Concord CC Clay Slam has Great Play Even with Excessive Heat/Humidity

Temperatures were in the 90s with high humidity, but energetic play occurred despite the weather.† TD Nigel Bentley also handled rain very well on Friday.† The rain started at 4PM just as the first round of menís 55 singles were about to go on.† There was a delay but all scheduled matches for Friday were played, many under the lights.

This was the first year that the Clay Slams were played on different weekends, Concord CC from 8/11 to 8/14 and Beverly G&T from 8/18 to 8/21.† This was done to avoid conflict with USTA team playoffs at Beverly.† Also, Menís 80 and 85 events were transferred to Concord CC from Beverly G&T to more equalize the load between the two clubs.

Total number of entries was slightly ahead of last year.† We were especially pleased to get six womenís 50 singles players when last year there were none!† There were also three W50 doubles teams. The menís 55 singles draw was the largest with 16. †There were also a number of new tournament players and they all seemed to have had a fun time and intend to play more tournaments.

It was also good to see that almost all the consolations were played.† However, only one ĺ playoff was played leaving ranking points on the table.

Play started at 10AM on Friday with the menís 80 singles which had four entries.† In the first round, 1st seed Mal Swanson and 2nd seed George Boyce came through to the final in straight sets.† The final was played on Sunday and Swanson prevailed over Boyce in a close three setter 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in stifling heat and humidity to take the championship!† In the consolation, Bill Schmid defeated Monson Douglas (he uses Doug for his first name) in a close three setter 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(8) to win the consolation.

There were two entries in 85 singles and Raymond Malley defeated Marvin Sears 6-3, 6-2.






Menís 80 singles winner Mal Swanson with finalist George Boyce


Menís 85 singles winner Raymond Malley with finalist Marvin Sears



Menís 80 doubles finalist Dave Lowry in action.† His partner was Bob Fougere


Menís 50 singles had eight entries and 1st seed Steve Gulla and 2nd seed John Wilcox both had straight set wins to get to the finals.† Gulla easily defeated Wilcox in the final 6-0, 6-0.† Wilcox may have been thinking too much about his sick dog!† The ĺ playoff was not played.† In the consolation, Marcel Bourque defeated Greg Reardon to win the consolation.

The menís 55 singles had 16 entries and there were many upsets of seeds, none making it to the semis.† In the quarters, newcomer to NE (from CA) Dave Buzby defeated 1st seed Joe Trausch in a three and a half hour match 0-6, 7-5, 7-6(5).† Unseeded John Geilfuss defeated 3rd seed Ward Jannuzzi 7-6(6), 6-0 to get into the semis.† Ron Lafond and Robbins Tien had easier matches to get to the semis with Lafond defeating 4th seed Manny Toppins 6-2, 6-1 and Tien defeating unseeded Clark Friedman 6-2, 6-3.† In the semis, Geilfuss defeated Buzby 6-4, 6-4 and Tien defeated Lafond 6-0, 6-2.† Tien won the title over Geilfuss 6-2, 6-1 with his accurate, steady play.† The ĺ playoff was not played.† Russ Strong won the consolation over Hany Teylouni 5-3 retired due to injury.

In womenís 50 singles, 1st seed Davida Dinerman and 2nd seed Yvette Kruger sailed into the finals without losing a set.† Dinerman then defeated Kruger in the final 6-1, 6-3.† The ĺ playoff was played and Michelle Wright defeated Jill Slavin 6-0, 6-0.† In the consolation, Cheryl Pedone defeated Toni Engley 8-0.


Menís 50 singles winner Steve Gulla with finalist John Wilcox



Womenís 50 singles finalist Yvette Kruger with winner Davida Dinerman


Menís 55 singles finalist John Geilfuss with winner Robbins Tien


On to Doubles

There was some spectacular doubles play, particularly in the menís 50 and 55 events.† In the menís 50s, 1st seed Steve Gulla and Carl Norbeck got to the finals in straight sets.† TD Nigel Bentley and partner Scott Staniar also went to the final in straight sets.† Gulla and Norbeck defeated Bentley and Staniar 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, a tough 3 setter, in the final.† In the consolation, Eric Schnadig and Larry Walsh defeated Jim McGhee and Michael McQuaid 6-2, 6-4.† Carl Norbeck also played in the 55 doubles event with a different partner, Scott Snow and they were the 1st seeds.† Norbeck and Snow again made it to the finals without losing a set as did 2nd seeds Chris Holmes and Rob Pease.† Norbeck and Snow took the 55 doubles final 6-4, 6-3 to win both the 50 and 55 doubles titles in the tournament!† The doubles play attracted many viewers watching the superb tennis.† The 55 doubles consolation was not played.

Menís 80 doubles had two teams and Dick Canepa and Mal Swanson defeated Bob Fougere and Dave Lowry in a very tight 3 setter 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 in the final.

There were three womenís 50 doubles teams and they played round robin.† Davida Dinerman and Yvette Kruger defeated Amy Read and Michelle Wright 6-2, 6-2.† Read and Wright defeated Wendy Ferelli and Mary Toth 6-1, 6-1.† The third match between Dinerman and Kruger and Ferrelli and Toth was not played due to an injury to Kruger.† Counting games won that were played resulted in Read and Wright as the champions.


Menís 50 doubles finalists TD Nigel Bentley and Scott Staniar in action



Womenís 50 doubles winners Amy Read and Michelle Wright



Menís 50 doubles consolation winners Eric Shnadig and Larry Walsh with finalists Jim McGhee and Michael McQuaid


Menís 55 doubles winners Carl Norbeck and Scott Snow.† Norbeck also won the 50 doubles with Steve Gulla



Menís 50 doubles finalists Chris Holmes and Rob Pease


Tournament umpire Sally Utiger with TD helper and Slams co-founder Ken Miller with Ron Lafond


As is usual with the Senior Slam tournaments, there were many amenities.† All players received Senior Slam T shirts and there was a free lunch for the players on Saturday.† Later on Saturday afternoon, there was a cocktail party for players and guests with beer, wine and snacks.† Many players finished with matches stayed to watch more of the action while having a beer, wine or soft drink along with the snacks.† Everyone agreed it was a very fun event and many of the newcomers mentioned they hope to go to the Grass Slam in Newport in September. Hope to see you there!


Enjoying Lunch!



Hanging out at the party and watching some of the great match play!


Menís 55 singles consolation finalist Hany Teylouni with wife.† She was very supportive of Hany!†



Menís 55 doubles players Mike McQuaid and Dave Foster hanging out and watching the tennis