Ben Bishop, who moved to Rockville from Connecticut three months ago to become the tennis pro at Indian Spring Country Club, outstroked Richard Pollara, 6-3, 6-2, to take the Public Parks Tennis Tournament yesterday at the Washington Tennis Stadium.
Caryn Schindler, 17, of Silver Spring edged Simmy Pell, 7-5, 6-4, to claim the women's title.
Ranked 53rd in the United States in singles in 1973 and a consistent top-10 player in New England, Bishop used speed, fine ground strokes and a tough net game to subdue the unorthodox but athletic Pollara.
Both players were nervous at the start and traded service breaks. Bishop, apparently having trouble with the toss, hit most of his first serves out but still held a 3-2 lead in the first set.
"I was tight in the beginning because I wanted to win the tournament to establish myself in the area," said the 30-year-old, stocky Bishop, who upset three-time winner Elmotaz Sonbol in the semifinals.Emerging from what he described as a "dream-like trance," Bishop broke Pollara's serve to move ahead, 4-2.
"Then I slowed down ny serve until I found my rhythm and gradually started popping in first serves," said Bishop, who lost only 20 games in the tournament. "Richard was hitting his ground strokes too softly, and I kept the ball in play, took careful approach shots and zapped him from the net.
"On Har-Tru," instructed Bishop, "you have to know the percentages and make yourself stick to them in clutch situations. That's what most kids don't do."
Schindler, who is a member of Indian Spring and has taken lessons from Bishop, had a 5-3 lead in the first set against Pell, a 29-year-old from Washington who once ranked fifth in Nebraska. Pell, however, fought off three set points and pulled even at 5 but then lost her serve on a double fault and dropped the next game to end the set.
Schindler, who graduated from Kennedy High School this year and was playing in only her second women's event's, steadied in the second set and heeded Bishop's advice about playing the percentages and cutting down on unforced errors to close out Pell. CAPTION: Picture, Ben Bishop on way to title in Public Parks tennis. By Gerald Martineau -- The Washington Post