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Clarkson & Head Champs at IL Intermediates
NOVEMBER 29, 2009
The annual Illinois Men's Intermediates tournament was held November 21-22 at clubs across the North Shore of Chicago. The tournament restricts teams to pairings whose combined league series adds up to 4 or higher. While this keeps the top players from partnering up, the level of the tournament is still quite high. After all, the Chicago league has 18 series.
An interesting twist to this event is inclusion of three man teams. Any two partners can play together in any round, but the pair that starts a match together must finish it together. This gives an extra lift to a team that thinks they may not have the stamina to make it trough the rigors of an entire tournament. In practice,only one team signed up as 3, Fritzsche-Hasley-Landman, and they came home with the Consolation Reprieve title.
The main draw had nearly 64 teams and included a full complement of back draws. In the semis, 4th seeded Bice-Johnson defeated unseeded Kaspers-Kaspers 6-4, 6-3 and number 2 seeds Clarkson-Head moved past 6th seeded Baccich-Rowe 7-6, 7-5. In the finals Clarkson-Head pulled through in a close 3 setter, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6.
Back draw winners:
Quarter Reprieve: Jacobsohn-Whipple
Consolaton Reprieve: Fritzsche-Hasley-Landman
Last Chane: D'Alise-Lombardi
Full Draws (Excel)