Welcome to our NSMTA Website
The members of the Board of Directors of our newly formed National Senior Men’s Tennis Association are happy you’ve found us! Our aim is simply to promote senior men’s competitive tennis. We have great ambitions for this website and our association, and in fact will be looking to you, our members, to help provide ideas and suggestions regarding the kind of content and activities that you would consider valuable. Maybe we can even recruit you to provide some of the content itself! Are you a writer, photographer, blogger, etc. who would be interested in contributing your talents to making our website even better?
Our fledgling organization has roots which go back much further than ours as we have been inspired by what the senior women have been able to achieve since the founding of their organization (the NSWTA) back in 1977. They have been urging us to get off our male butts and get organized, so that between the two organizations, we can better represent the voices of senior competitive tennis in the US. Some of you may be familiar with Super Senior Tennis (SST), which was founded shortly after WWII to promote tennis for players over 55. John Powless, the true dean of men’s senior tennis, has ably carried that banner for many years. We have also been inspired by the insightful work of individuals like Carolyn Nichols and Alan Messer who have almost single-handedly developed websites devoted to our game. No account of our beginnings would be complete without mentioning Steve Solomon, who has advocated for senior tennis in a myriad of creative ways for many years, and in many capacities. And bloggers like George Wachtel have been of immense help in getting us started.
We are inviting players in age groups all the way from 35 & over to the “Wimbledon-in-the-Sky” (Hey, Gardnar Mulloy made it to age 103, and he played to almost 100!) to join us. As we go forward, we will be looking for two additional Board members who can represent some of the younger age divisions. If you’re interested, please let us know! We also ask that you let your tennis-playing friends know about us and urge them to join as well. It’s important that we get as many players as possible to join, because the more members we have, the more weight our suggestions to the USTA on behalf of senior players will carry. (Two of our NSMTA Board Members, Mas Kimball and Ed Trost, sit on the USTA Adult Competition Committee.)
Another feature of our website is an interactive forum where you can make comments and get feedback from your fellow members. Of course we will have tournament schedules and results, pictures, and articles. Maybe you’re interested in how you can keep that aging body of yours more flexible, free of injury, or just plain healthier. Maybe you’ve got questions about specific injuries. Possibly you’d enjoy a walk back in time, to revisit some events from 25 or more years ago. Maybe you’re looking for a discount from some of the companies that will come onboard as sponsors or you’d like to read stories about the interesting lives of some of our members. Maybe you’re looking for that perfect drill that will totally transform your game. (Well, there ain’t no such thang, but hopefully you get the idea that there’s a lot of potential here.) We are looking for your suggestions on articles and content.
Already we’re sponsoring a Cat3 in Florida with an innovative format that kicks off the familiar January Super Senior Grand Prix in Florida. Board Member Larry Turville is spearheading that event. We’re involved with the largest senior tournament in the U.S.– the Wilson Cat2 in Palm Springs also in January, run by NSMTA Board Member Ed Trost. We’ll always be looking for your feedback during and after tournaments so that we can refine the elements that make an event appealing.
So thanks for joining us in this ambitious endeavor – we’re looking forward to the good things that will come out of it!
BOARD OF DIRECTORS