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  • USA Wins Gardnar Mulloy, Kitty Godfree and Queens Cups in Turkey

    The USA had five Cup teams (out of 10) playing for gold medals today in Turkey and three other in three/four (bronze medal) playoff matches.

    The USA won the Mulloy (M80),  Queens (W75) and Godfree (W65)Cups and the playoff for third in the Britannia Cup (men’s 65), but fell in the deciding doubles match in the Von Cramm (men’s 60) and Alice Marble (women’s 60) Cup finals. The USA lost the bronze medal match in the Althea Gibson (women’s 70) and Doris Hart (women’s 80) cups.

    The first and last Cups to be decided featured USA teams. The first Cup of the day to finish was the Gardnar Mulloy Cup (Men’s 80). The Super Duper USA team easily swept the singles from Germany and finished with a win in doubles. John Powless (#2) and King Van Nostrand won the singles and George McCabe/Neil Hurlbut took the doubles point. Van Nostrand beat German #1 Herbert Althaus 61 61 and often surprised the German with his accurate shots.

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    The last Cup match of the day was the most exciting, the Von Cramm Cup, USA vs France. Tony Dawson pulled a proverbial rabbit out of the hat to win at #2 singles, fending off match points and rallying from a break down in the final sets to win the match in three sets. Geoff Cykman played a good match but lost at #1 singles. Dawson/Tom Smith played the doubles and won the first set, were up in the second and had points to go up a double break, but lost the set, went up 31 in the third, had break points, and finally fell 75 in the third. As one player commented, they were unlucky to lose the doubles, but lucky to win the #2 singles. The points were amazing and at the end it was very dark (the lights aren’t ITF standard at Ali Bey) and the French team’s lobs were deadly under the low, dim lights.

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    The USA was seeded #1 in the Queens Cup (women’s 75) as well, but had to fight hard to beat a determined German team. Roz King beat Annetraut Bauwens in three sets63 67 62. Dori deVries lost the first set 76 to Nanda Fischer at #1 singles and barely held on to win the second and force a deciding set. However, one game into the third set Nanda retired to give the match and the Cup to the USA. Burnett Herrick/Ria Graham won the doubles point.

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    The Kitty Godfree Cup (women’s 65) team beat France to win the Godfree Cup for the USA for the first time in many years. Brenda Carter edged Martine Monlibert 61 in the third to win at #2 singles and Brenda ran hard in that match, Martine is a very good player. Next up was Martha Downing vs Gail Benedetti. Benedetti hadn’t lost a singles match in ITF Seniors play in five years prior to today. Downing, who hadn’t played Benedetti ever, said before the match that she was looking forward to the match. Downing won the close first set 64, lost the second 62, changed tactics slightly for the third and won it 61, by constantly moving forward, and making few unforced errors.

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    The Britannia Cup team won 2/1 over France, easily winning at #2 singles (Neely) and doubles (Neely/Cheney); Brian Cheney lost a close three setter at #1 singles.

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    The USA Doris Hart Cup fell to France in the 3/4 playoff. Again Jane Lutz won at #2 singles, though in a match tiebreak this time, 10-8; Margaret Canby played a much better match at #1 singles, losing in a match tiebreak to Ann Fotheringham, to whom she lost earlier in the week 60 60; this time however, the Aussies put Ann and Fisher in for the deciding doubles match and the Aussies prevailed over the Americans.

    The USA Gibson Cup team also split its singles with Suella Steel losing to Jackie Boothman before Cathie Anderson leveled the match with win over Frances Maclennan at #1. Anderson/Steel though lost the doubles point and the USA finished fourth.

    The Marble Cup team fell to the Brits 2/1. Sherri Bronson lost at #2 singles to Sally Freeman. Sally played very well and what amazed me was that she served holding not one, not two but three balls in her hand! She dropshotted beautifully and was very steady; Tina Karwasky, who had been quite ill the day before and was still under the weather today, went down 52 to Frances Candy at #1 singles, before rallying to win the next five games and the set; She won the second set 62. That set the stage for the doubles, which was quite close, but the Brits won 64 in the third. It was Candy’s first time on a winning Cup team and she was really excited and happy about that.

    The USA men’s 75s, Bitsy Grant Cup, won today 2/1 to finish 7th.

    Other winners:

    Men’s 65, Britannia: Spain

    Men’s 70: Crawford Cup: France

    Men’s 75, Bitsy Grant Cup; Australia

    Women’s 70s: Germany

    Women’s 80: Canada

  • USA Plays for Gold in Five Cup and For Bronze in Three Cups on Saturday

    The USA teams had a lot of success on Friday in Turkey. It was a picture perfect day for tennis, temperatures somewhere around 80 for a high and only the slightest of breezes and a few clouds.

    The USA had teams in the medal round in eight Cups today and all eight teams were in action.

    The women’s Alice Marble Cup team (60s) played Australia. Sherri Bronson used the first set to wake up and warm up, as is normal for her, but after dropping the first set 62 to Helen Worland, she caught fire and won the second and third 61 62 to take the #2 singles point. Tina Karwasky stepped up and defeated Adrianne Avis 62 60. The Aussies salvaged the day by taking the doubles point. USA plays Great Britain tomorrow. GBR beat Netherlands 3/0 today.

    The women’s Kitty Godfree Cup team (65s) played Great Britain today and won 2/1. Brenda Carter beat Shirley Fox 62 75, rallying from 52 down in the second set, refusing to miss and to let the ball go past her. Martha Downing played a beautiful match to beat Marjorie Love 63 75. She defended well and dropshotted beautifully…it was tactically a very smart match. The USA plays France tomorrow which is going to be a very tough and interesting match. The Brits took the doubles point in three sets over Kathy Bennett/Carol Clay.

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    The USA Althea Gibson (W70) team played France today and went down 2/1. Cathie Anderson was outplayed at #2 singles by Sylvie Galfard-Kirsten, losing 60 62. Charleen Hillebrand took on world #1 and current world 70s champion Michelle Bichon and blitzed her the first set 61, then led 53, match point in the second before Bichon rallied to force a third set. Hillebrand hurt her knee at 1/2 down in the third and retired. Suella Steel/Lee Delfausse on the doubles point easily, but France won 2/1. They play GBR tomorrow. GBR lost to Germany 2/1, winning only the doubles point. Heide Orth played great to beat Frances Maclennan 62 62 in singles.

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    In the Queens Cup (W75), USA played Canada today. Canada, USA and Germany are in a three team round robin for the Cup. Germany beat Canada yesterday. USA dropped the #2 singles as Evelyn Hustwit played well to beat Burnett Herrick in straight sets. Dori deVries, the 2011 World Champion faced Inge Weber, the 2012 World Champion. (Herrick was the 2010 World Champion and Roz King the 2013 World Champion!). Weber got off to a quick start, leading 4/1 before deVries rallied to force a tiebreak, won by USA. deVries won the second set more easily and deVries/King won the doubles point and the tie. Hustwit unfortunately injured her Achilles tendon and couldn’t play the doubles.

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    The USA Doris Hart Cup team fell to Canada today 2/1. Jane Lutz lost a tight match to Rosie Asch 64 75 at #2 and current world champion Muffie Grieve took out Margaret Canby at #1 singles. USA then won the doubles in a match tiebreak, but USA lost 2/1. Canada plays France in a repeat of their first match and USA plays Australia, also a repeat of the first day’s match.

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    In the Von Cramm Cup (M60), against Austria,  the USA lost 64 61 at #2 singles, as Mark Meyers struggled with his back to move. It was up to Geoff Cykman to tie the match at #1 singles. Geoff Cykman got off to another slow start at #1 singles, dropping the first set. He scored first blood in the second, breaking at 3-3 by hitting a net cord winner (the nets here are very loose). Cykman was up double or triple set point at about 5/4 (I heard from one of the onlookers, I was watching elsewhere at the time) but Austria tied up the match, fighting off the set points. Cykman though won the eventual tiebreak and the third set 61. Tony Dawson/Tom Smith wrapped up the tie with a doubles win 62 62. They play France, a 2/1 winner over Australia, France taking a close #2 singles and a straight set doubles win. The #1 singles match in that category was amazing, with Andrew Rae wearing down Dominique Leman in three sets.

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    The USA Britannia Cup team (M65) lost to top seeded Spain 2/1 with Spain taking both singles points. Brian Cheney played a great second set against Jose Camina-Borda but fell 75; Les Buck/Armi Neely won the doubles point in 3 sets. Mike Dahm lost to Luis Flor at #2 singles. They play France (which lost 2/1 to Switzerland) tomorrow.

    The USA Crawford Cup team is finished (5th) and the Bitsy Grant Cup team plays tomorrow for 7th or 8th place. They had a day off today.

    The USA Gardnar Mulloy Cup team steamrolled Australia today 3/0 behind powerful singles performances by John Powless and King Van Nostrand. They play Germany, which upset Canada 3/0 today. Herbert Althaus beat Lorne Maine in an upset at #1, though Althaus is a “young” 80s player having just turned 80 a couple of days ago. He runs really well.

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    All finals and medal rounds are tomorrow and there will be nine USA teams in action tomorrow.

    For all results go to carolynnichols.wordpress.com.

    Individual Draws are up too:

    Mens Singles 60
    Mens Singles 65
    Mens Singles 70
    Mens Singles 75
    Mens Singles 80
    Mens Singles 80
    Mens Singles 85
    Womens Singles 60
    Womens Singles 65
    Womens Singles 70
    Womens Singles 75
    Womens Singles 80
    Womens Singles 85
    All Mixed Doubles

  • USA Brittania (M65)Team Advances to Semis to Face Spain; Crawford (M70) Team Falls to Australia

    Only three USA teams were in action today: the Brittania, Crawford and Bitsy Grant (M75), and only the Von Cramm Cup team, behind the stellar play of Brian Cheney survived the day.

    Army Neely  started at #2 singles against Germany’s Peter Marklstorfer and lost 61 46 61. So it was up to Cheney to keep the USA in the tie and he did with a great performance against Horst Dieter Van de Loo, winning 61 63. Cheney/Les Buck won the doubles point but the first set was tight…actually the Americans were up a break but lost it and the two teams ended in a tiebreak. The Germans led 63 in the tiebreak, triple set point; the Americans played two good points on serve; the Germans played on iffy point to level the breaker at 6-6 at which point Cheney hit an unbelievable angle half volley winner in response to an excellent crosscourt forehand. On set point Buck hit a serve into the net…he was tight…then hit a GREAT second serve, Cheney moved and the set went to USA. That was all they wrote as the saying goes; the USA won the second set 60 to clinch the win. Next up is a very tough Spanish team.

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    In the Crawford Cup, Donald Long played a long match against Aussie Lee Taylor, and led in the third 5-3, but couldn’t close out the determined Aussie and fell 75 46 75. Jack Metalsky played a good match against Peter Keller at #1 singles, falling 63 75, so Australia advanced and the USA is done, they finish fifth. Long and Dean Corley won the doubles point to salvage the day.

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    The Bitsy Grant Cup woes continued today when they faced France. Jerald Hayes lost at #2 singles in straight sets. Willie Wolf lost a real heartbreaker at #1 singles and fought hard all day. He led by a set and 52 and had five match points on his opponents (rather weak) serve, but couldn’t close out the quick French player. He had a sixth match point at 54 and played a good point, hitting about three apparent winners, but Yves Clottes, his opponent kept guessing right and getting one more ball back till he finally won the point. Willie lost the set 75 and was down 3/0 in the third, rallied hard to 3-3 before falling 63. Fred Farzanegan/Bob Quall won the doubles point 63 75 (and had trouble too closing out the French, leading 51 before closing out the set 75). Wolf was frustrated with the clay but you could see his clay court game evolving with each game. They play Netherlands on Saturday for 7th/8th place.



    Von Cramm Cup (M60) (USA in Group A ); Playoff 1-7 link.
    Alice Marble Cup (W60) (USA inGroup A) Playoff 1-4

    Britannia Cup (Men’s 65) (USA inGroup D) Playoff 1-7 link.
    Kitty Godfree Cup (W65) (USA in Group B) Playoff 1-4 Link

    Jack Crawford Cup (Men’s 70) (USA inGroup D) Playoff 1-5.
    Althea Gibson Cup (W70) (USA inGroup A) Playoff 1-4

    Bitsy Grant Cup (M75) (USA in Group CPlayoff 5-8 Link
    Queens’ Cup (W75) (USA in Group A); Playoff 1-3

    Gardnar Mulloy Cup (M80) (USA inGroup A ) Playoff 1-4
    Doris Hart Cup (W80) (USA inGroup B); Playoff 1-4

  • USA Advances to Elimination Rounds in Nine Cups on Wednesday; USA Men’s 75 Team Falls to Gr. Britain

    USA advanced with less drama today in nine of the ten Cups today.

    The good news for Bob Quall, Bitsy Grant Cup team member, is that his suitcase and clothing and warm up finally arrived! The bad news is that his team lost. Bob had a tough loss at #2 singles to Gr. Britain, losing a four hour match after leading by a set and 3/0 on the soft E courts. He admitted to a bit of fatigue after two days of long matches. Fred Farzanegan lost the #1 singles after leading 5-2 in the first set.

    The Doris Hart Cup team, women’s 80, continued to amaze, beating Germany today 2/1, again taking the #2 singles and doubles points as the German #1 didn’t play the doubles tie.The USA plays France next while Canada is on the other side of the draw. Jane Lutz, 86, has been fantastic at #2 singles, and Margaret Canby/Rose Austin have been stellar in doubles so far.

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    The men’s 65s were so fast they had finished 2 singles and doubles before lunchtime (and they started at 9am)!

    The men’s 60, 70 and 80’s teams all advanced without too much drama.

    The women’s 60s won 3/0; Sherri Bronson again played about 3 1/2 hours, 3 sets to win. Her comment was that there weren’t many practice courts available, so she was getting in her court time during matches! Tina Karwasky won easily at #1 and Sue Bramlette/Rita Giles took the doubles point.

    In women’s 65s, the USA won handily behind the play of Brenda Carter, Martha Downing and in doubles, Carol Clay and Kathy Bennett.

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    The women’s 70s were very quick today, finishing not much later than the men’s 65. Charleen Hillebrand & Cathie Anderson played doubles; Lee Delfausse/Suella Steel won the doubles point.

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    The women’s 75s had a scare with Dori deVries losing at #1 but Roz King had won at #2 and deVries/King easily won the doubles point. They have the day off tomorrow.

    For more results, click on the Cup below; the USA will be in a different group beginning tomorrow.

    I’ll post photos and add them to this post tomorrow…falling asleep. I was able to hit some tennis balls today and then there was the gala dinner. There was also a lot of thunder and lightning but it didn’t stop play….

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    Men’s Cups & Women’s Cups

    Von Cramm Cup (M60) (USA in Group A )
    Alice Marble Cup (W60) (USA inGroup A)

    Britannia Cup (Men’s 65) (USA inGroup D  )
    Kitty Godfree Cup (W65) (USA in Group B)

    Jack Crawford Cup (Men’s 70) (USA inGroup D  )
    Althea Gibson Cup (W70) (USA inGroup A)

    Bitsy Grant Cup (M75) (USA in Group C )
    Queens’ Cup (W75) (USA in Group A)

    Gardnar Mulloy Cup (M80) (USA inGroup A )
    Doris Hart Cup (W80) (USA inGroup B)

  • USA Remains Undefeated After a Challenging Day 2 on the Courts

    USA won all ten ties played today, but it wasn’t an easy task in several Cups.

    The USA did cruise to victory in the women’s 65, 70 and 75s. The women’s 75 played the Ukrainian team which didn’t show up in time to play yesterday. They showed up in matching satin-type fabric skirts and T-shirts with their country’s name on them. The USA won very easily, but were happy to have a match today.

    The USA also had an easy time advancing in the men’s 80 and 70 and didn’t lose a set in advancing in the men’s 65s.

    The men’s 75 won 3/0 but it was anything but routine. Bob Quall started at #2 singles and three hours later had won 75 in the third. I don’t think he moved a muscle the rest of the day. It was a very physical match and Bob did well to win it against his tough Swedish opponent. Next up was Fred Farzanegan, whose match at #1 singles lasted nearly as long as Bob’s, but Fred also won in the third set, 63. Jerald Hayes and Willie Wolf won their first ever Cup match, taking the singles point to seal the 3/0 win.

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    The men’s 60 team was very close to losing to Denmark today. The USA are the defending champions, but that wasn’t important to Denmark. Tom Smith started well at #2 singles, going up a double break and leading 41, but that’s when the balls became heavy,and  Tom was a bit impatient, but fighting hard. He lost 76 62.

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    Geoff Cykman was up next and lost the first set 60! He regrouped and won the second 62. The third set was a dogfight won 76 by Geoff. Geoff afterwards described his match not as “Winning Ugly”, but as requiring a new chapter be written to make it improve to a “winning ugly” level. Tom and Tony Dawson won the doubles point in straight sets.

    The women’s 60s beat Spain 2/1. Sherri Bronson lost a tough one at #2 singles, but Tina Karwasky won over Encarnacion Gomis at #2 and teamed with Sherri to win the doubles point 61 61. Sue Bramlette asked me if the doubles line up could change and I told her no..she had a deer in the headlights look for a nanosecond, then realized I was kidding!

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    The Doris Hart Cup split its singles again, this time with Argentina, who took out #2 seeded Germany. Jane Lutz won and Margaret Canby lost. Then Rose Austin and Margaret played the doubles and won it 12-10 in a match tiebreaker!

    Draws are here: carolynnichols.wordpress.com.

  • USA Survives a Scare in the Doris Hart Cup, and Advances in Crawford, Godfree, Marble and Grant Cups; All USA Teams in Action Tuesday

    USA swept the singles in the Crawford, Godfree, Marble and Grant Cups today. That was not the case in the Doris Hart Cup, women’s 80s. Jane Lutz won a hard fought victory at #2 singles though to start off the tie positively against Australia. Margaret Canby played #1 singles and lost convincingly to Ann Fotheringham…60 60. Margaret’s comment before the doubles was that if Ann played the doubles, her partner was going to see every ball! However, Ann didn’t play the doubles point, Rose Austin and Margaret did. Rose was making her Cup debut on her 80th birthday and had a nice birthday present: a victory in her first Cup match and a deciding one at that! The USA plays Argentina tomorrow. Argentina upset #1 seeded Germany 2/1 today…in fact every tie in the Doris Hart Cup today was hotly contested, with all four going to the deciding doubles match and three out of four being decided by a match tiebreak in the doubles.

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    Several USA players made their Cup debuts today and all but one was successful.

    In the men’s 70, Crawford Cup,  Donald Long won at #2 against Denmark; Jack Metalsky played his first ever clay court match (he’s a SoCal player), debuting at #1 and won comfortably as did Jody Rush/Dean Corley. They take on Ireland tomorrow.

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    In the women’s 60s, Alice Marble Cup, Sherri Bronson and Tina Karwasky swept the singles, allowing rookies Sue Bramlette and Rita Giles to make their debuts in doubles and they won convincingly 64 60. They take on Spain tomorrow.

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    The women’s 65s, Godfree Cup, USA beat Brazil, dropping only a handful of games in winning at #2 singles (Brenda Carter), #1 singles (Martha Downing) and doubles (Carol Clay/Kathy Bennett). They play Switzerland next.

    In men’s 75s, Bob Quall (whose suitcase has STILL not arrived in Turkey; everyone else has received their delayed luggage) won at #2 singles against Japan; Rookies Willie Wolf and JB Hayes lost a tough doubles match. They take on Sweden tomorrow.

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    All teams are in action tomorrow.

    I found out today that the “Beach Courts” are still in existence, behind the big new hotel, which is not owned by Ali Bey, and there are now six of them. I’m not sure they still belong to Ali Bey but they still appear on the court plan map.


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  • Team Photos Today

    Today we have the captains’ meetings in the afternoon, followed by the opening ceremonies.

    We started early, with team photos at 8am. There were 39 players (Charleen Hillebrand got to Ali Bey in the wee hours of the morning and understandably didn’t make it). Dori deVries, Geoff Cykman and Bob Quall are all missing their luggage…and all flew out of San Francisco.

    Donald Long and Dean Corley made it hear on barely a week’s notice to fill out the men’s 70 team. JB Hayes also made it here at the last minute for the men’s 75 team.

    Here are some team and a group photos. To see more click here.

    The draws are up: click here to see them..  


    USA Super Senior Teams 2014

    Bitsy Grant Cup, M75 Brittania, M65 Doris HArt Cup W80 Gardnar Mulloy Cup M80 Jack Crawford Cup M70 Queens Cup w 75 Von Cramm Cup, M60 W60 Karwasky Bronson, Giles, Bramlette W65

    Missing: Women’s 70s as a player was missing.

  • Super Senior Fact Sheets Released by ITF

    Super Senior Teams & Individual World Championship Information: October 2014, Turkey

    Super Senior TEAM Fact Sheet: Oct 13-18, 2014
    Super Senior INDIVIDUAL Fact Sheet: Oct 19-26, 2014
    To PAY your entry fee for the INDIVIDUAL  World Championships, click here.
    To ENTER the individual world championships go to IPIN site
    Electronic Visa Application Site (you can get your visa on arrival but an evisa application will save you time)
    Team Selection Date (USTA): July 27, 2014

    For updated information, go to itftennis.com/seniors