Local Players from Cincinnati Provide Excitement at Men’s 45+, 55+ and 65+ Nationals

Mark Kebe
March 3, 2013
Cincinnati, OH

45+ Winners & FinalistsAPTA Men's 45+ Nationals

Under perfect paddle conditions of cloudy skies, temperatures in the 30s, and a little bit of snow, the draw played out as expected as the top four seeds faced off in the semis. In the first semi, top seeds Scott Bondurant and Mark Johnson of Chicago defeated David Lowe and Eric Miller of Cleveland. In the second semi, Mike Atkinson and John Milbank of New Jersey defeated local favorites Joe Leytze and Dan Mott. The finals featured some spectacular athleticism and great shot-making as Bondurant and Johnson prevailed to capture the championship.

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APTA Men's 45+ Nationals
Main Draw Scott Bondurant
Mark Johnson
Mike Atkinson
John Milbank
6-3, 6-3
Quarter Reprieve Brad Pierce
Michael Todd
Greg Aten
Robby Edelstein
6-4, 7-6
Consolation Peter Herr
Thorsten Knobloch
Ed Burns
Johannes Tauscher
6-4, 6-1
Last Chance Peter LeBlond
Pete Robinson
Dave Leuebbe
Rick Remitz
6-0, 3-6, 6-3

Men's 55+ Finalists & WinnersAPTA Men's 55+ Nationals

The Men's 55+ tournament featured some of the most exciting matches of the weekend. An unpredictable draw played out as two local Cincinnati teams, taking very different paths, ended up facing off in the finals. In the top half of the draw, Vince Prop and Brian Mitchell advanced to the finals without losing a set. In the bottom half of the draw, Tony Hobson and John White saved three straight match points in their quarter-final match against John McMillin (Garden City, NY) and Will Higgins (Indianapolis), ultimately prevailing 2-6, 6-2, 7-6. They then had to turn around and defeat second seeded Scott Pecor (Milwaukee) and Mike Sullivan (Chicago) in another three-set match, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5. In the finals, playing at his home club, Prop and his partner Mitchell were able ride the adrenaline and defeat Hobson and White for a hard fought 7-5, 6-2 victory.

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APTA Men's 55+ Nationals
Main Draw Brian Mitchell
Vince Prop
Tony Hobson
John White
7-5, 6-2
Reprieve Hank Brightwell
Robby Edelstein
Tony Ettinger
Jack Sutherland
Last Chance Andy Mauk
Ken Palmer 
Dave Dougherty
Steve Webster 

Finalists & WinnersAPTA Men’s 65+ Nationals

The Men’s 65+ tournament featured a number of perennial tour players matched up in the finals.  J. Stanley and Alan Graham from Chicago upset #2 seed Jim Bishop (Geneva, IL) and Mike Hanna (Fairport, NY) to reach the finals against #1 seed Scott Estes, Sr. (Chatham, NJ) and Doug Barrow (Roslyn Heights, NY).  In a hard fought match, Estes and Barrow prevailed 6-2, 6-2. 

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APTA Men's 65+ Nationals
Main Draw Scott Estes
Doug Barrow
Alan Graham
Jay Stanley
6-1, 6-2
Reprieve Jim Bishop
Mike Hanna
Ken Palmer
Ron Visscher 
5-7, 6-3, 6-2 
Last Chance Ken Rieser
Rich Woebkenberg 
Tom Todd
Bill Van Lokeren 
6-2, 6-1 
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