Two major upsets were posted and a third was avoided to keep local hopes alive in the third day of competition in the Wendy's National Indoor Tennis Championships.
The biggest upset came when unseeded Greg Kohles of San Francisco, Calif., pushed David Weber of Las Vegas, out of the No. 1 seeded position, 6-2, 7-5, in the men's 50 singles.This was followed by the elimination of Peter Bronson of Arizona, the No. 2 seed in the men's 45. Barry Conway of Georgia, beat Bronson, 7-5, 7-6 (6-2).
There was some concern on the part of local patrols Friday, when local favorite Clark Robinson of Bountiful, lost the first set to Graydon Garner of Connecticut.
Garner, playing a strong serve and volley game, won the opening set with relative ease. But, Robinson, playing a similar attacking style to Garner's, stayed with his game, kept the pressure on and won, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
The Kohles/Weber match, according to one spectator, was one of those matches where "everything hit was a winner - for Kohles."
Weber played well, but couldn't counter Kohles consistency and accuracy. Repeatedly, good strong serves came back at Weber harder and out of reach.
The top seed in the men's 45, Charlie Hoeveler of California, had his troubles, but advanced with a close win over another Californian, Ken Robinson, 7-6 (6-3), 7-5.
In consolation matches, Utah's Hy Saunders made it out of the first round with a win over Dick Beiden of California, 7-5, 6-4, in the men's 50.
In the men's 45 consolation, Utah's Lee Nelson advanced with a win over Mike Cooper of Kansas.
The tournament, which brought together the top senior players from around the country in the two divisions, is being played at the Snowbird Canyon Racquet Club. There is no charge to spectators.
Quarterfinals in the 50s will be at 10:30 a.m. and in the 45s at 1:30 p.m. The finals will be Monday at 9:30 a.m. for the 50s and 11 a.m. for the 45s.