Gilroy’s Bardrick Wins USTA National Tournament

Gilroy's Bardrick Wins USTA National Tournament

Ann Bardrick has been playing competitive team tennis
tournaments for years. But last month, the longtime Gilroy resident
finally won her first national title.
Ann Bardrick has been playing competitive team tennis tournaments for years. But last month, the longtime Gilroy resident finally won her first national title.

Bardrick and her team, which is based out of Rinconada Hills in Los Gatos but made up of players from all over the Bay Area, won the over-60 Super Senior 8.0 USTA National Tournament held at the Palm Springs Riviera Resort Oct. 24-26.

Over the years, Bardrick has played in seven team national tournaments. But the best her team has ever done was take second.

“It took me to be an old lady,” joked Bardrick, who began playing tennis as an 11-year-old in Essex, England.

The win was particularly special because it was the first year California has ever had an over-60 national tournament. And Bardrick’s team didn’t just win, it dominated. The group lost just five sets in six matches at the 3-day event.

On the road to the championship, the team did not lose a match. With Bardrick playing in the No. 1 doubles spot with partners Nancy Garcia of Menlo Park and Gay Finch of Aptos, the women swept through sectionals in Carmel and the Northern California championship. In the national championship match in Palm Springs, the team beat Dallas Canyon, Tex.

Bardrick said she knew the team would be good, but wasn’t sure if it could win the national title.

“I’ve known the girls all for years,” she said. “They’re definitely not beginners.”

The team left a little piece of Gilroy with its competitors from all over the United States. Gilroy garlic king Don Christopher donated garlic from Christopher Ranch to the team, which it presented as the customary gift to all the opposing teams.

Bardrick would like to see the team compete again next year, but USTA rules won’t allow the winning team to play again together in the same division the following year. So Bardrick said the team will try to move up to the 9.0 division.

Either way, “no one can take the one win away from us,” Bardrick said.

“It was just a very exciting thing,” she said. “All of us women were on a high two weeks after it.”

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