New England Senior Tennis Foundation
Promoting Senior Tennis in New England
New England Senior Slam Tournaments
We are excited to announce the eighth year of the highly successful New England Senior Slams Tournaments for senior players age groups 50-85 (the men's 90 age group has been deleted from the clay and grass Senior Slams in 2016 due to no participation the past few years). 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 are gifts for all players and a party with food and drink at all the Slam tournaments for all players and their significant others.
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 got USTA approval to add all NE 50 and over age groups including the new women's 75 age group as Category II national events. All age groups also count for NE rankings. The women's 75 age group was also added in 2014 to the Clay Slam tournament at Beverly G&T and the Grass Slam at Pt. Judith CC (Newport starting in 2016).
The Grass Slam in 2016 returned to Newport and will again be in Newport in 2017. There have been many upgrades there including more indoor courts available for backup in case of inclement weather.
The Clay Slam at Beverly G&T is now history as Mike LaPierre decided there was too much conflict with team playoff events. We thank Mike for his hosting of half the Clay Slam for seven years. He has been a great supporter of the NE Senior Slams. The Concord CC will now host the Clay Slam over two separate weekends, one in July and the other in August. The age groups at the two Clay Slams have been juggled some based on requests from the Concord CC tournament director.
The 2017 date for the Hard Court Slam at Yale is Thursday, June 1 to Sunday, June 4. The dates for the Clay Slams at Concord CC are Thursday, July 6 to Sunday, July 9 and Thursday, August 10 to Sunday, August 13 and the date for the Grass Slam is Thursday, September 8 to Sunday, September 11.
The NE Senior Slams have been a great success in the seven years of its existence (2017 is the 8th year). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 978-369-3045.
Below is a description of the Slam 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, is home to the Connecticut Open 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 - clay court
International Tennis Hall of Fame at Newport - grass court
Visitors to the Newport Casino (shown in picture on left) are transported back to 1880 when visiting the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Once on the grounds, the horseshoe piazza, clock tower, intimate stadium with grass courts, and the Victorian architecture charm the visitor.
From1881-1915, the Casino hosted the first U. S. National Lawn Tennis Championships. At that time, the championships consisted of only men's singles and doubles. This tournament today is the U. S. Open and is held in Flushing Meadow, N. Y.
The International Tennis Hall of Fame at this site was conceived by then Casino president James Van Allen, the founder of the modern tiebreaker. The museum is the world's largest tennis museum and owns the world's largest collection of tennis memorabilia. All tournament players will receive free passes to the museum and significant others/friends of players will receive discounts.
Newport is a good holiday destination and the Grass Slam week is a good opportunity to combine the tournament with a holiday.
The Newport Grass Senior Slam Tournament can be
The Newport Grass Senior Slam Tournament can be accessed here.
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