by Joseph H. RADDER
Philip Celniker, age 61, has completed a very active and successful year in tennis competitions. In January 1997, Phil tried out for the United States Tennis Team in the Masters Division, to represent the United States in the Macabiah Games (Olympics) in Israel. Of the 38 players who tried out from all over the United States, he was one of six qualifying for the team. In order to qualify he defeated several nationally-ranked players.
The games were held in July 1997 in Tel Aviv, Israel, where Celniker won a bronze medal. After his return home Celniker successfully defended his singles and doubles titles in the Western New York Championships held in Buffalo. It was his sixth consecutive title in both singles and doubles in that tournament.
Over the years he has won over 25 tennis championships. In November of 1997 he was a member of the U.S.T.A. team that won the eastern regionals and qualified to play in the nationals in Tucson, Arizona, where they reached the quarter-finals. Over the years, Phil has played in tournaments in Spain and France, and was part of the U.S.A. team that went to New Zealand and Australia.
Phil, who has played since the mid-1960s, says tennis has been a valuable part of his life in that he has been introduced to a variety of wonderful people and has shared many valuable experiences.
It has provided him an opportunity to travel worldwide, while maintaining a life filled
with physical exercise and varied competition.
Joseph H. Radder is a freelance writer.
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