On a sunny Florida Saturday, the NSMTA CAT III doubles tournament wrapped up with some incredible (and some predictable) finishes …
In a match between two great teams (that Noble and played close to even this week!), Jimmy Parker and Chip Travis faced off against Hank Irvine and Evert Jonsson for the 75s title.
The teams split the first two sets, and Hank was serving for the match at five games to four in the third set. They went up 40-15 — two match points — when things went screwy.
Chip drilled a return of serve to change the momentum… and led to a service break. Parker then held serve and Jonsson served at 5-6 … and found himself down 15-40, two match points AGAINST.
Hank and Evert survived those two points … and won their game to bring it to a championship-deciding tiebreaker. But the fan excitement quickly faded as Parker/Travis rolled quickly through the breaker for Championship.
After watching the end of that long three-set match, I walked over several courts to see my good friend Howie Ames and his partner Mark Bales JUST STARTING THEIR THIRD SET after two hours and twenty minutes of play!
I had seen the start of their match, and Howie was limping even then around the court as a result of surviving their three-hour, three-set victory the day before vs Willy Hoffmann and Andy Bloom. So by this time, he really looked in tough shape.
Larry Turville was anxious to start the awards ceremony and I told him that Ames/Bales were already down 1-4 in the third and my friend “was fading fast.”
Well, to my surprise, a half hour later, they had saved SIX MATCH POINTS and pulled off a stunning, come-from-behind, three set victory.
Larry Turville and Mas Kimball don’t get much coverage because they don’t play interesting matches!
They cruised to victory over good friends Steve Shreiner and Larry Back (a formidable team in their own right).
For other results and scores, click HERE
World Tennis Club – To see the seeds and draws for next week’s tournament taking place across the road from Sanchez-Casal at WTC, just click HERE
The George Wachtel Cup (!)
This year perpetual trophies were awarded in the name of honorees who either as player or tournament director have made a significant contribution to senior tennis. I am thrilled to have been included among these tennis greats …
Men’s 55 – Ron Homberg
Men’s 60 – Toby Crabel
Men’s 65 – Steve Solomon
Men’s 70 – Alan Messer
Men’s 75 – George Wachtel
Men’s 80 – Clem Hopp
Men’s 85 – John Powless
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