The 33rd ITF World Individual Championships began yesterday in Turkey. I am playing in the 55 singles and 55 doubles divisions. My partner is Pat Purcell from St. Louis, who was a member of the Connolly Cup team which won the title last week. This is a tough division..in addition to Pat in the singles, her teammates Diane Barker, Susan Wright and Tina Karwasky are all playing, plus some excellent players from other countries, Ros Balodis from Australia, Betty Michel from France, Susana Villaverde from Switzerland to name a few.
Carolyn’s Blog from Individuals:
- Sunday Blog: Trip to Alanya after 6:30 am practice.
- Monday Blog: Practice, Draw, Ready to play!
- Tuesday Blog: 7:30 am Practice; 11:30 am match; into the round of 16
- Wednesday Blog: Successful Day in Singles & Doubles & Photos
- Thursday Blog: Into the Doubles Final and Singles Semis
- Friday Blog: End of the Tournament and off to Istanbul
- Istanbul Day 1: Grand Bazaar, Galeta Bridge, Blue Mosque
- Istanbul Day 2: Tokapi Palace, Bosporus Boat Ride, Turkish Delight
- Round Up of American Medalists in Turkey (Individuals)
Links to Draws, Blogs and Posts for ITF World Team and Individual World Championships
- Link to draws: click on “order of play” and then on “draws” to see the draws and results (which are posted throughout the day).
- Link to ITF Seniors website (which has links to some live scoring, photos and daily articles from Turkey
- Link to blogs and results from ITF World Team Championships
- Tennis Blog posts
One interesting word in Turkish is “USTA” which means: “n. master, expert, old hand, workman, craftsman, adept, artist, connoisseur, constructor, dab, dabster, hand, journeyman, proficient, shark, whizz”, so you see it everywhere…there’s a chain of baklava stores called “Ali USTA”!