Hair Club

Rich O’Toole
By Kevin Wittner,

Surprise, Ariz. - Ever since taking second place at the Palm Desert Senior Cup, the Flint Canyon Aces have been a hair-raising success.

The team from La Canada, Calif., has been sporting visors with faux hair that, according to team members, has drawn the attention and adoration of tennis-loving women in their golden years.

This week at the USTA League 8.0 Super Senior National Championship, Aces team captain Rich O’Toole said, “One of our players saw these in Palm Desert and said ‘this has to be the symbol of our team.’”

Dale Pierce, who like O’Toole isn’t lacking any confidence, claims that “these visors are far and away the best way to meet women 60 years and over.”

According to O’Toole, the headpieces have been an overwhelming success: “These things are chick magnets. We have groupies. There are women we don’t even know coming up to us asking to take pictures, posting them on their blogs.”

In a reference to a popular social networking website, O’Toole asks, “Have you heard of Facebook? We are going to start Hairbook.”

Although the team does not wear the visors while playing, due to perspiration and comfort considerations, the group is inseparable from their headwear away from the court. Whether one prefers to call it superstition or a mental edge, the Aces have found their identity and they are sticking with it.

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