New England Senior Tennis Foundation
Promoting Senior Tennis in New England
New England Senior Slam Tournaments
We are excited to announce the fourth year of the highly successful New England Senior Slams Tournaments for senior players age groups 50-90. The New England Senior slams are a series of three USTA/NE sanctioned tournaments, modeled after the pro Grand Slams, and played on three different surfaces: hard court, clay and grass. There again will be a “goody bag” for all players and a party with food, drink and drawings for prizes at all the Slam tournaments for all players and their significant others. Based on player feedback, we have made some changes to make the Slams even better this year.
The 2012 hard court Senior Slam at Yale had the honor of being selected by the United States Tennis Association to become a National Category II Tournament for the age groups of 50, 60 and 70 men and women and again will be a Category II national tournament this year. The rest of the age groups will again be NE tournaments and both tournaments will be held simultaneously as one tournament at Yale.
The Grass Slam at the Essex County Club in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA was a great success last year and it was honored as USTA/NE Adult Tournament of the Year for 2012. However, Essex CC decided to not renew for 2013 but did leave the door open for a possible return in 2014. In 2013, the Grass Slam will be returning to Newport Hall of Fame where the first two Grass Slams were held.
For 2013, the mixed doubles events have been deleted. There were scheduling difficulties with the mixed event at the Grass Slam and the other Slams had very little participation.
The times of the Slam tournaments are also slightly changed. The Clay Slam at both locations were pushed back a week later in August in 2012 to reduce conflict with USTA League playoffs and this will be the same in 2013. The Grass Slam is the week after Labor Day as last year but starts on Monday and ends on Thursday (with Friday as an overflow day if needed) as there were no weekends available at Newport for the tournament.
The 2013 date for the Hard Court Slam at Yale is Thursday, June 6 to Sunday, June 9. The dates for the Clay Slams are Thursday, August 8 to Sunday, August 11 for Beverly and Friday, August 9 to Sunday, August 11 for Concord CC. The Grass Slam at the Newport International Tennis Hall of Fame dates are Monday, September 9 to Thursday, September 12 with Friday, September 13 an extra day if needed.
The NE Senior Slams were a great success in the three years of its existence. You can read about each of them by clicking on the "Breaking News" link on the left of this page where you can find the stories.
To provide all of these amenities and more, we are seeking sponsors. There are different levels of sponsorship; if you know of an organization or individuals who might be interested, contact Ken Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 978-369-3045.
We also have created a flyer for the 2013 Slams. It would be nice publicity if you could download it and print it so you can post it at your club.
Below is a description of the venues. These are some of the best in New England.
Yale - hard court
The new Cullman-Heyman Indoor Tennis Center at Yale
The Yale Tennis Center, aka Connecticut Tennis Center, was home to the Pilot Pen pro Tennis Tournament, held just before the US Open. There are 22 cushioned hard courts outside. This is where the hard court Slam is played. The above picture shows the eight court Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center which opened in 2008 and received a USTA award in 2009 as the outstanding tennis facility in New England. This indoor facility is used for indoor backup for the hard court NE Senior Slam tournament. The Yale Hard Court Senior Slam was selected as Adult Tournament of the Year for 2010!
Concord Country Club & Beverly Golf and Tennis Club - clay court
International Tennis Hall of Fame at Newport - grass court
Back to Newport for 2013! Visitors to the Newport Casino (shown in picture below) are transported back to 1880 when visiting the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Once on the grounds, the horseshoe piazza, clock tower, intimate stadium with grass courts, and the Victorian architecture charm the visitor.
From 1881-1915, the Casino hosted the first U. S. National Lawn Tennis Championships. At that time, the championships consisted of only men's singles and doubles. This tournament today is the U. S. Open and is held in Flushing Meadow, N. Y.
The International Tennis Hall of Fame at this site was conceived by then Casino president James Van Allen, the founder of the modern tiebreaker. The museum is the world's largest tennis museum and owns the worlds largest collection of tennis memorabilia. All tournament players will receive passes to the museum and siginificant others/friends of players will receive discounts.
The NE Grass Senior Slam is being held on a weekday from Monday through Thursday (with Friday an overflow day if needed) as there were no weekends free to accommodate the tournament in 2013. Newport is a great holiday destination and the Grass Slam week is a good opportunity to combine the tournament with a holiday.
The Newport Grass Senior Slam tournament can be accessed here.
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