October 18, 2019

Before Maggie Mason started playing pickleball, she had some preconceived notions about the sport, which combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. But after playing semi-regularly for the past two months — including taking a three-session introduction class to the sport at the Strawberry Recreation District — her perspective has changed. With more than 3 million current players of all ages in the U.S., pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country — and now Strawberry is getting in the game. (Frank Fennema photo / For The Ark)

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October 2, 2019

A bathroom break at a pivotal moment in a thrilling Tiburon Challenger finals match Sept. 29 led to a controversial penalty that helped first-seeded American Tommy Paul take home the top tournament prize. Australian finalist and eighth seed Thanasi Kokkinakis was penalized a full game for taking a long bathroom break between the second and third set of the final singles match. Paul then seized on the momentum, hitting a number of high-speed aces in the third set to dispatch the Australian and win the Challenger tournament 7-5, 6-7 (7-3) and 6-4. (Frank Fennema photo / For The Ark)

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October 2, 2019

Ryan Aytay of Tiburon was the top local finisher in the sixth annual Tiburon Half Marathon on Sept. 29, coming in 12th overall and sixth among men 40-49. Aytay, 42, finished the 13.1-mile loop from downtown Tiburon to the Strawberry peninsula in 1 hour, 28 minutes and 5 seconds. Amanda Boyd, 41, of Belvedere was the top local female finisher, coming in 64th overall and fourth in her age group of women 40-49 with a time of 1:41:28. (Frank Fennema photo / For The Ark)

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September 11, 2019

The 13th annual $100,000 Tiburon Challenger tennis tournament returns to the Tiburon Peninsula Club Sept. 22-29, bringing emerging men’s pro-circuit players from around the world while offering several special events focused on locals. The tournament kicks off 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 22 with the annual Kids’ Play Day, in which children ages 6-12 will have a chance to play noncompetitive games and meet the pros during a special exhibition performance and a courtside chat with players. The professional action begins with qualifying matches Sept. 23. Main-draw matches start the same day and run through Sept. 26. Quarterfinals are Sept. 27, semifinals the following day and finals on Sept. 29.

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September 6, 2019

Tiburon Peninsula residents Dan Grossman and Polo Cowan captured the men’s 55 doubles world championship in Lisbon, Portugal, Aug. 10-17. Grossman is now ranked No. 4 in the world in his men's 65 age group for doubles tennis, while Cowan is ranked No. 1 in the world for the men's 55 age group. (Elliot Karlan photo / For The Ark)

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