Well, it is that time of yearâ€¦ the start of the USTA Super Senior Grand Prix Florida Tournaments!
My plan is to try to play both singles and doubles every week in January tournaments that are in the southwest section of Florida. It would be singles in the 65â€™s and doubles with Tom McCune in the first three; and then team up again with Dick Valentine for the big Category II at Naples Tennis Club (nee Naples Bath & Tennis).
Here is the full lineup for the West Coast swing (there are more on the east coast!):
- Colonial Country Club (Ft. Myers) Jan 5-11 M(55-90)sd
- Cambier Park (Naples) Jan 11-17 M(55-90)sd
- Mid Cape Racquet (Cape Coral) Jan 19-24 M(55-90)sd
- Naples Tennis Club (Cat II) Jan 26 – Feb 1 M(55-90)sd
- Payne Park (Sarasota) Feb 9-15 M(55-95)sd
- Meadows Country Club (Sarasota) Feb 16-21 M(55-95)sd
- East Lake Woodlands (Oldsmar) Feb 23-28 M(55-90)sd Clay
- St. Petersburg Country Club (Cat II) Mar 2-8 M(55-90)sd
They just posted the draws for next week; and there are 148 players from around the country in all age groups entered, and a perfect draw of 32 in my 65â€™s section.
I am scheduled to play Bob Busch of Edina, MN at 11:30 on Monday in the first round. My doubles partner, Tom McCune plays #5 seed Bill Simonton of New Hampshire (who I have heard of, but never played while up there summers). More to come!