2009 Atlantic Coast 45's
By Wade Frame
New England hosted the 2009 Atlantic Coast 45ís at the Hop Meadow Country Club in Simsbury, Connecticut on May 16th, 2009. This round robin competition for players over 45 from the New England, Middle States, Mid-Atlantic, and Eastern sections was shortened to a 1-day event as the Middles States failed to put together a team. Each section fieldsí four singles and three doubles teams against the other sections. Players Alex Seaver, Bill Previdi, Chris Holmes, David MacBurnie, Harlan Stone, Jon Bates, Ned Eames, Phil Kadesch, Rob Barr, Tim Riley, and captain Wade Frame made for a strong home team. Unfortunately, two of our New Englandís best, Bud Schultz and Peter Prinos, were not able to play this year.
In the first match of the day New England played Mid-Atlantic, last years winners, and edged them out with a 4-3 win.† Mid-Atlantic rebounded in the second match of the day to beat the Eastern team with a 5-2 win. After losing to Mid-Atlantic, the Eastern captain re-shuffled itís lineup from top to bottom for the final match of the day against New England. Our team finished strong with a 6-1 win, and New England won the Atlantic Coast 45ís Cup for the third time in five years.††
We seem to be an odd year phenomenon having won in 2005, 2007, and now in 2009. This yearís one day competition didn't have quite the buzz or tension like 2005 with Bud Schultz's one legged win over Bob Bull or the 2007 comeback win for Jim Ratliff and Steve Radigan from being down 2 breaks in the third set, but it felt great to take down Eastern's tilted lineup 6-1! No rally caps on the porch required for this one..
David MacBurnie, Ned Eames, and Phil Kadesch (note the spelling) earn this yearís MVP awards. David had great straight set wins at the very tough 2 slot over Lynn Bybee from Mid-Atlantic and David Roth from the East. Davidís keen focus and powers of concentration were tested by the afternoon wedding celebrations as he prevailed over Roth. Ned and Phil played some great doubles to clinch the big win over Mid Atlantic with a 6-4, 6-4 win to bring home the 4th match. In their afternoon into evening match they held on to win 7-5 in the 3rd set over Eastern's Paul Moss and Sadik "fell from grace at 1st singles" Sendich to give New England it's six and final match.
Rookie of the year goes to Rob Barr at 1st singles, who found his legs and game in his second match against Eastern's Ed Perpetua, coming back from a bagel down in the first set to win the final two sets 7-5, 6-4 and bring the team another point. I wish someone could teach me to hit a slice backhand like Rob's - it is a classic stroke.
Sorry Jon and Harlan, no special awards - we expect you to win each and every match you play. In fact we're all kind of shocked you dropped 4 games in the first set! Harlan always says "Jon Bates and anyone makes a great doubles team" and Bates claims that "Harlan Stone and anyone makes a great team", so when you're paired up I just put your matches in the win column. Nice straight set wins at first doubles in both matches!
Tim Riley played two tough matches, but was unable to capture a win in singles action. Tim - we expect you to drop a couple of pounds and get in better shape to bring us a couple of points at next yearís competition.
Alex Seaver and Bill Previdi had a tough loss in the Hop Meadow woods as the Mid-Atlantic team grunted and groaned it's way to third set win. Alex then came back with a nice straight set win in singles over Easternís Russ Heier.
Thanks to Chris Holmes for carrying captain Wade Frame to a nice straight set win for the fourth and clinching win over the Eastern section. We came out of this match with a new shout when the feet are a bit slow; to quote Easternís Martin Goldberg ďEven a dead cow could get that shot!Ē
Hats off and thanks to the Hop Meadow Country Club for providing a great venue for this yearís competition. †Jim Whiting the tennis pro, Beth Georger the chief caterer and provider of great food, and the tennis committee at Hop Meadow just did an outstanding job for New England. As always many thanks to USTA New England and the New England Senior Tennis Foundation for their continued support of the Atlantic Coast 45ís.
In 2010 the New England team hits the road to the Middle States Ė and maybe an even year win?
The New England 45 Atlantic Coast Cup Team
L-R Captain Wade Frame, Ron Barr, Bill Previdi, Chris Holmes, Tim Riley, David MacBurnie, Phil Kadesch, Jon Bates, Harlan Stone, Alex Seaver and Ned Eames