Drilling For Gold

The USTA National Men’s 75,80,85 & 90’s Hard Court Championships took place this past week in Laguna Woods, California; and some familiar names were there.

Drilling For Gold (and Silver)

SW Florida’s own Fred Drilling did it again, winning Gold in 75 doubles and Silver in the singles.  Leland Housman edged him out for singles Gold, 6-4,6-4. And he teamed with Rick Fried of Hawaii, who, according to Fred, “was a teammate of mine at U of Ariz only 54 years ago:)!”  They beat the team (that Fred put together at the tournament) of Alan Carter and John Popowell.

For the full draws and results, just click HERE.

Naples City Tournament

Delay and frustration are the key words here.  Matt Davie and I are still waiting for the 70s doubles semi-finals match to be played, so we can play our finals before I head north next weekend.

According to Naples friends, that is why many do not enter this event.  For what results there are to date in the multitude of categories, just click HERE.

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2 thoughts on “Drilling For Gold

  1. George…So true as it relates to Naples City Tourney. Who wants to hunt down and harass your next opponent to get a match done. WAY too many categories…making for small draws.

    I am not much of tourney player these days, but certainly have No interest in their format!

  2. Congratulations to Fred for another gold ball and even more so for the silver in singles. Why? When I first started participating in national age group open tournaments, many of the top players avoided a “bad” loss by only playing their favorite surface. Clay court players would only play in clay court tournaments. Hard court players would not play on clay. Grass was avoided by most of the non Northeastern players who had little or no chance to practice on grass. The oft maligned USTA senior competition committee made a great change. It went to the total points ranking system so that a “bad” tournament result had no ranking downside compared to not playing the tournament at all. After enactment of this change, there was an almost immediate increase in the top players participating on more surfaces. I may be wrong and Fred may think his chances to beat the other top players is the same on a hard court as on clay. Still, congratulations on great results.

    winder, yes, a champion on every surface! thanks, george

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