Concord CC 60, 70s Tournament Successful Despite Some Setbacks

The Concord CC 60, 70s tournament was successful despite some setbacks.Tennis director Nigel Bentley, who has always run a great tournament, had to have a substitute as he is recovering from an accident and subsequent operation and was not able to be the TD.The good news is that his substitute Dave Bell did a great job at running the tournament.Nigel is expected to be back next year as TD.

Entries were down from last year, especially in all the womenís events except womenís 60 singles. ††Additionally, there was no mixed 55 doubles.Maybe it was a good thing to have a smaller tournament to reduce the complexity for Dave Bell, who had never been a TD before.

On to the play where there were some terrific matches.Menís 60 singles had the largest draw and some notable upsets.Unseeded local Concord player Hany Teylouni defeated 3rd seed Bob Szlosek to get to the quarters in a tough 3 setter 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.He then defeated Arthur Durkin 6-1, 6-4 to get to the semis.He then lost decisively to 1st seed Jon Bates in the semis.Bates defeated 2nd seed Gary Jenkins in a tight one 6-7, 6-3, 6-2 to win the final.4th seed Brian Dalrymple won the consolation over Kevin OíNeil 1-6, 6-0, 10-3.

In menís 60 doubles, there were three teams that played round robin.Bill Busiek and Mark Garner won both their matches to win the doubles.They had a close three set match with Eliot Campbell and John Voikos winning 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.Campbell and Voikos took 2nd place by winning their other match.

 

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Menís 60 singles winner Jon Bates with finalist Gary Jenkins

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Menís 60 doubles winners Mark Garner and Bill Busiek with finalists John Voikos and Eliot Campbell

 

In womenís 60 singles, the seeds pulled through easily.In the final, 1stseed Denise Brosseau defeated 2nd seed Caroline Cormier 6-2, 6-2.In the consolation, Charlene Reese defeated Cynthia Campbell 6-3, 6-0 in the final.

In menís 70 singles, 1st seed Yoshi Akabane easily got through to the finals without losing a set.2nd seed Ernie True had a tough time in the semis but defeated Don Burgess 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.Akabane then won over True in the final in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.The consolation singles final was close between Mal Swanson and Chris Bentley.They split sets and they were having so much fun that they decided to play a full set rather than a supertiebreaker in lieu of a 3rd set. Bentley won the 3rd set and thus the consolation final.

In the menís 70 doubles, Swanson and Bentley were teamed up -- but Saturday night when Swanson was out to dinner with his wife, he fainted and was taken to a hospital so could not play doubles the next day.Was the extra set of singles part of the problem?(Mal is ok and is back playing).TD Dave Bell found CCC club player Bob Krumme to sub for Mal (although he is still shown as Mal in the draw).2nd seeds Bob McAfee and Ted Underwood won over Bentley and Krumme 6-2, 6-3.In the other semi, Paul Ajemian and Joe Ryan upset 1st seeds Tom Diehl and Whitey Joslin 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.McAfee and Underwood defeated Ajemian and Ryan in the final 6-4, 6-2 to take the crown.

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Menís 70 singles winner Yoshi Akabane with tournament helper Ken Miller (who could not play due to a family wedding on Saturday)

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Menís doubles finalists Paul Ajemian and Joe Ryan with winners Ted Underwood and Bob McAfee

 

There were snacks, wine and beer available starting at 4PM on Saturday so spectators had a good time watching matches and socializing while also having good snacks and drinks.