IAADFS tennis tournament spurs friendly competition

Pilar Lavadinho of Travel Retail Distribution Group and Garry Stoner of Clogau celebrate their tennis wins.

Pilar Lavadinho of Travel Retail Distribution Group and Garry Stoner of Clogau celebrate their tennis wins.

The participants in this year’s IAADFS Tennis Tournament couldn’t wait to get started.

Well before the 9 a.m. start time on Sunday, 10 of the 14 participants were already in the middle of a match.

“A lot of them have come back year after year so they know who all of the players are,” said Jerry Borysko, tennis pro with Orlando Tennis Services. “We do have a couple of new players this year. I would say maybe half of them were here last year, so we have a new group that has come in, which is nice.”

Garry Stoner, travel retail account manager for Clogau, plays tennis weekly in England and has played in the IAADFS tournament for about 20 years.

For him, it’s an event he won’t miss.

“We could probably fly out a day later, but we come here because of this,” he said. “For us, you meet people and you see people you see every year. It’s fun. After you’ve flown for 12 hours, this freshens you up and gets you in tune for the show.”

Soren Hansen of Storck Travel Retail Ltd. was  a winner at this year's IAADFS Tennis Tournament.

Soren Hansen of Storck Travel Retail Ltd. was
a winner at this year’s IAADFS Tennis Tournament.

He said he’s impressed with the level of talent the tournament attracts.

“It varies from year to year, but it’s generally good because the people who get up at this hour are the ones who want to be here,” he said.

Bryan Crisfield, president and CEO of Crislu Corporation, hasn’t played in the tournament for years, but enjoyed the friendly competition Sunday morning.

“I haven’t played in a while, but it’s a lot of fun, actually,” he said. “I know the boys here so it’s fun to come out and tease them. I play a much better game than these other guys. It’s fun to taunt them on the court and have my way with them.”

Throughout the event, there was plenty of shouting, trash talking and laughter — and of course, plenty of competition.

“It’s a social tournament,” he said. “It’s a fun group. Everyone is at about the same level and the ones that are a little bit weaker, they still enjoy it because nobody’s out to kill anybody.”