Ninety-six teams blanketed 17 venues to kick-off the 32nd Wilton Y Platform Tennis Open on March 28. An overnight snowfall could gain no traction in the face of warmer weather and the no-holds-barred enthusiasm of 192 paddle players. By late morning, the blowers drying the courts ceased, the sun appeared, and the precipitation was reduced to a memory that just added seasoning to the event.
At noon, activity at the Wilton Y paddle hut ramped up. Preparations for the massive barbecue began in earnest with the arrival of Wilton Steel, the steel-drum band that laid down calypso rhythms to accompany players scrambling competitively all over the courts.