Weather Runs the Gamut at Men’s 45+/ 55+/65+ Nationals
February 28, 2012
APTA Men’s 55+ Nationals
In a change of schedule from previous years, the Men’s 55+ Nationals were played first on Friday. Heavy mist turned to heavy rain, so the men had to face some match schedule changes as well.
The finals were played Saturday morning. Scott Estes said, “You have to give credit to Jim Kaufman and Bob Kleinert. They were down a set, down 3-1 in the second set, and somehow they turned the match around, particularly Kaufman, who really upped his level of play. They turned the tide and started to take over the match. It was very impressive play from all four men.”
Finalists pictured at right.
APTA Men’s 45+ Nationals
The weather on Saturday was windy and snowy and the heaters had to come on for one of the few times this season. By Sunday, for the finals, the weather had once again changed, to bright, clear and sunny.
Tournament Chair Scott Estes proclaimed that while “all the finals were great, the Men’s 45+ final was probably the best of the weekend.” Local Jersey boys Mike Atkinson and John Milbank prevailed in a match against Mike Gillespie and Bob Conklin that had the crowd enthralled. It could have gone either way, since neither team made many errors. Milbank won his first men’s National title—he and partner Bobo Delaney have won a few mixed.
At right: Gillespie, Conklin, Milbank, Atkinson
APTA Men’s 65+ Nationals
This group did things slightly differently. First of all, the top four seeds weren’t sure who should partner together, so they drew names out of a hat to decide the pairings. This obviously worked out better for Scott Estes and Doug Barrow. And instead of a regular consolation tournament, the teams that didn’t make it to the quarterfinals played in a round robin. Each team played one set against every other team. After counting games, Phil Gaffney and Mark Hanna won by 1 game.
Champions pictured at right.
Five New Jersey area clubs, Centercourt Athletic Club, Short Hills Club, Canoe Brook Country Club, Beacon Hill Club and Orange Lawn Tennis Club, welcomed this year’s championships. The Saturday night party at the Short Hills Club was very well attended, since over 100 players (men and women) were still in contention at that point. As usual it was great fun. The big hit was a pastrami sandwich station and the hot dog cart. Obviously, it was a crowd that’s easy to please.
Many thanks to Katie Bliss, who was running the Women’s 40+ and 60+ Nationals at the same time. Also, in his fourth year of running the tournament, Scott Estes would like to thank his wife Janice and daughter Jill for all their support. And finally, a thank you to Marjorie Hodson, who runs the draw and schedules very smoothly.
Congratulations to all the winners and finalists!
|Main Draw||Mike Atkinson/John Milbank||Mike Gillespie/Bob Conklin||6-4, 3-6, 6-4|
|Quarter Reprieve||Ed Gartner/John Shehadi||Tim McAvoy/Fritz Odenbach||6-4, 4-6, 7-6|
|Consolation||Mark Fischl/Tim Mangan||Pete Arciero/Dennis White||7-6, 6-2|
|Consolation Reprieve||Tim Evnin/Chris Gilroy||Michael Chen/J. Clark|
|Main Draw||Jim Kaufman/Bob Kleinert||Scott Sullivan/Mike Pecor||1-6, 7-5, 6-2|
|3rd Place||Tim Mangan/John McMillin||Robert Weise/Todd Axt||7-5, 7-5|
|Consolation||Gary Squires/Peter Haff||Tony Ettinger/Mike Hanna||6-2, 3-6, 6-1|
|Last Chance||Chuck Reilly/Steve Trifletti||Rick Sahlman/Steve Fenster||3-6, 6-3, 6-3|
|Main Draw||Doug Barrow/Scott Estes||Tom Caputo/Gary Cochrane||6-1, 7-5|
|3rd Place||Roger Flax/ John Russo||Walter Beatty/Jerry Whitlock||6-2, 7-6|
|Consolation Round Robin||Phil Gaffney/Mike Hanna||21 games|