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New England Senior Slam Tournaments

We are excited to announce the fifth year of the highly successful New England Senior Slams Tournaments for senior players age groups 50-90.  The New England Senior slams are a series of three USTA/NE sanctioned tournaments, modeled after the pro Grand Slams, and played on three different surfaces:  hard court, clay and grass.  There  will be gifts for all players and a party with food, drink and drawings for prizes at all the Slam tournaments for all players and their significant others. Based on player feedback, we have made some changes to make the Slams even better this year.

The 2012 hard court Senior Slam at Yale had the honor of being selected by the United States Tennis Association to become a National Category II Tournament for the age groups of 50, 60 and 70 men and women. In 2014, the hard court Senior Slam will be a Category II national tournament for all age groups including the new women's 75 age group. All age groups will also count as NE tournaments and for NE rankings.  The women's 75 age group has also been added to the Clay Slam tournament at Beverly G&T and the Grass Slam at Pt. Judith CC.

After much difficulty in finding a grass venue, we have managed to get Pt. Judith CC in Narragansett, RI for the last week of September, 9/25-28. The normal 2nd week for the grass Slam was not available as the club has a big event scheduled then.  Pt. Judith is a beautiful venue and we are fortunate in getting it.  Thanks to Rich Heath for keeping it alive and making this happen.

The times of the Clay Slam tournaments are slightly changed. The Clay Slam dates at both locations were pushed back a week later in August in 2014 to reduce conflict with USTA League playoffs.

 

The 2014 date for the Hard Court Slam at Yale is Thursday, June 5 to Sunday, June 8. The dates for the Clay Slams are Thursday, August 14 to Sunday, August 17 for Beverly and Friday, August 15 to Sunday, August 17 for Concord CC and the dates for the Grass Slam Thursday, September 25 to Sunday, September 28.

 

The NE Senior Slams were a great success in the four years of its existence. You can read about each of them by clicking on the "Breaking News" link on the left of this page where you can find the stories.

 

To provide all of these amenities and more, we are seeking sponsors. There are different levels of sponsorship; if you know of an organization or individuals who might be interested, contact Ken Miller at kmiller@neseniortennis.org or call him at 978-369-3045.

 

Below is a description of the hard court and clay venues. These are some of the best in New England.

 

Yale - hard court

 

 

The new Cullman-Heyman Indoor Tennis Center at Yale

 

The Yale Tennis Center, aka Connecticut Tennis Center, was home to the Pilot Pen pro Tennis Tournament, held just before the US Open. There are 22 cushioned hard courts outside. This is where the hard court Slam is played. The above picture shows the eight court Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center which opened in 2008 and received a USTA award in 2009 as the outstanding tennis facility in New England. This indoor facility is used for indoor backup for the hard court NE Senior Slam tournament. The Yale Hard Court Senior Slam was selected as Adult Tournament of the Year for 2010!

 

The Yale Hard Court Category II National NE Senior Slam tournament can be accessed here.

 

Concord Country Club & Beverly Golf and Tennis Club - clay court

 

Concord CC Tennis & Pool Clubhouse - picture from recent tournament

The Concord Country Club was founded in 1895 as the Concord Golf Club. It moved to its current location in 1913 when it bought the Brown Farm and also changed its name to the Concord Country Club as it added other sports facilities including tennis. The original barn became the current clubhouse. Various improvements have been made over the years. The most recent upgrade (2005) created a new pool, increased the number of clay tennis courts to eight and added a clubhouse catering to both users of the pool and the tennis facilities.  The Concord Country Club has been host to sanctioned Sectional USTA/NE tournaments for many years in the 50s, 60s and 70s age groups that have garnered some of the largest senior draws in New England. The Concord CC was chosen as adult tournament of the year for 2009 by USTA/NE. The previous 50s sectional has become the clay Slam for the men's age groups 50 and 55 and the women's 50 age group.

The Concord CC Clay Senior Slam tournament can be accessed here.

Beverly Golf and Tennis Clubhouse

The Beverly Golf and Tennis Club was built in 1910 by the United Shoe Machinery Corporation which at that time was the largest employer in Beverly and one of the world's leading manufacturers of shoemaking equipment. The club was a social and recreational facility for the United Shoe employees.

United Shoe employees used the facilities until 1971 when the Clubhouse and surrounding 300 acres were sold to a private developer. In 1978, the city of Beverly purchased the Clubhouse and 168 acres that the city continued to use as a golf course. The developer retained the additional 132 acres for housing and conservation. In November, 1982, the city's nomination of the Clubhouse for listing in the National Register was approved and it was also included in the Massachusetts State Register of Historic Places.

There are today ten clay courts and the tennis facilities are managed by the Bass River Tennis Club. Many very successful sanctioned senior tennis tournaments are held at Beverly Golf and Tennis Club hence its selection to be the site of one of the clay NE Senior Slams. The age groups for the Beverly Clay Slam are 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85 and 90 for men and 60, 70 and 75 for women.

The golf course is public so for those interested, it can be arranged to play golf. A player or significant other/friend should bring their clubs if they are interested in playing golf.

The Beverly Clay Senior Slam tournament can be accessed here.

 

 

 

Point Judith Country Club - grass court

Pt. Judith Country Club was founded in 1894 by 25 wealthy families, most from Philadelphia, for polo, golf and social activities.   The Franklin Farm and Homestead was purchased to provide the land and the original Franklin homestead.  The Franklin homestead served as the clubhouse with a ballroom added in the 1920s and it is still the clubhouse today.  Although no specific records exist as to when golf links were added, it was likely in the late 1890s shortly after the club was founded.

In the 1920s, the club was split and the Pt. Judith Polo Club was formed.  Pt. Judith Polo Club ceased operations in 1931. 

Tennis was introduced to the Pt. Judith CC around 1915. Pt. Judith CC courts were used for tournaments as far back as the 1920s according to Tennis Hall of Fame records.  Today, the club has 10 grass courts and four clay courts on site and a Donald Ross designed 18 hole golf course.

The Pt. Judith CC Clubhouse

The Point Judith Country Club Grass Senior Slam Tournament can be accessed here.

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