National USTA Indoor Championships

August 19-24, 2019. Seattle Tennis Club, Seattle, WA



Fun in Seattle - 60's Indoors

By Leslie Airola-Murveit


The beautiful Seattle Tennis Club hosted the last Category I tournament of 2019 for the 60’s. This tournament is unique in that it includes only one age group, but because the men’s 60’s also plays, there is an opportunity to play mixed doubles. This is a great benefit for doubles specialists who have the chance to play two doubles events in their age group.


The club is located in a beautiful neighborhood and sits on Lake Washington with its own beach and dining on the lawn with spectacular views. When the clouds clear, Mt. Rainier is visible with its snowy peak.


John and Cori Kirkpatrick did a great job again this year. They kept the tournament running smoothly and organized our social events.  Continental breakfast was served each morning. Sunday afternoon we gathered on the deck and enjoyed delicious appetizers and drinks. The Tuesday night dinner highlights were grilled salmon, pasta, salad, grilled vegetables, and yummy desserts.


Twenty six  women participated -- 12 in singles, and there were 9 doubles teams and 11 mixed doubles teams.  In keeping with NSWTA board’s desire to provide our members with tournament benefits, we served our 13 NSWTA members a free box lunch on Tuesday.


Although the draws were small, the quality of the players was high. It was noteworthy that so many of the matches were won in three close sets. In singles, top seeds Shannon Gordon and Cindy Johnson met in the finals. In a hard fought match with lots of long points using topspin lobs, Cindy Johnson prevailed this time after having lost to Shannon in the La Jolla hard courts. Fourth seeded Ann Young fell to unseeded Jennifer Shorr in a tight three set quarter final battle. Jennifer then lost to Cindy Johnson in the semi-finals in another long three set match. Jennifer then beat Kathy Vick to win the bronze ball.  In the feed-in consolation final,  Ann Young upped her game in the third set to beat Leslie Airola-Murveit.


In doubles, last year’s winners Dean/Shorr (#1) lost to Purcell/Lan(#3) and Abel/Gordon Carney (#2) lost to Vick/Johnson, (#4) both in two sets. Abel/Gordon Carney then outlasted Dean/Shorr to take the bronze ball. It was fascinating to watch the various styles of play and how the teams changed tactics. Some played two up at net, others one up one back, and often I saw a two back style with lots of lobs mixed with drives. Lobs had to be calculated low enough to avoid hitting the ceiling.


In mixed doubles, the four seeds held their positions through the semi-finals. In the finals, 1st seeds Chan/Pat Purcell lost to 2nd seeded Fears/Shannon Gordon Carney in a long battle, 7-5 in the third set. Winkler/Leslie Airola-Murveit (#3) beat Linebarger/Jackie Bathauer(#4) 6-4,6-4 to take the bronze ball.


Thanks to Cori and John Kirkpatrick, to Shaun for all the catering help and to all the STC staff and volunteers who made our week so enjoyable.