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Blind Dates & Medals 03-24-2017
Franklin Lakes, NJ
written by: Marjorie
Sometimes a blind date turns out better than expected...Fritz Odenbach and Brian Mitchell found that out today in the Men's APTA 60+ National Championships. Mutual friends suggested that the two pair up, and they managed to reach the finals before falling to Jim Kaufman and Bob Kleinert, upsetting top seeds Ivan Harlow & Ken Persson en route. This is Kaufman's second gold medal of the season, and he will go for #3 tomorrow as Senior Men's competition continues at the Indian Trail Club. [ read more ]

Indian Trail B
Indian Trail Club

Franklin Lakes , NJ
Indian Trail Club was the site of a Men's B tournament this weekend. The weather was beautiful and the competition was fierce, with a number of 3-setters, including the finals. Steve Bernt and Todd Smith were crowned champs after their 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 victory over Jiri Janko and Hans Tang. Consolation winners were John Holland and Kevin Johnston; Reprieve Champs were Gary Chin and Ken Persson and the Last Chance went to locals John Garone and Bruce Gallagher.
View the complete draws here.       See some photos.

Mixed Masters
Mixed Masters

Bethlehem, PA
It rained and it rained and it rained...it was only 3 days, not 40, but we think that the fact that the film "Noah" was opening this weekend must have had something to do with the weather for the Mixed Masters held at Saucon Valley Country Club! On Friday, the 60+ Mixed Nationals featured 8 teams and a lot of fun while dodging raindrops. Gold medalists Diane Straus Tucker & Scott Estes already have an impressive array of medals, and added another at the expense of Connie Jones & Ken Persson. Saturday was the day for the 50+ Mixed Nationals, and as the weather got sloppier the play got more intense. In the end, sister-brother duo Laurie Hissey & Tim McAvoy repeated as champs, defeating Bobo Delaney & Mike Gillespie. Sunday's Husband-Wife 50+ tournament featured 16 teams who travelled from as far as Massachusetts and Ohio to compete for the gold. For the third day in a row we had #1 vs #2 in the finals, with Heather & Vince Prop defeating Cynthia & Ken Dardis for the crown.

View the complete draws: 50+ Mixed     60+ Mixed     50+ Husband-Wife     Photos

New Jersey Men
Orange Lawn Tennis Club

South Orange, NJ
The New Jersey Men's Open, 50+ and 120+ (combined) Championships were contested on Saturday at the Orange Lawn Tennis Club and other area clubs. Known for great favors, food and competition, the tournament didn't disappoint! Tournament Director Scott Moore arrived from Miami, FL to oversee the event again this year. Winners included Mike Stulac & Chris Ucko - Open DIvision; Chuck Faig & Robert Krauss - 50+ Division; and Scott Estes & Ken Persson - 120+ DIvision. View the complete draws here: Men's Open     Men's 50+     Men's 120+

Senior Mixed Nationals
Senior Mixed

Glen Cove, NY
The final National Championships of the season saw seniors competing in Mixed Doubles in two age groups. The results for these tournaments were nothing new, as Louise Cash - Scott Estes captured the 60+ gold and Connie Jones - Ken Persson again won the 50+ crown. Doug Barrow was a silver medalist in each event, pairing with Mary Fenton in the 60s and Courtia Worth in the 50s. View the 50+ Draw       View the 60+ Draw

2008 Husband & Wife National Champions

New Canaan, CT
Kerri Delmonico and Mike Stulac add another National Championship to their trophy cabinet with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over the Mangans full husband & wife draw. In the 50+ Husband & Wife Karen and Peter Lyons won over Dori and Ken Persson6-3, 6-7, 6-3 - full 50+ Draw. View additional photos from the husband/wife events and check for live updates from Marjorie Hodson tomorrow 3-1 for the main event of Mixed Nationals.

Sr. Mixed Nationals Results

Sleepy Hollow, NY
The top 2 two seeds in both national championships, played the finals; as top seeded Ken Persson (NJ) & Connie Jones (CT) bested Ivan Harlow (NJ) & Rayni Borinsky (NJ) in the 50s, 6-4, 6-2. AND, second seeded Scott Estes (NJ) & Lousie Cash (NJ) prevailed against top seeds Bill Childs (VT) & Helen Garrett (Wash-DC) in the 60s, 7-5, 6-4. full story

Men’s B National Championships

Short Hills, NJ
Sean Flanagan and Steve DeRose took home the gold in the Men’s B Nationals, defeating Dave Broderick and Pat Kelly in a display of athleticism and ball control. Quick hands and quick feet were put to good use in three closer-than-it-appears sets, with Flanagan/DeRose riding their second set momentum into the third and triumphing 1-6, 6-2, 6-1. Other Men's results: Joe Holl and Ed Coughlin – Consolation winners; Eric Claman and JB Nickles – 32 Reprieve Winners; Ken Persson and Ed Tiltmann – 16 Reprieve winners; Ray Crosta, Sr. and Jim Ward – Last Chance winners.

New Jersey Champions

Anthony Cosimano and Steve Haller once again proved themselves to be the toughest team to beat in New Jersey with their 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 defeat of Mike Atkinson and John Milbank in the finals of the New Jersey Men’s State Open. Good food, athletic play and ample beverages were the order of the day. The NJ Men’s 50+ State crown will be decided on Sunday when Mark Cook & Ken Persson face Scott Estes and Ivan Harlow. view complete draws

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