Donn Gobbie wins match for ages at P-T Tennis Classic
By Tommy Williams Post-Tribune correspondent July 26, 2013 11:36PM
Donn Gobbie of Brooke competes in the Post-Tribune Tennis Classic at Valparaiso University on Friday, July 26, 2013. | Michael Gard~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 28, 2013 6:18AM
VALPARAISO — Crown Point’s Boris Pavlovski said he was warned ahead of time that his first opponent in the men’s open tournament would be a tough one — even if he was 38 years his senior.
“I heard other people talk about how good a player he is so I expected a good match,” Pavlovski said.
And that we got with 55-year-old Donn Gobbie defeating Pavlovski 1-6, 6-4, 11-9.
“I thought he had me in the tiebreaker. He had me 8-5 (first one to ten wins the tiebreaker),” Gobbie said. “I think I lucked out to win it. If we played it again, I think he would win it. He’s a good player.”
For the record, we’re not talking about a 55 year old weekend warrior. Gobbie is the boy’s tennis coach at Andrean and men’s coach at Purdue Calumet.
Hoops players set for match: One of the more interesting matches Saturday in the Post-Tribune Tennis Classic will feature possibly the tallest contestant in the tourney.
He’s also no stranger to the site of the tournament.
Valparaso Univeristy basketball player Bobby Capobianco is pairing with teammate Will Bogan in a men’s open double’s match at around noon.
The 6-10 Capobianco played 30 games for the Crusaders last season while hitting 55 percent of his shots from the floor, while Bogan hit 90 percent from the free-throw line and 40 percent from 3-point range.