Dick Johnson Wins Singles/Doubles (with Kirk) at 65 Clay Courts: Parker Update

Dick Johnson, new to the 65s, took full advantage of his relative youth, winning the 65 singles over Fred Drilling 61 62. He did not lose more than 5 games in any match (that was against Leland Housman in the semis). Jimmy Parker, the defending champion and top seed withdrew in the quarters with an injury he apparently suffered in the semis of the doubles, (he and Ken Robinson retired up 10 in the first set of the semis against Dean Corley/Michael Stewart). Johson/Jerry Kirk beat Corley/Stewart in the final 63 63.

Here is the reason Jimmy pulled out of singles and Ken out of doubles… from Jimmy Parker: "I’ve apparently managed to tear the meniscus in my right knee.  But believe it or not, it was because of Kenny that we pulled out of the dubs!  The doctor had told me that it was probably ok for me to give the doubles a try.  One of our opponents had fallen while crossing the street the night before (hey, we’re seniors!) and had bruised his hip.  Ken had tweaked his quad in the singles, and me with my knee….   So we’re all hanging out with trainer all morning, and when we go out to play, I’m thinking I should do a Tonya Harding or something on Dean Corley because he’s the only one not limping.  In the third game, Kenny takes off for a drop volley and feels a pop in his thigh and that’s all-she-wrote. Supposedly my surgery is a simple one with 4-6 weeks of re-hab, so I’m hoping to be able to play again before too long.."

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