• Category Archives Gold Slam
  • Karwasky, Motevassel, Parker Win Singles Gold Slams in 2018; Karwasky, Kirkland-Cochran, Lutz Win Doubles Gold Slams

    Tina Karwasky (Glendale, CA) won gold slams in 2018 in 65 singles and doubles. She did not drop a set in winning the clay, hard, grass and indoors. For her doubles partner, Jan Kirkland-Cochran (GA) it was her first gold slam.

    Oren Motevassel won the gold slam in men’s 50 singles. It was his first gold slam. In 2017 he came close but was unable to play the grass though he won the hard, clay and indoors. He says clay is his most challenging surface, but that grass is his favorite.

    Nov. 8, 2017; Miami Beach, FL:
    Oren Motevassel (USA) (MS50) (courtesy of Cameraworksusa)

    Jimmy Parker, fully recovered from a knee replacement, and new to the 75s, dominated the singles in that division. He also won two doubles nationals with Ken Robinson (CA), the mixed 70 Hard (with Kathy Bennett, CA), and two super senior father/son nationals with Chris Parker (CA).

    Jane Luz (FL) won the 90 doubles gold slam by the narrowest of margins. She and Rita Price (CO) split the four singles nationals and easily won the first three doubles nationals. They split up for the grass and Lutz/Janet Hubbard (CA) edged Price/Harrison 12-10 in the match tiebreak to win the gold and for Lutz to complete the gold slam.

    Congratulations everyone!

  • George McCabe, Tony Franco & Rita Price Win Double Gold Slams in 2016

    Most senior players dream of winning a single gold ball; some become accustomed to winning them fairly often; but winning all four nationals, on four different surfaces,  in one calendar year, a senior “Gold Slam” is an amazing feat, in singles or in doubles, and is one that should be celebrated! . Here are this year’s Men’s, Women’s and Family Gold Slam Champions:


    In the Father/Son 80+ division (the father has to be 80 in 2016), Ron Tonidandel (FL) and Jeff Tonidandel (NC) won the Hard, Grass and Clay titles. (This event is not offered at the Indoors).



    Brenda Carter (SC)/Betty Wachob (FL), had their share of three setters but won all four nationals this year in the women’s 70+ division. Brenda also won the 70  Clay, Hard and Indoor singles titles but was stopped (a bit ironically) by her doubles partner at the Grass in the final. Betty won the 70 singles Gold Slam in 2015. Carter also won the 70 mixed and doubles at the ITF World Championships.

    Brenda Carter

    Dori DeVries (NV) isn’t even 80 yet as of this writing (her birthday is in December), but she won the Gold Slam in 80+ singles. The toughest match all year for Dori was the final of the Hard Courts where she defeated her long time rival Dorothy Matthiessen in the final in a terrific three-setter. She also won the 80 Hard and Grass with  Carol Wood (MD), correction: the 80 Indoors with Mary John Lynch, TX, and 75 Grass (with Wood). Inge Weber (CAN)/Judith Smith (MA) beat DeVries/Wood at the Clay in three sets.


    Jane Lutz (FL), is the rare player for whom failing to win a Gold Slam is a shock! She won the 85 singles Gold Slam again in 2016 at age 89, which makes it even more remarkable. She also won the 85 Hard (with Wiedemann) and 85 Indoors (with Price).


    Rita Price (CO) is a dancing, singing 90 year old whose love of life is infectious. She danced her way past all opposition in the 90s this year, winning the Clay, Hard and Indoors (the Grass was not held in this division) in singles and doubles (with Joyce Vanderpool (WA) and Betty Cookson (CA)).



    George McCabe (FL) turned 85 this year and made the division his hunting ground. He ran past his opposition on all surfaces in singles and in doubles (with Joe Russell (OH) and Clem Hopp (FL)) to win both the 85 singles and doubles gold slams.

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    Tony Franco (NY) won the 90 Gold Slam in singles and doubles  for the second year and again didn’t lose a set in singles or doubles. He won the doubles with Graydon Nichols (CA) for the second straight year. (Note, Graydon is my my father.) Tony has had two knee replacements (one right, one left) and does not run like any other 90 year old.



    Congratulations to all.

  • Joe Russell & Tony Franco Complete Singles Gold Slams in Pinehurst; Franco & Graydon Nichols Win 90s Doubles Slam

    Joe Russell, Chagrin Falls, OH, completed an impressive year in the 85 singles and in so doing ticked off another item on his “bucket list”.  He won the Indoor, Hard, Grass and Clay Category I Nationals without the loss of a set; only once did he get to a tiebreak (against Lou Wick at the Indoors) and after winning the set won the second 60. He also took three of the four 85s doubles nationals (the Indoor and Hard with Clem Hopp and the Clay with Joe Beeson). Joe is shown below with his final round opponent at the Clay and with his wife Lucy.

     Joe Russell Joe Lucy Russell

    As impressive as Joe’s year was, Tony Franco had an even more impressive year in the 90s, winning all four Category I National Championships in singles and doubles…without coming close to dropping a set. He beat his doubles partner, Graydon Nichols, in all four national finals. Tony is shown below (red and blue jacket) with Graydon; in action hitting a backhand (Tony is the righty, Graydon the lefty) and far right, Tony & Edith Franco, Virginia & Graydon Nichols

    Franco/Nichols  Tony Franco, a dynamo in men's 90s.Graydon Nichols  Laguna Woods 75-90 Hard 5-20-2015 1-22-00 PM

  • October Harvest Yields Multiple Gold Slam Champions

    What does it mean to win a “Gold Slam”? It means a senior player has won all four Category I USTA National Championships in a calendar year: Clay, Hard, Indoor Hard and Grass in singles or doubles. It’s the senior equivalent of a Grand Slam (that accomplishment Serena was going for in NY).

    Tina Karwasky actually completed her Gold Slam (her fourth in as many years, in singles) in August when she won the 60 Indoors. Think about it…no off days, no losses…playing on all those surfaces, from NY to Alabama to California…for four years. Dodo Cheney would be proud.

     Tina Karwasky

    Susan Wright has been just as dominant in 55 doubles, and won her second straight Gold Slam in 55 doubles at Chamisal, and third in four years…and she won it this year with four different partners this year (Carolyn Nichols, Tracey Thompson, Karwasky and Kathy Vick). She hasn’t lost in 55 doubles at a Category I in the past 4 years, but missed one national in order to attend her daughter’s graduation (family first). The final of three of the four tournaments went to three sets.

    Susan Wright

    Julie Cass won the 45 singles gold slam at Chamisal, beating Shelly Works in the final. She also won three of the four 45 doubles this year (after winning the 45 gold slam in doubles in 2014). Julie Cass

    Jane Lutz won both the singles and doubles gold slams in the 85s for the second year in a row (with Rita Price), beating Rita in the final at Chamisal in straight sets. She’s only lost one singles match in the 85s since entering the division and one doubles…truly dominating.

     Rita Price Lutz, Jane

    Betty Wachob won her first gold slam, in 70 singles, by beating Carolann Castell in three sets in the indoor singles (and she won the doubles with Castell too).

    Betty Wachob

    Burnett Herrick dominated the 80s this year, winning all four singles and the three doubles held in the 80s. She also won the world singles and doubles and team in Croatia…what a year for the 79 year old (her birthday is at the end of December)!

    Burnett Herrick

    Cathie Hall won the Indoor and Hard singles in the 90s.

     Cathie Hall, Houston 2010

    There are still some men who are in the gold slam hunt, but the women’s Cat I, other than the 30s are finished.

    Congratulations everyone!