Austrian Champion

I played the final today against another American, Veronica Lima De Angelis. She plays a lot of tournaments in Europe, so many that I thought she lived in Europe! But I asked her and she lives in New England, near Concord, and teaches English as a second language, so she has summers free. Her husband is Italian so they come back in the summers. She hits with 2 hands and slices a lot because she tore tendons in her wrist and had surgery on three of them, and also rotator cuff surgery. I played very well the first set when the balls were still light (even though it was raining when we started playing). In the second set we had a few long games, and she made some adjustments (fewer lobs since I was smashing well), but I won 60 61. About 7-8 games in the balls start getting heavier and deader on red clay and I lost the 9th game in every match this week! There wasn’t much in the way of prizes this week…a plastic medal and a bottle of prosseco which I learned is a kind of sparkling wine (I thought it sounded like a liqueur actually). I gave it to a friend from Germany who drove here, Ellen Neumann.

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Other results, W75 ,Sophia Garaguly edged Heide Orth 74 75, Nora Blom won 60 60 and Carol Campling and Michelle Bichon play in the 70s final.

All results are here: http://www.itftennis.com/seniors/tournaments/tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100038774

After my match, I went for bike ride to Velden. Lake Worth is long and fairly skinny. Poertschach is in the middle and Velden at the eastern end. There’s a bike trail the entire way so it was a safe and easy ride. I walked around Velden, a bigger town than Poertschach, with more ice cream shops than people almost, and lots of lake front resorts. It was a nice end to the week.

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And that’s a wrap on Europe Part 1. Part 2 takes place in July. I’m off to Vienna early tomorrow and hope to get some nice photos, do a bit of shopping and see the Lippenzauer horses perform.

Photos: https://goo.gl/photos/yBn489Bww8kg1f8u8

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