Concord CC 60/70 Tournament Players Fight the Heat & Humidity Ė But Still have Fun!

The play started on Thursday with menís 70 singles.Play was supposed to start at 10AM but shortly after play started, rain came and play stopped.Play started again at about noon as the rain had stopped and the courts had time to dry out.Although the rain was gone, the humidity was VERY high.

The remaining days were rain free but the heat and humidity were high with temps hitting the 90s.There also were some long close matches in this heat.

Draws were high with menís 60 singles with a 20 draw and 70 singles with a 13 draw.Womenís 60 singles had a four draw but womenís 60 doubles had only two teams.Mixed 65 had a draw of three teams and played round robin.Mixed 55 had no entries.

The youngsters in the menís age groups did very well (make hay when you first enter an age group!). In menís 60 singles, new 60 player Jonathon Bates went through his opponents without losing a set.He was seeded 4th, but many players who had seen him play singles predicted he would win.At the hard court Slam at Yale, he had only played doubles with Harlan Stone.

In the singles semis, Bates defeated 1st seed Paul Shaw 6-3, 6-2 and then defeated 2nd seed Bill Frost (Frosty) in the finals 6-4, 6-2.Bob Szlosek won the consolation 6-4, 6-2 over Dan Heitzman.

 

Women's 60 doubles winners Esther Williams and Jessie von Hipple with finalists Rollie Ernst and Lianne Moses

Women's 60 singles finalist Rollie Ernst with cheerleading granddaughter and winner Moy Burns

Men's 60 doubles winners Conway Felton and Bob McKinley with finalists Paul Shaw and George Deptula

Women's 60 singles consolation finalist Charlene Reese with consolation winner Lianne Moses

 

The 70 singles had a combination of one youngster in the age group, Ed Coakley (who did very well) and three players who played down from the 75s, Ernie True, Mal Swanson, and Dick Stewart.Ernie True has been playing well and at the Clem Easton tournament, he defeated new 75 players Roy Anderson and Bob Dilworth in singles, both in straight sets. Anderson and Dilworth were both ranked in the top 10 in 70 singles last year.For that accomplishment, True was seeded 4th at Concord.However, newcomer to the 70s Ed Coakley defeated True in the quarters 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.In the semis, Coakley put a scare to 1st seed Bob McAfee losing 6-1, 0-6, 6-3.In the other semi, 3rd seed George Lynch defeated 2nd seed Jack Reynolds 6-2, 6-4.In the finals, McAfee prevailed over Lynch 6-2, 7-6(5).

In the menís 70 consolation, Bob Stahl defeated Ken Miller on a very hot and humid Sunday morning, 6-4, 2-6, 10-3 (supertiebreaker in lieu of 3rd set) in 2 Ĺ hours!

In the womenís 60 singles, Moy Burns defeated Rollie Ernst 6-4, 6-0 in the finals.In the semis, Ernst defeated Lianne Moses 6-4, 6-4.In the other semi, Burns had a tough match defeating Charlene Reese 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.In the consolation, Moses defeated Reese 6-1, 6-0.

Burns was thrilled to have won.She brought her husband to the final Ė maybe he brought her good luck!

On to the Doubles

In womenís 60 doubles, there were only two teams and Esther Williams and Jesse von Hippel defeated Rollie Ernst and Lianne Moses 6-2, 6-3.

The menís 60 doubles had some notable matches.In the 1st round, the ďput togetherĒ doubles team of Fran McGuirk and Hany Teylouni had a long three set match with Tommie George and Casey Moore which they won 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 with Teylouni fighting cramps. They lost in the semis to 2nd seeds Conway Felton and Bob McKinley 6-2, 6-2.In the other semi, 1st seeds George Deptula and Paul Shaw defeated Bill Frost (Frosty) and Jon Wilson 6-0, 6-4.Felton and McKinley took the championship in three sets over Deptula and Shaw 6-0, 5-7, 6-4.This was the last match of the tournament and many people stayed or came to watch and were not disappointed!

In the consolation, Bill Busiek and Neil Prouix prevailed over Tommie George and Casey Moore 6-4, 6-0.

 

Checking the results

 

Men's 70 doubles winners John Swan and Ted Underwood with finalists Jack Reynolds and Bob McAfee

Watching good tennis while having the food and drink from the party

Tournament Director Nigel Bentley -- note the party food on table at left

 

Menís 70 doubles also had a tight final with 2nd seeds John Swan and Ted Underwood prevailing in the final in three sets 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 over 1st seeds Bob McAfee and Jack Reynolds.Both teams had relatively easy times in the semis with McAfee and Reynolds defeating George Lynch and Bob Stahl 6-3, 6-2 and John Swan and Ted Underwood defeating Ken Miller and Mal Swanson 6-1, 6-0 in the other semi.

In mixed 65 doubles, there was a round robin with Sue Doyle and Robert Whitehouse winning over John Kielty and Judith Schmid 6-0, 6-2 and over Gerry Rothman and Annabelle Ambrose 6-1, 6-2.The 3rd match was postponed to another date as Kielty was injured but wanted to play and Rothman and Ambrose agree to this.

The informal party was again on Saturday at 4 with snacks, beer and wine that provided good refreshment in the heat and humidity!Again, a great time was had by all at a great venue with great hospitality and a great TD!