Young advances to National Senior Games tennis final

Aug. 03, 2013 @ 06:07 PM

Competing in his first National Senior Games, Daniel Young advanced to the championship round before falling to a competitor from Michigan.

Young, a Henderson resident, won five matches in the 64-man draw before elimination in the final. The 71-year-old was competing in the 70-74 age division.

The senior games, hosted by Cleveland, were held from July 19 to Aug. 1.

Young lost 6-4, 6-3 to Douglas Dancer in the title bout at the Chagrin Valley Athletic Club.

“He was really dancing out on the court too, I’ll tell you,” said Young. 

Young thinks he lost some of his energy after celebrating his semifinal win the previous night with a dip in the whirlpool. He got off to a fast start against Dancer, taking the first set.

“I thought I’d be alright, but he came back and really took over,” said Young.

The majority of the competitions were held in downtown Cleveland at the convention center, the Cleveland Public Hall, Cleveland State University, Case Western Reserve University, and the shores of Lake Erie.

Athletes from around the country competed in 16 individual sports, three team sports and two demonstration sports (bocce, disc golf).

Young took in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on the trip and got a look at the Browns’ FirstEnergy Stadium as well as the Indians’ Progressive Field. Young, raised in West Virginia, had a tryout with the Indians following high school.

Young, founder of the National Tennis Teachers College, next has his sights set on qualifying for the doubles competition in next year’s National Senior Games. He and partner, Bill Morrison, will begin the state qualifying tourney in September.

Contact the writer at kholtzman@hendersondispatch.com.