• Category Archives Super Senior Cups 06, Antalya, Turkey
  • An International Tennis Experience, By Ivo Barbic

    Somebody once said, “When you get old, the only thing left are stories.”  Well, not for this bunch of 65 year old men and women, representing 20 different nations, who went to Turkey in November to compete in the Super Seniors World Championship of Tennis.

     The setting: a beach resort, close to Antalya in Southern Turkey.  The program: 10 days of Tennis competition – 32 red clay tennis courts were the battle field on which French, Italian, Australian, English ,German, Austrians and others crossed racquets and did battle under their flags.

     Aside from the incredibly high level of tennis competition, what really amazed me during this trip was the richness of different and distinctive styles displayed on and off  by the representatives of each nationality.

     The Italians were “impeccable” in their blue (azura) warm-up suits. Somehow, they seem able to talk to each other… all at same time!  I have no idea how they understand each other, but they definitely managed to play well as we ended up competing with them for 3rd place.  Once on the court, with their warm-ups off, they begin to play like they talk: fast, emotional and with a touch of street-fighting flair.  They support each other loudly and have an argument with the ball every time a mistake is made – Mama mia!  They were amongst the top contenders, but we stole the prize after a series of tough matches.

    The British started off by being fashionably late for their practice session.  The fellows, unlike the ladies’ team, reminded me of a bunch of students just finishing a friendly game of rugby.  A constant positive attitude permeated their manner and speech towards themselves, their opponents and the game itself.  Once in awhile a well positioned “Bloody!” might slip out, which was understandable because they were getting beaten pretty badly by our players. They enjoyed the food and the drink as much as the tennis, and it looked to me like they had the youthful attitude and camaraderie of high school buddies.

    The Australians, with “Wallabies” printed all over their clothes and their heavy accents, were playing solid tennis and showing tremendous physical strength.  But the good life got to them in the 3rd set.  They were a truly friendly bunch, ready to do back flips to please you!  They came a long way to compete and they never complained.  At the restaurant their table was full of animation, and they were almost always the last ones to leave.  Good times!

    The French were serious and a little nervous.  They played with logic and determination, and were in great physical shape.  Initially, their attitudes seemed a bit stiff and reserved, but a little talk about their villages and food and how much they all missed France got them feeling at ease.  They had a good run and finished in 5th place over the Aussies. On the court, they look for the perfect shot: win “brilliantly” is their motto. 

    The Austrians are a small group and they seem to know each other since birth. They have the number one player in the World and they are proud of it.  All of them look “healthy” with a mixture of Italian (manners) and German (look).  At the restaurant and on the court they stick together and keep a low profile. They play very well from the baseline and let their opponents take all the risks.  Their No.1 plays a slightly different, more aggressive play and he is a pleasure to watch.  They ended up beating us in the semis and the Germans in the final.  These guys take their tennis very seriously.

    The Germans look German: strong physically and mentally. The whole team, with black eagles printed on their warm-up suits, gives the impression of a well discipline bunch of guys who are happy to be outside and ready to kick some butt.  Their game is based on strong fundamentals and they use the baseline as their artillery position from which they shoot balls from corner to corner.  Not known for their overly creative play they maintain a solid game plan that you have to destabilize in order to beat.  They are in great shape – very impressive athletes.  It’s a team that will always make the final rounds because of the depth on their roster and the country’s commitment to senior tennis.

    The Spanish players were the smallest, but they are feisty and never, ever give up.  They hold the racquet like a sword and barely crack a smile the whole match.  A serious bunch – they get dressed up for diner and join the rest of the Spanish speakers (i.e., the Argentines, who were only two, and the Puerto Ricans, who brought their wives and girlfriends) for a coffee and smokes. 

    The Americans are the ones to beat – everyone wants a piece!  We come in force and the USTA is well represented with experienced players who have been well tested through our series of national tournaments.  We fight on a surface that does not exist anymore in the US (i.e., red clay) and have to adapt very quickly to the “funny” bounces and the irregularities of that surface.  We play to win and like to close the points pretty fast, and sometimes we lack patience when playing strong defensive players.  But overall we always end up in the final four.  The team is well organized – practice times and match schedules are taken seriously, but once the matches are over it is time for a beer…or a walk to the town to get on the computer and check the messages from home.

    In this international experience everybody knows something about everybody else – most of us having been playing in tournaments for so many years.  The interesting part of the challenge is to figure out what each of these players from different parts of the world is going to bring to the competition – what type of game, what types of idiosyncrasies – and then figure out how to out smart those players… or just simply remain standing.  It is a fun and fascinating event, full of great unity, nationalism, fierce competition, and camaraderie with wonderful people in a wonderful location.

  • Americans Win Titles in Turkey

    Several Americans took home individual medals from the World Individual Championships in Antalya, Turkey on November 5th. It was a rain and storm plagued championships, but despite the really terrible weather, all the matches were completed.


    Charleen Hillebrand had a perfect 2 weeks in Turkey. Playing in her first year in the 65s, she and her teammates took the team title in the Kitty Godfree Cup. She was the captain of that team.  She then combined with Suella Steel to win the doubles title and edged Steel in 3 sets to take the singles title. Hillebrand/Steel also completed a "golden" slam, winning the women’s 65 hard, clay indoor and grass doubles titles in the USA. Her only losses at the national level came early in the year to Steel, whose only losses as well were to Hillebrand.


    Tony Franco fared nearly as well as Hillebrand in the men’s 80 division. He was part of the Gardnar Mulloy Cup team which finished 2nd. He then won the 80 singles title the following week, playing 3 singles matches in 2 days to take the title. He combined with last year’s champion, Graydon Nichols, to repeat as doubles champions over a tough Australian team. Franco/Nichols were down a set and 51 and match point before rallying to take the next 6 games and force a third set. However, due to all the rain, the third set was but a 10 point tiebreaker which the Americans won 10 points to 4.


    Hugh Thompson won the men’s 60 title to go with the Von Cramm Cup title he and his teammates won the previous week. He edged Michael Beautyman, his teammate, in the final, scoring his first win of the year over the consistent Beautyman.


    Bob Duesler/Jim Nelson won two deciding doubles matches in helping their Crawford Cup team to victory in the team event. They also won a "golden" slam in the men’s 70 doubles division this year. They continued their fine play in the team event, beating their teammates, Gordon Davis and Herm Ahlers, in the final. Ahlers reached the singles quarters, and Davis reached the singles semis, both falling to the eventual champion in close matches.


    Chuck DeVoe had a successful world championships as well, reaching the semis of the singles and narrowly losing to Lorne Main and the final of the doubles, with Joe Russell, again falling to Main and Ken Sinclair of Canada.


    Other players taking home medals were: Jane Lutz/Louise Russ, women’s 75 doubles (semis); Russ and Suzanne Ryerson, women’s 75 singles (semis); Dori deVries, women’s 70 singles (semis); Hugh Thompson, men’s 60 doubles, (semis).


  • American Teams Win Four Cups in Turkey

    October 29th, Dateline Ali Bey Manavgat, near Antalya, Turkey 

    USA Super Senior Cup teams won four of the nine Cups held in Turkey on October 28th. Two American teams placed second, one was third, one fourth and one fifth.  

    The men’s and women’s 70s, men’s 60s and women’s 65s teams were victorious. The men’s 80s and 75s finished second. The remaining teams were the men’s 65s, third; women’s 75s, fourth, and women’s 60s, fifth. 

    The men’s 60s played Switzerland today. Hugh Thompson got the USA off to a good start with a straight set win at #2 singles. Mike Beautyman followed at #1 singles and lost a tough 3-setter. Charlie Hoeveler and Dick Johnson played the doubles for the Americans and won the doubles convincingly to clinch the tie and retain the Von Cramm Cup for the USA.  

    The men’s 70s played the Peter Froehlich-led Australian team. Herm Ahlers continued his fine play at #2 singles, winning in straight sets to start the USA off 1-0. Ahlers was the only player on the team who did not drop a set all week. Froehlich and the wind played havoc with Gordon Davis’ game and the Aussies leveled the tie at 1-1. Bob Duesler/Jim Nelson, American “golden” slam winners this year in 70 doubles formed a wall at the net that the Aussies could not penetrate. They won 63 61, sealing the Crawford Cup win for the Americans.  

    The women’s 70s played France in the final. Burnette Herrick had a tough match at #2 singles, but finally won the match in three sets to put the USA up 1-0. Dori deVries followed with a nearly flawless performance at #1 singles, winning 60 60 to give the USA an unsurmountable 20 lead. Belmar Gunderson/Mary Boswell made that 3-0 with a close but straight set victory in the doubles.  

    The women’s 65s played at Belek and won both singles against France, with Suella Steel playing #2 singles and Charleen Hillebrand playing #1. They won the tie 2-1. Susanne Clark/Grace Woo played doubles. They won the Kitty Godfree Cup. Last year the USA finished 5th in this event.  

    The men’s 80s, the Gardnar Mulloy Cup, was won by the top seeds, Austria, over the USA. Tony Franco got the Americans off to a great start with a quick win over Oskar Jirkovsky at #2 singles. It was Franco’s first win over Jirkovsky. Laci Legenstein put in an impressive performance against Graydon Nichols at #1 singles, winning 60 62. He used his racquet like a magic wand, placing the ball wherever he wished. Franco and Nichols played Jirkovsky/Legenstein in the deciding doubles match. They were blanked in the first set but looked likely to level the match at a set apiece when they were up 5-3 in the 2nd set. The Austrians rallied to force a tiebreaker, which they won 7-3. The 2nd set was highly entertaining, lots of lobs, angles and extended rallies.  

    The men’s 75s fell to Canada in a repeat of last year’s final. It was an excellent result though for the Americans who were playing without their #1 player, Russell Seymour. Seymour hurt his pectoral muscle on the first day of practice and was unable to serve the rest of the week. Chuck deVoe and George McCabe played the singles the rest of the week.  

    The men’s 65s fell to Austria in the semis, but won the ¾ playoff to finish third. Austria won the Britannia Cup.  

    The women’s 75s had a tough week. They lost today to Canada 2-1. It was a very close match. Jane Lutz won at #2 singles over Joyce Jones. Louise Russ then took on Rosie Asch who beat her 63 62 earlier in the week. This time Russ won the first set, but dropped  the 2nd. She looked to be on her way to a win, up 53 in the third, but Asch rallied and won the set 76. Asch/Jones then beat Suzanne Ryerson/Russ 75 63 to take third for Canada. Great Britain won the Queens Cup for the first time, beating New Zealand in the final. USA had never lost a Queens Cup up till this year, but the event is becoming more popular each year.   

    The women’s 60s finished strongly after losing to France, the #1 seed, in the round robin portion of the event. They beat Japan today 3-0 to place fifth. Germany edged France to win the Alice Marble Cup over France 2-1.

    Click here for all results on the ITF Seniors Web site.




  • Friday Manavgat Update: 4 American Teams into Final

    Friday, Oct. 27: Manavgat, Turkey


    Four of the 6 American teams in the semifinals here at Manavgat reached the final today. There was a significant weather change, with blustery winds creating havoc with ball placement all day. It was a tough day to play tennis.


    The men’s 80s were the first team to reach the final, with both Tony Franco and Graydon Nichols scoring straight set wins over their Australian opponents. Bob Meyerdierks and Newton Meade finished up the 3-0 win by taking the doubles point in 3 sets. They play Austria, the top seeds, in the final.


    The men’s 60s were next. Hugh Thompson used the wind instead of fighting it, and hit many brilliant drop shots in his straight set win over Michel Berges of  France. Mike Beautyman had a very tough match at #1 singles, eventually falling in 3 sets to Francois Pierson 61 46 61. However Charlie Hoeveler and Dick Johnson played a superb doubles match, winning it in straight sets, over Pearson/patrice Beust 63 62, which sent the team to the final against Switzerland. 


    The men’s 70s also split their singles, with Herm Ahlers taking the #2 singles point against Hans Busch 62 62 and Gordon Davis falling at #1 singles, to Heinz Loeffler 67 63 62. That left it up to Bob Duesler/Jim Nelson who won the doubles point in 3 sets, winning the first 60, dropping the 2nd 64, then easing to a 61 win in the third. They play a tough Australian team led by Peter Froehlich.


    The women’s 70s had a tough time reaching the final but finished strongly in the deciding doubles match.  Burnette Herrick beat Shirley Brasher of Great Britain 60 62 at #2 singles. June Pearce moved beautifully and held off a 3rd set run of 4 games by deVries to edge Dori 64 46 64 at #1 singles. deVries/Mary Boswell then took the doubles point, rallying from a set down to win 62 in the third. It was so windy during the doubles, but after a tentative start (they dropped the first set 62), they found the middle, improved their court positioning and errors. They play France tomorrow.


    The Queens Cup lost to Great Britain. Suzanne Ryerson struggled in the extremely windy conditions, but her opponent moved very well and used the wind well in her straight set win at #2 singles. Louise Russ started strongly against Rita Lauder, but Lauder, a very smart player, adapted to the wind, mixed up drop shots, drives and net approaches thoughtfully and won 63 in the third. They have a rematch with Canada tomorrow, to decide 3rd place.


    The Godfree Cup, the 65s, beat Switzerland quickly to advance to the 5/6 playoff against Japan.


  • Thursday Results from Ali Bey Belek

    All 3 American teams at Belek won yesterday. All 3 play in the semis today.


    The men’s 65s, Britannia Cup, play a very tough Austrian team led by Porkorny. The Austrians played the US in the final last year and swept the singles.


    The men’s 75s team have a tough match today.


    The women’s 65s play Great Britain.


    All the rest of the American teams with the exception of the women’s 60s are in the semis.

  • Thursday Results from Ali Bey Manavgat

    The women’s 70s team did play today, against Mexico. They finished in record time, with Burnette Herrick winning at #2 singles. Mexico’s #1 player then defaulted to Dori deVries and the two also defaulted the doubles, as Mexico had only a 2 person team and the #1 player injured herself yesterday, unfortunately. So Dori, who loves to practice, played some singles and then had a team doubles practice. They play the winner between Great Britain and Canada tomorrow.


    The men’s 80s team finished quickly as well, beating South Africa decisively. Tomorrow will be another story however, as they play the #4 seeds, Australia.


    I hope to have an update from Belek on the women’s 65s and men’s 75s and 65s later tonight, but the official dinner is tonight, so I will post again, time permitting.


    Please check this site for updates on all scores later: http://www.itftennis.com/seniors.





  • Wednesday Oct. 25th Update: Americans Prevail in Every Match Today

    It was another perfect day for tennis in Manavgat and the American teams were also perfect in their results.



    The women’s 60s had the day off since they were in a 3 team round robin, but they were out early practicing.


    The women’s 70s played the Netherlands. Burnette Herrick got the team started with a straight set win at #2 singles. Dori deVries scored an emphatic win over Anneke Balics, who, though playing for the Dutch team, lives in Davis, California…in fact Anneke and Dori are both from the NorCal USTA section. Belmar Gunderson and Mary Boswel, the defending world champions, won the doubles point.


    The women’s 75s played a tough Argentinian team and won both singles matches decisively. Suzanne Ryerson won quickly at #2 singles. Louise Russ played a flawless first set (must have been that warm up I gave her?) and hung tough in the 2nd set, which she won 63. This team played the Canadians tough yesterday, going 3 sets and 3 hours in both singles matches, but were outmatched today. Elaine Mason and Jane Lutz played doubles. The team has the day off tomorrow, then plays the #1 team from the other group, probably Great Britain, in the semis on Friday.


    The women’s 65s, over at Belek, is seeded #1. They beat Australia 3-0 today. Suella Steel played #2 singles and beat Roberta Edwards 60 60. Charleen Hillbrand took out Diana Buchanan 60 62. Grace Woo and Susanne Clark won the doubles over Nola Collins/Jill Taylor 63 57 62. They are in a 5 team round robin with Norway, Netherlands, Great Britain and of course, Australia. They beat Norway 30 yesterday.


    The men’s 60s beat the Czech Republic 3-0. Hugh Thompson posted a decisive victory at #2 singles. Michael Beautyman ground out a win at #1 singles over a tough opponent. Charlie Hoeveler/Dick Johnson blanked their doubles opposition…missing a total of 1 return (excuse…it hit the line) during the match.


    The men’s 70s beat Spain 30. Herm Ahlers played the longest match of the day, rallying from 15 down in the first set to force a tiebreaker, which he won. He then won teh 2nd set 75. Gordon Davis posted an efficient win at #1 singles. Duesler/Nelson took the doubles point.


    The men’s 80s expected a tough match against Sweden and got it…by their standards. Both Tony Franco and Graydon Nichols posted 62 62 wins at #2 and #1 singles respectively. Bob Meyerdierks and Newt Meade played the doubles. Before they went on court Franco reminded them that they needed to win the doubles point in case their round robin ended in a tie. Bob and Newt promptly fell behind 53 before remembering that they had to win, after which the won 4 games in a row and ended up winning in straight sets.


    The men’s 65s, Britannia Cup, is seeded 3rd behind #1 and defending champions, Austria, and #2 Germany. They won their 3 team round robin and are draw in the same side of the knockout portion of the draw as Austria. They have beaten Spain and Great Britain, both by 3-0 scores. Today they played Spain. Allan Carter won at #2 singles; Joe Bachman took the #1 point and  Ivo Barbic/Del Cambell won the doubles.


    The men’s 75s, Bitsy Grant Cup, is seeded

    2nd. They are in a 5 team round robin with So Africa, Australia, Germany and France. They have beaten So Africa and Germany 3-0 and play Australia tomorrow. They beat So Africa today. Joe Russell won at #2 singles, followed by Chuck DeVoe at #1 singles.  George McCabe/Russell won the doubles point.


    Preview for Thursday:




    65 Women: They play tomorrow against the Netherlands

    65 Men: The play tomorrow against the 6th seeds, Australia

    75 Men: They play tomorrow against Australia



    All women’s teams have a bye tomorrow: 60, 70 and 75


    Men’s 80s play So Africa.

    Men’s 60s and 70s have a bye.





  • Tuesday Late Update

    USA lost to France in the Marble (women’s 60) cup. USA lost the deciding doubles 76 62. The first set could not have been closer, as the US led 5-3 and also had 2 break points at 5-5 (and easily held to force a tiebreaker). The French team was more confident in the 2nd set and outplayed the Americans. Judy Louie and Brenda Carter, who won the 60 clay courts about 10 days ago played the doubles and played well.


    Tomorrow’s big matches include the Queens Cup which plays Argentina and need to win to advance to the semis and Argentina is tough; the Von Cramm against Netherlands and Charlie Hoeveler, the captain (he was sitting here outside the fitness center also hoping to get online, but having difficulty sending email tonight) said that the Netherlands was tough; and potentially the Gardnar Mulloy Cup team against Sweden, since Sweden upset the #4 seeds, Australia, yesterday. The Marble Cup team has the day off and the Gibson Cup team plays Netherlands (led by Anneke Balics, who lives in Davis, CA…she’ll probably play Dori deVries who is also from NorCal…very small world) and the Crawford Cup team plays Spain.


    As an aside, the Crawford Cup (men’s 70) slam winning doubles team of Duesler and Nelson had what was by all accounts a highly entertaining doubles match (I was emailing during that match, which was not a deciding one) against Japan. The consensus was that the Japanese pair played a lot like Duesler and Nelson and at one point Jim Nelson said it was like they were reading his mind (this after the player volleyed back an overhead Jim hit, for a winner). Duesler and Nelson won in 3 sets though. It was also Cora Davis’ birthday (wife of Gordon Davis, who is playing #1 on the Crawford Cup team). Happy Birthday Cora!


    For photos from yesterday see the photo album to the left.


    Here is the article from the ITF web site.





  • Midday Update, Oct. 24th, Tuesday

    USA won easily in the men’s 60, 70 and 80 divisions. They also won the women’s 70s today, though Dori deVries had to go 3 sets to win at #1 singles.


    So the exciting match is yet to be concluded. USA women’s 60s are playing the French team which is seeded #1. Betty Wachob turned in another stellar performance, winning at #2 singles 64 75. Brenda Carter took on the formidable Gail (Chanfreau) Lovera and played her tough, losing in two close sets. Carter and Judy Louie will play the deciding doubles beginning in 5 minutes. I’ll report on the conclusion later tonight.


    For the men’s 60s, Hugh Thompson played #2 singles, Charlie Hoeveler played 1 and I believe that Beautyman/Johnson played the doubles.


    For men’s 70s, Ahlers played #2, Davis played #1 and Duesler/Nelson played doubles. They played Japan.


    For men’s 80s, Tony Franco played #2, Graydon Nichols played #1 and Newt Meade/Bob Meyerdierks played doubles, against Ireland.


    The women’s 70s…Burnette Herrick played #2 singles; deVries played #1 and Belmar Gunderson/Mary Boswell are playing the doubles.


    More later tonight. Weather is still very nice, sunny, warm and not too windy.



  • Monday USA Cup Results: Canada beats USA in Queens Cup

    Monday, Ali Bey Manavgat


    USA had 3 teams playing today at Manavagat (and none at Ali Bey Belek)


    The USA women’s 75 team, Queen’s Cup, suffered it’s first team loss since the inception of this cup, falling 2-1 to a talented and confident Canadian team led by Rosie Asch. Suzanne Ryerson started off things for the USA with a straight set win against Joan Bak. It was Ryerson’s first ever Cup match too. Rosie Asch, who narrowly lost to Russ in February at the Checket Cup avenged that loss with a 63 62 win today. She moved beautifully. She then combined with Joyce Jones (the Canadian Joyce Jones, not the one from Arizona!) to beat Russ/Jane Lutz 64 61. The Canadian duo just played very well, made few errors and any angle hit by the Americans seemed to come back at a more severe and usually unreachable angle. The Canadians scored a well deserved victory against their game opponents, who gave it their best effort.


    The USA women’s 60 team, the Alice Marble Cup, won 3-0 against the Netherlands. Betty Wachob moved beautifully in her 64 63 win over Marijke Ter Heerdt, winning the final 5 games to seal the victory. Brenda Carter continued her 60 singles winning streak with a 60 61 victory over Wilhelmina Baks. Mary Wilson/Judy Louie won the doubles 60 63 over Baks/Patricia Blaas. They play France, the #1 seeds, tomorrow in what should be an exciting match.


    The USA men’s 60s team, the Von Cramm Cup, beat Norway 3-0. All 3 matches were won by the score of 62 61. Richard Johnson won at #2 singles over Lars Jahnsen; Mike Beautyman won at #1 singles over Kjell Worren and Charlie Hoeveler/Hugh Thompson took the doubles point over Tor Norderhaug/Worren. After the match the Americans has a spirited doubles practice after which Thompson was seen practicing further with one of the Czech players till  nearly dark.



    Once again the weather was great, a few clouds, but warm. I practiced with some of the men’s 70s players who spent a long time on the court today, as  did the women’s 70 team and the men’s 80s…


    I’ll post again tomorrow night. I found a better place to get internet access tonight, just outside the fitness center. It is much nicer and closer than the tennis center and not as eeire!






  • Sunday Update from Turkey, Draws

    I’m typing this at the tennis center in the dark at 10pm…very quiet. It’s the only place that has internet service I can use with my computer after 8 pm.


    The opening ceremonies took place today. I got photos of all the teams but the men’s 60, Von Cramm, as the 4th player  Hugh, was busy winning a red clay tournament in Spain.


    Here’s an update on the seeds as I know it, for the Americans. There may be more information posted at www.itftennis.com/seniors, but I haven’t gone there to look yet.


    Women’s Teams:


    Marble, 60s: They were not seeded. There are 14 teams and they were drawn with the Netherlands and France, the #1 seeds and defending champions. They play Netherlands tomorrow and France on Tuesday. Tomorrow Brenda Carter is playing 1, Betty Wachob 2 and Mary Wilson and Judy Louie will play doubles if they win the singles, otherwise, I don’t know.


    70s, Gibson Cup…I think we are seeded 1 in the 70s and I don’t know much else, I got interrupted with taking photos of the teams. I’ll have more details tomorrow, but I believe the 70s ladies have a day off tomorrow.


    75s, Queens Cup:  seeded #1 and they are in a 3 person RR with Canada, which has Rosie Asch, which is tough. Great Britain is in the other, 4 team RR. 


    Men’s 60s…actually I didn’t talk to Charlie Hoeveler about the draw, I will do so tomorrow, and I know they do play tomorrow and were quite confident. I believe that Hugh and Mike Beautyman are playing the singles tomorrow.


    Men’s 70s…again, took photos but didn’t talk to Jim much as he was the last captain done and it was a rush.


    Men’s 80s. They are seeded #1 and are in the RR with Australia. They have a bye tomorrow which is good  They play Australia, which is tough, on Thursday, they are in a 4 team RR. The 2nd seeds are Austria, Legenstein and Jirkovsky. Jirkovsky beat Tony Franco last year in the semis of the worlds and he plays #2. Legenstein is playing #1 and is good but has a thin record of late. Australia has 2 “young” players…born in 1926.


    I’ll do my best to update this and add some photos soon.





  • Update from Turkey, October 21, 2006

    The USA teams all arrived in Turkey. I am at Ali Bey Manavgat where our men’s and women’s 60 and 70 teams and our men’s 80 and women’s 75 teams are playing.


    The captains’ meetings are tomorrow between about 1 and 3 pm, and at 4pm the opening ceremonies will take place. 


    The 60 women were out practicing all day today. The men’s 70s had a long afternoon practice. The men’s 60s were seen playing some singles. The women’s 75s also had dual practices, as did the men’s 80s. The women’s 70s were out twice too, so everyone is working hard to try and defend their titles, as all of these teams except for the women’s 60s are defending their 2005 titles, which they won here.


    The weather was quite perfect today, warm, sunny and calm, excellent practice weather.


    There will be another update tomorrow night or Monday morning after I learn the seeds and draws.



  • Super Senior USA Teams Off to Turkey

    The USA Super Senior Cups are off to Turkey on October 19th. They will be arriving on the 20th, a Friday, and practicing on the 21st and 22nd for the ITF Super Senior International Team Championships.


    You can follow their results by going to this site: http://www.itftennis.com/seniors/teamcompetitions/groupb/index.asp


    There will also be updates on the progress of the American teams on the USTA web site: http://www.usta.com/adultsseniors/fullstory.sps?iNewsid=14442&itype=945&icategoryid=168


    I will be in Turkey following the men’s 60/70/80 teams and the women’s 60/70/75 teams. Carol Wood will also be in Turkey at both sites, and initially will be following the men’s 65/75 and women’s 65 teams.


    USA is the defending champion in the men’s 60/70/80 and women’s 70/75 divisions.


    I will be updating this site with anectdotal information as often as possible.