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USTA Super Senior Grand Prix

January 26, 2007 12:51 PM

Naples Tennis Club & Resort recently hosted the largest category II ITF sanction tournament in the United States Jan. 15-21, 2007.  The USTA Super Senior Grand Prix is an award winning USTA tournament sequence that includes both singles and doubles events for men age 55 to 90.

Approximately 600 players from the United States, Canada, Brazil, England and Japan came to play in this exciting and incredible tournament at Naples Tennis Club & Resort.  The USTA Super Senior Grand Prix series runs from January through the first of April and includes tournaments in Naples, Fort Myers, St. Petersburg, Boca Raton and Sarasota.

This particular event was the first of three Grand Prix Tournaments in Southwest Florida with major prize winnings of $40,000.  The most remarkable part of the tournament was not that it involved phenomenal players over the age of 50 like Lorne Main, Russell Seymour, Jimmy Parker, Joe Bachmann, Rudy Hernando and Larry Turville.   Although impressive, the real thrill was that in the men’s 80 division, there were 28 singles entries, in the men’s 85 division, there were 6 entries and in the men’s 90 division, they had a full eight person draw.  That means that there were 40 competitors over the age of 80 that played in this tournament!  That is truly extraordinary.

Bill Beverly, director of tennis for The Naples Tennis Club & Resort, was thrilled with the large turnout and exceptional representation from the players.

“This was a huge tournament,” he said.  “Players love coming because they feel at home and there are some of the best players in the world to compete against.  Every age division had an amazing draw and it’s pretty incredible that at 90, some of these guys are still running around and playing great tennis like they do.”

The second Senior Grand Prix tournament took place in Naples at Cambier Park Jan. 22-28.  The series then returned back to The Naples Tennis Club & Resort Jan. 29-Feb. 4 for the conclusion of the tournament sequence.

Congratulations to all the winner and players for keeping your competitive spirit alive and for showing that great tennis is possible at any age!

Men's 60 Doubles Quarterfinals

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Men's 65 Doubles Quarterfinals

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Men's 70 Doubles Quarterfinals

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Men's 70 Doubles Quarterfinals

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Men's 70 Doubles Quarterfinals

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Men's 75 Doubles Semifinals

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Men's 75 Doubles Semifinals

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Men's 80 Singles Consolation Finals

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Men's 55 Singles
Men's 60 Singles
Men's 65 Singles
Men's 70 Singles
Men's 75 Singles
Men's 80 Singles
Men's 85 Singles
Men's 90 Singles

Men's 55 Doubles
Men's 60 Doubles
Men's 65 Doubles
Men's 70 Doubles
Men's 75 Doubles
Men's 80 Doubles
Men's 85 Doubles
Men's 90 Doubles

Photos by: Dick Crawford






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