Concord CC 60/70 Tournament Again a Big Success

The Concord CC 60/70 tournament, held from July 10-13, was a big success with 68 entries, more than last year.It is also significant that there were a number of out of section players e.g. from GA, NJ, NY, and FL.We will be seeing many of them again with the rule rescinded that kept them out of NE sectional tournaments.

The largest draw was for menís 60 singles with 21.There were some very tight matches; in the semis, finalist Kari Juusela defeated Jon Wilson 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 but then lost to last yearís 60 singles winner Jon Bates, 6-1, 6-0.However, Jon got a retirement due to injury in his semis match with Howard Rugaber from GA so he was fresher for the final.

There was a large consolation draw as well and Casey Moore defeated Tom Hastings 6-2, 6-0 to win it.

In womenís 60 singles, 1st seed Eszter Chase defeated Denise Brosseau in the final to win the title.Janet Clay defeated Caroline Cormier 6-2, 6-2 to win the consolation.

In menís 60 doubles, 2nd seeds Eliot Campbell and John Voikos defeated 1st seeds Bill Busiek and Mark Garner 6-1, 6-2 to take the title.Tommie George and Casey Moore won the consolation 6-1, 6-1 over Barry Collins and Kevin OíNeil.

Men's 60 singles winner Jon Bates with finalist Kari Juusela

Women's 60 singles champion Eszter Chase with finalist Denise Brosseau

Men's 60 doubles finalists Mark Garner and Bill Busiek with champios Eliot Campbell and John Voikos

In womenís 60 doubles, 1st seeds Eszter Chase and Carolyn Fournier defeated Janet Clay and Jessie von Hippel 6-4, 6-2 to take the title.The consolation final was a nail biter with Diane Fidurko and Lynn Miller winning over Lin Nick and Debra Pruitt 6-7(4), 6-3, 11-9.

The menís 70 singles had a 15 draw, also a good size.There were also some very close matches,In the quarters, Dan Wszolek (from NY) defeated Pat Ariniello 6-1, 6-7, 6-3 (Pat also had a tough previous match beating Ken Miller in three sets).George Lynch defeated Yoshi Akabane in another quarterfinal 7-5, 5-7, 6-1.In the semis, Dan Wszolek defeated Lynch 6-3, 6-2.In the other semi, 1st seed Paul Fein defeated Dag Williamson 6-3, 6-1.In the final, Fein defeated Wszolek 6-0, 1-6, 6-2 to take the title.In the consolation final, Dominique Nocturne defeated Jim Hufford 6-0, 6-1.

Women's 60 doubles champions Eszter Chase and Carolyn Fournier with finalists Janet Clay and Jessie von Hippel

Men's 70 singles finalist Dan Wszolek with champion Paul Fein

Men's 70 doubles finalists Whitey Joslin and George Wachtel with champions Bob McAfee and George Lynch

There were only two entries in womenís 70 singles and Jessie von Hippel defeated Rollie Ernst 6-0, 6-3.

In menís 70 doubles, 2nd seeds George Lynch (substituting for Jack Reynolds who had to withdraw) and Bob McAfee defeated 1st seeds Whitey Joslin and George Wachtel in a nail biter, 7-6, 2-6, 6-4 to take the title.

Mixed 55 doubles had only two teams and the husband and wife team of Howard and Tricia Rugaber defeated Annabelle Ambrose and Gerry Rothman 6-2, 6-2.In mixed 65 doubles, 1st seeds Carolyn and John Fournier defeated the NJ team of Colleen and Donald Keenan 6-4, 6-1 to take the title.In the consolation, Linda and Bruce Leibig defeated John Kielty and Judy Schmid 10-4.

The informal party was held on Saturday starting at 4PM.Those not playing got to see some great tennis as they were eating snacks and having some beer or wine.A great time was had by all, TD Nigel Bentley did a great job as he always does, and it was fun to meet some of the players that do not often play tournaments.



Entertainment for the party above!