Chase Perez-Blanco of the Quail Valley Club won the “King of the Hill” open division title for a third time on Thursday, March 4 at The Boulevard making his claim as the top tennis player in Vero Beach.
The former University of Florida standout earned the most games in the final night of competition, beating out runner-up Slim Hamza of The Moorings Club, Robert Kowalczyk of The Boulevard and Joseph van Deinse of the Vero Beach Tennis Club.
The final night of the seven Thursdays of competitions attracted more than 500 spectators and closed out perhaps the best “King of the Hill” season ever.
“A lot of spectators came from The Moorings Club, supporting their local pro Slim Hamza, from Quail Valley for Chase Perez Blanco, from The Boulevard for Robert Kowalczyk and from Vero Beach Tennis Club supporting Joseph Van Deinse,” wrote Gigi Capascu, the King of the Hill organizer, in his wrap-up email on the event. “The players gave it all. Each round was very animated and the spectators were applauding great moments of play and shot making. After two rounds Chase was in the lead. Joseph was Chase’s partner in the third round, and they played very well together. Chase made the necessary number of points to win the title by a point, followed by Slim, Robert and Joseph.”
The event benefits Youth Guidance in Vero Beach, Florida.