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  • Westwood 65 Singles/50 Doubles Champion; More to Play

    Austin, Texas, USA

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    I played the 65 singles final and 50 doubles final today and both went well. I beat Mary Morgan of Houston 62 61 and even served and volleyed and chipped and charged some! (1: Hard courts encourage that behavior; 2: Fast hard courts encourage it even more). Mary is one of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet (and very extroverted to boot). It was a pleasure to play the match.

    Jenny Klitch beat Shelly Works in the 55 final 60 62 and played a terrific match, combining hard drives with superb drop shots all match long.

    After our singles wins Jenny and I played 50 doubles against a good team from Kansas City (Victoria Marks and Theresa Lampe and Valerie Marks)…they beat Works/Rainy Miller yesterday. We won 64 76 (3) and it was a good, competitive match with many changes of strategy.

    We play the 55 doubles final tomorrow against Miller/Works and Jenny plays the mixed final (which was rained out tonight) directly afterwards.

    There were a lot of matches today…I saw a few since I was at the club from 7:30 am till 4pm. I also ran into some old friends…Hugh Thomson, Jerry and Marcia Thomas, Ellen and Tony Dawson, and others…it’s nice to see tournaments going again!

    In men’s 50s, Eoin Collins (1), a former world champions, beat Todd Smith 62 62 to reach the final against Sean Staley, who took out #2 seed Garry Nadebaum. Collins used his impressive lefty groundstrokes to lead his march to victory.

    In men’s 60s, Tim Klitch (2) (Jenny’s brother) beat David Luedtke (4) 63 61, using on the rise hitting and the apparently patented Klitch touch to advance. He faces Peter Markes who had an interesting match with Alex Behar. Alex injured his foot (plantar it seems) in the 2nd game and was hobbling around the court thereafter…but for a set he redlined his shots, limping to the ball and giving it a rip, and won the first set 62. It’s hard to play an injured player! The match was on serve at 2-3 in the second when there was a short rain delay…Peter didn’t drop a game thereafter, and took the second 62 at which point Alex retired.

    The match of the day was the men’s 55 doubles final. Featuring the #1 (Scott Works/Kelly Ward) and #2 (Steve Schultz/Marc Weiner) seeds, the match had everything…tight score line (the top seeds winning the first set; the #2 seeds coming back from a break down to win the second, the third set culminating in a tiebreak), great serves/returns/volleys/touch, all played in front of an appreciative crowd on the center court. Schultz/Weiner won the match.

    Works has a second chance for a title in the 50 doubles, with Nadebaum.

    Kaysie Smashey won the 40s, Julie Thu the 45s and Nancy Hilliard the 50s…all are multiple time Cup members. Terri Thyssen took the 60s and Barbara Starnes took the 70s title.

    In men’s tennis, many finals are still to be played, but Robert Barrie won the 65s, John Newman the 80s, and the remaining divisions either have finals tomorrow or the scores haven’t been reported.

    In doubles, Mary Morgan/Terri Thyssen won the 60 doubles; Rush/Starnes took the 65s title.

    Thu/Haggard won the mixed 40s; the remaining divisions were rained out Sunday night and will be played Monday.

    Swenson/Foster won the men’s 65 doubles; Tommy Connell/Tony Dawson (on the comeback from a shoulder replacement!) took the 70 doubles; and the 75 and over doubles score was not reported yet.

    Clockwise From top left: Eoin Collins; Alex Behar and me; Rainy Miller, Terri Thyssen, Shelly Works, Nancy Hilliard; Tommy Connell, Mary Morgan, Tony Dawson


  • Westwood Level 2/ITF S700 Saturday: The Calm after the Thunderstorms

    Austin, Texas, USA

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    Saturday was the calm after the storm…and it was a big one last night, complete with thunder, lightning, pouring rain, downed trees and power outages. I was lucky…we had flickering lights a few times but no power outages…but other parts of Austin are still without power. And it was hot today…upper 80s but feeling like low 90s with the humidity. But the predicted thunderstorms and rain bypassed Austin today and we had sunshine, scattered clouds and lots of tennis.

    I finally started my tournament, winning my 65 singles match (I am into the final against Mary Morgan, who took out Pam Simmons, the #2 seed in two close sets), and with Jenny Klitch, winning the 50 doubles semis, putting us into the final.

    Jenny also won her singles, doubles and mixed today, dropping only a pair of games in mixed and none in singles. Her brother Tim is in the 60 singles semis as are the other top 4 seeds, including #1 Peter Markes. In doubles Tim Klitch and J Trammel lost an entertaining match to the very good #2 seeds, Schultz/Weiner in three sets; the winners face Scott Works/Kelly Ward in the final.

    Tomorrow promises to be a really busy day, especially for Jenny…we both have singles finals, followed by 50 doubles, then 55 doubles, then for Jenny, mixed.

    Kaysie Smashey, W40 and Nancy Hilliard, W50, were off to winning starts today. There are a couple of excellent players in the W35, Karoukina and Alina Mihailescu. They play the final tomorrow. Smashey/Julie Thu play the W35 doubles final too.

    In men’s 50, Gary Nadebaum (2) and Eoin Collins (1) are in the semis and on a collision course. Other familiar names are Hugh Burris (M70), and Jerry Thomas (M75); Hugh Thompson and Thomas are also in the 75 doubles.

    Julie Thu (with TD Frank Kelly) with her 2020 and 2021 Winners plates (dinner for 2) for winning the 45 singles; Kelly and Kaysie Smashey; Shelly Works/Rainy Miller (photo by Julie Thu); Jenny Klitch and me (photo by Julie Thu) and Klitch/Smashey

    Off to rest up for a busy Sunday!


  • Westwood Level 2 Tournament

    Writing from Austin, Texas

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    I’m here in Austin for the Memorial Day tournament at the Westwood Country Club in Austin. It’s a big tournament with age divisions from 35 to 85 and some family events plus some NTRP age divisions. The senior age divisions earn ITF S700 points in addition to USTA Level 2 points.

    I have been practicing here the past two days since I don’t play till tomorrow. Today I scouted my potential singles and doubles opponents in between hits. It was very hot the past two days, and humid, which led to the massive thunderstorms that hit around 6:30pm today, with thunder and lightning.

    The Klitch siblings, Hugh & Carol Burris with Mary Morgan (center); a very loud peacock and a chameleon around the grounds.

    It is nice to see friends from around the country I haven’t seen for a while. The social events are not on this year but everyone was given a nice shirt and a gift card to a barbecue restaurant.

    Tomorrow, weather permitting I have singles and doubles.


  • Beating the Heat in Palm Desert; Singles/Doubles Champion

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    On another 100 degree day I played a long singles match against Jennifer Shorr…whom I have played several times in NorCal tournaments but not for about 20 years or so. She still has a big serve (and I still do not), but I put a lot of balls back in play and managed to overcome a set point in the first set and win 76 (3) 62. We finished just before 1pm…out doubles final was scheduled at 12:45…but after about a 75 minute break Robin Harris and I took on Tina Karwasky and her third doubles partner of the week, Ann Stanley (Una Davis (back) and DeeWillams-Horne (heat) recused themselves). Ann played well; she’s had a couple of hip surgeries (that’s senior tennis for you) and is moving better and out of pain. We came back from 3-5 down in the first to win 75 60. It was around 100 when we finished.

    103! Temperature after we finished doubles.

    Yes, it was hot when we finished! 103

    Carolyn, Shorr, Tournament Director
    Carolyn, Robin, Tina, Ann

    Kathy Barnes won the 70 singles over her doubles partner, Carol Gay. Then they played Kathy Bennett/Liane Bryson in the doubles final. Bennett/Bryson won in three sets. Bryson is also in the mixed final with Frank Zebot. They will take on William-Horne/Tom Rettenmaier in the final. The latter team had a long 3-set battle with Brent Abel/Ann Stanley to reach the final.

    Susan Wright beat Terri Thyssen in the 60 singles final 62 63. The second set was a tussle; Susan led 3/0 but Thyssen, a quick mover with a very good backhand kept fighting. Susan has a great backhand of her own though and makes few errors…she closed out the match and added the singles title to the doubles title she earned on Thursday. She was going for the trifecta (singles/doubles/mixed) with Kurt Chan against Jonathon Fears/Shannon Gordon Carney, but the latter team were too tough in the final and took the gold ball in straight sets. Cindy Abel/Joseph Kennedy won the bronze.

    In men’s 60s, Bill Moss edged local star Mike Fedderly, 64 75 to win the title in a repeat of the Pacific SW final they played in September. Ross Hessler/Glenn Petrovic, (5) continued their fine run, beating Mike Tammen/Mike Megale (4) in straight sets to win the 60 doubles title.

    Wendell Pierce, unseeded (what a great comeback story!) will face Toby Crabel (1) in the men’s 65 final. Crabel beat Bruce Nichols to reach the final while Pierce advanced by default over Andrew Stanley. In doubles, it will be #1 vs #2, as Crabel/Tim Garcia (1) take on Doug Ditmer/Stanley (2) today (Saturday).

    The men’s 70s semis were both excellent battles. Paul Wulf (1) took on Bob Litwin (3)…it was just a great match. The accuracy of each player’s shots was amazing as the ball seemed to nestle inside just inside a line on each shot and points were won, not lost. Wulf prevailed 76 57 64 in over three hours. Wulf’s doubles partner Lenny Wofford (4) beat Phil Landauer (unseeded) in three sets. Wofford won the title when Wulf withdrew from the final. In doubles, Wofford/Wulf (1) beat Litwin/Brian Cheney (3) in straight sets as did Mike Talmadge/Zebot (4) over Bill Hahn/Rettenmaier (5). The doubles final is this morning.

    In men’s 75, Don Clark (9) edged Roger North (5) in a match tiebreak (10-1) and Felix Ponte (5) beat #2 MichaelStewart in straight sets. Clark has an unusual style but moves great and the ball keeps coming back. In doubles, Ken Robinson/Chuck White (3) edged Dean Corley/Stewart (1) 76 76. Dave Van den Berg/Les Buck (2) beat Gary Doi/Tad Yukawa 75 61. In mixed, it will be #1 vs #2, with Corley/Suella Steel (1) taking on Andi Polisky/John Popplewell (2).

    In men’s 80s, William Wolff (1) advanced to play Randy Mellinger (unseeded); Mellinger edged L Hill Griffin 62 67 10(4) while Wolff beat #3 Wilbur Jones in straight sets. In doubles, both semis were decided by match tiebreaks; Wolff/Jones (1) beat Robert Jones/Stephen Rothenberg while Thomas Brunkow/Dick Landenberger upset Bob Quall/Bennet Serkin (2).

    In men’s 85, Herm Ahlers (1) will face unseeded Walter Steige this morning in the final Steige beat Jack Sanders (2) in the semis in straight sets.


  • Thursday Update: Into the Final in 65 Singles & Doubles; Wendell Pierce Still Winning in his RH Comeback Tournament

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    We’ll start with women’s 65s today. I won my match against Andrea Barnes. We had not played singles in a tournament for decades; it was a very pleasant match, I played well and won in straight sets. Tina Karwasky, who I don’t think has ever lost a singles match in the Desert in her age division, took on Jennifer Shorr who has the biggest serve in the 65s, a fluid easy motion with lots of power (first serve) and lots of spin (2nd serve) plus nice touch to go with groundstroke power. She edged Tina 64 76 (5). Both players used power plus drop shots throughout the match. I take on Shorr at 9:45 tomorrow morning.

    In doubles, Ann Stanley, Tina’s third doubles partner since the draw was initially made, and Tina won their doubles semis decisively; Robin Harris and I struggled against and inspired team, Julie David and Betsy and rallied from 41 down in the first and a break down in the 2nd to win 76 (3) 64. We played around 2pm and it was mighty warm…the match lasted about 2.5 hours.

    In the 60s, Susan Wright edged Tracey Thompson in the first set 76, and then played a flawless 2nd set, winning 62. She plays #4 seed Terri Thyssen who overcame cramps to win 61 in the third. Susan with Shannon Gordon Carney, won the doubles over Shelley Goodson/Kellie Jacquez. Susan teamed with Kurt Chan to reach the mixed final against Shannon and Jonathon Fears.

    Carol Gay and Kathy Barnes will vie for the W70s singles title tomorrow; Barnes/Gay reached the doubles final in an upset over the #2 seeds and take on Liane Bryson/Kathy Bennett in the final. Both semis were 3 sets.

    In men’s action: 60s: Bill Moss will take on Mike Fedderly, #1 vs #2. Fedderly fought off a determined Peter Markes in the semis 64 64. It was a long, fierce battle. In doubles, Tammen/Megale take on Hessler/Petrovic in the final.

    Bill Moss

    In the 65s, the 1, 3 & 4 seeds are joined by Wendell Pierce, who again beat a seed to reach the semis. He’ll take on Andrew Stanley in the semis, while #1 Tony Crabel takes on Nichols (no relation). In doubles, the top 2 seeds advanced and each plays and unseeded team in the semis.

    Wendell Pierce

    In the 70s, Dave Sivertson got injured against his doubles partner, Phil Landauer at 5-4 for Dave in the first set and retired; they also had to default their doubles. so Phil plays Lenny Wofford (4) while Bob Litwin (3) takes on Paul Wulf (2); Wulf played flawlessly to beat Wesley Jackson 60 60.

    In 70 doubles, the 1, 3 & 4 seeds advanced with Hahn/Rettenmeier advancing when Landauer/Sivertson had to default.

    In men’s 75s, the #1 (Les Buck) and #3 (Dave Van Den Berg) seeds retired down a set yesterday; Michael Stewart (2) will face Felix Ponte (5) in one semi while Donald Clark (9) takes on Roger North (5). In contrast to the singles, the 1-4 seeded teams all reached their predicted spots in the draw.


  • Wednesday at the Wilson:Wendell Pierce (RH Version) is Back!

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    Starting today with Men’s 65: Wendell Pierce, who went from a top 45s and 55s player as a righty, and and a decent but not world beating player after an injury required him to play lefty, is back playing right handed. He best a #9 seeded player yesterday but today took on the #2 seed, Tim Garcia and edged him 63 57 75. He’ll take on #9 Dane Petchul tomorrow..Petchull took out #5 Rollin Rhone today. Mike Lamble (9) advanced when Larry Loeb retired with an injury, 46 1:0. The remaining seeds advanced to their predicted spots.

    It was another hot day in the Desert, upper 90s and sunny most of the day and calm. The heat combined with the long gap between tournaments led to several retirements due to illness. However, given the draw sizes, that was to be expected.

    I played at the Palm Valley Country Club at 8am when it was still pretty cool and it was calm. I played Natasha Volovik from Marin County and won; I play Andrea Barnes who also won convincingly. She’s an excellent player, it should be a good battle tomorrow. Tina Karwasky plays Jennifer Shorr on the other side of the draw. This tournament apparently trusts the players a lot…there are no referees of any sort at the ancillary sites, no one to measure the nets and no singles sticks (yes, of course I had some in my tennis bag…and used them).

    Men’s Singles Results

    Jeff Greenwald won men’s 50 in straights over Dana Gill.

    Peter Smith (2) won the 55s in 3 sets over Dan Goldie.

    In the 60s, Alex Piers, unseeded, advanced to the semis. Fedderly (2) dropped the first set, won the 2nd when his opponent retired.

    The Jenkins , Gary and Logan (I have no idea if they are related) had different fates today in M70s. Logan (5) fell to Phil Landauer (a sleeper for sure) in 3 sets while Gary (9) took out Brian Cheney (5) in 2 close sets.

    In M75, Hans Weber beat #3 Dave Van Den Berg 75 retired.

    Women’s Singles

    In the 60s, #2 seed Shannon Gordon Carney was up by a set and 1:0 against Dorian Sailer when she had to retire due to illness. She recovered sufficotonplsy and win in 60 doubles with Susan Wright.

    Kathy Barnes and Carol Gay, the top seeds in the 70s, advanced to the semis.

    Caroline Vis and Oren Motevassel beat Tracie Currie and Pat Crow in three sets to win the gold ball in 50 mixed. The Settles, Paul and Kathy, took bronze by default over the McBrides.

    Many of the doubles results haven’t posted yet. Check the link above for later results. I did watch one match in M70s, my cousin Don Beer played and won a marathon 75 in the third (coming back from 3/0 down in the third) over at Palm Valley. They play Wulf/Wofford in the quarter; Brent Abel won too in doubles.

    I ran into Mai Ichikawa Abel who was watching Brent play. Always nice to see old friends.


  • Wilson World Tennis Classic Tuesday, Where the Tennis was as Hot as the Weather

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    Susan Wright, Julie & Kurt Chan
    Tad & Lisa Yukawa (and Sophie, sleeping)

    Tuesday was another warm and sunny day in the Desert, but much calmer. I had a couple of hits, with my cousin Don Beer (M70 doubles) and Jenny Keller, and lunch again with my sister and parents. I finally play tomorrow, 8am sharp!

    In the afternoon I watched Jenny and Judy Newman win the women’s 55 doubles final over Anne Kerwin-Payne and Lisa Montero. It was a fabulous match, with very few unforced errors. All four players displayed great hands, nice touch, fabulous anticipation spiked with doses of power. Jenny & Judy both have great overheads and had plenty of opportunity to display them. Lisa in particular had a booming forehand and Anne was all over the net and lobbed great as well. Judy also won the 55 singles final.

    The seeds haven’t started play yet in the W65 or 70s.

    In men’s action, Dana Gill (3) will take on Jeff Greenwald in the 50 men’s final tomorrow, an all NorCal final. Gill had to go 3 sets to beat Kevin Smith while Greenwald took out Brendan Murphy in straight sets.

    In the 55s, Dan Goldie (1) will take on Peter Smith (2); each won his semis in straight sets.

    In the 60s, Mike Tammen, seeded 3rd, retired against Alexander Pier down a set. Pier took out a 9th seed the day before. Jeff Goldfien (9) beat Maurice Hunter (5); the other seeds advanced to their expected positions in the draw, though the result of Markes vs Linebarger wasn’t posted yet.

    In the 65s, there were a few upsets of #9 seeds; Brian Patno beat Don LeSage, Eric Youmans beat Anthony Foux; Michael Grindon dropped the first set 64 but advanced when Michael Megale retired with an injury; and Wendell Pierce (yes, he’s back and he’s playing right handed!) beat Marc Krupp…he now faces Tim Garcia (2) who had a tussle against Darrell Nicks, finally winning 46 64 61.

    In the 70s, there were no upsets today and the top 4 seeds, Sivertson, Wulf, Litwin and Wofford advanced comfortably.

    In men’s 75, which has a large draw, Phil Cox beat Mike Saputo (9); that was the only upset today.

    80 & 85 men’s haven’t started play yet.

    Men’s Doubles:

    50s: Mike Noel/Paul Settles (4)edged top seeded Art Hernandez/Carsten Hoffmann in 3 sets; I caught part of that match and it was a good one, interesting points and nice volleying by all four players. They take on the #2 seeds, Neel Grover/Julien Heine in the final tomorrow.

    55s: Vivek Varma/Rick Leach are in the final but the other semi’s score hasn’t been reported yet;

    60s: Jeff Goldfien/JosephKennedy upset Marc Krupp/Thomas Lopez (5); the rest of the seeds advanced.

    No seeds have played in the 65-85 divisions and most play hasn’t begun yet.

    Mixed:

    50s: Caroline Vis/Oren Motevassel will play Tracie Currie/Pat Crow in the final.

    40s: Angela Henry/Ryan Pang (1) beat Hiromi Sasano/Trent Aaron in 3 sets in the final.

    35s: Tanya O’Neil/Stephen Robertson, unseeded, took out the top 2 seeds to win the event.


  • Manic Monday: Wilson World Tennis Classic Battles Continue in the Desert

    Draws and results can be found here.

    Monday in the Desert brought high winds (fortunately, most were away from the main venue). The geography of the Palm Springs area with mountains surrounding this Desert Oasis, means that some areas may have 40 mile an hour winds while others only 10 minutes away will be nearly calm.

    I looked outside this morning and where I am staying, not far from Interstate 10, it was extremely windy. However, we hit about 12 miles further south west it was calm, as it was at Shadow Mountain Resort, the main venue (the other venues were windy). It was another hot (high 90s) day in the Desert…I’m glad I have had a few days to acclimate to the heat.

    Andrea Barnes and Shannon Gordon Carney
    Bob Litwin, Me, Les Buck
    Anne Kerwin-Payne & Lindsay Montero

    I had lunch with my parents and sister and her husband (whom I’d not seen for a year..my sister and spouse, not my parents.). All of us have been vaccinated so it was a nice and safe visit.

    Before and after lunch I went back to Shadow Mountain to watch some of the action and caught up with some old friends…Andrea Barnes and Shannon Gordon Carney who were getting ready to hit; Julie David holding down the NWTO fort, Bob Litwin & Les Buck; Anne Kerwin Payne and Lindsey Montero, Kathy Settles, Jodi Rea and more.

    Here are some results stating with the women’s singles & doubles today:

    Unseeded Pernilla Putnik won the 45 singles over Tanya O’Neill in a terrific three set battle, one a lefty, one a righty and both hitting the cover off the ball, with both power and spin. Played on the front court following the marathon 50s final, it was a good front court match.

    Marlo Carruth, seeded 1, edged Michele Rudi, in an interesting battle. Rudi won the first set and looked close to winning in straight sets when leading 5-0 in the 2nd set tiebreak; Carruth never stopped battling and rallied to win the tiebreak and the third set 64. Rudi is a very good counterpuncher and kept the ball mostly out of Carruth’s strike zone but Carruth found the courage to go forward and hit out on her forehand at key times.

    Julie Silveria/Mary Beth Williams cruised past Lisa Traylor/Krista Oconnor to win the 50 doubles.

    In the 55s, Christina Kaus upset #2 seed Jenny Keller 64 16 63, and said it was the best win she’d ever posted. Kaus kept the ball deep, moved and passed well to win the nearly three hour battle…after which she was told she had only 30 minutes to rest before doubles! (USTA 2021 FAC would beg to differ). Keller, with partner Judy Newman avenged her singles loss to Kaus, decisively winning the doubles semis over Kaus/Maria Nunez. They face Anne Kerwin-Payne/Lindsay Montero who also advanced in straight sets.

    The 60s and older divisions start play tomorrow.

    The men’s results are below

    Shibu Lal, seeded third, edged top seeded Jesse Shouton to reach the 40s final vs JR Chidley, the 2nd seed. Lal is quick and throws a lot of different looks at his opponents.

    In the 45s, Jesse Walter, seeded 1, will face Nicholas Chasseray in the final. Chasseray followed up his win yesterday over #2 Ryan Pang with another straight set win, this one over #3 William Casas .

    In men’s 50s, Kevin Smith is the last unseeded player in the semis. He faces #3 Dana Gill while #2 Jeff Greenwald takes on #5 Brendan Murphy.

    The seeders did a perfect job in men’s 55s: Dan Goldie (1) will play #3 Craig Hiddleston while Peter Smith (2) takes on #4 Leland Rolling.

    The men’s 60s are out to the round of 16 with only 2 upsets today, of 9-16 seeds: Tom Breece upset Mark Weil in 3 sets; and Jonathon Fears was edged by Alexander Pier. David Seibel advanced again; he beat a #9 seed yesterday.

    In the 65s, David Wilson pulled off the only upset to date, beating #9 Rudy Sanchez.

    In Men’s 70s, Mike Talmadge beat #9 David Kueffer; #9 James Quenzler withdrew from the tournament allowing Phil Landauer to advance to the round of 16.

    All the seeds in the Men’s 75 had byes today.

    In men’s 50 & 55 doubles, the seeders again were stellar, with all four seeds reaching the semis. Rick Leach, former world #1 is playing 55 doubles with Vivek Varma and they won in 3 sets today.

    The seeds haven’t started yet in the 60 and up divisions.

    There’s also mixed…more on that tomorrow, particularly the 50-80s which are Gold ball/USTA Level 1/ITF S700 (normally S1000, but only S700 since players from other countries for the most part can’t get into the USA to play them).

    Link to Sunday Results


  • Back in the Tennis Tournament Rythm

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    The first Level 2/ITF S700 and Level 1 Mixed since early last March began Thursday in Palm Desert (just east of Palm Springs) in the California Desert. Summer landed as well…it was over 100 today (about 38 Celsius) with bright sunny skies.

    The tournament began with the 35s, 40s and 45s, moving on to the 50s yesterday and the 55s today.

    The main venue is at Shadow Mountain Resort in Palm Desert but there are several other venues in the area being used.

    I practiced in the morning (I don’t play till Wednesday) before visiting my parents and cooking Easter lunch (happy Easter everyone!). It was nice at 8:30, but noticeably warmer, in the 90s by 10. It’s a dry heat but once it hits 100, it’s hot, especially on hard courts where the concrete absorbs and reflects the heat upwards.

    I went over to check in for the tournament and ran into most of my recent practice partners, who had mostly had a successful day on court.

    Lisa Traylor/Krista Oconnor
    Jenny Rens Keller, Christina Kaus, Maria Nunez
    Men’s Doubles at Shadow Mountain

    Despite issues with the USTA website, the seeders did a great job seeding this event, with very few upsets. Below is a quick overview of the action to date.

    In the mixed 50, which is a Level 1, Bozeman/Mills took out #5 seeded Carruth/Heroux in 3 sets to reach the quarter; the other 7 seeds advanced in straight sets.

    In 35 mixed O’Neil/Robertson took out the #1 and #2 seeds, both in close matches to win the tournament.

    Men’s Singles

    The top two seeds, Trent Aaron/Hiromi Sasano (2)will take on Henry/Pang (1) in the 40 mixed final.

    Stephen Robertson (1) beat SanadRasheed (2) to win the 35 singles

    In the 40 singles, Rob Condiotty edged #4 Marin Parker’s to reach the semis along with JR Chidley, Shibu Lal and Jesse Schouten.

    In the 45s, Nicolas Chasseray beat #2 Ryan Pang to reach the semis along with William Casas (3), Leon Bax (4) and Jesse Walter (1)

    In the 50s, Oren Motevassel (1) withdrew before the start of play with an injury, as did #4 seeded Julien Heine. Kevin Smith upset #5 Pontus Swenson and Steve Heroux took out #5 Esteban Altuna, leaving only 4 seeds in the final 8.

    In contrast to the 50s, the final 8 in the men’s 55s are the 8 seeds, led by Dan Goldie (2) and Peter Smith (1) .

    The huge men’s 60 draw (128) is out to the round of 32 without any upsets; Bill Moss and Mike Fedderly are the top 2 seeds.

    Women’s Singles

    In women’s singles, there was no 35s division (a few players entered but withdrew).

    Christen Bartelt (1)played down but won the 40s convincingly, beating #2 seeded Christine Lee in the final.

    In the 45s, the top half was all upsets, with Pernilla Putnick beating top seeded Farrah Northcott 4,5 and then Yoko Tanko (0,6); Tanko beat the #4 seed, Kimberly Allen. Putnick takes on #2 seeded Tanya O’Neil in the final; she beat the #3 seed Michele Mouttapa-Matek in the other semi.

    The 50s final is between Marlo Carruth (1) and unseeded Michele Rudi. The two took far different paths to the final; Carruth winning her semi 61 ret (inj) while Rudi edged #2 seeded Mariko Atoji 76 in the third.

    The two seeded players in the 55s, Judy Newman (1) and Jenny Keller (2) are in the semis without hitting a ball (bye for Newman, default for Keller).

    Men’s Doubles

    Cohen/Sablan won the 35 RR doubles.

    Condiotty/Richards beat the top 2 seeds to win the 40 doubles.

    Mike Brown/Rodolfo Rodriguez won the 45 doubles, taking out Bax/Chasseray (2) in the semis and unseededJeff Schlotterback/Jesse Walter in the final.

    The Men’s 50 are only out to the quarters with no upsets.

    Women’s Doubles

    Julianna Gates/Lauren Lancaster (2)won the 35 doubles upsetting Tarrin Dougherty/Caroline Vis 76 67 64 in the final.

    Lauren Lancaster

    Pernilla Putnick/Chotika Wannachinda won the round ronin 40 doubles over Angela Henry/Amy Rogers (76 in the third)

    Shannon DeVall and Tanya O’Neil won the 45 round robin doubles with Susie Duffy/Brahma Pastorini finishing 2nd.

    Krista Oconnor /Lisa Traylor beat top seeded Trina Eggers/Wendy Elliott in 3 sets and face Julie Silverado/Mary Beth Williams in the final; they beat the #2 seeds Nancy Daly/Rochelle Whelan in straight sets.

    All four seeds in W55 are in the semis.


  • Wilson World Tennis Classic Covid Guidelines

    This was sent to players today. Happy to get to play the event!

    WILSON WORLD TENNIS CLASSIC

    USTA HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDE

    Player Guidelines

    Physical distancing requirements:

    • Maintain 6 ft distance at all times
    • Players shall not congregate in groups
    • Masks must be worn at all times except when actively playing on the court
    • On-court seating or benches shall be socially distanced

    Tournament entry and screening:

    • Players are permitted to bring only one guest on-site per day
    • Health screening to be conducted upon entry to the site each day (symptom questionnaire); anyone who does not pass the screening will not be permitted on site
    • Players must leave the facility immediately after their match is complete
    • Once eliminated from both singles and doubles, players are no longer permitted to access the tournament site

    Practice courts:

    • Maximum of 4 players permitted on the court
    • No coaches or players sitting on court watching

    Cleaning and sanitization:

    • Players are expected to keep their area and their chair or bench on court clean and sanitized
    • Sanitizer will be available at each tournament location
    • One player shall be designated to update the scoring tenders 
    • High-touch surfaces and common areas must be cleaned regularly

    Other:

    • No player parties are allowed
    • Awards ceremony must be physically distanced  

    [From] Desert Tennis Events


  • Draws Up for ITF S700/USTA Level 2 (plus Level 1 Mixed) in Palm Desert, CA

    The first big USTA tournament since February of 2021 will take place in Palm Desert, CA April 1-11, the Wilson World Tennis Classic.

    Bookmark this link because the draws can be found here.

    This tournament offers singles and doubles, men and women 35-85 plus mixed (50/60/70/75/80 are Level 1/ITF S700 events).

    The USTA has a new “play tennis” software platform, but it wasn’t quite ready for prime time so the draws were done using the TDM/tennislink platform.

    All events will be played on hard courts at various venues in the Palm Desert area. This tournament has a long history…I remember playing it over 30 years ago for the first time. Steve Solomon (father of Ken Solomon, creator of the Tennis Channel) was a long time director followed by Ed Trost. Caerwyn Evans is the current TD.

    It’s nice to be writing about a tournament that is happening instead of one that’s being cancelled or postponed (again).


  • Update on Tournaments for 2021

    Here is the link to the official USTA Level 1-3 Schedule to date: https://www.usta.com/en/home/play/adult-tennis/programs/national/adult-tournaments1.html

    April 30, 2021

    New dates and site for the Men’s 40/45/50 Grass has been found:
    Sept. 29-Oct 4 Agawam Hunt Club Rumford, RI

    As of May 24, 2021 the following tournaments have been cancelled for 2021:

    • Women’s 35-85 Grass at Germantown: Cancelled
    • Women’s 30-80 Grass at Forest Hills: Cancelled
    • Men’s 40/45/50 Grass at Germantown: Cancelled (but moved to Rhode Island)
    • Father/Daughter & Mother/Son Indoors in So Barrington IL: Cancelled
    • West Coast Seniors (Level 2, Men) and Joanne Russell Cup (Level 2 Women) in Naples: Cancelled
    • The Lamita Jabour Grandes Dames tournament in Fort Lauderdale
    • Grandes Dames, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Both were to be ITF S700.
    • Men’s Level 3 tournament in Naples January 10-16
    • St Petersburg men’s Level 2 tournament which was to take place in February has been cancelled. From TD Jerry Ratledge (via Joe Rasgado): “I can now confirm that our tournament has been officially cancelled. We reluctantly concluded that the risks of holding a large, Level 2, National & International tournament during an escalating pandemic are simply too great. We look forward to a fun, safe, and normalized tournament in 2022.”
    • El Paso Senior Open Level 3 (Aug 25-30)
    • Marin Seniors
    • Men’s Bocage Level 2, Baton Rouge, LA
    • Pacific Coast Seniors, Berkeley, CA cancelled
    • Washington State, Cancelled
    • Cooper Cup, Cancelled
    • 60 Indoors Level 2, cancelled

    Good News!: Jan 19 Update: Mission Hills has approved the Women’s 35-85 Hard Courts for 2021 according to TD Andi Polisky. The tournament dates remain as scheduled in October. You can enter the tournament here once entries are open. The Women’s 90 Grass are also approved. You can enter here for play Dec 7-10, once entries are open.

    More good news:Men’s 65 Hard courts will be held May 17-22 at Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego.

    Good News: Husband Wife Grass has been relocated to Rhode Island in June. And the 150 combined age division is on offer.

    The following tournaments have been postponed to the fall:

    • Men’s 75-90 Hard Courts has been rescheduled to Sept 13-18. (Per Ned Buckman, TD)
    • Daniel Island NWTO Women’s tournament has been postponed to Oct 20-24. The tournament link is here.
    • 40-80 Women’s Clay Courts has been postponed to Sept. 28-Oct 2. The tournament link is here.
    • The 35-90 Clay Courts will take place Sept 20-26 in Houston, TX (changing from its original April dates largely due to a slow vaccine rollout).
    • The women’s 40/50/70/80/90 Level 2 Indoors dates are now Oct 27-Nov 3. The tournament link is here.

    I will be updating this post weekly with tournament changes as I find out about them.

    Please post any tournament changes or cancellations you know of in the comments section below.

    Happy New Year!


  • 2021 Level 1, 2 & 3 Mixed Schedule

    2021 USTA Level 1 Mixed Doubles Schedule

    This is the 2021 calendar to date from the USTA. Please check for updates here and at usta.com (https://www.usta.com/en/home/play/adult-tennis/programs/national/adult-tournaments-category-i-schedule.html)
    Note that the Indoor Nationals now appear on the Level 2/3 Calendar and the winners do not receive gold balls.
    The Clay and Hard Mixed Level 1 events will also be ITF Seniors 1000 tournaments.
    Age DivisionClayHardGrass
    30
    Dec 3-8
    Lauderdale TC
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    Oct. 1-4
    Level 1 30 Mixed
    Plaza TC
    Kansas City, MO
    40Seabrook Island/Alan Fleming
    Oct. 6-10 (new link)
    Nov 29-Dec 6
    La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
    La Jolla, CA
    45 Dates: April 9-14
    Location: Lauderdale TC
    Fort Lauderdale FL
    50Seabrook Island/Alan Fleming
    Oct. 6-10 (new link)
    April 1-7
    Shadow Mountain Resort
    Palm Desert, CA
    60Seabrook Island/Alan Fleming
    Oct. 6-10 (new link)
    April 1-7
    Shadow Mountain Resort
    Palm Desert, CA
    70Seabrook Island/Alan Fleming
    Oct. 6-10 (new link)
    April 1-7
    Shadow Mountain Resort
    Palm Desert, CA
    75 April 1-7
    Shadow Mountain Resort
    Palm Desert, CA
    80 April 1-7
    Shadow Mountain Resort
    Palm Desert, CA

    2021 Level 2 & 3 Mixed Schedule

    This is the 2021 calendar to date from the USTA. Please check for updates here and at usta.com (https://www.usta.com/en/home/play/adult-tennis/programs/national/adult-tournaments-category-i-schedule.html)
    Note that the Indoor Nationals now appear on the Level 2 Calendar and the winners do not receive gold balls.
    Once links appear for the Men's and Women's Level 2 and 3 tournaments please check to see if some have mixed...the USTA doesn't have mixed listed for Westwood but it normally offers mixed and there could be others.
    DateTournamentLocationSurfaceLevel
    July 6-1189th Asheville Open Aston Park Tennis Center
    Ashville, NC
    Clay3
    Sept 2-5National Indoor ChampionshipsEagle Tennis Club
    Eagle, ID
    Indoor Hard3
    Oct 21-24Texas Super Senior SectionalsMcFarlin Tennis Center
    San Antonio, TX
    Hard3
    Nov 1-733rd Top GunThe Great Park
    Irvine, CA
    Hard3

  • 2021 Women’s Level 2 & 3 Tournaments

    2021 Women's Level 2 & 3 Tournaments

    This is the 2021 calendar to date from the USTA. Please check for updates here and at usta.com (https://www.usta.com/en/home/play/adult-tennis/programs/national/adult-tournaments-category-i-schedule.html)
    Note that the Indoor Nationals now appear on the Level 2 Calendar and the winners do not receive gold balls.
    Level 2 tournaments were formerly Super Category 2 Tournaments. Up to 8 will receive ITF Seniors points.
    As of Dec 6, 2020, all Level 1-3 women’s tournaments have been cancelled for January and February.
    DatesTournamentLocationSurfaceUSTA Level (2 or 3)ITF Points (ITF Seniors 700, 400 other, or none)
    POSTPONED TO APRIL 1-12 Wilson World ClassicShadow Mountain
    Palm Desert
    Hard2ITF Seniors 700
    CANCELLEDGrandes Dames at Palm Beach GardensPalm Beach Gardens Tennis Center
    Palm Beach Gardens, FL
    Clay2ITF Seniors 700
    CANCELLEDLamita Jabour Cup Grandes DamesLauderdale Tennis Club
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Clay2ITF Seniors 700
    CANCELLED
    Feb 16-21
    Joanne Russell CupThe Club at Sterling Oaks
    Naples, FL
    Clay2
    Oct. 20-24NSWTA Championships at Daniel Island Club Daniel Island Club
    Daniel Island, SC
    Clay2ITF Seniors 700
    CANCELLED Pacific Coast Senior & Family ChampsBerkeley Tennis Club
    Berkeley, CA
    Hard3
    CANCELLEDMarin ChampionshipsMill Valley Tennis Club
    Mill Valley, CA
    Hard3
    May 27-31Westwood Senior ChampionshipsWestwood CC
    Austin, TX
    Hard
    2ITF Seniors 700
    June 3-6 Hard Court Level 3 SlamYale University Tennis Center
    New Haven, CA
    Hard3ITF Seniors 400
    July 6-1189th Asheville Open Tennis ChampsAston Park Tennis Center
    Asheville, NC
    Clay2
    Aug 2-8
    CANCELLED
    130th Washington State Open & SeniorsSeattle Tennis Club
    Seattle, WA
    Hard2
    CANCELLED El Paso Adult and Senior OpenEl Paso Tennis Club
    El Paso, TX
    Hard3
    CANCELLEDUSTA National Indoor ChampionshipsEagle Tennis Club
    Eagle, ID
    Indoor Hard3
    New dates: Oct 27-Nov 340, 50, 70, 80, 90 IndoorsClub Green Meadows
    Vancouver, WA
    Indoor Hard2
    CANCELLED!
    Lauderdale TC
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    Lauderdale Tennis Club
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Clay3
    Oct 21-25 Texas Super Senior SectionalsMcFarlin Tennis Center
    San Antonio, TX
    Hard3
    Nov 1-7
    Top Gun I
    The Great Park
    Irvine, CA
    Hard3
    Nov 8-14 Nov. 8-14
    Women's Intersectionals
    Phoenix, AZ
    Phoenix, AZHardn/a
    Dec 8-13Fiesta Bowl Phoenix Sr OpenPhoenix Tennis Center
    Phoenix, AZ
    Hard3

    This information is complete as of 11/6/2020. Check USTA.com for updates and corrections.


  • 2021 Men’s Level 2 & 3 USTA Tournaments

    2021 Men's Level 2 & 3 Tournaments

    This is the 2021 calendar to date from the USTA. Please check for updates here and at usta.com (https://www.usta.com/en/home/play/adult-tennis/programs/national/adult-tournaments-category-i-schedule.html)
    Note that the Indoor Nationals now appear on the Level 2 Calendar and the winners do not receive gold balls.
    Up to 8 of the Level 2 tournaments will receive ITF Seniors points.
    DatesTournamentLocationSurfaceUSTA Level (2 or 3)ITF Points
    CANCELLED West Coast Super Senior Grand PrixThe Club at Sterling Oaks
    Naples, FL
    Clay2ITF Seniors 700
    POSTPONED to April 1-12 Wilson World ClassicShadow Mountain
    Palm Desert
    Hard 2ITF Seniors 700
    CANCELLEDRaymond James Super Senior Grand PrixSt. Petersburg Country Club
    St. Petersburg, FL
    Clay2ITF Seniors 700
    Postponed
    Dates TBA
    70 & 75 IndoorsDowntown Club at the Met
    Houston, TX
    Indoor Hard2ITF Seniors 700
    CANCELLEDBocage Clay Court Championships Bocage Racquet Club
    Baton Rouge, LA
    Clay2
    May 5-9Atlanta Senior Men's InvitationalCherokee Town & CC
    Atlanta, GA
    Clay2
    April 26-May 255 IndoorsEagle Tennis Club
    Eagle, ID
    Indoor Hard2
    April 30-May 450 IndoorsEagle Tennis Club
    Eagle, ID
    Indoor Hard2
    May 19-24Southern Senior Men's Clay Court ChampsRiver Hills Club
    Jackson, MS
    Clay3
    CANCELLED Berkeley Tennis Club
    Berkeley, CA
    Hard
    May 20-2335 IndoorsMaine Pines Racquet & Fitness Club
    Brunswick, ME
    Indoor Hard2
    CANCELLED Marin ChampionshipsMill Valley Tennis Club
    Mill Valley, CA
    Hard3
    May 27-31Westwood Senior ChampionshipsWestwood CC
    Austin, TX
    Hard
    2
    June 3-6Hard Court Level 3 SlamGuilford RC
    Guilford, CT
    Hard3
    June 3-6Midwest Clay ChampsCarmel Racquet Club
    Carmel, IN
    Clay3
    June 8-13ED Rhawn LBC InvitationalLouisville Boat Club
    Louisville, KY
    Clay3
    June 24-27Jack Dorsey Memorial Senior ChampsWheeling Oglebay Tennis Club
    Wheeling, WV
    Clay3
    July 1-5 Level 2July 1-5
    40,45,80,85,90 Indoors
    Eagle, ID
    Eagle Tennis Club
    Eagle, ID
    Indoor Hard
    July 6-1189th Asheville Open Tennis ChampsAston Park Tennis Center
    Asheville, NC
    Clay2
    CANCELLED
    130th Washington State Open & SeniorsSeattle Tennis Club
    Seattle, WA
    Hard2
    August 5-960 Indoors, M/W/MixedLakewood, COIndoor Hard2
    Aug 12-15 BTTCC Clay Court ChampionshipsBeavercreek Clay Courts TC
    Beavercreek, OH
    Clay3
    Aug 23-3065 IndoorsLife Time Fitness
    Eden Prairie, MN
    Indoor Hard2
    CANCELLED El Paso Adult and Senior OpenEl Paso Tennis Club
    El Paso, TX
    Hard3
    Sept. 2-5USTA National Indoor ChampionshipsEagle Tennis Club
    Eagle, ID
    Indoor Hard3
    Sept 12-20 Pacific Southwest Seniors (Men)Palisades Tennis Club
    Newport Beach, CA
    Hard2
    Sept. 17-19NSMTA Senior Doubles, Martha's VineyardUltimate Doubles Tennis
    Oak Bluffs, MA
    Clay3
    Sept. 21-16Virginia Senior Men's ChampionshipsBelle Haven CC
    Alexandria, VA
    Clay3
    Oct 21-25 Texas Super Senior SectionalsMcFarlin Tennis Center
    San Antonio, TX
    Hard3
    Nov 1-7
    33rd Annual Top Gun
    The Great Park
    Irvine, CA
    Hard3
    Nov 29-Dec 5Longboat Key Senior Clay CourtsLongboat Key Tennis Center
    Longboat Key, FL
    Clay2
    Dec 8-12Fiesta Bowl Phoenix Sr OpenPhoenix Tennis Center
    Phoenix, AZ
    Hard3

  • 2021 USTA Tournament Schedule

    Women’s Level 1 Tournament Schedule (2021) (grid by age division

    Men’s Level 1 Tournament Schedule (2021) (grid by age division)

    Women’s Level 2 & 3 Tournament Schedule (2021) (grid)

    Men’s Level 2 & 3 Tournament Schedule (2021) (grid)

    Family Level 1 Tournament Schedule (2021, partial) (grid by event & surface)

    Family Level 2 & 3 Tournament Schedule

    The USTA has published the 2021 Schedule here.