There is a lot going on (or not going on) in the senior tennis world; so here are several items that may be of interest…
World class senior player and double bypass surgery survivor Evert Jonsson is on the mend and at home now. He reported on Friday, “Moving along. All draining pipes removed together with electrical backup wiring (In case of manual restart). It sounds like only walking for 30 days. Also, no driving for 30 days.”
I truly believe that the exposure given to the “surprise” heart problems of Fred Drilling and Evert will save at least one senior tennis life (maybe mine!). So I hope everyone heads the word, gets tested, and watches for subtle warning signs.
World Tennis – “Hello George and the Many Senior Men Tennis Players!
Unfortunately, our BOD decided to shut down our upcoming “West Coast Super Seniors Men Grand Prix at World Tennis Club” in January. This is in response to the continued spread of Covid-19 as all the snowbirds are beginning to flock down here. We do hope to again be on the schedule for January, 2022. Please have a safe, competitive, and victorious Tournament play in 2021!”
Mark Vines…Director of Tennis @ World Tennis Club…Naples, Florida
If you want to read a great NY Times article on Mark Vines success as a pro, click HERE
Sterling Oaks – “I hate to be the bearer of bad news, especially after Mark’s post, but Sterling Oaks confirmed today that shutting members out of courts for a full two weeks in one month will not work, so we will be hosting only the doubles tournament, not the Category II event. Given our Board’s early shutdown in the spring, I would say there is a good chance that even that won’t happen if COVID rears its ugly head again in January. I think we need to put some kind of event together for the locals to play in. Otherwise, there are going to be a lot of guys pulling their hair out by the end of the month.” Jim Flath
The Best Knee Surgeon?
Recently hurt my knee down here and may need to see a specialist as I can hardly walk. Do you or any of your friends recommend a good doc around Naples?” Dave Unger
Dave, my hip surgeon (who also does knees) was Dr. Zehr; and I highly recommend him. I also highly recommend the facility, which is the relatively new Landmark Hospital. From their website, it “is home to The Joint Care Center at Landmark. It features the Synexis™ Biodefense Systems’ patented dry hydrogen peroxide whole-building continuous environmental disinfection system.” But I am sure there are many other good choices.
What surgeons do YOU recommend to Dave for knees?
Larry Turville Fundraiser
Keep alert for an opportunity to help remember the gentle giant of men’s senior tennis, who passed away in early October. There is a GoFundMe fundraising page in development.
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