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

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

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    The singles finals are tomorrow.

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

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  • Semifinal Thursday in Helsinki: ITF Seniors World Championships

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


  • Semifinals Set in Helsinki

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • World Individual Championships Day 4, Helsinki: Vesna Goes Down

    The Individual World Championships Round of 16 were played today in Helsinki. There were winners and losers among the Americans today. Draws: http://www.itftennis.com/seniors/tournaments/tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100035781

    Vesna McKenna was playing a great match today against Carole DeBruin, the 6th seed from Netherlands till 4-4 in the third. That was when she (unsuccessfully) tried to slide on the hard court, her foot stuck, and she went down (and out of the match and the tournament)  with an injured hamstring and adductor. Fortunately there were the following on site: a tournament doctor, great trainer,  Erin Boynton (an orthopedic doctor) and Carole (a family doctor). Between them they got her off the court. A few beers and some painkillers later, Vesna was still hurting but able to walk home carrying her bags. She will  be out of commission for a few months.

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    Vicki Buholz played an excellent match against Ros Balodis today, but came up just a bit short, losing 75 64. In the second set Vicki was down 52, but caught up to 54 and had a point for 5-5 before Ros prevailed.

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    Susan Wright played Betty Michel from France for the second time in a week and beat her for the second time in a week. Then she combined with Vicki to win a first round doubles match.

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    Erin Boynton fell to Leanne Swaysland and lost 64 63 but was happy about her play. She put aside her singles disappointment and with Aussie Wanda Howes reached the doubles quarterfinal.

    I won my singles 60 60 and then Una Davis and I practiced in the afternoon. There’s a red clay court outside the indoor building and I was eyeing the players there enviously. Then we went indoors and workers were doing maintenance on the roof which kept opening and closing, casting shadows on the indoor court. So we moved courts and so did the workers! We got a good hit in anyway and are ready for our first match tomorrow. We play two So African players who were on their 60s Cup team.

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    Wendy McColskey upset the #4 seed from So Africa 62 61; Sherri Bronson fell to Jana Sedlakova from Czech Republic; Tina Karwasky blanked Jenny Cerff from So Africa and Judy Newman fell to the #3 seed in three sets in the 50s. Shelly Works also went down in singles today. Ross Persons from Houston upset the top seed from Brazil today in three sets.He has a busy rest of the tournament as he is also playing mixed and doubles. Mike Tammen survived a tough one and joins Mike Fedderly in the 55 quarters. Mitch Perkins is in the quarters of the 50s.


  • Rainy, Lazy Day in Helsinki

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


  • Island Hopping in Finland

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

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

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

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  • USA Wins Alice Marble Cup & Medals in Five Cups

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

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

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    Final USA Standings:

    W50, Bueno Cup: 2nd

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    W55, Connolly Cup: 3rd

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    W60: Marble Cup: Champions

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    M50: Perry Cup: 4th

    M55: Austria Cup: 3rd

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    M60: Von Cramm Cup: 2nd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


  • Sightseeing in Helsinki/Official Dinner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Opening Ceremonies at the ITF World Seniors Championships, Finland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


  • Takeoffs, Landings and Arrival Helsinki

    Hello from rainy Helsinki, Finland.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


  • Takeoff …Destination Helsinki

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

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

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

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

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

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


  • USA 2016 Senior Teams & Results: Finland

    The 2016 ITF Seniors World Team Championships will be held June 19-24 in Helsinki, Finland, indoors on hard courts. The ITF Seniors World Individual Championships will be held the 25 June-2 July. Note that the Cups begin on a SUNDAY and end on a FRIDAY. The Individuals are Saturday-Saturday.

    Link to Draws for Individuals

    Age Divisions Women’s Cup Draws Men’s Cup Draws Other Info
    50 Maria Bueno USA Finished 2nd Fred Perry Cup USA Finished 4th Photos
    55 Maureen Connolly USA Finished 3rd Austria USA finished third List of USA Players
    60 Alice Marble USA WINS!!! Von Cramm USA finished 2nd List of All Players

    Blog Articles:

    USTA Senior International Home Page: Links to guidelines, players, timelines and more.

    Lists of players:

    USTA  Senior Teams Announcement

    All Players on All Cup Teams in Finland

    List of all countries sending teams to participate in Finland

    Photos of players and photos from the World Championships (once it begins)

    Tournament Information:

    Fact Sheets: Teams

    Fact Sheets: Individuals

    Players entered in individuals in Finland; draws for individuals will be out around June 23.

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    The following players will be representing the USA  in the competition. Order of strength and lineups subject to change, click here for latest lineups and order of strength.

    Fred Perry Cup – Men’s 50

    1. Mitchell Perkins, Seattle, WA
    2. Ken White, Elma, NY (Captain)
    3. Jeffrey Burnett, North Palm Beach, FL
    4. Douglas Elly, Springfield, MO

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    Austria Cup – Men’s 55

    1. Michael Tammen, Portland, OR (Captain)
    2. Vallis Wilder, Ft. Worth, TX
    3. Mike Fedderly, Palm Desert, CA
    4. Alex Behar, Trophy Club, TX

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    Von Cramm Cup – Men’s 60

    1. Daniel Waldman, Washington, DC
    2. Christopher Bennett, Marlton, NJ
    3. Paul Wulf, Salem, OR
    4. Tom Smith, Alpharetta, GA (Captain)

    Waldman, Danny portrait  Chris Bennett Paul Wulf Tom Smith

    Bueno Cup – Women’s 50

    1. Fran Chandler, Jackson, TN
    2. Shelly Works, San Antonio, TX (Captain)
    3. Judy Newman, Scotts Valley, CA
    4. Vesna McKenna, Hollywood, FL

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    Maureen Connolly Cup – Women’s 55

    1. Diane Barker, Daniel Island, SC
    2. Susan Wright, Grand Junction, CO (Captain)
    3. Vicki Buholz, Dallas, TX
    4. Cynthia Trower-Johnson, Plano, TX

    Barker, Diane Susan Wright Buholz, Vicky Johnson, Cindy portrait

    Alice Marble Cup – Women’s 60

    1. Tina B. Karwasky, Glendale, CA
    2. Wendy McColskey, Durham, NC
    3. Carolyn Nichols, Ranch Santa Fe, CA
    4. Sherri Bronson, Scottsdale, AZ (Captain)

    Nichols, Wendy McColskey, Karwsky, Sherri Bronson with Marble Cup Tina Karwasky McColskey, Wendy portrait Nichols, Carolyn Sherri Bronson