Chris Walker & Tom Harrity earned their third U.S. Century Doubles title in their third appearance together, while sisters Mary Belknap McKee & Berkley Belknap lifted their first title in their Women’s Open Century Doubles debut, January 14-16, in New York City.
The sixteenth iteration of the “Tournament of the Century”–requiring the combined age of each team to be one hundred years or greater–featured 150 players competing on seventy-five teams. The tournament was held at the University Club, Racquet & Tennis Club, New York Athletic Club, Union Club and Heights Casino.
Harrity & Walker returned to the Century Open division as top seeds and their second tournament appearance together with two seeds Dave Rosen & Steve Scharff opposing them in the draw. Both top seeds were pushed to five games in the semifinals. Harrity & Walker coming back from 2-1 down against Clive Leach & Alfredo Nieto to win 11-15, 15-4, 12-15, 15-13, 15-4, while Rosen & Scharff pulled through 15-13 in the fifth against Canadians David Harris & Scott Stoneburgh. In the final, Harrity & Walker clinched the title 15-10, 15-12, 15-11 in forty-eight minutes. Harrity & Walker add to their Century Open titles together in 2019 and 2020.
The Century Women’s Open final also came down to the top two seeds in the final. The top-seeded Belkap sisters progressed to the final without dropping a game, including a 3-0 semifinal win over Laura Stuto & Bry Roskoz. Two seeds Catherine VanWanderham & Seanna Keating dropped a game in their opener, but topped three seeds V. Vaughan Schmidt & Susan Greene in a three-game semifinal. The Belknaps took the final 15-6, 13-15, 15-7, 15-3 in forty-two minutes. Mary McKee Belknap adds her first women’s open title to her 2019 and 2020 Century Mixed titles.
In the Century Mixed division, top seeds William Ullman & Natalie Grainger captured the title without dropping a game, defeating two seeds Shirin Kaufman & Kevin Jernigan. Grainger celebrates her third Mixed title in addition to her 2018 and 2012 wins.
The Century Grand Champions (80+) and Century Legends (60+) divisions both produced five-game finals. Top seeds Steve Mandel & Randy Lim topped the fifteen-team Legends division, defeating surprise finalists Andrew Slater & David Adams 13-15, 15-14, 9-15, 15-12, 15-12 in an hour. Grand Champions top seeds George Brzozowski-Ryan & Yaphe Paul won both a five-game semifinal and final. The Canadians took the final in the fifth game after Andrew Muran & Tyler Thomas were forced to concede due to injury.
Century Masters (70+) four seeds James Marver & Ezekiel Scherl were the only champions to upset the seedings, defeating top seeds John Brazilian & Robert Galluccio in a three-game semifinal, and earning their first Century Doubles title 15-9, 15-6, 14-15, 15-5 in the final against Canadians Tim Griffin & Michael Laidlaw.