Family Members Have Fun in Davenport Tournament
By John Packett
For the family division of the Davenport City Tennis Championships on May 4 at St. Christopher’s School, the operative word among all of the participants was “fun.”
As in enjoying the competition and camaraderie. As in having a good time playing with your Mom or Dad or spouse. As in the joy of winning a trophy and having it presented to you by the venerable tournament director Hugh Waters.
Waters, who received some help from his daughter, Margie, kept the matches running smoothly and on time. That would be expected from someone who once ran “The World’s Largest Tennis Tournament” in Richmond.
There were five categories, with the father-son division by far the largest field with 11 teams.
Emerging from the draw as the champions were the duo of Roger and Jeremy Price. They edged the pair of George and Geoff Campbell 8-6 in the final but not without quite a battle on one of St. Chris’ hardcourts.
The Prices were up 5-1 and 6-3 before the Campbells rallied to close within 7-6. Geoff was serving to send the match to a tiebreaker but was broken at love – thanks in part to a great lob by Jeremy – and the Prices held on.
“Both of them played really well,” said George Campbell, 67, a computer programmer. “But we’re going to keep playing until somebody succumbs to us. As long as Hugh puts up with me, I’m going to keep coming out and trying.”
This was the third time the Campbells had lost in this final, the other two coming in 2010 and 2012.
“We’re the oldest team out here,” said Geoff Campbell, 43, a computer-aided drafting designer for Lane Homes. “We win that [trophy] at least. If you tally it up, we’re over 100.”
This was the second time the Prices had played in the tournament, and oddly enough, they were ousted by the Campbells in the opening round in 2010.
“They beat us pretty badly,” said Roger Price, 51, who owns a local recording studio (Whisper Recording) with his wife. “But Jeremy was about a foot shorter then at least. They’re a tough team. I marvel at how much tennis they played today and really good tennis, too.”
Jeremy, 16, despite a few double faults, held up his end nicely. He plays No. 1 singles for Manchester, where he is completing his sophomore season. “This was a tuneup for the [high school] district tournament [scheduled this week],” said his Dad.
In the mother-son draw, there were only two entries, so the Carters and the Hutchinsons met for the title. The team of Elizabeth and Baxter Carter defeated the duo of Sherri and Jordan Hutchinson 8-4.
“We were pleased to be able to participate and appreciate the Richmond Tennis Association for organizing such a nice event,” said Elizabeth Carter. “This is the first time we played doubles together. He was a good partner. I appreciate his help.”
Elizabeth plays for Westwood Racquet Club in the Richmond Ladies Suburban League and was recruited for the tournament by Waters. Baxter is a junior at St. Christopher’s, where he plays No. 5 singles for the Saints.
“My Mom has been to so many of my tournaments, so she knows my game so well that I think it makes it easy for us to play doubles,” said Baxter. “She knows I have a big serve and a pretty good forehand. It was fun to play together for the first time.
“I thought the other team was really strong. They were well-balanced like us. I thought the Moms did extremely well. Especially at the net, there were some really good volleys. There were some solid rallies. I was proud of my Mom today.”
Jordan, a junior, is a member of the Deep Run High School team, which has won the past three Group AAA state boys championships.
Kevin and Julie Ogborne dominated the husband-wife competition, defeating Matt and Ellie Caplice 6-2, 6-1 in the open husband-wife and beating Chuck and Eileen Snow 8-5 in the husband-wife 45s.
Julie is a former city women’s singles and doubles champion and director of special events at the Country Club of Virginia. Kevin is an IT specialist for Smart Resources at Chemtreat.
“This was a lot of fun,” said Kevin. “I enjoy playing with her a lot, just because it’s time on the court and we don’t get a lot of time on the court. We practice more than we play, and it’s a little different practicing than playing.”
Added Julie, “You can’t take it too seriously. I try to stay calm and just relax.”
The father-daughter draw was a round-robin affair, with John and Kylee DePew going 2-0 to claim the top prize. The runners-up were Walter Parker and Emerald Fleming.
Over at The Steward School, there were eight teams in the 10-under competition. They played with the orange ball on 60-foot courts. Paul Caldwell and his oldest son, Pierce, won the Blue Draw (parent-son) and Scott and Natalie Kim claimed the Green Draw (parent-daughter).
The Caldwells defeated the Kims 5-0 for the overall title.