The Ken Rickson Memorial Tournament Goes According to Seeding (With Two Big Exceptions)

 

The Quincy Tennis Club hosts this senior tournament to honor Ken Rickson, long-time player and tournament director who did so much to grow the game.  

 

The matches played out as the seedings predicted until the semi-finals in the 70 singles and finals in the 65's.  Both were long, tense, exciting matches; characterized by one observer as "wars".

 

In the 70 singles, #2 seed Bob McAfee faced Yoshi Akabane in the semis.  Bob started strong winning the first set 6-1. But, as expected, Yoshi hung tough. He turned around the second set 6-4.  The decider was a nail biter with Yoshi prevailing 6-4.  In the finals Paul Fein showed why he is ranked #1 in New England in the 70's, comfortably handling Yoshi's spins and slices winning 6-1 6-0.

 

Spectators were treated to fine finals in the 65 singles with #1 seed Laury Hammel dueling #2 seed Paul Shaw.  These two have battled for the #1 ranking in New England at several age groups throughout their careers.  They have fought against one another many times before and this was another classic battle with a 3 hour and 15 minute struggle in heat and humidity with Shaw ending up on the winning side 2-6, 7-5, 6-2. In the second set Laury served for the match at 5-4 but after several tense points Paul broke Laury and went on to win the match.  

 

In the 70 doubles finals, John Swan and Ted Underwood defeated Joe Ryan and Paul Ajemian 6-3 6-3.



Men's 65 singles finalist Laury Hammel with winner Paul Shaw


Men's 70 singles winner Paul Fein with finalist Yoshi Akabani


Men's 70 doubles winners John Swan and Ted Underwood