Event: Atlantic Coast Cup, 65s and 75s
Held: AUGUST 1st and 2nd
Location: Bala Cynwyd Club, Philadelphia, PA
64 Senior Tennis Players descended on Philadelphia as the Democratic National Convention finished nominating their Presidential candidate. This is the story of the 16 hardy players from New England
who took on their counterparts from the Mid-Atlantic, Middle States and Eastern sections.
The 65s team was matched up against the host, Middle States, in the first round. On a very hot and humid afternoon we managed a 3-2 win to advance to the Championship match. We lost two very tough
singles matches. Laury Hammel, in the #1 singles slot, played a terrific match but fell short 6-3 in the third set to a very strong John Davis. At number 2 singles, Jon Wilson also came up a bit short, but
played well losing 5 and 4. We swept the doubles with Paul Shaw and George Deptula at #1, Bill Busiek and Bob McKinley at #2 winning in straight sets and George Ulrich and Tommie George taking a
tough three setter in the #3 spot.
In the Championship round, we faced off against a very strong team from the East. At #1 singles the East fielded John James (one of the best players in the world over 65!). Laury gave his best effort but
James was just too strong. The East had Jim Malhame, another very strong player in the second singles position. Jon Wilson lost 7-6, 7-6 in an extremely hard fought and well played match - SO CLOSE!
At this point it was clear we needed to take all three doubles matches to earn a team victory - however, it was not to be. Bob McKinley and Bill Busiek won in three sets at #2 but at #1 Shaw and Deptula
lost in three sets after holding 5 match points! At least one of the match points was lost on a disputed call that could have gone either way! Tommie George suffered a pretty bad groin pull on the first day,
and he gamely played but was unable to move around the court. George Ulrich played very well, but they lost in straight sets, somehow forcing a second set tie-break. I am very confident we would have
won the match if Tommie had been healthy! The final result was the East 4 and New England 1 - but it was much closer than the score! We all vowed to get them back next year!
For the second consecutive year, USTA's New England's 75s team reached the finals of the 2016 Atlantic Coast Cup. And, for the second consecutive year lost to the Mid-Atlantic team. However, it was
much closer in 2016 than in 2015 when we lost 4 matches to 1. This year it came down to nail biter at the no.1 singles match between NE's Dag Williamson and MA's Bob Anderman. With four matches
completed and the team match tied at 2 all, everyone got to watch nervously as Dag and Anderman, after splitting sets, battled in a super tie-break to determine the winner of the ACC. Dag fell behind early
but came back to tie it at 8 all before dropping the next two points to fall 10-8. In the other matches, Captain Ray Brodeur, at no. 2 singles lost 3-6, 4-6 and Omer Menard and John Swan lost 2-6, 2-6 at
no. 3 doubles. The no. 2 doubles team of George Lynch and Whitey Joslin won easily and the no.1 doubles team of Bob Dilworth and Roy Anderson pulled a big upset over Tom Brunkow and Bill Poist,
two players with high national rankings! After dropping the first set 5-7, they came back to take the next set, 6-2, and won the super tie-break 10-7! The previous day saw NE defeat the Middle States
team 3 matches to 2. Both Dag and Ray lost at singles while the 3 doubles team came through in strong fashion with Omer and Swannie squeaking out a win inthe third set super tie breaker 10-5!
The ACC will be hosted by the Eastern Section next year. Both the 65s and 75s teams are starting to train for another successful campaign!
L-R Bob McKinley (Captain), Laury Hammel, George Deptula, George Ulrich, Tommie
George, Jon Wilson, Bill Busiek, Paul Shaw
L-R Whitey Joslin, Dag Williamson, Omer Menard, John Swan, Bob Dilworth, Roy Anderson,
George Lynch, Ray Brodeur (Captain)