Clay Court NE Senior Slam at Concord CC (July) is a Success Despite Some Wet Weather

The tournament started on Thursday afternoon with the first round of menís 70 singles.Weather cooperated and the first round went smoothly.However, the weather on Friday was very rainy resulting in multiple delays on a heavily scheduled day.Times kept changing and TD Nigel Bentley sent out e-mails to all the players notifying them of new match times.Some of the changes resulted in players defaulting.However, one unfortunate default had nothing to do with the weather.Steve Sudarsky from Hartford, CT called to say he would not make his match since his car failed and was smoking, stuck at the junction of I-290 and I-495.He ended up withdrawing.Play on Friday continued into the evening as the rain stopped then.Jay Lubker won his first round 65 singles match over Joe Touzin in 3+ hours, finishing it after 10PM.He injured himself in the match so he ended up defaulting his next round.

Saturday also had a few periods of rain, but they were relatively short lived and play was not interrupted much.Also, there was free lunch for all the players and significant others watching.Later in the afternoon, wine and beer along with snacks were provided the players as they watched some of the matches.There was also a drawing of some prizes for the players.

The tournament was also written up in the Concord Journal, the local weekly newspaper in Concord.A photographer and writer came to the tournament on Saturday and the article appeared in the July 13 issue and was featured with a picture of Hany Teylounie who played in the menís 60 singles and is a resident of Concord.

Sunday had clear weather all day and finals were finished (with many spectators) along with quite a few consolation and ĺ matches for the semifinal losers.

Singles Results

In menís 60 singles, 1st seed Robbins Tien and 2nd seed Wade Frame both made it to the finals without losing a set.In the semis, Tien defeated Dan Radler 6-0, 6-1 and Frame defeated 3rd seed Tim Riley 7-6, 7-5.The ĺ playoff was not played and Jeff Pruden defeated Dave Foster 6-3, 6-3 to win the consolation.

In menís 65 singles, 1st seed Gary Jenkins made it to the final without losing a set.However, 2nd seed Jon Wilson was upset by 4th seed Dirk Dugan in the semis 6-4, 6-1.Jenkins won the final over Dugan 6-2, 6-4.The ĺ playoff was a nailbiter.3rd seed Mas Kimball defeated 2nd seed Jon Wilson 6-7, 7-6, 10-2 in a match that seemed to last forever!Joe Touzin won the consolation 6-2, 6-3 over Kevin OíNeil.

In menís 70 singles, 1st seed Wint Fillipek and 2nd seed Rick Klaffky also got to the finals without losing a set.In the semis, Fillipek defeated 4th seed Gary Chafetz 6-1, 6-0 and 2nd seed Rick Klaffky defeated 3rd seed Bruce Leibig 6-1, 6-0.The ĺ playoff was a tight one with Leibig defeating Chafetz 1-6, 6-3, 11-9.†† TD Nigel Bentley had three players who wanted to play in the consolation.To give them more matches, he set them up round robin.Joel Herskowitz defeated Jim Hufford and Alan Gardner to win the consolation.Hufford defeated Gardner to take 2nd place.

In womenís 50 singles, 1st seed Judy Van Raalte and 2nd seed Laura Parziale both made it to the finals without losing a set (the seedings were quite good in the singles!). In the semis, 1st seed Van Raalte defeated Mary Toth 6-1, 6-2 and Parziale defeated Mary Heasley 6-0, 6-2.Van Raalte defeated Parziale 6-2, 6-0 in the final.In the ĺ playoff, Toth defeated Heasley 6-0, 6-0.

Womenís 60 singles had three entries set up for round robin play.However, one player dropped out resulting in only one match played.Sue Kimball defeated Dorcas Miller 7-5, 6-2 to win.

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Menís 60 singles finalist Wade Frame with winner Robbins Tien

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Menís 65 singles finalist Dirk Dugan with winner Gary Jenkins

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Menís 70 singles finalist Rick Klaffky with winner Wint Fillipek

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Womenís 50 singles winner Judy Van Raalte with finalist Laura Parziale

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Womenís 60 singles winner Sue Kimball with finalist Dorcas Miller

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Menís 65 singles ĺ winner Mas Kimball with opponent Jon Wilson who played the very tight match

 

On to Doubles

All three menís doubles events had four teams.There was no womenís 50 doubles and the womenís 60 doubles only had two teams.Nevertheless, there was some great doubles played!In menís 60 doubles, 1st seeds Harlan Stone and Jon Bates cruised to the final winning their semi 6-0, 6-2 over Wade Frame and John Dedomenico.In the other semi, 2nd seeds Kimm Fisher and Richard Makepeace defeated Howard Ames and Tim Riley 6-2, 6-4.The final drew quite an audience in awe at the great doubles between two teams who have met in tournaments many times before.In the final, Bates and Stone prevailed 6-4, 6-2.Frame and Dedomenico defeated Ames and Riley 6-4, 7-6 to win the consolation.

In menís 65 doubles, 1st seeds George Deptula and Paul Shaw won in the semi 6-0, 6-3 over Kevin OíNeil and Joe Touzin.Second seeds Gary Jenkins and Mas Kimball defeated Tom Hastings and Francis McGuirk 6-2, 6-0 in the other semi.Jenkins and Kimball defeated Deptula and Shaw 6-2, 7-5 in the final.Hastings and McGuirk defeated OíNeil and Touzin in the consolation 6-2, 6-2.

In Menís 70 doubles, 1st seeds Pete Allen and Tommie George defeated Chuck Christensen and Ken Miller 6-0, 6-2 in one semi.In the other semi, Bill Litwin and Ted Underwood defeated Alan Gardner and Jim Hufford 6-0, 6-1.Allen and George defeated Litwin and Underwood 7-5, 6-2.Litwin had one of the most amazing shots in the tournament as he hit around his back at a ball and got it over the net.But, they lost the point!Miller and Christensen defeated Gardner and Hufford 6-0, 6-1 to win the consolation.

There was only one womenís 60 doubles match and Carolyn Fournier and Lynn Miller defeated Dorcas Miller and Teresa Howie 6-0, 6-2.

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Menís 60 doubles winners Jon Bates and Harlan Stone with finalists Kimm Fisher and Richard Makepeace

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Menís 65 doubles winners Mas Kimball and Gary Jenkins

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Menís 70 doubles finalists Ted Underwood and Bill Litwin with winners Tommie George and Pete Allen

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Womenís 60 doubles finalists Teresa Howie and Dorcas Miller with winners Carolyn Fournier and Lynn Miller

Audience

Watching the action

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Menís 70 doubles consolation winners Chuck Christensen and Ken Miller with finalists Alan Gardner and Jim Hufford sweeping the courts after play

 

Lunch and the Party

Saturday had lunch for all around noon and it was quite a feast!Later in the afternoon, out came the beer, wine and snacks for a party.Players and observers were able to watch the great play while having food and drink during the afternoon.Also, during the party, there was a drawing for some prizes donated by TD Nigel Bentley. This was a great amenity!

Enjoying themselves at the party!

Some great food at lunch!

Eating lunch and socializing

 

We thank TD Nigel Bentley, his helper Dave Bell and umpire Marie Collyer for making this a very successful tournament under some tough weather conditions!We look forward to the next NE Clay Senior Slam to be held from August 10-13 for the age groups men 50, 55, 75-85 and women 70, 75.