Men’s 65 & 75 Atlantic Coast Cup Results
Sixteen New England players (8 in the 65's and 8 in the 75's) were fortunate to participate in the Atlantic Coast Cup held at the West Side Tennis Club July 31st and August 1st. This is an amazing club that hosted 60 US National Championships before it moved to its current home at Flushing Meadow.
The 2017 edition of the men's 65 and over Atlantic Coast Cup team representing New England represented the section very well but came up a bit short in the finals against a stacked host team from the Eastern Section. But I get a bit ahead of myself.
On Monday, July 31st, New England found itself matched against a very strong team from the Mid-Atlantic section. New England managed an excellent 3-2 victory thanks to the players at the top of the line-up! Gary Jenkins led off with a strong victory at #1 singles and Mas Kimball followed his example with straight set win in the 2nd singles spot! The New England #2 doubles team (Bill Busiek and Bob McKinley) lost a 3 and 1/2 hour marathon match featuring some long rallies and long games! At the #3 spot, George Ulrich and Tommie George ran into a very tough team and fell to their Mid-Atlantic opponents. The match came down to the first doubles match - the winner goes to the finals! After splitting sets, Paul Shaw and George Deptula put the hammer down and won the decisive third set! At the same time, the Eastern team beat the Middle States team 5-0 to also advance to the finals.
On Tuesday, August 1st, the top two teams faced off! Gary Jenkins faced John James at the #1 spot and made him work hard, playing many great points, but his opponent was too strong (John James NEVER loses in this competition!). Mas Kimball was merciless in beating a very strong player at #2 singles, causing his opponent to retire midway through the second set! Mas was voted the team MSP for his great performances! Shaw and Deptula were outmatched at #1 singles facing a very strong Eastern team which included Mark Harrison (who had been a tour player from Australia and has won 16 national championships!). George and Tommie played a fantastic match and defeated a strong team at #3 doubles. It all came down to the 2nd doubles match! Unfortunately, Bill and Bob came up short in another long three set match!
As hosts next year, we have already started training so we can bring home the Cup!
L-R Captain Bob McKinley, George Ulrich, Bill Busiek, Tommie George, Gary Jenkins, Paul Shaw, Mas Kimball, George Deptula
As Yogi said, "It was deja vu all over again". Only this time it was déjà vu times three as New England lost 3 matches to 2 for the third consecutive year to the Mid-Atlantic Region. It was even closer this year than last year as our no. 2 and 3 doubles teams lost in a third set super tiebreak by the identical scores of 10-8. Two points the other way and New England walks away the winner. Wait till next year as they say when New England hosts this very competitive event. The location is yet to be determined.
Gordon Aydelott, Captain of the Eastern Region, was the host of this year's event which was held at the 95 year old West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, NY. The matches were held on 10 HarTru surface courts instead of the very inviting pristine grass courts. Captain Aydelott did a terrific job with the player's dinner held on the club's veranda overlooking the grass courts. Steve Flink, a noted sports journalist and historian, who was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame this past July, was the featured speaker. He delighted his well fed audience with amazing insight into the game of tennis and interesting anecdotes.
On day one, New England opened against the Eastern Region with four wins and one loss. Walt Beatty got NE off to a good start with an impressive win over Henry Steinglass at no. 1 singles 6-2, 6-0. George Lynch at no. 2 singles lost 2-6, 3-6 to a very tough and savvy Mike O'Donnell. At no. 1 doubles, Jim Biggs and Ray Brodeur played well together for the first time and overwhelmed Gordon Aydelott and Chuck Neimeth 6-1, 6-2. Biggs has partnered with Aydelott for the past 62 years since their second year in high school. NE led at this point 2-1. With no scorecards on the courts, it was difficult to know where NE stood with the remaining two doubles matches. Roy Anderson and Bob Dilworth came back from down one set and match point to win the second set 7-5 and 10-5 in the super tiebreak to clinch the match against Eastern. At no. 3 doubles, Tom Diehl and Whitey Joslin wrapped up the day with a 7-5, 6-3 win.
Meanwhile, Mid-Atlantic defeated Middle States 4-1 setting up another déjà vu encounter.
The finals began well with Walt Beatty coming back from one set down to win 5-7, 6-2, 10-7 in the super tiebreak against Bob Anderman. George lost at no. 2 singles in another tough match 6-1, 7-5. NE's no. 2 and no. 3 doubles went the distance falling just short of victory at 8-10 in both third set tiebreaks. At no. 1 doubles, Jim and Ray finished the competition with a taut 7-6 (0), 7-6 (9) win. Mid-Atlantic 3 - New England 2.
L-R Roy Anderson, Jim Biggs, Bob Dilworth, Walt Beatty, George Lynch, Captain Ray Brodeur, Tom Diehl, Whitey Joslin