Players volley for bragging rights

Patrick Blanchet of Haiti Duty Free/Little Europe enjoyed the morning volleying with colleagues at the 2016 IAADFS tennis tournament.

Patrick Blanchet of Haiti Duty Free/Little Europe enjoyed the morning volleying with colleagues at the 2016 IAADFS tennis tournament.

Peals of merry laughter — along with a little trash talk and a few excuses — filled the sunny Florida morning air yesterday as players took to the courts for the annual IAADFS tennis tournament.

A few impressive, long-lasting volleys took place, and more than a few balls were smacked straight into the net, all for the sake of squeezing in a little fun and exercise before the show’s kickoff. The partnerships were switched up each round, and according to tennis pro Jerry Borysko with Orlando Tennis Services, they were more evenly matched this year.

“This has been a more competitive group, although they all know they’re not winning any trophies. Sometimes when strong players are matched with weaker ones, it’s not as fun for them, but we don’t have that this year.”

Homero Cardenas with Weitnauer Distributors enjoys the camaraderie that comes from playing in the tournament.

“I’ve played for the past five or six years. My family loves tennis and plays year-round. I look forward to this every year,” he said.

While there were no named champions in the tournament, there were certainly bragging rights awarded, along with challenges to meet again next year.