Concord CC Menís 60 Singles Sectional Again Has Big Draw

July 15-18, 2010

 

The Concord CC menís 60 singles draw was again big with 26 entries. However, it was disappointing that there were no womenís 60s or 70s events due to lack of entries.

 

Jim Purington from USTA/NE stopped by late Friday afternoon to see the place that consistently gets big draws. He had never been to Concord CC and he enjoyed watching some of the matches before the rain came (thunderstorms came in late afternoon). A couple of first round singles matches on Friday just barely managed to finish before the rain.

 

Weather was hot (although pickle juice was not on display). TD Nigel Bentley provided plenty of Power Aid, bananas and other snacks to replenish playersí energy and keep them hydrated. This was especially true since on Saturday, there were many long matches. One may have set a NE record; Gary Chafetz and Eliot Campbell started their 60 singles match at 9AM and did not finish until 51/4 hours later! Gary is known for playing slowly but this must be a record. Eliot won in the 3rd on a let cord winner! Eliot in the next round lost the first set to 4th seed George Deptula and then retired.

 

1st seed Laury Hammel was also tested on Saturday. In a quarterfinal match with 5th seed Jon Wilson, Hammel prevailed in three tough sets 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Jon was even very successful in winning points with drop shots, usually a Hammel specialty. Laury got a slight pull and decided to drop out of the doubles so as to be fresher for singles, but doubles partner George Deptula got a very good substitute with Jon Wilson. On Sunday morning, Laury had another long three setter with George that he again won in a tough three setter, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. Laury won the finals in a two setter against 2nd seed Paul Shaw but again there were close sets 6-4, 6-3. Paul got a cramp and it was rumored he drank some pickle juice to rejuvenate himself Ė but to no avail.

 

Eight first round losers in the 60 singles signed up for the consolation. John Vogel defeated Marc Aaron 6-1, 6-0 in the finals.

 

There was not much drama in the 70 singles. 1st seed George Lynch and 2nd seed Ken Miller cruised to the finals with George defeating Ken 6-3, 6-0 in the finals.

 

The 70s consolation only had two participants with Joe Hung defeating Herb Van Kruiningen in the finals 6-0, 6-2.

 

The 60 doubles had two dropouts, Laury (substituted by Jon Wilson) and Ken Newman, who was sick. Luckily, Kenís partner Tommie George was able to get Jay Lubker to fill in to keep the draw intact. George Deptula and Wilson clicked as they won in the finals against Bill Busiek and Neil Prouix 6-2, 6-3. Nobody signed up for the 60 doubles consolation Ė too hot?

 

The 70 doubles had three teams and they played in round robin format. George Lynch and Mac Farmer ended up winning against runner-ups Ken Miller and Mal Swanson 6-2, 7-5.

 

In the mixed 65, both 1st seeds Hap and Carolyn Peele and 2nd seeds Ted Underwood and Judy Smith cruised into the finals. New team Underwood and Smith defeated the Peelesí in the final 6-0, 7-5.

 

 

60s doubles winners Jon Wilson and George Deptula with finalists Bill Busiek and Neil Prouix

70s singles winner George Lynch with finalist Ken Miller

 

70 doubles finalists Ken Miller and Mal Swanson with winners Mac Farmer and George Lynch

 

Mixed 65 winners Ted Underwood and Judy Smith with finalist Carolyn and Hap Peele

 

Laury Hammel and Paul Shaw Ė we apologize but your picture did not come out!

 

The informal party was again a hit with many players, spouses and friends staying to watch some great tennis while having a snack and a beer, wine or other beverage.

 

 

Resting and having refreshments at the party

 

Discussing the merits of the play with a beer