Men’s Senior 45+, 55+, 65+ & 145+

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Bertan Cikigil and Rich Lombard reported on these events which were played at The Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Scarborough, New York and featured a turnout of 65 teams:

Represented in the draw were teams from Canada, Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Colorado, and the Northeastern states. Three days of non-stop play featured a number of firsts, such as:

• Bob Brown and Howard Sipe won the Men’s Senior 65′s and gained their first-ever win over Bill and David Childs 7-5, 0-6, 6-4

• In the Men’s Senior 55′s, Gary Cochrane and Tom Caputo gained their first (or anyone else’s for that matter) win over Doug Russell and Hank Irvine (1-6, 6-2, 6-3), and then went on to win the championship over Scott Estes and Danny Galves by a score of 6-4, 6-2. This was their 29th match against each other, and they now stand 1 and 28. Congratulations to perseverance!

• The Men’s Senior 45′s featured a 2 1/2 hour, two-set marathon semifinal with Bob Kleinert and Jim McNamara outlasting Steve Baird and Martin Sturgess (last year’s champions) 6-4, 7-5. Bob and Jim went on to defeat Chicago’s Mike Sullivan and Ray Murphy, 6-2, 6-1, in the finals.

• The Men’s Senior 145′s featured a first-ever National Championship for Jack Westerfield, who teamed up with Bob Brown to defeat fellow Fox Meadow colleagues Paul Doyle and Vince Greco 7- 5, 7-6.

Source: Platform Tennis Magazine, Vol. 3, Issue 5, May, 2002