Summer Tournament

B. Manning
B. Manning
The one summer tournament I always play is the well-run one at Colby-Sawyer College next door in New London, New Hampshire; and it was played this weekend.

B. Manning and I again teamed up to face the challenge of playing on the hard courts against some younger people in the Men’s Open Division; and Bob Wilkie and I again teamed up to try to regain our title in the Men’s Senior A Division (having lost it last year to B. Manning and Glen McEwen; after winning it for three consecutive years).

Playing The Kids

On Saturday morning, B and I faced two “twenty-somethings” on the hard courts at the college. Their youth, speed, and extreme topspin was more than we could handle; and although we challenged them, we lost in straight sets.

In the afternoon on the soft courts at Lake Sunapee Country Club, Bob Wilkie and I bested the savvy team of Nick Ourusoff and Ted Prince; while B and his partner Glen took care of the veteran team of Whitey Joslin and Tom Diehl.

Sunday Finals

Due to a storm coming through, our Sunday morning finals rematch of last year was moved indoors; but happily onto indoor HarTru courts. And it was a GREAT match!

Glen and B went up a break in the first set; but we brought it back to 5-5, only to then lose serve and the first set at 7-5.

In the second set, Bob Wilkie and I went quickly to an “insurmountable” 4-0 lead. But they broke, held, and broke us again at 5-3 to bring it to 4-5.

Momentum was all on their side as the then held their serve to bring it to 5-5. On my serve, they continued and got us down to a 0-40 hole; but somehow we came back to win that game and take the second set to a tiebreaker, which we won, 7-3.

The match was then to be decided by a ten point Match Tiebreaker. They took the early lead and were serving to me at 5 points to 4; and I said to Bob, “If we win this point, we will win the match.”

After a long rally, B put away a great volley into the alley; and they went on the win the tie breaker and the match, 7-5, 6-7 (3), 10-5.

Happy To Lose

If we were to lose to anybody, B. Manning – one of The Nice Guys, one of my closest friends AND the first one to buy my new Senior Tennis book online – is the one that Bob and I are happy to lose to!

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7 thoughts on “Summer Tournament

  1. I agree-Colby-Sawyer’s Charger Classic is one of the best run tournaments around.

    Congrats on your win today.

    Me and my partner, Carolyn Fournier (wife of senior playerJohn Fournier of Falmouth, MA) won the women’s 60s doubles final match that was also forced indoors near the end of the 2nd set and finished at the Newport Tennis Club courts. We won the first set and was up 6-5 in the 2nd when we were forced indoors. We lost the second set then played the super breaker which had several momentum changes. It was a very long and close match vs Denise Olson of New London and Judy Fledderjohn who spends summers in New London but resides in Massachusetts. The match included 2 tie-breakers with a final score of 7-5, 6-7, and 10-7 in the super-breaker. I also won the Century doubles with David Page. So, I am a happy camper right now.

  2. George,
    You guys lost to a tough team who had their A game this weekend. Both Glen and B are always tough players, and I haven’t been on the court when B played better then he did this weekend.

  3. Lynn… I saw you on the next court again! You were next to Whitey and me when we lost in the Concord finals. So, no more! Congrats on yours.

  4. Wish I’d been on hand to witness those matches, George! Knowing all the players made it a great read. Thanks for taking me there. Have to agree that B is one of the Nice Guys. Looking forward to a N.H. visit first two weeks in September.

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