Clay NE Senior Slams at Concord CC and Beverly G&T Are Again Very Successful

Entries at Concord CC and Beverly G&T were both slightly higher than last year.However, there was no womenís 50 competition at Concord CC which was a big disappointment Ė we need to get these young women out as we missed them J!

Beverly had participation in all events except womenís 70 doubles, womenís 75 singles and doubles, menís 90 singles and doublesand menís 80 doubles.

It was interesting in that we had a father and son, both from Maine, playing in the tournament.The ďyoungsterĒ, Ron Chicoine, who first showed his tennis prowess at the Hard Court Slam at Yale, played 50 singles and doubles in Concord.His father Rene played 70 singles and doubles in Beverly.Rene came down one day to watch his son play in Concord.A real family affair!

Concord CC

Menís 50 singles had the biggest draw at 18.A number of players were new 50s this year and thus new to the Slams.The seeding was accurate with 1st seed Peter Appleton and 2nd seed John Flatley making it to the finals.In the semis, Appleton defeated 4th seed Dick Waterfall 5-4 retired due to illness (it was pretty hot and humid).In the other semi, Flatley defeated 3rd seed Robbins Tien 6-4, 6-1.The ĺ playoff was not played.Clark Friedman won the consolation 6-2, 6-1 over Greg Reardon.

In 55 singles, 3rd seed David Cox upset 1st seed Tim Riley in one semi 6-2, 6-3.In the other semi, 2nd seed Ron Lafond defeated unseeded Kevin Williams 6-1, 6-4.Williams had upset 4th seed Tom Weber in a tough 3 setter 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 to make it to the semis.In the final, Cox easily defeated Lafond 6-2, 6-0.Again the ĺ playoff was not played.Joe Trausch won the consolation over Fred Buffum 3-0, retired (the heat?).

Menís 50 doubles also had a good draw of eight.1st seeds Carl Norbeck and Bill Previdi defeated Dave Foster and Dave Hall easily in one semi 6-1, 6-1 and 2nd seeds Paul Coorssen and Scott Snow also had an easy time in the other semi defeating Ron Chicoine and Greg Reardon 6-2, 6-1.In the final, Norbeck and Previdi prervailed 6-3, 6-1 over Coorssen and Snow. Again, the ĺ playoff did not happen.Ryland Hanstad and Mike Kliebhan defeated John Ritter and Larry Walsh in a very close consolation final 7-5, 2-6, 14-12.

 

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Menís 50 singles winner John Flately with finalist Peter Appleton

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Tournament Director Nigel Bentley

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Menís 55 singles finalist Ron LaFond with winner David Cox

 

Menís 55 doubles had three teams that played round-robin.1st seeds Chris Holmes and Rob Pease won both their matches defeating Rob LeRoy and Manny Toppins 6-1, 6-1 and Dave Foster and Mike McQuaid also 6-1, 6-1 to win the 55 doubles.Foster and McQuade defeated LeRoy and Toppins 6-3, 7-5 to take 2nd place.

In lieu of a party at Concord, there was lunch served for all players and then an informal cocktail party with snacks, beer and wine starting at 4PM.Shortly thereafter, there was a drawing of prizes for the players.

 

Menís 50 doubles finalists Paul Coorssen and Scott Snow with winners Carl Norbeck and Bill Previdi

 

Enjoying the lunch and the camaraderie while watching some great tennis

 

Menís 55 doubles winners Rob Pease and Chris Holmes

 

Beverly G&T

Draws in the older seniors were widely good, e.g., menís 80 singles had a draw of seven, menís 85 singles had a draw of three, womenís 60 singles had a draw of eight, and three menís singles draws were 13 or 14.

In menís 60 singles, new 60 player Wade Frame won without losing a set.In the semis, he defeated unseeded Peter Ogilvy 6-3, 6-2.In the other semi, 2nd seed Gary Jenkins defeated Bill Frost 6-2, 6-2.In the final, Frame defeated Jenkins 6-1, 6-2.In the consolation, Wayne Lilly from SC defeated Tom Hastings in a tough one, 2-6, 6-2, 10-3.

In menís 65 singles, 1st seed Paul Shaw and 2nd seed Mas Kimball came through to the final without losing a set.Shaw defeated George Deptula 6-0, 6-2 in one semi and Kimball defeated Laury Hammel 6-4, 6-3 in the other semi.The final was not so easy however as Shaw prevailed over Kimball 6-1, 3-6, 6-4.Bill Busiek won the consolation beating Eliot Campbell 6-2, 7-5.

In menís 70 singles, the first two seeds also came through to the finals without losing a set (seeding was quite accurate!). 1st seed Yoshi Akabane defeated 3rd seed Bill Ewen 7-5, 6-2 in one semi and 2nd seed Bob McAfee defeated Chris Bentley 6-3, 6-2 in the other semi.McAfee upset Akabane in the final 7-5, 6-2.In the consolation, Jim Hufford defeated Rene Chicoine 6-1, 6-1.

 

Menís 60 singles semis opponent Peter Ogilvey with 60 singles champion Wade Frame

 

 

Menís 65 singles finalist Mas Kimball with winner Paul Shaw

Gerry Rothman, Dick Canepa and Mal Swanson puzzling over something??

 

In menís 75 singles, the big story was the play of unseeded Ray Brodeur.In the first round, he played Ernie True.They played until darkness set in with True leading 2-6, 6-3, 3-1.It was continued the next morning with Brodeur coming back to take the 3rd set 7-5 and the win.He then went on to defeat 2nd seed Dag Williamson 6-2, 6-4 to get to the semis.In the semi, Brodeur defeated Ken Miller 6-2, 6-3 but it took 2.5 hours and Miller was up 3-0 in the 2nd set. One of the games lasted 20 minutes with Brodeur finally winning it.Meanwhile, in the other semi, 1st seed Nick Orusoff had an easy match defeating Mike Butter 6-1, 6-0.Brodeur then had a good showing in the final against Orusoff but lost 7-5, 6-3.The consolation had an unusual number of good players in it.2nd seed Dag Williamson defeated True 6-0, 6-2 to get to the final. Mal Swanson defeated Dick Canepa 6-4, 3-6, 7-9 retired injury.Williamson easily defeated Swanson 6-1, 6-0 to win the consolation.

Menís 80 singles had a good draw of seven for this age group.The two seeds came through to the final with 1st seed George Boyce defeating Bill Schmid 6-2, 6-3 in one semi.In the other semi, 2nd seed Bob Fougere had a tougher time defeating Peter Reiss 6-0, 5-7, 6-3.Boyce won the final over Fougere 6-2, 3-0 retired due to injury.Chuck Morris defeated Barry Stone 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 to win the consolation.

There were three entries in menís 85 singles and they played round robin.Mark Mordecai defeated John Kielty 6-0, 6-3 and Raymond Malley 6-1, 6-4 to win the 85 singles.Raymond Malley defeated John Kielty 6-0, 7-5 to take 2nd place.

The women had good turnouts for their events.Womenís 60 singles had a draw of eight.1st seed Denise Brosseau was upset in one semi by Lynn Kaufman 6-3, 6-3.2nd seed Dorcas Miller easily defeated Caroline Cormier in the other semi 6-2, 6-0.Miller won the final in a nail-biter 7-6(6), 7-6(3).Cormier won the ĺ playoff over Brosseau by default due to injury.Lianne Moses won the consolation over Rollie Ernst 6-0, 6-3.

Womenís 70 singles had three entries who played round robin.Sue Kimball defeated Rollie Ernst 6-0, 6-1 and Dorcas Miller 6-1, 6-0 to win.Miller was hot and tired from her tough 60s win!Miller got 2nd place by besting Ernst 6-2, 6-2.

Womenís 60 singles finalist Lynn Kaufman with winner Dorcas Miller

Hanging out and watching the tennis.

Womenís 70 singles finalist Dorcas Miller with winner Sue Kimball

 

On to Doubles at Beverly

Doubles entries were smaller than usual at Beverly. Menís 60 doubles had only two entries and Kimm Fisher and Richard Makepeace easily defeated Peter Ogilvey and Jeff Prudden 6-0, 6-1 to take the title.

Womenís 60 doubles had three entries and Sue Kimball and Lynn Miller defeated Denise Brosseau and Caroline Cormier by default due to injury.They also defeated Carolyn Fournier and Gail Smith 7-5, 7-5 to take the title.Fournier and Smith defeated Brosseau and Cormier 6-2, 6-4 to take 2nd place.This was played before Brosseau got injured.

Menís 65 doubles had four entries but all were strong teams.In the semis, 1st seeds George Deptula and Paul Shaw defeated Tommie George and George Ulrich 6-1, 7-6(4).In the other semi, 2nd seeds Laury Hammel and Mas Kimball defeated Bill Busiek and Bob McKinley 7-6(5), 7-5.Busiek and McKinley won the consolation over George and Ulrich 6-2, 6-2.

Menís 70 doubles had three entries who played round robin.The two Bills, White and Ruth defeated Pete Allen and John Fournier 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 and Rene Chicoine and Allan Gardner 6-1, 6-0 to take the title.Allen and Fournier took runner up by defeating Chicoine and Gardner 6-0, 6-0.

Menís 60 doubles winners Kimm Fisher and Richard Makepeace with finalists Jeff Prudden and Peter Ogilvey

Womenís 60 doubles winners Sue Kimball and Lynn Miller with finalists Carolyn Fournier and Gail Smith

 

Menís 70 doubles winners Bill White and Bill Ruth with their defeated rivals Rene Chicoine and Alan Gardner

 

Menís 75 doubles had only two entries.Ray Brodeur and Hoby Hyde defeated Ken Miller and Mal Swanson 6-3, 6-1 to win.

Menís 85 doubles also had only two entries (although pretty good for the 85s).Al Gubbins and Richard Lawrence defeated Yutaka Kobayashi (playing down as he is over 90) and Bix Shoemaker 6-2, 6-4 to take the title.

Menís 70 doubles finalists John Fournier and Pete Allen

Dorcas Miller with her 1st round 60 singles opponent, new tournament player Cynthia Campbell

Menís 75 doubles winners Hoby Hyde and Ray Brodeur with finalists Ken Miller and Mal Swanson

 

The party at Beverly was held Friday night with many more players present than in past years.It was good to see so many there enjoying the great food and drink as well as the camaraderie.As in the past, there was a drawing for prizes that was well received.

Party had some great food, drinks and conversation

Looks like they have just finished up!

 

Will we have a Triple Slam winner this year (someone who wins all three Slams in a particular event)?Nick Orusoff has won the first two legs of the Slams in 75 singles and the team of George Deptula and Paul Shaw are looking for their 3rd win in 65 doubles.Stay tuned!

Special thanks go to Ron Jensen for taking the photos of the tournament at Concord CC. We also thank TDs Nigel Bentley and helper Dave Bell at Concord CC and TDs Mike LaPierre and Neil Whitehouse at Beverly G&T.