people braved the weather to participate this year. Representatives
from Toronto, Pittsburgh, Rochester, Connecticut, Boston and
New York City spent two days battling the elements, playing
some great paddle, gorging on food and beverages ( I think
we set a wine record this year…) and enjoying the company.
Saturday was wet – snow, rain, sleet – everything
but sun. Everyone survived and managed to make it out to watch
the basketball game and play some pool. Certain Rochester
ladies were introduced to the concept of the piano bar and
claim they will never be the same.
morning came too quickly and started off with a mammoth court
cleaning, followed closely by Toronto’s Dan Dupak tearing
his Achilles tendon. Dan underwent surgery and is doing fine
but will be sidelined for quite awhile. Thanks to everyone
who helped keep Dan calm and for all the people whose random
lost and found clothes kept him warm throughout the ordeal.
The women’s final went ahead with Toronto’s Stephanie
Booth and Anna Lis taking the title 6-3, 6-2 over Toronto’s
Joan Stulac and Ann Ferron.
third year in a row, the men’s final featured Toronto’s
Paul Stulac and Pittburgh’s Scott McFaden taking on
the two Mike’s – Mike Boire of Toronto and New
York/Toronto’s Mike Stulac. With the packed house enjoying
the game and the rambling commentary by Shappy and Daw, the
four guys stretched it out to a 3-set epic, eventually taken
by the Mike’s (6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5)).
The Tournament Director was thrilled to hear
that everyone made it home safely despite the weather. She
is still awaiting a written report from Mike Stulac about
the “radiation” issue at the border crossing –
In-car reports say that the authorities let Mike go. Apparently,
they tired of Mike’s shot by shot description of his
run to the US National title. Realizing he still had the Canadian
National title to talk about, they decided to cut their losses
and set him free.