Wilton Open platform tourney Saturday

Release the Kraken!

It’s the rallying cry for the 30th Wilton YMCA Platform Tennis Open as, once again, the Kraken, a mythological squid the size of a hemisphere, will rise, though in miniature, rubberized form, from the YMCA pond this Saturday.

For the third year in a row, the Kraken will serve as both motif and motivator for the Wilton Open. It is the longest-running paddle tennis event in Fairfield County and one of the nation’s oldest tournament.

One hundred and sixty paddlers (80 teams) will begin the competition at 8 a.m. Saturday morning. It is the first time in its history that the tournament will include a women’s draw (16-teams).

On the men’s side, there will be both A and B brackets with 32 teams in each. The A bracket will feature nationally ranked players, including Mark Parsons, who, with his partner, Johan Durandt, currently occupies the American Platform Tennis Association’s top spot.

Each team is guaranteed three matches to be played throughout the morning at the host YMCA and nine other area venues: The Wilton Riding Club, The Lake Club, Silver Springs Country Club, The New Canaan Field Club, Country Club of New Canaan, Country Club of Darien, Woodway Country Club, Patterson Country Club, and the Aspetuck Valley Country Club.  Championship rounds will be played in the afternoon at the Y.

A barbecue lunch for all participants will be served at the Wilton Y Paddle Hut starting at noon, and Wilton Steel will provide music with a distinctly Caribbean beat.

Sponsors of the event are The Kraken Company, Wilton Physical Therapy and Wilson Sports. Proceeds will be used to fund multiple YMCA youth projects and to encourage young people to learn the game of paddle.

For more information, or to register, visit paddlepro.com/wiltonopen or contact the Wilton YMCA.