Clay Senior Slams at Beverly G&T and Concord CC Are Again a Big Success Despite Rain

Like last year, the Clay Senior Slam was split between two venues, the Concord Country Club with the younger crowd of 50 and 55 men’s singles and doubles and the women’s 50 singles and doubles. New this year, however, was the mixed 55 doubles changed from mixed 65 doubles last year by player request. Alas, however, nobody signed up.

Beverly hosted the men’s 60 through 90 age groups (but no 85 and 90 signups occurred) and 60 and 70 women’s age groups.

Beverly started play on Thursday afternoon with the older age groups’ singles events. Concord CC started on Friday morning. Both venues received heavy rain on late Friday afternoon that limited play. The party at Beverly moved indoors from the porch on late Friday afternoon and was a great success. Everyone had so much fun that picture taking was forgotten!

The men’s 50 singles draw at Concord was the largest with 22 players. Play started on Friday morning and two matches were played by some. Saturday play ran smoothly at Beverly as it was spared rain until Saturday night. However, Concord was not so lucky as two bouts of heavy rain, one at about 1PM and the other about 4PM limited play. TD Nigel Bentley asked the players if they would prefer to play indoors or try to play on the clay after the rain stopped. The consensus was the latter. Nigel and crew worked diligently to get the courts ready after the first rain stopped and play commenced only to be halted again by the 4PM downpour. The Concord party was moved inside from the porch but not much wine or beer was consumed as the courts were again groomed after the rain stopped and matches were rescheduled for Saturday night under the lights. Play commenced and the last match ended at about 11PM! Play resumed early Sunday (thanks to Andy from CCC who prepped the courts at the crack of dawn), and several finals were played in the late afternoon. All events were finished by the end of Sunday at Concord with the exception of the 50 singles final that will be played at another time. However, the bad weather meant that ¾ playoffs did not get played and many players opted out of consolation matches at both Concord and Beverly.

Hardship due to weather, however, was overcome by able tournament directors Nigel Bentley and Mike LaPierre and some great tennis was played!

In men’s 50 singles, 5th seed (there were six players seeded!) John Geilfuss made it to the finals with a tough 3 set win in the round of 16 over John Niceforo, then a straight set win over 1st seed David Cox, and then another tough 3 set win over 3rd seed Robbins Tien in the semis 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(6). On the other half of the draw, 2nd seed Scott Snow also had a very tough 3 set win over 6th seed Dave Wright in the quarters but then had a relatively easy win over unseeded Mark Cohen who upset 4th seed Russ Strong in the quarters in three sets. Geilfuss and Snow will be playing the finals at a later time to determine the champion. There was only one consolation match in 60 singles in which Greg Reardon from FL defeated David Willis 6-2, 6-2.

In the men’s 55 singles, 1st seed Bill Frost (Frosty) was upset by 3rd seed Ron LaFond in the semis but Ron lost in the finals to 2nd seed Alan Turner.

Women’s 50 singles also had some close matches. In the semis, Jen Wolcott, Asst. Pro at the Concord CC, lost a close three set match to 2nd seed Leah Kadesch. 1st seed Carol Redden prevailed over Kadesch in the finals in straight sets. In the one consolation played, Lynn Kaufman defeated Nancy Starr 6-0, 6-2.

There were some unusual happeninngs in the men’s 50 doubles. 1st seeds Harlan Stone and Jonathon Bates also played in the 55 doubles and were also 1st seed there. 2nd seed Scott Snow had his partner David Schinn have to pull out with an injury before play started. However, he got another partner – John Geilfuss and they ended up winning by defeating Stone and Bates in the final 2-6 retired. Stone got a severe cramp that caused him to retire.

Stone and Bates also lost the 55 doubles in the final to 2nd seeds Kimm Fisher and Richard Makepeace in a tough 3 setter, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

In women’s 50 doubles, Alan Turner’s wife Debra teamed with 50 singles winner Carol Redden as 1st seeds. But, they were upset by the Concord CC team of Mary Toth and Jen Wolcott in an exciting final 2-6, 6-0, 7-5.

Special thanks to “official” photographer Ron Jensen who took the pictures at Concord.

Harlan Stone and Jonathon Bates Relaxing

Phil Kadesch, Robbins Tien, and John Geilfuss. Phil was cheering on his wife Leah

Women's 50 doubles finalists Carol Redden and Debra Turner with winners Mary Toth and Jen Wolcott

 

Bill Frost (Frosty) -- he looks excited about something!

 

CCC TD Nigel Bentley - he looks wet from working in the rain! All the players appreciated his efforts!

Scott Andersen wins a racquet at the party -- and he said it was about time to get a new one!

Players watching some great play!

Robbins Tien used some pickle juice. It was hot and humid as well as rainy.

Jen Wolcott in action in her singles match.

 

Beverly

In men’s 60 singles, both men in the finals won in the semis due to retirement by their opponents. 3rd seed Paul Shaw defeated 1st seed Alex Levichev 3-6, 7-6, 3-0 retired, injury and 4th seed Bob Szlosek defeated 2nd seed Laury Hammel 5-4 retired, injury. In the finals, Shaw prevailed over Szlosek 6-2, 6-1. Shaw has now won two Slam 60 singles titles – can he win a “Triple Crown”? One consolation was played and Eliot Campbell defeated Bob January 3-1 retired (there were a lot of injuries in this tournament at both venues!).

In men’s 65 singles, there were two nailbiters in the semis; 1st seed Wint Filipek defeated 3rd seed Paul Fein 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 in one and 2nd seed Ken Newman defeated 4th seed Nissi Sie 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. Filipek defeated Newman 2-3 retired – another injury! One consolation match was played and Arthur Durkin defeated Martin Fox 6-1, 6-2.

Men’s 70 singles saw two great players who have not been seen in NE tournaments in a a number of years. Ted Hoehn was in the NETS (New England Tennis Stars) in the 1970s which was a NE based pro circuit. Dan Wszolek from upstate NY used to play NE tournaments fairly regularly and cleaned up on the competition when he came. 1st seed Nick Orusoff defeated Wszolek in the semis 6-4, 6-4 and Hoehn defeated 2nd seed Bob McAfee 6-3, 6-3 in the other semi. Hoehn prevailed in the final over Orusoff 6-1, 6-3. In the consolation final, George Hrabec defeated Ken Miller 6-3, 6-3.

Men's 70 singles finalist Nick Orusoff with winner Ted Hoehn

Men's 75 singles winner Mal Swanson with finalist Dick Canepa

Men's 80 doubles winners Dick Morse and George Boyce. They were also singles opponents and Boyce won by default

The hero of men’s 75 singles was unseeded Mal Swanson. In the semis, he defeated 2nd seed Ernie True 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in about three hours. He then had another three hour marathon in the finals against 1st seed Dick Canepa which he won by an identical 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 score. Mal teamed with George Hrabec for a great comeback in 70 doubles also. After being behind 6-3, 4-0, they rallied to defeat Ray Brodeur and Ken Miller 3-6, 7-6, 7-6.

In 80 singles, 1st seed Dick Morse and 2nd seen George Boyce rolled into the final. Boyce won by default as Morse was late arriving. Paul Foley defeated John Kielty 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the consolation.

The heroine in both the women’s 60 singles and 70 singles was 1st seed in both Dorcas Miller. She defeated Lynn Miller in 60 singles in a long match 7-5, 6-4 to win the championship. There were two close consolation matches. Rollie Ernst defeated Moy Burns 6-4, 7-6 in one and in the other, May Hines defeated Lianne Moses 6-3, 3-6, 7-5. The consolation final did not get played.

In the women’s 70 singles, Dorcas Miller again won the championship over Nancy Hoehn (Ted’s wife) 6-1, 6-4. However, Miller had a big scare in the semis. After being behind to May Hines 3-6, 6-3, 1-5, she ended up winning the 3rd set 7-5 winning six games in a row. May has greatly improved her game since the last time she played in NE! May is Dan Wszolek’s wife.

Women's 60 singles finalist Lynn Miller with winner Dorcas Miller (no relation)

Women's 70 player May Hines with 70s winner Dorcas Miller. May almost beat Dorcas!

Women's 70 singles finalist Nancy Hoehn and winner Dorcas Miller

There were some upsets in the doubles play. In men’s 60 doubles, unseeded Howard Ames and Paul Marsan defeated 2nd seeds Bill Busiek and Neil Prouix in the semis 6-4, 6-3 and then took the championship winning a 3 setter 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 over 1st seeds George Deptula and Alex Levichev..

In men’s 65 doubles, unseeded John Fournier and George Ulrich beat 1st seeds Bill White and Bill Ruth 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. They went on to take the final from 2nd seeds Pete Allen and Tommie George 6-1, 6-1. Fournier and Ulrich now have won two Slams. Can they win a triple Slam?

Men's 65 doubles finalists Pete Allen and Tommie George with winners George Ulrich and John Fournier

Billy Crusco did a great job getting the courts in shape after the rain at Beverly

Men's 70 doubles finalists Jack Reynolds and Bob McAfee with winners Tom Diehl and Whitey Joslin

In the 70 doubles, 1st seeds Tom Diehl and Whitey Joslin defeated 2nd seeds Bob McAfee and Jack Reynolds 6-2, 7-6 to also become a candidate to win a triple Slam. We now have three possibilities to win the Triple Slam! Ray Brodeur and Ken Miller won the consolation over Bob Stahl and Alan Gardner 7-5, 6-1.

There were only two teams in the 80 doubles and George Boyce and Dick Morse defeated Bix Shoemaker and James Waldron 6-1, 6-1.

There was also an upset in the women’s 60 doubles. There were three teams entered and Janet Clay and Sharon Edwards won their two matches to take the crown over last year’s Triple Slam winning team of Carolyn Fournier and Ruby Curtis.