Yale Hard Court Slam Becoming Even More Popular to Out of Section Players

Out-of-section players are discovering the Yale Hard Court Senior Slam and it is feeling more like a national event. Total number of players was up this year by 10 over last year to 137 with 38 from out of section.Many out of section players were repeats from last year but there were a number of new faces.Out of section players came from seven different states, NY, NJ, PA, FL, VA, MD and NC.

The largest draws were in M55 singles at 22, M60 singles at 18, and M70 singles at 16.Additionally, it was great to see the M80 singles event with a good draw of seven and there even were three M85 singles players.It was still disappointing that the womenís draws were small with no entries in W70 singles and no womenís doubles entries except for two teams in W50 doubles.Women Ė these tournaments are fun!Come out and enjoy them!

There were two days with rain on Friday and Sunday.This was not a problem since the indoor facility is fabulous and many players even preferred to play indoors.

One other positive Ė there were more ĺ playoffs and consolation matches played than in the past although there were still too many not played.We need to continue to improve here Ė there are good ranking points to be gained both for New England and national events and more good tennis so letís play these!

Singles Results

In menís 50 singles, 1st seed Jeff Clark (nationally ranked #7) repeated his win from last year, defeating unseeded Steve Gulla in the final 6-1, 6-3. Gulla defeated 2nd seed and finalist from last year Peter Appleton in the semis 6-2, 6-4.†† Clark dominated, winning the title without losing a set.Appleton won the ĺ playoff in a walkover as did John Wilcox in the consolation.

Womenís 50 singles had three entries that played round robin.Judy Van Raalte defeated Steffi Lomax and Michelle Wright by identical 6-4, 6-1 scores to take the crown.Michelle Wright defeated Lomax to take 2nd place.

Menís 55 singles final was a repeat from last year with the same result of 1st seed and (nationally ranked #5) Eric Friedman defeating 2nd seed Al Hernandez, this time by a score of4-6, 6-4, 1-0 ret (inj).Friedman breezed to the final with one exception; in the quarters, he had a very tight exciting match with Russ Strong winning 6-4, 6-4. Russ played the best tennis we have ever seen him play!Al Hernandez also breezed into the final without losing a set until the final.Jon Lurie won the ĺ playoff in a walkover but in the consolation, the final was played and Jeff Gerhart defeated Mark Lichtenstein 6-3, 6-3.

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Menís 50 singles finalist Steve Gulla with winner Jeff Clark

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Womenís 50 player Steffi Lomax with singles winner Judy Van Raalte.Finalist was Michelle Wright

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Menís 55 singles winner Eric Friedman with finalist Al Hernandez.They played their final indoors

 

In the menís 60 singles, 1st seed Robbins Tien defeated 2nd seed Paul Moss in a very tight final 7-6, 7-6 even though Robbins cramped during the match resulting in an injury timeout.On the way to the final, Tien did not lose a set. Moss, however, needed a three set win in the semis defeating Gary McGrath 1-6, 6-2, 6-2 to make it to the finals.3rd seed Wade Frame won the ĺ playoff defeating McGrath 6-1, 6-4 to take 3rd place.In the consolation final, Jeff Prudden defeated Jean LíAllier 6-1, 6-1

Womenís 60 singles had five entries, although one withdrew before the tournament started. 1st seed Deborah MacFarland-Antoine defeated 2nd seed Dorcas Miller (who played down from the 75s) 6-1, 6-4 to take the crown.Both had won easily in the semis with MacFarland-Antoine defeating Nickki Holbrook 6-0, 6-2 and Miller defeating Anna Greer 6-1, 6-3. The ĺ playoff was not played.

In menís 65 singles, 1st seed Gary Jenkins got to the final without losing a set and defeated 2nd seed Laurie Hammel in the final 6-2, 6-3.Hammel had a tough 3 setter in the semis defeating 3rd seed George Deptula 3-6, 7-6, 6-3 to get to the final.Deptula won the ĺ playoff 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 over Bill Busiek to capture 3rd place.Stephen Sasson defeated Kevin OíNeil 6-2, 6-2 to win the consolation.

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Menís 50 singles finalist Paul Moss with winner Robbins Tien

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Womenís 60 singles finalist Dorcas Miller with winner Deborah MacFarland-Antoine

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Menís 65 singles winner Gary Jenkins with finalist Laurie Hammel

 

In menís 70 singles, unseeded Rick Klaffky upset 1st seed Henry Steinglass in the quarters 6-0, 6-2 and went on to the final defeating John Neubauer in the semis 6-1, 6-4.2nd seed John Curtin breezed through to the final without losing a set and then defeated Klaffky 7-5, 6-3 to win the title.John Neubauer won the ĺ playoff with a walkover.In the consolation final, Arthur Durkin defeated Rob Chase 6-1, 6-1.

Menís 75 singles had a draw of 11 and 1st seed Nick Orusoff and 2nd seed Chuck Niemeth (nationally ranked 8 and 10) met in the final.Orusoff breezed into the final without losing a set but Niemeth had a tough three setter in his semi defeating Ray Rahbari 6-3, 5-7, 6-0.Orusoff defeated Niemeth in the final 6-3, 6-2 to win the title and then rushed out to catch his flight to Austria for another tournament.Roy Anderson defeated Rahbari in the ĺ playoff 6-3, 7-6 to take 3rd place.Ernie True won the consolation with a walkover.

There were only two entries in womenís 75 singles and Dorcas Miller (nationally ranked #2) defeated Dolores Beck 6-3, 6-1.

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Ŗ Menís 70 singles finalist Rick Klaffky with winner John Curtin

 

 

 

Menís 75 singles finalist Chuck Niemeth with ŗ

winner Nick Orusoff

 

 

Sorry Ė we missed getting a picture of womenís 75 singles finalist Dolores Beck with winner Dorcas Miller

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Menís 80 singles had seven entries, much better than last yearís no entries!2nd seed Peter Reiss was upset by unseeded Dave Lowry in the quarters 6-3, 6-3 and Dave easily defeated Bill Schmid in one semi 6-0, 6-1 to make it to the final.1st seed Mal Swanson defeated Chuck Morris in the other semi 6-4, 6-4 to get to the final.Swanson defeated Lowry in a tight 6-3, 7-5 match to take the title.Both Swanson and Lowry are new to the 80 age group this year.As they say, when you are the youngster in the age group that is the time to make hay (especially in the older age groups)! Swanson is certainly doing that as he has now played in three tournaments so far this year and won the 80 singles in all three!Peter Reiss won the consolation by a walkover.

There were three entries in menís 85 singles and they played round robin.Marvin Sears defeated Mike Margolies 6-2, 6-1 and Bob Biltz 6-0, 6-3 to take the title.Mike Margolies defeated Biltz 6-0, 6-2 to take 2nd place.

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Menís 80 singles finalist Dave Lowry with winner Mal Swanson

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TD Todd Nicholson (sitting) with assistant TD Matt Fraenza (standing) manning the outdoors tournament desk

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Players and spectators watching the great play and socializing

 

On to the Doubles

There were three entries in menís 50 doubles and they played round robin.Steve Gulla and Carl Norbeck defeated Peter Appleton and John Wilcox 6-1, 6-2 and Paul Coorssen and John Rubrich 6-3, 6-7, 3-2 retired due to injury.Appleton and Wilcox took second place by default due to injury over Coorssen and Rubrich.

Womenís 50 doubles had only two teams entered but their match was some great doubles!Amy Read and Michelle Wright defeated the identical twins Abigail Burke and Cynthia Dardis 6-0, 4-6, 6-1.

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Menís 50 doubles winner Steve Gulla with both winners trophies as partner Carl Norbeck missed the picture

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Menís 50 doubles finalist John Wilcox with a picture of partner Peter Appleton (on his cell phone picture)

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Womenís 50 doubles winners Michelle Wright and Amy Read.They are obviously thrilled about defeating the identical twins Abigail Burke and Cynthia Dardis

 

Menís 55 doubles had six teams entered.1st seeds Michael Curry and Jon Lurie were upset in the semis by Mark Lichtenstein and Joe Trauch 7-5, 7-6.2nd seeds Jon Bates and Harlan Stone had an easier time in their semi defeating Ward Januzzi and Rob LeRoy 6-0, 6-1,Bates and Stone took the final over Lichtenstein and Trausch 6-1, 6-2.The ĺ playoff and consolation were both unplayed.

In menís 60 doubles, unseeded Jon Bates (he played down in the 55 doubles) and partner Steve Radigan defeated 2nd seeds Kimm Fisher and Richard Makepeace in one semi 6-4, 6-2.In the other semi, 1st seeds Robbins Tien and Paul Moss defeated Jim Mercuri and Brigham Metcalfe in a tough 3-setter 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.Bates and Radigan won the title over Moss and Tien 6-3, 4-0 retired due to injury.The ĺ playoff was unplayed and Fisher and Makepeace won the consolation by default.

In menís 65 doubles, 1st seeds George Deptula and Paul Shaw defeated Jay Lubker and Neil Prouix in the semis 6-1, 6-4.2nd seeds Kenyon Clark and Peter Macpartland defeated Bill Busiek and Jon Wilson in the other semi 6-3, 7-5.Deptula and Shaw took the final defeating Clark and Macpartland 6-4, 6-4.Busiek and Wilson defeated Lubker and Prouix 1-1 retired due to injury in the ĺ playoff.

Menís 75 doubles had four entries (note there were no menís 70 doubles entries although there was good men 70ís singles participation Ė strange??).1st seeds Gordon Aydelott and Jim Biggs (ranked #7 nationally) easily defeated Ken Miller and Ernie True (playing together for the 1st time) 6-0, 6-3 in one semi.In the other semi, 2nd seeds Roy Anderson and Bob Dilworth defeated Ray Brodeur and George Lynch 6-2, 1-6, 6-3.Aydelott and Biggs took the final 6-2, 6-3.Jim Biggs told Ken Miller an interesting story about his partnership with Gordon Aydelott Ė they have been doubles partners for 61 years!They went to high school together and the tennis coach put them together.They then went to college at Dartmouth and were again put together as doubles partners.They continued playing together ever since!They do not need much discussion about how to play together!

Menís 80 doubles had three teams that played round robin.Dave Lowry and Peter Reiss defeated Henry Blodget and Bob Schneider 6-1, 6-1 and also defeated Bob Biltz and George Easton by a walkover due to injury to win the event.Blodget and Schneider also won by walkover due to injury over Biltz and Easton to take 2nd place.

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Menís 55 doubles winners Jon Bates and Harlan Stone with finalists Joe Trauch and Mark Lichtenstein

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Menís 65 doubles finalists Peter Macpartland and Kenyon Clark with winners George Deptula and Paul Shaw

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Menís 75 doubles finalists Roy Anderson and Bob Dilworth with winners Gordon Aydelott and Jim Biggs

 

The Party

The party had some great food and drink (although there were not as many players attending as last year).Again, Assistant TD Matt Fraenza ran the drawing for prizes.The ultimate prize, three days and two nights for two people at Saddlebrook Resort in FL, was won by Peter Macpartland.He was thrilled as he had also won this four years ago! Other example prizes were tickets to the US Open and New Haven Open and a bottle of sparkling wine as well as other interesting stuff.

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The party and some of the great food that went with it.

 

Many thanks go to TD Todd Nicholson, roving umpire Tom Fayed and assistant TD Matt Fraenza for making this a great tournament again this year.Also thanks to Ken and Dorcas Miller, founders of the NE Senior Slam tournament, for also helping out in the running of the tournament.