KIDS KONTENDERS IN KISMET'S KAYE KRAZY DOUBLES
It was a “feel good” tournament, best in years, probably because it was multigenerational: kids long excluded were major players now – “there should be two tournaments” Tom L. said” One for those under 20, the other for those over 70”. Tom actually had to bow out so that his kids could play. It was a long way from the tourney's raucous beginnings when group houses used to support their housemates , bringing drinks to the courts while they wisecracked through the matches. And the people in Outback (the house adjacent to the courts) hated tennis so they used to periodically throw down tennis balls during the sets.
Artie G gave advice from all those winter tennis lessons (one man's good shot is his opponent's weakness) and even made a housecall to Gary, one of his partners, to discuss strategy for their next match. Pinnie of Xanadu called out “where's the empire?” “Its umpire- throw this guy out” countered Steve! Nancy, “umping” asked for “your tired old balls”. Alex, the eventual winner, had more relatives and friends there cheering for him – good thing he won – and when they were drinking to his success at home he was calmly sitting in a bench watching the ladies' games. Cool! Casey & Lacey changed clothes a lot between their games. Sam Wood actually stopped working to watch his kids Sam Jr & Gracie. “I have lots of kids, don't even now their names but thankfully only two on the courts”.
Artie G said ”we are invaded by Fair Harbor” as 6 contenders were from there but there was no way I could cop an attitude when Jane said most graciously “we are grateful that Kismet is so inclusive”. She won this year, playing with Gracie Wood and her husband Dean won last year playing with Sam Wood.
Good feelings! Good neighbors! Good friends! Everyone toasted event organizer Joey Barbosa
At conclusion – and Joey, prone to speeches, exulted “I have been runner up so many times – it feels good to win”.
the gallery was packed
The Xanadu's actually crossed the street to watch
even Fran came down
and Jay & Linda
gimme a hug , mom
the dipsy doodles, again
and even more kids .........
Meanwhile, on Licari's skybox, Sam W stifles a yawn as Artie G blathers on about the Woods family history
Earl found Love - front &
new court friends
is that a leisure suit or pajamas?
Nancy in Gold from Naples
Carol in Nike
Mosse wears Elissa
Binnie opted for classic chic
more fashion statements from the Merry Marrieds
what the younger set wears: Wilson & a Shaparova copy
but back to business
the best of both generations
Mens semi finals team plus ref (the only injury on court was Linda's!) split youth & experience
Joey & Alex/Gary & Nicky
Women's Semi Finalists: Binnie,Phylis/Mosse, Jane
the Women's Semi Finalists: Nancy, Casey/Carol, Gracie
Mens Finalists: Alex, Joe B/Jeff Warren
And the winners are:
Alex & Joey!!!
(Joe said not one of Alex's serves were returned but he told he where to put them)
these guys just wanted to get into the picture
Women's Finalists: Casey & Jane/Carol & Mosse
and the winner is
Casey & Jane!!
credit the medical team: Janet & Linda, Kismet Chiros who treated court casualties:
Nicky L, Carol B, Nancy, Roz, Joey B, Gary L, Jimmy S, Artie G,..."the worst thing is we can't drink 'till its over"
a somewhat besotted post victorious Joe, who organized the tourney went into his speeches (T shirts not ready, trophies not ready, last year's winners' dinner certificates just arrived).Good job, anyway..............thanks, Joe.