Last week, Pinehurst Tennis Club hosted the USTA National Men’s 70, 85 and 90-plus Clay Court Championships. Dozens of the top older tennis players in the country descended on Pinehurst to try to earn one of the coveted gold balls, handed out to players who win USTA championships.
One of the most well-attended and fervent matches was the 90s-plus Doubles Championship, pitting Santa Barbara, Calif.’s Robert Sherman, who’s won an incredible — and record — 127 gold balls in his tennis career, and Raleigh’s James Clavesse versus William Kuntz, of Mandeville, La., and W.T. Mathis, of Johnson City, Tenn.
In a match played with vehement competitive spirit – a racket may have been tossed clayward here and there, and Clavesse may have let out an audible “Ah, c’mon!” (check the video) — the match left spectators, tournament officials and other players in awe at the play, talent and ability of the four players, who returned to play in the 90s singles tournament a day later. For the record, Sherman/Clavesse defeated Kuntz/Mathis 7-6 (7-1), 3-6, 6-2.
And please, please…
Please, don’t miss the dap.
(The fist bumps, y’all.)
So, what do you think you’ll be doing at 90?