Newport Ends the 2016 NE Senior Slam Season with a Bang!

Senior players from Florida, Wisconsin, Mississippi, Virginia, Arizona and New York joined New England players for a terrific tournament on the grass in near-perfect weather. The players enjoyed the beautiful new facilities at the International Tennis Hall of Fame.Players also took advantage of free admission to the updated museum exhibitions, and a record crowd attended the sumptuous dinner on the balcony overlooking the courts on Saturday evening. Our thanks to Gibby Harnett and the terrific staff at ITHF for a great tournament.


There were many close matches with great play, some of which took a long time to finish, unusual for grass matches.




First seed Steve Gulla cruised into the menís 50 singles final defeating Henry Lujan 6-0, 6-1.Unseeded Ron Chicoine did not have as easy a time as he defeated John Wilcox 7-5, 6-2 in the 1st round. Chicoine then defeated unseeded Jonathon Drucker who had upset 2nd seed Peter Appleton to get to the semis.Chicoine defeated Drucker in the semi 6-3, 6-1.The final was a nail biter long match with Gulla finally prevailing 7-6(2), 7-6(6) to win.John Wilcox defeated Bill Ren in the consolation final 6-2, 6-2.


In menís 55 singles, 2nd seed Robbins Tien cruised to the final without losing a set.In the other half of the draw, there were some upsets.Unseeded Russ Strong defeated 1st seed Carl Norbeck in the 1st round, 6-3, 6-4.3rd seed Gary Clermont then defeated Strong 6-2, 7-6(4) to get to the final.Clermont then defaulted the final to Tien due to injury.In the ĺ playoff, Strong defeated Joe Trausch 7-5, 6-3.Unfortunately, no consolation matches were played.


Menís 60 singles only had three entries and they played round robin. Wade Frame defeated Peter Olgivy 6-1, 6-3 and Lance Smith 6-1, 6-1 to win the event.Lance Smith defeated Olgivy 3-6, 7-6, 7-5 to take 2nd place.



Menís 50 singles winner Steve Gulla with finalist Ron Chicoine


Menís 65 singles finalist Dirk Dugan discussing things with Kirk Beattie after defeating him in the semis


Menís 60 singles finalist Lance Smith with winner Wade Frame



There were some upsets and close matches in menís 65 singles.1st seed Jon Wilson had a close 3-set match against Tom Carey in his 1st round, defeating him 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 to get to the semis.He then defeated Mark Billington 6-4, 3-0 retired due to injury to get to the final.In the bottom half of the draw, unseeded Dirk Dugan from upstate NY defeated 2nd seed Gary Chafetz in the 1st round 6-2, 6-4.Kirk Beattie (from Wisconsin) defeated Jay Lubker 6-7, 6-2, 6-4 to reach the semis and meet Dugan.Dugan prevailed over Beattie 6-2, 6-2 to reach the finals where he lost to Wilson in a close 7-5, 6-4 match.Beattie won the ĺ playoff by default over Billington due to injury. Lubker defeated Steve Sasson 6-4, 6-3 to win the consolation.


Menís 70 singles saw a very big upset.1st seed Ken Newman, who upset 1st seed Paul Fein in the Clay Slam, was defeated by Henry Steinglass in a three hour squeaker 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.In the other half of the draw, 2nd seed Rick Klaffky defeated Rob Chase 6-1, 6-0 to make the final.The final was a close one with Klaffky defeating Steinglass 6-3, 7-6(5).Dale Nelson defeated Alan Greenbaum to win the consolation 6-3, 5-7, 10-7.



Menís 65 singles winner Jon Wilson in action


Menís 65 singles consolation winner Jay Lubker in action


Menís 70 singles finalist Henry Steinglass with winner Rick Klaffky



Menís 75 singles also had some upsets and close matches.1st seed Chuck Niemeth breezed into the final by defeating Hobie Hyde and Ken Miller by identical 6-2, 6-2 scores to reach the final.However, in the bottom half of the draw, unseeded George Lynch defeated 2nd seed Dag Williamson 6-2, 6-2 but then had a tight match with 3rd seed Roy Anderson winning 7-6(5), 7-6(4) to reach the finals. Niemeth defeated Lynch in a three setter 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to win the event.Ken Miller won the ĺ playoff over Roy Anderson in a walkover.Tom Wuethrich defeated Alan Gardner 6-1, 6-1 to win the consolation.


Menís 80 singles only had four entries and 1st seed Mal Swanson easily defeated Dick Canepa 6-2, 6-2 in the first round and in the final defeated Marvin Sears 6-2, 6-1 to win the event.What is very significant is that with that win, Swanson wins a ďTriple SlamĒ i.e. he won the menís 80 singles event in all three Senior Slams!



Menís 75 singles finalist George Lynch with winner Chuck Niemeth


A beautiful scene of the courts and play from the balcony where the party was held


Menís 80 singles winner Mal Swanson with finalist Marvin Sears



On to the Doubles!


In menís 50 doubles, 1st seeds Steve Gulla and Carl Norbeck won their 1st round over Ron Chicoine and Dave Champoux 6-1, 6-3 to get to the finals.2nd seeds Peter Appleton and John Wilcox had a tougher match with Jonathon Drucker and Henry Lujan but won 6-2, 0-6, 6-4.Gulla and Norbeck then won the final 6-4, 6-4 over Appleton and Wilcox Ė and won a ďTriple SlamĒ in menís 50 doubles!Wow Ė two triple slams won in a season, a new record!Ron Chicoine and Dave Champoux won the consolation over Mike Kliebhan and Ryland Hanstad in a tough 3 setter, 4-6, 6-3, 10-3.


In the menís 55 doubles, the two seeds made it through to the final.1st seeds Wade Frame and Chris Holmes defeated Ward Jannuzzi and Rob LeRoy in the first round 6-1, 6-0 and then defeated Marc Kitz and Joe Trausch 6-1, 6-1 to get to the finals.2nd seeds Bill Donadio and Peter Lyons did not have as easy a time as they beat Ron Parlman and Rob Pease 6-4, 7-5 in the 1st round and then defeated Gary Clermont and Mike Curry 6-7, 6-1, 4-5 retired due to injury.Frame and Holmes then won the event over Donadio and Lyons 6-3, 6-4.The end of this match as well as the menís 50 doubles match was moved indoors as there was a burst of rain on Sunday morning.The players raved about how nice the indoor lighting was and how well the courts played.Dave Foster and Tom Nieva won the consolation over Jim Ewing and Ivan Johnson 6-2, 6-0.Kitz and Trausch won the ĺ playoff in a walkover.


Womenís 50 doubles had only two entries and Sandra Herbert (from VA) and Karen Camp defeated Carolyn Fournier and Dorcas Miller 6-1, 6-2.However, both Fournier and Miller played down to the 50s as Fournier is a 60s player and Miller is a 75s player!They were put together to get a match for Herbert and Camp as they were the only entry to W50 doubles initially.Sandra Herbert had a great time and said she was going to get some of her buddies to come to play next year! We need more New England women to rise to the occasion.It is fun and you can get a ranking!



Menís 50 doubles winners Carl Norbeck and Steve Gulla (who also won a Triple Slam with this win!)


Womenís 50 doubles winners Sandra Herbert and Karen Camp with finalists Dorcas Miller and Carolyn Fournier


Menís 55 doubles finalists Peter Lyons and Bill Donadio with winners Wade Frame and Chris Holmes



In menís 60 doubles, 1st seeds Jon Bates and Steve Radigan and 2nd seeds Kimm Fisher and Richard Makepeace made it to the finals in straight sets with Bates and Radigan defeating Don Ross and Earl Smith 6-4, 6-1 and Fisher and Makepeace defeated Mike McQuaid and Tom Nieva 6-2, 6-1.In the final, Bates and Radigan defeated Fisher and Makepeace 6-3, 6-4.Ross and Smith defeated McQuaid and Nieva 6-2, 6-1 to win the consolation.


Womenís 60 doubles only had two entries and the match was a long close one with Carolyn Fournier and Lynn Miller prevailing over Martha Knieriem and Andria Wolf 4-6, 7-5, 7-5.


Menís 65 doubles also had only two entries and Kenyon Clark and Peter Macpartland defeated Jon Wilson and Bill Busiek 6-0, 6-3.


Menís 70 doubles was another event with only two entries.Tom Bauer and Dean Bauer easily defeated Alan Gardner and Dale Nelson 6-0, 6-0.


Menís 75 doubles had three entries and they played round robin.All the matches were very close.In round one, Roy Anderson and Bob Dilworth defeated George Lynch and Ken Miller 6-3, 7-5.In round two, Omer Menard and John Swan defeated Anderson and Dilworth 6-4, 6-7, 6-1 in a match that stopped after two sets because of darkness and completed the next day.The 3rd round was also a nail biter as Menard and Swan defeated Lynch and Miller in 2.5 hours 3-6, 7-5, 7-5.It was so long that the players were late to the party arriving at just before 7PM when the party started at 6PM.However, they got plenty of food and drink even though they were late.


There was no menís 80 doubles event as only one team signed up.



Menís 60 doubles winners Steve Radigan and Jon Bates with finalists Richard Makepeace and Kimm Fisher


Womenís 60 doubles winners Lynn Miller and Carolyn Fournier with finalists Martha Knieriem and Andria Wolf


Menís 70 doubles finalists Dale Nelson and Alan Gardner with winners Tom Bauer and Dean Bauer





On left: Menís 75 doubles winners Omer Menard and John Swan







On right: Menís 75 doubles team Ken Miller and George Lynch with winner John Swan†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††



On to the Party!


The party was a big hit as it provided a full dinner with many choices along with an open bar for beer, wine and soft drinks.There were about 50 attendees with friends and spouses of the players joining the players.The party was held on the balcony overlooking the courts so the party goers could watch the long doubles match.Near the end of the party, Ken and Dorcas Miller presided over a drawing for prizes with many nice prizes given out.



Scenes from the party!Great food, drinks and camaraderie!


Many thanks go to TDs Brewer Rowe and Gibby Harnett, the umpires and volunteer helpers (a special thanks to Jan Swanson) as well as the other Newport personnel that helped make the tournament a great success!