Concord CC 60/70s Tournament: Great Tennis in High Heat!


The Concord CC 60/70s tournament had no rain but it certainly had the heat with temps in the 90s on multiple days. Despite the heat, there was some great tennis and also some upsets.


Draws were good except there were no entries in womenís 70 doubles and in the new 55 mixed doubles category. Two seeds had to withdraw just before the tournament started. Menís 60 singles and doubles 1st seed George Deptula had to withdraw as he pulled a hamstring a couple of days before play started. However, he recruited a very able replacement in Fred King who took his ďplaceĒ in both singles and doubles (playing with Paul Shaw).


70 singles 3rd place seed John Bradbury also had to pull out due to the need for a medical test. Similarly, Michael Gorton, a desired late entry, took Johnís ďplace.Ē


Play commenced on Thursday afternoon (7/12) with the first round of menís 70 singles. Friday brought in the first rounds of menís and womenís 60 singles and one first round menís 70 doubles as well as the 2nd round of the 70 singles.


There were some upsets and great play. In menís 60 singles, in the semis 3rd seed Laurie Hammel defeated "sub" Fred King 0-6, 6-1, 7-6(8). Very see-saw match! In the other menís 60 singles, 2nd seed Paul Shaw defeated 4th seed Bob Szlosek 6-3, 6-4. Hammel took the crown by defeating Shaw 6-2, 6-4 in the final. Kevin OíNeil won the consolation 60 singles with a long three setter over Dan Heitzman 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.


Men's 60 singles finalist Paul Shaw with winner Laurie Hammel



Play on center court




Men's 60 singles winner Kevin O'Neil with finalist Dan Heitzman



Play in menís 60 doubles was outstanding with all four teams very even. In the semis, Fred King and Paul Shaw defeated John and Stephen Moorehead (who are cousins) 6-3, 7-6(5). In the other semi, Conway Felton and Bob McKinley defeated Bill Busiek and Neil Prouix 7-5, 7-5. Felton and McKinley went on to defeat King and Shaw in the finals 7-5, 6-2. The consolation final was also of very high caliber with the Moorehead cousins prevailing over Busiek and Prouix 5-7, 6-2, 7-5.



Men's 60 doubles finalists Paul Shaw and Fred King with winners Conway Felton and Bob McKinley



Consolation 60 doubles winners John Moorehead and Stepehn Moorehead with finalists Bill Busiek and Neil Prouix



60 women's singles finalist Elizabeth Endicott with winner Lynn Miller (note Miller's bandaged left wrist)


In womenís 60 singles, 1st seed Elizabeth Endicott defeated Janet Clay 6-1, 6-2 in one semifinal. In the other semifinal, Lynn Miller, a lefty with a taped left wrist after a surgery that took out three small wrist bones, upset 2nd seed Margo Chase-Wells 6-4, 6-2. In the finals, Lynn Miller defeated Elizabeth Endicott 6-0, 6-4 in another upset to win the womenís 60s. In the consolation, Rollie Ernst defeated Lianne Moses 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 to win.


There were only two teams in the womenís 60 doubles, but they played a doozy of a match. Margo Chase-Wells and Elizabeth Endicott defeated Janet Clay and Carolyn Fournier 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 to take the title.


In the menís 70 singles, an improved Jack Reynolds had a decisive win over Ken Miller and then defeated Dick Stewart 6-4, 6-4 to get to the finals where he faced George Lynch. George prevailed 6-1, 7-5 to take the title.



Men's 70 singles winner George Lynch with finalist Jack Reynolds



Women's doubles winner Margo Chase-Wells (her partner Elizabeth Endicott is absent) with finalists Carolyn Fournier and Janet Clay


Men's 70 singles consolation winner Chris Bentley with finalist Jim (marathon man) Hufford



The menís 70 singles consolation featured some marathon matches from Jim ďmarathon manĒ Hufford. He lost in the main draw to Mal Swanson 7-5, 7-5. Then, in his first round of consolation, he beat Gerry Rothman 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 in about three hours. He then played Chris Bentley in the final and lost 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, another three hour marathon!


In menís 70 doubles, 1st seeds Phil Ludwig and John Swan lost in the semis to pickup team Bob Stahl and George Lynch 6-3, 7-5. In the other semi, 2nd seeds Bob McAfee and Jack Reynolds defeated Ken Miller and Walt Shields 6-4, 6-1. McAfee and Reynolds went on to defeat Stahl and Lynch in a tough three setter, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 to take the title.



70 doubles finalists George Lynch and Bob Stahl with winners Jack Reynolds and Bob McAfee


The matches had an audience to see the good tennis



70 women's singles winner Heidi Attlfellner with husband enjoying the party


There were only two entrants in womenís 70 singles and Heidi Attlfellner defeated Rollie Ernst 6-0, 6-1 to take the win.


In mixed 65 doubles, 1st seeds Sue Doyle and Bob Whitehouse and 2nd seeds Howard and Carolyn Peele both won handily. In the finals, the Peelesí upset Doyle and Whitehouse in a tough three setter 6-4, 6-7, 6-1. In the consolation, Annabelle Ambrose and Neil Whitehouse defeated John Kielty and Judith Schmid 6-1, 6-0.


The informal party held in the porch overlooking play on Saturday afternoon was very welcome given the heat all days of the tournament had. When the food and drink arrived, a whoop of joy could be heard and most first dove for a beer to cool off. There was plenty of cold beer for everyone on this hot day.