Last week was a great week for SWFTT. First we had 48 League members playing great tennis. We had numerous fans watching this great tennis. We supported the economy by wearing out Penn and Wilson tennis balls and we consumed a great number of the drink of choice of men (brewsky’s).
Something a lot of you may not have noticed SWFTT was represented very well by 6 very good members at the Longboat Key Senior Clay Tournament.
The tournament started on Thursday, November 27 and finished on Sunday, December 2nd. The play included Men’s and Women’s singles and doubles starting with age bracket of 55 going up to 80. On the men’s side, there were 12 different events. SWFTT members won 3 of the 12 events and had 2 members reach the quarters of another event and 1 member make it to the Semi’s of the same division. I think it’s pretty cool that our guys brought home 25% of the 1st place winnings without having players playing in 4 of the age brackets. GREAT JOB GUYS!
To start with, SWFTT player Paul Veltman with partner Chuck Kinyon made it to the Quarter finals of the Men’s 65 doubles and lost to the number 1 seed.
SWFTT player Larry Albritton with partner Robert Dixon also made it to the Quarters in the same division only to lose in a three set thriller to another SWFTT member Mike Melnik and his partner Thomas La Penna. Unfortunately Mike and Thomas lost in the Semi’s.
SWFTT Team of Steve Shreiner and Howie Ames playing in the Men’s 60 Doubles Division played like superstars bringing home the 1st place title in that division. All matches were finished in two sets and Steve and Howie only gave up 16 games.
SWFTT member, Fred Drilling got the most “bling”. Taking 1st place honors in the Men’s 70 Singles and Men’s 70’s Doubles. Fred’s impressive play gave up only 23 games in total of both divisions for the tournament.
Guys, we’re proud of each of you. We’re glad we get to challenge you, learn from you, and be your friends. GREAT JOB!