Chatham Men’s 60, 65, 70s Doubles Tournament Has Big Draws and Great Competition


The Chatham doubles tournament held Friday, September 14 to Sunday, September 16 again was a big hit. One complication, however, was a wedding scheduled for Saturday afternoon into the evening that resulted in the party being held Friday night.


As in the past, it was a great party held at the club. Weather was great on Friday and the party was very well attended with good food and drink. Jerry Whitlock does a great job at planning the tournament and the party. It was too bad Jerry could not participate as he had an operation a few months ago and was not yet ready for competition. He is looking forward to next year!


Play started on Friday in the late morning. All three age groups had good draws; nine teams in the 60s, ten teams in the 65s, and ten teams in the 70s for a total of 58 individual players. As in the past, each team is guaranteed at least three matches. The lack of court availability on Saturday afternoon dictated that matches use a supertiebreak rather than a 3rd set so as to be able to get all matches in for the tournament.


Rain was predicted for Saturday morning, so play went indoors at Willy’s Gym in Eastham. Match format was shortened to 10 game pro sets for the consolations and 8 game pro sets on Sunday so a full complement of matches could be played.


Sunday saw great weather again and busy courts outdoors and an attentive audience watching the great matches. Many were very close three setters.


In men’s 60 doubles semis, long time doubles team Bill Busiek and Neil Proulx upset 1st seeds Mas Kimball and Patrick Tzanis 7-5, 7-6(9). In the other semi, 2nd seeds George Deptula and Paul Shaw defeated Curt Anderson and Bob McKinley 6-2, 6-1. In the finals, Deptula and Shaw handily defeated Busiek and Proulx 6-2, 6-1. In the ¾ playoff, Anderson and McKinley defeated Kimball and Tzanis in a nailbiter 6-4, 5-7, 10-4.


60s 1st seeds Patrick Tzanis and Mas Kimball. They lost to McKinley and Anderson in the 3/4 playoff


Many wives came to provide support for their husbands


TD Jerry Whitlock and wife. Jerry did a great job running the tournament despite some hassles with a scheduled wedding and the need to go indoors.


In the 60 consolation final, the NH team of George Allen and Jon Wilson defeated Mark Garner and Derek Lowe 8-6. In the consolation “reprieve” final, Paul Murphy and Kevin O’Neil defeated Jim Catalini and Jeff Twarog 8-3.


In the 65 semis, 1st seeds John Fournier and George Ulrich defeated the NJ team of Cerullo and Estes 6-4, 6-3. In the other semi, the two Bills, White and Ruth, handily defeated 2nd seeds Pete Allen and Tommie George 6-2, 6-1. Fournier and Ulrich prevailed in the final over White and Ruth 6-3, 7-6(8).  Cerullo and Estes won the ¾ playoff over Allen and George in a tight three setter 6-4, 2-6, 10-6.


In the 65 consolation final, Bill Litwin and Ted Underwood defeated Paul Ajemian and Pat Rossetti 6-3, 6-2. In the consolation “reprieve 1” final, Ben Fishler and Paul Rooker defeated Mike Hardesty and Bob Tilley 8-1. In the consolation “reprieve 2” final, Butch Gulizia and Joe Ryan defeated Rob Granger and Jim Watson 8-6.


65 doubles winners John Fournier and George Ulrich with finalists Bill Ruth and Bill White

65 3/4 winners Estes and Cerullo with the #4 team of George and Allen

65 consolation winners Ted Underwood and Bill Litwin with consolation finalists Paul Ajemian and Pat Rossetti


In the 70 semis, 1st seeds Roy Anderson and Bob Dilworth defeated Walt Beatty and Keith Stoneman 6-0, 3-6, 10-5. Beatty and Stoneman had a tough match to reach the finals, defeating Brodeur and Miller 6-7(5), 6-1, 11-9 (many three setters!). The other semi had 2nd seeds Keith Butterfield and Tom Diehl defeating Bob McAfee and Jack Reynolds 6-7(3), 6-0, 14-12, another 3 setter! Anderson and Dilworth took the final winning over Butterfield and Diehl in yet another 3 setter 6-4, 1-6, 10-8. In the ¾ playoff, McAfee and Reynolds defeated Beatty and Stoneman 10-1.


In the 70 consolation final, Bob Cantu and Peter McGee got revenge and defeated Ray Brodeur and Ken Miller 10-8. In the main draw, Brodeur and Miller had defeated Cantu and McGee 4-6, 6-4, 10-7. In the consolation “reprieve” final, Alan Gardner and Paul Watson defeated John Durante and Jim Rougvie 10-8.


70s finalists Tom Diehl and Keith Butterfield with winners Bob Dilworth and Roy Anderson


70s 3/4 winners Jack Reynolds and Bob McAfee


70s consolation finalist Ken Miller (partner Ray Brodeur missing) with winners Bob Cantu and Peter McGee


Jerry arranged for a free lunch for all the players on Sunday and most took advantage of it. Thanks to Jerry for running the tournament and providing great amenities. Thanks also to Peter Nese for his great help to Jerry!


Enjoying Sunday lunch -- Joe Ryan, Kevin O'Neil and Butch Gulizia

John Swan (Swanee) came to watch. He was going to play but came down with an injury.

Many spectators came to watch the great tennis