Originally Published: December 9, 2004 7:09 a.m.
Former Wimbledon finalist and Australian champion Roscoe Tanner, who now lives in Newport Beach, Calif., will be in Scottsdale this week playing in the Fiesta Bowl Senior Open Tennis Tournament at the Scottsdale Athletic Club in the 50 singles and doubles events.
Tanner, who retired from the tour in 1985, has had his share of troubles lately. This past summer he was arrested and jailed for non-payment of child support and prior to that extradited from Germany for passing some bad checks.
Certainly that doesn't take away from his tennis talents, and while on the tour he was especially noted for this fast serve, clocked at up to 153 mph.
Tanner, who is seeded 5th in the singles draw of 32, will play his first match Wednesday (Dec. 8) at noon, and if he wins will play Thursday at 9:15 a.m.
In the doubles he's playing with John Devlin. They are seeded 5th and playing their first match Thursday at 5 p.m. If they win that match they will play Friday at 4:30 p.m.
Many local Prescott tennis players will also be competing in this tier two national tournament, such as Miguel and Jenny Phelps, Fay Matsumoto, John Houston, Jan Hasse, Beth Copper, Binki Thalheimer, Gary Amadio, Bob Hodges, Dave Tucker and myself.
For more information about the tournament and times for matches call 480-991-1571.
"Spain Defeats US for Davis Cup Title"
Clay, Moya, Nadal and 27,200 fans were enough to send the United States packing without the coveted Davis Cup title this year.
Andy Roddick, the No. 2 ranked player in the world, just couldn't pull off any wins to help the cause. He lost to 18-year-old Rafael Nadal last Friday in four sets and then Sunday to Carlos Moya 6-2, 7-6, 7-6 to give Spain the win, their second title.
The twin brothers, Bob and Mike Bryan, won the doubles Saturday, which set up the last match Sunday, but it just wasn't meant to be for the U.S. team.
Andre Agassi had been invited to be on the final team, but declined.
1995 was the last year that the Americans have held title to Davis Cup, and since it's inception in 1900 the United States has won 31 championships.
Coach Patrick McEnroe stated, "We could have won it this year, we needed the swing of just a few points. But the ultimate goal - we haven't quite reached yet."
Back to the drawing board.
•The PATA-sponsored Christmas Dinner/Dance Tennis Party will be held this coming Saturday, Dec. 11 at the Prescott Racquet Club with more than 50 people attending. A big thanks to Kathy McLargin and Toni Sadova for all the effort they have put into this fun-filled evening.
•Rick Benson, one of our favorite tennis playing buddies and friend, is going through some rough times health-wise. We wish you the best Rick and know that we're all with you and your family through this.
•I have a lot of cookies at the tennis shed since our "Cookie Exchange Doubles Tournament" was snowed out this last Sunday. Come on over to the tennis shed and hibernate with me.
Better yet, bring your snow shovel and we'll expend and then replace some calories.
•Richard and Ginger Carlson are in our thoughts as well as Phyllis Memmer. It's tough to be in ill health or have a loved one pass away, especially through the holidays.
•The Prescott Area Tennis Association is looking for people who might like to be on their board for 2005. We'd like to have representation from all the different subdivisions, the Prescott Racquet Club and public sector. If you have the time and inclination to help promote tennis locally call 445-1331.
•Congrats to Brian Buchholtz and Myron Hartz. They qualified for the NTRP year-end tennis championships in the 3.5 category. Good luck.
Tennis is the game of and for a lifetime. Think about joining in on this next semester tennis classes at Yavapai College. Meet many new friends who enjoy getting out, exercising, playing, learning, drilling, laughing, yelling in frustration, and laughing again.
The only people who lose in this game are the ones who don't participate.
(Chris Howard is a local USPTA Tennis Professional with over 30 years in the racquet and fitness industry. He can be reached at 445-1331 or email@example.com)