January 28 - February 2, 2008, Naples Tennis Club Category II National Super Senior Tournament, Naples, FL -
 
Laury Hammel (see picture below) led a bevy of 20 New England senior men who escaped our frozen section for a sunny, 85-degree USTA National Category II tournament in Naples, Florida. Overall there were 365 entrants from the US and beyond, in age groups 55+ through 90+. New England noteworthy results included:
 But most importantly, in the 60 Singles unseeded Laury Hammel of Wayland, MA became the talk of the entire tournament at mid-week, when he defeated the #1 seed, Hugh Thompson, in the round of 16. The day earlier, Laury had defeated the #10 seed 7-6, 6-4, and he duplicated that score against Thompson. The match was beautifully played by both competitors, and Laury's incredible drop shots (and their constant threat) seemed the major effective difference.
 
Laury went on to defeat Jay Parker in the quarters 6-0, 6-0; then defeated #6 James Clayton in the semis 7-5, 6-1. His incredible run ended only in the Saturday final, falling to #5 Michael Barnes 6-1, 6-3.

The draws of the tournament can be accessed here.

Acknowledgement: Thanks to Pete Allen for providing the story.