The Winners are…

Chuck Kinyon (Crootoff photo)
Fred Drilling vs. Joe Bachmann was just one of the excellent finals matches played on Saturday under windy Florida skies.

Match Summaries

Men’s 70 Singles – Don Long took a quick 4-1 lead, but had to hold off a scrambling Evert Jonsson 7-5 in the first set and then a very close 6-4 in the second set.

Men’s 75 Singles – In a decades-long rivalry, (1) Fred Drilling vs. (2) Joseph Bachmann, Fred took a relatively easy 6-2 first set; but Joe fought off four match points in a tight second set that Fred took at 7-5.

Men’s 60 Doubles – Good friends Andy Bloom and Willy Hoffmann were coasting at 6-3, 5-0 when things got “a little tense.” Finally at 5-4, they were able to hold serve for the victory.

Men’s 65 Doubles – More good friends Bob Wilkie and George Dalphon had no such problem in coasting to a 6-0 6-1 championship.

Men’s 70 Doubles – Still more good friends, Rich Tarantino and Paul Veltman faced the challenge of #1 seeded Hank Irvine and Evert Jonsson and came up on the short end, 6-1 6-2.

In my consolation finals with partner Joe McAleer vs. #2 seeded Don Long and Chuck Kinyon, we had a VERY close match… Joe and I won the first set 6-3. Don and Chuck won the second 6-2. And the Match Tiebreaker see-sawed back and forth (we had a match point at 9-10) and they prevailed 12-10.

Men’s 75 Doubles – Fred Drilling continued his winning ways, teamed with Clive Kileff vs. two more Naples friends Tom Diehl and Jack Moter 6-3 6-4.

One more shout out to World Tennis Club and their great volunteers for an excellent job this week.

Next Week

Weather permitting, matches at next week’s Naples Bath and Tennis tournament will start on Monday. Chuck Kinyon and I team up for our first doubles match scheduled for a 1:30 start. For full draws and times, please click HERE.

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