Three Tennis Things

There is a regional tournament between Canada and New England this weekend, a National Hardcourt in California, and a warning about taking painkillers.

The Friendship Cup

This weekend, the international teams from Quebec, Canada and New England will gather at the Quechee Club in Vermont (Chuck Kinyon’s club) to play the annual Friendship Cup.

There will be singles and doubles matches in age groups from 45 to 80; and I will be playing #1 singles in the 70s and teaming with Bill White (who have never met) in doubles.  The New England line-ups are below.

Painkillers Can Kill

Naples friend, Dr. Michael Fenster shared information a link to an article about the dangers of taking NSAIDs.  Per the article,

“Common prescription and over-the-counter painkillers, including ibuprofen, boost the risk of heart attack, according to new research that backs earlier findings linking such drugs to cardiac hazards.

“The study, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), finds that higher risk of heart attack  depends on dose and arises as early as the first week of use.

“But the researchers said the new findings indicate doctors and patients should more carefully weigh the risks and benefits of so-called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Such medications include ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cambia), celecoxib (Celebrex), and naproxen (Midol, Aleve).”

The article can be found by clicking HERE … and be cautious.  Comments??

USTA National Men’s 65 & 70 Hard Court Championships

For those brave enough to challenge the top players and do it on the hard courts, they have gathered this week at the Racquet Club of Irvine, California.

For the results to date and the match draws, click HERE

The Planned Friendship Cup NE Line-up:

45s (singles still undecided)

  1. Jim Santoro
  2. Brian Lomax
  3. Brian Powell
  4. George Markell


  1. Powell/Markell
  2. Lomax/Santoro


  1. Steve Gulla
  2. Matt Polimeno
  3. John Rubrich
  4. Mike Kolendo
  5. Paul Coorssen
  6. John Wilcox


  1. Polimeno/Kolendo
  2. Gulla/Rubrich
  3. Coorssen/Weber


  1. Scott Snow
  2. Carl Norbeck
  3. Chris Holmes
  4. Anthony DiTullio


  1. Snow/Norbeck
  2. Holmes/DiTullio


  1. Wade Frame
  2. Tim Riley
  3. Peter Ogilvy
  4. Howard Ames


  1. Frame/Ogilvy
  2. Ames/Riley


  1. Joe Bouquin
  2. Mas Kimball
  3. Paul Shaw
  4. Jon Wilson
  5. Peter MacPartland
  6. David Unger
  7. Bob McKinley
  8. Ken Moulton

Doubles: (Unsure about 3 and 4)

  1. Kimball/Shaw
  2. Bouquin/MacPartland
  3. McKinley/Unger
  4. Moulton/Wilson


  1. George Wachtel
  2. Bill White
  3. Tommy george
  4. Peter Allen


  1. Allen/George
  2. Wachtel/White


  1. Nick Ourusoff
  2. George Lynch
  3. Ernest True
  4. Whitey Joslin


  1. Joslin/Lynch
  2. Ourusoff/True


  1. Malcolm Swanson
  2. Dave Lowry

Doubles: Swanson/Lowry

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5 thoughts on “Three Tennis Things

  1. Looks like a solid New England team. Sorry not to be participating but have moved to Florida(Vero Beach) where Nick Ourusoff and Dave Lowry have visited and played at Sea Oaks Beach and Tennis Club. Good luck guys and look forward to your bringing home the Friendship Cup. Gene Wheeler

  2. I found this, from, to be of interest on that subject:

    “However, the COX-2 selective inhibition exhibited by certain NSAIDs can increase the risk of cardiovascular events in patients with preexisting cardiovascular disease.”

    Seems to suggest that the issue may be limited to folks who already have cardiovascular diseases. Would guess that there might not be all that much overlap between those folks and competitive, senior tennis players.

    Kevin, i think you would be surprised at the number of senior players who have had “an event.” thanks, george

    Also found it interesting that the “Aleve”-type NSAIDs were less likely to be problematic as compared to the others. Sure wish Aleve worked for me. Advil wears off mighty quickly. . .

  3. The latest research I have seen seems to indicate an increased event risk even with no prior history–so the recommendation is to take the lowest effective dose. I have to take an NSAID twice daily for severe hip arthritis and am less than thrilled with these current findings-but, in my case, NSAIDS are more effective than even opiates so I take them until I get the definitive cure which will be surgical. Millions take NSAIDs daily and CV disease is the number one killer in the USA but I think that lifestyle choices (no smoking,exercise and weight management) may mitigate the added statistical risk of taking an NSAID–but it still boils down to an individual choice and assessment of risk/benefit.

    Doc, there was just a study done correlating eating french fries to heart problems (ie people who eat them, get them). I think that is a SYMPTOM of a life style, not the cause of heart attacks. thanks, george

  4. I don’t *like* events. And, I *am* surprised.

    Kevin, that’s life (and that other thing). george

  5. Every medication, including supplements and herbal medications, carries risks.
    The bottom line is – does the benefit outweigh the risks.
    Physicians, and drug companies have a responsibility to notify patients of the risks so that an intelligent decision can be made whether, or not, to take the medication.
    If a medication is taken, it should be taken in the lowest dose and for the shortest time possible, commensurate with achieving the benefits of the medication.

    Doc, and if you can get away without taking ANY, you are still better off! thanks, george

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