ATLANTIC COAST CUP MATCHES 75`S 2013
by Tom Larkin
The men`s 75 Atlantic Coast Cup matches were played last week (late July) in the majestic and nostalgic setting of the West side Tennis Club at Forest Hills N.Y. Our New England team finished 3rd, losing the first day`s matches to Middle Atlantic [ Balt.- Wash] 4 to 1 . It should be noted that three of these matches ended in 3rd set tie breaks. At first singles Roy Anderson [NE] lost to Mark Forrester, a top nationally ranked player 6-4, 5-7 10-3. At second singles, Dick Canepa [NE] soundly defeated another highly ranked player, Jim Rauch 6-1, 6-2. Our first doubles team of Gene Wheeler and Dave Lowry battled Middle Atlantic`s best doubles team but falling 3-6, 6-4, 10-4 in a sqeaker. At second doubles, an injured Bob Dilworth and Curt Tong just fell short, losing 6-4,6-3. At third doubles, Omer Menard and Tom Larkin lost the first five games but battled back only to lose 6-2, 4-6 10-8.
Day two was a different story. Playing Middle States [Philly,Delaware], Roy Anderson upset M.A.s best singles player in the heat and wind 7-6, 6-1. At no. 2 singles, the amazing Dick Canepa, pushed into the singles spot at the last minute due to Dilworth`s injury, pulled off another upset winning 7-6, 2-6, 10-7. Always the toughest spot in the Atlantic Coast cup matches is first doubles and it was no different here as Gene Wheeler and Dave Lowry were beaten by the nationally ranked team of Manougian and Fitz. Dilworth and Tong regained their magic winning impressively at second doubles 6-1, 6-3 as did Omer Menard and Tom [lefty] Larkin winning 6-4,6-2 at third doubles.
We congratulate Eastern Section and Capt. Gordon Aydelot for the incredible venue, the wonderful dinner, and just the pleasure of playing on Forest Hills courts.
The team: L-R Gene Wheeler, Tom Larkin, Dave Lowry, Curt Tong, Omer Menard, Bob Dilworth, Dick Canepa and Roy Anderson