Jimmy Parker is the new all-time winner of Men's National Championships. Parker has now notched his 126th national championship with a third-set tie break win in the Men's 70 Doubles (with longtime partner Ken Robinson). Earlier this year Parker tied Bob Sherman at 125 with his win at the Super-Senior Father-Son Indoor Doubles. Parker, with a new knee, is now the all-time winner despite trailing others in singles wins (Sherman with 95), doubles wins (Duesler & Nelson with 58 and Nelson with 88) and Father-Son wins (Morse-Karzens with 33). It's Parker's consistency over many events and many years that's carried him to the top.
Curiously both of Parker's 2016 finals wins were over Mike Stewart in extended third sets (7-6 at Pinehurst in the 70 doubles and 7-5 at the March Father-Son in Cherry Hills NJ).
Parker and son added another, for good measure, in November at the Sarasota Super Senior Father-Son Doubles (darn, I could have been there).
George McCabe swept all the 85 gold balls this year: four singles and four doubles (two with Joe Russell and two with Clem Hopp. Nice work, George, who won a total of 17 from 2008 through 2015.
Hats off to Tony Franco who's now won back-to-back Grand Slams in Men's 90 singles combined with ten (10!) consecutive doubles titles with longtime partner Grady Nichols (two Men's 85 in 2014 and then Grand Slams in 2015 & 2016). Wow!
In World Championship news, congratulations to the Men's 80 team (Gordon Hammes, JB Hayes, Lester Sack & King Van Nostrand) for capturing the Gardnar Mulloy cup and for team member King Van Nostrand for winning both the men's singles and doubles titles in the Individual Championships. Congratulations also to the team of Mike Fedderly and Michael Tammen for capturing the World Individual Championship in 55 doubles.