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Press Release from the USTA:
Designated Open Sectional Championship
In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the USTA family would like to encourage local play as opposed to traveling to play national tournaments. With this in mind, we’ve reclassified the remaining Super Category 2, Category 2, and Category 3 National
Tournaments as Designated Open Sectional Championships.
These Designated Open Sectional Championships will have NationalCategory 2 point allocation for the players. The participants will have the opportunity to earn national points while playing at the sectional level.
At this time, the remaining Category 1 Tournaments will continue to be rescheduled for later in the year.
If you have any questions or for more information, please
Click here to see the Adult National Schedule at USTA.com. Note that the remaining Super Category II, Category II and Category III tournaments listed will now be “Designated Open Sectionals” which will receive Category II National Ranking points for 2020.
In 2021 there will be new tournament levels replacing the designation “Category” with 1 being the lowest and 7 being the highest and new points per round tables. Read more here: USTA Adult Tournament Changes For 2021
2020 Ranking Tables: 2020 Points Per Round Tables
The USTA will publish the 2020 Cat II Schedule here. Or check on tennislink.usta.com.
The table below has a list of Cat II tournaments; only the ones which have links to tennislink sites are confirmed. Please check back for updates. Any event which has no link is TENTATIVE as to dates, location etc.
Dates (tentative unless there is a link to the website) Location Surface Category II or Super Category II ITF Grade Jan 28-Feb 1 Palm Beach Gardens Tennis CenterPalm Beach Gardens, FL Clay Super Cat II Grade 1 January 18-26 Wilson World Tennis Classic
Hard Super Cat II Grade 1 February 5-9 Lamita Jabour Grandes Dames, Lauderdale Tennis Club, Fort Lauderdale, FL Clay Super Cat II Grade 1 February 18-22 Joanne Russell Cup, Sanchez-Casal Academy, Naples, FL Clay Super Cat II Grade 1 Postponed Bermuda Cat II, Coral Beach & Tennis Club, Warwick, MB Clay Super Category II Grade 1 Cancelled Berkeley Tennis Club
Hard Category II Grade 1 TBA (Postponed or Cancelled) Westwood Sr Championships Austin, TX Hard (60 and under); Clay (65 and over) Super Cat II Grade 1 TBA Lynchburg City Open
Oakwood Country Club
Clay Category II TBA Marin Seniors, Mill Valley Tennis Club, Mill Valley, CA Hard Super Category II Grade 1 TBA Senior Slam, Guilford, CT Hard Super Category II Grade 1 July 7-12 Aston Park TC
Clay Category II July 16-19 Oregon State Champs, Tualatin Hills Tennis Center, Beaverton, OR Hard Category II July 27-August 2 Washington State O & Srs
Seattle TC, Seattle, WA
Hard Super Cat II Grade 1 August 18-23 El Paso Tennis Club
El Paso, TX
Hard Super Cat II Grade 1 October 14-18 Cooper Cup
Lauderdale Tennis Club
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Clay Category II October 22-25 Texas Super Seniors
McFarlin Tennis Center
San Antonio, TX
Hard Category II November 2-8 Top Gun Tennis Chmpshps Orange County CA Hard Category II November 2-6 Las Vegas Senior Open, Darling TC, Las Vegas, NV Hard Category II December 9-13 Phoenix Fiesta Senior
Hard Category II
Saturday afternoon and Sunday there was still quite a bit of tennis to play in Miami Beach at the ITF Regional Championship. I’m relying on the scores from the website, so if there’s an error as to who won, let me know, and please contact the tournament director to correct it online.
Men’s 40: (1) Michael Halperin d. (4) Ry Tarpley (3 sets)
Men’s 45: renee busch d. (1) Philippe Leblanc
Men’s 50: (1) Eoin Collins d. (2) Gabriel Keymer (64 64)
Men’s 55: Vincent Horcasitas d. (2) Denis Dumas 62 61 (Horcasitas also beat the top seed 61 61 in the quarters)
Men’s 60: (1) joakim berner d. (5) Ross Persons (3 sets)
Men’s 65: (1) Frits Raijmakers d. (2) Galba Couto (60 62)
Men’s 75: 1) Jimmy Parker d. (2) Fred Drilling (61 63)
Men’s 35 and 70 finished yesterday.
Note again, that Heather Nobler won the women’s 35s. It was incorrectly recorded into the tournament software program initially.
Men’s 45: Keymer/Mehech d. (1) Engel/Sack (63 63)
Men’s 55: (1) Persons/berner d. Blanno/Garman
Men’s 65: 1) Raijmakers/Shaw d. (2) Barrett/Beautyman (62 60)
Men’s 75 & 35 were played yesterday…reported in yesterday’s blog.
Women’s 45: Vasconcellos/Yanagi d. Chase/Williams (64 63)
Women’s 55: Rainy Miller/Shelly Works won a 3 team RR
Mixed 35: Rawlings/Turner d. (2) Beaudoin/Demer (by default); however Rawlings/Turner beat top seeded Choi/OLEJNIK in three sets in the semis, reported as 76 in the third.
Mixed 45: Chase/Craft d. Maheu/Martinez (75 61; no seeds in this division)
Mixed 55: Miller/Persons d. (1) Dumas/Stobbe 46 75 1-0 (6); photo below courtesy of Rainy Miller
Results are here: https://m.tennislink.usta.com/TournamentHome/tournament.aspx?t=232508
Photos are here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/C8xN2wqwfJTUXM1X7
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March 9, 2019
Friday in Miami Beach…is noisy! Bands tuning up, motorcycles racing, rush hour traffic, high season energy. I played Dagmar Sperneder from Austria in the de facto 60s final and won. We played one court removed from a busy street, and across the street from a park where a band sounded like it was making sure its instruments worked (they did, believe me). It was noisy and windy and basically a normal high season Friday afternoon in Miami.
There were a lot of players onsite yesterday, unlike the sleepy atmosphere of Wednesday afternoon. The matches ran an hour late…we barely finished before dark. Our 3:30 match was scheduled for 2:45 on Thursday night, 3pm by Friday morning and by Friday afternoon the time had changed to 3:30, with the only notifications appearing on the website.
Shelly Works was soooo happy to finally play a match. She arrived Monday and didn’t get to play till Friday (she did receive a default on Thursday). Shelly actually got to play twice…she and Rainy Miller won their 6:30 pm doubles match and Shelly looked like she wanted to run around and play singles on the doubles court. Both played well and won. Saturday update: Shelly won the final in three sets, despite losing the first set 60 and facing three consecutive match points at 4-5 in the third, taking the tiebreak 7-3 against top seeded Simone Vasconcellos. Rainy as tweeting a group of players first on changeovers, then game by game and finally point by point in the TB.
Jenny Klitch blitzed the opposition in the 50s, winning the final against Julie Dybendahl of Australia without losing a game. Dybendahl though upset the 2nd seed in the semis, and had a good tournament herself. Donna Fales (W70) and Jenny are shown below; Donna finished 3rd in the women’s 70s and Toni Novack, USA finished 2nd. Leila Musalem won the event.
Nancy Hilliard (45) and Kaysie Smashey (35) added to the trophy haul for Texas, winning their singles events. Smashey beat Heather Nobler 63 63 in the final. CORRECTION: Nobler BEAT Smashey 63 63. Hilliard beat unseeded Tangerine Manning who fought her way to the final with consecutive 3-set wins, upsetting Kristen Kepler in the semis.
In men’s divisions, winners are: M35: Henry Choi; M40: Ry Tarpley UPDATE: I omitted Tarpley’s opponent, he plays vs Michael Halperin in the final. M45: Renee Busch vs Philippe LeBlanc in the final tomorrow; M50: Eoin Collins vs Gabriel Keymer; M55: Denis Dumas vs Vincent Horcasitas; M60: Ross Persons (seeded #5; #2 seeded Stu Saiki retired due to a bum leg in the quarters to Eric Friedman; Persons beat Friedman); M65: Fritz Raijmakers (Netherlands) vs Galba Couto; M70: Michael Beautyman, seeded 2, beat top seeded Bruce Barrett (also his doubles partner) in three sets; M75: Jimmy Parker and Fred Drilling play the final tomorrow; M80 had only 2 players.
In doubles: M35: Choi/Nick Rainey won; M45: Keymer/Mehech d. (1) Engel/Sack; M55: Persons/berner d. Blanno/Garman; M65:(1)Raijmakers/Danny Shaw d. (2) Barrett/Beautyman; M75: Jonsson/Parker won; unfortunately they had to play Drilling/Tibbits in the semis and won that in three sets…
In women’s doubles: 35s: Heather Nobler/Smashey won the 35s (only two teams); 45s: Chase/Williams will face Vasconcellos/Yanagi who beat the #2 and #1 seeds respectively. Michelle Willams is Rhyne Williams mom… 55s is a round robin and finishes tomorrow.
Photos are here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/C8xN2wqwfJTUXM1X7
March 7, 2019
Miami Beach…March…what a nice place to be while the North is freezing and the West is raining! Even though the weather has been variable this week, from 90 on Monday to highs around 70 on Wednesday, it’s a nice place for a winter tournament.
The entries, particularly for the women, weren’t as large as expected but there are enough foreign players, especially from South America and Canada, to give the tournament an international vibe.
On check in we received a (men’s) t-shirt (courtesy of Lucky in Love), a towel, sunglasses and a tote bag.
I played Suzanne Siegler yesterday in the 60 singles round robin and won. Today Dagmar Sperneder of Austria beat Suzanne 61 64 so we play tomorrow for the title. In the 50s, Jenny Klitch is the top seed, and won yesterday to advance to the semis to be played tomorrow. She’s the only American left in the draw, along with two So American players and an Aussie. (Miami is a nice place to be when it’s winter in the Southern Hemisphere). Shelly Works is the 2nd seed and Simona Vasconcellos is the top seed in the 55s. Vasconcellos plays an intriguing match against Fran Chandler in the semis. Fran won their only prior meeting in three sets. Works, who arrived Monday, is looking forward to playing her first match tomorrow…she got a default today and plays fellow Texan Gayle Prejean tomorrow. Donna Fales and Toni Novack are playing 70s., though Toni lost her first match in the four player round robin. Kaysie Smashey, who was a singles finalist at the world championships in November here, leads the 35s seeds while another Texan, Nancy Hilliard, is the top seed in the 45s.
The younger men’s draws were pretty large, and there are a lot of familiar names. 2014 world champion Eoin Collins leads the men’s 50; Michael Halperin is the top seed in men’s 40s; Phillips Leblanc is the Men’s 45 top seed; Jimmy Parker leads the 75s; Achim Gass and Denis Dumas are the top 55 seeds; Joaquin Berner and Stu Saiki top the 60 seeds; Fritz Raijmakers of the Netherlands is the 65 #1 seed. Bruce Barrett was the top 70 seed but was injured in his first match; Correction:the incorrect winner was reported and Barrett in fact WON by retirement. (His opponent was in a car accident). Michael Beautyman is the 2nd seed.
There was a fantastic player party on Wednesday night. Everyone LOVED the food. (Even Fran Chandler!). There was a pasta bar (everything from fettuccine to butternut squash ravioli to cheese tortellini plus toppings of veggies, chicken, shrimp, cheese and three sauces); a sushi bar, poke bowls, great hors d’oeurves, and a wonderful desserts, (brownies with ice cream; yummy chocolate chip cookies and more). The location is right on the beach.
I also took a walk along the boardwalk (some sketchy hotels, which apparently will make room for new buildings soon) but the life guard stations were cool!25.858387-80.1221348
Kristin Kraujina of Florida won the 30 singles on a sunny, breezy Saturday. Kraujina lives in a town called Sunny Isles Beach, which sounds awfully pleasant! She won the four player round robin without dropping a set.
Jenny Klitch of Florida dominated the 50 singles, dropping only two games (routing her opponents en route to the title one could say). She beat Yvette Kruger who is a very good tennis player, 60 61, playing steady, aggressive and smart tennis. Alice Stubbs of NC placed third, winning a tough three-setter over Canadian Adrienne Simmons.
Toni Novack, also currently residing in Florida (there’s a theme here), upset top seeded Molly Hahn of MA 64 62, hitting her usual (for her) magical dropshots to take the 70s title. Susan Kimball placed third over Brenda Winstead.
Inge Weber, of Canada (but spending the winter in, you guessed it, Florida) beat Dorothy Wasser, her doubles partner 75 62 to take the 80s crown. Burnett Herrick took third over Lucille Kyvallos.
The 60s had a larger draw so only the semis were played today. I beat a tired Kathy Vick 61 62 and in the upset of the day, Wendy McColskey won a set from Diane Barker. Then Diane, according to Wendy, changed her strategy, which was a very effective adjustment since Diane won the next two sets 61 61. Their match lasted only a few minutes longer than our match.
Klitch and Andi Piski won the 40 doubles over Stacey Williams/Mariana Hollman 61 62 in an entertaining match.
Susan Harris/Patricia Randolph from Alabama won the 50 doubles, beating Williams/Hollman in a marathon match 76 (5) in the third!
Ellen Goodman/Winstead upset Hahn/Kimball in the 70 doubles final, 64 67 64. Hahn/Kimball rallied from 15 down in the second to force a deciding set, but Goodman/Winstead played awfully well to get the win. It was really windy in the afternoon (I saw a tent blow over) which affected the 70s doubles match a lot but overall the quality was very good.
Wasser/Weber won the 80s round robin doubles over Carol Wood/Herrick in three sets.
In semifinal action, the 60s doubles semis were both decided by a third set. Ann Jacobs/Betsy Savitt took out Kathy Vick/Kim Jones in three sets while Ligia Bottinelli/Abbi Neuthaler beat Kathy Foulk/Bunny Allare 61 in the third.
Happy New Year everyone…the first tournament of the year for me anyway is this week in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. (Venus has a place for sale if you are interested).
2019 marks a renewed cooperation between the ITF and USTA, resulting in ITF Grade 1 status for some of our Super Category 2 tournaments and Grade A status for all USTA National tournaments in the 35-85 age divisions, plus mixed. In return the USTA will not require IPIN holders to have a USTA membership in order to play in ITF sanctioned tournaments held in the USA.
As usual, there are a fair number of Canadians here this tournament but not a lot of other foreign players. Below are Irwin Tobias and Adrienne Simmons (who has caused 2 upsets so far).
The tournament is being held at the Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center in Palm Beach Gardens, just down the street from BallenIsles. There are 18 lovely clay courts here and the facility will be even better next year after a big clubhouse renovation is started and completed. The women’s 40-80 clay courts will be held her in April.
I am playing in a very strong 60s division, led by Diane Barker. Wendy McColskey, Bunny Allare and Kathy Vick are also playing along with Kim Dean, Kathy Foulk, Janet Mosley and Frances O’Sullivan to name a few. All eight seeds reached the quarters without drama.
The 50s lost the 3 and 4 seeds yesterday as Adrienne Simmons (a Georgia based Canadian) beat the #4 seed Daniela Esswein and Alice Stubbs took out #3 seeded Melanie Crampton, both in three sets. Jenny Klitch and Yvette Kruger though the top 2 seeds, cruised into the semis today
The four seeds in the 70s advanced to the semis today with Molly Hahn to face Sue Kimball and Brenda Winstead to face Toni Novack.
In the 80s, Canadian Inge Weber the top seed and Burnett Herrick, the second seed, reached the semis.
In the 50s, Corey Reese and Simmons beat the #2 seeds convincingly to reach the semis.
Lisa Hoffstein/Sally Zasloff took out #5 seeded Peggy Machoian/Joan Oelschlager in the 60 doubles; the remaining 7 seeds advanced.
Hahn/Kimball and Ellen Goodman/Winstead the top 70s seeds, advanced to the semis.
The USTA has added a Category 2 tournament to the national schedule. It will be held June 21-24 at the Field Club of Longmeadow in East Longmeadow, MA. This tournament will be played on green clay. Age divisions offered are Men’s, Women’s and Mixed starting with the 60+ age division and going up to 90 (men) and 75 (women).
Deadline to enter is June 18, 2018
2018 Schedule with links has started posting on carolynnichols.com Click here to see schedule. This will be updated periodically. The date of the last update will appear on the site.
New for 2018 are NTRP National Championships in the 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 divisions.
Click here to see the schedule on USTA.com. Scroll down past the 2017 Schedule to see the 2018 Schedule (without links). Note that some dates are off on this schedule compared to the tennislink dates. I’ve gone with the tennislink dates when this is an issue.
Scroll down PAST 2017 schedule to see 2018 Schedule. Links to tournaments are not yet available.
Update: Some links now listed here: Carolynnichols.com/18Schedule
There is a new Category II tournament in Naples, for women age 40-80, even divisions for singles and odd and even for 50-80, plus 40 doubles. I am playing 60 singles and 40 doubles (with Leslie Wargo from Ohio).
The team is named for Naples resident Joanne Russell, the former tour player and TV commentator. She’s also playing, 60 doubles, though she normally plays pickleball, not tennis these days.
The site is the Naples Bath and Tennis Club, home of the Sanchez/Casal tennis academy, There are a few hard courts and about 30 clay courts here, it’s a massive facility and a nice one.
Play began today in all divisions. The 80s has a 5 person round robin, and Carol Wood was upset that she’d have to play two singles matches in one day (the sanction for the tournament was for Wed Feb 15-Sunday Feb 19, but the tournament director shortened it to the 16-19 long after entries opened and plane tickets were purchased. To be fair, the draws are mostly pretty small, which is probably why he shortened it. In the end, Carol upset Burnett Herrick, the 2015 World Champion in the 80s, in three sets, after dropping the first set. (Burnett also had to play an earlier match). Inge Weber, the 2016 world champion in the 80s, also advanced.
The rest of the results went pretty much as expected. Many of the seeds don’t play till tomorrow.
Naples is on the West Coast of Florida, on the Gulf of Mexico. I went to the Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park later in the afternoon, after a light practice. It’s a nice park, a mile or so long with a path adjacent to the beach, lots of picnic tables, and a quiet beach (with lots of shells). It was very windy today, and the sunset wasn’t a spectacular one, but it was nice to see a sunset over the water.
Tomorrow I have singles & doubles.
It was a warm and windy day in Palm Beach Gardens. I played Wendy McColskey from NC today, our third meeting in a year. It was a tough match with long rallies. We finished the first set about the time Diane Barker finished off her match, even though we started at the same time. I won 62 63, rallying from 1-3, ad out in the second. Pat Purcell and I played Wendy and her sister Dale. Pat played great and we won 61 63. We play Abbi Neuthaler/Kathy Foulk in the final which will be a tough match. They took out the team which beat the #2 seeds on the first day.
In the 50s. Shelly Works beat Rene Tharpe, also in two hours 75 62, but Terri Gaskill had to go three sets and over three hours to dispatch Erin Boynton, who played an excellent match. Jenny Klitch/Kim Jones and Works/Marianna Hollman advanced to the doubles final.
The 70s final is set between Betty Wachob (who beat Sue Kimball in three sets) and Carol Clay (who dispatched Charleen Hillebrand). Wachob/Hillebrand beat Delfausse/Kimball in the 70 doubles final today.
The 80s final is set between Carol Wood/Inge Weber, while the doubles was won by Weber/Dorothy Wasser over Wood/Kathy Langer.
In the 40s, there’s a round robin for singles, with Sophy Ronan from Canada so far undefeated. In doubles, Jenny Klitch/Andi Piski take on Canadians Ronan/Paula Mylisevek in the doubles final which should be a good match. Piski is a seriously good player (#1 for Auburn in tennis in former days).
Tomorrow will be warmer (88!) and windy (26mph!) with a slight chance of rain (20%). All in all some good tennis today and more to come tomorrow.
BallenIsles, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
From Tournament Director Trish Faulkner: PARKING ALERT!! THIS YEAR YOU WILL BE ALLOWED TO PARK AT THE SPORTS COMPLEX HOWEVER YOU MUST USE VALET PARKING (NO TIPPING) ALL PARKING SPOTS ARE RESERVED FOR MEMBERS ONLY.PLEASE CAR POOL IF YOU CAN. PARKING PASSES MAYBE PICKED UP AT TOURNAMENT DESK; Also, note that players may not use the pool or member lounge, but may use fitness (after 11, for a fee). For more information click here.
The Valet parking attendants are in front of the sports complex!
This is the first Cat II tournament of the year and has a very strong draw in women’s 40/50/60/70 & 80, including current world champion Inge Weber (W80), current US #1 (and former world champion) Brenda Carter (W70), Multi world champion Diane Barker (W60), US 50s doubles champions Shelly Works and Marianna Hollman and top Canadians Paula Mysilvecek/Sophie Ronan (W40D; though Paula is also an American).
Draws can be found here: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=185079#&&s=6
I play tomorrow singles and doubles (with Pat Purcell, St. Louis, MO).
No rain today at Crawford Cup! I’m sure the staff, tournament director, referee and volunteers were as happy as the players about that weather outcome.
There were a lot of finals played today and few upsets.
In the 85s, two-time world champion Jane Lutz beat her doubles partner Rita Price. Rita was her usual ebullient self, happy that she won eight games in defeat. Jane and Rita then won their doubles match in three sets after which I saw them eating their pulled pork sandwich with fries (no vegans allowed). Rita is already looking forward to the 90s next year. This group of 85s is pretty spunky.
Donna Fales (check her birth certificate) won the 75s over Burnett Herrick. Inge Weber edged Grace Woo in three sets to place third. Burnett though didn’t go home without a title, teaming with Dorothy Wasser to win a tight two-setter over Kathy Langer and Lyn Tietz. For Langer, who was playing her first tournament after back surgery, the tournament was a success anyway. Lola O’Sullivan/Libby Keenan took third.
Anne Guerrant upset top-seeded Kerry Young in the 65s in straight sets, hitting too firmly for Kerry to successfully execute her deadly dropshot often enough. Carol Gay defaulted too Brenda Carter (illness), so Carter faces Guerrant in the final tomorrow. However Young ended the day on a winning note, teaming with Sue Bramlette to thoroughly beat Carter/Cindy Babb. Sue was on top of the ball, hitting numerous angles which opened up the middle and Kerry was on top of the net to finish the point there. The 3/4 playoff was won 76 (8) 76 (8) by Toni Novack/Pam Simons over Carol Clay/Ellen Goodman; Clay/Goodman had numerous set points in the second set but didn’t seem to perturbed by the loss, having enjoyed the match.
In the 55s, I beat Kris McDonald in a tough 63 61 match while Diane Barker allowed Kathy Vick only a single game in advancing to the final. McDonald though won the doubles title with Betsy Savitt 63 64 over Cindy Leprevost/Yvonne Gallop, the third seeds. In the 3/4 playoff, the top two seeds squared off, with the top seeds, Mary Ginnard/Vick finishing strongly, beating Erin Boynton/Abbi Neuthaler, the second seeds, 46 62 62.
Susan Boyer won the 45 singles by default over Daniela Esswein. The 45s doubles is set too, between Neuthaler/Sally Zasloff and Melanie Carter/
The Crawford Cup began yesterday and the weather was fine, but the forecast for today was ominous…100% chance of rain according to weather.com this morning. By 8:15 it was raining, by 8:30 it was pouring, and Mother Nature was putting on a big show, thunder, lightning, and rain that California could only dream of.
Play was delayed, then delayed again, but thanks to the ground crew, all volunteers, and good communication on the website, the players started drifting in a little before 3pm and play began about 3pm. The tournament recognized that the critical matches were the round of 16 matches in the 55, 65 and 45 singles and put them on first, followed by the 75s and 85s, then some of the doubles.
I played Tami Bass from Vermont (though she’s been in Florida for several weeks), who had taken out Suzanne Siegler the day before. She runs well and is consistent but I managed to beat her 61 61. Next up is Kathy Foulk who won her match 60 ret. (her opponent had a knee injury). All 8 seeds in the 55s advanced. In fact there were no upsets in any division in singles today. Kathy Vick had a good battle with Sally Smith in the 55s, winning 64 63 and Grace Woo held off multiple set points with Ria Graham serving at 65 in the first set to win 76 63 in the 75s.
Click here to see the results and draws. http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=155292#&&s=8Results0
50s: Carolyn Nichols (firstname.lastname@example.org)
60s: Anne Schwartz (email@example.com)
65s: Andrea Barnes (firstname.lastname@example.org)
80s: Roz King (email@example.com)
85s & 90s: Cathie Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Overall Circuit Chair: Carol Clay (email@example.com)
Note: Carol Clay will appoint a temporary seeded for anyone who is playing a tournament in the age division for which she is a seeding assistant.
Division for seeding Name Email Address 30 Steve Hayden firstname.lastname@example.org 35 Steve Cornell email@example.com 40 Chuck Gill firstname.lastname@example.org 45 Arvind Aravindhan email@example.com 50 Mike Vandergrift firstname.lastname@example.org 55 Matt Jacob email@example.com 60 Jim Nelson firstname.lastname@example.org 65 Bruce Levine email@example.com 70 Jerry Thomas Jthomas@kandsins.com 75 Brett Haberstick firstname.lastname@example.org 80 Wesley Jackson email@example.com 85-90 Allen Dunbar firstname.lastname@example.org Larry Turville email@example.com
On another warm (80s) sunny day in Fort Lauderdale, the semis of the 45s, 65s and 75s and finals of the 55s were played.
I won the 55 singles final over Kathy Vick 61 62. I played well but Kathy was still suffering from the effects of the virus which sent her to urgent care a few days ago for antibiotics and IV infusions. She’s a tough lady and a tough competitor.
Kathy and Mary Ginnard beat Tracy Viebrock and Abbi Neuthaler in three sets in the semis at 1pm. We were scheduled to play the 55 doubles final at 4pm, which was pushed back to 5 because the 45s semis was played before the 55s final and Mary was playing two divisions, 45 and 55 doubles. For some reason the 55 doubles semi wasn’t played yesterday as scheduled. We checked in, warmed up and then were told by one of our opponents that we were playing tomorrow morning! It would have been nice to have been told of the scheduling change earlier, but I am not sure that the TD knew of the change till informed of it by our opponent (not Kathy)! Scheduling has been a challenge this week with all the players participating in 2 divisions, but communication has been an issue as well.
After all the confusion and schedule changes we are looking forward to the doubles match for sure.
In the 65s, Betty Wachob upset her doubles partner, Brenda Carter, in straight sets and Carol Clay “treed”, “zoned”, etc (according to Carol and other onlookers). She beat Brenda Winstead and faces Betty in the final. Betty and Brenda won the doubles over Clay/Ellen Goodman.
In the 75s, it will be a repeat of last year’s final with Lyn Tietz facing Inge Weber. Lyn played her doubles partner Libby Keenan in the singles semis, but Keenan retired at 1-1 in the first set. Weber beat Burnett Herrick in a tougher match. Lyn and Libby lost to Burnett and Dorothy Wasser in the final. Carol Wood and Ria Graham placed third.
In the 45s, Susan Boyer and Vesna McKenna easily advanced to the final. The two are club members who practice with each other, so there are no secrets there, but it should be a good match with a contrast of styles.
In the 85s, Jane Lutz added to her undefeated record in that division in singles and Louise Russ finished 2nd.
I played Fran Chandler in the final and she outplayed me…64 64. She moved great as always! But it was a 2 hour plus match…in fact we were at 1/0 in the 2nd set when Kerry Young and Carol Clay took the court for the 60s final…and they finished when we were at 43 in the same set! That probably had more to do with our long games and Kerry’s flawless play though, Kerry was on fire all week in singles.
In the 60 doubles, the hyph