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  • USA Wins Doris Hart Cup; Other Finals are Ongoing

    Friday September 21, 2018, Palm Desert, California, USA; 5:15 am PDT

    A second article will be written tomorrow, or earlier to recap all matches.

    The USA Women’s 80s team, the Doris Hart Cup, beat Great Britain today in Umag, Croatia, to give the USA a second gold medal winning team (the Men’s 85 won yesterday). Dori DeVries won first at #2 singles and Roz King clinched the win at #1 singles. Both wins were emphatic.

    The Men’s 70s beat Great Britain today to clinch a 9th place spot. After losing the first day the team won four consecutive matches. Geoff Moore and Brent Abel won the singles point; the doubles is ongoing. (Thanks to Don Clark for the photo).

    In other finals, the USA is up 1/0 in the women’s 65 (Kitty Godfree) over Australia; the men’s 65 (Britannia) over Austria and is down 1/0 in the women’s 70s (Althea Gibson) against France. The women’s 65 team is shown below (photo by Carol Clay).

    The women’s 70s team: (photo courtesy of Liane Bryson).

    Please click on the following links below to view the draws and order of play for the 2018 ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships.

    Kitty Godfree Cup (W65)

    Althea Gibson Cup (W70)

    Queens Cup (W75)

    Doris Hart Cup (W80)

    Britannia Cup (M65)

    Jack Crawford Cup (M70)

    Bitsy Grant Cup (M75)

    Gardnar Mulloy Cup (M80)

    Men’s 85 Cup (M85)

    Photos can be found here.

  • USA Sweeps Day Three at ITF World Team Championships, Umag

    Tuesday September 18, 2018

    San Diego, CA, USA

    The USA went eight for eight on Day three of the 2018 ITF World Team Championships in Umag, Croatia

    The Kitty Godfree Cup team (W65s) were merciless against Sweden, dropping only two games in three matches! they advance now to the semifinals. Wendy McColsky & Tina Karwasky played singles; Vicky McEvoy/Judy Dixon won the doubles. Since medals are awarded for 1st-4th place, they are guaranteed a medal…now the only question is what color?

    The Althea Gibson Cup team (W70) won 3/0 against Great Britain but not without a fight; Molly Hahn at #2 singles edged her opponent 64 in the third; Brenda Carter won easily at #1 singles and Liane Bryson/Betty Wachob fought hard to win 75 75. They are now in the semis of the playoff group for gold.

    Photos for W70 team courtesy of Brenda Carter.

    The Queens Cup (W75) beat Australia 2/1. Cathie Anderson dropped only two games at #2 singles; Charleen Hillebrand fell to Judy Hancy at #1 singles in three tight sets, but Hillebrand/Suella Steel won the doubles with the loss of only three games. They are guaranteed a medal too, since there are three teams in the playoff group for gold.

    The Doris Hart Cup beat Germany 3/0 without the loss of a set. Dori DeVries at #2 and Roz King at #1 won the singles and Carol Wood/Burnett Herrick won the doubles point. They are now in the semis and play #2 seed Canada tomorrow. Canada finished second in their group of four, falling 2/1 to Great Britain today.

    The Britannia Cup (M65) swept Great Britain 3/0. Tom Smith made his first singles appearance of the week at #2; Dave Sivertson won at #1 and Paul Wulf/Lenny Wofford won the doubles in three sets, getting better with each set, 36 63 60. They play Netherlands in the quarters in ATP stadium tomorrow. If you want to get up early, the match will be live streamed! (The ITF draws the byes randomly and #2 seeded Austria got on the one bye in the 1-7 playoff group).

    The Jack Crawford Cup (M70) had a bye today and plays South Africa tomorrow in the 9-16 playoff group.

    The Bitsy Grant Cup (M75) team beat Japan today 3/0, with Fred Drilling at #2 and Jimmy Parker at #1 each dropping only a game; Don Long and Michael Stewart won 64 62. They play Germany in the quarterfinals tomorrow.

    The Gardnar Mulloy Cup (M80) dominated Czech Republic 3/0 with Lester Sack at #2 singles, Kaz Saito at #1 (and playing his first cup) winning the singles and Jerald Hayes/Lloyd Goldwater winning the doubles point. The team dropped only four games today. The team is now in the semifinals.

    The Men’s 85 are playing a five team round robin. Today they beat Sweden 3/0, dropping only eight games behind the singles play of Saul Snyder and Joe Russel and doubles pairing of Chuck Nelson/George McCabe. They are 3/0 and just need to win one more match for the gold. Tomorrow they have the day off, and they play Australia Thursday or Friday.

    Please click on the following links below to view the draws and order of play for the 2018 ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships.

    Kitty Godfree Cup (W65)

    Althea Gibson Cup (W70)

    Queens Cup (W75)

    Doris Hart Cup (W80)

    Britannia Cup (M65)

    Jack Crawford Cup (M70)

    Bitsy Grant Cup (M75)

    Gardnar Mulloy Cup (M80)

    Men’s 85 Cup (M85)

  • Super Senior Cup Teams, Lake Nona, 2017: Players; Cup Information, Draws, Photos

    The 2017 ITF Super Seniors World Team Championships are taking place from October 8-13 in Lake Nona, Florida, USA. The ITF Seniors World Individual Championships will be held the 14-22 of October, also in Lake Nona. The event is taking place on green clay.

  • Sheila Weinstock, USA W 75, Reports on Individuals from Umag

    The ITF Individual Championships in Croatia started this week. This is the first time I’ve been able to stay and play the individuals & it’s been a very busy and wonderful experience for me.

    After my team winning the Queen’s Cup in the women’s 75 team competition, it was back to the courts and an opportunity for me to play not only doubles but singles as well.

    I am now in the singles and doubles semi finals main draw and have played women from South Africa, Germany, France, and Australia – all in three days.  I feel like I’ve traveled the world! Everyone has been so nice, friendly on and off the court, but at the same time very competitive on the court.

    Today I play the semi’s in the doubles with Carol Wood against a team from Australia and tomorrow I will be playing the singles semi finals against a woman from Austria. I hope to do well in my play the next two days, but regardless of my final placement, I will never forget the wonderful experience of not only playing a high level of tennis, but meeting people from all over the world; being exposed to Croatia & Slovenia both of which have some beautiful vistas, as well as enjoying the camaraderie which has been evident throughout these two weeks.

    Here is a link to the draws: http://www.itftennis.com/seniors/tournaments/tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100035782

    #1 – My singles Opponent (Mary Jane Marty from France) who I defeated to advance the the semi finals  in the 75’s
    #2 – Sunset over the Adriatic Sea
    #3 – Carol Wood & my opponents ( Reiko Maruso & Kathy Neval from South Africa) who we defeated to reach the semi-finals in the 75 doubles


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    To read about the Cups:


    King Van Nostrand, M 80 and Dick Johnson, M70, are still in the singles as well.

  • USA Advances to Final in Queens Cup & Doris Hart Cup; Rain Halts Semifinal Play in Gardnar Mulloy & Britannia Cup Semifinals

    One note before today’s results are discussed: the draws are out for the individual world championships and can be found here: http://www.itftennis.com/seniors/tournaments/tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100035782

    Sheila Weinstock writes from Umag for the USA Queens Cup Team, a 2/0 Winner over GBR:

    Our team played Great Britain in the semi finals of the Queen’s Cup today and are into the finals scheduled for tomorrow. Our United States team has won all their four matches  in singles as well as doubles .  We have not lost one point playing our way to the finals!

    We had a big thunderstorm which halted play today, but our team won its  semi final  match over Great Britain before the rains came. Both singles players, Donna Fales & Charleen Hillebrand, won their singles matches which gave the team the win. The doubles was not played because of the weather and the fact that the match had already been won.
    After the match both the United States players and the Great Britain players had coffee together (shown below), to relax and enjoy their time together on a more personal level. (Picture below).


    Tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 17) the United States team plays for the Queens’ Cup in the finals against either France or Germany whose match could not be completed today because of the inclement weather.

    The USA Doris Hart Cup (W80), also advanced today over France 2/0.

    Carol Wood, the captain reports:

    We beat France today . I won 60 62.  Burnette [Herrick] won 60 64. The doubles was not played because of rain. Burnette finished just as it started . They have several indoor courts which they finally decided to use. When we left the club Canada was ready to play doubles  against GBR -they split the singles so I don’t know who we play in the final – and it’s supposed to rain tomorrow and Sunday. {Ed. note: GBR beat #2 seeded Canada 2/1, taking the doubles point. The USA beat GBR in the round robin stage, but GBR has very tough doubles; the USA won both singles that time but not the doubles…). Burnett in action below.

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    The USA Mulloy Cup Team Leads Germany 1/0;

    The USA Men’s 80 team is up 1/0 and leads by a set and 4/2 at #1 singles; the match will be finished tomorrow and the final played after that.

    The USA Britannia Cup Team is Tied with #1 Seeded Spain 1/1

    USA won at #2 singles (Len Wofford) and lost at #1 singles (Dave Sivertson), so it comes down to the doubles tomorrow to see who advances to the final.

    The Althea Gibson Cup Team Leads Austria 1/0

    See Brenda Carter’s Blog for more details, but the USA is ahead 1/0 in matches and leads by a set at #1 singles. USA is playing for 7th in this Cup.

    The Jack Crawford Cup Team Leads Canada 1/0

    The USA won the #2 singles against Canada with Les Buck taking out Don McCormick. Michael Beautyman takes on Ken Dahl tomorrow to try and advance to the 7/8 playoff in the men’s 70s.

    Bitsy Grant Cup: Australia Leads USA 1/0

    Australia won a tough tiebreak (12/10) and the second set 64 at #2 singles (Don Biddle over Rudy Hernando) to take a 1/0 lead over USA. Tomorrow Frank Hagelshaw will take on Bruce Rehn at # 1 singles, followed by doubles if necessary.

    Kitty Godfree Cup Team Plays for Bronze Saturday

    The Kitty Godfree Cup team had a day off today and plays Gr. Britain for the bronze medal tomorrow. Read about their day off here.

    All team draws

    Individual Draws


  • Kitty Godfree Cup Friday: Day Off for Team USA

    The Women’s 65s Kitty Godfree Cup team had the day off today. Actually a lot of teams had time off due to heavy rain.  We took this opportunity to see some sights in Croatia.
    Our first stop was Rovinj, a busy tourist town on the Adriatic Sea located about 30 miles south of Umag. It was inspired by Venetian architecture.

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    Next we went to the larger city of Pula, where the sixth largest coliseum is located. It is the most extensively restored of all of the coliseums in the Roman Empire.

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    Finally we headed inland to the enchanting village of Motovun.  The countryside was beautiful, and the town is located 1,000 feet above the valley. It was quiet and exactly how one would picture a Croatian/Italian village.

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    Hopefully the weather will clear and we will play Great Britain for a bronze medal tomorrow.
    Sue Bramlette

  • Brenda Carter Blogs from Umag


    Just a quick summary of the past week — the ITF Individual World Championships.

    Many of the team players remained in Umag to play in the Individuals, while others went home. In addition, many non-team players from around the world entered. It makes for a long stay away from home, but it’s another week of great competition and great camaraderie.

    Competitively, the week was surprisingly successful. I entered 3 events: 70s singles, women’s doubles (with Sue Kimball) and mixed doubles (with Jerry Thomas). In singles, I made it to the semifinals, then lost to the person who won the title. The road to the semi’s was challenging as I was playing higher seeds along the way. We were unseeded in doubles and mixed doubles.  
    In the women’s doubles, Sue and I beat (I say that loosely, because it was a very close match) the top seeds in the semi’s. We split sets, then the third set was a super tie breaker which we won 10-8 — whew, a barn burner. We went on to upset the #2 seed in the final in straight sets. So, a gold medal for us! 

    In mixed doubles, Jerry and I would have played the #4 seeds along the way, but they withdrew due to injury. We played two matches early in the week, then finished up Friday and Saturday. We played the #3 seeds in the final (#1 and #2 seeds had been upset) and won in straight sets, but we had to come back from behind in the second to avoid the 10-point tie-breaker. Both of my partners played fantastically, were very supportive, and we had fun! We enjoyed the competition, then enjoyed receiving our medals at the closing ceremony.

    Even though this week was an Individual Championship, I know there is really no such thing as an individual award. There is always a support team who helps a recipient achieve whatever the goal may be. So, I say thank you to my support team — family, friends, doubles partners, team members, practice partners, coaches, prayer partners…… These medals are yours as well!
    I went for a long walk this afternoon along the Adriatic Sea on my last day here. It was a gorgeous day and I tried to wrap my mind around this whole fabulous two-week experience. It’s very hard to do and even harder to put in words. This kind of experience is much bigger than tennis and winning (both things I like a lot!). At this event, I’ve been with people from all over the world — all of us over 65 up to high 80s. You would be amazed to see these people on the court! Off the court, we are all friends, no matter where we are from. We realize we are blessed to have this opportunity to compete, but more blessed with the health we enjoy. A common wish among us is for peace, joy and kindness throughout the world.
    Again, many thanks for your support.

    Day 8 Great Britain Wins Althea Gibson Cup

    Hello all,
    I know you’ve been dying to know who really won the Althea Gibson Cup, which was completed today, so I thought I’d let you know.
    Long story short, Great Britain beat The Netherlands 2-1 in a very exciting match.  They split the singles, both matches going to 3 sets.  I saw most of both singles matches — great play by both teams.  Great Britain won the doubles in 3 sets, winning the third set 6-0.   The gold medal team is the team that beat us on the first day and we lost to them by a similar score.  Even though that doesn’t make us co-silver medalists, we still were competitive with the champs!  All the teams were quite competitive — everyone fighting hard all week.  Great fun!
    Many of you have responded so nicely to my “reports” and I have not responded back individually, but your comments have been shared with the team and have been very much appreciated.  We all are thankful for your support.
    The  World Team Championships are now complete and the World Individual Championships started today.  I am also participating in the Individuals, so will be in Umag for another week — then on to another tourney in the states the following week.  Thanks for the kind travel thoughts you’ve already sent.

    Day 6: USA Beats Austria 3/0 to Finish 7th

    Well, the weather cleared and we were able to start the morning completing matches which were on the courts when the bottom fell out yesterday — amazingly, starting close to on time. Even though it was clear, we experienced gale-force winds — so the conditions were very tough for everyone. The wind is a tremendous equalizer! I was able to complete my match without losing another game, so my final score was 7-6,6-2. Cathie and Sue played the doubles and won handily. They were leading 6-1, 5-0, deuce and the rains reappeared! This caused a two-hour delay to complete the match! When play resumed, they took care of business and won the second set 6-1. It was nice to end the tournament with the win over Austria, and we come home 7th in our division. We’ve had a wonderful time, played hard, made new friends, met up with old friends and we all are very thankful for our health and realize what a blessing it is to participate in this fantastic event.

    The Althea Gibson Cup winner will not be decided until tomorrow morning as The Netherlands take on the Brits for the Cup. This should be a very exciting match. A little consolation for us is that the team (GB) who beat us in round robin play in a close tie has made it to the finals. Germany bested South Africa for the bronze. 
    We attended the awards ceremony this evening and the USA fared very well. On the women’s side, our 65s placed 3rd and our 75s and 80s team won gold! On the men’s side, the 65s placed 3rd and the 80s won. It’s a proud moment for all of us when they play our national anthem at this international — tonight we heard and sang it three times!
    Thanks so much for being part of our team! We appreciate your support and riding along with us. All the best to each of you.
    2016 USA Althea Gibson Cup Team: Cathie Anderson, Sue Kimball, Betty Wachob and Brenda
    The pictures: 1. With friends from Sweden and Finland; 2. The calm Adriatic was churning today

    Friday Day 5: USA Leads Austria 1/0 Before Overnight Rain Delay

    We have unfinished business on Friday!
    We’ve had great weather until today.  The rains came about 12:30 and halted play for everyone.  Very few ties were completed — none at our venue.  We are playing Austria and Betty handled the windy conditions beautifully, and beat her opponent 6-1, 6-1.  The score in my match is 7-6, 3-2 — we are scheduled to finish at 9 AM tomorrow.
    They have a couple of indoor courts here and USA 65s men’s team played their #1 singles tonight.  It was great fun to watch Dave fighting toe-to-toe with Spain’s Jorge Camina, a perennial World Champion.  Dave lost 7-5, 6-2, but played great.  Tomorrow’s doubles will decide which team advances to the final.
    Today we did a lot of waiting for the rain to stop.  We’re hoping the weather forecast is wrong and tomorrow is a nice day.
    Thanks for pulling for us!
    Attached is a picture of us with Austria.

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    Thursday, Day 4: #1 Seeded France Beats USA 2/1

    I wish I could report to you a more winning story for the day, but I can’t. France, the top seed in our division lost on Monday — that was a big upset!  After round robin play, France, USA, Austria and Australia ended up 2nd in their respective RR’s, so today started a playoff among these teams.  By the luck of our draw, we got to play France.  Betty and I were very competitive in our singles matches, but both of us lost in straight sets to two very good players.  We knew them from years past and knew we had our work cut out for us.  Sue and Cathie played the doubles and won in straight sets, so we lost the tie 2-1.  We will play Austria tomorrow for a 7th place finish.  The medal round will begin tomorrow with South Africa vs. Great Britain (3/4) and Germany (2) vs. Netherlands (3/4).  The matches will be hotly contested, as a number of the players have very high world rankings.
    Since we had the day off yesterday, we played “tourist” for the afternoon, visiting Parin and Portoroz, Slovenia, two beautiful seaside villages not very far away from Umag.  It was a beautiful day and so much fun with the team and Pam!
    Four of USA’s 8 teams will be contending for medals!  Go USA!
    The pics:  USA/ France; Seaside in Parin
    As always, thanks for your support.

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    Tuesday, Day 2: USA Beats Canada 3/0

    oday was a good day at the “office”.  We won all 3 matches against Canada today.  Again, the matches were well-played.  Cathie played at #2, winning 6-4, 6-3.  Eileen is a tough competitor with some very unusual strokes — I was told she has a lot of experience playing squash.  She was very steady, played the mid-court very well, and surprised Cathie on some occasions with her shot-making.  However, Cathie kept the pressure on with her steady, smart play and pulled away in the end.  I played Mary Ann, their captain.  She has fabulous technique, can make a ton of winners.  Luckily for me, she made a few errors and gave me the opportunity to win 6-3, 6-1.  Betty and Sue played the doubles against Anne and Jillian.  They had some very nice points, but Betty and Sue were just too strong for the Canadian pair today — coming out on top 6-1, 6-0.  The Canadian team is very nice and lots of fun to be with!
    We returned to the hotel and decided to just hang out at the beach, as it was a beautiful day.  The water of the Adriatic is crystal clear and the shoreline is very rocky.  Everyone wears water shoes.  So it’s very different from the beaches most Americans visit — it’s gorgeous.  The pictures are of the view from my room and Sue and Betty carefully wading out for a dip at the beach near the front of our hotel.  The beach pic makes it look like few people are around, which is not true.  Many others are off to the left in chairs parked on rock ledges or sitting on their towels.  Even though high season is over, the area is still buzzing with people.
    We have no match tomorrow, will practice in the morning and are going on a short tour in the afternoon.  The tournament banquet is tomorrow night.
    Until next time ……

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    Monday Day 1: Night, USA Falls to GBR 2/1

    It’s been a busy, long day in Umag for all of the players, but I think we were on the court the longest.  The day started with the opening ceremony, then everyone departed for their respective venues for first day of play.  Play started at noon and we finished at 7.  The final outcome was not what we wanted, but we played hard against a strong team from Great Britain.
    Betty started us off well with a win over GB’s #2, winning 7-6, 6-3.  It was a fantastic match, with both players playing superb tactical tennis.  Betty had lost to her opponent in straight sets the last time she played her — making it a real “sweet” win.  We are so proud of her.  Then I faced GB’s #1 player, a player I had beaten in two close sets the last time we played.  She was definitely the better player today — my hat’s off to her — as she beat me 6-4, 6-2.  To win the tie, we needed to take the doubles.  Betty and I played the same two players and lost in 3 sets — 6-1,5-7,6-1.  The first set wasn’t as close as 6-1 — they were steamrolling.  All the games in the 3rd set were close, but we just weren’t able to get the last point but once!  Surprisingly, France, #1 seed, was upset today by South Africa.
    Twelve countries are represented in the Gibson Cup.   We are divided into 4 round robins.  The winners of the RR’s will move out into a semifinal bracket.  The second place teams will for play for positions 5 – 8.  If we can beat Canada tomorrow, we’ll be playing in the 5-8 bracket.
    All said and done, we fought valiantly, but just couldn’t pull it off.
    I’m attaching a photo of all of the USA teams that are competing this week.  There are 113 teams from all over the world here in Umag.  It’s amazing.
    The second picture was taken tonight at our tennis venue when we completed our match — a beautiful sunset over the Adriatic Sea — quite a setting.
    As always, thanks for your support.

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    Monday: Day 1: Morning

    Just a quickie to let you know we have made it safely to Umag — and as far as I know, everyone’s luggage also arrived!!  All teams are busy practicing as the competition begins on Monday.  We hope to soon be over jet lag.  We as a team are already having a great time and the weather has been very nice.

    Meet the 2016 USA Althea Gibson Cup Team:Left to right:  Betty Wachob (Panama City, FL, Brenda Carter (Charleston, SC),  Sue Kimball (Martha’s Vineyard, MA), Cathie Anderson (Delmar, CA).


    We just had the opening ceremony and are soon off to our site to play our first round — against 4th seed Great Britain (we are unseeded).  It will be a tough battle and we are excited!

  • USA Kitty Godfree Cup Team Advances to Medal Round: Plays Australia on Thursday (Center Court; May be Live Streamed).

    The Women’s 65s Kitty Godfree Cup Team achieved their first goal by completing the Round Robin play undefeated.  We played a very friendly Canadian team with the following results:

    Toni Novack defeated Jean Martin, 6-0, 6-1; Molly Hahn defeated Paddy Mann 6-2, 6-4; Kathy Barnes/Sue Bramlette defeated Jandi Frazier/Linda Negulic 6-0, 6-1.  We invited all of the Canadians to come to Houston to play the clay courts.  After the match, we hit some singles and then went for a swim in the Adriatic Sea.  Tonight is the tournament banquet.

    Tomorrow we start earlier in the morning with a warm-up at 8:30 a.m.  We play a very tough Australian team in the semi-finals.

    Live Streaming if Available

    Results from all teams from Wednesday.

    Below are photos of Toni Novack and her opponent from today and the USA and Canadian teams.

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    Kathy Barnes is the shall we say more outgoing of the four teammates.

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  • USA Advances to Medal Rounds in Six of Eight Cups at the SSr World Team Championships, Croatia

    The USA is into the medal rounds in the Men’s and Women’s 65, 7 & 80 divisions after round robin play concluded Wednesday in Umag.

    65s: The Kitty Godfree Cup team beat Canada 3/0 and has yet to lose a set in the competition. They play the semifinals against Australia tomorrow on Center Court (for those early risers, this will probably be streamed live; if they are it will be here: http://live-stream.htsv.hr). The Britannia Cup beat Great Britain 2/1. Len Wofford was the MVP of the tie, winning at #2 singles and combining with captain Padg Bolton to take the deciding doubles point. Dave Sivertson lost a tough 3 setter at #1 singles. (#2 singles is played first, followed by #1 singles, then doubles). USA plays Sweden in the quarters of the knockout draw on Thursday.

    70s: The Jack Crawford Cup team lost 2/1 to Switzerland today. They lost both singles matches but won the dead rubber doubles match. They now play off for 7-12th place and await the winner of the Australia/Canada match, which will be played Thursday. So the USA won’t play till Friday. The Althea Gibson Cup plays off in the 5th-8th playoff group starting tomorrow. They have to play the top seeds, France, which were upset first round by So Africa, so have a tough playoff draw!

    75s: Both the Bitsy Grant Cup and Queens Cup team advanced today with 3/0 wins. The women beat a tough German team and now have a day off before playing Great Britain in the semis on Friday. The men beat Slovenia and now are in the 1-6th place group. They play #5 seeded Great Britain Thursday and last year’s champions Germany if they pass that test.

    80s: The Doris Hart Cup team beat Great Britain 3/0 but Burnett Herrick had to win a match tiebreak to win her match. Carol Wood won at #2 singles and Judy Smith/Herrick took the doubles point. They play France next; I believe on Friday. The Gardnar Mulloy Cup team swept past Sweden with the loss of only two games in three matches today. They play Friday against the defending champions Germany.


    Photos: https://goo.gl/photos/YoZn9g9arYdadMReA

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  • Kitty Godfree Blanks Ukraine in Umag, Croatia Tuesday

    Sue Bramlette writes:

    As I watch the sun set over the Adriatic Sea, I report to you another successful day for the Women’s 65s Kitty Godfree Cup Team.  We defeated a very friendly team from the Ukraine.  Toni Novack defeated Tetyana Petrovska 6-1, 6-1.  Molly Hahn defeated Elvira Palshyna 6-0, 6-0; Kathy Barnes/Sue Bramlette defeated Halyna Khomenko/Palshyna 6-1, 6-1.

    Tomorrow we play our final match in the Round Robin against the Canadian team.

    Draws: Round Robin

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  • USA Goes Undefeated on Day 2 of the ITF World Team Championships

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    USA teams went 6/0 on Tuesday in Umag and dropped few games and no sets. On Wednesday the round robin portion of the event concludes,  and once the knockout portion of the event begins the matches get much longer and more competitive.

    The men’s and women’s 65s teams both won 3/0. For the second day in a row, the powerhouse Godfree Cup team dominated their tie, losing only four games in beating Ukraine. They play Canada tomorrow; if they win they advance to the medal round (semis). The Britannia Cup team beat South Africa 3/0 and face Great Britain tomorrow which will be a tougher task as GBR is one of the seeded teams.

    The women’s 70s, Gibson Cup,  team won comfortably today against Canada, with Cathie Anderson and Brenda Carter winning the singles points in straight sets. They therefore finish second in their division unless Canada beats GBR tomorrow and will play for 5th in the knockout portion of the even beginning on Thursday . The men’s 70s, Crawford Cup, had a bye today and face Switzerland (led by Peter Kolacek) tomorrow; SUI beat Norway 3/0 today so will be a tougher out tomorrow than was Norway yesterday

    The USA Women’s 75, Queens Cup team blanked Australia 3/0 with Steel and Fales winning in singles while Weinstock and Hillebrand won the doubles  point. They face a tough German team next, led by Heidi Attlefellner (who lives in Vermont and is a USTA member) and Nanda Fischer (also a USTA member who is a former #1 ranked ITF player). The USA Bitsy Grant Cup team had a day off and play Slovenia next. Slovenia beat Ireland 3/0 and is led by James Baker, who is a Florida resident. Tennis does make the world smaller.

    The USA dominated in the women’s 80s divisions, with the Doris Hart Cup team beating Sweden with the loss of only two games! They face a tough British team tomorrow. The Brits handed Australia a 3/0 loss on Tuesday. Last year USA beat GBR in the Hart Cup and Herrick beat June Pierce, the British #1, i straight sets. The Gardnar Mulloy Cup team had a Novack Djokovic experience today; they beat Austria 3/0 but only #1 singles was played to conclusion; Austria retired down a set in both #2 singles and doubles. USA plays Sweden (who lost 3/0 to Turkey today) in their last round robin match.



  • USA Falls in Gibson Cup; Advances in

    The USA Althea Gibson Cup (W70) team faced a tough adversary on Day 1, last year’s finalists, Great Britain. Betty Wachob started the team off with a win but Frances Maclennan leveled the tie at a match apiece when she beat Brenda Carter. The Brits, always strong in doubles, beat Carter/Wachob in three sets. The big upset in that division was So Africa over last year’s champions France. Petro Krueger, who spent several weeks in the summer playing tournaments on the red clay of Europe, used that tournament toughness to her advantage, beating Gail Benedetti in singles & then in doubles to lead the upset win.

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    In the men’s 70s, the Crawford Cup team beat Norway 3/0.

    In men’s 75, Grant Cup, the USA blanked Ireland 3/0. In the women’s 75, Queens Cup, the USA blanked So Africa 3/0.

    In women’s 80, the Doris Hart Cup, the USA edged Australia 2/1. Carol Wood won at #2 singles, but Burnett Herrick was forced to win a match tiebreak (played only in the 80s in this competition), winning it 10-5 to beat Helen Ferris and secure the win for the USA. Judy Smith/Betty Hill fell in straight sets in the doubles. The men’s 80s, Mulloy Cup, eased past Turkey 3/0.

    In the men’s 65, Britannia Cup, the USA beat Ireland 3/0, dropping only five games. However, the women’s 65s, Godfree Cup, showed even less mercy on the host country, Croatia, not allowing them a game during their 3/0 victory.


    To see all results click here.

    For photos including team photos click here.

  • USA Kitty Godfree Cup Team Blanks Host Croatia on Monday in Umag

    Sue reports from Umag on Day 1 of the ITF Super Senior Team Championships:

    It was another warm day in Croatia where the Kitty Godfree team competed.  Early this morning we met for team pictures followed by the Opening Ceremonies.  There are 112 teams representing 26 countries competing here.  We all marched in with our flags, followed by speeches by ITF and Croatian dignitaries.  We were then entertained by young dancers.  Following the ceremony we warmed up and play commenced.  Our team played a very welcoming Croatian team with the following results.

    Toni Novack defeated Dusica Mamic Madzarac 60, 60


    Molly Hahn defeated Djurdjica Anisic 60, 60


    Kathy Barnes/Sue Bramlette defeated Slavica Cosovic Bajic/Gizela Senci 60, 60


    Thunderstorms were in the area, but play was successfully completed.  We are now headed out to dinner at a real Croatian restaurant called No No.  We play at noon tomorrow against Ukraine.

    Below: Kathy Barnes, Toni Novack, Molly Hahn, Sue Bramlette


  • Sue Bramlette Blogs for USA Kitty Godfree Cup Team: Sunday 9/11

    It’s Sunday evening in Umag, Croatia, where the Kitty Godfree team had a good practice in the morning and then enjoyed a trip into the village of Umag.  It was very quiet there and a nice blue sky day in the upper 80s.

    Most importantly today, our Captain Molly Hahn attended the captains’ meeting.  Our team was seeded first in the recommended seedings and maintained that seeding.  The other seeds include Great Britain, France, and Australia.  They are all very strong teams.  Our first goal is to win our round robin.  The teams in our RR include Croatia, Ukraine, and Canada.  We start with Croatia tomorrow morning.  The Opening Ceremony takes place in the morning, with play commencing immediately thereafter.

    On 9/11 we remembered the families who lost loved ones back home 15 years ago.  We are proud to represent the USA here in Croatia, and we will all do our best to play well and make friends.

    Draws for Godfree Cup (USA is in Group A): Click here to see draws.

    Click here to see all draws and other blog articles.

    Here are a few photos: of Molly Hahn/Kathy Barnes; also of Umag City (from last year).

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  • Sunday: USA Seeded #1 in Godfree, Queens, Hart & Grant Cups;

    The 2017 ITF Super Senior World Team Championships begins tomorrow, September 12th, in Umag, Croatia and finishes on September 17th. The USA has eight teams participating in age divisions 65-80. Below is a photo of the USA teams which medaled in 2016 in Umag.

    US teams Medalling in Croatia

    The USA is the top seed in the women’s 65, 75 & 80 Cups and is the defending champion in all three divisions. The Kitty Godfree Cup team (W65) is a completely new team from last year but all four players have been on Cup teams in the recent past. The USA Queens Cup team dominated the competition last year and benefits from the additions of Charleen Hillebrand, Suella Steel and Sheila Weinstock, all of whom aged up from the 70s. They join Donna Fales to form a formidable team this year. The defending Doris Hart Cup team has more depth with the addition of Carol Wood, but Canada has added 2014 World Champion Inge Weber to the mix and will be tough to beat.

    The USA is also the top seed in the Gardnar Mully Cup, in which they finished third last year. However, they have a completely new and much stronger team this year, led by King Van Nostrand, who was recently honored with a seniors lifetime achievement award, only the third such senior player to ever receive this and the first American to achieve this honor, after Canadian Lorne Main and Germany’s Heide Orth.

    The USA Althea Gibson Cup team, which finished fifth in 2015 in Umag, is unseeded and faces #3 seeded (and last year’s finalist), Great Britain, in the first match. The USA team has added last year’s #1 Kitty Godfree Cup player, Brenda Carter, so they have a stronger team and may score the upset, though Great Britain is really tough too with Frances MacClennan at #1 and their always strong doubles.

    The USA Britannia (M65) and Bitsy Grant Cup (M75) teams finished second last year but are in Group D (with Great Britain) and Group C respectively. In the Britannia Cup, Australia, with Andrew Rae coming into the division is the second seed. In the Grant Cup, Italy comes in with a strong team and last year’s champion, Germany, was bumped to the #2 seed.

    The draws can be found  for the USA teams here and more draws on the ITF Seniors website here.

    There’s an article about the draws and interesting opening day matches (from ITF Seniors) here.

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/USASeniorInternationalTennisTeams/

  • USA Kitty Godfree Cup Blogs from Croatia

    Umag Croatia

    Sue Bramlette is blogging for the USA Kitty Godfree Cup team (women’s 65) this week. The ITF Super Senior World Team Championships are being held this week in Umag, Croatia for the men’s and women’s 65, 70, 75 & 80 divisions. For more information on all USA Cups, please click here: USA Super Senior Cup Teams 2016, Umag, Croatia. (Draws will be posted tomorrow afternoon.)

    The first blog is below on this page. Remaining blogs during the week will be linked just below this sentence.

    1. Pretournament Blog 9/11/16: USA Seeded#1
    2. USA Godfree Cup Team Blanks Croatia on Monday, Day 1 of Team Competition
    3. USA Beats Ukraine 3/0 on Day 2 of Team Competition in Umag
    4. USA Coasts By Canada 3/0 to Win Round Robin: On to the Semis
    5. USA Stopped by Australia in Semis
    6. Day Off in a Beautiful Country


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    The Cups begin Monday September 12 and end on Saturday September 17th, with the ITF World Individual Championships to follow. The USA Kitty Godfree Cup team is the defending champion, having won the event in 2015 in Umag. However, this is a completely different team with no holdovers from the previous year.

    Meet the members of the 2016 Kitty Godfree Cup team:

    1. Toni Novack, Charlotte, NC
    2. Molly Hahn, Belmont, MA (Captain)
    3. Kathy Barnes, San Jose, CA
    4. Susan Bramlette, Houston, TX

    Below are Toni Novack, Molly Hahn and Kathy Barnes.

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    Sue’s report from today was brief as she told me that they practiced FIVE hours today! (Guess they think they are playing three out of five sets…but alas, only two out of three full sets).

    “We are safely in Umag, Croatia.  The trip was smooth for all of us, and the hotel is nice.  The weather is quite warm (mid to upper 80s), but there is a nice breeze off the water.  Certainly more comfortable than Houston, Texas!!

    Today we hit as a team for 3 hours and we will hit again this afternoon.  Tomorrow (Sunday) will be another practice day before play begins on Monday.”

    For more information on the USA teams click here. For more information on all Cup teams please click here.

  • Super Senior Cup Teams, Umag, 2016: Players & Cup Information, Draws, Photos

    The 2016 ITF Super Seniors World Team Championships are taking place from September 12-17 in Umag, Croatia. The ITF Seniors World Individual Championships will be held the 18-25 of September, also in Umag. The event is taking place on red clay.

    Draws for Individuals Now Posted

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    Sue Bramlette Blogs from Croatia for USA Kitty Godfree Cup Team

    Brenda Carter Blogs from Croatia for Althea Gibson Cup Team

    1. Sunday: USA Seeded #1 in Godfree, Queens, Hart & Grant Cups;
    2. Monday: USA Advances in Seven Cups
    3. Tuesday: USA Undefeated Tuesday in Umag
    4. Wednesday: USA Advances to Medal Rounds in Six of Eight Cups
    5. Thursday: USA Advances in Men’s 65; Remains in Medal Contention in Four Cups
    6. Friday: USA Reaches Queens & Hart Cup Final; Rain Stops Play

    Age Divisions Women’s Cups Draws Men’s Cups Draws Other Info
    65 Kitty Godfree USA is in Group A
    USA is in 1-4
    Britannia USA is in Group D
    USA is in 1-4
    Photos of USA teams and from Umag
    70 Althea Gibson USA is in Group D
    USA is in 5-8
    Jack Crawford USA is in Group B
    USA is in 7-12
    List of all USA players
    75 Queens USA is in Group A
    USA is in 1-4
    Bitsy Grant USA is in Group C
    USA is in 1-6
    Draws for Individuals
    80 Doris Hart USA is in Group A
    USA is in 1-4
    Gardnar Mulloy USA is in Group A
    USA is in 1-4
    Sue Bramlette Blog

    ITF Information:

    Photos will be added as I receive them.

    The USTA reselected their Super Senior Cup teams in July and announced them  The new teams are:


    *As of 7/18/2016 (click here for any updates).

    Photos and update on USTA Site.

    Britannia Cup – Men’s 65

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    1. David Sivertson, Addison, TX
    2. Padg Bolton, Monroe, LA (Captain)
    3. Doug Ruffin, Fort Collins, CO
    4. Leonard Wofford, Portland, OR

    Jack Crawford Cup – Men’s 70

    Michael Beautyman Buck, Les Ponte, Felix-001Jody Rush

    1. Les Buck, Asheville, NC (Captain)
    2. Michael Beautyman, Flourtown, PA
    3. Felix Ponte, Apache Junction, AZ
    4. Jody Rush, Tumwater, WA

    Bitsy Grant Cup – Men’s 75

    Joe Bachmann Rudy HernandoBarbic, Ivo Hagleshaw, Frank

    1. Joseph Bachmann, Sarasota, FL (Captain)
    2. Rudy Hernando, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    3. Ivo Barbic, Atlanta, GA
    4. Frank Hagelshaw, East Jordan, MI

    Gardnar Mulloy Cup – Men’s 80

    Lester Sack King Van Nostrand Gordon Hammes M80JB Hayes

    1. Lester Sack, New Orleans, LA
    2. King Van Nostrand, Vero Beach, FL
    3. Gordon Hammes, Naples, FL (Captain)
    4. Jerald Hayes, Westfield, IN

    Kitty Godfree Cup – Women’s 65

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    1. Toni Novack, Charlotte, NC
    2. Molly Hahn, Belmont, MA (Captain)
    3. Kathy Barnes, San Jose, CA
    4. Susan Bramlette, Houston, TX

    Althea Gibson Cup – Women’s 70

    Brenda Carter  Betty WachobCathie AndersonKimball, Sue

    1. Brenda Carter, Charleston, SC (Captain)
    2. Betty Wachob, Panama City, FL
    3. Cathie Anderson, Del Mar, CA
    4. Susan Kimball, Oak Bluffs, MA

    Queens’ Cup – Women’s 75

    Donna Fales Hillebrand, Charleen  Suella Steel Sheila Weinstock

    1. Donna Fales, Coral Gables, FL
    2. Charleen Hillebrand, Harbor City, CA
    3. Suella Steel, La Jolla, CA
    4. Sheila Weinstock, Framingham, MA (Captain)

    Doris Hart Cup – Women’s 80

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    1. Burnett Herrick, Tarboro, NC
    2. Judy Smith, Brookline, MA
    3. Carol Wood, Rockville, MD (Captain)
    4. Betty Hill, Burr Ridge, IL