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  • 2021 USTA Women’s Intersectionals Information

    Dear Past Players and Team Captains,
    I hope everyone is doing well and looking forward to this year’s Women’s Intersectional Team Championships which will be held November 8-14 in Phoenix, AZ. We missed you all in 2020 and are super excited to see everyone this year in Phoenix!


    Complete tournament information and hotel reservation link can be found on our website at www.ustaphoenix.com/womens-intersectionals.

    You can also print out the information packet by clicking here.


    Team/Player registration will be done online in the new Serve Tennis platform. The registration link is not yet available but will be in the coming weeks. If you know you will be captain of a team, please email me section name and age division I will send you the registration link once it is available.


    Please review the complete tournament information and feel free to contact me at anytime with any questions you might have.

    Sincerely,
    Matt GleasonTournament Director

    gleason@southwest.usta.comwww.ustaphoenix.com/womens-intersectionals


  • Super Senior USA Cups Announced by USTA

    • Location: Mallorca, Spain
    • Team Event: Sunday, Oct. 10 – Friday, Oct. 15, 2021
    • Individual Event: Saturday, Oct. 16 – Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021

  • Westwood 65 Singles/50 Doubles Champion; More to Play

    Austin, Texas, USA

    Click here to see draws, schedule and results.

    I played the 65 singles final and 50 doubles final today and both went well. I beat Mary Morgan of Houston 62 61 and even served and volleyed and chipped and charged some! (1: Hard courts encourage that behavior; 2: Fast hard courts encourage it even more). Mary is one of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet (and very extroverted to boot). It was a pleasure to play the match.

    Jenny Klitch beat Shelly Works in the 55 final 60 62 and played a terrific match, combining hard drives with superb drop shots all match long.

    After our singles wins Jenny and I played 50 doubles against a good team from Kansas City (Victoria Marks and Theresa Lampe and Valerie Marks)…they beat Works/Rainy Miller yesterday. We won 64 76 (3) and it was a good, competitive match with many changes of strategy.

    We play the 55 doubles final tomorrow against Miller/Works and Jenny plays the mixed final (which was rained out tonight) directly afterwards.

    There were a lot of matches today…I saw a few since I was at the club from 7:30 am till 4pm. I also ran into some old friends…Hugh Thomson, Jerry and Marcia Thomas, Ellen and Tony Dawson, and others…it’s nice to see tournaments going again!

    In men’s 50s, Eoin Collins (1), a former world champions, beat Todd Smith 62 62 to reach the final against Sean Staley, who took out #2 seed Garry Nadebaum. Collins used his impressive lefty groundstrokes to lead his march to victory.

    In men’s 60s, Tim Klitch (2) (Jenny’s brother) beat David Luedtke (4) 63 61, using on the rise hitting and the apparently patented Klitch touch to advance. He faces Peter Markes who had an interesting match with Alex Behar. Alex injured his foot (plantar it seems) in the 2nd game and was hobbling around the court thereafter…but for a set he redlined his shots, limping to the ball and giving it a rip, and won the first set 62. It’s hard to play an injured player! The match was on serve at 2-3 in the second when there was a short rain delay…Peter didn’t drop a game thereafter, and took the second 62 at which point Alex retired.

    The match of the day was the men’s 55 doubles final. Featuring the #1 (Scott Works/Kelly Ward) and #2 (Steve Schultz/Marc Weiner) seeds, the match had everything…tight score line (the top seeds winning the first set; the #2 seeds coming back from a break down to win the second, the third set culminating in a tiebreak), great serves/returns/volleys/touch, all played in front of an appreciative crowd on the center court. Schultz/Weiner won the match.

    Works has a second chance for a title in the 50 doubles, with Nadebaum.

    Kaysie Smashey won the 40s, Julie Thu the 45s and Nancy Hilliard the 50s…all are multiple time Cup members. Terri Thyssen took the 60s and Barbara Starnes took the 70s title.

    In men’s tennis, many finals are still to be played, but Robert Barrie won the 65s, John Newman the 80s, and the remaining divisions either have finals tomorrow or the scores haven’t been reported.

    In doubles, Mary Morgan/Terri Thyssen won the 60 doubles; Rush/Starnes took the 65s title.

    Thu/Haggard won the mixed 40s; the remaining divisions were rained out Sunday night and will be played Monday.

    Swenson/Foster won the men’s 65 doubles; Tommy Connell/Tony Dawson (on the comeback from a shoulder replacement!) took the 70 doubles; and the 75 and over doubles score was not reported yet.

    Clockwise From top left: Eoin Collins; Alex Behar and me; Rainy Miller, Terri Thyssen, Shelly Works, Nancy Hilliard; Tommy Connell, Mary Morgan, Tony Dawson


  • Westwood Level 2 Tournament

    Writing from Austin, Texas

    View the draws here.

    I’m here in Austin for the Memorial Day tournament at the Westwood Country Club in Austin. It’s a big tournament with age divisions from 35 to 85 and some family events plus some NTRP age divisions. The senior age divisions earn ITF S700 points in addition to USTA Level 2 points.

    I have been practicing here the past two days since I don’t play till tomorrow. Today I scouted my potential singles and doubles opponents in between hits. It was very hot the past two days, and humid, which led to the massive thunderstorms that hit around 6:30pm today, with thunder and lightning.

    The Klitch siblings, Hugh & Carol Burris with Mary Morgan (center); a very loud peacock and a chameleon around the grounds.

    It is nice to see friends from around the country I haven’t seen for a while. The social events are not on this year but everyone was given a nice shirt and a gift card to a barbecue restaurant.

    Tomorrow, weather permitting I have singles and doubles.


  • Nideffer/Spence Nasim, Juliani/Pendo, McEvoy/Dixon & King/Wasser (corrected) Win Gold at the Level 1 Women’s Hard Courts Sunday

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    Ros Nideffer/Debbie Spence Nasim (1) beat Dina McBride/Tracie Currie (2) to win gold at the 50 Hard Courts. They dominated the division, never dropping more than 5 games in any match. Jenny Rens Keller/Jen Dawson (3) took the bronze over Vicki Buholz/Gayle Prejean.

    In contrast to the 50s, an unseeded team won the 60 doubles, Sue Pendo/Julie Juliani, taking out local favorites Una Davis/Lucia Romanov in a match tiebreak. They were the only unseeded players to win gold this year. The bronze went to Colleen Clery Ferrell/Tracey Thompson who beat Julie David/Gail Warden in straight sets.

    The 70s title went to Vicky McEvoy/Judy Dixon over Kathy Barnes/Carol Gay. Sue Bramlette/Cindy Babb (who lost 11-9 yesterday to McEvoy/Dixon in a final set MTB) took bronze with a straight set win over Barnes/Gay. Interestingly, the two teams who played a MTB instead of a full third set yesterday, won in straight sets today.

    Roz King/Dorothy Wasser (2) beat top seeded Suella Steel/Sheila Weinstock by default (Suella hurt her Achilles I believe…it was a lower leg injury of some sort which forced her to retire in the final). Charleen Hillebrand/Sheila Palmer took bronze over Lorna Brooks/Jean Ainger.

    Ann Young placed 9th in the 60s beating Kim Dean 10-8 in a MTB, her 2nd straight 10-8 MTB win. Christen Bartelt was 9th in the 50s. Gloria Melendez was 9th in the 70s (though there was a lot of attrition in that division…lots of injuries). Dorcas Miller took 9th in the 80s.

    And that’s a wrap for this year’s edition of the USTA Level 1 Women’s 50-80 Hard Courts. It was a different sort of tournament with no beach or cocktail party (but nightly happy hour, complimentary food). The format for Level 1 doubles was different to the dismay of many players, but dictated by the USTA National Adult Comp Committee not by the tournament. (Since the men’s event was a Level 5, the section, not the national committee determined the format…but it was confusing). It was great to see far flung friends again. Till next time…happy hitting.

    Clockwise from top left: Camilla Sutherland, Joan Avedian, Lorna Brooks; Andrea Rice, Conan, Nancy Hilliard, Lucia Romanov/Una Davis & Ann Young

  • Rice, Nideffer, Dixon & Hillebrand Win Singles Titles in La Jolla

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    Andrea Rice put on a dominating performance in the final of the 50 Hard Courts, beating top seeded Nancy Hilliard 61 62. Dina McBride finished third (winning the 3/4 playoff by default). Mariko Atoji finished 5th.

    Ros Nideffer won the 60s in equally dominating fashion, beating Fran Chandler 60 63. Vicki Buholz beat me 62 64 in the 3/4 playoff and the consolation is still ongoing. Ann Young edged Terri Thyssen in a match tiebreak 10-8 and faces Kim Dean who ousted Ginny Beneke in straight sets.

    Judy Dixon cruised past everyone in the women’s 70s, beating first time national singles finalist Barbara Hubbard 63 61. Barbara is a player from Hawaii who has been playing national tournaments for year, gradually improving from losing first or second round, to now, in the 70s reaching singles finals…a gold ball will follow some day! Cathie Anderson took the bronze and Carol Gay finished 5th; the 9th place playoff is ongoing.

    Charleen Hillebrand ousted Suella Steel to win the 80s; Hillebrand led 5-2 when Steel retired with a leg injury. Lorna Brooks finished 3rd, beating Susanne Clark by default (Clark pulled a calf in the 2nd set tiebreak of her semifinal against Steel).

    The 50 doubles final will be #1 Nideffer/Debbie Spence Nasim (who ousted Jenny Keller/Jen Dawson) vs McBride/Tracie Currie (who beat Vicki Buholz/Gayle Prejean).

    In 60 doubles, La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club members Una Davis/Lucia Romanov are in the final after beating Colleen Clery Ferrell/Tracey Thompson in a match tiebreak 10-7. They will take on unseeded Sue Pendo/Julie Juliani who ousted Julie David/Gail Warden.

    The 70 doubles semis were a bit odd though extremely competitive. The USTA has mandated a new format for doubles involving round robins leading to a knockout draw and has dictated that all doubles matches be decided by match tiebreaks. The USTA has mandated that the same format be used for all Level 1 (gold ball) tournaments. The top seeds, Kathy Bennett/Liane Bryson played Kathy Barnes/Carol Gay (3)…and Barnes/Gay won 63 16 76 (7)…they played a full third set due to umpire error. (The Level 5 men’s event is playing out the third set of singles and doubles and the same umpires are used for both events.) The #2 seeds Vicky McEvoy/Judy Dixon faced #4 Sue Bramlette/Cindy Babb and they also split sets (the score isn’t correctly reported but each team won a set) and then played a match tiebreak won 11-9 by McEvoy/Dixon. Both were great matches and it was unfortunate that an umpire error marred the results.

    In 80 doubles, Steel/Sheila Weinstock will play Roz King/Dorothy Wasser in the final while Lorna Brooks/Jean Ainger take on Hillebrand/Sheila Palmer.


  • Semifinal Friday at the USTA Level 1 Women’s Hard Courts

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    Bill Kellogg/Carolyn Lane; Tina Karwasky, icing her knees; Andrea Rice (red skirt) & Dina McBride (white skirt) played a great 50 singles semi.

    The top seeds in the women’s 50 singles advanced by vastly different paths. Andrea Rice, the 2nd seed, had to rebound from a 6-0 first set drubbing to beat Dina McBride (3) 06 64 62. Andrea sliced and diced off her forehand, drove her backhand and showed off her excellent net skills in the win. Nancy Hilliard beat Marlo Carruth (4) by default (injury).

    60s: Ros Fairbank Nideffer (1) beat Vicki Buholz 61 62 to adance to the singles final where she’ll face Fran Chandler (5). Fran beat me for the umpteenth time. The first set was close but once Fran closed that out her errors disappeared and her aggressiveness and movement increased…she won a well deserved 64 60 match.

    70s: Judy Dixon (1) blitzed Cathie Anderson (5) not allowing Anderson a game. She’ll face Barbara Hubbard (5) in the final. Hubbard upset #2 seed Kathy Barnes earlier in the tournament and today beat unseeded Marianne Saibara.

    80s: Local star and club member Suella Steel, unseeded, took out #2 Susanne Clark. She’ll face a familiar foe, Charleen Hillebrand, who beat 2019 champion Lorna Brooks 61 62.

    50 doubles: Vicki Buholz/Gayle Prejean beat #4 seeded Deb Higa/Jami Jones in a match tiebreak; Jen Dawson/Jenny Keller (3) held off Julie Silveira/Mary Beth Williams 62 76; Nideffer/Debbie Spence Nasim (1) beat Christen Bartelt/Amy Alcini in a fun to watch match 63 62 and Tracie Currie/McBride edged unseeded Jodi Rea/Christine Paulson in a match tiebreak.

    60 doubles: Tracey Thompson/Colleen Clery Ferrell edged 2019 champions and the top seeds, Susan Wright and Shannon Gordon Carney 61 57 1-0 (7)…those match tiebreaks in this new doubles format are a challenge! Una Davis/Lucia Romanov (5) beat #4 seeded Tina Karwasky/Jennifer Shorr 3,4 and those two teams play each other in the semis. Meanwhile, Julie David/Gail Warden advanced via default (Kathy May pulled a calf); Susan Pendo/Julie Juliani advanced via default (Kathy Vick broke a bone)…

    70 doubles: Seeds 1-4 advanced without dropping a set to the semis.

    80 doubles are still in the round robin stage. I saw a bit of Roz King/Dorothy Wasser (2) vs Charleen Hillebrand/Sheila Palmer (4); the latter team were up 4-1 in the first and 4-2 in the 2nd but lost in straight sets.

    There were some good consolation matches today particularly in the 60s; Ann Young took out Maria Nunez 3,1; Kim Dean played great in beating Tracey Thompson 67 64 1-0 (8)…Tracey also played well, it could have been a main draw quarter or semi another time. And Shannon Gordon Carney edged Tina Karwasky in the 5-8 playoff and plays Susan Wright in the 5/6, another tough match.


  • Upset Day at the National Hard Courts in La Jolla

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    It was quarterfinal day at the USTA Women’s Level 1 hard courts and there were a number of upsets.

    The 50s division did not have any upsets though. Top seeded Nancy Hilliard, #2 Andrea Rice, # 3 Dina McBride and #4 Marlo Carruth all advanced in straight sets, though Christina Kaus gave Carruth a battle before losing 64 63. Dina finished her 9:30 match at 10:05..very efficient. Hilliard has moved into the final when Carruth defaulted the semi later in the day due to injury.

    In the 60s, two “age-ups”, Vicki Buholz and Fran Chandler, took out #4 Shannon Gordon Carney (62 36 61) and #2 Susan Wright (62 63) respectively. Chandler though is a multiple world singles champion and Buholz has won her share of gold balls, so the upsets were minor ones. Ros Nideffer (1) held off unseeded (but a member of the 100+ gold ball club) Tina Karwasky 63 64 and I beat Kathy Vick (5) who retired down 3-1 40-15 with a foot injury (and we are at urgent care in La Jolla as I write this). I play Fran tomorrow and Vicki plays Ros.

    Updated…the visit to the physio ended like this for Kathy:

    Kathy Vick broke a bone in her foot when she was wrong footed in our match today…she’s off the court for a few weeks.

    In the 70s, upsets were rampant with only top seeded Judy Dixon avoiding the upset bug. Cathie Anderson (5) edged Carol Gay (3) in 3 sets; Carol Clay (4)retired down a set and 1/0 to unseeded Marianne Saibara, and Barbara Hubbard (5) upset #2 seeded Kathy Barnes in two tight sets. Judy plays Cathie while Saibara plays Hubbard for a spot in the final.

    In the 80s, 2019 champion Lorna Brooks (unseeded in 2019, and again in 2021) beat #4 Sheila Weinstock 64 64. Suella Steel upset #3 Roz King 62 in the third. Top seeded Charleen Hillebrand and #2 Susanne Clark advanced in straight sets. Hillebrand takes on Brooks and Clark will face Steel (a 97 gold ball winner herself) in the semis.

    The last matches of the doubles round robins are this afternoon, and the knockout quarterfinal rounds begin tomorrow.

    In men’s action, Bill Kellogg has sailed into the 60 & 65 doubles finals and 70 singles final (receiving a walkover in the semis).


  • Successful 2021 Level 1 Debut

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    Top: Mariko Atoji, Annemarie Brigandi, Jen Dawson, Rainy Miller; bottom from left: Shelly Works, Dee Williams-Horne, Gayle Prejean, Dee & Tracey Thompson
    Dina McBride & Tracie Currie

    One thing I noticed today: The tournament for the first time in the 26 years I’ve played it, is using Wilson regular duty balls…normally reserved for indoor and clay. The women at the US Open used regular duty balls but use 6 balls per match and get new ones every 7/9 games. We get new ones only for third sets…and the regular duty balls wear out QUICKLY on outdoor hard. (Apparently containers of goods are going overboard from ships at record rates this year, over 1000 lost at sea already in 2021 per the UK Telegraph).

    Here are the singles results; there weren’t doubles upsets today in the women’s divisions. There were a few upsets in the men’s division, notably the top seeds in men’s 75 doubles lost today. And TD Bill Kellogg is still in 60 & 65 doubles and 70 singles. He’s a great multitasker!

    In the 60s, there weren’t any upsets but there were a couple of three-set tussles and #5 seed Jennifer Shorr defaulted to Tina Karwasky with a leg injury she suffered in her 76 76 marathon win yesterday. Doubles partners Shannon Gordon-Carney and Susan Wright had to battle hard in singles to advance to the quarters. Shannon took on former San Diegan Tracey Thompson (now of Las Vegas) and had to regroup after losing the 2nd set 60, winning 64 06 63. Shannon said Tracey just blew her off the court in the 2nd set. Susan took on Maria Nunez who displayed her much more consistent game, which is always tricky since she is a lefty using plenty of spin. Maria won the first set, closing it out 64 after leading 52. Susan won the second set 61. The third set looked to be a continuation of the 2nd, but Maria rallied from 25 down (despite taking a big tumble during the set) to serve at 4-5, but Susan closed out the set and the match 64. I beat Terri Thyssen of Texas 60 63, but the 2nd set was tricky and play another Texan, Kathy Vick in the quarters. Kathy beat Lynn Young 63 64. Fran Chandler plays Susan; Ros Nideffer plays Tina and Shannon plays Vicki Buholz (who is playing 3! Events here).

    In the 50s, Christen Bartelt (5) lost to Regina Melosch of La Jolla, Wendy Elliott advanced when Jenny Rens Keller (5) withdrew from singles and the remaining seeds won in straightforward manners.

    There were no upsets in 70 singles though Marianne Saibara advanced when Sue Bramlette (5) had to pull out due to a knee injury.


  • USTA Announces Young Seniors Teams (35/40/45) for Croatia in September

    2021 Young-Seniors World Championships (35/40/45)

    • Location: Umag, Croatia
    • Team Event: Sunday, Sept. 12 – Friday, Sept. 17, 2021
    • Individual Event: Saturday, Sept. 18 – Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021

    Good luck everyone!

    Click here to see the list on usta.com


  • List of Super Senior Applicants Posted on USTA.com

    Here is the list of super senior applicants who hope to play in the ITF World Team Championships in October in Mallorca, Spain.

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  • 2021 Gold Ball Champions

    This will be updated periodically during the year.

    Father/Daughter & Mother/Son Hard Courts

    • F/D: D/B Dunkle
    • F/D 60+: Brett/Tatum Buffington
    • F/D 70+: M/O McIntosh
    • F/D 80+: J Wise/J Curran
    • M/S: Diane Barker/Matt Hane
    • M/S 60+: Brenda/J Chidley

    Father/Son & Mother/Daughter Hard Courts

    • F/S 60+: Brent/Jerry Morse-Karzen
    • F/S 70+: Mike/Richard Noel
    • F/S 80+: Alan/Robert Croll
    • M/D: Dina/Jordyn McBride
    • M/D 60+: Julie Gerken/Brenda Chidley
    • M/D 70+: Carol Gay/Katy Bickham

    • Men’s 65 Hard Courts, San Diego, CA May 2021
    • Singles: Dan Waldman
    • Doubles: Ross Persons/Dan Waldman
    • 50/60/70/80 Women’s Hard Courts, La Jolla, CA May 2021
    • 50 Singles: Andrea Rice
    • 60 Singles: Ros Fairbank Nideffer
    • 70 Singles: Judy Dixon
    • 80 Singles: Charleen Hillebrand
    • 50 Doubles: Nideffer/Debbie Spence Nasim
    • 60 Doubles: Sue Pendo/Julie Juliani
    • 70 Doubles: Dixon/Vicki McEvoy
    • 80 Doubles: Roz King/Dorothy Wasser

    National Husband/Wife Clay Courts

    • 100: Bob/Michelle Williams
    • 120: Bunnie/Stewart Jackson
    • 140: Julia Barash/Arnie Resnick
    • 150: Not held
    • Men’s 35 Hard Courts, Surprise, AZ
    • 35 Singles: Tyler Browne
    • 35 Doubles: Browne/Nick Brunner
    • 40/45 Men’s Clay Courts, & 45 Mixed Fort Lauderdale, FL April 2021
    • M40S: Tyler Cleveland
    • M45S: Andre Cherkasov
    • M40D: Wojtek Bratek/Eduardo Pacheco
    • M45D: Guillermo Cosson/Sean Straley
    • 45 Mixed: Mary Dailey/Andrew Lake
    • Mixed Hard Courts, Palm Desert, CA April 2021
    • 50: Oren Motevassel/Caroline Vis
    • 60: Shannon Gordon-Carney/Jonathon Fears
    • 70:Tom Rettenmaier/Dee Williams-Horne
    • 75: Dean Corley/Suella Steel (97th gold ball for Suella)
    • 80: Dori DeVries/Wilbur Jones

  • Beating the Heat in Palm Desert; Singles/Doubles Champion

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    On another 100 degree day I played a long singles match against Jennifer Shorr…whom I have played several times in NorCal tournaments but not for about 20 years or so. She still has a big serve (and I still do not), but I put a lot of balls back in play and managed to overcome a set point in the first set and win 76 (3) 62. We finished just before 1pm…out doubles final was scheduled at 12:45…but after about a 75 minute break Robin Harris and I took on Tina Karwasky and her third doubles partner of the week, Ann Stanley (Una Davis (back) and DeeWillams-Horne (heat) recused themselves). Ann played well; she’s had a couple of hip surgeries (that’s senior tennis for you) and is moving better and out of pain. We came back from 3-5 down in the first to win 75 60. It was around 100 when we finished.

    103! Temperature after we finished doubles.

    Yes, it was hot when we finished! 103

    Carolyn, Shorr, Tournament Director
    Carolyn, Robin, Tina, Ann

    Kathy Barnes won the 70 singles over her doubles partner, Carol Gay. Then they played Kathy Bennett/Liane Bryson in the doubles final. Bennett/Bryson won in three sets. Bryson is also in the mixed final with Frank Zebot. They will take on William-Horne/Tom Rettenmaier in the final. The latter team had a long 3-set battle with Brent Abel/Ann Stanley to reach the final.

    Susan Wright beat Terri Thyssen in the 60 singles final 62 63. The second set was a tussle; Susan led 3/0 but Thyssen, a quick mover with a very good backhand kept fighting. Susan has a great backhand of her own though and makes few errors…she closed out the match and added the singles title to the doubles title she earned on Thursday. She was going for the trifecta (singles/doubles/mixed) with Kurt Chan against Jonathon Fears/Shannon Gordon Carney, but the latter team were too tough in the final and took the gold ball in straight sets. Cindy Abel/Joseph Kennedy won the bronze.

    In men’s 60s, Bill Moss edged local star Mike Fedderly, 64 75 to win the title in a repeat of the Pacific SW final they played in September. Ross Hessler/Glenn Petrovic, (5) continued their fine run, beating Mike Tammen/Mike Megale (4) in straight sets to win the 60 doubles title.

    Wendell Pierce, unseeded (what a great comeback story!) will face Toby Crabel (1) in the men’s 65 final. Crabel beat Bruce Nichols to reach the final while Pierce advanced by default over Andrew Stanley. In doubles, it will be #1 vs #2, as Crabel/Tim Garcia (1) take on Doug Ditmer/Stanley (2) today (Saturday).

    The men’s 70s semis were both excellent battles. Paul Wulf (1) took on Bob Litwin (3)…it was just a great match. The accuracy of each player’s shots was amazing as the ball seemed to nestle inside just inside a line on each shot and points were won, not lost. Wulf prevailed 76 57 64 in over three hours. Wulf’s doubles partner Lenny Wofford (4) beat Phil Landauer (unseeded) in three sets. Wofford won the title when Wulf withdrew from the final. In doubles, Wofford/Wulf (1) beat Litwin/Brian Cheney (3) in straight sets as did Mike Talmadge/Zebot (4) over Bill Hahn/Rettenmaier (5). The doubles final is this morning.

    In men’s 75, Don Clark (9) edged Roger North (5) in a match tiebreak (10-1) and Felix Ponte (5) beat #2 MichaelStewart in straight sets. Clark has an unusual style but moves great and the ball keeps coming back. In doubles, Ken Robinson/Chuck White (3) edged Dean Corley/Stewart (1) 76 76. Dave Van den Berg/Les Buck (2) beat Gary Doi/Tad Yukawa 75 61. In mixed, it will be #1 vs #2, with Corley/Suella Steel (1) taking on Andi Polisky/John Popplewell (2).

    In men’s 80s, William Wolff (1) advanced to play Randy Mellinger (unseeded); Mellinger edged L Hill Griffin 62 67 10(4) while Wolff beat #3 Wilbur Jones in straight sets. In doubles, both semis were decided by match tiebreaks; Wolff/Jones (1) beat Robert Jones/Stephen Rothenberg while Thomas Brunkow/Dick Landenberger upset Bob Quall/Bennet Serkin (2).

    In men’s 85, Herm Ahlers (1) will face unseeded Walter Steige this morning in the final Steige beat Jack Sanders (2) in the semis in straight sets.


  • Thursday Update: Into the Final in 65 Singles & Doubles; Wendell Pierce Still Winning in his RH Comeback Tournament

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    We’ll start with women’s 65s today. I won my match against Andrea Barnes. We had not played singles in a tournament for decades; it was a very pleasant match, I played well and won in straight sets. Tina Karwasky, who I don’t think has ever lost a singles match in the Desert in her age division, took on Jennifer Shorr who has the biggest serve in the 65s, a fluid easy motion with lots of power (first serve) and lots of spin (2nd serve) plus nice touch to go with groundstroke power. She edged Tina 64 76 (5). Both players used power plus drop shots throughout the match. I take on Shorr at 9:45 tomorrow morning.

    In doubles, Ann Stanley, Tina’s third doubles partner since the draw was initially made, and Tina won their doubles semis decisively; Robin Harris and I struggled against and inspired team, Julie David and Betsy and rallied from 41 down in the first and a break down in the 2nd to win 76 (3) 64. We played around 2pm and it was mighty warm…the match lasted about 2.5 hours.

    In the 60s, Susan Wright edged Tracey Thompson in the first set 76, and then played a flawless 2nd set, winning 62. She plays #4 seed Terri Thyssen who overcame cramps to win 61 in the third. Susan with Shannon Gordon Carney, won the doubles over Shelley Goodson/Kellie Jacquez. Susan teamed with Kurt Chan to reach the mixed final against Shannon and Jonathon Fears.

    Carol Gay and Kathy Barnes will vie for the W70s singles title tomorrow; Barnes/Gay reached the doubles final in an upset over the #2 seeds and take on Liane Bryson/Kathy Bennett in the final. Both semis were 3 sets.

    In men’s action: 60s: Bill Moss will take on Mike Fedderly, #1 vs #2. Fedderly fought off a determined Peter Markes in the semis 64 64. It was a long, fierce battle. In doubles, Tammen/Megale take on Hessler/Petrovic in the final.

    Bill Moss

    In the 65s, the 1, 3 & 4 seeds are joined by Wendell Pierce, who again beat a seed to reach the semis. He’ll take on Andrew Stanley in the semis, while #1 Tony Crabel takes on Nichols (no relation). In doubles, the top 2 seeds advanced and each plays and unseeded team in the semis.

    Wendell Pierce

    In the 70s, Dave Sivertson got injured against his doubles partner, Phil Landauer at 5-4 for Dave in the first set and retired; they also had to default their doubles. so Phil plays Lenny Wofford (4) while Bob Litwin (3) takes on Paul Wulf (2); Wulf played flawlessly to beat Wesley Jackson 60 60.

    In 70 doubles, the 1, 3 & 4 seeds advanced with Hahn/Rettenmeier advancing when Landauer/Sivertson had to default.

    In men’s 75s, the #1 (Les Buck) and #3 (Dave Van Den Berg) seeds retired down a set yesterday; Michael Stewart (2) will face Felix Ponte (5) in one semi while Donald Clark (9) takes on Roger North (5). In contrast to the singles, the 1-4 seeded teams all reached their predicted spots in the draw.


  • Back in the Tennis Tournament Rythm

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    The first Level 2/ITF S700 and Level 1 Mixed since early last March began Thursday in Palm Desert (just east of Palm Springs) in the California Desert. Summer landed as well…it was over 100 today (about 38 Celsius) with bright sunny skies.

    The tournament began with the 35s, 40s and 45s, moving on to the 50s yesterday and the 55s today.

    The main venue is at Shadow Mountain Resort in Palm Desert but there are several other venues in the area being used.

    I practiced in the morning (I don’t play till Wednesday) before visiting my parents and cooking Easter lunch (happy Easter everyone!). It was nice at 8:30, but noticeably warmer, in the 90s by 10. It’s a dry heat but once it hits 100, it’s hot, especially on hard courts where the concrete absorbs and reflects the heat upwards.

    I went over to check in for the tournament and ran into most of my recent practice partners, who had mostly had a successful day on court.

    Lisa Traylor/Krista Oconnor
    Jenny Rens Keller, Christina Kaus, Maria Nunez
    Men’s Doubles at Shadow Mountain

    Despite issues with the USTA website, the seeders did a great job seeding this event, with very few upsets. Below is a quick overview of the action to date.

    In the mixed 50, which is a Level 1, Bozeman/Mills took out #5 seeded Carruth/Heroux in 3 sets to reach the quarter; the other 7 seeds advanced in straight sets.

    In 35 mixed O’Neil/Robertson took out the #1 and #2 seeds, both in close matches to win the tournament.

    Men’s Singles

    The top two seeds, Trent Aaron/Hiromi Sasano (2)will take on Henry/Pang (1) in the 40 mixed final.

    Stephen Robertson (1) beat SanadRasheed (2) to win the 35 singles

    In the 40 singles, Rob Condiotty edged #4 Marin Parker’s to reach the semis along with JR Chidley, Shibu Lal and Jesse Schouten.

    In the 45s, Nicolas Chasseray beat #2 Ryan Pang to reach the semis along with William Casas (3), Leon Bax (4) and Jesse Walter (1)

    In the 50s, Oren Motevassel (1) withdrew before the start of play with an injury, as did #4 seeded Julien Heine. Kevin Smith upset #5 Pontus Swenson and Steve Heroux took out #5 Esteban Altuna, leaving only 4 seeds in the final 8.

    In contrast to the 50s, the final 8 in the men’s 55s are the 8 seeds, led by Dan Goldie (2) and Peter Smith (1) .

    The huge men’s 60 draw (128) is out to the round of 32 without any upsets; Bill Moss and Mike Fedderly are the top 2 seeds.

    Women’s Singles

    In women’s singles, there was no 35s division (a few players entered but withdrew).

    Christen Bartelt (1)played down but won the 40s convincingly, beating #2 seeded Christine Lee in the final.

    In the 45s, the top half was all upsets, with Pernilla Putnick beating top seeded Farrah Northcott 4,5 and then Yoko Tanko (0,6); Tanko beat the #4 seed, Kimberly Allen. Putnick takes on #2 seeded Tanya O’Neil in the final; she beat the #3 seed Michele Mouttapa-Matek in the other semi.

    The 50s final is between Marlo Carruth (1) and unseeded Michele Rudi. The two took far different paths to the final; Carruth winning her semi 61 ret (inj) while Rudi edged #2 seeded Mariko Atoji 76 in the third.

    The two seeded players in the 55s, Judy Newman (1) and Jenny Keller (2) are in the semis without hitting a ball (bye for Newman, default for Keller).

    Men’s Doubles

    Cohen/Sablan won the 35 RR doubles.

    Condiotty/Richards beat the top 2 seeds to win the 40 doubles.

    Mike Brown/Rodolfo Rodriguez won the 45 doubles, taking out Bax/Chasseray (2) in the semis and unseededJeff Schlotterback/Jesse Walter in the final.

    The Men’s 50 are only out to the quarters with no upsets.

    Women’s Doubles

    Julianna Gates/Lauren Lancaster (2)won the 35 doubles upsetting Tarrin Dougherty/Caroline Vis 76 67 64 in the final.

    Lauren Lancaster

    Pernilla Putnick/Chotika Wannachinda won the round ronin 40 doubles over Angela Henry/Amy Rogers (76 in the third)

    Shannon DeVall and Tanya O’Neil won the 45 round robin doubles with Susie Duffy/Brahma Pastorini finishing 2nd.

    Krista Oconnor /Lisa Traylor beat top seeded Trina Eggers/Wendy Elliott in 3 sets and face Julie Silverado/Mary Beth Williams in the final; they beat the #2 seeds Nancy Daly/Rochelle Whelan in straight sets.

    All four seeds in W55 are in the semis.


  • Wilson World Tennis Classic Covid Guidelines

    This was sent to players today. Happy to get to play the event!

    WILSON WORLD TENNIS CLASSIC

    USTA HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDE

    Player Guidelines

    Physical distancing requirements:

    • Maintain 6 ft distance at all times
    • Players shall not congregate in groups
    • Masks must be worn at all times except when actively playing on the court
    • On-court seating or benches shall be socially distanced

    Tournament entry and screening:

    • Players are permitted to bring only one guest on-site per day
    • Health screening to be conducted upon entry to the site each day (symptom questionnaire); anyone who does not pass the screening will not be permitted on site
    • Players must leave the facility immediately after their match is complete
    • Once eliminated from both singles and doubles, players are no longer permitted to access the tournament site

    Practice courts:

    • Maximum of 4 players permitted on the court
    • No coaches or players sitting on court watching

    Cleaning and sanitization:

    • Players are expected to keep their area and their chair or bench on court clean and sanitized
    • Sanitizer will be available at each tournament location
    • One player shall be designated to update the scoring tenders 
    • High-touch surfaces and common areas must be cleaned regularly

    Other:

    • No player parties are allowed
    • Awards ceremony must be physically distanced  

    [From] Desert Tennis Events


  • ITF Seniors World Championships (50/55/60) Date Change!

    Below is the text of the press release issued today by the ITF (International Tennis Federation). Link to press release on ITF tennis.com

    Click here for more information on the ITF World Championships.

    ITF SENIORS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS RESCHEDULED TO 29 AUG – 11 SEPT

    The ITF has today confirmed, following consultation with the Croatian Seniors Tennis Association (host organiser) and other tournament stakeholders, that the 2021 ITF Seniors (50-55-60) World Championships in Umag, Croatia, originally scheduled to take place from 6-19 June 2021, will now be played from Sunday 29 August to Saturday 11 September. The event will remain in Umag, with the Team event running from 29 August – 3 September, before the Individual event from 4-11 September.  

    The ITF Seniors Committee has taken this decision in light of the ongoing situation, globally and in Croatia, with significant travel restrictions remaining in place for many nations and regions. At this time, too much uncertainty remains to allow participants to make the necessary arrangements for an event of this scale in June.  The health and safety of everyone involved remains the foremost priority.  

    The rescheduled Seniors World Championships will immediately proceed [sic] the ITF Young Seniors World Championships which begin on 12 September. The ITF Young Seniors World Team and Individual Championships remain scheduled to take place in Umag from 12-25 September as well as the Super Seniors World Team and Individual Championships on Mallorca, Spain from 10-23 October 2021.

    Players and teams are advised not to book any travel or accommodation until the tournament fact sheets have been published, approximately 4 months prior to the event.


  • Date Change for Women’s 35/45/55/65/75/85/90 Clay Courts in Houston, TX

    NEW DATES: September 20-26, 2021 for the Women’s 35-90 Clay Courts at the Houston Racquet Club

    Sue Bramlette TD off the Houston Women’s Clay Court Championships reported today that the USTA has confirmed the dates of September 20-26 for the National Women’s Clay Courts in Houston.

    The dates changed due to the delay in the vaccine distribution, making the original mid-April too risky for the players and club.


  • Update on Tournaments for 2021

    Here is the link to the official USTA Level 1-3 Schedule to date: https://www.usta.com/en/home/play/adult-tennis/programs/national/adult-tournaments1.html

    April 30, 2021

    New dates and site for the Men’s 40/45/50 Grass has been found:
    Sept. 29-Oct 4 Agawam Hunt Club Rumford, RI

    As of May 24, 2021 the following tournaments have been cancelled for 2021:

    • Women’s 35-85 Grass at Germantown: Cancelled
    • Women’s 30-80 Grass at Forest Hills: Cancelled
    • Men’s 40/45/50 Grass at Germantown: Cancelled (but moved to Rhode Island)
    • Father/Daughter & Mother/Son Indoors in So Barrington IL: Cancelled
    • West Coast Seniors (Level 2, Men) and Joanne Russell Cup (Level 2 Women) in Naples: Cancelled
    • The Lamita Jabour Grandes Dames tournament in Fort Lauderdale
    • Grandes Dames, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Both were to be ITF S700.
    • Men’s Level 3 tournament in Naples January 10-16
    • St Petersburg men’s Level 2 tournament which was to take place in February has been cancelled. From TD Jerry Ratledge (via Joe Rasgado): “I can now confirm that our tournament has been officially cancelled. We reluctantly concluded that the risks of holding a large, Level 2, National & International tournament during an escalating pandemic are simply too great. We look forward to a fun, safe, and normalized tournament in 2022.”
    • El Paso Senior Open Level 3 (Aug 25-30)
    • Marin Seniors
    • Men’s Bocage Level 2, Baton Rouge, LA
    • Pacific Coast Seniors, Berkeley, CA cancelled
    • Washington State, Cancelled
    • Cooper Cup, Cancelled

    Good News!: Jan 19 Update: Mission Hills has approved the Women’s 35-85 Hard Courts for 2021 according to TD Andi Polisky. The tournament dates remain as scheduled in October. You can enter the tournament here once entries are open. The Women’s 90 Grass are also approved. You can enter here for play Dec 7-10, once entries are open.

    More good news:Men’s 65 Hard courts will be held May 17-22 at Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego.

    Good News: Husband Wife Grass has been relocated to Rhode Island in June. And the 150 combined age division is on offer.

    The following tournaments have been postponed to the fall:

    • Men’s 75-90 Hard Courts has been rescheduled to Sept 13-18. (Per Ned Buckman, TD)
    • Daniel Island NWTO Women’s tournament has been postponed to Oct 20-24. The tournament link is here.
    • 40-80 Women’s Clay Courts has been postponed to Sept. 28-Oct 2. The tournament link is here.
    • The 35-90 Clay Courts will take place Sept 20-26 in Houston, TX (changing from its original April dates largely due to a slow vaccine rollout).

    I will be updating this post weekly with tournament changes as I find out about them.

    Please post any tournament changes or cancellations you know of in the comments section below.

    Happy New Year!


  • 2021 Super Seniors (65,70, 75, 80, 85) Cup Team Information

    • Location: Mallorca, Spain
    • Team Event: Sunday, Oct. 10 – Friday, Oct. 15, 2021
    • Individual Event: Saturday, Oct. 16 – Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021

    Are you eligible to participate? Read the guidelines here. Of particular importance are the following changes which supersede the eligibility requirement and timelines as follows:

    • Approved 24-month USTA Category I USTA National Championship eligibility requirement, the option to participate in one USTA Super Category II National Tournament or one USTA Category II National Tournament within the last 24 months or participation in one Designated Open Sectional Championship within the last 12 months to fulfill the eligibility requirement; and
    • Approved to lengthen the selection time period for results that will be considered for selection from 24 months to 36 months.

    2021 Super Senior International Teams Timeline

    • Location: Mallorca, Spain
    • Team Event: Sunday, Oct. 10 – Friday, Oct. 15, 2021
    • Individual Event: Saturday, Oct. 16 – Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021
    • Applications Open: April 1, 2021 Click here to apply
    • Application Deadline: May 1, 2021
    • Players who have applied for consideration will be listed on the Preliminary Applicant List posted on USTA.com: May 5 See the list of applicants here.
    • Deadline to notify the USTA of any omissions to the posted Preliminary Applicant List (cutoff date for 24 month period for which to consider results): May 10
    • Team selection posted to USTA.com and players will be notified of their status: June 1
    • All paperwork (excluding travel itinerary) due to USTA staff (including player agreement, media packet, copy of passport, & IPIN): July 1
    • Players may make their travel arrangements: August 1
    • Travel arrangements due to staff: September 1

  • 2021 Young Seniors (35/40/45) Cup Team Information

    • Location: Umag, Croatia
    • Team Event: Sunday, Sept. 12 – Friday, Sept. 17, 2021
    • Individual Event: Saturday, Sept. 18 – Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021

    Are you eligible to participate? Read the guidelines here. Of particular importance are the following changes which supersede the eligibility requirement and timelines as follows:

    • Approved 24-month USTA Category I USTA National Championship eligibility requirement, the option to participate in one USTA Super Category II National Tournament or one USTA Category II National Tournament within the last 24 months or participation in one Designated Open Sectional Championship within the last 12 months to fulfill the eligibility requirement; and
    • Approved to lengthen the selection time period for results that will be considered for selection from 24 months to 36 months.

    2021 Young-Seniors World Championships (35/40/45)

    • Location: Umag, Croatia
    • Team Event: Sunday, Sept. 12 – Friday, Sept. 17, 2021
    • Individual Event: Saturday, Sept. 18 – Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021
    • Applications Open: March 1, 2021
    • Application Deadline: April 10, 2021
    • Players who have applied for consideration will be listed on the Preliminary Applicant List posted on USTA.com: April 13
    • Deadline to notify the USTA of any omissions to the posted Preliminary Applicant List (cutoff date for 24 month period for which to consider results): April 18
    • Team selection posted to USTA.com and players will be notified of their status: May 10 List of Young Seniors Players Selected to Teams
    • All paperwork (excluding travel itinerary) due to USTA staff (including player agreement, media packet, copy of passport, & IPIN): June 10
    • Players may make their travel arrangements: July 10
    • Travel arrangements due to staff: August 10

  • Seniors (50/55/60) Cup Team Information

    • Applications closed January 10, 2021.
    • Location: Umag, Croatia
    • Team Event: Sunday, June 6 – Friday, June 11, 2021
    • Individual Event: Saturday, June 12 – Saturday, June 19, 2021 [now changed to 4-11 Sept.]

    Are you eligible to participate? Read the guidelines here. Of particular importance are the following changes which supersede the eligibility requirement and timelines as follows:

    • Approved 24-month USTA Category I USTA National Championship eligibility requirement, the option to participate in one USTA Super Category II National Tournament or one USTA Category II National Tournament within the last 24 months or participation in one Designated Open Sectional Championship within the last 12 months to fulfill the eligibility requirement; and
    • Approved to lengthen the selection time period for results that will be considered for selection from 24 months to 36 months.

    The 2021 USTA Seniors International Team Timeline is below:

    2021 Seniors World Championships (50/55/60)

    • Location: Umag, Croatia
    • Team Event: Sunday, June 6 – Friday, June 11, 2021 (NOW 29 Aug-3 Sept.)
    • Click here to see new dates
    • Individual Event: Saturday, June 12 – Saturday, June 19, 2021 (Now 4-11 of Sept.)
    • Applications Open: December 1, 2020:
    • Application Deadline: January 10, 2021
    • Players who have applied for consideration will be listed on the Preliminary Applicant List posted on USTA.com: January 13.
    • Deadline to notify the USTA of any omissions to the posted Preliminary Applicant List (cutoff date for 24 month period for which to consider results): January 18
    • Team selection posted to USTA.com and players will be notified of their status: February 10. View the list here.
    • All paperwork (excluding travel itinerary) due to USTA staff (including player agreement, media packet, copy of passport, & IPIN): Contact Staff
    • Players may make their travel arrangements: Contact Staff
    • Travel arrangements due to staff: May 10 (Now July 10


  • 2021 ITF Seniors (50-55-60) To Be Held in Umag, Croatia June 6-19, 2021 (now 29 Aug to 11 Sept)

    The 2021 ITF Seniors (50-55-60) World Team & Individual Championships will take place in Umag, Croatia from Sunday 6 June – Saturday 19 June 2021. [Update: 29 Aug to 11 Sept 2021]

    From the ITF press release which can be found here.

    The International Tennis Federation is pleased to announce that the ITF Seniors (50-55-60) World Team & Individual Championships are now scheduled to be held in Umag, Croatia in June 2021. [now Aug/Sept]

    The ITF Seniors Committee approved the alternative venue to hold the 50-55-60 World Team Championships from Sunday 6 – Friday 11 June and the 50-55-60 World Individual Championships from Saturday 12 – Saturday 19 June 2021. This follows the decision announced last month that the Championships would not be held as originally scheduled in Boca Raton & Palm Beach Gardens, USA due to the ongoing impact and uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The ITF will continue to monitor the global impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and work closely with tournament hosts and the relevant authorities to prepare for this event. The priority in all decision making will remain the health and safety of participants. Nations and players are also advised to wait until the tournament fact sheet is published, expected in January 2021, before making travel and/or accommodation arrangements.

    The full schedule of ITF Seniors World Championships in 2021 is now complete with the Young Seniors World Team & Individual Championships also in Umag from 12-25 September and the ITF Super-Seniors World Team & Individual Championships in Mallorca, Spain from 10-23 October 2021.

    Matt Byford, ITF Juniors & Seniors manager said “The ITF is delighted that an alternative host for our Seniors World Championships has been secured so quickly and would like to thank the Croatian Seniors Tennis Association, Croatian Tennis Association, Plava Laguna and the City of Umag for their cooperation. The World Team & Individual Championships are a great highlight of the ITF Seniors calendar and it is fantastic for our playing community that they can now look ahead to June 2021 after the unfortunate cancellation of the event this year.”


  • La Jolla Hard Courts: 40s Men & Women, Father/Son & Grandfather/Grandson Cancelled due to California Regulations

    Sadly, the Men’s and Women’s 40 Hard Courts, Father/Son Hard Courts and Grandfather/Grandson Hard Courts have been cancelled, another victim of Covid-19.

    From the email I received yesterday (from Pierrette Featherby of the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club):

    “Greetings,

    I was hoping this day would never come, but it has, so sadly I must inform you we have been forced to cancel the USTA 40 & over Men’s, Women’s, Mixed & Father/Son, Grandfather/Grandson Designated Open Sectional Hard Court Championships. Because of the rising number of COVID-19 cases San Diego County has shifted into Tier 1 otherwise known as the Purple Tier. Tennis tournaments will not be permitted.

    This being said, we would still love to have you come; play some tennis, relax and have a good time.  If you choose to do so we will offer you the tournament rate and help you arrange some tennis matches.

    Below is a message from Bill Kellogg (which you may also read on the tournament website)

    Unfortunately, we have learned that the State of California is currently not allowing tennis tournaments to take place. In addition, the County of San Diego has returned to the most restrictive purple COVID rating, Given the way the rating system works, it will not be possible, even under the best circumstances, for San Diego County to return to the Red Level anytime soon (earliest would be four weeks from 11/20/20 – i.e. after Thanksgiving). We had expected We had expected that the rules relating to sporting events would be relaxed by the first week in December, but that is not a possibility now. For those reasons, we will not be able to hold this tournament.

    A number of people made room reservations at our special tournament rates. We will, of course, refund your room deposit upon request. However, if you would like to stay at the club during the originally scheduled tournament dates and take advantage of the tournament rates we offered participants, you are welcome to do so. You will be able to play tennis while staying on property and we would be happy to arrange tennis matches while you are here if that is of interest to you. Just contact our reservations department and let them know what you want to do.

    If you have questions, please feel free to call Bill Kellogg at 858-735-6500 or Conan Lorenzo at 619-846-3094.

    May I wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving and that 2021 will see the end to Covid-19!

    In the meantime please stay healthy and safe.

    Best regards,

    Pierrette Featherby”


  • 2021 Women’s Level 2 & 3 Tournaments

    2021 Women's Level 2 & 3 Tournaments

    This is the 2021 calendar to date from the USTA. Please check for updates here and at usta.com (https://www.usta.com/en/home/play/adult-tennis/programs/national/adult-tournaments-category-i-schedule.html)
    Note that the Indoor Nationals now appear on the Level 2 Calendar and the winners do not receive gold balls.
    Level 2 tournaments were formerly Super Category 2 Tournaments. Up to 8 will receive ITF Seniors points.
    As of Dec 6, 2020, all Level 1-3 women’s tournaments have been cancelled for January and February.
    DatesTournamentLocationSurfaceUSTA Level (2 or 3)ITF Points (ITF Seniors 700, 400 other, or none)
    POSTPONED TO APRIL 1-12 Wilson World ClassicShadow Mountain
    Palm Desert
    Hard2ITF Seniors 700
    CANCELLEDGrandes Dames at Palm Beach GardensPalm Beach Gardens Tennis Center
    Palm Beach Gardens, FL
    Clay2ITF Seniors 700
    CANCELLEDLamita Jabour Cup Grandes DamesLauderdale Tennis Club
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Clay2ITF Seniors 700
    CANCELLED
    Feb 16-21
    Joanne Russell CupThe Club at Sterling Oaks
    Naples, FL
    Clay2
    Oct. 20-24NSWTA Championships at Daniel Island Club Daniel Island Club
    Daniel Island, SC
    Clay2ITF Seniors 700
    CANCELLED Pacific Coast Senior & Family ChampsBerkeley Tennis Club
    Berkeley, CA
    Hard3
    CANCELLEDMarin ChampionshipsMill Valley Tennis Club
    Mill Valley, CA
    Hard3
    May 27-31Westwood Senior ChampionshipsWestwood CC
    Austin, TX
    Hard
    2ITF Seniors 700
    June 3-6 Hard Court Level 3 SlamYale University Tennis Center
    New Haven, CA
    Hard3ITF Seniors 400
    July 6-1189th Asheville Open Tennis ChampsAston Park Tennis Center
    Asheville, NC
    Clay3
    Aug 2-8130th Washington State Open & SeniorsSeattle Tennis Club
    Seattle, WA
    Hard2
    CANCELLED El Paso Adult and Senior OpenEl Paso Tennis Club
    El Paso, TX
    Hard3
    Sept. 2-5USTA National Indoor ChampionshipsEagle Tennis Club
    Eagle, ID
    Indoor Hard3
    Sept .8-1340, 50, 70, 80, 90 IndoorsClub Green Meadows
    Vancouver, WA
    Indoor Hard2
    CANCELLED!
    Lauderdale TC
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    Lauderdale Tennis Club
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Clay3
    Oct 21-25 Texas Super Senior SectionalsMcFarlin Tennis Center
    San Antonio, TX
    Hard3
    Nov 1-733rd Top Gun TournamentThe Great Park
    Irvine, CA
    Hard3
    Dec 9-13Fiesta Bowl Phoenix Sr OpenPhoenix Tennis Center
    Phoenix, AZ
    Hard3

    This information is complete as of 11/6/2020. Check USTA.com for updates and corrections.


  • 2021 Family Level 1 (Gold Ball) USTA Tournaments

    2021 Family Level 1 (Gold Ball) Tournaments

    This is the 2021 calendar to date from the USTA. Please check for updates here and at usta.com (https://www.usta.com/en/home/play/adult-tennis/programs/national/adult-tournaments-category-i-schedule.html)
    Note that the Indoor Nationals now appear on the Level 2 Calendar and the winners do not receive gold balls.
    Note new date/location for HW Grass
    EventsClayHardGrass
    Father/Son Open
    Dates: July 15-18
    Location: Cincinnati Tennis Club
    Cincinnati, OH
    Nov 29-Dec 6
    La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
    La Jolla, CA
    Dates: June 11-14
    Location: Longwood Cricket Club
    Chestnut Hill, MA
    Click here to enter.
    Father/Son Sr. Super Sr, 80+ Nov. 16-21
    The Landings Club
    Sarasota, FL
    Dates: June 4-6
    Location: Biszantz Family TC
    Claremont, CA
    Click here to enter
    Father/Daughter Open, Senior, Super Senior 80+ June 11-14
    Barnes Tennis Center
    San Diego, CA
    Dates: Aug. 5-7
    Location: Longwood Cricket Club
    Chestnut Hill, MA
    Click here to enter and see list of players.
    Mother/Daughter Open, Senior, Super SeniorDates TBA (October)
    Delray Beach FL
    Dates: June 4-6
    Location: Biszantz Family TC
    Claremont, CA
    Click here to enter
    Dates: Aug. 5-7
    Location: Longwood Cricket Club
    Chestnut Hill, MA
    Click here to enter and view player list.

    Mother/Son Open, Senior, Super Senior (some tournaments) June 11-14
    Barnes Tennis Center
    San Diego, CA
    Dates: July 21-26
    Agawam Hunt
    Rumson, RI
    Click here to enter and see list of players.
    Husband/Wife OpenDates: April 30-May 4
    Olde Providence RC Charlotte, NC
    Dates: Sept 17-2a0
    Peachtree City, GA
    Husband/Wife 100, 120, 140 (combined age)Dates: April 30-May 4
    Olde Providence RC Charlotte, NC
    Dates: Sept 17-2a0
    Peachtree City, GA
    NEW VENUE/DATESJune 2-6
    Agawam Hunt Club
    Rumford, RI

    Grandfather/Grandson Nov 29-Dec 6
    La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
    La Jolla, CA
    Dates: June 11-14
    Location: Longwood Cricket Club
    Chestnut Hill, MA
    Click here to enter.

    The USTA will be adding tournaments to this calendar during 2021 and making changes. This is the calendar only as of Nov. 16, 2020, and the information is from publicly posted information at usta.com.


  • 2021 Men’s Level 2 & 3 USTA Tournaments

    2021 Men's Level 2 & 3 Tournaments

    This is the 2021 calendar to date from the USTA. Please check for updates here and at usta.com (https://www.usta.com/en/home/play/adult-tennis/programs/national/adult-tournaments-category-i-schedule.html)
    Note that the Indoor Nationals now appear on the Level 2 Calendar and the winners do not receive gold balls.
    Up to 8 of the Level 2 tournaments will receive ITF Seniors points.
    DatesTournamentLocationSurfaceUSTA Level (2 or 3)ITF Points
    CANCELLED West Coast Super Senior Grand PrixThe Club at Sterling Oaks
    Naples, FL
    Clay2ITF Seniors 700
    POSTPONED to April 1-12 Wilson World ClassicShadow Mountain
    Palm Desert
    Hard 2ITF Seniors 700
    CANCELLEDRaymond James Super Senior Grand PrixSt. Petersburg Country Club
    St. Petersburg, FL
    Clay2ITF Seniors 700
    Postponed
    Dates TBA
    70 & 75 IndoorsDowntown Club at the Met
    Houston, TX
    Indoor Hard2ITF Seniors 700
    CANCELLEDBocage Clay Court Championships Bocage Racquet Club
    Baton Rouge, LA
    Clay2
    May 5-9Atlanta Senior Men's InvitationalCherokee Town & CC
    Atlanta, GA
    Clay2
    April 26-May 255 IndoorsEagle Tennis Club
    Eagle, ID
    Indoor Hard2
    April 30-May 450 IndoorsEagle Tennis Club
    Eagle, ID
    Indoor Hard2
    May 19-24Southern Senior Men's Clay Court ChampsRiver Hills Club
    Jackson, MS
    Clay3
    CANCELLED Berkeley Tennis Club
    Berkeley, CA
    Hard
    May 20-2335 IndoorsMaine Pines Racquet & Fitness Club
    Brunswick, ME
    Indoor Hard2
    CANCELLED Marin ChampionshipsMill Valley Tennis Club
    Mill Valley, CA
    Hard3
    May 27-31Westwood Senior ChampionshipsWestwood CC
    Austin, TX
    Hard
    Clay (65+)
    3
    June 3-6Hard Court Level 3 SlamGuilford RC
    Guilford, CT
    Hard3
    June 3-6Midwest Clay ChampsCarmel Racquet Club
    Carmel, IN
    Clay3
    June 8-13ED Rhawn LBC InvitationalLouisville Boat Club
    Louisville, KY
    Clay3
    June 24-27Jack Dorsey Memorial Senior ChampsWheeling Oglebay Tennis Club
    Wheeling, WV
    Clay3
    July 1-645 IndoorsEagle Tennis Club
    Eagle, ID
    Indoor Hard
    July 1-685 IndoorsEagle Tennis Club
    Eagle, ID
    Indoor Hard
    July 1-6Men's 90 IndoorsEagle Tennis Club
    Eagle, ID
    Indoor Hard
    July 1-6 80 IndoorsEagle Tennis Club
    Eagle, ID
    Indoor Hard
    July 1-640 IndoorsEagle Tennis Club
    Eagle, ID
    Indoor Hard2
    July 6-1189th Asheville Open Tennis ChampsAston Park Tennis Center
    Asheville, NC
    Clay2
    CANCELLED
    130th Washington State Open & SeniorsSeattle Tennis Club
    Seattle, WA
    Hard2
    Aug 12-15Midwest Clay/BCCTC Senior OpenBeavercreek Clay Courts TC
    Beavercreek, OH
    Clay3
    Aug 23-2965 IndoorsLife Time Fitness
    Eden Prairie, MN
    Indoor Hard2
    CANCELLED El Paso Adult and Senior OpenEl Paso Tennis Club
    El Paso, TX
    Hard3
    Sept. 2-5USTA National Indoor ChampionshipsEagle Tennis Club
    Eagle, ID
    Indoor Hard3
    Sept 12-1994th Pacific Southwest ChampionshipsPalisades Tennis Club
    Newport Beach, CA
    Hard2
    Sept. 17-19NSMTA Senior Doubles, Martha's VineyardUltimate Doubles Tennis
    Oak Bluffs, MA
    Clay3
    Sept. 21-16