New England Senior Tennis Foundation
Promoting Senior Tennis in New England
New England Senior Slam Tournaments
We are excited to announce the fifth 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. In 2014, the hard court Senior Slam will be a Category II national tournament for all age groups including the new women's 75 age group. All age groups will also count as NE tournaments and for NE rankings. The women's 75 age group has also been added to the Clay Slam tournament at Beverly G&T.
However, the Grass Slam has turned out to be a major problem and there will not be one for 2014. Essex County Club, which held the Grass Slam in 2012, declined to hold one in 2014. Newport was willing but there is major construction that will be going on resulting in no backup capability either indoor or outdoor and major construction disruption. After consultation with the USTA/NE Players Committee and the NESTF Board of Directors, it was almost unanimous that it would not be a good player experience so we should not have it in 2014 but will have it again starting in 2015.
Newport Hall of Fame General Manager Pat Druken gave a very good explanation: "There is a major build out that will begin here in a few months with improvements to the Hall of Fame campus. Improvements such as stadium upgrades, museum improvements and the demolition of the Indoor Courts, 11 Memorial Blvd building, gas station and small houses in between to make room for the ‘new’ Indoor Courts, outdoor hard courts and other buildings and improvements will have an impact on our operations, particularly during September.
We also have to remember that in September the use of the Indoor courts for backup will not exist, Salve Regina will be back in session and their court usage will not be available since their college team is in place and we are not supposed to conduct any commercial event at the Carey Mansion per our new lease contract with them. So when it rains, we are in a pickle with alternate court locations! I also envision external construction traffic and noise with workers, machinery and equipment that will be beyond our control to be a potential nuisance to play on the courts too."
The times of the Clay Slam tournaments are also slightly changed. The Clay Slam dates at both locations were pushed back a week later in August in 2014 to reduce conflict with USTA League playoffs.
The 2014 date for the Hard Court Slam at Yale is Thursday, June 5 to Sunday, June 8. The dates for the Clay Slams are Thursday, August 14 to Sunday, August 17 for Beverly and Friday, August 15 to Sunday, August 17 for Concord CC.
The NE Senior Slams were a great success in the four 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.
Below is a description of the hard court and clay 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!
The Yale Hard Court Category II National NE Senior Slam tournament can be accessed here.
Concord Country Club & Beverly Golf and Tennis Club - clay court
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