Edman near top in national tennis tourney
For the last three years, the Park City Racquet Club has hosted the Hamlet Homes United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Men’s 45 Indoor Championships as a way to bring some high-level talent to the area. This year, one of the best turned out to be one of its own as Parkite Russ Edman defeated two nationally ranked players earn the opportunity to play for third or fourth place on Friday morning.
Edman defeated sixth-seeded Terry R. Burchett of Norgross, Ga. In the quarterfinals 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 to make it to the last round. In the round of 16, Edman beat Mark Wagner of Oldsmar, Fla. 4-6, 6-4, 6-0.
Edman’s accomplishment is even more noteworthy, because at 52, he is the oldest player in the tournament. Lambert says that most of the competitors are usually just a few days or months older than 45 years old.
"He’s 52, so taking it as far as he did is phenomenal," said tournament director and Racquet Club co-head pro Laurie Lambert.
The tournament, which began Monday, attracts the top-ranked men from all over the country. According to Lambert, this is the first time a Park City man has gone this far in this tournament.
"He’s been a Park City tennis player for years," Lambert said. "He helped build the club a true Park City guy."
Because of that Lambert made plans to set up bleacher seating so friends and locals could watch the Friday match. She says the opportunity to watch Edman and the other top players in the country is one of the main reasons that the Racquet Club hosts the national tournament each year. Besides the 45s event, the club and Hamlet Homes also put on two other national tournaments. Lambert says that the opportunity to watch tennis at no charge makes hosting the tournament worth the effort.
"My excitement about it is that people that play here get to see tennis at a high level that they don’t normally get to see," Lambert said.
Hamlet Homes’ sponsorship allows the Racquet Club to financially support the tournament without taking from the City-run club and also allows them to offer generous gifts to the participants.
"It really helps us to put on this big of an event," Lambert said.
Edman faced Trace Cushing on Friday morning to determine third and fourth place. Mike Fedderly and Mike Vallis (also doubles partners) will play in the singles and doubles championships. Complete results of that match and the others final matches will be available in the Wednesday edition of The Park Record.
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