Juneau man strikes gold at Senior Games

Posted: Friday, March 02, 2001

Dean Williams, 83, of Juneau won a gold medal in men's singles at the Palm Desert, Calif., Senior Games tennis competition last month.

In back-to-back matches, Williams defeated Otto Roemich of San Marcos, Calif., 6-2, 6-2, and Aaron Rabinkoff of Chicago, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. The total time on the court for the two matches was 3 hours, 10 minutes.

The United States Tennis Association has a rule that all Super Seniors (60 years and older) should not play more than one singles match per day, but Williams said the tournament director for tennis was not aware of the rule. The large number of tennis players made court scheduling difficult, Williams said. He credited his excellent physical condition for enabling him to play and win.

The Senior Games included: Golf, softball, track and field, 5K and 10K runs, lawn bowling, volleyball, square dancing, clinics and a Senior Expo.

The senior events are open to men and women ages 50 through 89.

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