by Steve Graham
The Montclair Tennis Association Men's Doubles Event was held at Mills College on Sunday, March 19th. We were honored to have three of the finest men's doubles teams to ever play the event. MTA Hall of Famer Mike Turkull was paired with punster Peter Volin. Andrew Ivary, recently recognized as the fastest human being to ever step on a tennis court, joined forces with the crafty Marty Gutherz. At the last minute, Jim Seid flew in from a whirlwind Pan Asian tour where he was undefeated, to pair with USTA champion Roger Lambert.
On the very first point, the event was marred by a leg injury to Mike Turkull. But traveling as always with a deep bench, he was able to call up Pan Dechlalom-Seid, who met with the hearty acceptance of teammate Peter Volin, and the unanimous approval of every opponent. Once asked for his set leading score, Volin reported "4-2-itous." Ivary lived up to his reputation for covering 95% of the court, leaving partner Gutherz standing at the baseline to watch. But in the end, it was Seid and Lambert who won every match to garner the crown. Ivary and Gutherz suffered only one defeat to claim the runner up spot.
Mark your calendars now for next March. You will not want to miss this hotly contested annual event!
Icebreaker Tournament February 26th
by Robin Lee
The Icebreaker Tournament . . . more of a "rain" breaker . . . was held as scheduled on Sunday, February 26, at Mills College under sunny, blue skies. The weather couldn't have been better after weeks of rain, mudslides and flooding in the Bay Area.
10 MTAers turned out for a fun 5-round mixed doubles format with changing partners. At the end of the day, it was Mike Turkull who eked out a win over Kenny Goodman for first place amongst the men (they were tied at 20 games each, but Mike won in their head-to-head round), and Lyn Murray who won 17 games to Mary Blume's 16 for the women.
Tournament director Robin Lee was assisted by Richard Stark (schlepper of supplies to the shed), Susan Goodman (event photographer), as well as all participants who brought great things to eat to share. A good time was had by all.
Our Leader Our Winners
Our Runner Ups
Mills Mixer September 24th
by Susan Goodman
This was MTA’s 10th annual mixer with the Mills College Tennis team – and what a day it was!
Tony Canedo, the Mills College Head Tennis Coach, organized a great doubles event. We started with two rounds (each an 8-game pro set) where MTA was pitted against Mills. We then took a short break for food, drink, and socialization – it was a HOT day! Then back on the courts for a final round, but this time we picked a member of the opposite team to partner with, and played against another MTA/Mills pairing – really fun!
The 2016 Mills teams consists of 10 athletes and two coaches, and they were extremely welcoming to all us MTA folks. We were their first “match” of the season, and I think it served as a good introduction to formal play in a less-intimidating (and very friendly!) environment. We wish them a fabulous season!
What a great tradition!
TGIF #4 September 23rd
by Susan Goodman
This was the fourth and final TGIF of the season, and we went out in style!
It was a gorgeous night, and 17 of us played doubles tennis all night long, save for a brief respite where we indulged in a wide variety of hot, freshly-delivered pizza, green salad, grapes, and Scotcheroos!
It was a treat to have Jerri’s daughter join us for all the fun (sans the tennis). And of course, it’s always great to have Spencer there – by now, he could probably be considered the official TGIF Mascot, cute puppy that he is!
Thank you for making it such a fun evening – and special kudos to Larry, Warren, and Mike for their generous contributions, and to everyone who helped clean up at the end of the night.
Looking forward to more TGIFs in 2017! In the meantime, check the “Upcoming Events” page of this website for upcoming 2016 events!
TGIF #3 August 19th
by Susan Goodman
Great Friday night event – tennis, food, and conversation – what could be better?! Twenty tennis players plus another four supporters (and at least one dog!) made for a festive evening, with more than a few folks playing until the very end, which was great!
Thank you to everybody who came out, and for making it so much fun. Special kudos to Donna, Eric, and Robin for their generous contributions, and to everyone who helped schlep stuff there (Mary and Kenny), and to all who helped set up and then clean up at the end of the night (too many to mention) – I sincerely appreciate your help!
Hope to see you at the next TGIF – September 23 – the final TGIF of the year! (to register, navigate to the Upcoming Events page of this website)
Hot Courts BBQ August 11th
by Kenny Goodman
Food and Tennis!
It was not just the regulars at Hot Courts on the 11th of August. With the number of guests over 28 I can only attribute our exceptional turnout to the love our members have with the mix of food and tennis.
A big thank you to Hans Boerner for bringing out his grill and all the food we cooked that night. Also, I would like to thank all those who not only came to play, but brought food to share as well. It was great to reward those regular participants with a delicious meal and to welcome some new faces that we hope will continue to attend our weekly Hot Courts. While the last few weeks our players have been battling the challenging sunset, our shorter days have now almost eliminated that threat. Under lights, in clear skies and even in the fog, we play every Thursday evening and if you were not able to come by our Hot Court Barbeque event it is never too late to try us out. We play from 6:30 – 9:30ish and always have a great time. Games are casual with an opportunity to practice that new backhand without the threat of your partner’s USTA record being damaged. Beginner or experienced, all are welcome and we hope to see you on the courts.
Your Hot Courts Coordinators,
Kenny Goodman and Hans Boerner
TGIF #2 July 22nd
by Susan Goodman
The July TGIF tennis social was great fun, with 21 members and 1 guest converging on beautiful Davie tennis stadium for casual tennis (lots of it – the courts were full until the very end!), delicious food, and lots of good conversation, fun, and general hanging-out.
Special kudos to:
· Yen Lim for her fabulous homemade Malaysian food for dinner!!!
Antoinette, Warren, Cathy, and Mike for their yummy contributions!!
Thanks to everyone who came out – you made it a truly enjoyable evening!
More Pictures Here!
Hope to see you at the next TGIF – August 19 – see the Upcoming Events page for the registration link.
TGIF #1 June 17th
by Susan Goodman
We started out the TGIF season in style with a great night at Davie Tennis Stadium!
There were 22 tennis players, one non-playing guest, one dog (Yuba) – and some great tennis (spreading out over four courts), some yummy food (banh mi sandwiches, quinoa salad, pineapple, chocolate-covered strawberries, and more), and a lot of fun.
I’m glad that so many of you were able to come out, and I hope you had as much fun as I did. Sorry, but no photos this time – I was too busy having fun!
In case you haven’t heard, this was just the first of 4 TGIF's this Summer – sign up for the July 22 one here, before it sells out (like this one did):
PRESIDENT'S CUP 2016
by Richard Stark
Saturday June 11 was sunny and warm, a perfect day for the President’s tournament held at Mills College. Thanks to Robin Lee for the five round eight no-add games (40 games) format. Competition was keen and the snacks and socializing after was good. All had a good time. Winners were Kate Barr, Robin Lee, Richard Stark and Ben Barteau. Thanks to all for making the event successful.
For more pictures of this event please click below
MEN"S SINGLE'S RESULTS 4/23/16
by Herb Weingard
Seven strong tennis players participated in this year's Men's Singles Tournament on Saturday, April 23 at the Montclair Courts under a sunny sky.
Every one played well and won at least 1 set. Michael Van Lokeren is this year's winner. Second place goes to Andrew Ivary.
1- Michael Van Lokeren
2- Andrew Ivary
3- Eric Steinhauer
Thanks to everyone who participated despite the initial rainout. Thanks to Board members Robin, Richard, Susan, and Mary for their support.
DAY ACROSS THE BAY 4/16/16
by Susan Goodman
What a great day it was! Perhaps we’ll do it again next year…
Fourteen of us played King-of-the-hill tennis at the Golden Gate Tennis Complex in beautiful Golden Gate Park. Doubles, mixed when it worked out. Three great hours. Three courts, all in great condition. Some had byes, some didn’t. Plenty of bleacher space for watching. And for our stuff. Amazing sunshine and warmth. Slight breeze toward the end. Kenny Goodman and Scott Murray took first place. Stephen Graham and Susan Jaffe took second place. The rest of us did well too! The facility has twenty-one courts in all – all fabulously filled with tennis aficionados.
Nineteen of us for a potluck picnic lunch at Sharon Meadow. Adjacent to the courts. Salads, sandwiches, dumplings, pastas, veggies, chips, brownies, and tons more. Eating. Visiting. People-watching. Dog-watching. Resting.
Three in our group took in the Annie Liebovitz photography exhibit in the Presidio, one watched her 9-year-old grandson pitch a baseball game, one had to head back to the East Bay, and the rest of us (14, if my math is correct) took a gorgeous 5-mile (???) round-trip hike/walk in the beautiful Lands End area, walking north from Sutro baths, not quite making it to Baker Beach before time told us we had to turn around and head back (we had a dinner reservation!). Nice hike, gorgeous views, amazing weather (even right above the coast!).
Eighteen of us for drinks, then dinner, at Beach Chalet, right on the Great Highway, adjacent to Ocean Beach. Pacific Clam Chowder or a Mixed Green Salad. Salmon, Steak Frites, Crab Louie Salad, Bacon Crab Melt, or a vegetarian special. Two large tables right against the floor-to-ceiling tables. Overlooking the ocean. Sun setting into the waves. Fond farewell.
It really was a fun, gorgeous Day Across the Bay with great people. I slept well that night!
by Marty Gurtherz
The 2016 Men’s Doubles Tournament played on March 20th will go down in the MTA historical annals as the event that entailed the players heroically defying the elements, or for the cynical amongst you, as the one that those dumb guys, mostly aging and fragile, risked slipping and falling and doing who knows what to themselves. In any case, Mills College, the site of the event, miraculously avoided the quite heavy downpour that afflicted the East Bay that day until the last round of play.
The Women’s Doubles Tournament preceded the Men’s and was played at Davie Stadium. I had arranged with Mary Blume, the captain of this tournament, to bring the supplies over to Mills. However, by about 45 minutes after the start of the Men’s, she had not yet appeared at Mills. I then called her and asked her when she would be bringing the supplies over. Mary’ shocked reaction was, “you must be joking, it’s pouring, no one in their right mind would be playing tennis in this weather.” When I then advised her that it was not raining at Mills, Mary reacted with extreme skepticism, so I then put her son and my doubles partner, Andrew Ivary, on the phone to confirm my contention (what mother would doubt her own child), and at that point, Mary hauled the supplies over to Mills.
A total of 5 teams played in the tournament. A few raindrops intermittently fell during the first 3 rounds, not enough to even elicit a snicker from any of the intrepid players gathered there on that memorable day. However, in the latter part of the 4th and last round, it began raining in earnest. I then pleaded with the guys to do the sane and prudent thing by seeking refuge from the looming storm in lieu of recklessly completing the round. However, to my dismay, the unanimous collective response to my plea was a combination of derision and rather vehement retorts typified by the true grit team of John Lee and Steve Graham as follows: John: “We’re not going to let no stinking rain stop us from finishing the round,” Steve: “No (expletive deleted) way.” Confronted with this overwhelming opposition of these tough hombres, I had no choice but to throw caution to the wind and allow the last round to be completed, and fortunately, none of the players slipped and broke a leg or suffered some other potential career ending injury.
Approximately a minute after the last player strolled off the court, it started raining in torrents; if this had started a few minutes earlier, I doubt that even the valiant warriors assembled there would have continued to soldier on.
It was then time to finish off the quite delectable munchies and announce the tournament winners who to nobody’s surprise. were those perennial MTA front runners, Mike Turkull and Peter Volin who utilized their dazzling combination of stroke wizardry and diabolically clever strategy to trounce their beleaguered opponents. However, Andrew and I, the runner-ups, somehow managed to give these guys a run for their money, losing to them 5-4 in the decisive round that determined who would win those highly coveted prizes awarded to MTA tournament top dogs.
The aforementioned diabolically clever strategy utilized by Mike and Peter was to target the age, agility, and shot challenged older dude, namely me, while scrupulously avoiding hitting the ball at the young highly agile and skilled dude, namely
Andrew, who has an amazing repertoire of precise warp speed serves, ground
strokes, and volleys.
When queried about his and Mike’s
highly effective but ethically dubious strategy, Peter glibly quipped, as he is
invariably inclined to do: “All’s fair in love and tennis.”
In summary, despite the inclement
weather, the only slight flaw in the event was that Andrew and I didn’t win 1st
prize. The event was a competitive one with all of the guys playing well,
behaving amiably, and delivering on the vital mission that I assigned them to
bring palatable food to share to the event.
Our Winners Mike & Pete
2nd Place Andrew & Marty
by Steve Graham
On Sunday, April 3, the Annual MTA Mixed Doubles Tournament was held at Mills College. Our “Final Four” participating teams were challenged by a rigorous competitive format, beginning with three qualifying rounds.
The 3rd and 4th finishers faced off in a 10-Point Super Tie Breaker to determine the consolation round champion. Mary Blume and Warren Garrison made a strong comeback to win 11-9 over Lyn Murray and Steve Graham.
The Championship Round was accentuated by boisterous cheering from the bleachers, as the top two qualifiers battled each other in a hard fought Super Tie Breaker. The final score was 10-8, as Steve Musgrove and Lorna Dare brought their “A” game, but Robin Lee and Mike Turkull prevailed, engineering a comeback from a 1-4 deficit.
A gorgeous day was capped by sharing our food while making plans to attend the April 16 MTA Spring Away Event in San Francisco, where we will have a morning of tennis, afternoon to hike, and then enjoy dinner at the Beach Chalet Brewery and Restaurant. For more details, check out the event here on our web site.
by Mary Blume
On the first day of Spring, six women gathered for a delightful, relaxed tournament at Davie Stadium.
Clouds were drifting in and out, birds were chirping, snacks were plentiful, and the camaraderie palpable.
Amy Hansen was welcomed a new participant.
Lorna Dare and Mary Blume took the gold, and were the proud recipients of a new MTA wine glass each.
Susan Goodman and Susan Murphy came in second, Robin Lee and Amy took third.
Upon leaving the courts, a brief deluge closed the stadium for the rest of the day!
ICE BREAKER TOURNAMENT
The ice was indeed broken for our traditional first (except for NY day) tournament of the year. We had 12 enthusiastic players come out on a pleasant Feb. Sunday morning. We played 4 rounds of 8 games with a mix-and-match format. Thanks very much to Robin Lee for setting that up.
We welcomed several new members and really hope to see them again. They were Kat Barr (her 2nd event), Amy Hansen, James Mott and Diane Heinze. Very fun people!
As usual, there was great food to help with the socializing.
The winners were Marty Gutherz and Robin Lee.
Look forward to seeing everyone at the many upcoming tennis days. Save the date for our “Spring Day Across the Bay”, our spring “not-away” tournament. April 16th, San Francisco.
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