Gonzalez, Holladays and Dunworth/Weller Win Gold at Father/Daughter Clay

The USTA National Father/Daughter Clay Courts are taking place in Jupiter, FL the 7-9 of November. The Open, Senior and Super Senior were played in two days due to a threat of rain tomorrow, Sunday; the 80+ final will be tomorrow.

Dad and I played Susan Wright/Enver Mehmedbasich today and lost in just over 3 hours 63 36 75. We were down a match point (on Susan’s serve) at 53 and then broke, I held but as he did all day, Enver served brilliantly and Susan was opportunistic on any floating returns; Enver held and then Dad went down 40-0. We came back to deuce but that was our last stand. It was a good match though. Susan and Enver play the 2nd seeds, the Fechtors, to whom they lost at the Grass, in the final (assuming it’s dry enough to play). We play for third against Fenasci/Bienvenue.

Eddie and Gabriela Gonzalez from Atlanta won their first gold ball today, beating Andy & Evan Lake in the final. Gabriela is just 15 and getting better each year; the Gonzalez started playing her when Gabriela was 11 and didn’t win a set then; last year they were finalists and of course this year they won. Evan Lake is also only 15; these teams look to be rivals for a while.

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Hannah and John Holladay beat the Morse-Karzens (Becky and Jerry) in three tough sets 63 57 63. It was a really fine match, with the power of the Holladays contrasting with the eerily great hands and lobs of the Morse-Karzens. Becky was playing only 10 weeks after having he first child.

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I watches some of the 3/4 playoff between the Davis’ and the Bakers; the Bakers won in three sets.

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The Dunworth/Wellers were unseeded but took out three seeds en route to the title, starting with a win over the top seeds Hanna/Morrison and finishing with a win over the tournament director, Amy Perrin and Robert Perrin.

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