Latest News from the 2003 USA League Tennis 4.0 Senior National Championships presented by Lincoln
Notes and News from Palm Springs
By Shawn Alford
Sunday, October 12
Roaming the courts today, verifier Norm Korel bumped into Dan Elks from Charlotte, N.C. The two men grew up together in Norfork, Va., and hadn't seen each other in 44 years.
Middle States women claim title
The ladies from Newark, Del., are taking home the first place hardware after defeating No. Calif., 2-1, in straight sets. The victory could be attributed to John Williams who is a sports psychologist and is married to team member Mary Williams. John's advice to the women before they took the courts this morning was, "Your name is on the plate." In fact, the Middle States women came loaded with tennis professional help. Joan Steinhardt is an orthopedic physician assistant, Mary Williams is a professor of kenesiology, Gail Mealy is the team's fashion consultant, and Sharyn Grim's husband, Larry, is the team's 'hugger.' Making sure all the players got a hug before they started each match. With expert help like that on the bench it's no wonder they grabbed the title. Congratulations ladies!
Men's semi turned into a nail biter
It took three match tie breakers for the men from Mid-Atlantic and Northern Calif., to defeat Midwest and New England. Mid-Atlantic will play in the finals after beating Midwest, 3-0. The New England men pulled out one win, but lost to Northern Calif., 2-1.
Saturday, October 11, 2003
Wish they all could be California girls
It was a California girl semi-final today with the USTA/Northern California Section playing USTA/Mid-Atlantic and the USTA/Southern California Section up against the women from USTA/Middle States. Nor Cal defeated Mid-Atlantic, 2-1 and Middle States defeated Southern Calif., 2-1.
Aloha Super Senior National Championships
Tom Carpenter from the island of Oahu, Hawaii, is this year's oldest competitor at the age of 75. The former football player has had his back fused, undergone two knee surgeries and in 2001, Tom had another operation, this time on his rotator cuff. He is looking forward to the USTA adopting a national championship for Super Seniors, and said, "I'll keep coming back. Tennis is my sport."
So much fun they're going to do it again
Four women from the USTA/Northern Section team will be attending another national league championship this year. Kathleen Lovett, Karen Strand, Lynn Marker and Jane Petrich also competed this year on a 4.0 adult team that won their sectional event and will be completing later this month in Tucson, Ariz.
The heart of Texas
Glenda Allen of Fort Worth, Texas, has had to deal with more than getting in game shape for the national championships this year. Late last year, on her way to play tennis, she noticed something horribly physically wrong. Unsure what to think about it, she continued to play tennis but did seek professional medical help. Her symptoms were excused to being a urinary track infection. Not getting better, Glenda sought out another diagnosis and it was discovered she had kidney cancer. In early October 2002, she had her kidney removed. The cancer metastasized to her lungs and by mid November she was under the knife again to remove an upper lobe of her lung. By New Year's Day 2003, Glenda was back on the courts and that month played in two senior league matches to get her qualified for this year's championships, and continued to play tennis regularly. When asked how she's doing, Glenda said, "I feel fine other than I hurt my knee." (Glenda had knee surgery in 1999). "I get my lungs checked out again in November, but so far everything is ok!"
Karen Fredrickson of Manlius, N.Y., got news this morning that she is a grandmother for the third time. Tyler John Mullin was born in Rochester, N.Y., this morning at 6:30 a.m., weighing 7 pounds, 10 ounces.
Friday, October 10
The men's teams from Southern California and New England decided to quit beating on each other at the local level and joined forces to put forth fantastic teams that could win their sectional events and make it to nationals. Both teams won their matches today 2-1.
Team elects captain that can't compete
The Middle States women wanted a captain that could help get them to nationals. Did they pick a teammate to lead them? No. Instead the team bribed and begged captain Lynne Gunter to take the reigns on the team. Lynne doesn't qualify to play in the senior division, as she isn't at least 50 years old. Lynne must be doing a great job as the Middle States women won their match 2-1.
Four women's teams clean sweeped their opponents today, winning their team matches 3-0, Missouri Valley, Northern California, Southwest and New England. The feisty women from New England were terrors on the courts today, winning both their team matches 3-0.