Eoin Collins (USA) won the men’s 55 at the ITF Masters World Tennis championships in Portugal on Saturday, beating #1 seed Bart Theelen in the final. It was Collin’s second world singles title and he did it in style, never dropping more than five games in a match (and that, only in the final). It was a repeat of his win over Theelen during the team event. Collins also finished with a bronze medal in doubles with Gabriel Keymer of Chile.
Vicki Buholz and Gayle Prejean (USA), seeded third, won the women’s 60s doubles, beating Gabriela Silvia Vilar Pereira (Spain) and Marcela Voyame (Argentina) (unseeded) in the final decisively, but they had to eke out a win in the semis over the second seeds, Michelle Hill/Wanda Howes (Australia) to reach the final. Pereira/Voyame upset top seeded Helga Nauk/Katalin Boeroecz (Germany), the defending champions, in the other semi. Buholz/Prejean also won the worlds in 2021 in Croatia.
Polo Cowan (USA) and Gary Nadebaum (Australia), seeded second, won the 55 men’s doubles over South Africa’s Clive Wilson/Brian Clark (seeded 14). Wilson, who lives in Australia, won the men’s 60 singles too.
Other Americans to medal:
- W60 Singles: Fran Chandler (bronze)
- MD 55: Scott Works (with Frans Grimbergen, Netherlands)
- MD 60: Eric Lehto/Neil Levinson (USA, unseeded): Silver
Here’s the complete list of players who medaled in Portugal: