2013 Walter Rapp/Shirley Fry USTA Senior Tennis Tournament

Hartford Tennis Club, West Hartford, CT

July 25-28

by Ray Brodeur

With record rainfalls this summer, would you believe the weather finally cooperated this year? Ben Bishop, the tournament director and manager of the Hartford Tennis Club (HTC), was all smiles as the courts were awash in sunshine all four days of the tournament.Matches started Thursday afternoon with the menís 70 and 75 singles.On Friday, the menís 65 doubles match between the no. 1 seed of Peter Allen and Tommie George and George Deptula and George Ulrich turned out to be the finals and the match of the tournament as the two Georges defeated one George and a Peter 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (5). As a result of making many uncharacteristic mistakes, the two Georges lost the first set 6-2.In the second, the reverse occurred and the two Georges won 6-1.The final set was a real nail biter and a delight to the audience that watched this set go back and forth.Tommie and Pete saved a match point at 3 Ė 5, won that game and two more to take a 6-5 lead.With Ulrich serving at 5-6, love-30, they rallied to force a tiebreak.With Pete serving at 5-6 in the tiebreak, Deptulaís famous crosscourt backhand bounced right at Peteís ankles and his half-volley attempt sailed quite long for victory for the Georges.

In the 80s singles final, another George, last name Boyce rolled against Dick Mount 6-1, 6-0.

The 75s singles had 10 participants with Roy Anderson prevailing over the no. 1 seed Ernie True in the semis in a long tough three set match 3-6, 6-0, 7-6 (5).Roy then went on to win the finals over his doubles partner Bob Dilworth in another 3 set match 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.Roy and Bob then went on to win the doubles final over Mal Swanson and Ernie True 6-3, 6-4.

Men's 80 singles finalist Dick Mount with winner George Boyce

Men's 75 doubles finalists Ernie True and Mal Swanson with winners Roy Anderson and Bob Dilworth

Men's 65 doubles finalists Pete Allen and Tommie George with winners George Ulrich and George Deptula

 

The 70s singles had 10 players with yet another George, last name Lynch, reaching the finals against Dan Wszolek, a foreigner from upstate New York.Dan stood tall in three consecutive matches. In the quarters he fended off John Bradbury after losing the first set 4-6 to win the final two sets 6-2, 6-3. He then dispatched Ray Brodeur in the semis 6-3, 6-3 and cruised over George Lynch 6-2, 6-1.In the consolation singles final, Chris Bentley, a member of the HTC defeated the irrepressible omnipresent Allan Gardner 6-1, 6-2.

 

70 singles finalist George Lynch with winner Dan Wszolek

70 doubles winners Hobey Hyde and Ray Brodeur with finalists George Lynch and Rod Taylor

55 singles finalist Chris Holmes with winner Wade Frame

 

The 70s doubles final went 3 sets with Brodeur and Hobey Hyde, both members of the HTC, defeating Lynch and Rod Taylor 7-5, 3-6, 6-2.The turning point in the final set came when Brodeur serving at 3-1, love 40, came back to win the game and go up 4-1 vs 3-2.

 

The 65 menís singles had the biggest draw with 12.The round of 16 featured a long 3 set match with Mark Severs finally putting away yet another George, last name Petrykevych, also a member of the HTC, 6-7 (7), 6-1, 6-2.Mark then lost a tough match in the quarters to Ted Sawyer in 3 sets 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. Laurie Hammel defeated Ted in the semis 6-0, 6-2.In the lower half of the draw, no. 2 seed Rick Klaffky injured himself in his quarter final win over Stephen Fuchs 6-0, 6-2 and thus defaulted to George Deptula in the semis.Hammel, in his inimitable slashing fashion, won over Deptula in the finals 6-1, 7-5.

 

Wade Frame defended his title at the Rapp by defeating Chris Holmes in the 55s singles finals 6-4, 6-1 in the 55 singles.The last set saw great hustle and long rallies with Wade eventually getting Chris out of position to hit the winner.In the 55s consolation, Brigham Metcalfe prevailed over Eugene Batiste in three long sets 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

 

Women's doubles winners Lynn Miller and Elizabeth Endicott with finalists Vickie Brown and Denise Sylvester

Hanging out with a beer while watching great tennis.  As usual, the "Rapp" tournament was very welcoming!

70 singles consolation finalist Alan Gardner with Gerry Rothman and consolation winner Chris Bentley

 

On the womenís side, there were five players entered in the 60s singles with Elizabeth Endicott defeating Nikki Holbrook 6-1, 6-3 in the finals.Traci Hotchner won the consolation finals over May Hines.They split the first two sets but unfortunately May had to retire prior to start of the final set due to a recurring injury.In the 60s doubles final, Endicott and partner Lynn Miller won over Vickie Brown and Denise Sylvester, HTC members, 6-0, 6-2.

 

Only two women signed up for the 50s singles with Carol Redden overcoming another HTC member, lefty Lynn Kaufman, 6-1, 6-1.