35th Annual Clem Easton Tournament
Samantha Parlato, Sports Marketing Intern | June 26, 2018
LONGMEADOW, MA- The 35th Annual Clem Easton Senior Tournament was held from June 21 to 24 at the Field Club of Longmeadow. This tournament is for players ages 60 and older and is one of the largest senior tournaments in New England.
The tournament began in 1983 in honor of Clem Easton, who was inducted into the New England Tennis Hall of Fame in 1997. Bob Allen and Rudy Altobelli, friends of Easton, were the first two directors of the tournament. Easton’s sons, Chuck and George, took over as co-directors of the tournament in 1999. The current co-directors are Michael Myers and Karen Fawthrop, who have run the tournament since 2011.
This year, George Easton played in the men’s 80 and over singles and doubles divisions with longtime doubles partner Bob Biltz. Chuck Easton was also at the event to cheer on his brother and support their father’s legacy.ADVERTISEMENT
Almost 100 players from all over New England traveled to Longmeadow to compete in this year’s tournament, where they were able to earn points towards both their New England and national rankings.
“It is inspiring to see these seniors in such incredible physical shape being active and playing tennis,” said Karen Fawthrop, Tournament Co-Director. “That’s why it’s so important that we continue to provide opportunities for these seniors who want to play the sport they’ve loved for years.
The Clem Easton Senior Tournament serves as a sectional event for many senior divisions but is open to all eligible USTA New England members.
The tournament featured men’s singles and doubles divisions ranging from 65 and over to 85 and over, while the women competed in 60 and over as well as 65 and over divisions.
See full tournament results here.