Chatham Mens 60, 65 Doubles Tournament Gets Record Entries

September 17-19, 2010

 

The Chatham 60, 65 doubles tournament received a record number of entries with both age divisions having draws of 15. Not only were the draws large, but also the level of tennis played was terrific. Rain threatened on Friday afternoon when first matches were to be played, but it held off and play commenced even though there was heavy rain further west on the Cape.

 

In the 60 doubles, 1st seeds Bill Busiek and Neil Prouix had all their matches go to three sets to get to the finals. In the quarters, they defeated Bruce Mahler and Bob Tilley 6-4, 5-7, 6-4. In the semis, they defeated Curt Anderson and Bob McKinley 4-6, 7-6(8), 7-5.

 

On the other side of the draw, 2nd seeds Pete Allen and Tommie George got a retirement in their first round due to injury to Rob Granger but then won a 3 setter in the quarters against Butch Guliza and Pat Rossetti 6-1, 5-7, 6-4. They defeated Ken Newman and George Ulrich in straight sets in the semis and then had a very tough final but prevailed over Busiek and Prouix 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 7-5. Canít get much closer than that!

 

There were many upsets in the 65s, with the top three seeds not making it to the finals. 1st seeds Ted Underwood and John Fournier retired after being up 5-0 in the first set due to John pulling a hamstring.2nd seeds Walt Beatty and Jerry Whitlock lost in the semis to Bill Ruth and Bill White 6-0, 6-4. 3rd seeds Tom Diehl and Whitey Joslin lost in the quarters to Ruth and White 6-3, 6-1. Ruth and White went on to win the 65s prevailing over 4th seeds Roy Anderson and Bob Dilworth 6-0, 6-7(4), 6-4 in the final.

 

60s winners Pete Allen and Tommie George with finalists Bill Busiek and Neil Prouix

65s winners Bill Ruth and Bill White with finalists Bob Dilworth and Roy Anderson

 

There were also many close three setters the consolations in both the 60s and 65s..

 

As usual, TD Jerry Whitlock provided great hospitality such as the lunch on Saturday and the great party at his house Saturday night. A great time was had by all and the weather was very cooperative!

 

Ray Brodeur, Ken Miller, Paul Ajemian, and George Ulrich enjoy a break for lunch. Note Ray's "white" hat!

Curt Anderson and Bob McKinley with wives enjoy lunch. Many players brought wives for the great ambience and party

 

 

Injury did not stop Rob Granger from partying!

 

Bob Cantu could not play because of a shoulder injury but he came to provide some entertainment!

 

Great service from the bartender outside

 

The Party