Tennis Results: Tanman Picks Up Where He Left Off
The official dates of this year's tennis tournament were Sept. 24-26, 2010, but the reality is it became the longest-running event in MSO history. After two wonderful opening days of sunshine, the final day of doubles matches once again this year met a streak of bad weather that forced delays, postponements and a few defaults.
It wasn't until late November that all matches were finally completed. But overall, we had a terrific tournament and some new faces qualifying for the 2011 National Games in Houston. We also had a few upsets and veteran players moving up successfully to new age groups.
Eyup Tanman of Cambridge, coming off his second National Senior Games singles gold medal in 2009, moved up to the Maryland 85-89 age group with ease. He also won a gold in doubles, albeit without his long-time playing partner Kenneth Miser.
For Dr. Tanman, the Maryland tournament was another successful stop in a long year of traveling the country playing in the best senior tournaments. He game is so tuned right now that he didn't lose a game in singles at MSO.
The biggest upset of the tournament came in men's 50-54 doubles, where 2009 National silver medalists Randy Martin and Michael Stevens were defeated by James Murduck and Mark Taylor 6-4, 6-2. The best men's match came at 60-64 singles, where William Anderson dethroned John Copenhaver in a long spar, 6-3, 3-6 and 11-9 in the tiebreaker.
Al Wigmore moved up to the 75-79 age group and captured his fifth straight MSO singles gold. Likewise, Ray Hoffmann stepped up to 65-69 and ended Ahmer Soliman's yearlong reign.
Women's play had notable storylines, as well. Venerable Cathie Morrison was defeated in 65-69 singles by Jean Su 6-0, 6-0. Then, Ms. Morrison and long-time doubles partner Frances Flatau finished fourth.
Perhaps the tournament's best match came at 65-69 doubles, where Pat Cuff and Anita Gadzuk literally outlasted Peggy Sange and Linda Orff 2-6, 7-6 and 12-10 in the tiebreaker. Last year's gold medalists in this age group, Elvira Rudegeair and Mary Kane, dropped to bronze.
It was also great to see Betty Anthony back and staving off the heat to qualify nationally in 80-84 singles again this year. Kudos to Carmen Campbell for providing Ms. Anthony an opponent but having to retire to Elizabeth Kilgus in her own qualifying match.
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2010 Tennis Results
Age group medalists from the 2010 MSO tennis tournament held Sept. 24-26 at Olney Manor Regional Park. The top three finishers qualify for the 2011 National Senior Games in Houston. All matches are best-of-3 sets with the third set being a 10-point pro set. You'll see scores such as 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-6), indicating the winner won the third set by 10 points to 6.
Also, the loser in the gold-medal match is automatically the silver medal winner. If there is no bronze medal winner listed or no bronze medal match to be played, that means only final rounds were played in that age group.
Gold—Dean Floria (Rockville) def. Randy Martin (Kingsville) 6-4, 6-1.
Bronze—James Murduck (Ellicott City) def. Matha Rao (Boyds) 6-2. 7-5.
Gold—Francis Kreysa (Damascus) def. Gerald McClellan (Clarksburg) 6-1, 7-5.
Bronze—Michael Stevens (White Marsh) by default.
Gold—William Anderson (Ellicott City) def. John Copenhaver (Gaithersburg) 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (11-9).
Bronze—Henry Dahlen (Ellicott City) def. George Ford (Pikesville) 6-3, 6-4.
Gold—Ray Hoffmann (Germantown) def. Sukumar Sain (Berwyn Heights) 6-2, 6-3.
Bronze—Ahmed Soliman (Silver Spring) def. Peter Hartogensis (Bethesda) 2-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-8).
Gold—Chandra Sekhar (Montgomery Village) def. Howard Walderman (Columbia) 6-4, 6-0.
Bronze—Ben Chang (Silver Spring) by default.
Gold—Al Wigmore (Silver Spring) def. Melvin Comet (Catonsville) def. 6-3, 3-0 (opponent retired in 2nd set).
Bronze—Raymond Chen (Gaithersburg) by default.
Gold—Paul Stanton (Potomac).
Silver—Suat Akgun (Hopatcong)
Gold—Eyup Tanman (Cambridge).
Silver—Harry Bernat, Oxon Hill.
David Paulson played Suat Akgun and Harry Bernat so they could qualify for National.
Gold—Jennifer Murduck (Ellicott City) def. Lori Dewald (Salisbury) 6-1, 6-3.
Bronze—Hedy Brandt (Ellicott City).
Gold—Loyce Pailen (Beltsville).
Gold—Jean Su (Baltimore) def. Cathie Morrison (Bel Air) 6-0, 6-0.
Bronze—Peggy Sange (Severna Park).
Gold—Elizabeth Kilgus (Edgewater) def. Carmen Campbell (Columbia) 6-1 (retired)
Gold—Mary Boswell (Damascus) def. Frances Flatau (Joppa) 6-0. 6-0.
Gold—Betty Anthony (Sykesville) def. Carmen Campbell (Columbia) 10-8 pro-set to qualify for Nationals.
Gold—James Murduck (Ellicott City)/Mark Taylor (Woodstock) def. Randy Martin (Kingsville)/Michael Stevens (White Marsh) 6-4, 6-2.
Gold—Francis Kreysa (Damascus)/Wally Norris (Clarksburg).
Gold—John Copenhaver (Gaithersburg)/Ray Hoffmann (Germantown) def. George Ford (Pikesville)/Rashid Ali (Burtonsville) 6-0, 6-1.
Gold—Sukumar Sain (Berwyn Heights)/Matthew Pallithana, (Laytonsville) def. Anthony Gomez (Columbia)/Jack Campbell (Columbia) 7-6, 6-2.
Bronze—John Wright (Rockville)/James Kelly (Rockville).
Gold—Chandra Sekhar (Montgomery Village)/George Vetticad (Gaithersburg) def. Al Hargrove (Greenbelt)/James Harbaugh (Greenbelt) 6-1, 6-1.
Bronze—Douglas Diedrick (Queesntown)/James Heaney (Queenstown).
4th-Place—Donald Denault (Brookeville)/Roddy Popovitch (Gaithersburg).
Gold—Chuck Schuler (Laurel)/Melvin Comet (Catonsville) def. Fred Lane (Bel Air)/Ray Chen (Gaithersburg).
Bronze—Vernon Broadwater (Bel Air)/Chuck Schuler for Broadwater's qualification to play at National.
Gold—Eyup Tanman (Cambridge)/Suat Argun (Hopatcong, N.J.) def. John Moriarty (Rockville)/Gerald Smith (Silver Spring) 2-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-6).
Gold—Hedy Brandt (Ellicott City)/Jennifer Murdock (Ellicott City) def. Courtenay Culp (Rockville)/Louise Hawkins (Rockville) 6-1, 6-1.
With no other players in this age group, Culp/Hawkins played Brandt/Murduck for their qualification to National.
Gold—Louise Hawkins (Rockville)/Vicky Parra (Germantown).
Gold—Hiro Fisher (Columbia)/Stephanie Mills (Baltimore) def. Shirley Boudreau (Bethesda)/Jean Restuccia (Rockville) 6-3, 7-6.
Bronze—Donita Buffalo (Fort Washington)/Pat Weston (Clinton).
Gold—Pat Cuff (Gaithersburg)/Anita Gadzuk (Potomac) def. Peggy Sange (Severna Park)/Linda Orff (Crofton) 2-6, 7-6, 1-0 (12-10).
Bronze—Elvira Rudegeair (Clarksville)/Mary Kane (Sykesville)
4th-Place—Cathie Morrison (Bel Air)/Frances Flatau (Joppa).
Gold—Mary Pat McBride (Cockeysville)/Carolyn Wingate (Towson) def. Peggy Sange (Severna Park)/Linda Orff (Crofton) 7-3 pro set to qualify for Nationals.
Gold—James and Jennifer Murduck (Ellicott City) def. Vicky Parra (Germantown)/Marco Ruales (Germantown) 6-2, 6-1.
Bronze—Michael Durham (Silver Spring)/Loyce Pailen (Silver Spring).
4th-Place—Mark and Karen Gomez (Arnold).
Gold—Shirley Boudreau (Bethesda)/Peter Hartogensis (Bethesda).
Gold—Ben Chang (Silver Spring)/Jean Su (Baltimore) def. Chuck Shuler (Laurel)/Mary Kane (Sykesville) 7-6, 5-7, 1-0, (12-10).
Gold—Moe DiPietro (Crofton)/Elizabeth Kilgus (Edgewater) def. Vernon Broadwater (Bel Air)/Elvira Rudegeair (Clarksville) 6-0, 6-2.
Gold—Mary Boswell (Damascus)/Ray Hoffmann (Germantown) def. Frances Flatau (Joppa)/Fred Lane (Bel Air) 10-4 pro set to qualify for Nationals.