There were three national senior championships played this past week; the National 70s Grass at the Philadelphia Cricket Club; the National 75s and 80s Clay at the Virginia Beach Tennis & Country Club. And it is nice to know that I have “friends in high places”…
Long Live The King
Naples and Pelican Bay friend Gordon Hammes achieved a lifetime goal of not only winning a gold ball as the 80s singles champ; but he did it by dethroning The King… King Van Nostrand. I don’t believe Gordon had ever taken a set from King; but he beat him 4-6; 6-4; 6-4
New Hampshire friend and regular Tuesday doubles partner, Whitey Joslin teamed with Tom Beach to upset the #2 seeds Biedinger and Hernando to make it to the 75s doubles finals. There they had a close match, losing to another friend, Bill Poist and his partner Don Mathias, 6-3, 7-5
While Whitey has an amazing total of 14 National balls, I believe they were all teamed with his daughter Laura.
In the 75s singles, New Hampshire friend Nick Ourusoff had a good run, losing in the quarters. And today, the #1 and #2 seeds of Joe Bachmann and Rudy Hernando face off for the gold ball.
In the singles, tournament friend (and nemesis!) Don Long plays for the gold today vs. the #1 seed Jody Rush. Don already has a Silver ball in his pocket, having made it to the doubles finals yesterday.
Great run for all of them! (Sorry if I missed anyone I know well).
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