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  • Barker, Carter, King Take Singles Gold in Bocage

    Baton Rouge, LA, April 21, 2017

    I played Diane Barker in the final of the 60 clay courts and she won for about the 50th or so time against me…I’ve lost track, since we first played about 25 or so years ago. Today I lost 63 62 and had my moments…generally quashed by a laser guided missile in the form of a forehand or backhand that hit an inch from each line (or perhaps on the edge of the line) for a winner or near winner (in which case a volley to the open court ensued). Anyway, I ran, she pounded, rock beat scissors. It was actually a nearly two hour match with a lot of good points after the first few games, and a positive tournament. Back to work!

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    In the 70s, Brenda Carter ran Leslie Pixley side to side till she couldn’t reach the last shot (must be a Charleston thing) and retained the clay court title she won last year with a 63 63 score.

    Roz King won the 80s yesterday over Dori DeVries.

    There’s a Super Cat II men’s event going on in Bocage through the weekend with many top men’s players there including Ross Persons, Fred Robinson, Hugh Thomson, and Oren Motevassel. Those draws can be found here:http://m.tennislink.usta.com/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=187854

    And that’s a wrap on the 60/70/80 Clay. Next up for me: 80+ father/daughter with my 92 year old dad in the California Desert town of Rancho Mirage in two weeks.

    Draws: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=187853

    Photos: https://goo.gl/photos/qLNMdEqrZjAZCnX79


  • Bocage, National Clay Courts, Successful Thursday on the Clay

    Baton Rouge, LA, USA

    Semis and finals  of the National 60/70/80 clay were held today in various divisions.

    In the 60s, the singles semis and doubles final & 3/4 playoffs were held. I played my doubles partner Susan Wright and edged her in a two hour battle 64 63. I definitely got lucky with hitting some lines on big points today. Diane Barker beat Pat Purcell in their first ever meeting 62 62. Susan and I took the court to play Pat and her doubles partner Bunnie Allare. The match was going to be a battle. We were down 2/1 when Pat made a move which further aggravated a knee that was tweaked in her earlier singles match. When we were 3/2 up she had to retire, which was sad for all of us. This quick match was a marked contrast to the 3/4 playoff between Janet Mosely/Sally Smith and Vicky Nagy/Mary Jackson. They played for about two hours (maybe more) and just as they split sets, the rain that had been circling around the Bocage Racquet Club decided to make an appearance, wiping out play for the day. They will finish at 8am tomorrow. Wright won the bronze over Purcell by default (knee).

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    In the 70s, both singles semis were lopsided. Leslie Pixley, who upset Betty Wachob yesterday, allowed Judy Louie only a game and Brenda Carter dropped three games to Carol Clay in her win. However, the doubles final was another matter. Carte/ Wachob raced to a 5/0 lead over Clay/Ellen Goodman whereupon Clay/Goodman rallied to 3/5 before the top seeds, Carter/Wachob, closed out the set 63. In the second set, Carter/Wachob were on the brink of victory at 5/1 and had match points at 5/2, only to watch their lead evaporate to the extent that they had to rally from 5/6 down to force a tiebreak. Carter/Wachob finally won the tiebreak and the match 75. There were so many hugs after that match between the participants that even Carter didn’t need any more!

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    Roz King took home two gold balls in the 80s, the singles (where she upset top seed Dori DeVries 64 76 (4) and the doubles, with Burnett Herrick, over Inge Weber/Kathy Langer 75 63. King, who has legs most 40 year olds would envy, put them to good use against DeVries, running down drop shots and opening up the court for her many angles. King acknowledged though that she needed more wins against Dori to even their head to head. The 3/4 playoff was a long battle between DeVries/Carol Wood and Sheila Palmer/Mary John Lynch, finally won by the top seeds, DeVries/Wood in three sets. Weber won the singles bronze by default over Carol Wood (glute injury).

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  • National Clay Courts, Baton Rouge, LA, USA: Successful Day on the Dirt

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    Today I played the quarters of the national clay courts against Rita Giles from Washington DC. We had a good match, plenty of long rallies which I tried to contain by going to net to finish points…in fact I think I hit more volleys in singles than I did in doubles! I won 61 60. I play my doubles partner Susan Wright, who moved quickly past a tired Mary Morgan by a similar score. Diane Barker, the top seed, also dropped only a game in beating Kandy Chain. Pat Purcell caused the only upset of the day, overcoming multiple set points against her to beat her doubles partner, Bunny Allare 75 60.

    Susan and I won our doubles 61 62 over Vicky Nagy/Mary Jackson in a fun match…lots of good points but we had more firepower and more consistency overall. We play Allare/Purcell, who won 62 61 over Sally Smith/Janet Mosely.

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    In the 80s, top seeded Dori DeVries beat 2016 80s world champion Inge Weber from Canada 64 62 while Roz King, the #2 seed, beat Carol Wood 61 62. In doubles, Weber/Kathy Langer upset the #1 seeds, DeVies/Wood, 64 64. Weber is hoping to retain the doubles title she won last year with Judy Smith. They play King/Burnett Herrick in the final tomorrow.

    In the 70s, #2 seeded Betty Wachob was the highest casualty in the tournament, falling in a lengthy battle to Leslie Pixley 57 75 75. Pixley plays unseeded Judy Louie, a 64 64 winner over unseeded Brenda Winstead in the semis. Carol Clay stopped Ann Eaton’s run and will play Brenda Carter tomorrow. Carter moved past Mary Alice Pisani in the quarters. Clay/Ellen Goodman added another upset win to their bag, beating Lee Delfausse/Sue Kimball 64 60 to advance to the final against Carter/Wachob, who dispatched Ann Hunt/Louie in straight sets.

    Photos: https://goo.gl/photos/qLNMdEqrZjAZCnX79

    Draws: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=187853#&&s=7Draws7


  • Baton Rouge, 60-80 Clay Courts, Tuesday: Fun in the Sun

    Today, Tuesday was when the tournament here began for me. I played singles and doubles and am now in the quarters of singles and semis of doubles. I play Rita Giles of Washington DC tomorrow. We played at this point in the tournament last year and I prevailed but it took a long time…Rita gets everything back and has some sneaky shots off both wings. It should be a good match tomorrow. Susan and I won easily in doubles; we play Jackson/Nagy, who upset the #4 seeds yesterday. They play together a lot and will be a good challenge. They beat Giles/Pat Delaney today.

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    There were a few upsets today and some upsets narrowly averted.

    In the 60s, Mary Morgan edged #5-8 seed Janet Moseley in just under 3 hours 64 in the third, fighting through nerves to win after having a 52 lead in the third. Mosely later got a measure of revenge, combining with Sally Smith to beat Morgan/Frances O’Sullivan also 64 in the third (with Mosely/Smith getting nervous when 5-2 up in the third).

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    In the 70s, Brenda Winstead edged #3 seeded Sue Kimball 76 in the third, 75 in the tiebreak, In an all-SoCal match, Judy Louie overcame cramps and a medical time out to prevail over Carol Gay 75 in the third. Louie’s doubles partner was fretting about the length of the match! Ann Eaton continued her fine third set play, today beating #5 seed Carolann Castell 61 in the third. In doubles, Carol Clay/Ellen Goodman upset the #4 seeds, Castell/Peggy Andry in three sets. The #2 seeds, Lee Delfausse/Kimball were bageled in the first set by Lianne Bryson/Phyllis Taylor but changed strategy after the first set and won 63 in the third.

    In the 80s, the top 4 seeds in singles and both seeds in doubles won.

    The men’s Cat II begins tomorrow. Jerry Thomas was eating his pre tournament training meal which looked pretty tasty if not super nutritious!

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    Draws: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=187853#&&s=7Draws8


  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

    Hello from Baton Rouge, the capitol of the state of Louisiana. Baton Rouge is a little over an hour by car from New Orleans, the much more famous city in this boot-shaped state. I’m here for the national 60 clay courts which begins on Monday at the Bocage Racquet Club. The Tab Soda is still available here in the vending machine!

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    My doubles partner, Susan Wright, and I arrived yesterday in Baton Rouge, and today we practiced in the morning at the site of the tournament. The club is homey, though there are lots of clay courts and a smattering of hard courts. All white attire (other than shoes) is required here…it’s also a very traditional club. An Easter egg hunt was about to start when we arrived…there were lots of excited children, girls with dresses and big bows in their hair and boys in collared shirts and shorts, and parents taking photos.

     

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    After lunch, we decided to go downtown, to see the old and new state capitol buildings. The current state capitol building is the tallest state capitol in the USA at 450 feet. We could see it for miles and from the top should have a good view of the riverfront (it was closed, being a Saturday). There was a nice garden in front with boxwood hedges.

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    Then we drove to see the old state capitol, which is now a museum. It looks like a castle and a massive oak tree dominated the landscaping in front. On the opposite side of street was the Mississippi River. Baton Rouge is a big port and we saw lots of tankers and containers waiting for either a train or ship to transport them. There are also casinos on the river and a huge riverboat for Mississippi River cruises.

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    There were quite a few sculptures along the river front.

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