

Platform tennis, also known as paddle tennis, is played on a court about a third the size of a regulation tennis court and enclosed within a 12-foot chicken-wire fence, according to association rules. Shots can be played off the fence, which is taut so as to allow the "spongy rubber ball" to bounce off. Rallies of 100 hits are not uncommon, the statement said.

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