Several IronOaks Tennis Club members participated in the Huntsman World Senior Games held in St. George, Utah in October. This annual event brought in over 10,000 athletes from 72 countries, involved in 27 different sporting fields.
Of those participants, 350 came for the tennis competition. There were many challenging matches, but that did not deter our winning team of John Radcliffe and Dave Reddie. They played together in the 70 Plus Open Doubles (ratings of 4.0 and above), going in as the No. 1 seeds and emerged victorious as No. 1 again, bringing home the gold!
Dave has been playing from his early years and at UCLA was able to play with Arthur Ashe. John got a later start, beginning at age 32 with some group lessons and has not stopped since.
Other club members also made a good showing in some challenging matches. Don Neu played both 75 Plus Singles (seeded No. 2) and doubles (seeded No. 1). Dick Eslick and Wayne Newman teamed up for the 65-69 Challenger Doubles (ratings 3.5 and below) and took fourth place out of a large draw. Wayne and Lois Newman played together in the 55-60 Mixed Doubles Challenger (3.5 and below). Then Lois and Drena Radcliffe took on the strong field of Open Doubles (4.0 and above). Diane Reddie joined in with the 3.0 Challenger Doubles.
Congratulations to all of the IronOaks Tennis Club members who jumped in to participate at the annual World Senior Games. It’s quite an accomplishment to be able to match your skills against some of the best!