Sunday, August 05, 2001

Rinaldi-Gullikson win Seniors




By Dave Schutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        After finishing second in the Tennis Masters Series Cincinnati Senior Tournament the past two years, Kathy Rinaldi teamed with Tom Gullikson Saturday to win the doubles title.

        Rinaldi/Gullikson defeated defending champions Gigi Fernandez and Jaime Fillol 6-4, 6-2 at the ATP Tennis Center.

        The third place trophy went to Gene Mayer and Catarina Lindqvist. They defeated Mansour Bahrami and Ann Grossman 9-7 in a pro-set match.

        “It feels great to win,” Rinaldi said. “I've had great partners every year (Dick Stockton and Marty Riessen) but couldn't win. This tournament is so much fun and I'd like to come back.”

AT A GLANCE
  • Qualifier: 10 a.m. today. Adult tickets $10, kids 14 and under admitted free.
  • Main draw: Tennis Masters Series Cincinnati tournament begins play Monday. Ticket prices range from $18 to $40, depending on the session (tickets remain for all sessions). Call (513) 651-0303 or (513) 562-4949 for info or tickets.
  • Check the bracket
  • More Masters facts
        Gullikson, who was playing in his first Seniors Tournament since the women were added three years ago, had nothing but praise for Rinaldi's play and competitive spirit.

        “It's a given that anytime you walk on to the court you want to win,” Gullikson said. “Kathy's a delightful person, has a great smile and was fun to play with.”

        The outcome was never in doubt after Rinaldi/Gullikson broke Fillol and Fernandez twice in the first set and again to open the second set.

        Fillol made no excuses.

        “The teams were so much stronger this year,” Fillol said. “They replaced some of the weaker players and made it tougher.”

        The winners received $12,000 each and a Waterford Crystal trophy with Mercedes awarding the winners a $1000 American Express Card and a watch. The losing team spit $20,000.

       



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