Click here to read a worthwhile tennis Wish List for 2017.
Sad times as Bob (The Sherm) Sherman died at 96 on December 23. Click here for two endearing reports of a life well lived. Ironic that it's just a month after Gardnar Mulloy's passing (at 102) as Sherm won his first gold ball at Gar's expense and then passed Gar's all-time total in 2013 by winning a single, suspect match at Pinehurst. Of course both records were eradicated in October (also at Pinehurst) when Jimmy Parker won his 126th.
Work on the third cut of the 2017 sectional schedules is complete. Henceforth I rely on the sharp eyes of subscribers to point out subsequent approvals.
Something to mention to Tournament Directors (desirable practices for all but district level tournaments):
Encourage players to enter doubles without a partner (and promise refunds);
Help unpartnered players pair up before making the draw;
Begin doubles play on the very first day;
These practices help players control their travel plans (and expenses) and make for a smoother, more enjoyable tournament.