Clay NE Senior Slam Tournaments

Concord CC Aug. 9-11; Beverly G&T Aug. 8-11

The Clay NE Senior Slams again were successful despite one full day of heavy rain on Friday that cancelled all matches at both locations that day.Some Concord CC matches were played under the lights Saturday evening to catch up and at Beverly, the 60 and 70 menís singles finals were scheduled for play after the tournament was officially over.

Concord CC hosted the ďyoungstersĒ; 50 and 55 age groups for the men and the 50 age group for the women.Beverly G&T hosted the remaining age groups; 60 - 90 for the men and 60 and 70 for the women.

Concord CC

The first day of the tournament at Concord CC was Friday and it was a total washout.All matches were rescheduled starting on Saturday.

Both menís 50 and 55 singles had draws of 16 with some stellar play.In 50 singles, 1st seed Scott Snow was banging serves of over 100 mph as he won his 1st two matches in straight sets.He retired in the semis against 4th seed Peter Appleton due to an injury.In the other half of the draw, 3rd seed Robbins Tien defeated 2nd seed John Geilfuss in a tough 3 setter 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.In the finals, Tien defeated Appleton in about three hours 0-6, 6-4, 6-4.The audience was riveted watching this stellar play.

In the consolation final, Tony DiTullio defeated Chris Stevens 6-2, 6-3.

There were three teams in menís 50 doubles and they played round robin.Geilfuss and Snow teamed up in doubles and easily won their first round over Dave Coughlin and club member Tom Toth, but had to default their 2nd round with Scott Anderson and Michael Fix due to Snowís injury.Anderson and Fix defeated Coughlin and Toth in the 3rd round to take the title.

Menís 55 singles also had some excellent competition with some players we have seen formerly play great doubles in the past now playing singles.Dave Porter defeated 1st seed Chris Holmes in an injury default after they split sets.Porter lost in the semis to 3rd seed Harlan Stone 6-4, 6-2.In the other half of the draw, Mark Leuders upset 4th seed Ward Januzzi 7-5, 6-1 and then upset 2nd seed Ron LaFond 7-6(7), 6-4 in the semis to gain the final against Stone.Both Stone and Leuders have been exceptional doubles players in past tournaments and now have shown they can also play great singles!In the final, Stone defeated Lueders 6-3, 7-6(6) to take the championship.

In the consolation final, Dan Radler defeated Gene Batiste 6-3, 6-2

Men's 50 singles winner Robbins Tien with finalist Peter Appleton

Men's 55 singles winner Harlan Stone with finalist Mark Leuders

 

Men's 55 singles consolation finalist Gene Batiste enjoying the matches

 

 

There were three teams in 55 doubles that played round robin.1st seeds Kim Fisher and Richard Makepeace won their two matches in straight sets to win the title. Greg Garrison and John Voikos were the runner ups as they defeated Ward Jannuzzi and Phil Parish in the 3rd round.

In womenís 50 singles, 1st seed Steffani Lomax and 2nd seed Laura Parziale made it through to the final to meet again (they met at Yale at the hard court Slam).Parziale won the title in a close match 6-4, 7-6(4).In the consolation, Lynn Kaufman defeated Stacy Moran 6-1, 6-2.

Womenís 50 doubles had an amazing story.Pam Wolf was looking for a partner to play Ė and selected 77 year old Judy Smith!Talk about playing down!Judy is in the NE Tennis Hall of Fame but 20+ years of age is a lot of playing down.They were terrific, however, winning their 1st round match over Wendy Ferrelli and Mary Toth 3-6, 6-1, 6-3.They then played 1st seeds Johanna Bickford and Jean Osachuk and lost 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-3 Ė but took a set!Bickford and Osachuk defeated 2nd seeds Laura Parziale and Amy Read in the final 6-1, 6-2 to take the title.In the consolation, Ferrelli and Toth defeated Maggie McMillan and Mariellen Norris 6-0, 6-3.

Ward Januzzi, Phil Parrish with John Voikos and Gregg Garrison

Finalists Laura Parziale with winners Jean Osachuk and Johanna Bickford

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Women's 50 doubles consolation winners Wendy Ferrelli and Mary Toth with finalist Maggy McMillan and Mariellen Norris

 

TD Nigel Bentley came up with a different format for the party this year.Instead of a dinner at night, he thought there would be more participants if there was a free lunch on Saturday with wine and beer appearing at 4PM.The drawing for prizes also had playerís names on them so when the drawing happened, the player would get what was drawn even if not present.This appeared quite successful and may be a good model for the future.Any feedback from you would be appreciated.

Beverly G&T

The menís 60 singles had a 15 draw and some upsets and injuries.Unseeded Eliot Campbell defeated 2nd seed Jon Wilson in the quarters in straight sets but then fell to 4th seed Alex Levichev in the semis.In the other half of the draw, 3rd seed Paul Shaw defeated 1st seed Bill Frost (Frosty) 1-6, 5-4 retired, due to illness.The final was played on Monday morning and Shaw prevailed over Levichev 6-0, 6-3 to take the crown.Jay Lubker won the consolation 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in a tight match over Bill Riess.

In menís 60 doubles, Conway Felton and Bob McKinley defeated Bill Busiek and Neil Prouix 6-1, 6-4 in the finals.

Men's 60 doubles winners Conway Felton and Bob McKinley

Men's 65 singles winner with umpire Larry Conway and finalist  George Deptula

Men's 70 doubles finalists Whitey Joslin and Tom Diehl with winners Ted Underwood and John Swan

 

In menís 65 singles, 1st seed Laurie Hammel and 2nd seed George Deptula made it to the finals.Hammel defeated Deptula in a hard fought match 6-1, 1-6, 7-5 that had the audience mesmerized.In the consolation final, Arthur Durkin defeated Alan Greenbaum 6-1, 6-1.

In menís 65 doubles, the two Bills, Ruth and White defeated 2nd seeds Pete Allen and Tommie George in one semi 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 to reach the finals against 1st seeds George Deptula and George Ulrich. The match was won by the two Georges 7-5, 6-2.

Menís 70 singles started on Thursday afternoon.One match between Alan Gardner and Ken Miller did not finish as they split sets and then had to quit due to darkness.They were scheduled to play the next morning but alas, all matches on Friday were cancelled due to the heavy rain.So, Miller and Gardner played the 3rd set on Saturday morning which Miller won.Miller then had to play another singles and two doubles matches that day.His singles loss was to Bob McAfee, the 1st seed.McAfee then defeated Jack Reynolds, the 4th seed and doubles partner in the semis 7-6, 6-4.In the other half of the draw, 2nd seed Bill Simonton defeated 3rd seed Dan Wszolek 6-1, 6-1.The final had been scheduled for Tuesday but McAfee pulled up lame so Simonton won by default.

George Hrabec won the 70 singles consolation over Alan Gardner 6-3, 6-2.

In 70 doubles, 1st seeds Tom Diehl and Whitey Joslin defeated Bob McAfee and Jack Reynolds 6-4, 6-0 in one semi and 2nd seeds John Swan (Swanee) and Ted Underwood defeated Ken Miller and Mal Swanson 6-0, 6-3 in the other semi.Swan and Underwood then took the championship over Diehl and Joslin 6-1, 6-3.

In menís 75 singles, unseeded Dick Stewart defeated 1st seed Mal Swanson in one semi 7-5, 6-3.2nd seed Dick Canepa defeated Stewart in a long close three setter 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the finals.

There were only two 75 doubles teams and Bob Dilworth and Roy Anderson defeated Dave Lowry and Gene Wheeler 6-2, 7-5.

There were no entries in menís 80 or 90 age groups.However, there were two singles entries in menís 85 and two last minute entries in menís 85 doubles.In menís 85 singles, Marvin Sears defeated Yutaka Kobayashi (Koby) in a tough three setter 6-7, 6-3, 6-3.In the doubles, Koby and partner Bix Shoemaker defeated Ed Golden and Henry Tiberio 6-2, 6-4.

Men's 85 singles winner Marvin Sears with men's 85 double finalist Ed Golden

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Women's 60 doubles winners Gail Smith and Allyson Bolduc with finalists Carolyn Fournier and Ruby Curtis

 

The Beverly party. Maureen LaPierre is in the foreground.

 

 

All of the womenís events had three entries and all played round robin.In womenís 60 singles, 1st seed Elizabeth Endicott defeated both Moy Burns 6-1, 6-2 and Denise Brosseau 6-3, 7-5 to win the title.In the 3rd match, Brosseau defeated Burns 6-1, 6-0 to take 2nd place.

In 60 doubles, there was no clear winner as each team had one win.Elizabeth Endicott and Lynn Miller defeated Allyson Bolduc and Gail Smith 6-4, 7-6 in the first round; Ruby Curtis and Carolyn Fournier defeated Endicott and Miller 6-4, 6-1 in the 2nd round, and Bolduc and Smith defeated Curtis and Fournier 6-3, 6-2 in the 3rd round.Who is the winner? The umpire had to delve into ďFriend of CourtĒ to determine the winners and runners up.After going through an eight step process, Bolduc and Smith were declared the winner and Curtis and Fournier the runner up.

In 70 singles, Dorcas Miller won both her matches, 6-4, 6-2 over Rollie Ernst in the 1st round and 6-3, 6-4 over May Hines in the 2nd round.Rollie Ernst defeated May Hines 1-6, 7-5 retired, due to injury in the 3rd round to take 2nd place.

In 70 doubles, Esther Williams and Jessie von Hippel defeated Annabelle Ambrose and Carolyn Peelle 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 and Beverly Canepa and Rollie Ernst 6-0, 6-1 to win the 70 doubles.Ambrose and Peelle defeated Canepa and Ernst 6-2, 6-4 in the 3rd match to take 2nd place.

The party at Beverly was held as scheduled on Friday evening.However, it was a small gathering as nobody played that day and also it was still raining hard.However, it was a fun time for those who did show up and the food and camaraderie were excellent.Maureen LaPierre, Mikeís wife, won a Babalot racquet and was thrilled to get it and try it out. One positive is that the excess food from the party was made available to the players for lunch the next day and it was quickly devoured.

Thanks to both tournament directors, Nigel Bentley at Concord CC and Mike LaPierre at Beverly G&T for great work to make the tournaments a success given one whole day was a washout.Also, thanks to umpires Larry Conway at Beverly G&T and Ray Brodeur at Concord CC (we usually see him playing but he had been injured this year).