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New 65 and Over League Takes on Long Island

Tuesday Tennis in The Park for 65
September 7, 2018 04:32 PM
Al Silverstein, Elaine Cashin, Pamela Gill, Steve Greenfield
Susan D'Alessandro, Pat Molloy, Bob Nathan, Charles Kaplan
Peggy Gluck, Nancy Rosenthal, Dave McKean, Stan Froelich

A new 65 and over Mixed Doubles USTA League launched this summer and took Long Island by storm. This league marks the first time that this category/age group has been organized on Long Island and is the only one of its kind in the Eastern Section.

Since the league began at the start of the summer, it has grown to two teams comprising about 35 total participants who play mostly out of Hempstead Lake State Park on Tuesday mornings.  According to Al Silverstein, League Co-Creator, “What is unique about this group is that the league does not consist of only Long Islanders. There are people from Brooklyn and Harlem traveling to play with us. Also, because many of these players spend time in Florida, there has been interest in creating a New York vs. Florida "league" with a couple of Florida clubs.”

This new league was started by Silverstein, Susan D'Alessandro and David McKean, who saw an opportunity for older players to come down to the park and play tennis. It has grown into a successful league supported by USTA Eastern and League Coordinator Kathy Miller, who has been storing the match results on the USTA system.

The two teams are led by Co-Captains Bob Nathan, Pat Molloy, D’Alessandro and Silverstein. They play a weekly USTA  match every Tuesday at Hempstead Lake State Park, and every other Thursday they play an additional USTA match at The Tennis King @Roslyn Estates. 

Says Al, “Since our league does not progress to a Sectional event because there is no other 65 and over mixed 8.0 league on Earth, we concentrate on playing as much outdoor tennis as possible. Many of our registered players are playing USTA League tennis for the first time. With the unflinching support of Kathy Miller and USTA Eastern in keeping the registration fee to $10 (this is not a misprint), we expect to see more serious senior tennis players signing up, and playing alongside our recreational players.

“Players from all over the NYC metropolitan area are joining us regularly in beautiful Hempstead Lake State Park for our Tuesday Tennis in The Park for serious 65 year old tennis players.”

According to Susan, “We have met some wonderful new players who immediately have something in common with unique personalities and love the fact that they are 65 and are still playing tennis competitively.”

A highlight of the summer season was a league barbeque at the park in August. According to Sue and Al, all participants helped buy and make food and set up and clean up for the event, which was organized by Bob Nathan. “It was nice getting to know each other a little bit more over a hamburger and hot dog,” Al said.  He added, “I certainly look forward to seeing and playing tennis every Tuesday morning at Hempstead Lake State Park and Mother Nature has shined down on us each week no matter what the forecast has predicted.”

If you’re interested in joining the 65-and-over Mixed Doubles League or just want more information, please email asilver1118@aol.com or suedaless10is@optonline.net .