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  • Finals Day & Off to Tallin, Estonia 

    I played Pat Medrado in the final of the Worlds came in second best. She beat me 60 62 but it was a 1 hour 45 minute match, lots of long games and rallies, but she won all the big points and most of the other ones! She has an incredible topspin backhand, moves well, and maintained tremendous intensity throughout. I played much better than the last time we played, and learned a lot. The moral victory was that our match was at least 30 minutes longer than the other finals, even though I had fewer games to show for it.

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    So, after the final, I was supposed to meet up with the gang, Susan, Vicki and Erin. Vesna is on her way back to Florida now.Shelly  Works and I took the public bus. I got on the one to Centrum, as I had been told, (a new bus line for me), 550. Well, it was a long ride and we ended up at the wrong Centrum and had to take the Metro back, costing me about 30 minutes.  I stored my racquet bag and got the tram to the waterfront. The tram of course was late and took longer than I expected. So I had about 20 minutes to find the boat to Talkin and buy a ticket.. I thought. Erin texted me directions.. Several (but unfortunately no photos!) and I found it, got my ticket, boarded and the boat started moving about 3 minutes later, 7 minutes early! 


    We had a nice view of the harbor in Helsinki as we left. And in just over an hour I will be in Estonia, another new adventure.


  • Doubles Finals Day in Helsinki: Tammen/Fedderly; Karwasky/Persons & Sherri Bronson Win Gold Medals

    Today in Helsinki all the doubles finals were played. Amongst the USA players, Mike Tammen and Mike Fedderly won the 55 doubles; Ross Persons & Tina Karwasky won the 60 mixed and Sherri Bronson (with Pat Medrado, Brazil) won the 60 doubles. Other USA medalists were Susan Wright/Vicki Buholz (finalists, 55 doubles), Tina Karwasky/Wendy McColskey (finalists, 60 doubles); Carolyn Nichols/Una Davis (bronze, 60 doubles); Sherri/Peter Bronson (bronze, 60 mixed); Mitch Perkins/Ken White (bronze, 50 doubles) and Alex Behar/Alex Pier (bronze, 55 doubles).

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    The singles finals are tomorrow.

    I practiced early with Erin Boynton, then watched some doubles. After that we took the bus and then then the tram to the city center where we went to the mediation center (I flunked “ohm” and had to leave). We also went to the pretty rock church. After that we visited the market down by the harbor before going to the medal ceremony.

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  • Semifinal Thursday in Helsinki: ITF Seniors World Championships

    The semis were played in all divisions today in singles, doubles and mixed, which made for a long day for a few players here, including Tina Karwasky from the USA. She began by playing singles with Patricia Medrado. She is a former Brazilian  Fed Cup player who attained a career high ranking of 51. Karwasky also played for years on the WTA tour. I saw the beginning of the match which was of an extremely high quality. Tina was playing superbly; Medrado was playing a bit better and hitting a bit heavier. Medrado won 61 64. I played Wendy McColskey, who took out the #4 seed in straight sets; I beat Wendy 61 61 in over 90 minutes…we had some long games and long points, but I managed to win the big points. The singles finals are on Saturday. In doubles,Una Davis and I lost to Pat Medrado/Sherri Bronson 63 63, and they play Tina and Wendy in the final.

     

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    In the 55s,Susan Wright lost a heartbreaker to Leanne Swaysland, who she beat last week in the Connolly Cup. She won the first set in a tiebreak, lost the 2nd and was leading in the third when Leanne played “go for broke” tennis, serving big (and she’s a lefty!) and hitting heavy forehands which jump on this surface. Leanne won 64 in the third and plays her doubles partner, Ros Balodis in the final. Balodis took out a fit and determined Ingrid Resch to reach the final. However Wright and Vicki Buholz have a chance to avenge that loss tomorrow in the doubles final.

    In the 50s, it’s Lisa Prechtel and Marie Christine Calleja in the final. Calleja took out Olga Shapnoshinkova in the semis while Lisa beat Petra Dobusch. Both semis went the distance.

    In men’s play, Ross Persons of USA lost to Paul French in three sets. French will play Glenn Busby in the 60s men’s final. Alex Behar and Alex Pier fell in the semis of the 60 doubles.

    Mike Tammen retired down 51 in the semis of the men’s 55 singles (pulled hamstring according to Vesna) but was able to successfully team with Mike Fedderly to reach the doubles final.

    Mitch Perkins and Ken White lost in the semis of the men’s 50 doubles.

    Ross Persons and Tina Karwasky are in the 60 mixed final against a So African pair who took out Sherri and Peter Bronson.

    For all results and draws click here: http://www.itftennis.com/seniors/tournaments/tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100035781


  • Semifinals Set in Helsinki

    The quarters were played today at the Talin Tennis Center in Helsinki for the ITF Seniors World Championships and several Americans are amongst the winners.

    I played Sue Ellis from Australia, who took out the 6th seed, Dagy Sperneder, yesterday. I won 60 60, since Sue was carrying a bit of an elbow injury. I play Wendy McColskey of the USA in the semis, a repeat of last year’s and this year’s clay court semifinals. Tina Karwasky, USA, plays Pat Medrado in the other semi. So it could be an all-American final.

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    In doubles, Una Davis and I played So Africans, Lyn Van’t Hof and Annalie Celliers and won 62 62. Una played great and I hung in there too. It was a good match to start. We play Medrado from Brazil and Sherri Bronson, USA in the semis.

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    Ross Persons is still in the men’s 60s singles and mixed with Karwasky. His partner, Glenn Busby, pulled out of doubles due to a knee injury, but is still in the singles semis. Ross plays Paul French in the semis.

    In the 55s, Susan Wright is in the singles and doubles semis. She plays Leanne Swaysland from Australia in singles and with Vicki Buholz play Aussies Leanne Scott/Wendy Harrison.

    In men’s 55, Mike Tammen, the top seed, is in the semis of singles and with Mike Fedderly is in the doubles semis.

    Erin Boynton of Canada plays the doubles semis tomorrow with Wanda Howes of Australia.

    In the 50s, Mitch Perkins lost today in the quarters of singles and doubles with Ken White and Shelly Works lost the QF of women’s 50 doubles.

    i took some action photos but those will have to wait for another day.


  • Rainy, Lazy Day in Helsinki

    Today, Monday was an off day for me, but my flat mates all had matches and Susan, Erin, Vicki and Vesna all won today. I hit in the morning with Susan. We heard this loud noise, then noticed the roof was being opened. Next thing we knew, a tennis ball fell down and hit Erin and certainly startled her! I then went with Susan, Vicki and Erin to find the correct bus to take them the tennis center. After several inquiries we found it. The weather turned cold and it was starting to rain, so I loaned my warm up to Erin. She’s about 8 inches taller than me (20cm) so the pants fit perfectly for a rainy day! (floods). I sent them on their way with a list of the stops and apparently they mDe it, since they won their matches.


    I walked quickly back to the apartment, put on warm clothes and headed out in the rain. I had to find a new camera lens since I dropped and broke mine. The Finnish people were really helpful and I found the correct camera store and bought a used lens. After hitting a cool Marimeko store (they are everywhere), and going grocery shopping, it’s nice to relax. 

    Grocery shopping can be an adventure here.. When the Swedish is the most understandable language on the package. There seem to be a 100 ways to prepare salmon and we have been eating lots of it. The apples though are not good. Not the season but in season fruit is quite expensive, $5 for a small cantaloupe for example. There are also a 100 different types of flat breads. Dr. Atkins would not fare well here! Licorice is a national candy.

    I play tomorrow at 10:30, R16, still no doubles.

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  • Week Two at the Seniors World Championships: First Round Success

    The Individual World Championships began yesterday in Helsinki, but there were no women’s matches. Today, Sunday, the bottom half only of the 60s began along with the out rounds of the other women’s age divisions. Play continued in the men’s singles divisions. Mixed began today too.

    We warmed up at a different facility not far from our apartment. We took the bus but it was a fairly short ride. The courts were nice and light. Both sides of the row of courts were glass with a nice view of the trees outside. The courts were near the sea and adjacent to a cemetery.

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    I played Reiko Suzuki of Japan today. She had pretty nice groundstrokes and in warm up, an excellent serve, but once we started playing she didn’t stay in the points well and I won comfortably 60 60. Midway through my match though I heard the tournament desk calling for my doubles partner, Una Davis to check in…twice. So Susan Wright, who was watching, checked on it and Una had arrived…there was a snafu with transport but she arrived on time and won her mixed with Stephen Dance from Australia. They beat the #7 seeds, Christa and James  Cameron  from Canada 62 76(4). The second set was close, after the Cameron’s closed a 4-1 gap, but Una and Stephen played a good tiebreak to win. Una and Stephen are shown below on the right.

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    USA players Tina Karwasky/Ross Persons played Lynn & Ronnie Van’t Hof in mixed today too and it was an excellent match. Ronnie, a lefty who once played doubles in Wimbledon, is an excellent doubles player and was on the So African 60s Cup team as was Lynn. They gave the #4 seeds all they could handle, splitting sets before Ross picked it up in the match tiebreak to win it 10-4.

    Vesna McKenna/Ken White, USA won in the 50 mixed but Shelly Works and Judy Newman and their partners fell in the first round. Sherri/Peter Bronson won their first round mixed too.

    The Americans (there are a lot of men who came over to play the individuals) did really well today with many upsetting lower seeds.

    Here is a link to the draws and results: http://www.itftennis.com/seniors/tournaments/tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100035781


  • Island Hopping in Finland

    Saturday was a day off for all the women players in Finland though I still practiced for several hours in the morning, mostly playing doubles. Then Susan and I took the public bus back to the apartment. We learned that you have to wave the bus down if it’s not otherwise stopping…we learned this when bus 39 went right on by us as we were waiting for it to stop. The next bus came about 15 minutes late (14) and we successfully waved it down, got on, then got off at the correct stop near the apartment. We also got 7-day bus passes that are also good for the local ferries to the islands and the trolley.

    After Erin Boynton, Vesna and Vicki made it back from practice, we went to the market then took a ferry out to the island that’s a world heritage site. It was a lovely day and a pretty island with an old fort and a really nice view. Lots of people were picnicking or sunbathing there. We passed a lot of cruise ships on the way out to the island and many small islands. Tonight there are going to be bonfires and celebrating Juhannas (summer solstice).  This is the second biggest holiday in Finland after Christmas and all the stores are closed for 48 hours.  On the way back we went to the markets where Susan got a hat and Vesna and I got blueberries and raspberries (from Finland).

    Tomorrow I play singles against a Japanese player at 3:30.

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  • USA Wins Alice Marble Cup & Medals in Five Cups

    We won the Alice Marble Cup today 2/0 but it wasn’t easy against France. I started at #2 singles against Caroline Glazmann. It was good to have the same first name as my opponent…every time her teammate encouraged her by saying “Allez Caroline” I just pretended she was rooting for me! I won the first set 61 but got down 42 before figuring things out and winning the set 64 to put us up 1/0. Tina then played Benedict LeGrand who played a terrific match to push Tina very hard. Benedict won the first set 63. The second set was nip and tuck and featured…wait for it…12 service breaks (it is women’s 60s after all). Tina then went up 5/0 in the tiebreak; Benedict rallied to 5-5 and Tina finally won  the tiebreak  on a beautiful lob 8-6. The third set was 61 for Tina (though every game was close) and the USA successfully defended the Marble Cup.

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    The USA Men’s 55 team beat Great Britain 3/0 behind the play of Mike Fedderly, Mike Tammen, Val Wilder, and Alexander Behar. The USA Men’s 50s team fell 2/0 to France. The USA Men’s 60s team lost to Australia. Chris Bennett lost at #2 singles and Danny Waldman had a very tough match with Glenn Busby. Danny was up a break twice in the third set before falling in three.The USA women’s 50s team lost two very long singles matches to France. Shelly Works lost in three sets and Fran Chandler lost in two tight sets. France completed the sweep with a three-set doubles win over Vesna McKenna/Judy Newman.

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    Final USA Standings:

    W50, Bueno Cup: 2nd

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    W55, Connolly Cup: 3rd

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    W60: Marble Cup: Champions

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    M50: Perry Cup: 4th

    M55: Austria Cup: 3rd

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    M60: Von Cramm Cup: 2nd

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  • USA W50s Advance to Final

    USA women’s 50s beat Germany 2/1 to advance to the final. Shelly Works came back from a set and 4/1 down to win at #2 singles. That set the stage for the #1 singles match, won by Fran Chandler who simply played great to clinch the tie. They play France tomorrow.

    In the women’s 55 the USA won the bronze over France. Susan Wright won at #2 singles over Betty Michel 62 62; Diane Barker had 2 match points on Catherine Suire at #1 but Suire hit winners and at 5-5 Barker popped a calf. That set the stage for doubles which Eright/Vicki Buholz won 62 61. 

    The men’s 50s fell 2/1, splitting the singles and losing the doubles. They play France tomorrow.

    The USA men’s 55 fell to France today, dropping both tightly contested singles matches.

    We play early tomorrow, instead of at 3pm.. 7:15 bus instead of 1pm bus so I will post photos tomorrow.

    I did successfully get to the venue today after downloading the schedule of stops, none of which are easily remembered. The route from the bus took me on this verdant path. The outdoor courts, omniturf and red clay are shown below.


  • USA Advances to Final in Men’s & Women’s 60s; USA Men’s 50s Advance to Semis; USA Women’s 55 Fall to Australia: ITF World Senior Team Championships Day 4

    I am writing this after 11pm and it’s starting to get dark…dawn will happen before 3am! Hard to figure out when to sleep, fortunately our practice tomorrow is late in the day.

    Today the Alice Marble Cup was playing the semis; the USA played Germany and Great Britain played France. I decided to take the public bus to the club because we had the “early” warm up at 1:30 and wanted to get there earlier than 1:20pm when the official bus arrived. Plus it was semifinal day and I was antsy to play! So I got to the bus stop and voila! the bus arrived. After making sure it was the right bus I hopped on. However I really wasn’t sure of the stop..it was the 18th or 19th stop and I lost track. I finally decided it was long enough on the bus and asked the driver if I was near the tennis center. Fortunately I was only 1km away, about 1/2 mile and successfully found the club, even though I got off at the wrong stop. Whew! Hopefully I’ll do better tomorrow.

    My team, the USA Alice Marble Cup team advanced to the final with a 3/0 win over Germany today. I played Margaret Beyer, a friend of mine…we’ve played in tournaments, practiced together and played doubles together, but have never played each other in a Cup match till today. I played  well and won 60 60 but we had many long points and I ran a lot. I’m getting used to the indoor conditions I think. Tina then took the court for the #1 singles match against Katrin Dippner and won 64 60 to put the USA into the final against France. France upset Great Britain, winning both singles matches. Last year France nearly upset GBR, splitting the singles and leading 41 in the third before GBR turned the doubles match around and won the tie. This year GBR dropped the #2 singles match 63 64 and Frances Candy was trailing at #1 singles 61 50 when she had to retire with an injury. Then GBR won the doubles point in straight sets. The final is Friday; we have the day off and are practicing late in the day.

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    The men’s 60s had a tougher road to the final, dropping the #2 singles against France before Danny Waldman won at #1 singles and combined with Paul Wulf to win the doubles point. All the matches were won or lost in straight sets. Paul and Danny were down 2/0 in the second set though, but rallied to win it 64.

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    In the 50s, the USA dropped the #2 singles match for the second time but Mitch Perkins won at #1 singles when Chris Hearn retired down 63 52. Ken White and Doug Elly won the doubles point in straight sets to advance to the semis. USA plays top seeded Italy tomorrow at 9am.

    The USA women’s 55 team, the Connolly Cup team, fell 2/1 today to Australia. Susan Wright won at #2 over Leanne Swaysland in straight sets. Then the #1 singles match between Diane Barker and Ros Balodis took center stage. Ros is the current world champion; Diane won in 2013 and 2012 (six times in all). Susan said even though the score was 61 in the first it was only a couple of points that separated the winner from the loser and that it was the best women’s senior match she’d seen. She said Diane had to hit seven winners in one point to actually win it! Ros won 62 76 (5). That put it down to the doubles. Ros and Leanne beat Cindy Johnson/Vicki Buholz 61 76 (5). Cindy commented that Ros was amazing and did not let her do what she wanted to do on the court.

    Tomorrow the USA men’s and women’s 50 & 55s teams are in action in the semis (W50, M50, 55) and the women’s 55 plays for third.

    For more information click here: https://seniortennisblog.com/2016/02/03/usa-2016-senior-teams-finland/


  • Sightseeing in Helsinki/Official Dinner

    All but one of the USA teams had the day off at the ITF World Team Championships today. The USA Men’s 60, Von Cramm Cup team advanced with a 3/0 win over Sweden to reach the semis.

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    Tomorrow the women’s 55 & 60 and men’s 60 play the semis; the men’s 50s play the quarters and the men’s 55 and women’s 50s have the day off. We play Germany around 2:30 tomorrow. The women’s 55 play at 10 and the men’s 60 at 9.

    The women’s 55 & 60s team both practiced at 10 along with Vesna from the 50s for a couple of hours, then we went sight seeing. We took the public bus successfully back to the main bus terminal which is only five minutes from our apartment.

    Susan, Vicki, Cindy, and I did a hop on hop off bus tour of Helsinki. It’s a compact city though and now we know where to go on foot. It would also be possible to traverse the city by bike I think and there are public bikes around in the city center.

    We saw some cathedrals (the white one shown below was built for a Russian Tsar) and then got off at the waterfront and walked around, viewing the harbor. There’s a bit flea market here and a big fruit, vegetable and more market near the water too. We stopped by an ice cream shop and Susan and Vicki had some Finnish ice cream.

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    The official dinner was tonight. We had it at the Sokos Presidentti hotel and it was a nice buffet of traditional Finnish food which included lots of herring in various sauces, and reindeer stew over mashed potatoes which was quite good with some sort of berry sauce. The desert was some sort of mild cooked cheese with a fruit sauce…not really something that competes well with chocolate though!

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  • USA Senior Teams All Advance on Day 2 of ITF Seniors World Team Championships

    All six USA senior teams were in action today in Finland and all six won their ties. All USA women’s teams won 3/0 to advance to the semis which will be played on Wednesday June 22nd for the 55s and 60s and on Thursday for the 50s (which have more teams).  The men’s 50 and 55s also won their groups today. The 50s play a quarterfinal match on Wednesday but the 55s now have two days off and have advanced to the semis. The 60s have one more match to play tomorrow and if they win will reach the semis.

    We played Canada today and beat them 3/0. I played #2 singles against Louise Moulin and won 60 60. Tina lost the first three games of her match against Janice Holloway and dropped only two more the rest of the match, as she adjusted to Janice’s unusual shots. Sherri Bronson and Wendy McColskey played another good doubles match to win 63 62 against Michelle Hall and Christa Cameron.

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    We play Germany on Wednesday in the semis. They beat Turkey today 3/0.

    The match of the day in our cup was that between So Africa and Gr. Britain. Jenny Cerff and Jane Rushby played for about three hours…maybe longer and had a seesaw battle before Jane prevailed 57 75 (and Jane was up 52 before Jenny rallied in that set), 62. in a battle of #1s, Karin Boshoff beat Frances Candy 62 61 to level the tie. However Pauline Fisher/Rushby beat Boshoff/Annelie Celliers 76 61 to advance very late in the day (as our cup has a 2:30 pm start).

    We finished at 6pm and after scouting the GBR/RSA match for a short while took the public bus back to the area near the tournament hotel and our apartment which went pretty seamlessly.

    The Connolly Cup team won 3/0 against Great Britain but it wasn’t easy. Susan Wright played a big hitter,Judy Horn,  with a huge forehand but managed to get enough of the bullets back to win 64 63. Diane Barker played Sue Bartlett who lives in the USA and in fact the two play  on the same USTA Women’s Intersectional team every year. Sue came out firing and slicing and won the first set 61, was up 2/1 in the second when Diane went into an even higher gear and won the rest of the games to win 16 62 60. Susan relaxed at the end of the match and may have been observed napping once or twice (jetlag).

    What I’ve noticed about Finland: everyone seems to speak English pretty well; credit cards are accepted almost everywhere (best to have a chip though); the city is really clean; as elsewhere in Europe, there are no baggers at grocery stores (and bring your own bags or be charged); don’t set your basket on the belt expecting the checkout clerk to unload it; it’s not every very warm in Helsinki (though the weather should be nice for the next week); buses are on time or early; all packaging is in English and Swedish but not much is in any other language; it’s fresh blueberry and strawberry season (but they are quite expensive). I haven’t had a chance to look around much, hopefully we can do some sightseeing tomorrow after we practice.

    As always, draws can be found on this page. After the round robins are finished then the teams go into a 1-4 or 1-7 etc knockout draw.


  • USA Goes Undefeated in Day 1 of ITF Seniors World Team Championships in Finland

    The USA went undefeated on Day 1 of the ITF World Team Championships in Helsinki, but the teams’ routes to victory weren’t all routine and none were routs.

    Results click here: https://seniortennisblog.com/2016/02/03/usa-2016-senior-teams-finland/

    The Men’s 50, Fred Perry Cup team came a set from defeat against Sweden after Ken White lost his first three sets; he lost his #2 singles in straight sets; Mitch Perkins won at #1 singles and White/Doug Elly dropped the first set of their deciding doubles match before righting the ship and comfortably winning the next 2 sets and the tie.

    The men’s 55 match with Russia lasted a long time; Mike Fedderly dropped the 2nd set before pulling out the third. Mike Tammen won 76 62 at #1 singles and Val Wilder/Alex Behar took the doubles point easily.

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    In the Von Cramm Cup, M60, Chris Bennett at #2 and Danny Waldman at #1 beat their So African opponents handily  but Tom Smith/Paul Wulf dropped the doubles point.

    The Maria Bueno team, W50 had a long day but that’s because Shelly Works likes to play long matches…and today her match was a 3 1/2 hour battle against Canada, which she won. Fran Chandler won at #1 and Vesna McKenna/Judy Newman took the doubles point.

    The Maureen Connolly Cup team played Spain. Susan Wright won at #2 singles but Diane Barker dropped the first set at #1 singles before winning the final two sets to clinch the tie. Cindy Johnson/Vicki Buholz won the doubles point.

    My team, the Alice Marble Cup (W60) won 3/0 vs Sweden. I won 62 61 at #2 singles; Tina won 60 62 at #1 singles and Sherri Bronson/Wendy McColskey won an entertaining doubles match against former US player Marianne Robertson and her partner 64 in the third. The points were long and well played.

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  • Opening Ceremonies at the ITF World Seniors Championships, Finland

    The draws are up and can be found here for the ITF Seniors World Team Championships: https://seniortennisblog.com/2016/02/03/usa-2016-senior-teams-finland/

    The opening day of the ITF World Team Seniors Championships were held today in Finland and were nicely done. The players were rounded up on two courts and organized by country and then announced and marched into the stadium court. Then there was an entertainer who could make interesting noises with out instruments (more entertaining than one would think!). The Finnish national anthem was sung and there was a reception with hors d’oerves.

    While we were waiting to march onto the center court I was able to capture photos of our team players

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    Alex Behar and Cindy Johnson are this year’s rookies on a team along with Jeff Burnett. 

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    The captains’ meetings were held today and the draws and results (once play begins) can be found here: https://seniortennisblog.com/2016/02/03/usa-2016-senior-teams-finland/

    USA is the top seed in five of the six cups. The men’s 50s, Fred Perry Cup team is seeded but not number 1.

    The Alice Marble Cup team, my team will play every tie starting in the mid-afternoon; warm up at 1:30 and 2 (one court for each team to warm up on for 30 minutes) then match play at 2:40. Since we play #2 singles then #1 singles, then doubles, we will be having some late nights, but not early mornings.There are five teams playing at our site which has only 22 courts so they are scheduling 3 ties at 9am and 2 at 2:40. The sixth team, the Connolly Cup team, W5 55 is at another venue and has a 10am start. These tiered starts are going to lead to long long days for  the ITF staff, the referees and the volunteers. a nearly 3pm start is not ideal but at least we can sleep in! Sherri, who likes to sleep a looong time, is rather delighted by the 2:40pm start.

    We are seeded #1 and play Sweden tomorrow. The third team in our group is Canada and if we win our group we will most likely play Germany in the semis. The other top four seeds are Gr. Britain and France.

    After the opening ceremonies, there was a mad dash for the bus, in increasingly heavy rain. I was dashing for the bus when I heard my name called and a car door opening. I dashed to the car, jumped in and off we went…Theresa Bowen from the USTA (going to her hotel), Vesna, Cindy and Vicki, all of whom are sharing the apartment with me. Theresa’s hotel is just up the street from our apartment and we were really happy for the lift (thank you!). Cindy and Vesna were pretty funny on the ride…Cindy was pushing Vesna’s buttons and vice versa in a light hearted way. We got home, I cooked dinner and just as we were ready to eat the buzzer sounded. Susan didn’t have a key and had been caught in the rain waiting for a bus…apparently she saw me dash off into the car but didn’t know who was in the car or the USA warm up from the back! She looked pretty drowned but perked up once she got some food into her.

    The 50s, Vesna’s team, has to catch the 7am bus for practice, the 55s, Susan, Vicki and Cindy have an 8am bus to catch, and I have a ….1pm bus.

    That’s all for now from Helsinki…I’m working on uploading photos but will post most of them in the morning.


  • Indoor Practicing in Helsinki

    Today I practiced for the first time in Finland at the Talin Center. The courts aren’t bad, though being indoors it is pretty fast and low bouncing and not super light, partly because the ceilings are dark wood. However the courts are individual ones with enough room to run. The ceilings are pretty low.

    It’s a maze of courts and lots was going on today; the kids were having lessons and playing and the team players were practicing; men were coming through with hammers and staple guns to put up banners on the court where we were playing; audio tests were being conducted (and the sound does carry indoors).

    I hit with Shelly Works and Fran Chandler from the 50s team for a while then Judy Newman showed up 5 minutes before their hour hit was up and Tina came over and Tina and I played a set of doubles against a combo of Judy and Fran and Judy and Shelly which was fun. Tina and I played points for a while then our time was up. I met up with several friends I hadn’t seen for a while, Jenny Cerff and Karin Boshoff from So Africa; Ellen Neumann from Germany (below) and some Finnish players, Jane and Ann from GBR and others, and also most of the USA men’s teams, all of which are playing at our venue. I took lots of photos but my computer’s card reader failed tonight so I have to wait till tomorrow to load images…and since there will be an opening ceremony and lots of photos it may be a few days before they are processed. Technical difficulties!

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    Shelly, Fran and I took the bus from the tennis center to the main bus station (though actually we overshot our stop but only by one stop). It was a good trip other than we didnt’ know exactly where to get off. We do know now where to get off.

    Vesna McKenna arrived tonight too and settled in. Susan, Vesna and I went to the grocery store and I cooked a quick dinner for all but Vesna who has some special dietary constraints. Spaghetti didn’t fit in but we all liked it and Susan had her chopped salad.

    That’s it for today…opening ceremonies tonight and hopefully I’ll find an SD reader tomorrow as I do know where the shop is for such things here already.


  • Takeoffs, Landings and Arrival Helsinki

    Hello from rainy Helsinki, Finland.

    We flew via Iceland and flew over Greenland which was beautiful (but not too green!). Iceland looked flat and treeless. Both flights on Iceland Air went smoothly and were on time.

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    I arrived in Helsinki early this morning with Erin and Patty, player and coach for the Canadian Connolly Cup team. We took a shared taxi into town, stored our luggage (the hotel was packed with a huge tour group and no one could check in till late afternoon) and did a quick exploration of the area. We found a coffee shop and had breakfast, walked back past the big train station and then found out where the apartment I rented was located (which was straightforward but we made it rather complicated). I met up back at the hotel with Vicki Buholz and we took a taxi with our stuff to the apartment.    

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    It poured most of the afternoon and was pretty cool. I did some grocery shopping which was an adventure since the only languages on the packages and signs were Swedish and Finnish and I don’t know any of either one. I think I bought some turkey or chicken lunch meat but I’m not sure!

    The rest of the players staying here had much delayed flights, especially Susan Wright who had her American Airlines flight cancelled out of Grand Junction for the second year in a row so she is delayed by about 14 hours in her arrival. Cindy Johnson was delayed four hours in London but finally arrived. They are both pretty beat!

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    Helsinki seems like a nice town, not like a big city, but is clean, with lots of trees and a nice bike path running past our apartment.

    Tomorrow is my first indoor practice here, I’ve heard the courts are quite fast with low ceilings and are pretty dark,another tennis challenge awaits.

    Good night from Finland…where at nearly 10pm it’s full daylight out.


  • Takeoff …Destination Helsinki

    After leaving Mont-Tremblant I flew from Montreal to Toronto to train indoors with Erin Boynton, who plays for the Canada 55s team, the Maureen Connolly Cup. Erin also plays a lot in the states. She’s an orthopedic surgeon too

    The transition to indoor hard from outdoor clay wasn’t too bad. It was nice to be warm while hitting instead of freezing as we all were in Tremblant. And the clubs were very nice, with high ceilings and good lighting, especially at the York Racquets Club.

    Today we went for a walk before flying to Finland via Iceland, in a park which used to house a huge brickworks. Many of the buildings in Toronto are made of brick that was manufactured at these brickworks. Erin’s dogs, Ruby and Olive had a blast.

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    It’s a 5 hour flight to Iceland, then 3 more to Helsinki where we land early in the morning on Thursday. We have a couple of days of practice then start matches in the ITF Seniors World Team Championships on Sunday in Helsinki.I am playing for the USA Alice Marble Cup team, women’s 60, along with Tina Karwasky, Wendy McColskey and Sherri Bronson (our playing captain). We are the defending champions but there are some tough teams, such as Great Britain, France, Germany and South Africa.

    Nichols, Wendy McColskey, Karwsky, Sherri Bronson with Marble Cup

    Next post will be from Helsinki (or perhaps this one will be unless I post it from Iceland) and the draws will be posted on Saturday June 18, 2016 at seniortennisblog.com and itftennis.com/seniors.


  • Players Participating in Teams in Finland on Teams

    Men’s 60

    Player’s in M60’s Team’s.
    WELCOME TO FINLAND

    MORENO QUINTANA Gonzalo ARG
    ALVAREZ DIEZ Eduardo ARG…
    LARA Juan Carlos ARG
    BOIDI Carlos ARG
    BUSBY Glenn AUS
    PACKHAM Steve AUS
    DANCE Stephen AUS
    HENNING John AUS
    PORTER Keith CAN
    BETTAUER Robert CAN
    CAMERON James CAN
    YESOWICK Steve CAN
    LAZCANO Javier ESP
    CAMBRA Jose Jorge ESP
    RIBA Felix ESP
    JUVAKOSKI Jussi FIN
    PETAJA Jouko FIN
    TUOMOLA Reijo FIN
    TIMONEN Matti FIN
    KAISSERIAN Didier FRA
    RENOULT Marc FRA
    GALEY Michel FRA
    LEMAN Dominique FRA
    FRENCH Paul GBR
    DAWE Michael GBR
    TRAFFORD Jeremy GBR
    DRYSDALE Robin GBR
    CATHCART Neagle IRL
    SHERIDAN Noel IRL
    WILSON Jimmy IRL
    WOODS Conor IRL
    ORDAZ Javier MEX
    ARAUZO Saul MEX
    RAMIREZ Roman MEX
    RUDMAN Archie RSA
    GENIS Marius RSA
    VAN’THOF Ronnie RSA
    KLAASEN Jacob RSA
    POLUSHKIN Alexander RUS
    NUNIKYAN Frants RUS
    KOTOVSHCHIKOV Viktor RUS
    NOVIKOV Valentin RUS
    HELLER Peter SUI
    SCHINDLER Johannes SUI
    LEUENBERGER Pierre Andre SUI
    FREY Francis SUI
    KIRS Mikael SWE
    CHYSSLER Bert SWE
    LINDBOM Claes SWE
    JOHANSSON Per SWE
    TEMEL Irfan TUR
    YORMAZ Recep TUR
    KURAL Gokhan TUR
    ÖZCAN Onler TUR
    WALDMAN Daniel USA
    BENNETT Christopher (Chris) USA
    WULF Paul USA
    SMITH Thomas (Tom) USA

    Men’s 55:

    CHOZAS Alfredo ARG
    BIBILONI Mariano ARG…
    GEYER Carlos ARG
    DUBRA Jose ARG
    FORD Michael AUS
    STRAFORD Chris AUS
    JARMAN Ian AUS
    SPRAGGON Roger AUS
    KIMOFF Stephen CAN
    O’ROURKE Nigel CAN
    WILLSON Cary CAN
    EXELL Robert CAN
    MOLINA Javier ESP
    GARCIA Francisco ESP
    VARAS Jose Maria ESP
    CANOSA Ramon ESP
    MILK Alar EST
    METSANURM Margus EST
    JOHANNSON Sven EST
    OTSA Jaanus EST
    BERNER Joakim FIN
    AINOLA Riku FIN
    HERVET Jacques FRA
    MORACCHINI Alain FRA
    JOLIOT Philippe FRA
    COFFE Alain FRA
    MANN Nigel GBR
    BATRA Raj GBR
    ADAMS Graeme GBR
    GILLAM Martin GBR
    RASCHE Michael GER
    GERSDORF Joachim GER
    SCHRECKENBERG Peter GER
    MANEK Mayur Vasant IND
    RAGHUMANDA EASWARA Sudarshana Rao IND
    SHAH Yogendra IND
    DAVISON Tony IRL
    NOTEMAN Willie IRL
    BARRY Tom IRL
    HARROLD Robbie IRL
    FRONTESPEZI Alessio ITA
    CAVALLERI Fernando ITA
    FRASSON Paolo ITA
    MEROLLI Ivano ITA
    GUTU Slavian MDA
    CUZNETOV Igor MDA
    LAMBANTU Ion MDA
    DODU Veaceslav MDA
    KOEMAN Geert NED
    LAPRE Frank NED
    VAN DER HOEVEN Robert NED
    MARTEIJN Patrick NED
    DUTESCU Dan ROU
    BUCUR Laurentiu ROU
    FLEANCU Tante ROU
    LUNGEANU Stefan ROU
    GROBLER Hennie RSA
    BOTHA Duard RSA
    SCHEUN Henry George RSA
    VINIAR Andrey RUS
    ZHVANKO Viktor RUS
    MILLER Viktor RUS
    ZHAKEVICH Igor RUS
    FRECE Matjaz SLO
    BRADELJ Rudi SLO
    PODGORNIK Branko SLO
    FICKENTSCHER Peter SUI
    MUELLER Daniel SUI
    QUAGLIA Pierre-Andre SUI
    LEUBA Robert SUI
    JETZEL Peter SWE
    ALMQVIST Anders SWE
    STUREN Johan SWE
    KALLEN Henrik SWE
    ÜRETÜRK Ismail TUR
    ŞERİFOĞLU S.Selcuk TUR
    KASAPOĞLU Salih TUR
    SİMİTÇİ Onder TUR
    TAMMEN Michael (Mike) USA
    WILDER III Vallis (Val) USA
    FEDDERLY Michael (Mike) USA
    BEHAR Alexander (Alex) USA

    Men’s 50:

    Player’s selected for Team’s M50’s
    Welcome to Helsinki!
    CAVIGLIA Roberto ARG
    LOBBOSCO Sergio ARG
    MONTERO Daniel ARG…
    LUNA Martin ARG
    EVANS David AUS
    RUSSELL Michael AUS
    WARWICK Martin AUS
    PEARSON Malcolm AUS
    KOZAK Dariusz CAN
    SERVANT Claude CAN
    RICHARDS Glenn CAN
    LAMBERT Andre CAN
    COSTA Carlos ESP
    VALENTI Martin ESP
    BELMAR Fernando ESP
    JAANSON Erki EST
    ALAJÕE Sulev EST
    VELLERAND Juri EST
    ZOPP Pavo EST
    ROSSI Tapio FIN
    MANDELL Pertti FIN
    KIVISTO Tuomas FIN
    SUNDBERG Kenneth FIN
    HERVY Franck FRA
    CAYLA Olivier FRA
    DELAFOND Christophe FRA
    DELEVAL Arnaud FRA
    HEARN Chris GBR
    TURNER James GBR
    KNAPP Ben GBR
    CLARKE Chris GBR
    SCHMIDT Uli GER
    LEGUTKE Bernd GER
    GRAMMINGER Rene GER
    RAMESH Karathozuvu Ganapati IND
    KADHE Jayant IND
    REVANASIDDAIAH Nagaraj IND
    WILSON Neil IRL
    BLOMLEY Tim IRL
    MILLIGAN Mark IRL
    DONOVAN Joe IRL
    LELLI MAMI Giovanni ITA
    CASADEI Enrico ITA
    PACE Massimiliano ITA
    SIRCHIO Massimiliano ITA
    ERGLIS Ilmars LAT
    ERGLIS Andrejs LAT
    FELDMANIS Pauls LAT
    DE KOK Niels NED
    VAN SCHEPPINGEN Hans NED
    THEELEN Bart NED
    SIMON Rob NED
    GOUS Johan RSA
    GRITZMAN Ian RSA
    BUTHELEZI Ronald RSA
    KARPENKO Aleksei RUS
    BARKOV Mikhail RUS
    DUKAREVICH Mikhail RUS
    ERMAKOV Oleg RUS
    BIENZ Stephan SUI
    HOTTINGER Eric SUI
    DIETRICH Gregor SUI
    BLOMBERG Henrik SWE
    STRANDEUS Johan SWE
    JOHANSSON Kenneth SWE
    ANDREASSON Patrick SWE
    BOZKURT Y.Onur Kaan TUR
    PEKÜN Remzi TUR
    AĞDAŞ Hakan TUR
    GEZİCİ Bahadir TUR
    PERKINS Mitchell USA
    WHITE Kenneth (Ken) USA
    BURNETT Jeffrey (Jeff) USA
    ELLY Douglas (Doug) USA

    Women’s 60:

    Women’s 60’s Team’s
    Welcome to Helsinki!
    BUZZA Judith AUS
    ELLIS Suzanne AUS
    DAVIS Rosemary AUS
    GODDARD Sara AUS
    HOLLOWAY Janice CAN
    HALL Michelle CAN
    CAMERON Christa CAN
    MOULIN Louise CAN
    Chillida-Belzunce Carmen esp
    GOMIS Encarnacion ESP
    Togores Rosa Maria esp
    Hedman Marja-Liisa Fin
    Beach Leena Fin
    A late elina fin
    Blomqvist Lea-Ann Fin
    The great bénédicte fra
    Glaszmann Caroline from
    Cadoret Brigitte Fra
    Moretton Brigitte from
    FISHER Pauline GBR
    CANDY Frances GBR
    FREEMAN Sally GBR
    RUSHBY Jane GBR
    Beyer Margreth gives
    Schmitz Sabine Ger
    FRIEDL Brigitta GER
    Katrin Ger a dip
    Marco Maria Anita
    FANINI DONATELLA ITA
    Carra Daniela Ita
    Ronel Nelly Sara Anita
    Boshoff Karin RSA
    CERFF Jenny RSA
    Van ‘ Thof Lynn RSA
    CELLIERS Annelie RSA
    Nordin Edith SWE
    Mountain-SANGBERG GUNILLA SWE
    LAFIA ERDTMAN MARIA SWE
    FOR NST ED T-Robertson Marianne Swe
    Ertug Aysel tour
    Mungan Seyhan Ray tour
    Inceçam Bevran tour
    Özkan Gulseren tour
    KARWASKY Tina USA
    NICHOLS Carolyn USA
    McCOLSKEY Wendy USA
    BRONSON Cheryl (Sherri) USA

     

    Women’s 55

    1. BALODIS Roslyn AUS…
      HOWES Wanda AUS
      WALKER Fiona AUS
      SWAYSLAND Leanne AUS
      KARIS Michelle CAN
      BOYNTON Erin CAN
      WILLS Cora CAN
      CAMERON Brenda CAN
      PELLON Beatriz ESP
      ARMET Patricia ESP
      DEDA Heike ESP
      JOHANSSON Silja FIN
      BJORNSTROM Carola FIN
      PETAJA Heli FIN
      RISTIMAKI Ulli FIN
      SUIRE Catherine FRA
      MICHEL Elisabeth FRA
      BILLARD-DELAGE Isabelle FRA
      PERRISSIN Chantal FRA
      LINDFIELD Hazel GBR
      TACON Joy GBR
      BARTLETT Sue GBR
      HORN Judy GBR
      BOEROECZ Katalin GER
      WIELAND Gundula GER
      NEUMANN Ellen GER
      SCHNEIDER Gabi GER
      SMITH Annette IRL
      CREED Connie IRL
      DUFFY Marie IRL
      NAUGHTON Ann IRL
      BOZZANO Simonetta ITA
      IPPOLITI Paola ITA
      CIARDI Francesca ITA
      TORTORELLA Giovanna ITA
      SIMONS Annelies NED
      SMITS Mieke NED
      THEEUWES Karien NED
      VAN DER ZWEEP Annelies NED
      BOTHA Elna RSA
      ROBERT Jeanette RSA
      DIPPENAAR Emma RSA
      FOUCHE Marietjie RSA
      STERNAS Ann-Sofie SWE
      MANSSON Anna-Carin SWE
      HOLMKELLER Charlotte SWE
      LAKSO Elisabeth SWE
      UZ Aysun TUR
      ASLAN Nese TUR
      ÇALIŞKAN DÖNMEZ Leyla TUR
      NARMAN Sebile TUR
      BARKER Diane USA
      WRIGHT Susan USA
      BUHOLZ Vicki USA
      TROWER-JOHNSON Cynthia USA

    Women’s 50

    FOSTER Brenda AUS…
    RAFTERY Narelle AUS
    MEGGS Jill AUS
    CASSEL Diane AUS
    BRITTO Lilia BRA
    ANER Dora BRA
    CANDEMIL Tania Regina BRA
    HANNAH-TAYLOR Alison CAN
    LAU Carol CAN
    STOBBE Kelly CAN
    HECKER Marlene CAN
    ALMANSA Ana ESP
    BIELSA Rosa ESP
    ERANA Begonia ESP
    ULPER Kaie EST
    SEER Merike EST
    FRANGEN Paivi FIN
    LEPPANEN Johanna FIN
    SIIRILA Maija FIN
    MARCKWORT Selene FIN
    LAPADU Marielle FRA
    GRIMAL Chantal FRA
    MATTEL Sylvie FRA
    LE DROFF VERNET Valérie FRA
    DENNIS Rosie GBR
    RISTIC Lorraine GBR
    BECERRA Monica GBR
    APSEY Rachel GBR
    THUMM Karola GER
    SIMON Martina GER
    RUPPERT Heidi GER
    FEUCHT Petra GER
    O’HARE Carmel IRL
    KENNEDY Niamh IRL
    CHANDLER Gillian IRL
    LALLI Ilde ITA
    CINQUANTA Barbara ITA
    MORICI Elisabetta ITA
    COLLODEL Giulia ITA
    CEAICOVSCHI Angela MDA
    ALEINOVA Elena MDA
    PRECHTEL – KOOT Liselot NED
    DE BRUIN Carole NED
    VAN OPSTAL Franny NED
    VAN DEN TILLAAR Mirjam NED
    FALCK Lena S NOR
    PENTZEN Vibeke Voigt NOR
    AANESEN Helle NOR
    NILSSEN Elin NOR
    VAN COLLER Christine RSA
    HYDE Debra RSA
    DEN HARTOG Debbie RSA
    SEPTEMBER Vanessa RSA
    YAZGI Aline SUI
    VIVIEN Chantal SUI
    FREY Pia SUI
    GUNNARSSON Anna SWE
    BOGESTRAND Christina SWE
    ANGENBERG Karin SWE
    SCHINZEL Sara SWE
    ÖZBAKIR Fidan Kirbac TUR
    ÖZDİL Ayse TUR
    PENNETTİ Aysim TUR
    MURADOĞLU Lutfiye TUR
    CHANDLER Frances USA
    WORKS Michelle (Shelly) USA
    NEWMAN (RAKELA) Judy USA
    MCKENNA Vesna USA