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  • Karwasky, Motevassel, Parker Win Singles Gold Slams in 2018; Karwasky, Kirkland-Cochran, Lutz Win Doubles Gold Slams

    Tina Karwasky (Glendale, CA) won gold slams in 2018 in 65 singles and doubles. She did not drop a set in winning the clay, hard, grass and indoors. For her doubles partner, Jan Kirkland-Cochran (GA) it was her first gold slam.

    Oren Motevassel won the gold slam in men’s 50 singles. It was his first gold slam. In 2017 he came close but was unable to play the grass though he won the hard, clay and indoors. He says clay is his most challenging surface, but that grass is his favorite.

    Nov. 8, 2017; Miami Beach, FL:
    Oren Motevassel (USA) (MS50) (courtesy of Cameraworksusa)

    Jimmy Parker, fully recovered from a knee replacement, and new to the 75s, dominated the singles in that division. He also won two doubles nationals with Ken Robinson (CA), the mixed 70 Hard (with Kathy Bennett, CA), and two super senior father/son nationals with Chris Parker (CA).

    Jane Luz (FL) won the 90 doubles gold slam by the narrowest of margins. She and Rita Price (CO) split the four singles nationals and easily won the first three doubles nationals. They split up for the grass and Lutz/Janet Hubbard (CA) edged Price/Harrison 12-10 in the match tiebreak to win the gold and for Lutz to complete the gold slam.

    Congratulations everyone!

  • Manning, Nichols, McColskey & Anderson Win Singles Titles Sunday at Crawford Cup

    Sunday was a beautiful day to play tennis, albeit a bit warm for Northerners, as temperatures flirted with 80 and the humidity increased. All the singles started at 9am.

    I played Ann Clark, who is not yet 55 (she turns 55 in May). She took out the #4 seed, Sally Smith, in straight sets on Thursday and was on Fran Chandler’s side of the draw. (Fran hurt her leg in warm up yesterday). Anyway, Ann is a good player, moved well and we played well over 90 minutes before I won 60 63. The 3/4 was a double default as Susan Boyer hurt herself in the second set of our match yesterday.

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    Wendy McColskey, making her 65s debut, beat Anne Guerrant (who ranked as high as #11 in the world and who won the Australian Open doubles title twice) 63 63. Wendy impressed with her forehand and movement all week. The 3/4 was a long battle finally won 9-7 in the third set tiebreak over Toni Novack in about three hours.

    Cathie Anderson and Charleen HIllebrand, both from Southern California, have had many battles. Cathie anticipates really well and Charleen has always had aggressive ground strokes. Cathie came out on top  after dropping the first set; she won the final sets 64 63 and wore out Hillebrand in the hot and humid conditions. Hillebrand though recovered well enough to combine with Sheila Weinstock to win the 75 doubles 63 62 over Ria Graham/Carol Wood. Sheila fell to Susanne Clark in three sets in the 3/4 playoff.

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    Tangerine Manning, a tall big hitter, overpowered Martha Garzon 62 75 to win the 45 singles. Kris McDonald and Kathy Zanon though won the 45 doubles over much younger opponents Barni/O’Hern 62 75.

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    Results: http://m.tennislink.usta.com/TournamentHome/tournament.aspx?t=192561

    Photos: https://goo.gl/photos/Wmf39qxu2CQjofAk8


    Thanks to Margy Edmund, Peggy Machoian, the staff and members of the Lauderdale Tennis Club for hosting another successful Crawford Cup tournament. Great weather, nice crowds, lots of fun.

  • Palm Springs USTA Senior Circuit Tournaments January 2017

    Disclaimer: I am collating this information from tennislink. Deadlines and tournament dates are subject to change, so please click on the links to verify the summary information presented.


    These deadlines are accurate as of today, 12/16/16.


    January 3-7, Monterey Country Club, Palm Desert, CA  Entry deadline is December 24, 2016


    January 9-15: USTA Senior tournament at Desert Princess, Cathedral City OR . Click here for an entry form.  Entry deadline is December 30th for online entry.


    January 15-21: Palm Springs Tennis Club Seniors, Palm Springs, CA . Entry deadline is December 30th for online entry.


    January 21-29: Asics Cat II, Mission Hills CC, Rancho Mirage, CA Entry deadline is December 31st 2016 for online entry. This is a Cat II or Super Cat II for USTA ranking purposes.

  • George McCabe, Tony Franco & Rita Price Win Double Gold Slams in 2016

    Most senior players dream of winning a single gold ball; some become accustomed to winning them fairly often; but winning all four nationals, on four different surfaces,  in one calendar year, a senior “Gold Slam” is an amazing feat, in singles or in doubles, and is one that should be celebrated! . Here are this year’s Men’s, Women’s and Family Gold Slam Champions:


    In the Father/Son 80+ division (the father has to be 80 in 2016), Ron Tonidandel (FL) and Jeff Tonidandel (NC) won the Hard, Grass and Clay titles. (This event is not offered at the Indoors).



    Brenda Carter (SC)/Betty Wachob (FL), had their share of three setters but won all four nationals this year in the women’s 70+ division. Brenda also won the 70  Clay, Hard and Indoor singles titles but was stopped (a bit ironically) by her doubles partner at the Grass in the final. Betty won the 70 singles Gold Slam in 2015. Carter also won the 70 mixed and doubles at the ITF World Championships.

    Brenda Carter

    Dori DeVries (NV) isn’t even 80 yet as of this writing (her birthday is in December), but she won the Gold Slam in 80+ singles. The toughest match all year for Dori was the final of the Hard Courts where she defeated her long time rival Dorothy Matthiessen in the final in a terrific three-setter. She also won the 80 Hard and Grass with  Carol Wood (MD), correction: the 80 Indoors with Mary John Lynch, TX, and 75 Grass (with Wood). Inge Weber (CAN)/Judith Smith (MA) beat DeVries/Wood at the Clay in three sets.


    Jane Lutz (FL), is the rare player for whom failing to win a Gold Slam is a shock! She won the 85 singles Gold Slam again in 2016 at age 89, which makes it even more remarkable. She also won the 85 Hard (with Wiedemann) and 85 Indoors (with Price).


    Rita Price (CO) is a dancing, singing 90 year old whose love of life is infectious. She danced her way past all opposition in the 90s this year, winning the Clay, Hard and Indoors (the Grass was not held in this division) in singles and doubles (with Joyce Vanderpool (WA) and Betty Cookson (CA)).



    George McCabe (FL) turned 85 this year and made the division his hunting ground. He ran past his opposition on all surfaces in singles and in doubles (with Joe Russell (OH) and Clem Hopp (FL)) to win both the 85 singles and doubles gold slams.

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    Tony Franco (NY) won the 90 Gold Slam in singles and doubles  for the second year and again didn’t lose a set in singles or doubles. He won the doubles with Graydon Nichols (CA) for the second straight year. (Note, Graydon is my my father.) Tony has had two knee replacements (one right, one left) and does not run like any other 90 year old.



    Congratulations to all.