2012 NE Hard Court Senior Slam has Record Number of Competitors

CAT II National for Age Groups 50, 60, 70

NE Tournament for Other Age Groups


The 2012 NE Hard Court Senior Slam had a total of 127 competitors for the combined CAT II national and NE tournament. The CAT II national had 92 competitors and the NE tournament had 35. There were 17 out of section players in the CAT II; 10 from NY, four from FL, one from PA, one from SC and one from NJ. Even though officially they were two tournaments, both were run as one.


The Yale Bulldog

Conferring at the Tournament Desk

Todd's intern/tournament helper, TD Todd Nicholson and official Tom Fayed


Yale's outdoor courts

Category II National Hard Court Slam


Play started on Thursday, June 7 with singles from the CAT II draws. There was still a threat of rain but luckily, it held off and play commenced outdoors. The menís 50 singles had a 19 draw, and the menís 70 singles had an 18 draw, resulting in two singles matches for some players in each event. In a 2nd singles match of the day, Steve Lunsford from Florida made his first appearance in the tournament against Ken Miller. Steve is ambidextrous and beat Ken easily with his unorthodox style. He went on to then beat Ray Brodeur in the next round on Friday before being stopped by 1st seed Nick Orusoff 7-5, 6-1 in the semis. Steve, however, won the ĺ playoff, defeating Wally Weld 6-2, 6-2 who had upset Roy Anderson 6-4, 6-4 to get to the semis. Nick won the 70s singles, defeating Bill Simonton 6-3, 6-2 in the final. Bill had a tough 3 set win 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 in the semis against Wally Weld to progress to the final.


In the 70s singles consolation, George Lynch, who was upset by Walter Beatty in the first round, won by defeating NJ player Jim Rauch 6-2, 6-2 in the final.


50s singles winner Al Hernandez


70 singles finalist Bill Simonton with winner Nick Orusoff

3/4 loser Wally Weld with #3 winner "Mr. Ambidextrous" Steve Lunsford

The 50 singles featured an unbelievable match in the quarters held on Friday morning. 1st seed Al Hernandez from PA played Alex Seaver from CT. They were both hitting big topspin Federer like backhands and crushing forehands. The play was so good, it made you think you were watching a pro match! They also both had big serves. Ryan Howard, a 20 year old very good player and intern who was helping TD Todd Nicholson, watched the match transfixed. He could not believe that tennis of that caliber could be played at age 50! Of course, 50 to a ďkidĒ of 20 seems old; to the rest of the players, the 50s represented the youngsters of the tournament. Hernandez won that match 6-4, 6-4 and went on to win the 50 singles title, defeating last yearís winner Russ Strong 6-2, 6-2 in the final.


In the 50s singles consolation, Danny Shipman who lost to 3rd seed John Geilfuss in the first round of the main draw, won the consolation by defeating Manuel Toppins 6-2, 6-2.


The 60 menís singles had a smaller draw than the 50s and 70s but was still good at 14. Eliot Campbell played very well and defeated 3rd seed Stephen Sasson 6-1, 6-2 in the quarters. He had a good effort against 1st seed George Deptula in the semis but lost 6-2, 7-5. Paul Shaw, however, went on to win the 60 singles title by defeating doubles partner George Deptula 6-4, 6-0 in the final.


In womenís 50 singles, the draw was six but the two seeds both lost in their first match. Marika Lindholm from Germantown, NY defeated 1st seed Polly Edwards 6-3, 6-0 and Leah Kadesch defeated 2nd seed Marie-Josee Pachi from Florida 6-2, 6-7, 7-5. Lindholm went on to defeat Kadesch 6-3, 6-4 to win the womenís 50 singles.



Men's 50 singles consolation winner Danny Shipman with runnerup Manuel Toppins



Women's 50 singles finalist Leah Kadesch, winner Marika Lindhom and 1st seed Polly Edwards



Women's 60 singles finalist Connie Goodman with winner Elizabeth Endicott in the indoor facility where the party was held


In womenís 60 singles, again the two top seeds were knocked out in the first round. 1st seed Margo Chase-Wells fell to Elizabeth Endicott 6-3, 6-2 and 2nd seed Janet Clay fell to Connie Goodman in a squeaker 6-1, 3-6, 6-2. Elizabeth Endicott went on to defeat Goodman 6-1, 6-0 to win the 60s. Margo Chase-Wells won the ĺ playoff 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 over Janet Clay to take 3rd place.


In womenís 70 singles, the 1st (Joan Nevins) and 2nd (Dorcas Miller) seeds made it to the finals and Nevins prevailed in the final by the strange score of 6-0, 0-6, 6-3.Laurie Leach, playing down from the 75s, defeated Linda Friedlander in another 3 setter 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 to take 3rd position.


On to the Doubles Ė


In the menís 50 doubles, Jonathon Bates and Harlan Stone were the 1st seeds. They were also the 1st seeds in 55 doubles in the NE Slam. However, in the 50 doubles, they had a high level semifinal defeating David Shinn and Scott Snow 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 but then lost to 2nd seeds John Geilfuss and Dave Wright 6-2, 6-4.Shinn and Snow came back to win the ĺ playoff against Bruce Rawley and Russ Strong in a 3 setter 6-2, 5-7, 6-2.


There were also very close matches in the menís 60 doubles. In the semis, 1st seeds George Deptula and Paul Shaw defeated Tom Darby and Bob Milligan 6-4, 3-6, 7-6. In the other semi, Stephen Campbell and Gene Chappel defeated 2nd seeds Bill Busiek and Peter Macpartland 6-3, 7-5. Deptula and Shaw went on to defeat Campbell and Chappel 6-4, 6-2 to win the 60 doubles.



50 doubles finalists Jonathon Bates and Harlan Stone with winners John Geilfuss and Dave Wright



50 doubles 3/4 losers Bruce Rawley and Russ Strong with 3rd place winners Scott Snow and David Shinn



60 doubles winners Paul Shaw and George Deptula. Paul also beat George in the 60 singles



60 doubles finalists Gene Chappel and Stephen Campbell with winners George Deptula and Paul Shaw


In menís 70 doubles, Ken Miller paired with John Nicholson, TD Todd Nicholsonís father. John told Ken he had been called the lobóster on his home courts at Hilton Head and he did some fine lobbing as Miller and Nicholson upset 2nd seeds George Lynch and Mac Farmer 6-4, 6-4. Their winning way was short-lived, however, as they lost badly in the semis to long time doubles aces Tom Diehl and Whitey Joslin 6-1, 6-1. In the other semis, 1st seeds Roy Anderson and Walter Beatty defeated John Bradbury and Mal Swanson 6-0, 6-1. Diehl and Joslin went on to defeat Anderson and Beatty 6-4, 6-3 in the finals to win the 70 doubles.


The women also had some tight doubles matches. In the 50s semis, Polly Edwards and Connie Goodman defeated Marika Lindholm and Barbara Ettinger 3-6, 6-3, 6-1. However, they lost in the finals to Carol Redden and Debra Turner 6-0, 7-6.



Men's 70 doubles winners Tom Diehl and Whitey Joslin with finalists Roy Anderson and Walter Beatty




Women's 50 doubles winners Carol Redden and Debra Turner with finalists Polly Edwards and Connie Goodman



Women's 60 doubles finalists Mary Mesek and Margo Chase-Wells with winners Carolyn Fournier and Janet Clay



Women's 70 doubles winners Dorcas Miller and Linda Friedlander




In the 60 doubles, Janet Clay and Carolyn Fournier defeated Margo Chase-Wells and Mary Mesek 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 to win the 60 doubles as there were only two teams entered.


The 70 doubles also only had two teams. Dorcas Miller and Linda Friedlander defeated Joan Nevins and Susan Kossowsky 6-2, 6-4 to take the title. Dorcas got revenge for losing to Joan Nevins in the singles!


We need more women players! Please recruit. The women at the tournament all seemed to greatly enjoy it and many said they would try to come to the Clay and Grass NE Senior Slams.


The NE Hard Court Slam


The NE Hard Court Slam had draws significantly smaller than in the Category II National. The events were menís 55,65,75,80,85,90 singles and doubles and 55 mixed doubles. There were no entries in the 85 and 90 age categories and no 75 doubles entries. There was some great competition, however.


In 55 singles, 2nd seed Phil Kadesch took three sets to defeat Alan Turner in the semis but then lost to Wade Frame in the finals 6-3, 6-3 (how many times have these two guys played each other?).


In the 65 singles, 1st seed Rick Klaffky defeated 2nd seed George Ulrich 6-7, 6-4 retired in the finals. George was hurting and wanted to save some energy for his doubles.



Men's 55 singles winner Wade Frame with finalist Phil Kadesch





Men's 65 singles finalist George Ulrich with winner Rick Klaffky





 Ken Miller congratulates co-winners of the 75 singles Bill Schmid and Peter Reiss (the 3rd winner Mal Swanson was not present for the picture)



Ken also congratulates 80 singles winner Marvin Sears




There were three entries in 75 singles, and they played round robin. In a strange result, each player got one win so it was a three way tie. Bill Schmid defeated Mal Swanson 6-4, 6-4, Mal Swanson defeated Peter Reiss 6-4, 6-1 and Peter Reiss defeated Bill Schmid 6-2, 6-4. So Ė they were all winners!


Menís 80 singles likewise had three entries. However, one player withdrew and so there was only one match. Marvin Sears defeated Henry Blodgett in a tough 3 setter to take the title 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.


The Doubles


In the 55 doubles, 1st seeds Jonathon Bates and Harlan Stone had a very close match with Kimm Fischer and Richard Makepeace in the semis 6-1, 5-7, 7-5 and then went on to defeat 2nd seeds Phil Kadesch and Alan Turner 7-5, 6-2 to win the title. Fischer and Makepeace easily won the consolation 6-0, 6-1 over Fred Buffum and Kevin OíNeil.


There were three entries in the 65 doubles and they played round robin. George Ulrich and John Fournier won their two matches to win the title, defeating Richard Carbone and John Colonese 6-0, 6-1 and then defeating Dave Fuller and Ken Wall 6-2, 3-6, 6-1. Fuller and Wall defeated Carbone and Colonese to take 2nd place.



Men's 55 doubles finalists Phil Kadesch and Alan Turner with winners Harlan Stone and Jonathon Bates



Men's 65 doubles finalists Dave Fuller and Ken Wall with winners George Ulrich and John Fournier




Mixed 55 doubles winners Dorcas Miller and Wade Frame



The remaining doubles event was mixed doubles. There were originally two entries, but one entry threatened to pull out if there was only one match. So Ė TD Todd Nicholson to the rescue! He put together another team Ė and what a team it was; Wade Frame and Dorcas Miller. They took the title by defeating the sister-brother team of Ellen Harder and John Oppenheimer 6-1, 6-2 and Denise Brousseau and Jay Lubker 6-0, 6-1. Harder and Oppenheimer defeated Brousseau and Lubker 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the 3rd match for 2nd position.


The Party


Last but not least was the party! It again was a great success with great food and drink, great camaraderie and great prizes for the drawing. Matt Fraenza again did a great job as the emcee for the drawing. The only negative was nobody remembered to bring their camera so no pictures were taken which is a bit of a bummer.


Notable were the prizes Ė New Haven Open tickets, US Open tickets, a startup racquet company Bolt with a racquet as well as a Bolt hat and shirt as highlights. The biggest highlight that was drawn last was two nights and three days for two at Saddlebrook Resort for next year. Peter Macpartlandís face lit up big time when he drew this prize!


We also had Boltís founder Brett Bothwell come to the party. He brought some strung racquets and let some players try them out by doing some hitting on some of the days. Wade Frame won the racquet and is intrigued and plans to get his strung so he can try it out. Thanks to Brett for making the trip to Yale and providing some prizes!


All in all, the tournament was a great success with a record number of participants, great tennis and terrific camaraderie!