2016 Walter Rapp/Shirley Fry Senior Tournament

by Ray Brodeur

Rain was predicted for Thursday, Friday and Saturday with Sunday being rain free.Just the opposite happened.It rained all day Sunday with the previous three days rain free.So for three days everything went well for the players.The tournament set an all-time record for number of participants at 71 hosted by the Hartford Tennis Club (HTC).

The 55 men's doubles was the only real casualty at the tournament as only one team signed up.The women's 50 and 60 doubles and 60 singles were all final matches as only two players or teams entered.In the women's 50 doubles, it was a HTC intra club affair as members Deanna Appleton and Teri Parekh defeated members Laurie Holl and Hilary Meyers 6-3, 6-3 in a match closer than the score indicated.In the women's 60 doubles, one of the top ranked teams in NE, Carolyn Fournier and Lynn Miller won a very close first set over Laurie Weinstein and Courtia Worth 6-4 then closing out the match 6-0 in the second set.The women's 60 singles saw Lynn Kaufmann, an HTC member and a familiar face on the NE circuit, defeat Denise Brosseau 6-4, 6-1.

Two men entered the 65 singles with Steve Sasson defeating newcomer Norm Harrison 6-0, 6-4.

Womenís 60 doubles winners Lynn Miller and Carolyn Fournier with finalists Cortia Worth and Laurie Weinstein

Menís 65 singles finalist Norm Harrison with winner Steve Sasson

Mike Louis, new head pro and general manager of the Hartford Tennis Club


Twelve men entered the 55 singles and unseeded Steve Kapiloff from Weatogue, CT won four matches in three days to claim the championship.Steve played like Juan DelPotro as he defeated no. 1 seed David Cox in the quarterfinals in a 3 plus hour match in debilitating heat and humidity 6-7(3), 6-2, 7-5.It was the best match of the tourney.In the semis, he played another unseeded player Joe Trausch from Old Lyme who knocked off no. 3 seed Chris Holmes 6-1, 6-4 in the quarters.Steve won another tough match over Joe 7-5, 6-2.In the finals, held indoors at the Farmington Farms Tennis and Athletic Club, Kapiloff defeated the no. 2 seed Russ Strong 3 and 3.In the playoff for third place, Joe Trausch squeaked by Manny Toppins 6-3, 7-5.Hats off to Steve Kapiloff for a well played tournament.





< L-R Menís 55 singles winner Steve Kapiloff with semi-finalist Joe Trausch




Menís 55 singles finalist Russ Strong with semifinalist Manny > Toppins††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††



In the 65 doubles, HTC member Jim Solomon and partner, Kenyon Clark gave no.1 seeds George Deptula and Paul Shaw a tough first set before faltering in the tiebreak 7-4.The second set was a bit easier for Deputla and Shaw winning 6-2.In the finals, Deptula and Shaw defeated Tommie George and George Ulrich 2 and 3.

Paul Fein continues to dominant in the 70s singles as he dropped just 4 games in three matches with Mark Severs getting 3 games in the second set of the finals.Final score 6-0, 6-3.The consolations was won by Doug Alton over Chris Bentley 6-3, 6-4.

The 70 men's doubles was a tight match with Peter Allen and John Fournier coming back from one set down to overtake Bob McAfee and Ted Underwood, 5-7, 6-2, 6-3.

Menís 65 doubles finalists Tommie George and George Ulrich with winners George Deptula and Paul Shaw

Paul Shaw in action!

Menís 70 doubles winners Pete Allen and John Fournier with finalists Bob McAfee and Ted Underwood


With a good draw of 8 players in the 75 singles, there were two nail biters and one other tough match.The first nail biter was Julien Hennefeld, no.1 seed and 2nd ranked in NE, win over 5th ranked Roy Anderson 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (6) in the quarterfinals.In another quarterfinal, George Lynch, no. 2 seed and 3rd ranked in NE, won the second nail biter over unseeded Bob Blanck 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (5).After losing 6 straight matches to Hennefeld, Ray Brodeur finally got some revenge with a 6-4, 6-2 win in the semis.Meanwhile, in the other semi, Lynch endured another 3 setter but finally prevailed over Hoby Hyde 6-1, 2-6, 6-2.The indoor finals produced an easy win for Lynch as he overwhelmed Brodeur 6-2, 6-3.In the consolation finals, Anderson defeated Blanck 6-2, 6-1.

With four teams entered in the 75 doubles, both the semis and the finals all went to 3 sets.No. 1 seed Roy Anderson and Bob Dilworth came back after dropping the first set in a tiebreak 7-6 (4) to win the next two sets over Whitey Joslin and Dag Williams 7-5, 6-2.In the other semi, Brodeur and Lynch lost the first set at love then prevailed in the next two sets 6-2, 6-4 over Omer Menard and John Swan.Again in the finals, Anderson and Dilworth lost the first set 2-6 then clamped down on Brodeur and Lynch to take the final two sets 6-3, 6-0.Spectators and the players all agreed, the score did not reflect the closeness of the third set as most games went to several deuces.

The men's 80 singles had a solid 7 players with Charlie Morris having the toughest match in the quarters with a win over Marvin Sears 7-5, 6-4, who played down.George Boyce won over a frustrated Bill Schmid in the quarters 6-2, 6-4.The semis saw no. 1 seed Mal Swanson overwhelm Morris 6-1, 6-0 while Boyce had a hard time but finally prevailed over Peter Reiss 6-4, 6-4.Boyce was declared the finals winner over Swanson by default due to miscommunications with the shift from outdoors to indoors.

The 80 doubles was a round robin between 3 teams with Carl Reidemeister and Herb Van Kruiningen pulling off a huge upset over Swanson and Reiss 7-6, 7-6.However, Dave Lowry and Reiss prevailed over Van Kruiningen and Reidemeister in 3 sets 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 and Morris and Swanson 6-4, 6-2 to win the 80 doubles championship.


Menís 75 doubles winners Bob Dilworth and Roy Anderson with finalists Dag Williamson and Whitey Joslin










Menís 80 doubles finalists Carl Reidemeister and Herb Van Kruiningen with winners Peter Reiss and Dave Lowry†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††----->


Kudos to the staff at HTC especially Mike Louis, the managing pro, who kept play moving along on time and keeping the website up to the minute; Joe Martin, the groundskeeper, who had the courts in pristine condition and Eve Bendett, the president of HTC, who organized and set out a plethora of wonderful snacks, sandwiches and beverages for the players during the entire tournament including a smorgasborg of great eats at the indoor courts.