Frederick Tennis

Jana Conigliaro, above, and partner Cecelia Biesecker, below, won the Frederick Tennis Series doubles championship Monday night in Baker Park.

Jana Conigliaro insists there was a competitive edge to Monday night’s women’s doubles final in the Frederick Tennis Series.

“Amy [Dipasquale] only called me a name one time under her breath,” Conigliaro said.

“It wasn’t under my breath,” Dipasquale shot back in jest. “It was fully out loud.”

But that was about as testy as the championship match got on a Second Street court at Baker Park.

Conigliaro, of New Market, teamed with Cecelia Biesecker, of Frederick, to win the tournament. In the final, they beat Dipasquale, of Ijamsville, and Lacey Gordon, of Jefferson, 6-3, 6-0.

The women are all very good friends, and they see each other regularly on the local United States Tennis Association circuit. Conigliaro and Dipasquale both have kids that attended kindergarten together and are now seniors at Urbana High School.

“The tough thing about playing them is we know each other so well,” Dipasquale said. “They are going to my backhand the whole time, you know what I mean, and we are trying to get to her backhand.”

The women decided to play the Frederick Tennis Series because it offered them a chance to face opponents of various age and skill levels without having to worry about a rating. The USTA rates players by their age and skill and groups them together that way. The rating can fluctuate over time.

“It’s just a different format. It’s less pressure,” Conigliaro said. “It’s a great community event. The tournaments are just one week. It’s a chance to play tennis with people that you normally wouldn’t play tennis with. We play tennis with high-school kids [in the Frederick Tennis Series], where in the USTA, we would never do that.”

The Frederick Tennis Series, now in its fourth year, attracted seven women’s doubles teams and 25 men’s doubles teams to this year’s event. The men’s final, also scheduled for Monday night, was pushed back to allow one of the players to attend to a personal matter.

Last week, the mixed doubles champions were crowned, and the singles tournaments are set to begin next week.

Conigliaro and Biesecker had never played together in a tournament before. They had talked about the possibility of playing Dipasquale and Gordon in the championship match.

“It would be great if we could play friends instead of foes,” Biesecker said.

Added Dipasquale, “We are all competitive. But, at the end of the day, we are friends.”

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