Clay NE Senior Slams were again a success at Concord CC (8/15-8/17) and Beverly G&T (8/14-8/17)

The Clay NE Senior Slam tournaments were again successful with great competition and camaraderie.Unlike last year, the weather was very cooperative with no rain or excessive heat.Age groups 50 and 55 men and 50 women were at Concord CC and menís 60-90 and womenís 60, 70 and 75 were at Beverly G&T.Unfortunately, the menís 90s, menís 80s and womenís 70 and 75 events had no entries (or only one that precludes any matches).

Concord CC

55 menís singles had the biggest draw at 16.50 menís singles had 11 and it seems like the participation of the senior ďyoungstersĒ may be declining some.†If you know new 50s players, please invite them to participate as the level of tennis is high. However, there were some very strong close matches.

In 50 singles, 1st seed Robbins Tien had to retire in his semis match with 3rd seed Peter Appleton due to a health problem (he is ok though).In the other semi, 4th seed Russ Strong defeated unseeded Tom Weber in a tight three setter 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.Appleton took the title in a tough three setter over Strong 6-3, 5-7, 6-1. The consolation only had three players and John Wilcox defeated Greg Reardon 6-2, 6-0 to win it.

In menís 55 singles, 1st seed Wade Frame won his matches decisively.In the semis, he defeated 4th seed Ward Januzzi 6-0, 7-5.He then went on to take the title by defeating 2nd seed Tim Riley 6-0, 6-4.Riley may have been tired by the finals as he had to win two tough three setters to get there, defeating Hany Teylouni in the quarters 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 and then defeating 3rd seed Chris Holmes 6-0, 2-6, 6-3 in the semis.There were three players in the consolation and TD Nigel Bentley set it up as a round robin so the players got two matches.Gene Batiste defeated Fred Buffum 6-2, 6-3 and Richard Clark 6-2, 6-2 to win it.

M50 singles winner Peter Appleton and finalist Russ Strong
 (They are also doubles partner)

Men's 55 singles winner Wade Frame and finalist Tim Riley

Men's 55 consolation winner Gene Batiste


Womenís 50 singles had the longest match of the tournament in the finals with Davida Dinerman defeating Judy Van Raalte 6-4, 5-7, 7-6(2) in 4 Ĺ hours to take the title!Amazing!!The semis were not as close as Dinerman defeated Gail Warden 6-1, 6-0 and Van Raalte defeated Steffani Lomax 7-5, 6-1.In the ĺ playoff, Lomax defeated Warden 6-3, 6-3 to take 3rd place.† All four players are nationally ranked and the level of play is very high. This was the only ĺ playoff that was actually played.Players need to get more familiar with the ĺ playoffs as they get ranking points and more play.

In menís 50 doubles, TD Nigel Bentley teamed with Concord CC player Scott Staniar to win it 6-3, 6-0 over 1st seeds Mike Curry (from FL) and Carl Norbeck 6-3, 6-0.In the semis, Curry and Norbeck defeated Mark Lueders and Concord CC player Rich Wilson 6-2, 6-4.In the other semi, Bentley and Staniar defeated Bill Bravo and Paul Consigli 6-1, 6-2.Nigel was thrilled to win it and has been anxious to play competively again after having ailments last year.

Men's 50 doubles winners Nigel Bentley (also the TD) and Scott Staniar with finalists Mike Curry and Carl Norbeck

Men's 55 doubles finalists John Voikos and Greg Garrison with winners Wade Frame and Chris Holmes

Women's 50 doubles finalists Gail Warden and Nancy Van Sicklen (in the middle) with winners Davida Dinerman and Steffi Lomax (on the sides)


In menís 55 doubles, 1st seeds Wade Frame and Chris Holmes had a relatively easy run to win defeating Lueders and Wilson (who played in both the 50s and 55s doubles) 6-2, 6-1 in one semi and then went on to defeat 2nd seeds Greg Garrison and John Voikos in the final 7-5, 6-0.Garrison and Voikos defeated Tom Glenn and Rob LeRoy 6-0, 6-2 in the other semi.No teams participated in the consolation or the ĺ playoffs.

In the womenís 50 doubles there were only two teams and Davida Dinerman and Steffi Lomax defeated Nancy Van Siclen and Gail Warden 6-4, 6-2 to take the title.

The party this year at Concord was again set up as a lunch on Saturday with beer, wine and snacks starting at 4PM with the drawing for prizes occurring then.This format was viewed very favorably by the players.

Watching the action with some food and drink

Some of the action being viewed.  Good form!

Sally Utiger officiating the action


Beverly G&T

Menís 60 singles was the largest draw at Beverly G&T with 15 entries.1st seed Paul Shaw and 2nd seed Jon Wilson made it to the finals with Shaw taking the title 6-2, 6-3.Shaw defeated Scott Anderson 6-0, 6-3 and Wilson defeated Randall Kennedy 3-6, 6-6 retired in the semis to reach the final.Casey Moore defeated Tom Hastings 6-3, 6-3 to win the consolation.

In menís 65 singles, George Deptula upset #1 seed Laury Hammel in one semi 6-1, 6-4.Gary Chafetz defeated Mark Severs 7-5, 6-1 in the other semi.Deptula won the championship over Chafetz 6-4, 6-4.2nd seed Bill Litwin won the consolation.

Men's 65 finalist Gary Chafetz with winner George Deptula (George was also a finalist in doubles)

Women's 60 singles consolation winner Dorcas Miller with finalist  Lianne Moses

Women's 60 singles winners Eszter Chase and Lynn Miller (standing) with finalists Irene Graham and Sue Kimball (relaxing from her long single match)


In menís 70 singles, 1st seed Paul Fein defeated 3rd seed Dag Williamson 6-3, 6-0 in one semi and 4th seed Tom Bauer defeated 2nd seed Steve Sudarsky 6-2, 7-6(4) in the other semi.Fein defeated Bauer 6-3, 6-4 to win the title.† Paul is having a great year! John Brunett won the 70s consolation 6-1, 6-4 over Jim Hufford.

In menís 75 singles, Nick Ourosoff defeated Ray Brodeur 6-0, 6-2 in one semi and George Lynch defeated Dick Canepa 6-1, 6-1 in the other semi.Ourusoff prevailed in the final over Lynch 6-3, 6-1 to take the title.Ernie True won the consolation 6-0, 6-4 over Dick Stewart.

In menís 80 singles, unseeded Monson Douglas from CA defeated 1st seed Bill Schmid in a tough 3 setter 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-0.Douglas defeated Dick Bowker 6-2, 6-1and Schmid defeated Al Sirois 6-1, 6-3 in the semis to get to the final.

Womenís 60 singles had a very strong draw.3rd seed Sue Kimball defeated 1st seed Eszter Chase 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 in one semi and in the other, 2nd seed Michelle Immler defeated 4th seed Lynn Kaufman 6-4, 6-2 in the other semi to make it to the final.The final was a marathon with the 1st set taking over an hour but Kimball prevailed 7-6(5), 6-4 to win.Dorcas Miller won the consolation over Liane Moses 4-6, 6-1, 10-6.

On to doubles.Menís 60 doubles only had two teams entered and Rob Miller and Paul Shaw defeated Bill Busiek and Neil Prouix 7-5, 6-2.

Menís 65 doubles had some strong teams and close matches.In one semi, George Deptula and George Ulrich defeated Bill White and Bill Ruth 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.In the other semi, Pete Allen and Tommie George had an easier time against Kenyon Clark and Patrick Hickey (from Quebec) 6-1, 6-0.The final was a nail biter as Allen and George defeated Deptula and Ulrich 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to take the title.

There were three teams entered in the menís 70 doubles and they played round robin although there was no clear winner.Also, Jack Reynolds showed up late and could not play due to an injury.His partner Bob McAfee recruited Paul Fein to sub for Reynolds and defeated Tom Diehl and Whitey Joslin 7-5, 7-6(5).Diehl and Joslin defeated Rob Chase and Allan Gardner easily 6-0, 6-1.However, Chase and Gardner won the 3rd match over McAfee and Fein by default.


Men's 70 singles winner Paul Fein

TD Mike LaPierre won a prize in the drawing!  Presented to him by Dorcas Miller

85 player Henry Tiberio with Paul Fein


Menís 75 doubles also had three teams and played round robin.George Lynch and Nick Orusoff took the title by winning their two matches; 6-1, 6-3 over Ken Miller and Mal Swanson 6-1, 6-3 and over Ray Brodeur and Dick Canepa 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(4).

Menís 85 doubles had only two teams and Yutaka Kobayashi (Koby) and Bix Shoemaker defeated Steve Parson and Henry Tiberio 7-5, 6-2.Both Koby and Tiberio were playing down in the 85s as they are both in their 90s!

Womenís 60 doubles also had only two teams.Eszter Chase and Lynn Miller defeated Irene Graham and Sue Kimball in a tough three setter 6-7(4), 6-1, 6-4 to take the title.

The party at Beverly G&T was also well received Ė a buffet dinner on the porch with beer, wine or some other drink.After dinner, the drawing for prizes was made with some great prizes with Ken and Dorcas Miller presiding at the drawing.

Nich Orusoff wins a prize in the drawing.  He looks surprised!

Bev Canepa and Peter Reiss enjoying their meal

George Deptula, Bill Busiek and Bill's wife

Is Jon Wilson doing a beer tasting?  I thought that was reserved for wine!

Dorcas and Ken Miller with Pat Hickey from Quebec

Dag Williamson, Ray Brodeur and Mal Swanson enjoying the food