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  • Hubbard/Watanabe Upset Top Seeds at National Clay

    On a breezy warm (but not oppressively hot) day in Naples, nearly all the seeds were in action, second round (round of 16 or quarters) matches were played and no one ended up at the hospital…all in all business as usual. (FYI, Carol Gay was recovered enough to visit the tournament site, though said she felt woozy still. She also said the ride to the hospital…strapped to a gurney and cramping…was something special, and not in a good way. But she will be ok in a few days she thinks.)

    Barbara Hubbard/Janet Watanabe (Jolene’s mom) upset Molly Hahn and Sue Kimball 76 (5) 63 today in the women’s 70s. It wasn’t Sue’s best day…she also dropped her singles match to Ellen Goodman 61 63 and in all fairness (though she didn’t complain about it), she was suffering from a calf strain. The better women on the day won. Mary Alice Pisani, who upset Carol Gay yesterday, continued her fine play into the quarters where she’ll face Betty Wachob. The other seeds advanced to the quarters including Toni Novack (below).

    In the 60s, Betsy Savitt edged #5 seeded Mary Morgan 64 76. Sally Smith played a great match to upset #6 seeded Sherri Bronson 60 63. The other seeds advanced.

    Dorothy Wasser showed she is more than a doubles specialist, taking the middle set off of #2 seeded Dori DeVries before fading in the third. King, Weber and Herrick, the last 3 world champions, all advanced as well to the semis.

    In the 50s, the three seeds in action, McKenna, Rice and Works, advanced without incident.

    In 50 doubles, McKenna/Klitch advanced to the semis while a round of 16 match has yet to be played.

    All four seeds advanced to the semis in the 60s doubles, though there were some tight first sets in a couple matches…Mosely/Smith stuck with #3 seeds Jones/Neuthaler for a set, before succumbing 76 62. Peltz-Petow/Savitt likewise were neck in neck with Purcell/Allare before falling 75 60. Susan and I beat Lesley  Pixley/Lee Roisman.

    In the 80s, top seeded Herrick/Wood edged Kathie Meyering/Jeanette Tubbs 46 75 62. They face either DeVries/King in the semis. Wasser/Weber, the #2 seeds, advanced to the semis.

    Photos are here.

    Draws are here: http://m.tennislink.usta.com/tournamenthome?T=212073

  • NTRP National Championship (Individual): New Event

    From USTA.com (https://www.usta.com/ntrpnationals):

    For 2018, the USTA is launching a new national adult tournament that leverages the NTRP rating system as a way to create level-based competition at the 18 & over and 50 & over age groups.

    NTRP national champions will be crowned in men’s and women’s singles and doubles at the 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 levels in both 18 & over and 50 & over age groups. The NTRP National Championships will be held in the spring of 2018.

    Dates and Locations:


    About the NTRP National Championships:


    • Men’s and women’s 18 & over and 50 & over
    • 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 divisions
    • Singles and doubles
    • Non-elimination draws with two matches per day Friday through Sunday
    • Fast Four: Best-of-three sets to four games, no-ad scoring, tiebreak at 3-3 all
    • Tiebreak is first to 5 points, win by one
    • Eight four-player round robins and that play into four eight-player compass draws


    NTRP Rating Validation:


    • If the section is not hosting a section championship, player will use his/her year-end rating the year prior to the national championship.
    • Self-rates are not eligible to participate.


    Road to the NTRP National Championships:

    Qualification into the NTRP National Championships will be handled by the sections. Please reach out to your section to find out how to qualify!


    Carribean – Brenda Rivera


    Eastern – Julie Beal-Bliss and Rob Festa

    Florida – Andy Gladstone
    Hawaii – Sara Yoshinyaga
    Intermountain – Monica Haller-Bradley
    Mid-Atlantic – Jeff Fowle

    • Click here to learn how to qualify in the Mid-Atlantic.

    Middle States – Mary Wurtz
    Midwest – Chad Docktor

    • Click here to learn about USTA/Midwest Adult Endorsement to 2018 National Championships.

    Missouri Valley – Lori Therrien

    • Click here to learn how to qualify in the Missouri Valley.
    • Click here to learn how you get ranked in the Missouri Valley.

    New England – Woody Freeman
    Northern – Nancy Lundberg

    • Click here to learn how to advance to the 2018 NTRP National Championships.


    Northern California – Michelle Gee Wilson

    • Click here to learn how to advance to the 2018 NTRP National Championships.

    Pacific Northwest – Adam Hutchinson

    • Click here to learn about the Pacific NW endorsement criteria for the 2018 NTRP National Championships.

    Southern – Chris Walling
    Southern California – Linda Milan
    Southwest – Shelby Payne
    Texas – Nancy Perkins

    • Click here to learn about NTRP endorsement procedures in Texas.

  • Practicing, Eclipse! & Site Seeing in Seattle

    Today was a long and very nice day in Seattle. The weather was gorgeous from sunrise to sunset and we were busy practicing, viewing the eclipse and then taking a ferry to Bainbridge Island.

    Susan and I got up early and practiced at 6:30am indoors till matches began at 8am. The view of Mt. Rainier was beautiful at 6:20 in the morning when the air was clear and there was still a touch of pink in the sky. By 8am I had managed to misplace my phone (thank you to the orchid man who picked it up and turned it in!) and to the referee who offered to retrieve my water bottle for me (which I left on our practice court).

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    The eclipse started a bit after 9am here in Seattle and the lawn at the Seattle Tennis Club was a nice place ot view it. Susan Lammers, with whom Susan is staying, had an extra pair of eclipse glasses which Susan and I shared. There was a family there too which had created a multi pinhole camera which was reflected on a board so we could follow the path of the eclipse. We also found time to take portrait photos of each other. It was fun and relaxed. It was interesting how shadows reflected the partial eclipse. It also got really cold during the apex of the eclipse.

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    After lunch, we decided to head off to Bainbridge Island which is about a 30 minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle. The hardest part about that adventure was finding parking which wasn’t exorbitant. Seattle imposes about a 10% tax and $3 on to of already expensive parking, so we failed to find reasonably priced parking. However, the views from the ferry were worth the trip. When we got to the island we wandered around the shops…the shopping street felt like one in Coronado or maybe Del Mar, CA but not as big or crowded. It was relaxing. If we had had more time we could have walked longer along the water and had dinner there.

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    After we returned to the mainland, we went to the nice player dinner at the home of Pat Kennedy and Melissa Reis. The house overlooked the lake and the view was beautiful.

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    Susan starts singles tomorrow and I have one more day till we play our first match Wednesday.

  • Fabulous Doubles Finals

    The 50 & 60 doubles finals both went down to the wire yesterday, and featured terrific aggressive play and solid defense. Tracey Worley-Hagen and Wendy Mahaney gave the defending champions, Susan Wright and Kathy May Fritz all they could handle, taking the first set 6-4 and they had a point to go up 5-4 in the third and serve out the set. Fritz/Wright won the tiebreak 7-5 and gutted out the third 6-4. Tracey played very consistently and Mahaney returned brilliantly all tournament long. There was a SRO crowd roaring after good points, great atmosphere!

    The 60s final, played on the intimate court 2, also had a good crowd. Dee Williams-Horne and Ann Stanley took on the top seeds, Molly Hahn/Sue Bramlette. Sue dipped the ball, Molly hit great backhand volleys, and Dee was imposing at net. In the end, Dee’s aggressive play and Ann’s solid play won the match in three hard fought sets.

    Angie Ray and Joyce Jones won the 80 doubles over Louise Russ and Jane Lutz. Lutz won the singles over Nancy Stout 60 60.

    Consolation matches and the 70s singles and doubles finals are going on today, after a late start due to rain. I am on my way to a family event up in Lodi.